Many Good Holes, Some Problems
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Pros: This is a beautiful city park with lush mowed grass and beautiful old moss-draped live oak trees. Very little brush or low-growing shrubs.
Most of the holes play through large, overhanging live oak trees and around two small lakes. There is very little elevation, but plenty of trees that require you to shape your drive, and in many cases keep it low beneath the limbs.
Hole lengths vary from 190' to 442', with most in the 200' - 300' range. Lakes are in play on holes 13, 14, 17 and 18 but each has an available route that allows you to avoid getting wet.
Brand new baskets that catch great but are hard to see (see cons). Very nice tee signs with good information and a nice map, but a terrible font (see cons).
Cons: The first three holes are bad. The course begins in a huge grass field with a triangle of holes. There are no trees, no elevation, no anything. Just a boring start.
The new Innova baskets have navy blue top bands. I think that this is keeping with the "Bay City" theme, but unfortunately they are difficult to spot in the shadows. Worse, the basket numbers are black and you need to be within about 5' of the basket to read them White numbers would have worked beautifully.
The font on the tee signs is the hardest to read that I have ever seen. It is very exaggerated, so the "3" ends up looking like "B" and some numbers run together. Hard to make out hole distances.
A few of the signs do not point in correct direction. It appears that they were set by someone who didn't know the course. The Hole 5 sign is nearly 180 degrees off, and actually points toward the baskets for Holes 8 & 10. I played to the Hole 8 basket, went back to try again, and realized that I needed to turn completely around and throw back the other direction.
No tee pads or markers. Just lush mowed grass next to a tee sign. With more play a particular area may become apparent, but for now you just choose a spot and go.
Other Thoughts: Several choices for parking. You can park near Hole 1, 9, or 14. There is a restroom near the first tee. The restroom near Hole 15 has been boarded up.
A few of the holes play over or near the main park road. I used it for a couple of skip shots, but traffic could be an issue on busy days.
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