15 Helpful / 1 Not
Deer Lick Park
Pros: This course has a nice mix for sure. Not only are some holes fairly open but some are tight. Additionally you'll find some of the holes fairly easy to some quite challenging.
You'll be greeted by easy parking near hole one and eighteen with bathrooms between the two.
Holes one and two are tame and give you a chance to warm up with a couple of birdie opportunities. Three is a longer shot with the chance of rolling off the bank and down to the pond. Number four is a big challenge. It is down a slight hill and up on an "island" just past the creek. There is a big risk of getting wet but it's a great reward if you stay dry. It is one of the best holes on the course in my mind. The next few are basic fun holes. A couple more birdie and ace runs are sprinkled in as well. Halfway through you'll pass a putt-putt course with a nice air conditioned area that sells snacks, drinks, etc. It also has a bathroom if needed. Pass that area and it's into the woods for some pretty tough holes as far as trees are concerned. They're the type of holes where you can feel really good if you make it through but have to buckle down if you clip a tree. I love this kind of hole. You'll really appreciate a little luck and some tree love. Hole 16 is kind of nice because it brings you back out into the open and you can really let loose on this comparatively long hole. Don't get too comfortable though because 17 and 18 take you back in the woods. These last holes can also make or break your round.
There are a few holes with concrete tees on the front nine. Otherwise natural tees are the offering but they are in fairly good shape. Signs are also hit and miss. The ones that are present are old but OK although I wouldn't trust all of them as far as distance is concerned.
There is a pretty nice retaining wall defining the tee pad for hole four. You'll also find a few benches, bridges, and steps installed by the locals and they're a nice touch.
Cons: I think it could use some better signage. You may have to look around for a few holes, especially on the back nine. A quick print of the map should help on your first trip, beyond that you should be good to go.
A lot of people have the opinion that the wooded holes need to be refined. Mainly trimming a few trees and taking out a late tree or two. This mainly effects holes 10,11,14,15, and to a lesser extent 17 and 18.
The older single chain Innova baskets will inevitably be blamed for a couple extra strokes per round.
Other Thoughts: There is a nice pond with wildlife, a mini golf course, walking trails, and a skate ramp at this park. I think it is well worth the drive and because of the other activities it is easy to convince an otherwise reluctant spouse and kids to come along, if you know what I mean...
To sum it up, this is a very fun, challenging, and unique course. It's actually one of my favorites. It really is a must play in my view. Come check it out and see for yourself. Enjoy.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
A course to test all your skills
Pros: Several tough wooded holes and several tough open holes
Wide variety of hole length
Almost never busy
Cons: Natural tees on some holes
Difficult to navigate (maybe even with a map?)
Sometimes feels like an odd assortment of holes bunched together
Other Thoughts: I rate this course a 3.5 due to the design of the holes. You will need a wide variety of shots in your bag on this course and with a well-placed drive a birdie is possible on every hole (even though some are almost 500 ft long and some snake through tight woods).
There has been a recent effort with the upkeep of this course and it shows--especially in the teepads. Almost all of them are now concrete and funds are being raised to finish the few that are still natural. Navigation is still less than straightforward and I don't like the relocation of hole 1 to the long hole by the parking lot at the putt putt course. Starting on old hole 1 (a couple of short easy holes) made warm-up easy. Now you start on a 450' hole next to a road and then head directly into a section of tight wooded holes. By the time you get to the short holes they seem more boring than before and out of place on the course.
I would not consider this course an easy one for beginners to shoot well although it is a good place for them to hone their skills.
Poison ivy and thorns are at an all time low at the course.
Apparently the park is now a non-smoking facility and there is a park security officer who will make no bones about approaching you to enforce it. Be forewarned.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A Course in Need of Some Work
Pros: The park folks were very friendly, and with 2 or three park police cruising around, we felt very safe. The original front nine holes are great. Holes 1 and 2 are rather easy. 3 brings some water risk with the pond on the left (mind the goose droppings). Hole 4 is beautiful. It was a tough hole. I took the high risk and ended up in the drink.
