Fun course for smaller town
2 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Typical City Park Course
8 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
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