-new Mach V baskets
-3 practice baskets next to the parking lot (Mach 2s)
-long and short tees
-many large evergreens in play on all holes
-2 minor instances of some elevation used well
-counterclockwise loop, easy to follow
-adequate parking for a small town 9 hole but the lot is not large
-the elevated dirt tees are a cruel joke, natural pads would have been immensely better
-some of the tee sign maps are misleading
-a few holes could be improved by moving the basket a bit (especially hole 7)
-short pads are really short and seem like an afterthought
The park here at Cherry Creek is pretty good for a course. The park is bordered by thick lines of evergreens that are very rough if you get in them. The interior of the park is dotted with many more mature evergreens and they come in play on all the holes.
The first was my favorite and probably the best hole. The tee is next to the parking lot and throws slightly downhill into wide gap with a line of trees on the left, separating this fairway from hole 8. The basket is tucked behind a tree that sticks out from the tree line. Straight down the middle with a slight hyzer finish to get parked, simple but fun. The tee sign map is a bit misleading though. It almost makes it look like it will be a dogleg right. There are a few other signs like this but Hole 1 is the trickiest since the basket is hidden from the tee.
Other than that, the signs are excellent and the Mach V baskets are in great condition. The grass was mowed the day I played and there were narrow strips of shorter fairway and paths between holes. It was really easy to navigate.
There are some other fun holes but most are very simple, with mostly short distances and usually only 1 or 2 trees to beat. I liked Hole 6 whose green is slightly elevated on a natural circle green surrounded by trees on 2 sides.
Now, the trouble spots. By far the biggest issue is the awful, wretched, downright evil dirt tee pads. Dirt was brought in and so they are elevated above the ground. They look like someones idea of what concrete pads look like but made out of dirt. They may have been even at one time but they are far from it now and the course is only months old. I took one look and just played every hole from off the side. Natural grass pads would be infinitely better and hopefully that becomes reality soon.
Not every hole can be a thriller and holes 2,3, & 8 sure seem like filler. Not sure if there are any better holes in that space, maybe plant a few trees. Hole 7, however, could be easily improved now by just moving the basket out from around that tree a bit. You should be able to attack the green on a 330' tee shot, the basket is just too close to the tree on the backside.
Overall, a pretty decent course with a few problems but some more potential. Hard to justify the drive from the city for just 9 holes but play it before or after The Jaranator, which is just up the road a bit and also the best course in DFW!
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