In an effort to connect with the local community and bring new families onto the grounds, the C4 Church in Hixson recently opened a nine-hole course, with special thanks to gracious sponsorships and the work of many individuals. However, the dreadful design of several holes in the woods distracts from the intentions and labors put forth.
The course is neatly put together. There are excellent teepads, nice orange Black Hole Gravity baskets that are easy to spot, and detailed signage at every hole. Navigation flows well. There’s even a sign with arrows at the intersection after Hole #3 to assist first-timers with finding the next hole.
The wonderfully detailed sign next to Hole #1 includes a course map, distances and special thanks. The sign states that donations are appreciated but not required, and there’s a QR code for those who would like to contribute.
The holes in the open are nicely constructed. A couple of common sense mando signs will hopefully keep the fairways separated when multiple groups are on the course.
Hole #5 is probably the signature hole at the C4 Church course. At 430 feet, it’s the only par 4 and requires a fairly-straight drive to optimally access the opening into the woods where the basket lies. Hole #7 is the best of the wooded holes; not only is the basket visible from the teepad, but there are two lines to consider: a tight, inside line on the right side or the more-open, outside line.
Five of the nine holes are positioned in the wooded section on the back half of the property. Of these five holes, four of them (with Hole #7 being the exception) are troublesome in their design. The four holes are fairly narrow and the fairway shape does not conform to how a disc would fly. The course designer is working on trimming a few branches and removing a couple trees to improve the lines, though with the teepads and baskets already set, there are limitations on how much can be done. Despite the shortness of these holes – all between 200 and 250 feet – the basket is not visible from the teepad on any of the four holes.
Hole #2 might be the most difficult of the design shapes. At only 200 feet, it requires a nearly 90-degree fade after about 60 feet. Several trees have been recently cleared to allow a higher shot attempt with significant fade, but it’s a very tough line. Hole #3 is about 240 feet and needs a sharp turn to the right after about 100 feet to traverse the second half of the fairway. Hole #6 is about 240 feet and forces a throw that just continues to turn to the right the entire way down a narrow fairway. Finally, Hole #8 is about 165 feet and is shaped like the letter C. These baskets could be reachable by advanced players with an arsenal of more-skilled throws such as skip shots, tomahawks, grenades, sky hyzers and rollers. But for novice players, these holes almost play like par 4s and making safe, short tosses will likely be the smartest play.
The areas just off the fairways of the wooded holes are extremely rough. The brush is very thick, there are briars aplenty, and numerous felled trees and branches have been tossed off the fairway. The ground is littered with plenty of wood debris, resulting in some treacherous footing in spots. Also, the course easily retains water and due to the uneven surfaces on a couple of the wooded holes, it’s ripe for collecting significant puddles and standing water after any rain.
The course is shoehorned into the small parcel of land. The wooded holes especially are crammed into an area so that if the disc goes 10 feet past the basket or off the fairway, it’s likely in very bad rough.
Note that the church course is closed on Sunday mornings and occasional Wednesday evenings.
The purpose of the C4 Church course is clear. The execution of the course amenities was done well.
Regrettably, it’s the design of the wooded holes with unrealistic twists and turns that significantly affects the current rating for this course. It’s not a course to take a beginner to for one of their first rounds.
To be fair, this is a new course with work still to be done. The course designers seem dedicated and are seeking to provide smoother fairways, more grass and better drainage.