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Jesse James DGC Kearney, MO

Pros:

Cement Tee pads
most of the Tee signs were legible.
Fairways were fair
From longer open holes to tight accuracy holes and even a placement hole thrown in.

Cons:

I am not a fan of hard left or right holes, there were a couple of them on this course.
The rough can be deep, someone who can't stay of the fairways might have problems on this course.

Other Thoughts:

Jessie James park's course is not exactly a championship level course. it's not exactly a pitch and putt either. But it's not a hard course for most players.

You start off with a VERY wide open shot up the hill. Then a mostly open shot with the basket hiding behind a hill. Then finally into the woods.

Most of these holes are green areas with wooded areas on both sides of the fairways. These are more pathways then clearing out and leaving tree's in the fairways. In this case, there are few trees on the fairways, just lining the fairways with rough.

Speaking of which, stay out of the rough. it's easy enough if you throw down the fairway, there are not many tree's to kick you off like other wooded courses.

Some of the holes have hard turns. Hole 5 is a hard left. Hole 6 is a pretty hard right. Then you have hole 10, which is not too long, but you have to throw to the right, then back up the hill left to get to the basket. I don't think there is a line for a 2 on this hole. Play it safe and go for the 3.

Hole 12 is worth mentioning. The fairway is mostly low tree's, there is a fence to the left that is OB and the pathway on the right is OB. The best shot is a left to right shot to the basket. With the narrow fairway, this hole is kind of hard.

Starting on hole 14, the rest of the holes are more open.

14 is a left to right shot with an OB sidewalk to the left and the basket is up on the side of the hill.

Hole 15 throws down a lane of tree's. It's atrip looking at the old picture and the one I took this week. Those tree's have really grown.

Hole 16 is the most boring/worst hole on the course. You tee off from a mound and the basket is on top of another mound. It's only 270ft and is totally wide open across a field.

Hole 17 is the longest hole on the course and is actually pretty good. You have a tree line on the left and the OB sidewalk on the right. This fairway narrows as you get closer to the pin. But it's fair.

Hole 18 is a decent shot, the tree's have really grown. You do have an OB parking lot on the left and OB Sidewalk on the right.

BTW, you can see how much the course has grown over the last 12 years looking at the pic I uploaded vs the one uploaded 12 years ago. This hole has changed quite a bit.

So in General, this is a good course for any rec player and even amateur players. It's got just enough challenge to it to make it fun.

Would I play here again? To be honest, probably not. it's a decent course, but there are much better courses a sort drive from here. But I would recommend hitting this one if you are in the area. It's worth a stop.
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Blue Lake Regional Park Fairview, OR

Pros:

Blue Lake Regional Park is located in Fairview, Oregon and offers a tough track. This course is a difficult challenge that held the Portland Open and Worlds in 2014. This course is aesthetically pleasing with some great amenities.

Blue Lake has large concrete tee pads and good tee signs. The first few holes on this course are great because they aren't as hard as some of the holes on the back where you have a large chance of throwing it in the brush. Besides the difficulty I think this course has so much potential to be a little more enjoyable and cater to the average disc golfer.

There are quite a few blind tee shots especially since the brush has grown in the past 10 years. I found that besides a majority of ridiculous holes that there were a few good ones that offered a challenge.

Cons:

This course is way to hard for me or any average disc golfer. There's a lot of blind tee shots where you either having to carry brush or place it perfectly. From playing and watching worlds back in 2014 to playing it today the brush has not been cut back enough to make it as enjoyable as it used to be. I found myself on some holes starting out with a putter or mid range to place it in the fairway so that I could set myself up and not risk losing a disc.

I would definitely recommend playing the shorter tee on each hole if you're not up for the challenge. Playing from the shorter tee made the course a little more gettable but still challenging.

Hole 11 should be reworked. It's almost impossible to reach the green without throwing it in the brush. Water comes into play and if you don't throw the perfect shot you'll be in trouble.

Other Thoughts:

Overall Blue Lake Regional Park is one difficult course with a lot of challenging holes. You'll definitely need a lot of power to shoot well as this course. There are a few par 3s that are fun but other than that this course measures 10,470 feet in all from the back tee. If you're a beginner I would skip this course.

