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Awesome time down in the woods!
Pros: This course was tough! I haven't played many thickly wooded course but this course has made me lean toward this kind of play. A real challenge and good change of pace from the majority of courses that I've played.
Awesome feel to the whole setup. The wood chip tee pads, the earthy wood signage contrasted by the new cleanliness of the innova baskets and detailed hole maps. Perfect blend of the two elements make this a must play.
Fun course with plenty of scenery and a fun little romp through the woods feel.
Hole 4 is neat with the basket situated inside of a sprawling tree making it tough to hit from any angle.
Cons: The parking lot is dirt and I could see it becoming a mess when there's been a bit of rain.
The only other con being that it's not closer to where I live :)
Other Thoughts: I really hope that the club who designed and maintains this course so well keeps it up because I will be spreading the word!
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Excellent technical challenge
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Pros: This course is a technical players dream come true. Brand new discatchers with cool added machine cut nickel plates which have the hole sponsor and hole number on them.
Great tee signs displaying all the appropriate info on them. Wood chips at the tee area for added grip. Walking paths from hole to hole are well laid out and defined with log/branches to show you the way to the next hole.
Trash cans at most holes. Next tee arrows are wooden signs attached to trees to point you in the correct direction. The flow is very logical and the parking lot can be reached after 9 holes.
Has both long and short holes and dog leg left and right holes as well. Has one hole, 13, that throws downhill.
This course will provide you with an excellent technical challenge requiring you to think about your shot instead of just ripping it down the fairway. You will need to hit your lines to score well here. Setting up your next shot is going to be key.
There is ample parking and a homemade practice basket. Has benches at some holes. Good course to play on a windy day because it blocks most of the wind. Also provides excellent shade for those hot summer days.
Will offer A & B pins,right now there is only one set. Has good foot bridges for crossing the drainage ditch. Water will come into play on holes 2, 5, 10 & 18 if it ever rains again enough to fill it up.
Lastly my favorite holes are #4 with its basket placed into the V of a tree, see the pics, the epic tunnel shot on #13 which slopes downhill with the lake behind the basket. #14 with its length and 18 with its uses of the drainage ditch are just a few of my favorites.
Cons: These cons are a little nit picky but still worth a mention:
The walk from 14's basket to 15's tee and 15's basket to 16's tee are a bit long.
There aren't any amenities, so prepare accordingly.
There are a few stumps that aren't flush with the ground here or there so tripping could be a possibility.
Other Thoughts: Accuracy is key on this course. This isn't a course that will favor a player with a cannon for an arm. This is a course that could be frustrating for beginners. If you miss your line, chances are its going to cost you a stroke or two to get back on track. This is a course where your drivers won't see a whole lot of action. You would be best advised to use putters and mids here so you can better place your shots and give yourself better looks at par.
If you can shoot par on this course that would be excellent in my opinion. This course is going to frustrate you at times, but staying calm and discing on will help keep you in the fairway.
Overall I really love this course. It is a nice change of pace from the wide open grip and rip style of course, or a short 9 hole park style. Its nice to see a course that has this many technical holes on it to really help challenge you as a player. As the previous reviewer has stated this course is going to be really stellar over time. I want to personally thank the PCDGC for all their hard work that went into this excellent course.
If you are in the Ponca City area this is a must play course. If you favor a more open course with length then you can give its older sister course Lake Ponca a try. I for one will be back to play this stellar course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
This course is going to be amazing in time.
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Pros: This course is wooded and beautiful. Windy day? No problem. You'll very rarely feel the wind in this place, it is so densely wooded and canopied.
I saw probably the largest tree I've ever seen in Oklahoma at this course.
The holes are very well designed and give a great mix of long and short, but every single bit of it is technical. There is not a hole here that doesn't make you think about your line, disc selection, and release.
This course makes you pick landing spots in order to try to get to the basket on your approach on about 3/4 of the holes, yet it gives you a few bird opportunities and one reasonable ace run and one brilliant throw ace run. No chuck and putt here.
There are really cool design aspects to this course that both come into play, and just add eye candy. Not only will you enjoy the play of the course, but you'll enjoy the walk as well rather than just hurrying along to your next throw or hole.
There are plenty trash receptacles and places to sit.
The paths to the next hole are usually pretty well marked with carved wood signs which looks really nice, but with a few signs still missing can be a little confusing.
The natural teepads are in good condition and this whole area seems to drain pretty well, and I think that is a reflection of the designers hard work.
Quite a few drainage creeks cross over and over throughout many of the holes, but the designer put in some really great bridges anytime you need to cross water or even steep embankments.
The baskets are all brand new and catch wonderfully.
The signs here are unparalleled by any course I've been to. They are accurate and very explanatory.
Cons: This course can quickly get into your head and kill your score if you try to do too much. Not really a con for me, but might be for some.
Natural pads (though I heard they're going to be pouring concrete pads before long). I actually prefer the natural pads, but some might not.
Being so brushy and wooded, as well as being surrounded by the lake, this place can get pesty with mosquito's and ticks. DEET it up.
The tees are not yet greatly marked and can leave you wondering "do I toss at this root, or this one?" Flags had been set up, but many of them had been pushed over or torn down, or removed completely.
Walking the hole to figure out where exactly the basket is located is pretty common on quite a few holes.
No facilities of any kind exist here. Just a warning.
Other Thoughts: This course is great. The cons are so petty when you consider how awesome the course is. Go with water, bug spray, and humble expectations and you'll leave this course with a massive smile.
If you feel defeated when you leave and don't want to see another tree for days, just hop the trail over to the wide open Lake course and grip it and rip it to your hearts content. It's WIDE open and very long, so you can air out all your 25 speed drivers that lived in your damp dark bag without ever seeing the light of day at the Bois D'Arc course.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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