Beautiful but unsafe
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Miller Park is a beautiful +/- 6 acre park (yes you read that right 6 not 60) with 8 tennis courts, a basketball court, playground area, horseshoe pits, restrooms, and picnic and BBQ areas throughout, also there is a small power substation in there as well. And into all of this has been put a 9-hole disc golf course. Now some of you are going to see a huge potential problem with this simple listing of amenities, others will not, but we will get to that in a moment.
The course has 9 brand new Mach X baskets and mostly concrete pads. At least one of the pads was a crushed stone pad, not sure why, but it did the job just fine. The course is obviously quite small with hole 7 and 9 sharing a teepad but the design is decent for what it is.
It is a beautiful park and a very busy park, and it is enjoyed by lots of park-goers, we will get to that in a second as well.
The course is actually quite fun to play sans people (again we'll get to it). It features 9 recreational friendly holes weaving though quite a bit of obstacles. The park features a nature area in the back that the course winds through and it actually has a fair amount of elevation shifts for such a small property.
And now for the meat of the review:
Cons: HOLY COW! THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE! So apparently somebody thought it would be a cool idea to try to put every park activity available into this little tiny park and see how it would work out. Now, they have put out signs saying the course is closed during times when the school next door is out and you have a couple 100 children wandering through the park, but honestly who reads.
Most of the course winds its way through the most unused least populated portions of the park although it only takes a second for someone to change that. Most of the holes are fairly short and easy to see what is crossing your fairway, although they all play in areas where people tend to wander through. Holes 4, 5, and 6 though are somewhat blind and back in the woods and real easy for someone to wander in your fairway.
Now to be fair I have played a number of courses that have all the town's outdoor amenities in a single small central park, but those are normally located in far remote locations where the town maybe has a 100 residents tops and everyone know everyone. This is not in some remote location, this park is in the middle of the capital city of the most populated state in the country
Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful park and the terrain absolutely calls out for a disc golf course IF nothing else was here, but it is.
"Beggars can't be choosey, so take what you can get" is definitely the mindset at play here but in any setting safety should be the primary decision maker and here it seems to take a backseat. There is a huge disc golf community in the area with the Shady Oaks disc golf course only a short distance further down Hazael and a lot of people looking to avoid the crowds and hole backups that occur there. That being said it falls on the Parks and Recreation Department to find a more suitable place for a disc golf course that takes everyone's safety into concern.
I know you will be able to find a time when there is hardly anyone in the park, and there will be many that argue that's a good enough reason to keep the course in, but it's still a matter of one errant throw doing a lot of damage that can't be fixed.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
NO, NO, NO
5 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: There are no pros, you would think that their being a disc golf course would be a pro but not here. No that's a ...
Cons: There is a disc golf course. In a crowded park with lots of other things going on. A kid has already been hit. The course is dangerous. Just waiting for what will inevitably be a black eye for the entire sport. The parks department should be ashamed of themselves for putting a course here and deserve the litigation that will inevitably come.
Other Thoughts: PULL THE COURSE, PULL THE COURSE, PULL THE COURSE
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Watch your head!
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Decent use of the small park. Hole 6 is a great challenge. The shared tee pad on 7 and 9 is the spot. Decent parking.
Cons: The first 3 holes are stacked on each other pretty bad. When shooting hole 3 make sure hole 1's basket is clear, easy to shank. Black ace opportunity a plenty. Hole 5 is kind of blind if someone walks behind when you're throwing. The school borders the wooded area you play through. You know, other folks kids.
Other Thoughts: Fun little course. Has been crowded for the first couple weeks. Once the newness wears off it may get better. Wet weather will be an issue. I hope it lasts. moving one of the first 3 holes may be a good idea, start on 2 by the bathroom and get rid of 3? This other guy reviewing seems a bit up right. Probably his kid not paying attention that got hit.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.