Good Front Nine, Repetitive Back
Pros: This is a nice, hilly course. 18 different holes travel both up and down over the hills. Some of the holes are very pretty. First one that comes to mind is 2, which plays to a really nicely manicured multi-level mulched green with decorative timbers to divide the levels. The second that comes to mind is 12 which is a short uphill par three which forces shots over and around a creek to the right.
The front nine had a very nice variety of holes that seemed very well layed out.
The woods in this course are very well manicured. They have been cleared nicely and even though some of the lines are very tight, they are cleared.
3 sets of tees ranging from beginner to expert. Some of the lines forced by the gold tees seemd simply masochistic and beyond my current ability. A 4th set seems to be in the making...very short red tees were in place as paving stones on a few holes. It would be nice to see that idea flushed out.
Great tee signs on this course, which even have listed the elevation to the basket which I thought was very nice. Other amenities include a nice covered picnic area, portajohn on site, and a practice basket (see below).
Cons: Some of this course seemed a bit dangerous. Many holes required serious backtracking to get to the tees (especially the golds), and some tees crossed other fairways or were located very close to baskets creating opportunities for blind shots to fly into other groups on the course.
Hole 9 on the gold tees plays to 18's basket, and hole 18 on the golds actually plays to the practice basket. I thought these were unnecessary opportunities for something unfortunate to happen. Plus it means there really isn't a practice basket, it is simply the alternate basket for 18.
The tee boxes, while paved, were a bit narrow on the front. That, combined with a few of the lines having trees a bit uncomfortably close to the tees gave the course a bit of a cramped feeling.
Some people are a bit unnerved by playing under the high voltage power lines.
The front nine was a great variety of holes, but the back seemed less well thought out. It seemed that a motif of 280ish foot holes, slightly right to left, and downhill to a basket just tucked into the tree line happened a bit too often. Some of the holes felt recycled from earlier holes.
Other Thoughts: Watchout for mother nature here. There was a ton of poison ivy, and we ran into a copperhead on one of the fairways.
Overall I found this course fun and the positives outweigh the negatives. I would gladly come back.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I will go ahead and caviat this review with the fact that it was a solo glow round and my first time playing.
The parking lot is nice, long and large with a good view of hole one.
There are three tee pads per hole, the short whites, longer blues which I played are all concrete. The Golds which are the longest are some concrete and some framed gravel.
The holes are a fun mix of wooded heavily guarded holes and more open shots.
Baskets are fine but could use updating in a year or two. They still catch well enough though.
I liked that the space was used fairly well and I didn't see any shots that were overly repetitive or tedious.
Really nice layout.
Cons: I got turned around a bit, this may have been just an out of towner in the dark but it was not always very intuitive where the next hole is.
Baskets aren't bad but they need more updates ones if it's going to be a good tournament course.
Three tees is a cool thing, but if they had done two in the white and gold positions, I'm not sure you really need the blue.
The pads were a bit short but not terribly. I always start well behind the pad on a max d drive so it was fairly standard.
Other Thoughts: I think this is a nice little course tags I would very much like to play in daylight. Still had fun in the dark with no one around, so I imagine it's a blast during the day!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fun and quick
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great use of space. The course plays very well for the room it has with tees close to the last basket. Plays fast enough to play a few more then 18 by going back to the front 9
Cons: Lots of soupy ground.
Other Thoughts: White tees were just right for my 7 year old son to play and enjoy
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great mix, great course!
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - Great flow
- Good mix of shots
- Course was clean
Cons: -pro tees are challenging, but i see that as a pro.
Other Thoughts: One of the first courses i played when i started playing back in 1998. Great course.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Now That's a Mix
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Johnson Street really does provide some of everything. It's got wooded holes, with tight but not overly tight fairways and it has some open holes, where the big dogs will get a chance to eat. It's got some shorter holes, (200 feet) where shots will need to be placed carefully, and its got longer holes, (450 feet) so it's possible to bomb on a few tees. It's got sharp climbs, gradual descents and even a few flat ones. It's got holes that finish to the left, to the right and one (15) that can be played either way. It's got tunnel shots, blind throws and a few that pass over a creek. And that's just for the blue tees.
