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Stevens Park DGC Kershaw, SC

Pros:

What starts as a simple, kid-friendly, pitch-n-putt course turns into a tougher, high-lost-disc-potential course that might sour some players.
- With just a little work, Stevens Park should reach its intended audience. It's clearly a beginner-to-mid-level layout. 14 holes, 2400 feet, 173-foot average layout.
- If you stopped at hole 8, I would bring kids and beginners and think they'd have a good time. It's a fun, simple layout up to this point with a couple of fun holes. Of the front 8, #5 throwing over the park road, downhill layout is the most memorable in the is section.
- First 8 holes are easy to navigate with tees generally close to the last hole's basket. Sometimes TOO close as with #2 & 3, and #4 & 5.
- Holes #9 – 11 are going to have varying degrees of challenge and, more so, frustration. Let's just say the lack of clearing and maintenance on these holes is essentially non-existent. Nothing like 2 long searches for discs within 40 feet of the basket.
- Hole #11 should be an absolute blast if things were cleared more. Downhill, throwing through one of the two gaps in the trees, over a creek, to an essentially hidden basket. It's only 206 feet, so putter or mid gets you there. With so much underbrush, throw bright pink if you want to spot your disc.
- #13 is a fun, short, tight uphill, basket on an upslope shot. Make a run at the basket because anything hole high is getting knocked down 10 feet past the basket. The underbrush is also catching any disc, so don't worry about rollaway shots. This is as close to an automatic 2 for players as you're going to see on a course.
- Tee signs are simple, but useful. Hole number, distance, and sponsor.
- It seems to be a perfectly nice small-town park. Large playground, walking trails, ball fields, swimming pool, and a skatepark.

Cons:

Holes #9 – 11 are going to destroy a lot of beginners & one-disc players interest in the game. #9 has a fairway, just don't miss it when throwing your blind tee shot. It's only 111 feet, yet it can be a frustrating hole.
- #10 has no fairway. The problem is that the rough is tall, thick ground covering so anything that lands in it gets immediately covered up. Even seeing where I thought my disc landing, I had to spend a minute or two to find it.
- Then there's #11. This should be the course's signature hole. I love the makeup of it. The problem is the upkeep is severely lacking. It's a blind tee-shot throwing through one of two gaps between the trees and over the creek. To find my disc that was 30ish feet from the basket, I had to search a solid 10 minutes, searching everywhere, including a couple walks back to the tee to see if I could visualize my disc's flight. It landed in the English ivy that you can't see from the tee. I'd recommend making the basket much more visible from the tee, if for no other reason than to help your approach.
- Baskets are precipitously close to the next hole's tees on multiple layouts. If the course was crowded this would be an issue. Here, it's more of an observation.
- A couple of short, simple open holes. For a kid's layout, they're fine. I guess.
- It's weird the variance from wide open 100-foot holes to layouts where you could lose a disc 40 feet from the basket.
- You're in small town SC close to nothing. Coming from Charlotte, when you're driving way past Lancaster, and it's still a commute, you're out of the way.

Other Thoughts:

Don't expect any frills during your round at Stevens Park. Only 3 of the 14 holes can be considered somewhat challenging.
- The rest of the course has minimal challenge, short holes, or simple (aka boring) layouts.
- #6 is the longest hole on the course. 286 feet and uphill. That's followed by one of the shortest, simplest layouts with #7 at 129 feet.
- #14 is one of the tougher tee shots on the course. You need a left to right tee shot as the right side of the fairway is wooded and thick growth.
- I wish there more holes like #14 on the course. Between some of the simple layouts, the squeezed together holes, and the simple fact that 14 holes is a weird number for a course, a couple changes could be good. Combine several holes to make longer layouts, such as combining #2 & 3, #4 & 5, and #12 & 13 and you could turn this into a better 9- or 10-hole layout.
- Or find space to add 4 more holes. There is more room beyond and left of #11.
- Kershaw is typically one of those towns you're just driving through. I think this was probably the first time I stopped in the town on purpose.
- For what it is, it's a fun, simple layout.
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Kyle's Corner Course Mason, MI

Pros:

Kyle's Corner Course sounds like it plays around Kyle's yard, but actually plays around Wayside Chapel Church southeast of Lansing, MI.

About 2/3 of the holes here play through an open field next to the church, with adequately wide grassy mowed fairways and taller but manageable grass off them. The remaining 1/3 of the course plays through a tightly wooded area behind the field. The best holes here are the couple that bring both of these areas into play on the same hole. My favorite hole was #11, a 360' fairway that has a very gentle reverse "S" shape and starts in the open but gets more wooded as it goes. A few tree trunks guard a green that also has a small wall in front of it. Another interesting hole is #15, which starts and ends in the woods and has the basket only about 50' from the tee pad. The catch is, two clearly marked mandos force players to throw out into the field and then work their way back in a huge loop. The listed hole distance is more like 315' and that felt correct.

