A big improvement over the old layout
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The new 9-hole layout at the Naval Weapons Station is a big improvement over the old one. It's still nothing special; but, at least now, members of the military have a more challenging & more fun course.
- There are going to be a lot of references to the old layout. So, if you never played the old layout, they won't mean a thing. Also, keep in mind this is a beginner-level course.
- Good variety of hole layouts. There are now three wooded holes, with fairways cut in the woods. Throw in a couple doglegs and open holes, and the course offers a little bit of everything.
- There were a couple of fun and challenging hole layouts. The old layout was pretty open, pretty straight and not a lot of challenge, so this is a major improvement.
- Three holes stood out to me as the best. #5 is a dogleg right around a baseball field - teeing off down the left field foul line to a basket around the outfield to the first base side of the field. Even with a good tee shot, you may have to throw around a series of several trees to the basket.
- #6 was my favorite hole on the course. It's also the most challenging, where you'll actually have to work for your 3. Tee off to a slight dogleg left through an opening in the trees. Your approach shot is slight dogleg right back to a basket that is buried back in the edge of the woods.
- #7 is a short, straight shot that starts in field to a basket in the woods. If you throw straight, you should have a birdie putt. Miss your line, however, and you'll be scrambling for a three.
- Course was easy to navigate. I had no problem playing the nine holes without a map or tee signs. There was a little bit of confusion going from one's basket to #2, but course area is small enough that I was able to find it in less than 30 seconds. FYI, after #1's basket, go to the left, past #3's basket and the tee for #2 is right there.
Cons: This is another course without major problems. They do a pretty job at achieving their goal of being a fun, beginner-level course, with enough challenge thrown in. That said, there were a couple issues that could be improved.
- Navigation could be improved. Pulling into the parking lot, the first thing you see is the basket #1, so at least you know where to begin; although, a sign for the first tee would make sense. Then you walk past #3's basket to get to the second hole (as mentioned above). On holes #5 & 7, after you finish the hole, you turn around, walk back down the fairway to get to the next hole.
- There are still tee signs for some of the holes on the old course layout. For example, on #9, you can see the tee sign for the old #4. If you get lost on the course, the old tee signs are really going to throw you for a major loop. The solution would be to either pull the old ones or put in new signs for the new holes.
- The tee pads are still dirt. They are framed, which is a good sign they may be filled in soon. Maybe once they're filled, new tee signs will be added.
- This seems to be a lefty-heavy course. Three of the nine holes are doglegs right - #2, 5 & 8.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by the improvement of this course from the original layout. The designers realized that longer, open holes aren't as much fun as slightly shorter holes that have some element of challenge - doglegs, woods, etc.
- This is a much better representation of disc golf for people stationed at the base. The variety of holes should offer something that anyone would like. It'd be great if the base has loaner discs for people living here, to really get some foot traffic on the course.
- I get the feeling this course doesn't get played much, so some of the flow problems won't be as much of an issue, specifically having to back track on holes #5 & 7 to get to the next tee.
- This is a pretty decent course. It's about as average as 9-holer as one can get. I didn't have a problem playing here, so who knows how stringent they are about having outsiders on the course. If you're close by, it's worth a quick round or two.
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