Part Two of my reviews on Basic Course Design 101 (see also Lewisville), Jerry Suiter’s Montgomery Creek design is almost a master class in things that were done RIGHT in maximizing the safe, fun, and appropriately challenging use of a parcel of land. He had a nice slope to take advantage of, so you start with a fun rhbh fade down around the wood line (from two different distances appropriate for recreational and intermediate skill levels), and you finish with two very different lengths and lines to a rollaway ninth basket position guarded by a pair of mature trees.
In between, you throw a double mando second (which actually justifies the longer tee being in line, but requiring that touch more control), a transition hole three with a slim chance of accidentally going left to the river, and (across the drive), a short but challenging left to right lane with the river to your left. Then you have two very short river crossing lanes for hole 5, with a chance of the trees or branches knocking you in the drink. On a calm November day, the river is relatively shallow and calm here (even though you just walked past a pretty little waterfall back near the first bridge), so you may be able to fish it out with your retriever (you do have one, right? …right?). Hole six plays safer than you might think it would, as you walk to the long tee along the berm beside the lake to your right. Seven is up to your right (by now, you’ve spotted the purple ‘next tee’ markers 3D printed and applied under the appropriate bar of each cage), with a ‘upper’ tee throwing a fun shot across the drive and toward the river (where you cross on the larger bridge to finish on the straightforward hole 8, and the challenging hole 9.
They have Great DGA Mach V baskets, very informative signage at each of the 18 hog slat tees that are large (4’x10’), level, and grip and drain better than I would’ve thought (my first time on these, and they’re great, as well as expertly installed: level and mulched around where needed). There is a perfect course map right where you park at the top of the park. In all, this is a great nine-hole course, well ‘suited’ to the casual/rec/int player it was designed for.
There were a couple of places where disc golfers might have to show patience if the park is busy (maybe 4, 7 & 8?). I feel like I’m being picky, but holes 3 & 8 perhaps have ‘longs’ that ‘merely’ add distance, and technically pdga traditions would expect red to be rec and white be int, but this is fine. Obviously, situated in a floodplain, it might get muddy or marshy during rainy seasons (but you’ve only got the land they give you!)
I’m so glad this park chose an experienced designer, and didn’t try to force 18 into a space where 9 with dual tees is perfect.