Fun and unique
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Howard Park is a short, wooded course with many tight lines and punishment for shots that leave the fairways. It has a variety of right-to-left and left-to-right holes, and slight eleveation change on most holes. As a place to practice shot shaping on relatively short holes, this is a good place to go.
The park seems like there was significant work done to make the place Disc Golf friendly. The trees and bushes that were cut down to make room for the course have been turned into mulch which is spread throughout many fairways. This helps prevent weeds overgrowing everything. There's also some stairs to help cross the creek a couple of times.
There's regular park activity away from the course. There's bathrooms, good parking, and it's in a good part of town.
Cons: Most holes don't feel very creative - someone chopped down a bunch of bushes and stuck in a basket. There's an over-the-top line on at least one hole that makes that hole unexciting and also creates opportunities for lost discs. Holes 7 is a very odd shape, and hole 8's tee pad should be moved to avoid a couple of trees.
Navigation is poor. From many baskets, there's at least one path that could lead to another tee pad, and the tees themselves are hard to see - they're just a post in the ground. It's also unclear which side of the post you should play from.
While the course was dry when I was there, it can clearly become a problem after rains, especially on the holes that don't currently have mulch laid down. You're crossing the creek many times, and the higher the creek, the more annoying it will be. Erosion is likely to become a problem on some of the muddier spots.
There's not much variety in hole distance. Other than 2 and 9, every hole felt like about the same amount of power was required to reach the pin, the only difference being the shape of the shot.
Other Thoughts: A biking path comes through the course on hole 8, but it's pretty easy to avoid. The other attractions at the park also make it a good place for families.
Despite the short holes, I would not classify this course as a pitch-and-putt course. Missed lines are common here, and will leave you scrambling for par.
Compared to other courses in the area, Howard has some significant advantages, but the poor tees and lack of good signage prevent a higher rating for me.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Excellent 9 holes
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very tough woods.
Great use of natural landscape.
Stairs to help cross the creek in multiple places.
Obstacles are well placed and the creek is used very well.
Offers a decent variety of shots for 9 holes.
Cons: Rough will get very bad if not taken care of.
After rain the creek will be extremely muddy.
Navigation is tough since the tee marker is only a 4x4 post that blends in with the trees.
Tee areas are rough.
Lots of cobwebs. LOTS of cobwebs.
Other Thoughts: I had more fun playing here than I have on several of the local 18-hole courses. It's full of small/medium size gaps and several doglegs. The creek is used incredibly well. It will punish you if you run a putt badly on 1, 6, and 7; and on 3 and 8 it comes with an elevation change when you cross it down the fairway. My concerns are that the rough may get too rough if not tended to and that erosion where people cross the creek will make bridges necessary. I really look forward to going back to this one again.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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