Will be for beginners, but fun for all, too
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Pros: I always think it's a wonderful idea for schools to put in a course, and RA Jones Middle has great potential to work on a couple of levels. Clearly, there is the intention to set tee areas short enough for casual and student play, and I'm certain they are looking at those 'even as we speak' to maintain maximum safety and fun play for the kids. In the meantime, folks are playing this course from basket to basket, counterclockwise around the generously mulched path that runs inside the perimeter of the school grounds.
Played as it currently stands, the course offers shots from about 150 feet to as much as 430, with elevation coming into play just past the 5th basket, and on holes 6 & 7. Most of them require some control in your release angle, to avoid going right into any fenced yard (where the correlation to barking dogs approaches parity), or left onto the sports fields. Hole five actually plays blind around a tree (anny or hyzer line: your choice), and up against the woods, and hole seven plays very long, and slightly downhill along the tree line.
In all, there's potential for this course to have shorter tees, but also allow more experienced players to enjoy a longer challenge, or even some safari golf.
Cons: There are some safety issues with how it's currently being played. Almost every 'fairway' is right over the path. The first basket has the parking lot 15' to the right and the baseball backstop 15' to the left. The second basket is just barely off the soccer field. If you throw from the path just past the third basket to the fourth, you're going right over one of the (impressive) exercise stations. Overthrows on hole five have an excellent chance of going over a private fence. From the path to the 8th basket goes just past a lamp post and one corner of the school building, and any shot from near there to the ninth basket zips past another corner of the building and up the blind sidewalk. So please be very careful with that shot!
Other Thoughts: This course is just around the corner from one of the better disc golf merchants in the area, and halfway between Idlewild/ Boone Woods and Lincoln Ridge (aka Banklick), so it's an ideal site to introduce middle schoolers to the sport.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a course designed for beginner / rec players (Middle school kids course). Tees will be grass. Tee areas and signs due to be installed in Fall 2013. Safety was a forethought in design knowing kids will be playing this regularly. Tees will be away from baskets. There are no fairways crossing or next to each other.
Cons: The course is mostly open. It goes around perimeter of school grounds. Holes are short. Wind will be the majority of the difficulty.
Other Thoughts: It is designed with kids in mind since the school will be conducting PE class competitions. Once hole lengths and par are determined, the hole info tab will be updated.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
At least the baskets are nice.
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Pros: 9 brand new DisCatchers in the ground.
It's on school property so it's exposing the game to kids.
Cons: Where to start...
No map, tee pads, or signs to inform golfers of the layout.
Plays perilously close to playgrounds, baseball fields, the school, the parking lot, and the soccer fields. Anyone using any of these other amenities is in or near the line of fire.
Other Thoughts: Who knows, maybe whoever installed this course (school board?) has plans for pads, signs, etc., but that doesn't change the safety issues. My guess is this will pretty much be used just for PE class and the holes will be left short.
Enzy and I played a safari round using the empty baseball and soccer fields so we could air it out some. We started at the basket by the first baseball field and worked our way counter clockwise from basket to basket.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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