7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.208 Rating) A moderately wooded city park course on some beautiful land created by damming up a small creek.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - The Scenery is clearly the best aspect at Citronelle. This is not the typical municipal park setting. The course is located adjacent to Citronelle Lake and is comprised of mostly moderately wooded holes. The landscape has lots of gentle slopes in the 10 to 30 foot grade change range and its usage made a few lines pop. Only a few manmade features are in view. The only drawback is the lack of maintenance and it brought my overall beauty score down just a touch. I scored the beauty a 3.75, roughly 82 percentile in my rankings.
- UNIQUENESS - Solid hole type variety. Up shots, down shots, left and right. A couple holes require some solid shot-shaping. There is one bomber par 4 to end it and a good dogleg par 4 on hole (6). I really liked the green on (14) which has the basket on a mini bluff. Water is in view on a few holes, but is usage is mostly just fringe punishment. The water element could change if the dam water were at the maximum level.
- CHALLENGING - I played the White tees and thought the challenge was a touch light for my Intermediate level skills. I took a look at many of the back (Blue) tee lines as well and I think the extra length would have delivered the challenge I desire. My only wish is that these tees were paved like the white tees.
- NAVIGATION - Surprisingly not too bad considering my signage con listed below. There are also deteriorating navigational markers between several holes. Several next tees were in site of the prior basket, some transitions were intuitive and a couple times I guessed right. No course map on site. The course is mostly cart friendly. Only hole (14) looks difficult to lug a cart around.
- MULTIPLE TEES - I like it when a course offers multiple skill level options. Three tees on many holes. The tees are colored coded according the PDGA recommendations. Blue for Advanced, White for Intermediate and Red of Recreational. Although, as with many older courses, its skill level alignment is off a touch. I'd say they are closer to Intermediate for the Blue tees, Recreational for White and Novice for the Reds. Regardless, this course will appeal to a wide swath of the disc golf population.
Cons: Could use an overhaul of the basics.
- TEES - Asphalt tees that are passable but not ideal. Several are too small and a few have surfaces needing repair. I had planned on showing up and playing the Blue tees, but those markers were on natural ground except for the few that were shared with the White tees.
- CHAINS - Mach 2 baskets that oddly caught all of my putts. The concrete base on basket (16) is almost completely out of the ground due to erosion.
- SIGNAGE - All the signage needs attention. The tee signs and navigational cues are fading and a few are unreadable. A lack of numbers on the baskets and no course map posted on site.
- NO BENCHES - A surprising omission for such a nice course. I typically like to have a tee bench on the next hole when I walk up 30 feet in grade on a hole. Bring the Zuca if you got it.
- TIME PLAY - Not a quickie course. Figure north of an hour for solos and 2 1/2 hours for foursomes.
Other Thoughts: If Citronelle qualifies as a Mobile area course, then it would be my second favorite of the 15 area courses I've played as of this review. Way behind the Admiral, but ahead of courses like Chickasaw County, Chickasaw Community, Langan and Fairhope. I have not played highly rated Daphne or South Alabama yet. Definitely worth it for a Mobile area resident to make the 40 minute drive from downtown to play here. In its heyday I likely would have given this course a 3.5, but I'd say its slipping due to a lack of maintenance. Currently listed just inside the DGCR top ten for Alabama, but IMO it should slide out and into the top 15.
- PAY TO PLAY - I didn't pay anything to play here and I never saw any indication on where to pay.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: +hills and valleys
+nice view of a lake on a few holes
+lots of trees for shade and fairway definition
+three sets of tees with lots of shot variety
+good mix of long, medium, and short holes
Cons: -some asphalt teepads are short and not flush with the ground
-wooden tee sign posts are showing their age
-no course map
-older Mach 2 or 5 baskets also showing their age
Other Thoughts: Citronelle's disc golf course is a great place to play. I'd rate this course at 4 1/2 discs if it wasn't for the tee pads on a lot of holes that are only about 8 feet long but a good 6-12 inches higher than the surrounding dirt, which is just terrible for a run-up before releasing the disc. In fact, experienced players will want to play the long blue tees here---most of which are just dirt.
Three sets of tees make for a lot of options and you'll want to play this beautiful course from more than one set. Fun downhill shots aplenty, and not too much thorny rough except for a couple of places.
