13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mize has decent baskets, a decent flow, and decent challenge. It's a quick lap around the school grounds that holds enough challenge to be a good practice course for anyone living nearby.
A short 4x4 post is at each teeing area and some have the distance sharpied on them. Most of the baskets are in good shape.
The back four have some elevation challenges throughout. The shifts are somewhat dramatic on 6 and 8. There's also some decent chunks of distance on 4, 5, 8, and 9.
Cons: The front five are the biggest con. All flat, and only a few obstacles (mini soccer goals on 3, baseball backstop on 5), and the basket of 1 is missing a rung so putts can and will fall out of the bottom.
The old one-room schoolhouse on 6 is not in a great spot. Forehand players will hit it with a bad shot shape (me), and backhand players without enough power will also hit it. The fact that it still has all its windows is pretty surprising.
Playing near thick woods, parking lots, and property lines doesn't really suit the level of player this course is designed for. And a walk around the whole school could be in store if the wrong gate is shut.
Very few trees as actual obstacles, except hole 7, which has too many trees.
Other Thoughts: Hole 9 plays right down the side road of the school and has a guardrail about 50ft in front of the basket. It's probably the best hole on the course shape-wise, but has obvious issues.
There isn't much here. A decent short practice course, but it has lost disc potential. A course with some fun elevation, but some bland flat holes. A course with work put into it, but some pieces falling apart. It holds up as a practice course but doesn't have the space to be much more. Keep control of your drives and you'll have a decent time.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The nine holes at Mize Elementary start on a field shared by football, soccer, and baseball, and then play around the school building and add a little elevation change. Tees are mostly easy to find. Surprisingly, there's a little more interesting here than most school courses.
The final four holes are pretty decent. They all have a little elevation change, decent obstructions, and varying distance. You probably won't find yourself throwing the same disc on every drive, because there's some pretty good variety on these holes.
If you add OB, the course becomes a lot more interesting. The path on holes 1-5, roads on 6-9, and a garden-ish-thing on 8. While a good player will have no trouble avoiding those hazards, it can influence decisions for newer players.
The holes are easy at the start, and slowly get harder and spicier. Even on the boring holes on the early holes, the first two are significantly shorter than the next ones. Hole 9 is labeled a par 4, though it doesn't take a whole lot of distance to reach it in one.
Cons: The first five holes are pretty wide open and the only obstacles are the baseball backstop and a soccer goal. I think they were placed where they were intentionally, to make you throw a certain way, but they still aren't super fun to throw around.
The first five holes are pretty boring. Completely flat, only some distance, and other school activities will get in the way. Nearly any changes to these holes could make them better. A basket or tee shot from a 20-foot wide window in the woods would be wonderful, but that's not likely to happen at a school. I wish!
The woods, while they rarely come into play, are super thick and are likely to cause problems for beginners who have distance but no accuracy. The baskets should probably be 20 feet or so farther away from the woods, though that would cause more difficulties. Hole 9 has a road and guardrail in the way, which can be a decent challenge for some players but is really gimmicky. Several other holes have some danger if a shot goes awry. You're even playing next to property line on holes 6 and 9.
Even on the more difficult holes, there's still not a lot of challenge. While hole 6 is kind of a tunnel shot, there's a lot of room for error, and only hole 7 makes you want to throw a wide hyzer, though if you hit the guardian trees, you still have a putt.
Like most school courses, come at a time when there aren't any official events.
Other Thoughts: An old school building or chapel or something is in the way on hole 6, but it actually simulates rough pretty well, and forces a much more accurate shot if you want to reach the green in one. And speaking of hole 6, if the gate by the playground is closed, you're walking and extra 1000 feet to reach the tee.
There's some safari potential on the front five if you want to lengthen the holes, and you could play some triple mandos through the field goal posts if you want.
At the end of the day, this is just another school course. This one has a little more going for it than others, and is one you can have fun playing a second time. But with the first five holes being as uninteresting as they are, it's unlikely this course is getting any better.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Neighborhood practice course
Pros: +Nice baskets
+On elementary grounds, so the grass will always be mowed.
+Ace run practice.
+2 of the 9 holes are fun, another 2 are kind of fun.
Cons: -First 5 holes are very boring, literally throwing across open athletic fields.
-Looking at google maps, you can tell that they put up the fence in between hole 5 basket and hole 6 tee after the course was installed. You cannot get through from 5 to 6 unless you completely walk around the school in the wrong direction, or you trample 30' through brush and walk up the neighbor's private yard.
-2 of the 9 baskets were assembled wrong and the chains are permanently crooked until someone disassembles them.
-If there is anyone walking on the trails, it could be dangerous
-Hole 7 is an accident waiting to happen. There is a historic old one room school house and it's just a matter of time before the window is broke from a disc.
Other Thoughts: This course doesn't know what it wants to be. If it's for the elementary school kids, the holes are too long or in some cases too tough. If it's for the neighborhood, the course is too easy. It needs to be one or the other, but in between makes it either frustrating for the kids, or boring for the locals.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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