Pros: - There is a second 18 hole course at the same park
- Good use of the trees available to provide clear fairways
- Easier than the back course (also a con IMO) making it better for beginners
- One of the creeks that is on the back course also comes into play on one hole of the front course
- Nice concrete tee pads
- The first 9 holes loop back to the parking lot, allowing you to stop back by your car and add more cold beverages to your bag
- Tee signs are out here, but are of poor quality at this point
- Pool with waterslides available for the kiddies. Drop your wife and kids off here while you play 36 holes
- Park seems well maintained, grass was all cut nice and short when I was there
- Lots of chances for aces with a few longer holes mixed in
- Multiple pin positions on every hole but hole 6
- Restrooms are available onsite
- Not many places you could lose a disc around here
- Signs on the baskets pointing you to the next tee
Cons: - Not the most challenging course for Advanced or Pro players
- Long walks from 9-10 and 11-12 could get people confused on their first time through
- Multiple baskets visible from a few tee pads, at least once I can remember it not being any of the baskets that we could see
- Speaking of baskets, the baskets here are all old and in definite need of being replaced
- Tee signs are inaccurate. The distances are off and there is no way to be able to tell which position the pin is in. I did meet someone out there who was taking down correct distances to get new signs made, so this could change soon
- A few extra concrete tees around that aren't part of the course could confuse people
- I could see noise from the pool getting annoying on a few holes
- Poison Ivy around on a couple of the holes near the back of the course
Other Thoughts: Albert Oakland Park's front course is a pretty short and straightforward course utilizing an area of the park with less park users than the back course. It plays among some nice old trees in a well groomed area. The concrete tees were in good shape for how old the course is. From talking to some locals I found out that this course was the home of the very first Ice Bowl, a neat little bit of history. Most of the holes were short and straightforward, not requiring much thought as to how to throw them. A few of the holes did change that up though, forcing you to shape your lines to have a safe path at the basket. As I saw it this is certainly the course for beginners here at Albert Oakland Park, though that isn't to say that a more advanced player couldn't still have fun out here.
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Pros: Beautiful course; founding course of the Ice Bowl charity events. Multiple pin placements (some of the longer ones are not listed on this site because there are more than 3 pin locations). And Columbia's department of parks and recreation has truly turned the tide in course cleenup and tree maintenance.
Cons: It is rare to find a course that can be a challenge for both touring professionals amd recreational players. It is fun, short, long, flat, uphill, downhill etc. Lots of ace opportunities if you can hit tight pinch points in the fairway.
Other Thoughts: Not a wide range for scattered shots. The entire course is on about 11 acres, which leads to some safety concerns for players and pedestrians.
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Short and technical.
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Pros: Lots of technical holes. Some open up for larger drives. 3 pin placements.
Cons: Its an Oakland park course. Could be kept up better, baskets could be replaced, and I can see how people could get lost their first time playing it.
Other Thoughts: This is where I like to practice shorter more technical holes. The people who are usually playing here are great people. If you are playing it for the first time and get lost just ask someone, they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
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Pros: -Two separate courses on the property, which is always a plus
-Good amount of trees that provide a good amount of obstacles on each of the holes
-Nice tee pads
-Tee-signs on each hole
-Most of the holes are well designed and have rough off to the sides that can cause trouble if you happen to go off in it
-Signs on each basket pointing toward the next hole
-Pretty easy to follow flow except in a few spots
-Public restrooms near the pool (though they are closed during the winter months)
-The course does a good job of avoiding the other park users.
Cons: -This course needs a major basket update, the basket part is not deep enough and discs easily spit out of the baskets a lot of the time
-It was very hard to navigate to holes 12 and 13 and if you haven't played before it can be a little confusing find hole 10 the first time you play the course
-Not a lot of distance on this course
-Several of the tee-signs feel like they aren't accurate and it can be a little hard to get a feel for the layout of the hole from them
-No trashcans or benches on the course
-Grass was growing quickly on the course and the course might get overgrown in the summer months
Other Thoughts: -Overall, this course provides a decent challenge and is a good course to play if you are in the area. Its not a destination course but it still provides some nicely designed holes and a fun round.