This course is at its best during the late fall through late spring. Bugs can be a nuisance during the summer, and the grass can sometimes get long in the summer too if the park crew doesn't keep up with it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *Nice shaded course...last few holes open up a little
*Nice mixture of finesse holes and holes that allow to really let one fly
*Nice mixture of short and long holes
*Baskets are marked with red flags in the post of the basket.
*Tees are marked with distance, direction, and par (some could use repainting though)
Cons: *Several holes are fairly close together...cross play could be a problem if there are a bunch of people playing
*Course can be confusing on the front 9, as it isn't easy to tell which basket is the one for the hole you're playing
*No benches,bag holders, or trash cans. There was one picnic table about midway through the back 9 with a trash can. There were several plastic drink bottles and beer bottles/cans scattered throughout the course. I picked up several thinking the next hole would have a trash can only to find none.
*Sort of hard to find the next tee box as you can see several tees from the just completed hole. Some have a marker pointing the way to the next tee while some don't (I could not get a wifi signal so I couldn't pull up the map posted on here)
*Tee markers and direction markers could use a repainting.
*No toilets or water fountains on the course...there were a couple of port-a-potties near the parking lot and swimming area.
Other Thoughts: Today was the 1st time I played this course. It is a nice course. After finding the course, I drove to the check in station to pay the $1 fee only to find it closed. Found someone cutting grass around the parking lot at the ball fields and he told me not to worry about it. The course plays in a canopy of pine trees, providing plenty of shade. The last few holes are a bit more open, but still somewhat shaded. While it wasn't too bad today, I could see where the creepy crawlers, mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies, and bees/wasps, etc could be troublesome...better pack some bug spray. Snakes could also become an issue, especially closer to the water...actually surprised I didn't see any today (and with the pine needles and leaves on the ground, they will blend right in). I don't know if the golf course pro shop has drinks and snacks, but it is advisable to bring your own. There are several gas stations on the main road (Hwy 45) through Citronelle and one after you turn off of 45, so a forgotten drink or snack could mean a drive "back to town".
Several holes to note:
#5--hard right hand dog-leg (cannot see basket from tee)
#6--hard left hand dog-leg 9 (again cannot see basket). Also, do not over shoot the basket as it sets on the edge of a drop down to the lake. While there is some underbrush that could stop an errant throw, I can picture some discs lost to the lake here.
#9--while a straight hole, it plays almost 500', down a hill and back up
#11 and #13--tee boxes back up to each other, just a few feet apart
#14--throwing from the blue tee requires you to throw from across the street, toward the basket, which is setting on top of about a 15' drop-off
#18--just over 600'
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Like A Candle In The Wind
Pros: Yep, its where the citronella plant grows that the candle gets its scent and bug-repellent properties from; it also has a Civil War site known as "Surrender Oak".
This pleasant walk of a course exists at the boundary where hardwoods are starting to be prevalent among the pines, and rolling hills begin to break up the terrain. There's only a bit of pesky but relenting undergrowth to the left side of #s 5-8 and 16; the rest of the course is open tall-trunked fairways with a sandy, leaf and pine needled floor.
Only the holes closest to the parking lot are flattest: most travel downhill, uphill, or across a wide, gradual ravine that descends from the woods on the south towards the lake.
The water is only of real concern on #3, but truly blown throws on #s 5-6 might slip through enough shrubbery to get wet.
The natural tees showed evidence of recent play, but on a winter weekday we had the entire park to ourselves. The [very] early morning slanting sun through the trees[the long, blurred shadows made me feel like I was speeding across the land as I walked] and mist on the lake was really entrancing---it probably took the 3 of us an hour to play the first 5-6 holes.
#s 5, 6, and 14 were notable holes, and the course map is mostly correct, though #9 has been greatly lengthened and #18 somewhat shortened.
The previously mentioned fire pit [near #15 basket] must have been a one-time thing, as the few ashes left had weeds and grass growing in them.
Cons: The natural tees aren't the best, but it's typical of a certain % of Southern courses, so get used to them if you live here.
A bit of repetitiveness with tall and narrow trunks defining most of the reasonable throwing lanes.
The transitions from 8 to 9 and 15 to 16 aren't obvious, so keep your eyes open.