Definitely take a picture of the course map or print one off, you will need it.

I recommend going on a cool day because it can be brutal on a hot one. I find Riverbend DGC to be a much more enjoyable championship level course. You'll have a better time there than at Blue Lake. I think this course receives a decent amount of maintenance, since the fairways were perfectly mowed but anything past the fairway and you'll be looking for your disc for a while. One of the hardest courses I've played.
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Cameron DGC Cameron, MO

Pros:

Cement Tee pads
Kiosk Map
Good course for a neighborhood/small town course

Cons:

Old DGA tee signs are worn out
Short for a seasoned player

Other Thoughts:

Not too far off I-35 is the small town of Cameron. They have a small city park as most town do and stuffed a 9 hole course into it.

but it's not as bad as you would think. It's a good little rec course.

Hole 1 has a mando forcing a shot down a tunnel of tree's.
Hole 2, 3 and 4 are short ace runs.
Hole 5 is a nice turnover shot with a low celling.
Hole 6, the longest hole on the course is a mostly wide open shot back with the city pool on the left.
Hole 7 is another slight turnover ace run with some evergreens on the right side.
Hole 8 does not have a cement tee pad, it's some horrible paver stonres. I tried to throw from them but it was so bad I re-tee'd next to them. it's a simple short hole.
Hole 9 is another under 200ft ace run with some large tree's on the left and smaller ones on the right.

Then it's a short walk back to the parking/hole 1 area.

This would be a good course to bring families or new players out to. or just a short jog off 35 to bag another course.

Would I play here again? Nope, it's nothing special, I gave it two star's because it's good for what it is, not because it's a good course.
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Mike Wood Memorial Park Bossier City, LA

Pros:

-- Eighteen Innova baskets in decent shape. The baskets are numbered.
-- Baskets for 14 and 18 each use something of a guardian tree to add some interest/challenge to the holes, but 18 has playground equipment directly behind the basket.
-- Restroom on site.

Cons:

-- Eighteen baskets crammed into an area better suited to no more than 9 baskets.
-- Terrible land for disc golf. It's flat with no water and only a few trees.
-- Given that, the design is still terrible. The first 8 baskets are basically lined up in two groups of four. You throw 200 feet from No. 1 to No. 2. Then you turn around and throw 200 feet back to No. 3. Rinse and repeat.
-- No tee signs or tee pads marked. It's basically basket to basket. There is a layout on UDisc, but it doesn't give you much.
-- Mosquitos were bad when I played.
-- No map.

Other Thoughts:

-- Park has other amenities, such as walking path, playground equipment, basketball court, tennis court and swimming pool. Because of that, the grass appears to be kept in good shape. However, it also appears to hold water and be boggy a lot of the time, especially around the baskets.
-- I'm picky on this, but it's Mike Wood (not Woods) Memorial Park. I changed the name on dgcoursereview.
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Blue Lake Regional Park Fairview, OR

Pros:

-Blue Lake Regional Park is an expansive (70-acre) course cut out of an overgrown field for the 2014 PDGA World Championships. The course is extraordinarily long and challenging with penal rough and specific shots required.

-The course is maintained well, with large concrete tees and signs, Dynamic Discs baskets, and well-defined fairways.

-The course begins relatively tame. The first eight holes feature five par 3s and only moderate rough. Then, the difficulty picks up with much longer holes and heavier rough. The back nine is par 36.

-Huge variety of hole types, from short and straightforward (4, 6) to long par 5s (7, 14, 17) to sharp turns (3, 15, 18).

Cons:

-It's been said before but bears repeating - the rough is horrendous. Hole 13 is bordered by a 10-foot wall of blackberries; other holes are less extreme but still not nice. Consider throwing rollers - the rough is so dense you are unlikely to roll more than a few feet off the fairway.

-If you lack 450+ power, the back nine becomes repetitive, with many holes requiring 2-3 long drives to very similar fairways. The only elevation change is provided by a few well sites scattered throughout the course.

Other Thoughts:

-The fairways are fair but the rough is brutal. You may go 6 or even 9 holes without searching for a disc, but nobody will make it through 18 unscathed. Wear pants to save your legs from blackberry thorns (or worse).

