Sand, cacti and lizards... oh my!
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Fairly well maintained for what seems like an under-played course
-Several holes with water
-Not crowded at all (I didn't see another soul)
-Nice flow to the course
Cons: -Very sandy
-Be careful on Holes #9 and #10, cacti abound. These hard to see little fellas have inch long spines that WILL penetrate a shoe (and/or a finger)
-Hole #9 is a 300 ft. hole with 270 feet of it over water AND you cannot see the pin from the tee
-Dirt tees are more like deep sand tees... tough to get a good plant for a long throw.
-Fairly short holes
-I don't remember any benches or trash cans at the tees (there may have been 1 or 2)
Other Thoughts: Despite being skewered several time by unruly cacti, (by the way, why are there cacti growing wild in MS?), getting sand in my everywhere and having to put up with a couple of ridiculous holes, I enjoyed this course. There are several things that could be improved upon on this course but if you're in Hattiesburg don't miss the chance to play this one!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Dunk In Lake[Number 9, number 9, number 9...]
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Duncan Lake DGC is the as-yet-unloved, dressed-in-hand-me-downs younger sister of Tatum Trails that just needs some firm, patient attention to make her glow with appeal.
This property was once a sand and gravel pit, and the powers that be decided the best way to deal with the massive hole in the ground when the company folded several decades ago was to dam it and fill it with water. Until the DGC went in, it mostly saw use as bankside fishing grounds and a weekend party spot. Because of the sandy soil, it plays much better after heavy rains than surrounding courses.
Every feature of the land and lake come into play. Sandy washes and dunes, elevated peninsulas and swampy inlets, grassy park fields and intimidating vegetation all have their prevalence on a wide variety of throws. The drives are quite evenly shared by straight, left and right approaches, and the layout runs counter-clockwise.
#1--a dozen mature trees lie between the tee and basket, requiring a hopeful line drive or a risky right hyzer above the fence, over the road.
#2--a short right dogleg with some brushy vegetation almost blocking your view of the pin.
#3--a low-ceilinged tunnel shot with the swampy end of an inlet in front, back, and to the right of the basket, which is on a small rise.
#4--a drive across a sandy dip in the landscape, with the basket in the open by the pavilion.
#5--a real beast, with the basket hidden behind a huge oak and two smaller ones. Just behind the basket is the lake, with windows in the shoreline shrubbery right where you'd hyzer in from either side.
#6--tosses across a sandy wash to a basket near interior trees.
#7--another tunnel shot, bending right to a pin located on a sandy hill, with the lake immediately behind and right of it.
#8--a short, sharp dogleg right to a basket hidden in a pocket of heavy vegetation near the shoreline.
#9--though this drive is only 300' long, it crosses 290' of water: the basket sits 10' on shore, in a group of tall mature hardwoods. The front of the teebox hangs over the water. Time to panic! As theres no mando its possible to stay left, on land, but its bogey terrain.
#s10 & 11--more interior sandy and treed washes, which come as a relief after the #9 freakout.
#s12 & 13--though short, these two holes have swampy ground to the left, and an upslope with trees on the right, with the lake just behind that.
#14--the lake peeks through mature trees on the left, the swamp looms on the right, and the pin sits at the end of a peninsula, with some fortunate heavy backing shrubbery. This hole is a geographic oddity in that you walk by the basket first, on the way to the tee.
#15--throws from the edge of the shore across 100' of water to the grassy parklike area of the last 3 holes.
#s 16-18--these are mostly open affairs, allowing some freeform teeshots compared to the tight drives required on most of the other holes. #s 16 and 18 tees are near the fence, #17 near the walking path.
The teeboxes are defined by bricks buried end-wise in the ground, with the distance and map of the hole beautifully rendered in enamel paint on the bricks. Under each basket is another brick with a next-hole arrow pointing EXACTLY where the next tee is. We found this out the hard way by going on a 10 min. hunt for #8, only to walk back to the arrow and find the tee barely 30' away.
The course is nicely isolated, though you will occasionally have fisherfolk pass through---sometimes in their 4x4s.
Cons: Vegetation. Hawthorne trees, thorny vines, blackberries and---surprise!---cactus here and there among the sandy dunes.
Amenities. Literally nothing except a trash can somewhere around #6[half full, and looks like its been that way for years] and the picnic pavilion[no water or bathrooms].
Tees. Most people other than Southern coasters won't like the footing in the sand[it inhibits runups somewhat], but it won't slip out from under you wet or dry [unlike dusty cement or wet rubber]. #15 tee is a one-step drive.
Navigation. As yet theres no map, so find the first tee by the sign at the entrance. Because the signs are level with the ground and theres hardly any grass, visual clues to the next tee are nonexistent. The next-tee arrows under the basket are critical to a well-paced first round.
Water. Not really a con except for #9, which is basically a pro hole---all water. #s 3, 5, 7, 8, 14 and 15 could all reach the water and be unrecoverable, as the lake is deep in most spots except the swamps.
Like all southern courses, sauna-like and viciously buggy in the intemperate season.
Other Thoughts: This course obviously gets very little play compared to Tatum, yet its the same distance from USM campus, and really just needs some love and trimming to be a great addition to the area.
A quickie mart and grocery store are just 1/2 mile to the north.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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