The baskets are older looking, which was surprising for a new course. They must be hand-me-downs from another course. They still catch fine, and have blue flags on top with the hole number. For some reason hole 7, and only hole 7, has two baskets installed.

I can't really complain about the tees or signage. The tee pads are flat and level pieces of turf. The tee signs have all of the details you could ask for, including hole maps that are detailed enough to indicate other baskets that are in play (which I'll get to in a second 😅). It looked like the tee signs were brand new, and had not yet been installed for the last few holes. Each tee sign points towards the next hole, and there are arrows on the bottom of the baskets and extra navigational aids in most places needed. Other than a weird transition between holes 4 and 5 where you have to walk around the main church building, I had no trouble navigating.

Cons:

I think this property probably has just enough space to comfortably fit a 9-hole course. Instead, the designers tried to use every inch of terrain the church owns to jam 18 in - and that creates tons of safety issues.
- Right off the bat, the first hole is sandwiched in a 20' wide strip defined by the parking lot on one side and a 55mph road on the other side. The tee pad is closer to the parking lot side and there is a line of tree trunks running between the primary fairway and the road - but the basket is also tucked into the treeline a little bit. This encourages a RHFH throw or turnover shot for RHBH-only players that could easily overshoot or kick off a tree into the road.
- Roads, parking lots, and church buildings each come into play on multiple other holes.
- The holes are all really close together. Hole 5's "fairway" is essentially nonexistent, as it plays over hole 2's green and hole 6's tee area. By square footage, I bet more of the field area is mowed fairway grass than unmowed rough. You can see about eight or nine baskets from the parking lot if you look for them. On one of the wooded holes my drive kicked off a tree, floated ACROSS an adjacent fairway, and landed in the NEXT fairway adjacent to that. I was the only person on the course on the Friday afternoon I visited, but if just a couple more groups were trying to play there would have been major issues.

Another problem appears to be drainage. The area that contains the tees for holes 16 and 18, and the basket for #17 is not supposed to be a water hazard - but it was flooded when I visited. I don't mean "a little muddy". I mean a 50' wide "pond" with a foot or two of standing water depth. I believe Lansing is a bit above average in precipitation so far this summer - but the Course Conditions here indicated that the same area was flooded in February.

The course plays flat other than a small berm near hole 7's basket/hole 8's tee.

A few of the holes in the field have zero obstacles between tee and basket. A couple of the holes in the woods felt like "poke and hope". And there isn't much variety in between those two extremes.

Extras like trash cans, benches, porta potty, kiosk, and practice basket are missing.

Other Thoughts:

I wanted to rate this course higher, but between the safety issues and flooding concerns I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Before seeing the flooding issues and unfinished tee signs on the last few holes I was thinking a 2.0 rating. In its current state, there is no reason for non-baggers to play here. I'd recommend that this one be redesigned into a more spread out 9-hole course that stays away from the low-lying area, the parking lots, and most importantly the roads!
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Paint Creek State Park Bainbridge, OH

Pros:

Lovely state park with camping...the office has some discs for sale (not cheap)...free to enter the park and play...good size cement tee pads...great opening and ending fairly open holes...minor elevation on a few holes...DisCatcher baskets were in good shape...some baskets have a green painted spoke in the direction of the next tee...

Cons:

some of the wooded holes had odd turns to them (#2 and #3)...one hole had an unreal tight line (#9) that I skipped since it was so stupid...you can easily miss 6 & 7 across the road since 8's tee is close to basket 5...I might of missed holes A and B after 11 looking at the map now...

Other Thoughts:

This course could easily be a better 18 holer if #9 was removed and a few holes maybe combined. #1 is a very soft par 4 and #21 is a great finishing hole, the 19 holes between them are very wooded. The park is located in a rather remote area but easy drive to get to.
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Hill Country Fellowship Burnet, TX

Pros:

I thought this course was pretty fun. It used every inch of land all around the area. It has really good tee boxes and signs and baskets. A wide variety of distances. Not to hard not to easy. Great use of trees and shade. Whoever laid it out did a great job. It also plays around flood areas but not in them like some courses. It uses the only elevation it has.

Cons:

One or two holes are sunny in summer and long.

Other Thoughts:

Great course for a church really fun.
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Badu Park DGC Llano, TX

Pros:

It has a nice little layout with the rocks and a nice view of the river. The baskets are good and most of the signs are great. The park is pretty.

