Good mix on scenic land
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One concrete tee pad per hole, mostly clear and accurate signage, bathroom available nearby (at the playground), and most importantly some solid golf holes both long and short.
Scenic and very representative of the Georgia landscape for visitors from other regions... One of my favorite aspects of disc golf is that good courses immerse you in the regional landscape, giving you a sense of the area in a way that visiting a city in a car can't do. JP Mosely, like nearby Redan and the excellent Perkerson Park, is beautiful and typical of Georgia countryside. Where JP Moseley edges out other top courses is in the sense of being out in the country. It's a different sort of beauty than a city park, enhanced by the fact that I had the massive course mostly to myself early on a Friday morning.
The course starts with a long downhill par 4 that starts open and finishes in the woods, with a specific landing zone you need to hit to set up a birdie approach shot. It's a great beginning to the course, and sets the tone from the start. Most holes on this course have either specific lines (on the -300 foot wooded holes) or highly advantageous landing zones (on the par 5's) which will set up either the birdie putt or put you in the right spot for your next drive and give you a shot at birdie. There are still plenty of choices to make, even on short technical holes, which is refreshing.
The course requires a nice variety of shot, with some holes practically demanding a shot you may not use often. I drove with a forehand on one hole (and definitely could've on others if my forehand were stronger) and a backhand sky roller on another, neither of which I use often off the tee.
The roller was on hole 7, which was a standout for me in its simplicity and difficulty. At the end of a +-400' gradual open downhill, the basket is tucked under the long reach of mature hardwood trees to the right of the fairway. The branches protect the basket from a forehand hyzer bomb, and the basket is too deep for a backhand turnover to reach it under the very low ceiling.. The only way I could figure to get in there was with a roller, and it worked beautifully but felt somewhat lucky considering I never throw that shot... It was nice to be "encouraged" to try something different by the course.
I played the course from whichever tee had the concrete tee pad, which was a bit confusing.. Sometimes it was the blue, gold, or black. I had intended to play the black, but it was early morning and the dew made the grass slippery, so I played the "concrete" layout as I called it. I scored under par both rounds I played, but didn't feel the course was too easy. I think it definitely is the type of course to reward multiple rounds over time, as there are lots of different ways to play the course and score well.
The course takes you through various types of landscape, from tight pine forest, to rolling hills, and back into more sparsely forested holes. The beauty of this is that each landscape requires a different type of shot.
Cons: Only one concrete tee per hole; signs are sometimes in odd places and at times have inaccurate distances. The course is definitely good enough to warrant a concrete pad for each position. Also, the single pad fluctuated as to which position it was on which was strange. I would expect it to be always on gold, but this wasn't the case. The signs were at times on one tee position but reflected the distance of another position, notably on hole 11. His is an island type hole in an open field, throwing uphill. The sign claims a distance of 263', but as the sign is on the gold tee, it should actually be 303'. This hole being open and without anything clear to gauge the distance by eye is deceiving, and that distance difference is a key one for most intermediate players who can reach 260' on an easy hyzer but would have to change shots and discs entirely to reach 300' uphill. The following hole also has the same problem.. Sign claims 500', but unless I gained super powers right before that hole and lost them right after, it's closer to 375'.
Some holes, notably 11, 12, and 18 are open holes with no obstacles. 11 is an island type hole, basically a putting circle around a basket in an open field that is all OB, 12 a slight downhill, and 18 an uphill shot with a steep decline behind the basket. The rest if the holes are good enough that it's not a huge detractor, but the property is so massive I feel there could be some other solution. Especially for 18.. The course deserves a stellar finish (like at Perkerson) and instead you get blah blah uphill.
Also, some of the tees in the back 9 are just a spray painted line on the walking path that winds through the back part if the course.. Though it is concrete, again, the course deserves better than a spray painted line on a track. It would also help to separate the other uses of the park from the disc golfers to have tees that aren't in the path of joggers.
Other Thoughts: The course can be extremely hot in the summer, as much of it is in open fields. Prepare accordingly or play early or late. Bring plenty of water; the only supply I found was in the sink at the playground bathroom (ugh). Also, be aware that the closest you come to returning to the parking lot is hole 7.. After that you're committed to a long walk. There are so many covered benches available that this isn't a con, just something to be prepared for.
The rough is mostly playable in the wooded portion of the course, and not so much in the open portion. There are many places where a badly thrown disc is just eaten by the jungle, and I'd say they are mostly avoidable, but wind and over throwing on the long holes can easily make for some errant shots into the woods. If you do wander in after a disc, you'll wish you hadn't worn shorts because of the frequent briars and poison ivy.
