Interesting, but ...
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Pros: The Apple plays as an interesting and very different course than I've ever played. It seems that several reviewers mentioned that the holes seemed repetitive and frolfer I played the course with complained that most of the holes were just plain straight runs, but I found that not to be the case at all. It felt like each hole had it's own unique character and personality. There's some nice elevation changes, some holes curve right others to the left. The course is very quiet, clean and signed pretty well. The flow from hole to hole was quite easy to follow.
Cons: ... but, this course can be tough! Bring your accuracy game and leave your long game (except for possible 2 holes - 15 and 17 if I remember correctly) at home. Many of the holes follow fairly narrow paths through the woods and brush of the park. If your disc doesn't land in the sweet 30-50 foot fairway you could be looking at 5, 10, 15 minutes or more of trying to get through bramble and brush to find your disc. Many trees have low branches so you often have to shot under them. There are a few spots you can try going over but there is a high risk for the possible reward of a better shot.
Other Thoughts: Come after 6pm and parking is free in the lot by hole #1. The ranger at the front gate was great for us. He gave us maps and we chatted for a while with him before play began. Real nice fellow. I believe that there is also a parking lot on Broadway where you can park for free and you'll have a short 5 minute walk that comes into the course around hole #12. We probably won't be back here until the fall when the leaves start dropping and it makes it a bit easier to find those wayward discs.
ps. Bring some friends along when you play. You will all appreciate having an extra set of eyes on your disc WHEN, not if, your disc goes in the brush. 2 or more people looking for a disc goes much quicker.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Isolated, but far from peaceful
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Pros: 3 tees for different abilities (some shared)
Nice New DGA baskets
Risk verse reward on nearly every hole, you can play conservative and pass with a decent score or tou can get ambitious and the angry apple will eat you alive.
Several holes appear to only have one obvious line, but there are often other unique lines with great risk, but excellent potential.
Course is isolated from all other activities, but do not call it peaceful, this course is called ANGRY for a reason.
Porto-potty at the beginning of the course and again at hole 11 or 13.
Possible score spread is excellent. You can easily get a 2 on a hole one day and a 6 on the same hole the next day. One day I was scoring 5 on a majority of the holes, the next day I hit 4 dueces, and missed 3 more. (I believe course record from the whites is 54)
Cons: Crazy risk of disc loss. The course is very tight and heavily wooded, many holes need a lot of clearing still. On the first time playing I spent more time looking for discs than actually playing the course.
Several of the first holes seemed to favor lefties or turn over anny shots, a tough shot for beginners.
I was not a fan of hole 2. You throw downhill into a soccer goal size opening and then have to go back up hill to the right. Unless you have a massive overhand shot, there is only one way to play it and a birdie is a huge accomplishment.
Hole 5's blue tee pad faced forward, but the basket was at a 45 degree angle and the position of the pad made no sense at all.
Hole 14 is a wicked left turn into a long tight tunnel. The landing area is very narrow and risk of disc loss is high.
Hole 17 plays towards the role. It is not a huge risk, but I saw discs land near the road. It only takes one hit car to close a course.
18 has a large patch of brush that will eat discs on the each side of the fairway.
No tee signs. Grass tees, some of which are located very close to trees or in odd places.
The tee pad for 14 and 16 are next to each other, so one group has to wait while the other tees off.
Other Thoughts: At the grand opening tournament 80% of the Rec players did not come back for the second round. This is not the course to introduce new players if you want them to play again.
I left this course hating it vowing never to return. 2 days later I reluctantly returned and was still not very happy when I left, but I liked it a little more, the course grows on you and is worth a visit if you are in the area and have a group of spotters with you.
$6 on the weekday to get in, $7 on the weekend. I think you can get in weekdays before 10 am without paying.
Clear support from parks department, so I expect lots of improvements to come. I could see several marks for future branch removal and clearing, so I expect the course to continue to improve.
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