A fun Rec-level round
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is located on mostly flat ground with tall, mature trees throughout. With little undergrowth below them, it's very easy to find your disc. There's a practice basket as well as a port-a-john by the first tee. There are bridges to deal with the water that can accumulate in the stone-lined stream areas. The park mostly caters to disc golfers; there were a couple of people walking their dogs on the paved path that circles the park, but that was it. The course rewards left-right control, with multiple paths to the basket. There's usually a tree or two in the way of the most direct line from the tee, encouraging the use of that forehand or anhyzer shot you might not use that often.
Each hole has two sets of tees, providing an appropriate challenge for both rec and intermediate-level players.
Cons: Most of the holes are very similar; a loosely-defined fairway with no real punishment (other than clipping a thin tree trunk) for missing your line. Experienced players may find this course a bit too easy. There are few elevation changes to deal with. No real wide-open bomber hole to speak of, along with no water, but that wasn't really under the designer's control.
Some holes are right on top of each other, and others require crossing very close to another hole's fairway to get to the next tee.
Other Thoughts: When I played this, the board at the front of the park indicated pin positions that didn't match up with the actual positions according to the tee signs.
The lack of undergrowth (at least in the winter) made for huge skips on the forest floor.
This course seems to be very lightly-played. I don't understand why. While it's not a huge challenge, it does make for a really fun casual round.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Flat, Shaded Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The newly added back nine makes this course somewhere to check out in the area. In the hot summer, the entire course is shaded from the get go so it's not as miserably hot. This being said, there is somehow clearance. Somewhere that is that shady would sound like it would be completely dense with trees. Somehow this isn't the case. It is a wooded course throughout, but plenty of fairway for any skill level.
There are signs with distances and all basket positions on the map at every tee box. There are also a few navigational arrows on trees. The tees are large and concrete. There are two tee boxes for each hole and also areas where the park staff can change up the basket placement (not sure how often this is changed since I've only played it once). When I played they were in the b position. You can check the position of the basket on the news board as you walk in. Each tee also has trash cans and I believe a bench at every tee.
There is a practice basket and picnic table at the front of the park. For the most part, the park is solely disc golfers. There is a walking track that flows along the edge and never in the way, but I saw 8-10 cars in the lot and nobody on the track when we played.
Not a knock on the course, but it's apparently rarely played so you may have the course all to yourself. We played on Labor Day weekend are there were only 6 or 8 others on the course.
Cons: In the summer as well as the course being low flatlands, the bugs were pretty annoying. I however did not bring bug spray.
It would also be nice if they had some sort of bathroom/water fountain area as there is nothing of the sort there.
The last minor con was my particular dislike to the baskets. They are in fine condition and it may be personal preference, but compared to the Innova, Prodigy, and Dynamic baskets I've played, these seemed strangely small.
Other Thoughts: Baskets are sometimes hard to locate from the tee. Painted a portion of the basket or using flags could possibly solve this.
A few more signs in between certain holes would help like from 11 to 12, but other than a few issues like that, the course is nice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great quite course.
Good easy flow.
Good long and short tees.
Large varieties of shots.
Great for all level of player.
Course is basically completely covered in shade.
Cons: Hard to find a con.
Baskets blend in a little.
Other Thoughts: Great park.
Port a Jon.
Nice walking trail around the park.
If you are short on time you an play a quick 9.
Would really love to have a course like this close.
