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Pros: This course is pretty much completely out of the way of the rest of the park. I went there during a major softball tournament, and had absolutely not interference from the softball.
Good use of elevation and of the woods. The lines are tight, but fair. Hole seven and two stuck out to me as a great holes. Seven is a risk reward shot that if overshot ends up in water.
The holes require a lot of accuracy, and keep you on your game mentally on 16 of the 18 holes.
Located close to the Valentine courses, and would be a good warm up in the morning or a close out round.
Cons: It was hard to navigate at times, hole 9 and 18 are straight shots with nothing in the way. No distances on the signs, which is slightly frustrating.
Some "next tee this way" signs would really help the flow and navigation of this course for people who haven't been there.
Other Thoughts: I will NOT mark this course down because of natural tees as they will probably add concrete when given enough funds (there is a great disc golf scene in the area). This course needs "beat in" a little bit more, but that will come with time and more rounds being played there.
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Pros: Mostly technical wooded course that is deceptively challenging. For the most part, I enjoyed the design of this course, the diversity of the holes in terms of length, shape, elevation, and look. Most holes play down rather tight fairways, but they are clearly defined and completely reasonable in width. There are several holes that give you birdie opportunities, but getting off the fairway can easily punish you with a 4, or at least make you really work for your 3.
Tee signs were effective in marking the tee area and giving hole number. Baskets were in great shape, clearly marked with hole number. The most helpful detail was the next tee and arrow on each basket number plate. Navigation would have been much more difficult for a first timer without these. (next tee directions are much more useful on the baskets than the tee anyways, as I always forgot to look or just forget once the hole is over- so thank you to whoever did that!)
Overall, the actual disc golf objective of trying to get the disc in the basket was really pretty enjoyable here, with a good balance of challenge and fun. I definitely left several shots on the course, and would have enjoyed the chance to try to improve my total score with another couple rounds.
Cons: This being the first review of a new course I am going to be detailed in my critique in hopes that the course designer and/or locals with strive to make improvements of a course I believe has pretty good potential:
As far as design, where I normally like a mix of open and woods, here the final 2 open holes of each 9 (#9 and #18) are just long, open holes with no obstacles and appear to be just a way to get back to the car. Sure it is nice to have 2 loops of 9's, but not at the expense of throw away holes. I do supposed it caters to those who like to unleash a long drive, but you don't need a course to throw a disc in a long open field.
With the course being new, it lacked the aesthetics qualities in many areas. There were lots of downed trees and limbs, and the rough was literally rough, but with work and normal wear this can be improved. My biggest concern here would be how difficult it might be to have control of the rough in the summer. Playing in early spring I encountered massive amounts of thorns on several holes just off the narrow fairways and there is a large-leafed plant that grows low to the ground and in patches that easily swallow discs. I wished I had worn jeans to protect my legs, but being in the Mississippi River Plain in the deep south, wearing jeans in the summer may be too hot.
I also had concern on the first 7 holes where the fairways are essentially sharing a walking trail. I had to stop once to allow a walker on the trail to pass me, thankfully I saw him before I threw. The worst spot was hole 7 (a good hole that plays to a blind basket on a peninsula of the pond, but also a spot where navigation was tricky). The hole plays across an open area to the clearing for the trail on the other side- you literally aim for the sign saying "trail resumes here". The hole is blind is an obvious danger of a trail user getting hit by a drive.
One of the first things I noticed was how much trash was on this course, especially on the first couple holes. (the good news is this can be cleaned up eventually). But then the dumpster near hole 8 and 17 overflowing with leftover picnic food was absolutely disgusting (I will spare you the details, but this was not a sight for weaker stomachs). Strange place for a dumpster, but it appears the open land doubles as a place to hold carnivals or boy scout camps and the like with scattered water hookups and electrical outlets, also telling me their will be times when this course will be unplayable when occupied by these other activities.
Also, the course currently has natural tees, many had no clear definition of a tee line, where others were marked with a log that could easily be stepped on or tripped over. Not sure if clearly marked tees of any form are in the future plans, but even if concrete is not possible, something more consistent and safer would be better.
Other Thoughts: Course is in the back of the baseball park, continue past the first parking lot, down the one-lane road to the 2nd parking lot and you will see tees and baskets on the left. From the lot, tee #1 is to your left, tee #10 is to the left.
This is now the 4th 18-hole course in a small radius (couple miles from the two Valentine course, and a few miles from Orgil). Lucky residents here now have several options of solid disc golf to play.
New look, but appears that steady work is being done to improve. In some ways this course was better than I anticipated, but in other ways I was disappointed or can foresee some potential issues. Also, I can see where this course may be better-off played in the other three seasons of the year rather than in summer.
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