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Pros: Paul B. J's "Little Fox" isn't as small as its name might suggest: while there are only 9 holes, these offer some nice opportunities to stretch your shots out. Hole length is ample from both sets of tees, and the golds particularly lend themselves to bigger arms wanting to test their shot shaping and placement at longer distances. The tree-studded landscape provides enough wiggle-room to trace distance-driver lines fairly, but still with some challenge; Little Fox's distance carries its fair share of technical demand. Outside of trees, water comes into play on a few holes, including E's very scary all but unavoidable water carry (at least from the longs), further intensified by a strategically-placed mando.
Tees and pins are well placed. Considering the relative formlessness of the landscape, with trees dotted more or less uniformly throughout, the holes could have easily had much less clearly defined characters. The modest elevation provided by rolling hills is well integrated, and helps shape shots. Pin placements utilize available obstacles well, often setting up several possible routes towards the basket. Many holes allow you to pick your path to the basket, which helps pique your mental game and engenders a wider range of shots. Overall there's a nice balance of technicality and freedom.
Parking is ample, grooming seems to be well kept, and Desert Fox offers an additional 18 holes of slightly different character. Great place to visit. Two sets of tees often effectively offer different looks at the basket.
Cons: Navigation is simply not kind, owing to the natural tees and the absence of tee signs beyond small colored stakes, although it only truly gets confusing between E and F. The map helps, and it's not going to ruin your round, but it could be better. The natural tees suffice but could be better, and I'm sure are junk after a rain.
On the design end, the aforementioned uniformity in terms of tree distribution and the minor elevation combine to lend the course a self-similar feel throughout, although there are some departures on a few holes. It's not that the course is repetitious per se - I think it's designed rather well given the terrain it's on - but the level of woodedness and nature of the obstacles present is pretty consistent, which lessens variation. The ability to throw multiple routes on most holes definitely helps counteract this quality, but between this fact and the presence of only 9 holes on Little Fox itself keeps the course from achieving a true variation. In many ways the consistently longer hole lengths and greater number of trees seems calculated to complement Desert Fox. In this sense Little Fox does its job very well; it just has a relatively narrow focus.
Other Thoughts: In case it isn't already obvious, I really enjoyed PBJ's Little Fox: it's probably my favorite stretch of 9 in Mississippi that I've played thus far, outside of Center City (though I've admittedly yet to play Moccasin Bend and the Rez). While it doesn't approach an ideal level of variation, it offers a nice amount of technicality and ability to choose your shot. This is a great 9 that pairs well with Desert Fox, which together make for a worthwhile outing if you're in the area. I drove up from New Orleans to play here (a bit less than 2 hour drive) and was definitely happy to make the trip for these courses and the conveniently-nearby Ashe Lake. Pay it a visit!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: A nice surprise awaits the traveling disc golfer who ventures south of Hattiesburg to try out the nine hole 'Little Fox course at Paul B. Johnson State Park. There's already a challenging, wooded 18 hole course just up Geiger Lake Road, but if you stop in at the first parking lot on your right after you spot the baskets, you'll be able to play this fun little 9 hole course, too (of course you can come for all 27, as well!).
Starting from the island in the middle of the lot, you can throw from the Blue (shorter) tees, or take a peek at the new map here on dgcr for the rough locations of both the blue and the yellow tees. They're typically marked by a post and flags. The trees here (along with the water possible on hole B, and the roads that can be used for strict OB) allow for some creative lines, though you'll want to pay attention to the mando on B that keeps you left of the turnaround, the double mando on E, and the mando for the long tee on H. They do help avoid bad experiences.
There is plenty of challenge here for the Rec to Intermediate skill level disc golfer, with distances ranging from 243' to 345' from the short tees to 282' to 396' from the longs. The trees do make some, but not all, of the line shaping different between the sets of tees, so there is some variety if you want to play both for a full 18.
Personally, I felt the course starts off with a bang, and three 'signature' holes: Hole A is a sweet valley crossing opener, hole B pinches you between the water on your left and the mando on your right, and hole C is an ace run if you can navigate the set of four guardian trees at the bottom of the dip. Pretty neat course that uses its elevation well, and has all the park amenities you need close at hand. There's even a beautiful playground out on the point overlooking the lake and below the shelter just past the 'D' basket, so if you're traveling with family, they can have some fun while you get in a quick round.
Cons: The lack of a clear mando on the right bending hole D becomes glaring when you top the rise and see the picnic table in play if you hook right too soon. The flow from hole E to F is a little awkward. Obviously, permanent tees (instead of dirt), numbering (lettering) the baskets, and signage would vastly improve this course.
Other Thoughts: I played through here bagging courses in seven states on a quick road trip to see my folks over the holidays. I'm glad I picked the Little Fox, and can see it becoming a really sweet little course in the spring weather!
Note there is an honor box (or an attendant) at the gate for a park pass ($3 is well worth it).
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Little Fox - Warm-Up or Cool-Downa
Pros: -Well maintained State Park
-Great use of elevation
-Nearby, CLEAN restrooms
-Perfect addition to "Desert Fox DGC" - play it 1st for a warm-up or play it last to work off that pent up frustration.
Cons: -Weekends and holidays = people on the course
-Not much for tee pads - dirt/grass
-Older baskets are not marked with the hole#(letter)
Other Thoughts: The Holes are numbered (lettered) with A-I. Maybe J-R would turn this nice little 9 into an outstanding 18?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Nice Extra 9 Addition to Paul B State Park
Pros: Close enough to the other 18-hole layout in the park to play 27 holes. Some fun elevation changes on a few holes. Tight enough that placement is important.
Big pine trees, water in play and a bit of road OB.
Cons: I'm not a fan of that many mandos! There must be at least 5 or 6 mandos on the 9 holes. I understand the safety issues on the holes though. The holes are a bit close together and a bit close to picnic and parking areas, but the course is often uncrowded so that isn't always an issue.
Might be kinda tough to navigate at first.
Other Thoughts: Since these are an extra nine holes in Paul B. Johnson, I recommend only playing them in less crowded conditions. The other 18 at PBJ won't have the kind of interference that could happen to players on the Little Fox.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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