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Take a Kiwanis Safari
Pros: 1. Variety. This topographically bland area offers a decent mix of holes, utilizing mostly the trees on the first few holes to designate routes (but neglects the opportunity to use the drainage creek or the small pond as potential risks; more in Cons), and using the bowl-like depression and prevailing wind on the finishing holes. Hole #7 and #9 baskets are both strategically perched on the slope of this bowl, creating potential rollaway greens that adds some fun and risk (in fact, tallpaul and I talked extensively about how much we liked the randomness of such holes while playing these two, and I'll stick by that assertion no matter how "unfair" other players think it is!).
2. Tees. The first time I played out here in 2006, the tees were marked by wooden planks installed flush with the ground; in other words, you had no indicator after finishing a hole as to where to walk for the next tee. While navigation is still a slight issue here (see Cons), the addition of sufficiently sized trapezoidal concrete tees adds a visible affirmation of the direction of the subsequent hole...and I guess they also serve the purpose of providing a reliable teeing surface. :)
3. Baskets. These are in good shape, minimal to no rust, number plates help identify which basket you're throwing to in this relatively open area where multiple baskets are usually visible. There's a practice basket near the parking lot.
4. Signage. Simple, sufficient...some distances seemed *slightly* questionable, but otherwise pretty accurate.
5. Maintenance. A very clean park...seems like the locals walk on the paths here quite frequently, (lots of elderly with little yapping ankle-biter dogs kinda crowd), and the surrounding neighborhood seems pretty ritzy, and the budget for this park must be sizable with the generous footbridges (those things can't be cheap, and there are several aiding in crossing the creek). No garbage cans around the course, but there are a few off the paths and near the parking lot. Pack in, pack out.
Cons: 1. Navigation. Getting around here is a bit goofy -- you'll immediately notice the practice basket near the parking lot, and basket #4 near the creek...#1 starts up past the "looking pond" and plays over the creek (as noted above, the creek doesn't even come into play here...it's about 30' in front of the tee, and then #2 similarly plays over the creek without utilizing it as a risk whatsoever. After the first 4 holes, you'll need to head past the parking lot and past the pavilion/shelter to play the "bowl holes," which are actually quite fun and, although bland in terms of obstacles like trees, quite challenging when the wind is roaring (which it always has been when I've been here)...I guess that little digression could be put up in the Pros section, but it popped into my head here, so here it will remain. If questioning where to head, keep an eye out for the metal sign posts, which stick out of the back left corner of each tee pad.
2. Keep an eye out for the metal sign posts, which stick out of the back left corner of each tee pad. I've seen some courses do this -- install the signs ON the concrete pads -- but at least here it wasn't on the front of the pad directly in the follow-through region, which I would knock off BIG points for.
3. Design. Bland. Blah. Meh. To squeeze the most enjoyment out of these pin positions, you'd be best served by making up your own holes, designing tees where water will come into play or trees are more of an issue (of course, do this only on non-busy days -- which I'm guessing are MOST days). The repetitive feel of the first few holes actually lends to the final holes feeling somewhat refreshing in their design, yet overall the whole course falls short of its potential.
Other Thoughts: Nothing special here. Locals would probably have the most fun making up their own holes -- tallpaul and I played a normal round, then played backwards safari, which gave us some holes we figured were close to 800' with multiple OB areas. Not much drawing power here unless you're going for TR stats or attempting to play every course possible!
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Pros: - Concrete Teepads
-Signs that kind of describe the hole.
- course is well maintained
Cons: - holes are not very long most are around 275'
with 8 being 350' and 9 being 325'
- most holes are wide open
- very hard to find first tee
- the whole course lay out, u got the first three holes out by the pond then walk past the number one tee pad to get to four which is like more of a transition hole to just get to the last 5 holes
- the whole back 5 are all just wide open shots.
Other Thoughts: - no really worth playing unless u live in the area......
- the whole course lay-out just made this course not fun
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