Pineville, LA
Ft. Buhlow DGC - Purple Share

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Excellent and Varied Course

5+    11/19/2013   11/19/2013
Review By: Doofenshmirtz
Played: 24  Reviewed: 24  Exp: 1.9 Years
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course just has a good variety of holes and requires a variety of shots. It won't take every shot in your bag, but there are holes for almost all of them. Holes 1-4 are forested tunnel shots. The fairways are wide enough to allow a little error, but there are plenty of trees to avoid. Hole 5 and 6 open up a bit, but still have large trees and some elevation to deal with. Hole 5 can be approached with anhyzers, thumbers and flex shot. Only a hyzer will get you almost nowhere on 5. On 6, a hyzer is required, either low or way up high. Hole 7 has a wide open tee shot that rewards distance and placement. A long shot that lands to the right will cost an extra stroke. Hole 8 is another forested tunnel, and narrow with lots of trees.An errant tee shot can cost two strokes. Hole 9 can be birdied with a right turning shot that is perfectly placed. Hole 10 offers the choice of an over water ace run or a safe par for a right turning shot. Hole 11 is more open. Hole 12 begins the new holes and is a short hole that rewards a hyzer thrown over a very steep bank. Griplock will cost you a disc. Hole 13 is a much longer version of hole 12 with an OB road to the left and OB bayou to the right. Hole 14 is a 300' hole that requires a low ceiling shot or right turning shot over an OB road for a shot at birdie. The course ends on 4 open holes where accurate distance can lead to birdies. Three of the holes are over 500'.

All tees are 5'x12' concrete pads with signs showing the hole layout, intended flight path, distance and par. Navigation is fairly straightforward and course maps are available at the ranger station. There are water fountains and bathrooms in the parking lot and a water fountain between the #11 basket and #12 tee. Several of the holes have benches and trash cans are located throughout the course.

There places on this course to use most types of shots, tomahawks/thumbers, rollers, flex, hyzer and anhyzer. In some cases they are the only way to get close enough to make birdie. There are a number of risk/reward holes and holes that reward accuracy over distance. There are also a few holes that reward raw distance with a chance at birdie while not punishing weaker arms too much.
Cons: I don't think that there is a single hole on this course that I don't like. There are some cross-play issues between holes 16-18, but they are likely only to be a problem in tournaments and, even then, they are only minor. There are a few significant walks between tees such as between #9 and #10 and #13 and #14, but these are also minor. There are places to lose your discs in heavy brush, but these areas are also easily avoided.
Other Thoughts: When the new holes were put in, the emphasis was on creating holes that were a little more challenging than the existing holes and adding holes that were a little more open in some instances.The Purple course adds 7 holes to the original 1-11. All but one require some shot shaping. On three of these holes, right turning shots are rewarded. On two of the new holes, shots out over a large and deep bayou, though not required, are the best bets for birdie.

This is simply the best course that I have played and I may move it down a notch if I play a better course, but for now its the one to beat in my book.

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