5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Avery Preserve course is set on a small-ish piece of land between West Lockport Street and Lily Creek that appears to have been a garbage dump as some point. Some entertaining artifacts litter the small wooded hillside that the course is set on. The course has a nice mixture of open and wooded holes, has a good variation of hole distances, and has some slight elevation in play. Holes #3 and #8 sit next to the creek, and both holes used the water in a significant way in the design of the hole. The course has dual natural white/red tees, although some of the reds were hard to find. #2, #3, #5, #8 and #9 had nice, well thought out designs and most of the other holes at least had some thought go into the pin placement to make it more than just a "throw at it" hole and give the holes a variety of early and late trouble. I thought it played a little tougher than your usual 9-holer; you need to place your shots in the right spot to score well here. Just for the shots alone, I could play this course regularly and enjoy it.
Cons: When I got to the park, I had no idea where to go to find the course. You have a long walk to get to the course and no obvious sign that you are going the right way, almost like they don't want you to find it.
Once I found the course, I had a hard time figuring out where the first pin was. The course has a lot of busted or missing tee signs, so it's easy to get turned around and not know where you are going. I had a couple of "wrong tee/wrong basket" mishaps trying to figure out the flow.
The tees are dirt and not good. Not horrible, but not good. Some of the red tees we never did find.
Other Thoughts: With some concrete tees, some new tee signs and a directional sign from the parking lot to the course, most of my gripe with this course would go away. The shots were solid, the setting (other than #6 and #7 where you tee by the road) has a nice woodsy vibe and the creek adds something to the design and the aesthetic. Even the ancient garbage like the abandon rail car skids by #6 gives the course a certain hobo vibe (all they need is some burn barrels.) There is the potential here for a very nice course, and if what you are primarily concerned with are the shots there already is a nice course here. With some upgrades to the tees and signs, the ratings would more closely reflect the quality of the shots.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A nice change of pace
Pros: -This course has a good amount of shot variety, and several unique holes. Barring 2 or 3 simpler holes, the rest are very original, and don't feel like anything else in the area.
-The wooded holes really force good line shaping, the lines are tough. One or two holes feel like open field bombs, but the rest have serious risk/reward and are surprisingly challenging.
-Two sets of tees make several holes feel very different, and add a new challenge.
-The signs were nice, minus the two holes with missing signs. The baskets were also in very good shape, and caught just fine.
-The course was well kept, no garbage/litter anywhere. It was also mowed nicely.
-The creek actually adds a realistic challenge on some holes, instead of just being there like other courses in the area.
-Also, all the baskets are back in!!!
Cons: -The parking situation here sucks. As others have said, you have to park by the baseball fields then make a long walk over to the course.
-The flow here is very iffy, some holes flow very well to the next, while others are tough to find for a first time player.
-The tees are natural, and some are particularly rough/uneven.
-The missing tee signs are annoying, and a bit of an eyesore.
Other Thoughts: This course is surprisingly tough for a 9 holer, which will probably annoy some less experienced players. I actually enjoy that fact a good bit. With how many pitch and putt courses you can find in the area, its nice to have a course that challenges your game. While this course has a lot that could be improved, as is, its solid, and fun.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Hard to find, Tough to play
Pros: Well manicured and maintained
Decent quiet location
Nice water features
Accurate tee signs
Cons: Parking and location of first tee unmarked
9th Tee sign still shattered
Path to 8th Tee unclear to first timers
Other Thoughts: This is a very demanding course that will challenge your skills to their limit.
getting birdies are difficult and eagles are rare.
Hole 3 is ridiculous as a par 3 200' left u-turn.
Course seems to be homegrown as all the tees have sponsers listed.
This was laid out by golfers who apparantly put a lot of thought in to each hole to be a skill shot and not for chuckers. You be punished for underestimating this course.
If you have skills play on, if not, go to West Park and have fun instead of bashing your head into the wall on this one.
Park by the Baseball field parking lot and walk west along the north side and go through the break in the trees to get to the first pin. Pay attention to the signs for the next tee position or you will be hunting around a bit to find your way.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Interesting Shots
- Mix of wooded and open shots.
- Favors both Forehand and Backhand players
Cons: - Thick grass
- First timers may be confused by the layout
- Metal junk by hole 3
- Parking is a 5 minute walk
Other Thoughts: Holes used to be missing from people stealing them.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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