A mix of Akita's & Ozark
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tight, Technical , Tough, Elevation Changes, Scenic, Shot Variety
Spencer Davis is a great combination of the short technical holes from Akita's Run and the epic elevation changes and long bombers from Ozark Mountain. The holes range from 250' to 600' and all of them have tough fairways, fast greens and punishing rough on either side.
Cons: Natural Tee Pads, Baskets, Trashcans, Rough
Its pretty tough to list any cons since the complex as a whole is so awesome. However, there are a couple things that could be added that would push this course/complex off the charts.
Concrete or limestone tee pads would be really nice, especially on the longer holes. The baskets are not professional grade. But, a lot of times you're not in a position to run putts because of where you're putting from, fast greens surrounded by large drop offs, water or otherwise dangerous circumstances for missing.
Lastly, there are no bathrooms, facilities or trash cans. None of these are a huge deal as long as you know this going into it. However, this may change as the property is under new ownership and I believe the new owner is looking to update the property with these amenities.
Other Thoughts: Overall, if you enjoy disc golf, hiking, natural beauty and rugged terrain, the Ozark Mountain Complex is a must visit. Playing Ozark Mountain will provide you with memories and epic disc golf stories that will (almost) always bring a smile to your face. There is literally no other course I've played like it.
Traveler's Tip: Bring lots of snacks and drinks, a good pair of hiking shoes and discs that you don't mind banging up on trees, rocks and possibly loosing in the water. Lastly (please) Pack it in and Pack it out - take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This course is longer than Akitas Run, but shorter than Ozark Mountain. It has a great mix of reachable but tricky par 3s with some longer multi-shot holes mixed in. There's not quite as much landing zone golf as on Ozark, but you still have to really think about the par 4s and 5s to set up your second shot.
Most of the course is heavily wooded, with thick rough and variouus widths of fairways. The rough is plenty thick to punish an errant shot, you'll regret getting off the fairway. Water is in play on a couple holes with creeks running through the course. Elevation is a factor on many of the holes, with some really tough uphills and some cool downhills.
The pin placements on this course are excellent, with a pin on a boulder and lots with rollaway potential if you're not careful. The short game is really interesting on this course, I really enjoy the chance to throw creative upshots especially when it's a risky landing.
Cons: The course is only really cleaned up twice a year for tournaments and that shows. The tees are very rough, many are full of rocks or roots and several are steeply sloped. That makes it tough to tee off on some of the big uphill par 4s and 5s when the tee shot feels like an awkward lie fairway shot. The rough is thick enough that you will generally be pitching out, there aren't a ton of opportunities for creative saves after missing the fairway. The temporary nature of the course means that signage and navigation are a bit neglected, you'll definitely need a course map and even then it can be tough to figure out where some of the holes are without a guide.
Other Thoughts: This course falls between the others in terms of length. It's an accomplishment to shoot par, but there's less length so I suppose it's a little more beginner friendly than Ozark Mountain. New players will still find it tough and punishing, it's not easy to stay on the fairways and the rough is thick and thorny. Experienced players will really enjoy the variety and challenge here, it tests most facets of your game and is part of a fantastic disc golf complex that's well worth a trip. A truck or suv makes it a little easier to get to the course, the entrance road is pretty rough.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large, large piece of property that is dedicated solely to discing. The only possible interference might be from wild animals here! Set around and through a big, wooded hill, there is a wide variety of hole types here. A true par 63, there are many par 3's, four par 4's, and two par 5's.
- Starts off with a long dogleg left, an open tee shot that ends with an uphill, tight basket placement with rough on both sides. Some other 'open' holes include a longish hyzer over a grove of small trees on #12, and a shot into mature trees on #7.
- Other holes move between the woods and open areas, providing a large amount of windows and gaps to hit off the tee, in the fairway, and near the basket. #4 is a long RHBH anny out of the woods to reach the open grove, getting out is key for any kind of second shot. #5 is half open, half tunnel, must hit the window cleanly to get back there. #11 has a severe kink right off the tee, and swings back left before getting back to the open area.
- Most holes are completely wooded, with carved fairways and defined lines. A good mix, like a RHBH hyzer on #13, plenty of straight shots like #3, #8, and #15, and RHFH lines like #6, #9, and #18.
- Elevation changes abound at this course, and are a major, major feature on many holes. #2 is an up-n-over shot, #3 is steep uphill shot that banks hard right up top (and a little more uphill there as well), #10 is another very steep uphill shot with plenty of length. Downhill shots include #8, which is slightly downhill off the tee, with another sharp drop in the fairway. #13 is a downhill shot with a huge slope/drop-off to the left, and #15 is a very steep downhill shot straight at the pin. LOTs of places with hazardous areas off the fairway, a bad kick or strong fade in the wrong place can mean a looong climb down into the woods.
- Cool basket placements, like #13's pin on the boulder, #14's pin on a rock ledge, and #10 with rocks surrounding the basket. Plenty of protected pins and sloping greens as well.
- Some water present as well, like a small creek in front of #16's basket, and the creekbed that serves as #18's fairway. Definitely in play in both these spots.
Cons: - Course is definitely rough around the edges; teepads are designated with spray paint, and can be sloping, rocky, slippery, etc. Definitely helps to have the map as well. Barbed wire is also present in a few spots (like right next to #1's basket).
- Private and temporary, got to time it right to enjoy this one.
Other Thoughts: - Top notch course; the only thing lacking are the details - pads, signs, etc. Beginners should stay far away from here, and intermediate players better bring their A-game. Experts will relish the challenges here.
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