-The course now features short tees on most of the long holes. This takes away some of the distance but not much of the challenge. There is no club or league that plays here - the course is simply too demanding and penal to play on the regular.

-Blue Lake is an incredibly demanding test of golf. If you play to a decent level, it's worth checking out. Before you go, I recommend watching the Final 9 + playoff of 2014 Worlds, one of the most exciting championships ever, featuring Paul McBeth, Ricky Wysocki, Paul Ulibarri, and Nate Doss.
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Spirit Mountain Disc Golf Grand Ronde, OR

Pros:

Cool course in a forest setting

Cons:

Poorly marked; fairways have tall grass and foliage so a spotter is needed

Other Thoughts:

I played this course last weekend with my son. It's basically in a forest. The fairways are covered in tall grass and foliage and the ground is uneven with downed trees and branches. A spotter is recommended. My son and I had to take turns spotting each other's shots which added a lot of time to the gameplay. Some of the fairways were difficult to walk due to the grass/foliage being waist-high; I felt like having a machete would have been helpful. It took almost two hours to get through 8 holes and we eventually gave up. The tee areas were not well marked but U-Disc was helpful. If the fairways were cleaned up this would be an amazing course.
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Kereiakes Park Bowling Green, KY

Pros:

WHAT TO EXPECT: Massive park complex with a secluded section for disc golf in the very back. Mildly wooded with massive Cedar trees forcing all sorts of angles. Roughly 9 holes offer both short and long tee pad locations, with a few offering moveable pin locations (one set of baskets)

AMENITIES: There were portable toilets near #1 tee pad, a water house spicket near the course sign, and a full sports field complex a couple hundred feet away that appeared to have more modern facilities. Course does play inside of a paved walking trail but rarely was an issue. Couple park benches along the trail throughout.

TEES/SIGNAGE/BASKETS: Large course map showing both long and short layouts next to parking lot. 5' x 10' concrete tees in old but still nice shape. I could see them possibly being slick in wet weather with how worn they are, but I didn't have any issues. Tee signs are typical HB Clark signs with excellent information, hole map, and full color layout. Baskets are aging grey Prodigy baskets that still catch like Prodigy's do. Several holes offer both long and short tee pad locations.

DESIGN: This course is very old and probably one of the oldest in the Bowling Green area at over 40 years old at this point. This course was designed and installed long before disc technology came to what it is today so there are some very short holes (from the short tees). It appears as though long tees were added later on to make the course more challenging and to lengthen it. From the longs, the massive growth of the cedars and the added distance and sharp fairway angles make the course considerably more difficult than the short layout. That said, Advanced players and Pros should still shred this course. As with most old designs, the holes play often parallel to each other, with errant shots sharing fairways and the risk of hitting other golfers when it is crowded is greater than zero. Multiple blind basket locations add to the chance of throwing in on someone. This course really is a showcase of old school course design with emphasis on shot shaping ability, distance control, and scrambling. Nothing at all like modern designs.

EXTRAS: This is a beautiful park for what it is, and for lacking any real water features or stunning horizon background to set it off. Rolling hills and massive old growth trees help you feel less like you are in a park and more like you are out in nature.

Cons:

WORN TEE PADS: As mentioned earlier the tees are showing wear and signs of age and could be very slick in wet conditions.

AGING SIGNAGE: Some of the tee signs, though well done, are probably the original signs from the early 80's and could use a modern upgrade. There is a next tee arrow on the hole map on the tee sign, but this doesn't always equate to the newer "long" tee pad location.

LOST DISC POTENTIAL: There are some seriously thick and massive cedars on the course waiting to eat your disc. Most fairways are mowed short with tall grass left high as boundaries to shape the holes on its borders. While it looks good, it makes for a lot of trudging through tall grass to locate plastic.

ROOM TO GROW: Unfortunately, the long tees are pretty much the end of "lengthening" the course. So it will remain a shorter, tweener style course that the big arms can exploit.

