Envy These Students
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Pros: University of South Alabama's course opens on a high note - a fun big hyzer out over a lake, with a water carry just short enough to make it more doable than not and give you the option to blow by the basket if you want to play it safe - and keeps this sense of fun going pretty consistently throughout. There are a few duds - 3's forced layup not 75' off the tee before making a 60 degree right turn momentarily took a bit of wind out of my sails - but these get quickly forgotten in the midst of the course's technicality, inventiveness, and playfulness. From tight hyzer flips (13) to multi-stage holes (11), elevated pins (8, 16) to well-guarded baskets (9, 11), open bombs (10) to tight lines through trees (12), and well-used water (1, 14) and OB (15-17), this course explores a range of shot making and forces you to weigh risk versus reward on a regular basis. You'll need your whole bag for this one, which is a real plus in my eyes. I appreciated how the course designers maximized the setting's inherent possibilities.
Course seems well-groomed. It's easy to find and parking is plentiful; just follow the instructions given here on DGCR.
The aforementioned 1 struck me as a perfect opener: the water gives an otherwise-easy shot enough edge to make it a worthwhile hole, but you can still play it safe if you'd like to. A great hole to warm up on as long as you err on the side of throwing long.
8 has a nice combination of factors in play: a pretty drastic RHBH anny/RHFH hyzer that plays down a gentle slope, the placement of the elevated pin up against the lake really makes you think twice about attempting any kind of shot that could net a rollaway.
9 is a nice hyzer shot over the road to approach a basket tucked down and into the woods. The overhanging trees force you to put some touch on that hyzer; you can't put a lot of height on it and expect to end up in birdie position.
11 is a great multistage hole that, at 696 ft, requires two solid drives to score well: after a long hyzer off the tee, you have to hit a solid fairway drive to approach the well-guarded basket. I always appreciate how thoughtfully placed pins keep you dialed in throughout longer holes, and this one didn't disappoint.
14 is a nice turnover shot over the corner of a lake, with just enough landing space between the water and road OB to make you feel as though you have a chance. Be wary! (And let me know if you find my Stingray. :D)
Cons: There's not a lot I can take away from the course design itself. This is a solid, fun course that maximizes the land it sits on. That said, I did feel as though the back 9 tapered off a bit when compared to the front 9. The shot variety and creativity just seemed fuller on 1-9, although I think in part these holes just play on better land: 10-18 seemed a bit constrained by the terrain they were on and the need to play back towards the parking lot. The latter half still provides some solid golf, and has some nice high points (11, 13, 14); it's just an overall slight drop off in my eyes when compared to the front half.
Tee signs and navigation could be improved upon. The former are currently laminated paper with hole number and distance stapled to a post; about a third of them were missing when I played here. Be mindful of the post when you drive: I connected with one on a follow through (15, I believe), and while it wasn't anything serious, it had the potential to be. I had two navigation snafus here, after 4 and 9. At the former point, hang a right after 4's basket and cross the road. 5 and 6 play in a small wooded section, after which you then cross back over the street, walk past 3's basket, and head to 7's tee. After 9, continue up the road 9 plays along, past the right side of a hedge at the center of a Y-ing road and up into a large field.
The tees are a mixed bag: the concrete ones are very nice, but there's also a lot of natural tees out here. Short tees are few and far between, and often seem like an afterthought, compromising the essential qualities of a hole.
Although this is a school campus, bathrooms didn't seem readily available.
We were fine here on a Saturday afternoon, but I can see this course getting crowded, both with players and with foot traffic. It does play through a college campus after all, and while some areas of the course are tucked away, others are decidedly not. This is doubly a concern for the numerous holes that play alongside the roads; I wouldn't feel safe throwing 15-16, for instance, when traffic was busy.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this course. Without pictures and with only a few reviews, I didn't know what to expect, but I'm glad I made it a priority during my day trip to Mobile. It reminded me of some courses I've played in the western PA area, playing in and out of variously wooded terrain, with a feel I haven't encountered too much in my admittedly-limited course hopping in the south. This course is super solid, really fun, and will engage a variety of aspects of your game. There are some inherent limitations of the land that keep it from being truly special, but I'd recommend USA DGC to anyone passing through the area.
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Excellent college course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun course with a lot of variety. A great mix of holes, requiring players to use all kinds of throws to excel. One hanging basket and one elevated basket add to the putting challenges. A lot of OB...which I like, because it requires more skill to score well. A pretty good amount of shade which is great during southern summers. While the course is relatively medium in length, it is tough to shoot under par because of the tricky OB.
