Wood Pile Galore
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Kenwood Trails DGC is an interesting course with a bit of potential. At the start of the course there is a nice map showing the entire course's layout. The first tee is directly next to the tee. From that point on navigation is never an issue. There are next tee signs on each basket and whenever the next tee is not visible from the previous basket there are multiple next tee signs along the walk to show the way.
The course does a nice job of incorporating elevation in almost every hole even though there are no really big hills on the course to work with.
The holes feel fairly balanced with straight, right, and left break holes. With the tight fairways in the wooded sections of the course precise shot shaping is required. The distance on the holes is fairly short and most of the holes are right around 200 feet in length. For the better players the course could be played with a putter or a midrange disc until the last couple of holes that are around the four hundred foot length. It felt like the designer of the course really thought about how to lay out the course to create a fun and interesting course to play.
Tee area was clearly marked and most holes had a blue and red tee that were easy to identify. The footing was not great since most holes had wood chips placed in the tee area.
Cons: The course has some major problems as it currently stands and one could argue that some of these problems really should have been addressed before the course was open for play. First my biggest issue with the course is that almost all of the fairways in the wood sections have stacked piles of wood in the fairway. These piles are clearly not there to enhance the course and seem to be waiting for someone to haul them out. On hole 5 for example there is three or four foot high pile of wood that is about eight feet wide that is stacked about 40 feet in front of the basket. I threw a drive off the tee that was the exact throw I wanted but instead of parking it within 10 feet of the basket for a birdie I struck the wood pile and got stuck in the wood pile and had to settle for par. There were three of four other holes where my drive was negatively impacted by these woodpiles. On hole four the blue tee is unplayable because of the massive wood pile stack on the tee. In my mind, these woodpiles are unacceptable.
Another issue with the course is the tee area of each hole. The problem is that the tee areas have been wood chipped. I detest wood chick tee areas. Wood chipping does not provide any traction and usually causes a person to stumble or slip on a run up to throw. Most of these holes are extremely short so solid footing on the tee is not as important as it is on most courses but it is still a problem. Until concrete is put in the tee areas should just have been left as dirt.
The course was extremely crowded with the type of disc golfer that you do not want to see on the tee in front of you. There were many large groups of teenagers who did not understand the proper etiquette of disc golf aka throwing multiple shots, not letting faster players play through, and standing at the pin after completing a hole to chit chat amongst themselves or on their phones. The course should be easy to play in an hour or less since the distance is so short but instead it took us an hour and forty minutes to play the course. This detracted from the overall enjoyment of the course.
While I enjoyed the technicalness of the holes the majority of the holes were to short in length. Only two of the holes were over three hundred feet in length and the rest of the holes were pretty close to the two hundred foot length.
Other Thoughts: The course is interesting to me because it has the potential to be a fairly decent beginner course. The length of the holes make it attractive to new players because they are distances they can actual throw. The technicalness of the course through will detract from the beginner friendliness of the course. If the major issues of wood piles being stacked in the fairways and the poor tees are addressed the course will be a fun short course to play in the metro area.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice but needs work...
Pros: ~ It's a new course for locals to play!
~ Great signage
~ Beginner friendly
~ Good place to work on short game
Cons: ~ mulched teepads have way too much mulch and don't allow you to plant your foot w/o sinking down almost a foot deep. (i know teepads will be poured, but temps should have been left natural)
~ a few holes are VERY dangerous (i was looking for a disc on one hole and was almost hit several times from ppl throwing on a different hole)
~ possible thieves already!!!! (threw my tee shot, it went only slightly off track and must have been grabbed by ppl on a different hole that plays right along side the one i was on). ON THIS NOTE: IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY WITH A GREEN BAR STAMP BUZZZ, PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!!
~ not that great if you want to open up, quite short (good for short game practice though)
~ lots of rec players that don't know about golf etiquette
~ dogs are frowned upon HIGHLY, i was told by another player before even getting out of the parking lot that dogs aren't allowed which it says nothing about on the main sign then after my round a guy said something as well. everybody that knows me, knows that my dog is one of the best behaved dogs ever on a course! makes me not want to go back!)
Other Thoughts: I was excited to play this course as i was out here with chuck when he was designing it but after playing the first time i don't even really want to go back... The design needs work before someone gets seriously hurt and the ppl need to learn etiquette and respect for others. I for one am going to wait until some changes are made before i return.... :(
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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