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Pros: The course is on the military base, in a well controlled multi-purpose park. Hole 1 is well marked. There is a large bench along with a board with a complete map of the course if you are not familiar with the layout. You might want to consider taking a picture with your phone, so you can find the transition between holes 9-10, and getting back to the parking lot after hole 18. Holes 1-5 are basic, grip and rip holes. They are wide open with few challenges other than the wind found in the open fields. The remainder of the course offers more natural obstacles such as trees and water. Holes 10-12 have tighter fairways and turns that will require you to shape your shots. Hole 13 plays down to Beaver Lake with a challenging pin location. Holes 14-15 are mostly open however, you must take the water into consideration or risk permanently loosing your disc. Hole 16 plays long, and holes 17-18 offer good birdie attempts to close out your round. This course is beginner friendly as long as you guard your shots around the lake. The more experience arms will be hunting birdie opportunities, and will find them in abundance.
Cons: There have been some comments early on about the natural tees being acceptable however, after much play they are rutted and quite frankly are not safe. This course would be much better served with concrete tee pads. Hole 6 needs to be cleared out on the left side. All of that dead fall is an invitation for snakes to be found. There is no restriction on parking when playing down to hole 13. The enjoyment of challenging yourself to throw down to the lake may be lost by vehicles parked around the basket. I was told that the designer was limited to putting the course in on currently mowed areas in this park, which is why there is greater distance between hole 9-10 and hole 18 and the parking lot. The path back to the parking lot is paved, so enjoy the exercise. The holes could use a few more benches, especially along the back of the park. It would be nice to have water available, along with a restroom facility. Hey, wouldn't that be great everywhere we play?
Other Thoughts: The course is on a military base however, a valid driver's license will get you on the base. Go directly to the gate guard and he will scan your license. They do not know what disc golf is, so be sure you know where you are going before you drive in. Be disc golf park board has a packet with sign up sheet. Be sure to sign in. The more it is used, the more attention it will get for further improvements.
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Good mix of skills
Pros: The front and back 9 are like two different courses. At first there are most open shots - at most requiring some gentle technical curves. The back has narrow gaps and tight turns plus danger from water hazards, and a lot of elevation changes.
Cons: The pond is nasty - your disc is probably not worth getting (or don't throw it). The back 9 are a considerable distance (both start and ending) from the front 9 - but you can drive down and just play the back 9 independently. The natural Tees are showing some wear - bare dirt with small depressions retain water for a while
Other Thoughts: Well marked and generally well-maintained, this is a rewarding course to play.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Saturday walk in the park
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Pros: Great mixture of long and short holes; open and techincal holes; & beginner friendly to experienced player holes. The techincal holes are great for testing the limits with a mid-range or a putter. The open holes are great for those with a long bomb (drive, probably shouldn't say bomb on the Military base). The short holes almost make you want to unload your bag to try for an ace (I did a few times). The signage is great and has an arrow pointing you in the direction of the next hole - easy to navigate through. I am planning on coming back to play this course again.
Cons: I could not find much wrong with this course other than the fact that hole 18 does not end near hole 1, like most courses do. You walk atleast 1/2 mile from 18 back to 1, if you want to play a second round. I'm not saying that to sound lazy, just doesn't flow well if the ending isn't close to the beginning. I would have like to play a few holes shooting uphill. Some of the open holes are a bit too open (meaning that there isn't a tree or some sort of landmark to help you get an idea of what to throw).
Other Thoughts: Bring plenty of water when you play, especially on a hot day. There are no water faucets or water fountains on the course. The lake makes you want to just chill out during the middle of your round.
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Pros: As the first DG course in the Dothan area this is a welcome addition indeed. The course itself was fairly easy to find with a nice board in the parking area with course map. Be sure and take a good look at the map on your first visit, it will help with course navigation. Finding your way around the course is mostly intuitive; however there are a couple of longer walks between tees. From hole #9 you take the road left of the basket , you will see the tee for #10 on the left. The tee for #17 cannot be see from the basket at #16. Just follow the tree line on the left. Another longish walk is from 18 back to the parking lot. Again just follow the road back and you will find it. There are nice signs at each hole that while small they have all the information needed including route to the next tee. Located on the Ft. Rucker military base I assume the designer was not aloud to remove any trees. With this in mind this is a nice layout and interesting course. There is not much elevation change available in this part of the country but every bit available has been incorporated. Good mix of long and technical holes with a balanced mix of hyzer, anhyzer, and straight shots. The course is mostly open with some wooded holes and three holes bringing a small lake into play. Hole #13 is 260 feet downhill with the basket only about 20 feet from the lake, definite test of courage and distance control here. Hole #15 is 405 foot hole across a corner of the lake. To go at the basket you will need to be able to carry about 390 feet to stay dry. There is a safe route available to the righ but it will require a long second shot to save par. The course was incredibly clean, I did not see a single piece of trash lying around, I hope it stays that way. I was fortunate enough to play my round with one of the pilots stationed here, nice treat for me.
Cons: There are very few negatives here. The tees boxes are natural; however they are well marked and maintained. Trash cans and benches would be a nice addition. There are signs warning of snakes in the area so watch where you walk.
Other Thoughts: I found this a very fun course to play with plenty of obstacles to navigate but not so difficult that you would not want to bring a newbie to play. This is a brand new course so we need to view it that way. It is sufficiently complete in its current configuration. Additionally there is a multitude of opportunities for improvements in the future. Such as multiple tees and pin positions. Besides where else can you play a round of golf with Apache helicopters flying around you?
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