Cons: Doesn't have a water fountain or bathrooms. Lots of OB if you don't like OB.
Hole 3 can get on your nerves, as it requires a perfect or a perfectly lucky shot to get a birdie.
Other Thoughts: Another above-average course in Mobile, a city blessed with several fun courses.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: good mix of hole types the new layout cuts down on alot of walking if you only want to play the back or just the front
Cons: there are water hazards lol there is still some construction going on, on one hole
Other Thoughts: good mix of turns for left or right handed players some short and longer wholes
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Challenges come in many flavours.
I had the misfortune of playing the course in the midst of a re-numbering/redesign effort, so the map, while still somewhat useful, wasn't accurate. See my "other" notes, but please compare the date of this review with the date of the map (2008 was the map available when I played) to see if my navigation comments still apply.
Course is set upon both sides of Aubrey Green Drive, a road in the midst of the sprawling University of South Alabama Campus. Other than the road itself, and a parking lot along a portion of the left side of uber-long #11, no other man-made obstacles come into play.
There are many different types of challenges to be found on this course. There are two water-carrys, with too-far-right being the safe area. Two basket heights are non-standard - one elevated, and the other, quite high, suspended by chains hanging from multiple tree branches! A couple long right-turners have a thick treeline on the right, but the ob-road along the left, requiring a steady turn that is "just so". A couple slightly elevated, left-turning holes have the road on the right but thick shule on the left. Several holes are tunnel shots - not overly tight/or long, but definitely preventing a disc from swinging too wide/high on its way to the basket. A couple very long holes are open early, but have guarded baskets. A few holes have tall, scattered trees to work around - pick out a line that best fits your throwing style. Yet a few others have shorter trees, making a vertical attack an option. The few right-turning shots tend to be longer and more continuous than their subtle left-turning counterparts, but straight off-the-tee will work well most often.
Navigation (1-9): The closest parking for tee-1 is in front of the two, light-coloured brick buildings (grounds warehouse and maintenance garage) on Aubrey Green Drive. (New) hole-1 has you throwing over the pond, NOT to the elevated basket to the left, which is #8, but instead to the basket on the right. New hole-2 is a short, up-slope hole, keeping the road to the right. You then play a few renumbered holes: new-3 is old-4 (with the tee/basket swapping), new-4 is old-17, new-5 is old-18, new-6 is old-2, new-7 is old-3. New hole-8 is a right-turner to the elevated basket with the pond behind, then cross the bridge then road for new-9 (old-5).
Navigation (10-18): From basket-9, walk up the road and cross at the T-junction, as new-10 is old-6. New and quite long hole-11 completely bypasses old 7&8, playing behind the parking lot, eventually connecting with old-9 (new-12). The simple re-numbering continues as new-13 is old-10, new-14 is old-11 (other side of road, not obvious). New 14/15 are both right-turners, keeping the road on the right, corresponding to old 12/13, I think. New-17 is old-14, and new-18 is old-15 to finish the course.
The re-design does improve the flow of the course, with 1-9 forming one loop, beginning/ending near the parking lot, and 10-18 another loop, albeit starting/ending a bit farther away. Another impact of the redesign is that only 2/3rds of the holes had concrete tees/signs.
Longer and more challenging than the several university/college courses I've played. The water carry or looming out-of-bounds makes some holes a bit too challenging for beginners and low intermediates, but provides a good challenge for experienced players.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
U.S.A. is a W.I.N. ...for the most part
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Pros: • Well maintained
• Creative use of the grounds and basket placements
• Great scenery in areas
• A fair few shots require some finesse, always a good thing
• Hole variety - some cramped, some open; some short, some long; some water hazards but they aren't TOO too intimidating.
Cons: • Signage is lacking - I only saw wood posts marking the natural tees, no real directions or maps; you can spend some time trying to find your way around.
• So far as I saw there weren't any water fountains to speak of, and just a port-o-john by tee #1...i don't know what the policy is on non-students using the facilities though.
• Roads can be more of a hazard than the water.
Other Thoughts: Some of the holes are really scenic - 3 has a cool thread-the-needle kind of feel; 8 is a nice hole ending in a big grassy pond-side field with the basket elevated to about 6.5 ft high. Hole 16 is really cool - basket is suspended by chains among a triangle of trees, about 6.5 ft. off the ground - something I had never seen personally. I understand the course was just changed around a bit due to some construction - that may account for the lack of signage so that may be a temporary issue.
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