Before I get more specific, I should say that the three sets of tees at Johnson Street are among the best at providing three sets of difficulties that I have seen. I played the blues and while those made for a great round, I could see other players preferring the options here. The white tees, from what I saw, looked very easy. Much easier lines. Much better ace opportunities. They're probably a lot of fun. The gold tees, meanwhile, looked very challenging. Playing from appropriate tees, players of almost any ability could enjoy this course. At the same time, it provides a ton of variety for locals.
But back to the blue layout, which i found to be chock full of interesting lines and fairways. It starts out with a long open run across a well-kept meadow. Then bam, a tight, 280-foot funnel shot with a slightly-rightward finish. From there is to continues to mix up open holes with tightly-wooded ones and some that have a bit of both. It flows very well between the different types and it's just a nice variety that makes for a solid round.
My favorite hole, other than the tunnel on 2, is 12. Players descend from the 11 basket to the bed of a creek. (for both blue and gold) The water bubbles past as the golfer tees of up, over the creek as it bends away to the right and then up a sharp incline and around a grove of tees to a basket that is only 234 feet away, but plays much longer.
I also like how on many of the holes the difficulty comes from a narrow gap somewhere in the fairway. The whole fairway isn't as tight as sections of it. (Not that this is something I love in general, but it's a nice change-up from many area courses that feature mostly consistent fairway width.) All in all, a solid course that I'd like to get back to and have a try at the other sets of tees.
Cons: The main thing that I didn't like is the hole(14) that goes by the electrical equipment. There is a mando informing you to go around it but my disc is unfortunately illiterate and once its left my hand, its out of my control. It probably doesn't affect too many rounds but it not something I like to think about on the course.
That also ties somewhat into the atmosphere being not great. It's not a bad area or anything but in many ways the park shows its age. It's not out of the way, really and roads are somewhat close to some of the holes. Not to the point where they affect play but the course doesn't have the wilderness feel that many in the state do.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Still wonderful, but now even better.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Good mix of open and wooded holes
-Nice elevation changes
-Excellent course that requires skill at tight fairways, turns both right and left, and the need for a powerful arm.
-Beautiful new signage, tee pads, and extra benches
Cons: -Can get damp
-One of the busiest courses around
-The difficulty curve between the blue and white tees is very high
-Hole 14 has been ruined, where once it was one of the coolest holes in disc golf
-The fairways can come very close together and come into play with each other due to errant shots off of thick trees
Other Thoughts: I first played Johnson St on a cold, snowy, Winter day in December 1993. Since then, it has undergone few changes, but most of them have been vast improvements. Without question its the most technically challenging course in the area. It has white, blue, and gold tees which allows for varying levels of play, which is always appreciated, but I feel like some of the blue tees are closer to gold throws (hole 10 especially) and as a result it seems there is a very high jump in difficulty from white to blue. One of the most difficult aspects of Johnson St is that due to the elevation changes, even the shorter holes feel long. Add in a fairly wooded course and you've got a really tough course. When it gets busy, as it does on weekends between March and November, you'll be sitting between holes, so if you're the type of golfer whose arm gets cold quickly when you have to wait on others, expect this to factor into your play. Thankfully, due to a recent number of course improvements by the Oak Hollow Disc Golfers, there are additional benches for those forced to wait. Speaking of improvements, the new tee signs are beautiful. In fact, the whole course is beautiful, its just too bad that so many people abuse the course- the trash left around this course is unacceptable, and the graffiti left on the picnic tables, the benches, and on the shelter itself is vulgar and unnecessary (really?!? throwing away a can of coke under the first basket?). Many of the golfers here must have missed the fact that many holes have dedicated trash cans. It doesn't make the golfing any worse, but its a shame that littering is so common in our sport.
