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Pros: Tucked around the grounds of a Children's Center, Drumm Farm has a sound 18 holes. Nothing outstanding, but a solid course.
Every hole has a very nice tee sign showing distance and OB (which is plentiful here). When finding the next tee could be difficult, directional signs are near the previous basket hanging on a fence post or tree. Decent concrete tees and 18 Discatchers still in decent shape make up the rest of the course's amenities.
A stream running throught the property keeps your landing zones honest on ten holes. This stream also contributes to the best-handled part of the course: the greens. 4, 5, 12, 15, and 17 all have greens backed by the stream. Some are forgiving, some are not. There are holes that are supposed to be ace ran (6, 10, 16) and they have a hill behind them to tempt those who normally wouldn't run it. A mound green on 14, and a trees within the circle on 7 and 11 round out a solid set of greens for the course.
The holes set in the woods (10-11, 14-16) have the most promise and challenge. Tight tunnels on 10 and 16, gaps on 14 and 15, and a thin right finishing line on 11 make the finest holes on the course. 18 also has your choice of tree gap to hit, but is wide open after that.
Mowing and such is kept up very nicely. A few reeds on 15 were a little tall right in front of the tee, but my Verdict blew right through them.
Cons: Where to start... probably that the course is only open to the public one day a month. It makes sense to not be open when the children's center is operating during the week, but would even one more Saturday a month hurt?
Being open while the center is mostly closed does weaken another con (which is a good thing): playing near roads. 1 crosses a road, 4 plays right by one, and 6 and 18 play toward one... and it doesn't help that that's the main entrance.
The tee signs are sad. I can understand 17 and maybe 18 being called par 4s, but none of the other 4s are anywhere close. It's a par 55 course at best, and top players could easily go 20 down on a good day with these pars. While we're at the tee, the pads of 7, 9, and 13 have cracked corners. Also the tee sign of 8 is so deceptive that I ended up trying to play the basket of 9. It looks like some trees have been removed and the sign is now wildly inaccurate.
Let's talk fences! Going through them to access other parts of the course isn't too inconvenient, but lining the fairway on 4, 5, 6, and 12, and needing to be crossed off the tee on 17 isn't ideal. 17 would be a fine hole without the fence.
Some poor hole design:
- Hole 4 plays downhill to the left with thick brush on the right and a road to the left. While the green is very nice, the shape of the - hole isn't very nice to get onto it.
- Hole 7 is the definition of meh. Your drive has one tree to beat, then finish left and skip to the pin.
- Hole 8 is a wide open shot into a field of mud (more on that later).
- Hole 9 is a shot over the water. While it's nice to have a pure water hole, the green is so small you're better off throwing a high speed disc, crashing into the trees and hoping you can pitch out for a 3 instead of trying to park the green. I understand tests of skill but this level of course is not the place for that.
The mud and drainage is horrendous all throughout the course. 2, 5, 7, 8, and 15 all have patches that still haven't dried (or the entire hole if we're talking about 8), and the last rain was four days ago. Luckily the fairway of 18 is nice and grassy to wipe your feet on.
Other Thoughts: With so much to complain about, the course still manages to be really fun and holds challenge throughout. Navigation may be a little tough, but that's a minor takeaway compared to the rest, and it's mitigated by the next tee arrows. While some holes are a little short, none of them are pointless or squeezed in where they shouldn't be, and the course wouldn't benefit from being just 9 or 12. While 6 and 13 are filler, they aren't pointless (like 8).
While this isn't a course I would visit often, I wouldn't steer anyone away from it. The fun factor is definitely there if you can overlook the gripes. $5 is a little steep for a course this low in quality, but it goes to a good cause so it's not just a waste. This course is my absolute floor for acheiving a 3.0 rating. Any more issues and it would drop to a 2.5.
Side note, while both are called Drumm Farm, the golf course is not where the disc golf course is. If you Google "Drumm Farm disc golf" it will take you to the golf course. Search "Drumm Farm Market" instead and the course parking is on the left after the first fork.
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