You'll have to excuse my friend. He's a little slow. The ocean is back that way.
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Pros: This is a decent 18-hole object course. There is a lot of variety here, from a hole under 100 feet to one approaching 500. If you've got free time while at the IOP, not a bad way to spend 30 - 40 minutes.
- IOP Rec did exceed my (albeit very low) expectations. I was impressed how enjoyable some of the holes were. That said, with a course of this level, the good holes are mixed in with some bad ones.
- Among the holes that I did enjoy, I'll highlight a couple: #5 - 495 foot hole that starts with a (relatively) semi-narrow tee shot to a wide open mid-and approach shot to a target over the soccer field.
- There is good variety, at least when it comes to length and some of the layouts. Average hole length is 212 feet, with 10 holes under 200 feet and 3 more than 300, plus one more at 290. Throw in a couple of doglegs, strategic baskets near obstacles (trees, posts, fences, etc.) and you do have to throw multiple shots. If it weren't for tee shots on holes #5 & 11 (495 & 372 feet respectively), I played the remainder of my round with one midrange disc.
- Fast-paced round. I played through 18 in just under 30 minutes. You will need a map, which you can print online or get one out of the mailbox at the first tee, in front of the rec center. #10 & 16 are both short holes (145 & 144 feet, respectively) with targets protected by trees. Both offer fun, approach quality shots. #17 - 187 foot hole that offers a legit ace-run feel, protected by some tree coverage. Unlike some of the easier holes, you do enjoy parking tee shots on more challenging holes like this.
- Very nice park. The family really enjoyed the big playground while I played. The rec center was closed when I played on a Sunday midday. The park also features a dogpark, ball fields, batting cage and tennis courts. If you're staying at the IOP for an extended period of time, this will be a great way to occupy some time.
- The course designers did an excellent of creating 18 holes in such a limited amount of space. When the park is crowded, parts of the course could be unplayable. But, for the most part, credit to the fact that most of the holes don't interfere with other parts of the park. I'll also credit the park itself here. On the scorecards, they clearly specify to SKIP holes if it interferes with other park-goers. It's a good reminder to novices and a good reminder to others.
Cons: As much as I liked some of the layouts, there are plenty of below average to poor designs. Some are warranted due to lack of space or the terrain (lack of trees and/or obstacles), so I can somewhat justify those. Others are simply poorly designed. Of those, the three most glaring are #3, 12 & 13. #3 is a 290 foot, sharp dogleg left hole that plays along and behind the rec center. The hole plays too close to the rec center on the left, the road and parked cars on the right, and the dog park (straight), if you don't curve your shot. This course is clearly aimed at novices and this hole offers too many risks. #12 is a short, 115 foot hole that, on a map, is a straight shot. The problem is that between the tee and target is the batting cage. You're forcing basic players to either tomahawk a shot or throw around the batting cage. As for #13, the main problem is simply the tee's location, almost immediately behind the baseball field fence. For both #12 & 13, moving the tee spots would eliminate the problems. As for #3, I think a redesign is in order.
- Now for the boring, no challenge holes, there are plenty here. The stretch of holes from #6 - 10 should offer five straight 2s, or better, for average or above level players. As much as someone can ace an object hole (meaning I hit the target with my first shot), I aced #8. You know the hole is easy when this course is even calling that a par 2, so I guess I only birdied it.
- Not sure about the rec center hours, so restrooms and drinks aren't always available here. So, if you're travelling a long distance to get to this course, versus coming from the beach or a house on the island, come prepared, or hold out for 30 minutes.
- All that said, I can't criticize the negatives of this course too much. I'm not the target demo of this course, so it's not going to appeal to me. It should, however, be appealing to the novices and casual players.
Other Thoughts: IOP Rec Center is decent for what it is. It's the second object course I've played, so I don't have a ton of experience to go on. This clearly isn't the reason to visit the IOP. Once you're there, however, if you've got free time and are sick of dealing with sand and salt water, this is a good change of pace.
- This could actually turn into a decent to pretty good 9-hole course. You take the best holes here, eliminate/combine the rest and you could have a decent course comparable to 9-holers at Haut Gap or John's Island.
- Like I mentioned, there are really only a couple spots to pull out a drive here. If you're still wanting to throw big shots, the open fields are a great spot to practice throwing. I don't know if/when the park gets crowded. If it's not crowded on a summer weekend day, not sure when it will fill up.
- For what it's worth, the rest of the family did give high marks to the playground. For the rest of you family guys, at least you won't be abandoning the family while playing. That, plus you're within sight of the playground and rec center the entire time, so you can get tracked down.
- This is a 1.0 in my book, albeit, a relatively enjoyable 1.0. That's not a reflection of the efforts of those involved, rather an indication of the lack of qualities they had to work with in order to make this better.
- You're only playing this course if you're a local, staying on the IOP or a course counter. I've come to IOP, and been within three minutes, at least once a year since the course was built. It still took me four years to finally decide to take the time to play here. That probably sums it up best.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Nice Rec Park...Forgettable Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is an absolutely beautifully maintained recreational park.
Great warmup fields available everywhere.
Nice restrooms on site.
Can borrow a disc from the Rec Dept if you want to introduce a friend to the sport. They also provide nice high quality scorecards with a course map - look for the mailbox near the Rec Dept entrance...that is the first tee.
Tons of ace runs.
Course is evidently an Eagle Scout project, which is in itself pretty cool
Cons: Most of the holes are way too short and par is very overly generous. It takes hard work to make a bogey. Only a few chances to throw anything other than a putter.
No baskets...its really disappointing to actually use trees/poles/signposts as a target.
No tee pads.
Very congested area that seems to often require you to skip holes. Hole 5 actually crosses the soccer field, while others cross the baseball diamond. The layout does not take into account how busy the area can be, and other park patrons don't seem to realize that there is a disc golf course. One guy actually picked up my disc and tossed it...
Other holes are uncomfortably close to the building's windows and to streets with parked cars.
Other Thoughts: Watch out for fireants, especially from holes 15-18. I got swarmed along with my bag and disc along the fence to the softball field. That was not enjoyable.
Take this course at face value. It is a purely recreational course made with what appears to be basically no budget. Its not bad for practicing short approach putts, but don't take it too seriously. And don't overthink the overly inflated "par" for most of the holes...just enjoy the walk in the park.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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