A welcomed addition to the DG scene
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Mr. Belet summed everything up pretty well. I'll try not to be too redundant.
Disc golf is still quite new and still somewhat undeveloped in South Korea. There are currently only three courses that are worth going to and this is one of them. The Dragons Lair has a little bit of everything. It combines the openness that beginners need to develop control with the distance and boundary lines that keep advance players on their toes. The course was planned quite well for the amount of land there is to work with. There are lots of elevation shots throughout the course. The short and long tee pads breaks the monotony of there only being 9 holes too. There were nomad portable pdga approved targets installed for the just completed 6 week winter league, but they are mostly stashed away until spring rolls back around.
Unfortunately, it's just a weekend course. I would also add travel as both a pro and a con. It's conveniently located just off the Bosan subway station, but it's sort of remotely located at the end on the #1 subway line. I would advise someone who is unfamiliar with traveling there to plan ahead and budget their time well. I would also recommend giving Mr. Belet a heads up if you are new to the course. Nothing is really makered and not many people know about it on base.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I've really enjoyed playing this course. If this course was a disc it would defiantly be a more Korean TeeBird. It's the best course in the country at doing a little bit of everything.
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Review from the Designer
Pros: -Good elevation changes
-Lots of obstacles
-Good mix of shots
-The shortest hole is followed by the longest hole
-The 590 foot downhill shot, the signature hole known as "The Dragons Tail" is a great, long hole with plenty of obstacles and OB
-Lush, green vegetation during spring, summer and fall
-Easy to navigate, especially with a course map
Cons: -Must had DOD-access as it is on a military facility
-Hard to find; tucked away in the "Dragon Valley" of Camp Casey, which is hard to locate if you are not familiar with the base
-Baskets will never be put in, due to policies with the land that is used
-No teepads or teesigns either...teepads will never exist (though several holes have concrete areas to tee off from) and teesigns are iffy
-7,8,9 all criss-cross over each other making it a huge safety hazard if others are on the course
-Some may not like playing on hand-made tone poles...they are also pretty rough on discs
-All the holes are pretty standard left or right finishing...though there are lots of obstacles and OB...it can get repetitive when played several times
-Course maintenance is done by Soldiers from the hosting unit who are in trouble, so if the Soldiers are behaving, many parts of the course can get overgrown
Other Thoughts: Let me caveat this review by saying that I am the designer of this course. It's hard for me to travel down to Seoul or points South, so I needed a course up North...and this is the only DG course in the North part of South Korea. That being said, I am very aware of the limitations of this course. It was very hard to convince the "powers-that-be" to let me put in a course, so I had to deal with some serious limitations.
In addition, as this course is my baby, there aren't a lot of other folks who do work on this course. With training and all the other stuff that goes on, it can be a chore to keep up with the course.
However, that by no means indicates that this is a "bad course"....I do take pride that it can challenge most any player. There are a few juicy ace runs (do mostly to the limited space I had to work with) as well as a few really long holes and some crazy challenging holes. The buildings, roads, and creek provide plenty of opportunity to go OB...control is very essential.
All-in-all, I am glad I was able to put in a course here. Korea is new to disc golf, and they are hungry for new courses. I'm happy to provide something for the local Koreans as well as the Soldiers and Airmen stationed here in Korea. It's not perfect, but it's still fun...and isn't that what this sport is all about?
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