Other Thoughts:

This course evokes a nostalgia feel. While it still poses a decent challenge to the less advanced players, it doesn't quite have the teeth it used to. This throwback avoids big distance, more open course design that most newer parks go far and instead chooses to force you to showcase, touch, angle, and control. I love courses like this and would play often if I was local. Hard course to rate, as the aging infrastructure and lack of modern amenities hurts the overall score. Falls somewhere in between a 3.0 and a 3.5 for me with little potential to improve much beyond that.
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Hardaway Point Badin, NC

Pros:

Hardaway Point has nice concrete tee pads, nice tee signs with colorful maps, DISCatcher baskets, and is set on the old golf course next to the Baden Inn. Any amenities open at the Inn when you are playing, are open. The course costs $5 to play, which is paid at the kiosk at Hole 1.

There is a lot of variety in terms of elevation usage. Uphill, downhill, and along the side of hills. The fact that every tee sign has elevation change listed was a nice touch for a course where it is a big factor on a large number of holes. There are multiple downhill bombs throughout the course.

Despite being a primarily open course, there was enough variety (especially with the elevation mentioned earlier) that the holes don't blend together too much. The course is probably best suited for Intermediate/Advanced players. Rec players can enjoy the course, but may find the distances a bit daunting, and beginners will likely just find the fairways frustratingly far for them to fling discs.

The holes that venture into the woods were all really good. Hole 3 is an interesting par 4 that plays out a tight tunnel into the open field. Hole 5 is a par 4 entirely in the woods. Hole 6 is a fun stock shot through the woods. Hole 16 starts in the open and plays uphill into a gap. The rock features throughout the wooded sections were also really interesting and added a unique flair to those holes.

The course will punish your errant shots, as there is plenty of OB on most holes. However, it isn't overdone here. Some hybrid courses push the OB a bit crazy for my liking, so it is nice to see it done so tastefully. A few of the holes have bunkers that play as hazards, but even they weren't positioned annoyingly. They punished bad shots, but weren't so close to the basket that it would be rarer to not end up in the bunker with a well thrown shot.

The course is absolutely gorgeous, and appears to be really well maintained. Even the tall grass used to create OB, lining the fairways, would be difficult to lose a disc in. (At least when I played.)

Excellent use of navigational signage around the course.

There were plenty of benches around the course, which was incredibly welcoming with how much sun the course takes in.

Cons:

The course starts off amazing. With the first 8 holes, I was ready to crown Hardaway Point as my favorite hybrid conversion course I've played to this point. However, the course loses some steam around Hole 9. There are still some decent holes left in 11, 12, 16, & 17 - but the rest feel a lot flatter, a lot more open, and just less exciting in general when compared to the rest of the course. A lot of that comes down to that being the flatter section of the course.

The par 4s feel like tweener holes. I do not have elite distance, but was still able to get within about 100 feet of the baskets on two of the holes (5 & 7) and was able to salvage birdie pretty easily with bad drives on the other two. I think a super solid, multishot par 4 or 5 would elevate the course a bit more. Personally I also would love to see Hole 5 lengthened just a bit. It would have been nice if they were spread out more too. Three of the four par 4s are played between holes 3 through 7. I think switching Hole 7 and Hole 18 would spread them out more without changing the flow of the course much.

Distance appears to be a big barrier to entry for some of the holes. Notably the ones that play as island holes. I think adding a couple of short tee options would benefit the course a lot. Hole 17, a large downhill island hole, already has the perfect place for a short tee from the short tee from the golf course in the same area.

Holes 14 & 15 appear to be missing their tee signs.

Flow can be a bit wonky for a few reasons. The first of which is that the course has a couple of awkward transitions. Notably, it is a bit of a walk to reach Hole 1 from the Inn, despite Hole 18 finishing next to the Inn. There is another long, awkward walk from 17's basket to 18's tee. I am not sure if I missed the right path, but the easiest way I found was along the cart path that is thrown over to create Hole 12's island. Next time I play here, if the bar is open, I will probably start on Hole 8, visit the bar after Hole 18, and then play Holes 1-7 to finish the day out - so that I can save the more exciting holes for later.

An overthrown shot on Hole 13 could end up in the road. It's not likely to be common, but still worth noting.

Other Thoughts:

Hardaway Point had been high on my wishlist for the past few years - I was pleasantly surprised with the course. I typically am not the biggest fan of conversion style courses, but I thought Hardaway Point managed to use the land available really well and avoided a lot of the gimmicky pitfalls other conversion courses trip up with. I think a 3.5 rating is warranted here, in large part due to some of the awkward transitions and less exciting holes in the back half of the course. If there were any way for this course to maintain its earlier pace, it would have easily deserved a higher rating.

