A bit repetitive, but fun
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Pros: The course is broken up into two very different sections. The front half is mostly open and plays on green grass fields with just a few scattered mature trees. There are some nice elevation changes on most of these holes, offering a couple valley shots and some tricky uphill and downhill shots with pins on roll-away slopes. This part of the course is very beginner friendly and nicely groomed.
The back half of the course is a little rougher and more technical. The fairways play on a hillside area with scrubbier grass and more trees. Most of these shots make you hit some kind of line to get near the pin, and a few have some good low ceiling shots required off the tee. Many of these holes are fairly level, but a few bring some bigger elevation changes into play with some tough uphills and a couple bigger downhill shots.
The tees are relatively small, but a fine surface and a reasonable size for most players. There are multiple pin positions on many of the holes, adding a little extra variety. I like the contrast of the easier front section of the course as a loop you can bring beginners to and the slightly tougher back half.
Cons: The signage needs some work. At the moment it can be tough to find the next tee in several places. On the holes with multiple pin positions, there's no indication of which is currently in use which means you have to walk up and figure it out anyway. There are a few spots where it's unclear which of a few baskets you're shooting at from the tee.
The back 9 has some spots where holes play way too close to one another for safety. The last hole is a fun downhill shot, but crosses other fairways and could potentially overlap with several others. The front 9 had some conflicts with other park uses that could cause safety issues on a crowded summer day.
I understand that the lack of trees on the front 9 makes it tough to force different lines, but the design could have made better use of the trees on the back 9 to balance that out. Most of the holes were pretty much straight ahead and didn't require much interesting or creative line shaping. That also means that several of the shots start to feel pretty similar by the end of the course.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the front of the course very approachable and forgiving, and the back of the course tough but not frustratingly punitive. Experienced players won't find a ton of challenge here, it's a nice quick round with some fun elevation but you won't find your full range of skills tested.
There was lots of poison oak off the fairways in some spots, it wasn't an issue if you stayed on the fairways but it's something to be aware of.
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Great Hometown Course
* lots of variety on shots and shot selection.
* front 9 mostly open with a few trees to work around
* front 9 trees and a couple back 9 trees have recently been trimmed which should shave a few strokes off everyone's game
* the local disc golf club has been adding new pin locations (mostly back 9) to add variety and change difficulties
* bathrooms and water fountain accessible in the vicinity of holes #8,9,10
* can always find friendly locals and/or park host for help or information
* recently the map has been updated with the new pin locations for out of towners
* each tee pad could use some signage, I know this will eventually be completed. This course is only one year old so improvements come along when it's in the budget
* maybe 5-6 trash cans spread out along the course could keep the litterbugs from leaving their water bottles and other drinks laying around
* there are a few holes with prominent poison oak
Hole 7, to the right in the ditch OB area
Hole 9, to the right in the ditch and bushes (OB)
Hole 17 to the left in the bushy OB area
* In the late summer and fall rattle snakes are present and nesting. I had the unfortunate and scary privilege of a disk landing over a hole and picking it up while a baby rattler was curiously checking out what hit his hole. I didn't get bit, but it scared me pretty good.
Other Thoughts: Other thoughts:
All in all this course is extremely fun and challenging, especially in the wind. The elevation changes a lot and there are many uphill and downhill shots. Great exercise. Beautiful views from some of the topside tee pads. (13 and 18 are especially nice) Summer the back 9 is dry and disc will skip more. Winter it's very green and beautiful. Front 9 is always green, due to being on a good watering schedule by the park. Come and play, you will come back for sure.
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Pros: -Spacious, groomed city park with views and numerous facilities.
-First six holes are relatively wide open and beginner friendly.
-Tee boxes are well marked with distance to pin, no need for signs.
-Good use of roads and paths for OB options.
-Back 9 is very challenging, and requires several different shots.
Cons: -First six holes are not too challenging for experienced players.
-Ocasionally on weekends players must skip #8 due to reservations at the Gazzebo/jumppy tent. Not that big a deal.
-Back 9 is strenuous if you're not used to it.
-"Don't mess with the rattlesnakes, they're covered with poison oak," Yomp.
Other Thoughts: THE BACK 9 IS IN! And it's more difficult than the front 9.
The first six holes go around the groomed, and lightly wooded, grassy hills.
Then the fun starts with technical shots between Mandos and poison oak. A plethera of different shots is neccessary to navigate the tight windows through/over/under/around trees. Lots of elevation changes as well; the rewards are the views from #13 & #18. Only drinking fountain is at the #8 tee box.
Play the front 9 to gain confidence; play the back 9 to lose it.
Rattlesnakes have been seen in hot weather, so be aware. More inprovements are on the way (signs, multiple pin locations etc.) If it's your first time at Beattie Park, then you should copy a map or follow some of the local Rocket City Chainbangers.
All in all, there's something for everybody at Beattie Park.
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