As I said, there are a fair amount of wooded holes. Since there hasn't been much change besides hole 14 in 20+ years, most have been worn down by foot traffic so heavy underbrush isn't really an issue. However, as many of the holes are quite close together, there is a definite possibility of finding the neighboring fairway after bouncing off one of the many large, beautiful trees of the course.
Hole 14. It once required a strong arm and a spectacular throw under a large powerline tower. Now there is a mando on the near side and the hole was shortened considerably. It was a signature hole, now its a simple one.
All in all, Johnson St is one of the nicest walks around. Its really beautiful, challenging, and fun, and if you're travelling through its definitely not the course to pass up.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -White, Blue, & Gold tee boxes give lots of playing options. Furthermore, they're well marked and each is concrete.
-Strong mix of open and wooded holes.
-DG dedicated park so everyone is there for the same purpose
-Well manicured lawn area, particularly reflected on holes 1, 5, 6 & 9
-Reasonable elevation changes
-In town, but accessible quickly by highway
Cons: -The tee markers are laminated paper and starting to show weather damage
Other Thoughts: Though a bit of a drive, this is my favorite 'local' course. It's got some challenging, tight demands off the tee on multiple holes and almost as many open and forgiving holes.
What makes this significantly better for me is the detail taken on keeping it looking sharp. It's a beautiful area and manicured to keep it so. Glad to see a dedicated park in the area, maintained by the county and looking so good.
The only drawback for me is the tee markers really don't do justice given the calibre of everything else.
Still, a pleasure to play.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Nice concrete tee pads and great baskets. The course was very well kept up. Not many long holes but making them go through the woods made them challenging
Cons: The one hole was underneath a huge powerline which was kinda scary but otherwise not much to complain about except some of the signs are gone.
Other Thoughts: Great challenging course. If you are nearby I would recommend anyone play it.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Like the layout with optional pads.
You can make this a easy or difficult course.
Great group of local players.
Cons: Signs have been missing on most holes for over a year. Trash cans are always full. The new benches are nice but some are in flight path.
Other Thoughts: We should add a sign up sheet for work days. Have several chores that local players can sign up to do. If just a few people pitched in every week we could turn this into a nicer place to throw.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
An oldy but goody
Pros: Layout - Perhaps the most obvious plus to this course is its nice blending of hole types. You go in and out the woods seemlessly and the course has a really good flow. It also does a nice job of mixing up hole lengths as well as offering multiple teepads for different skill levels.
The course does an okay job of forcing different shots, it won't test every shot in your bag. There are a lot of holes where throwing straight and accurate is pretty much all it takes, especially from the gold tees which uses tight early gaps to create most of the difficulty.
Equipment - The teepads are nice and large, plus flush with the ground. When there were signs still on the post they were very informative and easy to understand.
Atmosphere - The course is just there for disc golf from what I could tell so it's just you and other discers out there, always a plus. The course flowed really well and it was easy to tell where you were going next.
Cons: Layout - The course only does an okay job of forcing different throws. It would be nice if the multiple pads created much different holes but essentially the golds were made hard by sticking you behind a tight gap at the beginning. Most of the fairways are gap hitting types and a lot of holes only had one route.
The green designs aren't the best, the baskets aren't in positions that really make your accuracy on approach key. There's also not very much risk/reward within the course, you either hit the gap or you don't. Not a lot of elevation change on the course either,
Equipment - Baskets are old and should probably be updated. Most of the signs were ripped down and thus it was hard to find the gold tee in some situations; sometimes I couldn't find it or tell if I was on the gold or blue.
Atmosphere - The park is older and not the most pristine place you'll ever go. It wasn't dirty but you can tell it's aged. There's not really one hole you can look at and say this is the signature hole.
Other Thoughts: My plan was to play this course twice, once from both blue and gold. After I was done playing I didn't really feel like playing it again. I enjoyed it but it's nothing so spectactular that you have to come back.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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