Nice course if you like hiking.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has new baskets, good signage and well marked navigational aids. I got mixed up on one of the holes but it is my fault for not paying attention.
There is a nice mix of holes that are short and long as noted by others. There are two areas with plenty of trees that provide some interesting hole layouts. The OB is generally fair and you are much more likely to have problems with trees than OB.
The designers seemed to have paid more attention to creating good hole layouts than they did to overall layout and this is a generally good thing with respect to the holes themselves, although it leads to long walks between holes as noted below.
Cons: There are really too many wide open holes. The course designers worked with what they had, but there are two areas of the course in particular where tee shots are generally unobstructed.
There is an awful lot of hiking between holes on this course. From 6 to 7, 9 to 10 and from 18 back to the parking lot. I haven't measured it, but I would bet at least half the walking on this course is between holes including back to your car after 18. Just the walk back to your car from the 18th basket is 1/4 mile.
The elevated basket placement on hole 6 is gimmicky. Welcome to Disc Golf's version of Putt Putt after your wide open drive. This is apparently an attempt to make a wide open hole that follows two wide open holes more interesting.
The course is utterly flat. There is no elevation change to speak of although hole 5 does use a very small levee fairly well.
The course holds water after rains. Very large, if fairly shallow, puddles cover large parts of holes 15, 16, 17 and 18 after modest rains.
The tee boxes are dirt. They were generally in good shape even while the rest of the course was wet, but one was on the front edge of a puddle (if you go past the tee markers, you're in a potentially slippery and actually very wet place), one had a puddle developing in the middle of the tee box. This is a new course so I hope concrete tees are eventually placed.
Other Thoughts: The designers have done a good job with what they had to work with, which was a big flat area with two groves of trees and some large open areas with a ditch running through. This course isn't going to make you want to come to Mandeville just for the disc golf, but if you are in the area and looking to throw, it's pretty good.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1st North shore course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice mix of long and short holes. Some beautiful holes among oak and pine trees. Located in a great park. Good maps and score cards are available. Nice tee signs. Vending areas and restrooms available near the skate park by hole 6 and 7.
Cons: If you play just the front 9 you'll wind up back at parking lot by #1. But the back nine does not flow as well and you will have a nice hike back to the parking lot after finishing 18. But this could be avoided by numbering or playing the holes differently. seems like going straight from hole 6 to 10 and playing 7-9 last might be better.
#6 is a silly gimmick hole. At the end of the nice long fair way you'll find the basket mounted on top of a 6 foot tall tree stump so the basket is about 9 feet in the air.
Other Thoughts: Glad there is finally a DGC on the North Shore!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The Course NOLA Needed
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course presents a wide variety of shots and a challenging array of holes, from open bombers to tight, low ceiling tunnel shots to tree-weaving holes in the woods. It makes the best possible use of the park's landscape to provide a memorable, engaging 18 holes that have me using every disc in my bag and shot in my repertoire, and inventing a few more along the way out of necessity. There are even a few elevation changes (elevated basket on 6!) which, while minimal by northern standards, are noticeable in the flat south.
Although most of these holes are par 3s, many lie on the challenging side. It often takes more than a single good drive or upshot to make par: I find this course demands that I chain together a series of quality shots if I want to put up a good score. Mistakes and lapses are punished, but not overly so: most of the pars feel earned, rather than being gimmes. At the same time, there are enough user friendly holes that I don't feel like I'm getting senselessly beaten up on.
For an area already possessing two solid courses which lie on the shorter end of the spectrum, it's refreshing to play a course with such long and open distance shots. Even though there are only four or five of such holes, they do wonders to add variety to the round.
While it's often clear what shot you're being put on, a lot of the holes possess several options, which tests creativity in an engaging way: I've enjoyed experimenting with the lines I take on numerous holes.
Many of the holes feel memorable in full: rather than simply requiring you to make a single shot, they often provide a more prolonged challenge which adds to their experience and degree of memorableness.
Water is a factor on some holes, but as it mostly consists of shallow streams and drainage ditches, the chances of losing a disc are minimized.
Each hole contains a pair of alternate basket positions (a first in the area, I believe), increasing replay value. I've only played most of the holes in the long (gold) position, but the short positions are clearly marked, so I've been able to get a sense of where they are positioned. From what I can see, this course will play a number of different ways depending on which baskets are positioned where.
Very disc golf friendly park to play: outside foot traffic is minimized, bathrooms and water fountains are easily accessible, signage is very clear, both at the tee (wonderful tee signs) and when progressing to less-obvious holes.
Cons: A few of the holes seem a bit like throwaway holes, particularly the last two; perhaps they just seem that way in comparison to the preceding.
I would have liked to have seen some more novelty/extreme shots (extreme hyzers, memorable hazards, that sort of thing): while I like that most holes don't rely on making one shot to make or break them, having a few very unique lines in there would have made things more memorable.
Some of the shorter (blue) pin positions feel like clear downgrades for the hole. I like the push for variety, but for probably half the holes the longer position seems clearly superior.
While the surroundings are attractive enough, I certainly wouldn't consider them scenic by any definition.
Other Thoughts: This is exactly the kind of course the area needed: its more open, longer style is an excellent and welcome compliment to City Park and Lafreniere. Holes 3-6 (609', 444', 347', and 400' in the long position) almost seem like statements to me, making it clear that this course is of a different ilk than its neighbors.
Had I the choice, I would probably rate this course a 3.75. I'd initially leaned towards a 4, but after some time playing this course I came to feel that the intermittent open holes keep this course from reaching the "must play" apex. Still, it's very solid. A lot of time and attention to detail went into this course, and I think they did a great job in creating a unique disc golf experience for the area. Definitely a memorable one in my eyes.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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