Nine By Four
3 Helpful / 1 Not
While there are only nine baskets (plus one for practice), there are two tees per hole, and the course does play back upon itself, so there are two 18-hole layouts.
Minimal obstacles - an occasional tree trunk or branch to miss, with only one basket offering a challenging approach through trees (number -5, set barely inside the wild space).
Some baskets much too close to private property or entrance/parking lot.
Course plays in a clockwise, then counterclockwise, manner around the edges of a small public park located between a school/neighbourhood and undeveloped area. The course is open and short, so ace runs and birdy chances should be in abundance for the experienced, but offer some challenges to the less-advanced player.
Navigation: The online map I used mid-May 2014 has one error - there is no longer a basket-4 near the fence/play area. There is a new basket in the open space between old basket-7 and basket-8. Otherwise, the map did help me locate all the short (concrete) tees, and I mostly found the longer tees, which seemed to be transitioning from dirt patches/single brick to "real" hard-surface tees.
A place to play/practice/safari?/glow?, but not very challenging.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Wide open holes make for excellent beginners course. Short, easy holes, bring down your score, but lack in difficulty.
Cons: Back nine holes are the same as front nine only in reverse order. This means that you are constantly throwing at other players. Fore!!!
Other Thoughts: Only play it on a weekday when few are playing.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Watch the rough!
Pros: The course plays around a very small flat park, with a couple nice trees and very punitive rough around the edges. Though the park is tiny, the space is used very well, and the 9 baskets really didn't feel too crowded. The layout made for a very nice mix of different types of shots, despite the lack of many obstacles or any elevation.
The course only has 9 baskets, but is designed to play both clockwise and counter-clockwise around the park. This was an ingenious way to make 18 in a way that created a very different set of holes on the back 9, and was much more interesting that many other 9 holers with alternate tees for 18.
The park area where the majority of the tees and baskets was a very nicely maintained and mowed area. The rough was left very much as-is, and made for some great risk-reward decisions (let me tell you, it's no fun throwing your upshot from the middle of a patch of prickly pear cactus).
Cons: The course really needs signs, or at least a map at the beginning of the course. It was not an easy course to navigate. Despite all the tees and baskets being fairly obvious, it was not always easy to determine which tee was next or which basket to shoot at.
A course map would have also made the existence of the long set of tees more obvious. Unfortunately, many of these are more hidden, so if you don't know about them you probably won't stumble upon them.
Though the forward/backward layout was ingenious, it made for some waiting when there were players coming the other direction. This wasn't a major deal, but it certainly could have been much worse if the park was more crowded.
Other Thoughts: This course was a fun little find in an out of the way park. We enjoyed the round, and I would definitely go back if I were in the area. I wouldn't recommend driving way out of your way just to play this course, but if you happen to be in the area it's definitely worth a short stop.
The local club seems to do a lot of nice maintenance work, hopefully that means that they will get around to marking the course and the various sets of tees better. If this were done, I think it would be a really nice little course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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