Try my alternate tees for a slight challenge
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Pros: There are many pros about this course:
- cool, new baskets with the uni's logo on them
- beautifully manicured lawns
- some really nice, picturesque holes (mainly #1 and #8)
- indicators on each tee sign that show were the next hole is
- pretty good elevation changes
- nice mix of RHFH and RHBH shots
Cons: Teepads - The tees are basically a worn-out patch of dirt. They are uneven and some have roots in them. All the more reason to play the "blue tees" I suggest below.
It's also kind of a con that this course cannot be played when students are in session as people would definitely get in the way on Holes #1-2, 8.
Aside from #8, which any self-respecting player should play as a Par 3, this course doesn't have much length. In fact, 5 of the holes play under 200 ft--Yikes! (Below I've listed some alternate tee spots and will hopefully be able to upload some photos of these tee spots soon.)
Other Thoughts: I don't know why people hate on 9-holers like this, giving low ratings. If this were an 18-holer, it'd have a much higher rating. When potential players are checking out the course, they know it's a 9-holer, so why give it a low rating on top of that? It doesn't describe the course well.
For those wanting more of a challenge, here are my ideas for alternate tee pads that make the course a little longer/harder/different:
#1 - Play as is. (Optional tee: If the rock wall to the right of the fairway is extended backwards, tee of behind that--next to the parking lot. This brings the OB volleyball courts into play more, as well as the elevated walls.)
#2 - Back up about 40 feet, so that you're teeing off underneath the tree at the corner of the building, bringing an uphill teebox into play, along with the branches of the overhanging tree, as well as the bush next to the original "red" tee.
#3 - Back up 20-30 feet until you're on the other side of the road. Tee off from behind the sidewalk. (This doesn't really bring any trees into play--just adds some much-needed length.)
#4 - All you need to do on this is back up 5-10 feet to bring the low-hanging tee tree into play.
#5 - Back up ~30 feet and tee off from behind the brick wall, bringing some low-hanging trees into play. (Just don't hit the lightpost)
#6 - Back up if you want, but you could play this as is.
#7 - Play as is.
#8 - Play as is (awesome hole!)
#9 - Walk west down the sidewalk until you're on the other side of the parking lot. Tee off from underneath the tree next to the basketball course (play the parking lot as OB--almost like the parking lot is a river or lake). This brings a lot more trees into play, plus the OB. Obviously, you can't use this tee when there are cars there.
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Awesome lunch break course
Pros: Very good for working on your short game.
Excellently maintained course with brand new disk catchers.
Few people on the course - you can play at your pace.
Close by in Kirkland with excellent parking. (don't park in faculty spots) I asked a few faculty and they said as long as there are more than one empty spot, don't hesitate to park on campus.
You can get a latte between rounds next to the tee for hole 2, plus it has a rest room.
Motivation - if you are lacking in your short game this is perfect. Every hole can be birdied and some can be aced!
Cons: No tee boxes. Adding tee boxes would be a great Boy Scout project for some aspiring Eagle Scout. However most tee shots don't require run ups, so if they are muddy practice your stationary throw.
Be careful no one is on the course, during class changes you may have to wait for people to clear when they take short cuts across holes 2 and 7.
Other Thoughts: Others mention that there are cars near some holes (5&9). Be careful if you can't control your disks. Holes 5 is a short blind hole around a tree with parking spaces parallel to the left. A bad backhand or a forehand fade skip can end up in the street, but the hole is so short. Hole 9 - the cars are parked on the right (perpendicular parking). Bad bounce off a tree, but once again a very short hole.
Here is my perfect game...
Hole #1 is straight forward - be careful to avoid the volleyball players. Aim slightly right so the disk will fade close to the hole.
Hole #2 throw a controlled backhand for a possible ace or try a tomahawk/thumber throw which will always get close to the basket.
Hole #3 another controlled backhand for an easy ace/birdie.
Hole #4 another backhand avoiding the tree, which fades right for a easy birdie.
Hole #5 easy forehand, blind ace shot!
Hole #6 a hard backhand with a fade towards the hole for a birdie.
Hole #7 a hard forehand just under the branches will get you to the pin and a well earned birdie.
Hole #8 is long, has a building on your right and many trees; a gem. Hit a long low straight forearm shot with a fade after passing the first big trees. A good second shot will get you an easy birdie.
Hole #9 an easy forehand will fade into an ace.
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