I really recommend playing this course if your in the area.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Has practice basket
Has concrete tee pads for both tees
Has tee signs
Has good mix of wooded and open fairways - lots of trees but not dense
Has a lot of shade
Has three alternate basket placements for each hole
Course flows pretty well and has next tee signs where needed
Has many benches throughout course
Has bridges to mitigate any standing water
Good split of the front and back nines in case you want to start on hole #10 first
Walking trail doesn't interfere with play
Some parts of the course will flood long after it rains and stay muddy ... specifically holes #4 - #8 - recommend waiting at least a few days to play after it rains
Lots of mosquitoes here - definitely wear some repellent before playing
Some parts of the fairways are rough to step on
DGA baskets are hard to locate at times - be nice if they all had flags
Mostly flat but there are slight elevations on some holes
This is one of my favorite courses to play. I like to give a big thanks to the city and the designers of this course. With all the trees and not so short distances, I do find this course to be challenging. The addition of the back nine holes in 2015 completes it and makes it even more fun to play. Be sure to wear some insect repellent for this course!
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Attractive course, now a full 18
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course give a very good first impression as you approach.
Ample parking, picnic area, porta potties all in good repair.
The teepads are great! Large tapered affairs surrounded by wooden beams that are painted to denote the color layout you are playing. These may be red or blue(red=short, blue=long). The back 9 does not have this yet, but I don't think it's been in the ground that long.
Many benches dot the holes, and the signage is quite good and accurate.
The baskets are new DGA baskets, and catch quite well. They have 3 possible pin positions and are currently in the B position which is noted on the board by the course map.
The course appears fairly well maintained and though the elevation is minimal and the only water are small streams the copious trees make it a very challenging play.
Some of the most direct lines are through small gaps with copeses on either side, making for some mind games to find your route.
They did a lot of things right with this one, and the park as a whole is quite nice.
Cons: Looks like it holds some water in spots, but the course has several bridges to help with that.
The baksets are all silver and can be hard to see at some junctures.
No elevation to speak of and the trees are really the only element adding another element.
No real gripes about the course, it just doesn't have that X factor that makes you say,"wow that's a great course!"
That's not a knock on it though, they made the very best they could with the land they have.
Other Thoughts: Overall well worth a play. It's a great place to bring a group since it's pretty big, not very crowded and walking distance to the best BBQ in the area.
I will be back and might try to play some of the events they hold there occasionally.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
nice, quiet course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -never have to fight a crowd
-although mostly a short course, the amount of trees keep it from being easy
-nice hole layout signs at each blue tee
-there are multiple approaches to the basket so you can try something different if you play through more than one time
-addition of back 9 made this a better course
Cons: -can be difficult to navigate the first time there. New holes suffer from the same problem. Next upgrade should be signs pointing to the next tee
-on some holes, it is a little cramped where the tee box is too close to the basket of the previous hole, and this is with very few people on the course. I could see tournaments being a mess here.
-be careful of several small holes in the ground all over the course or you could twist an ankle
-don't go left on hole 16. It is a jungle and you will never find a disc. I know from experience
-some of the distances on the tee signs don't match the pictures. For example, the sign may say B is longer than A, but the picture shows the opposite. I think the distance is correct and picture are what is wrong
Other Thoughts: -Make sure to check the large bulletin board at the start of the course to see which pin location is being used on the given day. If you know which of the three it is, you only have to use the signs by the blue tees to determine your distance.
-Just a fun little course
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great area, very nice park. Lots of nice shade and great park. Overall I enjoyed playing the course and look forward to going back. Even with it being a 9 hole course you still can play 18 if you play using the two different tee pads for each hole. I went without a map, and for the most part was able to navigate the course without too much trouble. I was surprised at hole 4 with a nice long shot. I also felt that this course was designed with both left and right handed players in mind. I felt that each hole had multiple flight paths which is nice. Also to find a course that has great tee pads, and signage is always a plus!
Cons: The only holes where it is a little confusing are 2 to 3 and 3 to 4. From hole 2, you turn to your right, and walk behind hole 9 to the tee pad for 3. And after playing 3 the long tee pad is to your right. However I believe that 3 to 4 will get better as traffic increases at the course. Also the only area with issues was the area from 8 to 9, where you have to walk behind the basket at 2. This area seemed a little tight, and might cause some issues should the course be very busy.