The "Pro" shop between 8 and 9 is a great idea, with drink machines and air conditioned eating area.
Cons: - Neither office had a course map (glad we had the one from here)
- Without a map, good luck. Back nine is totally unmarked.
- Where is the 12th basket? Oh, over the hill, left in the treeline.
- Where is the 17th tee? Out of the field, down the hill, into the woods, hang a left.
- Holes 10, 11 are a loggers nightmare.
- Hole 16 should be a par 4 and who puts a 20 foot tall log pile in a fairway?
- Basket numbers need to be replaced as they are worn and difficult to make out at distance.
Other Thoughts: The entire site feels like 2 nine hole courses instead of a single 18. A player goes from an enjoyable front nine to a back nine that feels like it may never end.
If you are visiting Atlanta to play some disc golf, there are other, prettier courses to visit before this one.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun & Improving
Pros: *As mentioned, the course was revamped in 2007, taking it from a boring 9 hole super short course to a fun, 18 hole course. A couple of the woods holes are legit par 4 holes...all are fun & challenging
*The locals - find 'em, great folks, and they put in a lot of time clearing & improving the wooded holes
Cons: *Aside from the creek on #4 and the pond on #3, this is not the nicest parcel of land...not nearly as scenic as some of GA's other courses. Minor elevation changes. Meanders through a pine forest that is in the initial stages of transitioning into hardwoods.
*Cement teepads on beginning holes, but dirt in the back
*Signage is missing after #7
*Some of the original holes are very short...although some have gotten new pin placements that have made them much more challenging & fun
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course to play & will continue to improve as the locals keep putting quality maintenance time in. Worth a drive to Douglassville if you're on the west side of Atlanta (about 20 min west of downtown).
If you played here when it was 9 holes, it's definitely worth another visit.
Course record is 47 (singles) and 43 (doubles)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course was expanded from a short 9 holer to the current 18. This upgrade made the course much, much better than the original. There's decent hole length variety (1of 195/ 12 of 200-299/ 2 of 300-399/ 3 of 400-485), but 2/3 are under 300. This is mostly because 1-7, from the original layout, are pretty short. The terrain has a good mix of wooded, open, and mixed terrain holes. Mild elevation changes with a drop of 18 ft on hole 4 being the greatest. The creek down the middle of the fairway on hole 4 is very scenic and adds great risk vs. reward. The pond in play on hole 3 is nice too. There's a map available in the park office, but I didn't get one.
Cons: More work needs to be done on the tees and signs for 8-18, but it looks like that's in progress and will happen as the new layout gets broken in more. Tee 9 is a long walk and hard to find, so make sure to get the map. Tee 17 could also be hard to find. The majority of the holes are straight, with only 1 dogleg right (13 St/ 4 Lt/ 1 R). There are potential safety issues on hole 8 with errant drives that can hyzer onto the main road leading into the park (mine did!), and on 18 a drive could be shanked to the right onto the park road loop.
Other Thoughts: Course Level = White
There seems to be a short and long basket position on hole 7, but I'm not positive.
My favorite hole = 4. Although the first part is too open for my taste the drive has plenty of risk vs. reward since the fairway plays down a creek. This last half is really pretty. The basket by the creek is the prettiest green on the course. Hole 13 is a really fun open ace run that I threw lots of shots on. Holes 14 is a very challenging tightly wooded 400 ft par 4.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 7 Not
Deer Lick Park
Pros: Nice mix of holes, wooded and somewhat open with elevation changes. In a multi-use park with bathrooms and some other facilities. Locals were helpful.
Cons: The course was hard to find , both the 1st hole and the rest of the course. Some holes seemed not to have a way to get your 1st shot toward the hole but all holes were par 3 as per the locals. Thoes holes seemed like they should have been par 4's.
Other Thoughts: Good overall course, but nothing spectacular. Good for families as there are many other things to do there besides DG. There was supposedly a pro shop there but it was not open when I was there.
5 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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