Lots of water that's easy to avoid.
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Pros: The course at Old Trace Park is set on the side of a hill that is surrounded by Ross Barnett Reservoir. This is a mix of open and wooded holes with the wooded holes making up about 2/3 of the 18 holes. There is enough variety in distances and out of bounds to prevent this course from being noticeably repetitive.
Walking paths, roadways, parking lots, fences and the lake itself present OB hazards on most holes. Some of the wooded holes present somewhat narrow gaps that require you to hit your lines, but overall present little punishment for failure to do so.
Water comes into play enough to require serious consideration on only two holes. Only a carom off a tree or a stability error will get you in the water on two other holes. Overall, there's little worry of losing a disc to the water for advanced level players and only moderate worry for intermediate players. The water is easy to avoid if you aren't worried about trying to birdie. So don't skip this course just because you are traveling and don't want to leave this course short of a disc.
This is sort of a typical, multi-use park style course with enough interesting holes to make it worth a stop. All of the holes have concrete tee boxes and all the baskets are Mach X, a quality basket that I count as a positive even though I don't personally like them. Tee signs only have the hold number and distance marked. Navigation is mostly straightforward and, even though I had to look around for two or three tee pads, it did not slow me down. The online map is accurate.
Cons: When I played on a Saturday morning, a race was going on and the HQ was set up right in the middle of the #2 fairway. Hole 3 had a family with young children set up to fish within about 50 of the basket. The race was small and there were very few others in the park but I could see lots of frustration on days when more people are there.
The design is limited by the course and there are a few less than memorable holes. There is more elevation in the park than is used in the design, but it is difficult to fault the design when good use was put to most of the limited space apparently available.
There are a few safety concerns in the layout. For example, the hole 18 basket is a noob hyzer away from the largest pavilion in the park. You will likely have to wait for a few runners/walkers where tee boxes are "aimed" right down a street or walking path. The tee signs also have no layout info on them other than distance. It would be nice to have better signs when the DGA basket can be hard to pick out in the shade.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this was a fun course to play. It's not very difficult and the open holes have little challenge except for hole 3 where water is directly behind the basket. The wooded holes present difficulty off the tee but the manicured areas under the trees assure an easy par even if you hit a tree as long as you stay in bounds.
This is worth a play if you are traveling on I55, but the Rez is a better course if you only have time to play one while in Jackson.
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