I am looking forward to returning to play again, especially with the other good courses in the area. Hardaway Point, Goose Landing, City Lake, and Fox Chase can all be played to create a fun, dynamic day of disc golf.

Favorite Holes: 2, 6, 16, & 17
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Grand Woods Park Lansing, MI

Pros:

Grand Woods Park is near Lansing, MI on the Grand River. The park plays host to 21 holes of disc golf that stay well away from other park amenities. There is a main 18-hole loop, then three add-ons which can be played between holes 7 and 8.

There are several holes here where water could come into play. The most significant of these is hole 6, which is a narrow 313' fairway with a pond on the left and some thick woods on the right the whole way. The fairway first curls a bit to the right, then slowly arcs back around to the left. The basket is on a little peninsula jutting out into the pond. Fun hole. I turned over my attempt too far and it landed up a tree and took me about 10 mins to find.

Away from the water, there is a decent mix of fairways. The beginning and end of the course have a couple of mostly open holes in the main park, and the ones in between range from moderately open to tightly wooded. The distances range from 220' up to 460', making a good challenge for rec to intermediate players. There isn't any extreme elevation change here, but most of the park is on gently rolling terrain and it's enough to affect play on several holes.

The baskets are red Chainstar Pros that appear to be a relatively recent upgrade. I appreciated the bright color of these on the wooded holes. One per hole.

The tee pads are mainly concrete. They are really long, almost comically long in my mind since I don't really run up much. If you have a big run up you'll be happy with these. I think a couple of holes had short tee positions and those pads were well-secured turf. The A-C extra holes also have turf. Many tees have picnic tables and trash cans nearby.

Restrooms are available at the parking lot.

Cons:

This course really suffers from lack of signage. There are no tee signs, at all. There are only old wooden posts next to most tee pads that have stuff handwritten on them by players. There are no navigational arrows, and several long or branching paths between holes where I really needed one. After teeing off on hole 8, I had this weird premonition and decided to check UDisc to see where the extra holes A-C fall in the layout. As mentioned above, they are actually between holes 7-8 so I looked at exactly the right time. I would have otherwise entirely missed A-C. I also couldn't find the main tee for hole 13 so I think I threw from a short turf tee on that one. The DGCR map looks old but it is still reasonably accurate for the main 18. There is no map on the kiosk, and I weirdly did not have reliable cell service through much of the course here. Plan accordingly.

This course has been around a long time (per the course info page) and that becomes pretty evident when standing on some of the tee pads. What was once probably a clear line/lines off the tee, now has foliage grown into it making some throws seem much less reasonable than they probably once were. A prime example of this is #5 - which once was probably a great view from the tee, and a throw 380' slightly downhill across a low-lying area to the edge of the lake. Now, tall shrubs and small trees fill the low-lying area, making it very likely that one of them will interrupt your disc's flight and leave you stomping around in the mud through the thick weeds trying to find it. I felt very lucky to throw a perfect drive on this hole - it must have come within inches of a couple of the shrubs - and just barely clear the mess. Hole 14 off the tee has a similar problem - just less soggy. The park staff should consider cutting down some of the brush to re-open clearer lines to baskets.

It seemed like there was an overall bias towards right turning fairways, especially on the shorter holes. As a player who throws RHBH almost exclusively, I felt like I was trying to turn over drives and approaches a lot.

The Grand River itself defines the back boundary of the park, but never really comes into play on the course except for hole A. This felt like a bit of a missed opportunity.

There is no practice basket, despite there being plenty of room for one.

Other Thoughts:

Overall, Grand Woods Park DGC is decent but the signage and what I'll call "longer term maintenance" (e.g. trimming back brush) are holding it back. Hopefully these items are coming once budget allows. In its current state, I'd gently recommend the course if you are in the Lansing area and have already played Burchfield Park.
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Ice House Nine Globe, AZ

Pros:

Scenic, small town feel, challenging, a few big elevation changes. Pretty easy to navigate. Uncrowded.

Cons:

Rugged, watch your footing! No concrete tees.

Other Thoughts:

Nice for Globe to have a course after The Boneyard was removed.
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