Heck of a neighborhood nine-holer
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Pros: This is the kind of course that I would love to have in my neighborhood. Perfect for a quick and enjoyable round, with ample opportunities to work on accuracy and shaping lines. Ace runs abound, but there are a couple of longer holes where one can blast a driver off the tee.
The course is mostly wooded, but there are a few open or semi-open holes. Hole distances range from 134' to 381'. Fairly even distribution of straight, right-turning, and left-turning holes. The rolling hills provide a decent amount of elevation change on many holes, more downhill than uphill, which I did not mind a bit. Clearly, much thought has gone into the design of this course.
Navigation was super easy: the first hole is right next to the parking lot and each tee is visible and close at hand from the previous basket. I did not need to refer to a map once, which is rare the first time playing a course. Tee signs were mounted on posts and included a hole map, distance, and par.
There is a port-a-pot at the parking lot and a drinking fountain past the pavilion. Lost disc box with scorecards near the first hole.
Cons: Retrieving discs from the rough was a thorny experience, even in winter. I imagine that the rough could get brutal during the growing season. It was muddy when I played, and creek crossings were a bit dicey. Lots of skid marks on the muddy slopes by the creek.
Teepads were nicely boxed in, but on occasion the stone dust had enough lumps and bumps to affect my run-up. One of the pads near the creek was even a bit wet and slick. No practice basket.
Grey metal baskets were hard to spot from the tee on several holes. A brightly colored flag on the basket would help first-time players. On the dogleg holes the map seemed to have been "straightened" to fit the narrow space available on the tee post. This was confusing on a few holes, but probably only an issue the first time playing the course.
Use of this course is restricted to HOA members and their guests. I saw a few people walking near the course and no one seemed to mind me playing, but the signage is pretty clear.
Other Thoughts: Despite two longer holes, overall the course was pretty short at 2,107' with four holes < 200' and three holes between 200' and 300'. Still, I enjoyed playing this course very much. Lots of ace runs, a couple of bombs, and some tricky lines to hit. But if you are looking to blast distance drivers on every hole, this course may not suit your preference.
This would be one heck of a neighborhood course, if one could afford to live in the neighborhood. When I was driving in I though some of the large residential buildings were apartment complexes. Upon closer examination they all appeared to be single-family homes. Big ones.
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