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!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Frog Rock Disc Golf
9 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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