The "shining star" of Korea...which says a lot
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -A greater variety of shots than the other Korean "courses" I've played
-Three separate teepads per hole...reds, blues and yellows (Juniors tees) make it a good place to play for really any skill level
-Guardian trees and OB that are very tough, but usually not unfair
-A few long bomber holes
-Good use of the available land
-Locals are more than happy to guide you around...plenty of English speakers who play there every week to show you the "local" routes
Cons: -Not easily accesable...it's outside of the town of Daegu and if you are not in the Daegu/Camp Walker area, it can be kind of a pain
-For as much as KPDGA hypes up the course, it can use a lot of maintenance...it's okay not to have actual teepads, but there needs to be some work done on the tee-off areas. Footing is problematic.
-Fairly high-use park that sees lots of non-disc golf traffic. Koreans, by and large, have no clue what disc golf is and very little is being done to educate them. They WILL stand in fairways or around baskets. BE COURTEOUS AND DO NOT THROW ON THEM!
-There are a lot of mandos on this course, but only one of them made sense. Honestly, the others seem like they were put there just to take away good routes so that experienced players wouldn't have any advantage
-Very lefty and/or forehand friendly...not a huge con, I suppose, but at my age it's getting to the point where after two rounds of throwing huge flick hyzers to go over the stupid trees on every hole, my shoulder is killing me.
Other Thoughts: This is the pride and joy of Korea and KPDGA, and honestly, that seems silly to me. While this is a decent course, and I have fun playing it, it is not centrally located, has a steep learning curve, and highly favors the select few who can play it daily or weekly. I really wish KPDGA would focus more on installing more courses throughout Korea, but that just isn't in their short or long-term plans. So the DERP it is.
If teepads were put in, some of the more ridiculous mandos (one hole has a triple mando...a double mando about twelve feet wide but also a height mando which prevents anything other than a shot down the gut...a thumber or tommy would be parked everytime) were removed and a few trees were trimmed (not removed) I would bump this up a full point. But as it stands, DERP is nothing special...but it's special for Korea, if that makes sense.
6 (blue and red)
2 (blue or red)
11 (blue or red)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Oppa Daegu Style
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: D.E.R.P. has a big sign that shows where each hole is in the park. There are three different tee off points for each hole with detailed placards. The park is very clean. It has bathrooms with water fountains at the beginning and the middle of the course. The baskets where high quality with good chain count. The course had good flow with only one or two holes coming near each other, but not dangerously close. D.E.R.P. had a variety of tight, open and elevation shots. 6,7,8,9 were my favorites. That same area is the only real hazard zone for losing discs on the whole course. The hole distances from pad to pin were mixed well too.
Cons: Only grass and dirt tee pads. I slipped a few times throwing drives. The hole placards were well done, but lacking distances. The course is within a mostly flat park filled with lots of small to medium sized trees. Each tree usually had numerous thick wooden supports for bracing. This made picking a line through the trees increasingly difficult. The fairways were a little tight. The only people that can take advantage of the course landscape were those able to throw above the tree ceiling. I didn't like how riddled the course was with OB lines either. A splash of color on the baskets would be nice. Sometimes they were hard to see through all the trees.
Other Thoughts: The directions I followed from discgolfinkorea.com were good, but the course isn't overly accessible. I took the metro to the nearest KTX station (CheonanAsan), then to Dongdaegu Station. A 25 minute taxi ride to the course ended the 3 hour trek from Osan AFB. It costed 20,000- 25,000 won each way on the KTX and 10,000ish for the taxi ride each way. don't forget to ask for a card. I recommend against taking the bus to the course because it involves multiple transfers and is over 1 hour longer. You can receive addition transportation help/advise at the visitor information booth at the entrance of the Dongdaegu Staion, near the taxi lines. If you are coming from afar, start early, plan out your route, and budget plenty of time. Overall, the course was challenging and fun.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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