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Please no 2-meter rule
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Pros: Easy enough flow, 2 9 hole loops, another 18 holes right next to it, Technical. teepads are good. Design is nice. Great practice area with concrete around the world.
Cons: Baskets update please. could use some new signage
Other Thoughts: I have always enjoyed this course and at times find it more difficult than its neighbor the back course. Some really sweet shots, hole 11 signature hole.
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Albert Oakland Park...
Pros: Very old course located in a mostly disc golf park. There are a lot of different lines you have to hit. A backhand AND forehand player would be a huge advantage here. Trees are put in just the right place so that their not unfair, but it's still challenging. Tee pads are a good size and give good grip even when wet.
Cons: Tee signs are bad. Period. Baskets are very old. spitouts and bounceouts are very possible. A high to low put would be best here. Left side chains have almost no chance of going in. Navigation can be a little of an issue here. 7-8 9-10 and 11-12 are all places you could easily get lost.
Other Thoughts: The walk from 11-12 really doesn't make sense. You walk over to the other course and pass hole 13 as your going to hole 12. Then you have to walk up 13's fairway to get to the tee. But those holes are definitely worth it. Holes 7 and 11 are very memorable. 7 is a big shot over some trees and 11 is a long downhill shot that you can let go high and let it glide all the way down.
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Classic 'technical' course
Pros: A technical course with great ace runs, a variety of shots are needed to make par, well maintained, reasonable for 'shorter' arms, good concrete tee pads, makes the player 'think' and play some lines (though a good thumber/tomahawk never hurts.).
Cons: A little short for the big arms, the course can be cheated a bit with OH drives, the fairways are grouped closely so you need to watch constantly for poor shots (especially when near the tee pad of hole 15), and the navigation is a bit tricky for first timers (to find the 'back' 9, you need to walk back near the parking lot and around a public swimming pool).
Other Thoughts: Difficulty: Noob - Advanced. Very fun course; it has it's oddities, but it's great for testing your technical prowess as opposed to sheer driving distance. Many birdie opportunities available for those who can hit the right lines. Albert-Oakland is a Missouri disc golf classic - many folks learn to play the game here and this front course is the second oldest in Missouri.
Very nice course
Pros: Nice variety of shots for many different types of shots. Trees placed in excellent positions (not right in front of you and slightly guarding most pins). Many nice Ace opportunities!!!
Cons: gets a little confusing on where to go after hole 11. but its easy to pick up after you find it.
Other Thoughts: Must play here
Old Course, but still fun
Pros: Historic course built in 1980. Concrete teepads are a plus. Technical shots, and recently redesigned, with more pin placements to add a little bit of length to the course. 2 holes formerly on the back course are now part of the front.
Cons: Historic course built in 1980 :) It's from a completely different era of disc golf, when the original aviar was an ultra distance driver. There are a few holes where you need a driver, but for the most part a good short range game is all you need to score well here.
Baskets are original 'Mach Zeros' and could use updating, but they are historic (25+ years old) and the club would like to keep them in and preserve that part of history.
Other Thoughts: Yes, the baskets are old, but they still catch fine. Course is historic, and the holes were long for the time period it was built in - and a lot of the trees that are there now weren't matured back then.
A lot of work was put in last spring to maintain the 18 hole layout - a 9 hole would be more modern, but maintaining a 36 hole park was the goal of the club and the city, and there is limited room to work with in urban Columbia.
My Cherry Popper
Pros: It was my first tourney location, and was a good course for me to enter into. Liked the open areas a lot, very scenic,
Cons: The Cedar trees are chemically treated to attract disc plastic, or at least MY discs. Lots of very strategically placed trees, which I guess could be a pro also.
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