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The Odoriferous Outback
Pros: In comparison to its northern sister course, Springvale South, aka "the back nine", is a little bigger, a little better and a little stinkier (but more on that later). The brand new cement tee pads, detailed signage and baskets are in perfect condition. There are even small trash cans with lids affixed to some of the tee signs, which helps to keep the lush grass free of dog droppings and litter. This park is notably quieter and less-traveled than Springvale North because it is tucked back into a suburban neighborhood and the baskets are not visible from any major streets. This is an ideal place to bring a group of disc golf friends if you're all at different skill levels but still want to throw one or two quick rounds together.
Several of the holes here are 20 - 50 ft longer than those found at Springvale North, but this is still very much a beginner/learner/recreation course. There are a couple unique holes, but nothing worthy of the term "signature hole". Hole 12 plays from the edge of a small pond to a basket under some trees atop a steep grassy slope - one of the more creative holes. The last four holes are tucked back into a section of the park where the turf changes abruptly from manicured grass to high arid prairie with scrubby plants and prickly yuccas to dodge around. Between holes 16 and 17 is a marshy, muddy gully full of head-high cattails and low murky water. This mini-swamp is the first and only nature-made obstacle on the entire 18-hole course worth mentioning. The only other natural obstacles are small hills and a few trees.
Cons: There's no ignoring it - at certain times Marshall Reservoir and the nearby ponds emit a truly staggering, nostril-filling sulfuric odor. It is especially pungent when the wind is calm - and that is coincidentally when most of the disc golfers I've ever met like to be out on a course. Traveling between the northern and southern courses is about a 10-15 minute endeavor by car or brisk walking. Something particularly disappointing I noticed upon my arrival for the first time is that hole #10 is NOT the closest hole to the northern companion course. Logistically this does not make sense. The first hole you come to is #12 down by the bridge, but hole 10 is further south along Locust St.
Other Thoughts: Springvale South deserves credit where credit is due:
*It's a clean, upkept park
*It's an easy drop-by type of course in an area that was pretty far from any DG action at all
*It has a couple fun and unique holes
*It's a great place to take your beginner friends
Overall, this newbie is a decent little 9-holer and I'm glad I have another course to play occasionally.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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The Back Nine Is A Slightly Tougher Version Of The Front!
Pros: Lying 2/3 of a mile almost due south of Springvale North is the back nine course, Springdale South. This course is designed to played either as the back nine or as a seperate course, your choice. The baskets are numbered 10-18. As with the North course everything here is brand new and still has that new car smell. New DGA baskets with the numbers on top facing towards the throwers, new concrete teepads and new wonderful tee signs with a small map of the hole, distance, par and hole #. I sincerely hope the local Natzi youth do feel the urge to mark up the signs and pads.
This course is slightly longer, more challengingly, hillier and plays three holes through a undeveloped brown, scrubby section of the park. You'll need shoes for this nine. The rest of the course is that same wonderful, lush, green grass. I'd call this nine a typical recreational course. It still has some fun little ACE runs.
Cons: I think there's room for a full 18 on this site. It's 2/3 of a mile from the North course. I think it's meant to be drivin between.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing these two courses together. There was quite a crowd on the courses today. The rec department did a really top notch job putting these two (one) courses together. They should be commended.
Take care, don't litter and some of you guys get out and stake out these courses at 2 AM everynigh,t keeping a watchful eye out for the local marauding packs of teens with their cans of spray paint.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Great tee pads and beautifully maintained park. Signs were easy to follow and holes were well thought out. Some fun shots and ace potential on at least three shots.
Cons: Not a lot of variety ... some obstacles.
Other Thoughts: Long walk between courses ... probably a drive.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Back 9 - more of a challenge!
Pros: Long holes, open well kept grass for most holes. Hazards to make it interesting. Good size hills. A couple of the holes are in natural terrain.
Cons: Might Loose a disc or two. Long walk between north springvale (1-9) and south(10-18)
Other Thoughts: This is a longer more technical course than the 9 earlier holes at the north springvale. Look for a place on the south of 136th to park or drive between the two.
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