Not the easiest course to find, as its a few miles and turns to the SW of downtown Citronelle, which is also the closest place to find anything other than water.
During summer holidays its possible to find people picnicking anywhere, so don't bother.
Other Thoughts: $1 per person and well worth it. I believe they want you to pay at the office to the SE of the lake, but no one was there, and the ancient, roving maintenance man didn't want to take our money.
Decent indoor bathrooms on site; ballfields, playground and fishing to be had.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Scenic Lakeside course
Pros: Lovely Lakeside holes, its one of the best courses I've played in this area
Cons: On hole 16 I believe there is an extremely large pit that is used apparently for burning brush. well this pit is positioned directly in the middle of the hole and my friends disc landed in it. Upon retreiving his disc he fell into a smouldiring pit of embers that caused beyond 3rd degree burns to his feet. We rushed him to the emergency room and hope for a full recovery but I would recomend avoiding that hole.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very good course with some challenging sections. Long and short holes. Lots of trees, and my Discs are always attracted to them!
Secluded and Quiet
Cons: course sometimes is not mowed
Other Thoughts: My father-in-law used to play everything as a PAR 3, because when tournaments are held, that is what they classify each hole there. It makes it more difficult, especially when you reach the 600 foot holes
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Great playing course!
Pros: 1) Great Playing course, even the 200-300ft holes are very well constructed
2) Played this one on a weekend and NO ONE was there. nice scenery, not crowded like many Mobile area courses are on the weekends
3) Hole 14 is quite possibly one of the most interesting holes i've ever played. 200' drive across a sand pit up to a hole 15' above your head on a cliff.
4) Not overgrown in most places. a welcome relief in the south in the summer
5) Spotty shading from the pine trees, another nice fact in summer
6) Par is fair on this course. while a 475' is a par 5, it is down a hill and up another, while hooking through the woods. while the 605' par 4 is more of a level open shot.
7) Requires Just about any type of shot you can think of.
Cons: 1) Hard to get to right now with the detour (follow the detour signs to the park for now)
2) sand tee pads
3)no benches or trashcans. while i don't mind, i know some people do
4) $1 fee to play (pay at the RV park station up the road from the course)
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses so far, only needs some teepads and maybe a few benches, and this would easily rate 4 stars or better. Easily worth the drive out of mobile to play.
As far as the fee to play goes. the RV office was closed when we finished playing this course, but there is a sign posted (on the disc golf billboard) that says there is a $1 fee to play, even though it does not seem strictly enforced.
Either way, the course is well worth the $1 to play
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth the Drive
Pros: I really like this course.
Most holes have three tees and all of them have maps painted onto the tee markers. The Baskets are in good condition. The set up is great and each hole is easy to find as long as you read the markers. There is a good mix of distances. If you are a beginner then the red tees would be perfect. The pro tees are a challenge for me but I play close to even on on the Am. tees. Great scenery and would make for a great camp and play situation.
Cons: Almost all the tees are dirt/sand. The sand tees can be tricky. There are a few holes that go back and forth and have the same feel. Right now the bridge is washed out so you have to take the detour route to get there.
Other Thoughts: Take a day and play this course a couple of times. It is well worth the trip.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice place to play
Pros: Course is in a state-park-like county park, so the aesthetics are nice (peaceful, pretty, no bad neighborhood). It's situated among tall pines, partly in a developed area with grass and no underbrush, partly in woods that are not too dense. Good variety of hole design, some good use of elevation. Easy to follow routing.
If you're off the fairway, there's usually a chance to recover with an excellent upshot.
For campers, the course is only a few feet from the campground at one point.
Cons: Good holes, but no really great holes.
Other Thoughts: I played most of the Mobile courses during a blazing hot summer vacation. With the filtered shade of the pine trees and the mostly unblocked breeze off the lake, this was the most comfortable one.
Worth the drive out from Mobile.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
May 2009 Review
Pros: Very fun and distinct course. Each hole offers something different and I actually had my first ace on this course, hole 11. The damn broke so the water is very low but still a beautifull course. Mutiple tees are clearly marked.
Cons: The 705 foot hole! Not many cons I can think of.
Other Thoughts: Worth the hour drive from Mobile. Update from previous review, they did not charge us the dollar to get in.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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