typical but fun
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -good variety of distances throughout the course
-makes decent use of the given area but flow is so-so
-posts for tee signs
-natural pads in good condition
-various old discatchers but they catch great, repainted bright yellow
-lots of great trees that come into play, very old and large
-friendly locals, tuesday (?) minis
Cons: -there are some odd walks and backtracking between holes but overall it works in order to maximize the space
-the layout maximizes the space used but doesn't make the best use of the obstacles present
-no stand-out holes, only easy birdies/pars and long bombs
-some obvious filler holes
Other Thoughts: Walker Park makes for a fun but typical round of disc golf. It is about what you would expect out of a city park in terms of terrain, design, and maintenance but a hair above average. The space is maximized and utilizes each area of the park but sometimes at the expense of a more natural flow and the best use of the obstacles available.
Most of the holes pretty wide open but several fairways have extremely tall and large mature oaks, pick a side around which to go. A few of the holes around the edge of the park have more trees and/or brush lines that come into play making them a bit more interesting, hole 6 comes to mind.
The small canal running through the course is mostly dry but I'm not sure if the locals play it OB or casual. The baskets are a mixed variety. Yes, they are old and yes, they are single-chained but they catch just fine. Every good putt went in and even a few bad putts stayed in too. I have to respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer below, the quality of the baskets is far from being the most lacking thing here.
A word about navigation: after hole 3 you will see two tees ahead. The left one is hole 4 which plays short with the basket next to a tree. The right one is hole 5 and is plays like 600-700' all the way down on the right side. Hole 10 also plays all the way to the back of the park. Tee 15 backtracks halfway up 14's fairway and then throws back to the same corner.
A decent round for locals, probably a lot more fun with a group of buddies. Not a lot of interesting holes, risk and reward, or forced lines. Worth a stop if you're in town but not worth traveling to play.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun course for smaller town
Pros: This course offers a pretty good variety of hole distances and shots. There are 2 par 4's and a par 5, which is a very nice change from only having par 3's on a course. The design of this course is great. It really maximizes the land that is given in the park. You play through open parts of the park and have several holes that play through some dense trees and foliage.
Cons: The equipment at this park is below par. The baskets are all mismatched and are old. Some of them catch better than others. It is frustrating to have a really good putt and see them bounce out because of a single chained basket. The tee pads are natural, and were in decent shape for natural pads, but concrete pads are always a big step up, especially for when the course is wet. There were tiny, yet very sharp stickers, all throughout the grass which often made for an uncomfortable feeling.
Other Thoughts: If this course would have double chained, consistent baskets, which concrete pads, I would definitely give this a 3.0 as it was a good course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Typical City Park Course
Pros: This is your typical city park course with some great mature tees. The design did a good job of mixing up the hole lengths and forcing different types of shots to score well. Single chain, freshly painted, bright yellow basket caught well and were easy to spot, as were the posts at the tee boxes with the hole numbers visible from a good distance. The ground seemed sandy and I would guess playable after a heavy rain with no worries about mud. The tee boxes were in good condition for natural tees but didn't show much sign of use so I can't say if they will stay in good condition long term. The course is fairly cart friendly and I was able to play it with my toddler in a jogging stroller with only a few notable problems.
Cons: Sounds great! Why did you only give it a 2.5 Decent/Typical rating? Again, it is a typical park course, nothing special or stand out about it. No signature hole. The design seemed to put a premium on each hole with no regard for flow, forcing you to backtrack in some places and have longer than ideal walks from basket to tee. It was odd teeing off from the base of a swing set. If a course has a pylon/wire arrangement to keep vehicles off the grass I will play that as the park boundary and OB line. This course had two baskets very close to this wire, too close if it is played as the OB line. The baskets worked fine but were an odd assortment of old DisCatchers with some in better shape than others. No map, no hole numbers on the basket coupled with no tee signs depicting a hole layout, what was OB or distance made navigation and play tricky. I was able to find my way around with some back tracking but a new player would probably be lost and give up. With this being the only course around, navigation is key to getting new people involved in disc golf. If the sandy soil made walking a little bit tougher than it would be on hard packed ground, then it made pushing a jogging stroller downright exhausting. You have to cross a concrete drainage ditch a few times without the aid of the bridges so to take a child in a stroller you have to step down and lift the stroller up and place it on the other side (or walk around to one of the bridges). The premium parking area was close to baskets to warm up on, the (empty) bulletin board, trash cans and the 13th and 18th basket but the 1st tee was located near a smaller parking lot at the park entrance.
Other Thoughts: It isn't normal for me to critique a course but I'll see some things that could be addressed. Tee signs are expensive but the current posts are fine. I'd just add hold distances and possible text detailing what was OB. Hole 1 was a fun little turnover but not worth starting in a different spot than you finish. Hole 2 and a few others bring trees into play on the green but that takes these great trees out of play on the tee shot. Moving the basket 80' back and to one side would make better use of them. Hole 13s basket should be farther around the corner to force an attack off the tee, where it sits now a 250' straight shot leaves you with an easy putt giving nobody any reason to bring the rough into play, though throwing at the parking lot is frowned upon in general.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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