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Uploaded By: pspunch Hole #15 (Taken 12/2010)
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Nice technical course

1    9/24/2012   10/19/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 815  Reviewed: 763  Exp: 12.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is cut through dense forest with cedars and nice brush. It's thick enough off the fairways that you'll pay for missing your line but there are some opportunities for creative recovery shots. There is a pretty good mix of hole shapes, the layout forces a balance of left and right turning shots.

From the longs, there's a nice mix of shorter reachable holes and a few that allow you to throw a longer drive. A couple are open enough to let you rip one, the rest will punish you for trying to bite off too much at once. The shorts are a nice alternative for newer players, and still have some nice variety without quite as much challenge. The concrete tees are in nice shape, and the tee signs have hole length for all tee and pin combinations.
Cons: The alternate pin positions are a nice touch to add variety, but the signs don't indicate which position is in use. There are a handful of blind shots, so not knowing where to throw can add some extra walking to scout the course. The walk back to the car after the last hole, and without the course map you might not immediately figure out where to go. There are a couple holes that feel a little repetitive, the shorter holes all run together a little with similar lengths and basic hole shapes.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the short tees approachable, with reasonable lengths but tough rough. More experienced players will find nice challenges from many of the long tees, you'll need a pretty good mix of skills to score well and shaping 250-300' lines is key. I would definitely recommend a stop here if you're in the area.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 tough!

2-4    8/26/2012   8/26/2012
Review By: DjKilliQuik
Played: 34  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 12.2 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very challenging course. Lots elevation changes on the back 9. Very manageable on the back 9 short and very hilly. I like that they switch up the long and short tee pads and catchers.
Cons: The beast was a little rediculous. Could have cleared out alot of the holes a little more. There is a lot of really low ceilings. Too low.
Other Thoughts: Be prepared to throw a lot of straight tunnel shots. You will use your buzz a lot

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 ALL HAIL HYPNO-TOAD

2-4    12/27/2010   1/7/2011
Review By: HYPNO-TOAD
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 8.4 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: course is very technical, i think the worlds were partly held here in whatever year it was. couple bombs from the longs, shorts were 8-10 strokes easier, some very nice holes on the back nine along the lake
Cons: the rough is very young and treacherous- dumpster shots may be necessary - rude cross country skiers are common
Other Thoughts: its pretty nice

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Amazing Frustration

2-4    5/22/2010   5/27/2010
Review By: dustbuster232000
Played: 30  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 14.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Both beginner and advanced player friendly. Offers a good mix of long and short with left, right and straight shots to challenge your game.
Cons: Easy to loose a disc in the underbrush in the wooded sections, a good cleaning of that would greatly improve playability. Possibly changing the last few holes to get you closer to your starting point.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course but recently we have had bad experiences playing, slow play or multiple disc play as well as not so friendly " Read Drunk" players. While patience is a virtue mine was wearing very thin on those days.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Big Creek

2-4    3/1/2009   3/2/2009
Review By: arowan21
Played: 48  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 12.3 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Tight fairways, really challenging, Multiple tees
Cons: Really tight fairways, DENSE brush just off of fairways, lots of poison ivy, winter ski trails
Other Thoughts: Lay up and don't go for the pin, your score will thank you. Learn to chuck your understable mids and putter before playing.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 A gem in the spring and fall

5+    8/20/2008   10/29/2008
Review By: cydisc
Played: 170  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 18.4 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good baskets. Multiple large concrete tees on most holes. Good balance of throws. Decent elevation. A logical flow and very easy to find the next hole. A challenging course for most players.
Cons: Tee signs have the minimum amount of info. Can be quite difficult to find discs that wander even a little ways off the fairway. Poison Ivy. No garbage cans.
Other Thoughts: The bulk of the course is carved out of cedars and brush. The final 6 holes are in a more manicured portion of the park with lawn and mature oaks and walnuts bordering Big Creek Lake. As mentioned in the title, due to the profusion of poison ivy, it's often best to play the course before and after the normal growing season for Toxicodendron radicans. The course has a good flow to it and it's nearly impossible to get lost. 1-9 and 10-18 loop back to the parking lot. It's a challenging course for most players, but if you are able to throw a good UD, you can do quite well by going over the top of the short trees and brush.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


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