Not that Springfield Elementary ...D'oh!
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Pros: For what is essentially a pitch-and-putt nine-holer, Springfield Elementary is actually a relatively decent course. There isn't much challenge, but there are plenty of chances to hone your short game skills here.
- The course is what it is: a short school course aimed at children and beginners. Average hole length is less than 152 feet, with none longer than 205 feet. In that sense, it achieves its goal of having every hole be easy enough, and mostly interesting enough, for said players. And unlike a lot of beginner courses, this one isn't boring.
- Course has a decent amount of variety, all things considered (I'm ignoring #5 for right now, but will mention in the cons). There are less than 20 trees on the course, but the baskets are strategically placed that those trees come into play on almost every hole. The exceptions being #5 & 6. The trees force you, or at least give you the chance, to throw different types of shots. A couple holes also use a little bit of elevation - #4 & 5 are downhill throws; #6 is an uphill shot.
- This is a really good course for practice. There's enough distance and different angles that you can practice all sorts of shots. There's also a good field for practicing. Also a good course for ace races, match play or various types of games you can play with groups. Anyone looking for their first ace, or any ace period, should play lots of rounds here.
- You can fly through this course. I played through twice in about 30 minutes. This is the type of course that if you bring your bag, it's actually going to slow down your round.
Cons: There's only one real problem with this course, and it's the joke of a hole that is #5. It's a downhill, wide open, 82-foot hole. Both times I played, I treated it like a regular putt, not even a jump putt, and was left with essentially a tap-in for a 2. It's such a bad hole because there isn't a reason to create a hole this bad. There are plenty of ways to add enough challenge to raise it to the level of the other eight holes. A simple solution is to move the tee near the tee for #1. It will add at least 60 feet or more, and add challenge by throwing over the school road. At least it will require a good tee shot for your 2. As it stands now, this has to be the easiest, and possibly, worst hole I've ever played.
- I'll throw out the obligatory mention that this course won't be challenging for any advanced player. For good players, anything worse than a 3 on any hole will have to involve a major mistake.
- Here's the other obligatory mention: the course isn't open during school hours. Also no benches, trash cans, bathrooms or water fountains. But, nobody should need any of those in the time it takes to play the course twice through.
Other Thoughts: Springfield was better than I expected, in that there was good variety for such a short course. Every hole is birdieable, but at least you have to work for your 2s on some holes, especially #6 & 8.
- The course offers several tempting pin locations, especially if you're being aggressive for aces. A hole like #3 is good because you can play smart and have a birdie putt. But if you're too aggressive, the hole is downhill past the basket, so you could end up with a long putt if you get too greedy for aces.
- The course, in terms of quality and challenge, is comparable to Pinewood Elementary in Charlotte, Cuthbertson Middle in Waxhaw and Fewell Park in Rock Hill, for a local sense.
- Like any pitch-and-putt course, it's not worth a drive just to play here. If you've played one, you've played them all. However, if you're close by, or want to drive 5 minutes off I-77, then check it out.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Near perfect for absolute beginners
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Pros: Every reasonable course serves a purpose. This elementary school nine holer is really good for its intended players: the kids just learning the sport. Most holes are arranged to safely keep the errant shots from endangering peers, while there are not enough obstacles to frustrate the young 'uns. Yet you have the chance to shoot a couple of tee shots out from between trees to the open, and one or two holes that require line shaping to the left and the right. If you play the driveway as OB, you even have that to border one hole. The baskets are nice discatchers, so they didn't go cheap here, and the grass tees are marked by rounded white stones and decent tee signs, with distances marked. On a school property, the maintenance is excellent. In all, these holes, ranging from 82 to 205 feet, offer a reasonable amount of variety for the absolute beginner to enjoy disc golf.
Cons: Obviously, even a competitive Recreational player will not be challenged by this course, as it has no distances that can't be reached by a putter, and there aren't a lot of obstacles to force your creativity.
The course should not be visited by 'outsiders' during the school day, which also means you won't have bathrooms, water, benches, etc. But it's a quick play if you want to check it out, and there's always a playground at an elementary school!
Other Thoughts: I was excited to do two things here while visiting my daughter in Charlotte: 1) get my family out together to play a round without any embarrassment, and 2) easily check South Carolina off my states played list!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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a quick nine
Pros: clean nice and easy. There are a couple trees in play on most of the holes My kids would like playing this course.
Cons: only one hole over 200 feet. no benches or bathrooms course was designed for little kids.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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