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Pros: New baskets, new signs, Engler Park in Farmington isn't too far of a drive.
Cons: City of Potosi seems to be more concerned with baling hay on the front 9 than maintaining a Disc Golf course. The front nine was grown up to knee length at best, waist length at worst.
4- 4 1/2 ft high chain link fences that are immediately next to 5 and 6 are not friendly to those that are new to the game, or if it's a windy day.
Tee signs seem to be randomly placed on either the right or left side of the tee box to keep you guessing which way you should be throwing. No signage to help direct you around the course, plan to have to perform some recon if you've not played before.
Hole design isn't really inventive on the front 9, granted there's not much to work with on the front nine other than, "hey lets stick the pin behind this tree".
On 5 a park bench is literally 7-8 ft in front of the pin facing the tee.
Hole 9 makes you choose between hoping you don't put it in the water if you go at the pin, or avoiding the water by landing on the steep embankment of the pond and letting your disc roll into the creek. There's no good decision on this hole.
Facilities hadn't been maintained in over a week, and we ended up having to drive back to the McDonalds we passed on the way to the park.
Other Thoughts: We had planned a day trip to hit Potosi, and then finish up at Engler Park in Farmington. We should have just planned to play Engler twice.
When we arrived at Potosi, we were pretty excited to get to play the new course. I'm a more experienced player, and my girlfriend is just starting to get into it. We needed to use the facilities, which were giant porta-potties, but they hadn't been maintained in what appeared to be over a week. The condition they were in made us get back in the car and go to the McDonalds we passed on the way in to use theirs. Once we got back to the park to play the course, we thoroughly enjoyed #1, and looked forward to the rest of the course.
Unfortunately there was no enjoyment after #1. The field that holes 2-8 are located in was so grown up that we spent more time looking for discs than we did playing. Discs that landed in the 'fairway' were no easier to locate than discs that landed in the 'rough'. There was no difference between 'fairway' and 'rough'. Your disc either landed in knee to waist high grass, or it landed in knee to waist high grass. The City of Potosi seems to not care if the course they just had installed is maintained, either that or they're planning on baling hay out of this section of the park.
Compound all of the time spent searching for discs with the time spent trying to figure out which way the hole is laid out, and/or which direction the next teepad is in. Hole signs weren't placed uniformly on the teepads. Some holes the sign was on the right of the teepad, other holes it was on the left. It seemed like a coin was flipped at each teepad to see which side the sign would go on, since there was no logic to dictate why they were placed as they were. Frequently we would have to scout out the pin to make sure we were headed in the right direction. There were also multiple times on the front nine that after finishing a hole you were left looking around in all directions for some clue as to how the course flowed. More scouting parties had to be sent out to find the next teepad.
On hole 5, a 4 - 4 1/2 ft high fence runs very tightly alongside the right. There is no easy access over the fence if a disc goes over, and once you manage to get over, it is so grown up that you can barely get through the vegetation. Beginner players will be left throwing out into the field and trying their luck finding their disc there rather than risking an errant shot going over the fence into Narnia. On hole six, the same fence comes into play very tightly on the right again, but instead of jungle on the right, you have a drop off of about 20 ft onto a highway. It was fairly windy the day we played, and I watched the wind grab a drive and take it over the road far enough that it wasn't able to come back into the park. Normally this wouldn't be an issue in most parks with OB fences and roads, but here you have to walk through waist high vegetation down the hill the highway is cut into so you can then walk back down to retrieve your disc. Once again beginner players are stuck playing around the hole to keep from losing discs, instead of playing the hole as designed.
The time spent looking for discs, looking for pins/teeboxes, and retrieving discs on the first 8 holes added up to equal how long it would normally take us to play 18 on a normal course. We had began to discuss whether it was even worth playing the rest of the course by hole 6, and were so fed up with the course by hole 9, that it's layout was the final straw. Hole 9 plays directly over the pond, and instead of being able to lay up or play safe, they designed it so you have to either tempt fate with the water and land on a small strip of bank, or throw around and land on a very steep embankment and let your disc roll down to the bottom. My girlfriend refused to play the hole. I watched a combination of a not quite perfect drive and the wind take my new wasp into the pond. Needless to say we decided that Engler Park would be a much better choice than playing the rest of this course.
The course in the state that is in now, with it's design flaws, seems to be one of the best courses to keep people from picking up the sport. Any beginners that play this course will probably be so frustrated that they either will not play the entire 18, or will be weaned off of the sport entirely if it's their first experience. If you're planning on playing this course, head to Engler Park in Farmington. Amazing course, and well worth the drive.
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