Other Thoughts: Overall this was a good course. I feel like the county would benefit with more parks like this. I look forward to what is to come of the additional holes if they should happen, but also feel like if they should keep this layout it would provide enough change with the multiple pin placements and dual tee pads. Thanks for the hard work and for another course in Cobb!
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Frog Rock Disc Golf
Pros: The Louise Suggs Memorial Park in Austell, GA boasts a really nice nine hole disc golf course. Remembering what many nine hole courses sometimes lack, The Frog Rock Disc Golf Course is a nice surprise.
Conveniently located just a few minutes off I-20 and just 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, the course is just as accessible to those passing through town as it for those living in the northwest Atlanta suburbs.
Beyond the gravel lot offering ample parking you'll immediately notice a landscape that's just right for disc golf. A perfect mixture of hardwoods and pines define the course and set the tone for the round. It won't take long into your round to also notice and appreciate the clean forest floor either. There's virtually zero undergrowth here. Overall the fairways are clean wooded areas defined by grassy paths and knolls. Regular maintenance by the city will guarantee that the grass will be mowed and golf ready anytime you're ready to play. Although the course is basically flat, a couple of holes take advantage of some very modest elevation changes. A paved walking path circles the course and brings out-of-bounds into play on several holes.
Concrete tees, both on the long and short pads are here and set the bar for the course. They're generously sized and bordered by 6x6 timbers set flush with the surrounding grade. Further, the borders are painted blue for longs and red for shorts. Tee signs for each hole are on the long pads. They give distances and map the holes and pin placements. Brand new DGA Mach 3 baskets are here and they catch great. There's also a roomy practice area with a matching Mach 3 as well. While the area may not be quite big enough for practicing drives, there's certainly enough room to brush up on some pre-round upshots and putts. Very nice city installed steps and ramps/bridges lead you from the parking lot and one's long tee down to the course.
For those liking variety, the multiple pin placements on this par 28 layout will surely be appreciated. They're thoughtfully positioned in short/medium/long configurations and they offer some good changes to the holes. Often the change of position not only changes distance but also tweaks the hole just enough to offer a change of pace that keeps the course fresh and interesting. I especially like the fact that rather than random baskets getting moved sporadically there's actually three distinct official layouts, A, B, and C. Presumably they will be on a scheduled rotation in the future. A kiosk near the first tee indicates the current course configuration as well as offering a look at the course map and overall park footprint. As mentioned earlier, having long/short tees pads give options too. Overall the short pads will shorten the course by about 680' compared to the longer ones.
Cons: I struggle to find any major cons here. Besides being only 9 holes (although there are talks of 18 soon) it's a pretty solid course. Everything else is just minor in my opinion.
Heavy rain will saturate low lying areas throughout the course. And of course the standing water coupled with the springs adjacent to the course will probably be an ideal area for mosquitoes. Bring some spray just in case.
Because of the compact layout there are some areas where pads and baskets are fairly close to one another. The transitions near five's tee pads could also be a little confusing your first trip out. That's because a couple of intersections getting from basket to next tee on a hole or two cross paths in the area (namely hole 2 going to 3 and 8 going to 9). This is really only a problem for easily distracted players and would only be an issue if the course is crowded.
Other Thoughts: Kudos to the City of Austell for installing the course. It's great to see this municipality take disc golf seriously and follow through with a professional install including a lot of the desired bells and whistles.
I understand that 9 more holes are in the works (or at least being talked about) to complete this current nine hole course to a full 18. When complete I feel like this will be one of the nicer 18 holes courses in the Atlanta area.
On an interesting note, the park is named after Louise Suggs who is the LPGA founder and was a golf champion as well. The park is the location of the former Lithia Springs "ball" golf course which was owned and operated by her family. I'd like to think she'd appreciate disc golf and is happy to see the park getting some good use.
Make sure you hit up Wallace's Barbecue while you're in the area. It's right behind the course. They're closed Sunday's.
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