2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nestled in a small town park, this older nine hole course has an interesting amount of variety, from open ace runs (1, 5 & 6) to blind over-ridge shots (2, 3 & 7), to one down-slope bomb (the 374' hole 4: well, 'bomb' for those of us with Rec level distance, anyway). There are distinct lines of flight to hit, and elevation in play on a number of holes, so this is a pretty fun and varied set of holes for the region, and the only game in town, so to speak. I hope the locals appreciate what they've got, and a lot of casual to Recreational level players get to enjoy it.
There are very nice map signs for the two sections of the course, so the fact that there are no raised tee signs isn't too much of a problem. I like the fact that the concrete tee pads have the distances stamped in the front. For those of us that don't putt with excessive vigor, the older Innova DiscCatchers (just 12 chains) caught OK. I like the color coding of the baskets so there's no confusion when multiples are in your field of view.
The park has some pretty log cabin structures (including a picturesque covered bridge), bathrooms, an amphitheater, and a play area, so there are features for the rest of the family.
Cons: The age of the course shows. I noted the older baskets, and firm putts will cut through. The tee pads are tiny by today's standards (3'x6'), and unfortunately conform to the slopes so that a few holes do not have a level area from which to tee off. I suppose it's fortunate, then, that none of the holes on the course really require a huge drive. Bigger arms will find no real challenge here, and will likely not need to bring much more than a putt/approach disc.
The flow of the course runs into a little bit of a quirk at hole 5. After finishing 4, cross the parking lot, check out the second course sign, and walk around the drainage creek once to the tee, then around left again to the basket. Hole 7 is blind uphill (you have to shoot to the right of the lamp-post and a good 80' past, over a drive/path). Hole 9 plays down in the woods right at the corner of the 'stage'/cabin, and to the right of the creek, and the soil down there is extremely soft and can be muddy.
Other Thoughts: Heading home from my folks' place in Texas, I decided to bag a course in Arkansas, and looked at the map to see if I could find one down in the corner of Missouri, and found this fun, little nine holer. Perfect, if a little out of the way, for stretching my legs. I actually enjoyed it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Hidden Rural Gem
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a clean, friendly small community park. I think the course designers used the lay of the land the best they could to create a challenge of some kind for nearly every hole utilizing woods, trees, creeks, hills, ect.
For a small town this is a descent course. Beginners will find it challenging, Experienced players will enjoy the opportunity to get an Ace.
My sons enjoyed the challenge, but it wasn't too long for them.
Not very busy, people friendly.
Only course for 50 miles, it could be much worse.
Cons: Holes are not very long.
Tee Boxes are small.
Though Tee Boxes have: Hole number, Par and Distance, it is stamped into the concrete instead of having a sign which makes you put forth more effort to find the next Tee Box. (They have 2 course maps to aid also)
Baskets are in good repair, but have few
chains, was an issue some times.
50 minutes from my house.
Other Thoughts: Hole Info. Notes: Hole 1: 162' - Straight shot, basket behind two in line trees.
Hole 2: 284'- Drive over hill with disc gliding under huge low tree canopy, basket well protected by limbs.
Hole 3: 165'- Big up wooded hill hyzer to valley below out of sight.
Hole 4: 374' - Down grade shot. Wind is different at the tee box, in the open, then at the basket.
Holes 5-9 are located across the road-look for Map/Sign-easy to find.
Hole 5: 164'- Creek runs perpendicular directly in front of Tee Box with a large tree directly on the far side of the creek.
Creek also runs parallel to hole on the right side.
Hole 6: 149'- Tee off next to a covered bridge. Basket is uphill 25' to the Left 25'. Nice Ace Hole.
Hole 7: 169'- Uphill with basket laying straight ahead, but lower out of sight. Wind is swirly on top of the ridge.
Hole 8: 179'- Down hill, through the edge of the woods.
Hole 9: Kind of hard to see, is next to park bench in the edge of the woods. Down hill, through trees, basket to the left next to creek. Don't hit the log cabin.
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