Overall, this course is just behind Perkerson Park to me in ranking Atlanta area courses, but absolutely worth the short drive out of the city for a visitor who wants to experience Georgia disc golf. It's near the top of my list to play every time I'm here.
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good mix of holes
Pros: - Multiple pads and placements
- very clean and quite
- off the beaten path so you feel as if you are at a very secluded course (with the exception of foot traffic)
- pretty good signs
- great mix of holes for righties and lefties
- good mix of open and wooded holes
- i liked the distance and how it varies from hole to hole.
Cons: a good bit of walking between holes and it can't be played quickly.
really not a lot to complain about. it's a great course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Nice mix of wooded/open holes and multiple tee pads make it a course you could play many times without getting tired of it.
A few really standout holes (8, 13, 15) and only a couple of boring open holes.
Well-designed and well-maintained with lots of benches and good tee pads.
Cons: A couple of the short wooded holes don't have a good line available off the tee.
Some nasty thorn bushes in the rough (which seems to be a signature feature in this part of Georgia).
Signs needs to be updated, as they didn't always reflect the current design.
We played early on a weekday morning, and a few times we had to wait for walkers to clear our path. I would imagine on a nice weekend that this place is a zoo.
Other Thoughts: This course is in a really nice multi-use park, and I think the designers did a really nice job with the land they had to work with.
Take a map, as the flow isn't always easy to follow.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Some nice grip n' rip holes with big D needed. Beautiful, quiet park once you are away from the madeness of the baseball mom's violently cheering for their kids. The back 9 really opens up for some fun play. Nice teepads for gold tee's. Covered benches at tee's on several holes.
Cons: Good mix of long and short but the short ones were really short. Tee signs could really use some work.
Other Thoughts: Kinda reminds me of Central Park...but better.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very good course that plays very long. Some creative holes here, LONG holes here, wooded and open holes here. Bomber drives and finesse drives. Thrwing into woods, and throwing out of woods. It's all here. Yellow Tees are concrete, all pads are easy to find. Quality baskets.
Cons: I will start by saying that I enjoyed myself out here and am not "MOSE" bashing by any means here. Could use more NexT signs, either flags or markers on the baskets as some were hard to see/find. I almost did not find 9's basket. The yellow pad sign showed a straight hole where it was actually a HARD right and wrap around to the basket. I made a wrong turn after 3, but realized it on the tee box.
Other Thoughts: Here is my main thing.....A TON OF LAND OUT HERE. I think I would prefer 27 good length holes mixed in more with three, fours and fives for par then like the short holes mixed in with a FEW average holes mixed in with MASSIVE holes. I can drive 340 and had a hard time making it sometimes. I'm just saying that 27 great holes with a few bombers mixed in is better then shrinking holes so that you can have mostly bomber holes. GREAT COURSE OUT HERE THOUGH, Next time I will play Blues but still, so much land could mean more holes.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Mixed terrain of long open hilly shots, tight woods in old growth forest, and ending in a christmas tree type area. A few real par-4's to bomb placement shots on, downhill in a tunnel. One 800' field shot lined by a fence, creek behind basket in woods at end. I was able to navigate it eventually.
Locals say it's not too well maintained, but it was being mowed as I was there!
Cons: The few woods holes (2-6) need a re-do, unrealistic fairways and even the locals don't seem to like them much at all. A few too wide-open no tree holes.
#7 is past #8 after #6, I completely missed it until I got to #18-needs sign!
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Not a Beginners Course
Pros: The DGA baskets are in great shape.
At the time of this review, the fairway grass was well trimmed.
Three tee placements, Par, Basic, and Short allow for multiple levels of play.
Paths through the woods from basket to next tee are often edged with fallen trees to make it easier to find your way.
The mix of left and right hooks make it a challenging course.
The elevation changes were also a pleasant aspect of this course. The designer used the lay of the land effectively.
Score sheets were available.
Cons: Baskets are soft grey in color and very difficult to see through the trees or against a brightly lit backdrop.
Tee signs were at each hole, but many were confusing.
Even if playing the short tees, you will need to walk nearly the entire course. Children will most likely be tired after the front 9.
Get off the beaten path, and the briers and thorns will have a field day with your shins.
Holes #8 and #13 are just ridiciously long.
Other Thoughts: Porta-Johns abound, but are all up near the parking lot. There is a playground for the kids and a paved walking path that weaves through the middle portion of the course for those that don't want to play.
I played with an Innova Cobra, Wolf, and Avier and came in 9 over par from the Pros. The Cobra just didn't have the reach for 740+ par 4s.
Bring water and some bug spray. Water to stay cool and bug spray to ward off the Georgia ticks.
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