(2.104 Rating) (REVISED - replayed June 2023) A lightly wooded sports complex course with several spacing issues.
- PARK AMENITIES - Albertville spent bookoo money on this park. It has the typicals like playing fields, playgrounds and shelters, but it also has higher ticket items, like an amphitheater, RV hook-ups and a waterpark. I ponied up 15 dollars on my second time through and jumped into the pool. What an awesome park feature.
- MAINTENANCE - Although this is a young course, it's already in great shape. The grounds on 90 percent of this property I would define as being in immaculate shape or close to that notion. The course plays in some moderately wooded areas that are not quite in perfect shape yet, but its getting there. I doubt going forward that course conditions will ever be bad here.
- CHAINS - This is only one of 3 courses, as of this revision, that I’ve thrown at Mach7s. Every shot that should have missed, missed, and every shot that should have stayed in, stayed in. I am really liking this style of basket.
- TEES - One of the design drivers of this course was apparently using existing concrete walkways as tees as much as possible. 13 tees have implied wide and endlessly long surfaces to throw from. The few remaining that didn't have concrete, were natural pads. Also, (18s) pad is concrete, but only 5 feet long. They do still need to indicate a throwing line everywhere though, which I only saw on tee (2) second time through.
- CHALLENGING - The challenges presented here are neither cupcake or pro level. Sort-of at the perfect balance between too easy and too hard imo. There is quite a bit of length on this one. The par 3s average over 300 feet long. There's even a 700-foot par 4 which I strangely somewhat liked. Nice gut check water clear at the end and there are a few tricky moderately wooded plays. I'll take a guess and will say that even par will equate to around an 880 rated round
Too many unnecessary flaws.
- THE WALK BACK TO THE CAR - For anyone wavering between two ratings scores to give this one after tapping in on (18), the walk back to the car will solidify the lower score of the two. It seemed like a good half mile walk back to tee (1). Such a monumental course flaw. I could see many reviewers shaving off a half point just for this.
- SAFETY HAZARDS - At least 3 holes need to be re-designed immediately. Hole (9) is an accident waiting to happen. The fairway plays down a walking path and hooks left and blind behind a fence. Then hole (11) throws over a gigantic deck with dozens of outdoor tables and chairs. Finally I'll note Hole (12), which starts from a low vantage point and throws up to a blind area with adjacent paved walking areas. These are just the worst of the offenders. An errant throw could bring into play other park amenities on most holes here.
- TIME WAITING - Be prepared to wait often. On busy park days a hole or two may need to be skipped altogether. Holes (10) and (17) have hammock posts in the middle of the fairway.
- SIGNAGE AND NAVIGATION - Players are probably going to need a nav app to navigate this one successfully first time through. Most transitions in the beginning are easy as the large brown tee marker sticks out like a sore thumb and can be spotted from the prior basket. However, there are a couple large gaps, like (13) to (14) and (17) to (18). The tee signage only has a number indication on them. There is no posted course map yet on site or directional cues.
- MISSED OPPORTUNITIES - More of this course needs to be in the shallow wooded valley pockets within this park complex. Holes like (1), (2), (10), (14) and (17) are in these areas and there is room to relocate more holes in these spots.
- AMENITIES AND EXTRAS - Only one tee, one basket placement and one numbered tee post per hole. This is the current extent of the course related amenities. A couple tees have a nearby table that can be commandeered briefly to sit at or stow a bag.
- HOLE VARIETY - I scored the hole variety roughly average compared to the 612 courses I've played as of this revision, but its below average among 18 hole courses. A handful of the holes are featureless. There is one par 4. Elevation change is mild and there is one nice water clear shot.
For a park that spent as much money as it did, 58 million, the disc golf course seemed like a $10,000 passing thought. This course could have easily been much better. Definitely not a destination course, but a reasonable play for those that find themselves in the area or live here. Reminds me of courses like Choccolocco an hour south of here and also Oliver Park south of Birmingham. For those traveling through this area, the nearby Kudzu Cove course should be target number one.