Cons:

Not much variety. 2 of the signs are missing take a photo of the sign at the start

Other Thoughts:

If it rains it can get flooded.
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Joe Tucker Park Helena, AL

Pros:

Found a short break in the rain to run through this little 9 holer and I didn't expect much but honestly it was pretty fun.

Concrete pads that a more than enough for the largely 200-300ft holes you face a this pretty little property. Baskets are Mach 7s that are blue with the orange inner band and it was easy to see and it's one of my favorites baskets on the market. Great choice of basket and color here.

Partially wooded and there is a line to be hit on all of the holes, with some elevation in play on several as well.

Not the hardest course, most experienced players would want to be -4 or better over the 9 holes, but it's not a total cake walk as there are some funky lines and blind baskets.

Nice tee signs as well that seem pretty accurate.

Cons:

It's a short 9 hole course with minimal
Navigation queues and a couple of spots you could get turned around. There are also a few spots you could throw a disc over one of the perimeter fences and lose it.

Other Thoughts:

Overall it's a really well kept park and I like the vibe with the lake and rolling hills. Great place to learn to play.
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Grandview Park Sioux City, IA

Pros:

+9 Innova baskets in good shape. Yellow is a bit faded as they are the same ones that were on this course in its previous layout.
+Excellent use of the elevation in this very hilly park. Every shot includes some elevation and some are quite extreme. Many greens are quite fast and challenging due to these slopes.
+A solid amount of big, mature trees. They aren't overly challenging but can penalize bad shots and force some lines.
+Won't lose a disc here.
+A challenging course to score well but beginners can still have fun.
+Park is very well maintained. There is an historic bandshell, rose garden, playground, bathrooms, walking paths, benches, etc.
+A big sign near hole one with course map. Nice color, professionally done. Individual hole signs are also well done and offer more than enough information.

Cons:

-Rubber mats for tees that are already going missing. Hopefully there are plans for concrete. Update from the following summer: most rubber mats are gone. No signs of plans for concrete tees.
-A few safety/layout issues. Hole 2 throws over a road that goes through the park. It doesn't see a ton of traffic but needs to be noted. There are sidewalks near 6-9. Easy to pedestrians with good sight lines but still a hazard.

Other Thoughts:

+This is a new layout that replaces the old one in this same park. There was water tower construction that eliminated the old course. This one is a big improvement.
+Fun factor and challenge are solid here. It's a nice 9 for a city park.
+This course would be a 3 for me if they updated the tees. They are either rubber or nothing.
+Signs are all updated and are all on the right hole.
+I live very close to this course. Hit me up if you plan to come to Sioux City to play.
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Deer Creek Disc Golf Glenrock, WY

Pros:

Good number of trees in play.

Holes are well designed with shot type options on most holes.

Nice park setting.

Playing dirt roads as OB could add a good amount of difficulty.

Distances on most holes are challenging.

Would be a good course to play safari rounds on.

Course loops back to start area.

Camping next to the course is available.

Cons:

No tee markers. (UDisc was a must to find intended tees on day of playing.)

Grass tees.

Mostly flat.

Baskets are very close to trees on several holes.

Other Thoughts:

A nice 9 hole course that is worth the stop if you are passing by. I will be stopping again on future trips through the area.

I had to consider different options of how to to play most of the holes. I enjoy courses like this that make you think.
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Morse Park North - Roughrider Neosho, MO

Pros:

Nice park, well maintained landscape. I like that almost all of this course is well maintained grass and trees, a couple holes are a little rough, which is a "pro". Signs on all holes... except hole 16? Was pleasant to play, signs have info to next hole. Some variety in length and obstacles (trees, creek, path).

Cons:

Not a lot of "tunnel" type holes, lacking in tress... not a major "con" though, there are still many trees on most holes. Very few holes are to the right of the tee (maybe 3?). I wish all courses would put the hole # on the basket, this course didn't have hole #s in the basket either.

Other Thoughts:

For some, this could be a boring course when pin settings are in the short pins. The pin settings were mostly (first 11) in the short settings today, making it not a real hard challenging course - I shot par, so it can't be too tough ;) - I will play again, if in the area or in tournament.
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Lewisburg Area High School Lewisburg, PA

Other Thoughts:

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Open course on high school grounds and athletic fields. Not available during school hours; some holes aren't available during sports.

No tees. Signs mounted on posts indicating hole number and distance, but no maps. There are several spots where you could throw toward the wrong basket. Very good "9Hill PRO" brand baskets.

Mostly open with surprisingly long holes for a par 3 school course (averages 267', with one close to 400'). Covers a lot of ground. You probably wouldn't be able to fit in a round during gym class.

Several holes play across or alongside athletic fields and can't be played during sports activities. Hole #9 plays over an access driveway and some equipment sheds.

It's a flat, open school course. Nine baskets, nine signs. Just a bagging stop.
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