Variety despite small lot for nine
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wilson Park DGC is situated on a small, rectangular, rolling lot of land behind an elementary school, bordered by shrubbery and residences, but makes interesting use of the land to incorporate nine holes, plus multiple tee and positions to create variety. They have recently begun upgrading the tees to gravel, cement, and rubber (not quite flypad) material.
The hole distances range from 225 to 400 feet or so (purple, or mid-level tees), and include some potential for shaping lines around and through the bushes and trees.
The first hole runs out from the lot, on the right, with a straight 290 footer (all notes here are purple tees, rhbh), followed by a fairly tight 243' anny, where you might want to keep an eye out for folks teeing off on #3, just beyond the #2 basket. If you like quirky art, look for a blue bottle tree near the third tee, which is a bit of a blind anny into a slight tunnel, but they've cleared a lot of the bushes behind the basket, so it doesn't kill you to go in to the right. The long #4 hole parallels back across the field just past the largest pine, and you turn around there and shoot a 315 footer over the slope (peek ahead to check which pin position, if you want to park this one). The sixth hole plays along the left fence, and either through a spreading tree, or to a more exposed pin position (which didn't help me the two (!) times now I've drilled it in the center, to have it fall out on me. I don't think it's a bad basket, I just think I'm jinxed). The tees for #7 make this like two very different holes, and #8 is vastly different, depending on pin position. In the long, it's 400', beyond the large tree in the bottom of the slope, and uphill behind a pair of tree/bushes. You finish coming back into the shade of a set of pines, fairly close to the #8 tee box (see notes below).
If you happen to shank one into the occasional patch of thick stuff, you probably won't have to search too long, because it doesn't run too deep before becoming somebody's back yard.
Some of the newer tee and pin positions make (particularly the red) holes a bit shorter than the first time I played there, which seems appropriate for a school lot course. But there were one or two improvements each time I visited this summer, which corresponds to the young, energetic group of local players who hold weekly ace funds and other events to keep on upgrading the course. I heard they recently replaced one basket that had been crushed by falling timber :(
They've begun adding some nicer tee signs, which are color coded for clarity. The map kiosk is handy, but if you're there alone, print out the map included here on DGCR, or plan to go safari.
Being attached to the school, there is a nice little playground situated mostly safely between the expansive parking lot and the course, so there's at least something to do for the non-playing members of the family. I wouldn't, however, leave very young ones to play here alone, because this appears to be a bit of a gathering spot for middle schoolers who have nothing much to do in the summer, but try to impress each other with their language and behavior ;)
Cons: The new-ish tees seem to create some hazard at times, like the fact that the fairway for #9 means a likely drive right into the #8 tee (unless there is an intention to create a mando to go to the right around the line of trees: but chuckers won't likely get that notion, and might just amplify the danger by just going for the basket). Several other fairways (2,3,4,5, # 7) run the same risk as most parallel fairways: an errant throw, or grip lock may be hazardous if a crowd is present (but I've seldom been here when it was crowded).
So far, I haven't seen benches, trash cans, bathrooms or running water (but I'm sure the latter is on site, being a school playground).
Other Thoughts: There isn't much challenge here for the intermediate to advanced player (playing the course as laid out), but it feels just about right for my level (Rec).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Small Course behind school
Pros: Short holes excellent putting practice course.
Cons: not to well marked course map definitely needed to figure tees and greens.
Other Thoughts: Definitely take a course map with you and you can figure out the multiple tee placements. Which way holes go. Stuff like that. You can get course map off of GCFDA website.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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