Beware of water
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Beautiful park
-Trees around baskets provide for unique and challenging up shots
-Great for intermediate players
Cons: -Beginners will lose a lot of plastic
-Not much variability off of the tee
Other Thoughts: Difficulty (3/5): This course has slightly above average difficulty, especially for beginners, because of the water. When I first played this course I was incredibly new to the game, and was stressed out on almost every shot because of the threat of losing my discs in water. This caused me to play overly safe and add a ton of strokes to my score. When I played again more recently, I was much more confident in each shot I would be taking and was willing to take my normal lines as if the water wasn't there. I still found my fair share of trees and shallow water a couple of times, but having a little more experience under my belt made the course far more manageable.
Maintenance (3/5): The baskets were in great shape. The teeboxes were in good shape but often a little shorter than I would have preferred. Grass and brush were trimmed low. Tee signs were extremely faded.
Variability (3/5): The majority of obstacles on this course are from the water. There are definitely trees, but for the most part they're on the edge of fairways and therefore don't force different lines but rather punish you if you don't throw straight. That, combined with my noodle arm (I can't throw more than 300' consistently), meant that on at least half of the holes I was driving as hard as I could straight down the middle. An additional 4 or 5 holes were straight down the middle but within my driving range, so I needed to focus more on accuracy. A couple of holes used the water very well to make you question whether you wanted to go for it or layup. All of that being said, there was usually clusters of trees around the basket that made approach shots interesting. The tee shots were less varied than most courses, but the approach shots were more varied than most courses.
Flow/Experience (4/5): Going from 9-10 and 10-11 can be a bit confusing the first time, but not much. The hole layout really makes sense even for a first time player. This was a really stressful course to play as a beginner, as I mentioned before, but much more enjoyable as an intermediate. I imagine it'll be even better with more skill. A lot of pretty views and fairly secluded disc golf.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Technical if windy
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very technical course
-A few wide open holes to see how far you can throw
-Well thought out lay-up areas for those of us not blessed with huge arms
-Water hazards that aren't too daunting to get your discs out of except the pond
-A few elevation changes to keep things interesting in the beginning of the round especially
-Well marked hole locations for each hole with approximate distances
-Benches at the tee pad for most holes
Cons: -Make sure you have some overstable discs in your bag or you will go swimming a lot, especially if it's a windy day
-While the basket locations are marked on the signs, some of the locations of the holes change depending on the season, so it can take some scouting
-On the weekends, the park can get a little busy so be careful blind throwing
-Some of the tee pads are a little uneven, and the pad at hole 6 is almost treacherous
-If you throw your disc in the very small pond on 12, good luck getting it out thanks to zero visibility
-Don't be fooled by any rock bridges you see, they are cosmetic and the rocks will move
Other Thoughts: -There are no bathrooms on the course at all. The closest is at the softball complex across the street
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Water water everywhere
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice easy to navigate layout
-Teepads in good shape
-Nice variety of holes
-Water in play on almost every hole
-Very distinct holes
-Flow from hole to hole is excellent, nice rapid pace of play
Cons: -The fairways are fairly open, with most of the "wooded" description coming in from guardian tree placement around the pins
-Some of the rough, especially on holes 5,6,8,10 is pretty dense.
-Water in play on almost every hole, most of the creek is shallow but there are definitely some deep spots that require more than just removing your shoes to retrieve your disc. And then you have the pond on 12.
-Walking path weaves through the course and there are some near blind shots on 4 and 6 where you have a chance of hitting somebody
-Hole 14 tees of right next to a busy road and I cold see a lefty grip locking a drive and causing a big problem.
Other Thoughts: Jimmy Porter is an excellent example of a municipal multi-use park course. The design incorporates a wide variety of shots and approaches and uses a single creek to introduce OB and risk reward type shots on a number of holes.
The design of this course really maximized the terrain, landscape and water features to its full potential, resulting in a course where each hole feels distinct and memorable.
Standout holes for me were:
Hole 2 - Nice elevate tee with creek OB right in front of the pin
Hole 4 - Curve your drive around the base of the hill and then an upshot into a wooded section guarding the pin
Hole 10 - Pretty wide expand of creek and rough in front of pin which is tucked in the woods. Decent fairway before you get to the OB if you want to play it safe and layup.
Hole 12 - Hyzer line over a nice sized pond
Hole 15 - Drive over a wider, boulder strewn section of the creek with the pin on the opposite bank
All in all, the water really adds both challenge and an extra level of scenery to a nice municipal park layout. While the fairways are mostly open, the pin placements have you still needing to make a technical upshot on most holes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - Good variety of shots
- Well maintained course in neighborhood park
- Easy to navigate
Cons: - Fairly open course
- Not overly challenging for advanced and above players
Other Thoughts: Stopped in on this course while playing other courses in the area. Glad I played it, would stop here again if nearby.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
good park course
Pros: -great use of the creek and the limited elevation
-a variety of different distances, lines, and degrees of woods
-concrete tees and finally has new signs for the (relatively) new layout
-good bridges to cross the creek
-creek is shallow and clear, discs easily retrieved
Cons: -old baskets in okay condition
-no stand out holes
-some of the posted distances seem off, especially hole 14 (looks like over 500' to me)
Other Thoughts: Jimmy Porter has been around for a long time and it is not hard to see why it is a popular course. It looks easy with lots of reachable pins but there are just enough trees, water hazards, and sidewalk OB that it is much more challenging than it looks. I usually leave here eager to come back and beat my score by several strokes!
With 13 holes with water in play and 7 with an OB sidewalk, there are plenty of opportunities to take penalty strokes and it makes for great score separation. Some may find it too punitive but I like it. The OB is clear and good shots shouldn't unluckily end up OB.
There are 2 elevated tees (2 and 6), 2 large bombs (14 and 17), 1 throw across a small pond (12), and several holes with baskets nestled into protected woods (4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13). The holes are mostly short (half under 300') but the variety of terrain features keeps it interesting. That said, there are not any holes that really stand out for me as signature holes.
Jimmy Porter is right down the street from Greenbelt Park and they make a decent pair though they are similar courses. Jimmy Porter is definitely the better of the two. While there are plenty of better courses in the area, this is a solid option with replay value and decent fun factor.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Well laid out
Pros: -Nice variety of distance.
-Well thought out design- uses water as a thoughtful obstacle.
-Baskets in wooded areas when possible so wind putting isn't so much of a factor.
-Discs that end up in water are generally retrievable.
-Nice tees and signs.
Cons: -I spent a fair amount of time waiting for runners to clear (the Carrollton Purple trail bisects the course) and this was on a Monday morning. I imagine weekends are worse.
Other Thoughts: -Watch out for hole 6... if you fade too far left you will land in a swampy mess overgrown with tall reeds. It was only by the grace of the DGGods that I found my disc.
-Compared to the other course that is close (Greenbelt) this place is more fun IMHO.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Ez birdie for 1,3,4,8,18 NICE PLACE TO WORK ON MULTIPLE SHOT TYPES SOME WIDE OPEN GREENS
Cons: Hole 4 blind spot over hill from drive. I always run after my disc to make sure it didn't hit you or u take my disc lol
Other Thoughts: I OWN HOLE 18
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Requires a number of different shots
- Majority of holes allow for multiple approach angles
- Creek forces you to be tactical, but doesn't hinder your angles
- Course was well kept and had decent flow
- Holes 2, 3, 6 and 10 were 'signature' type holes that make this course worth playing again
Cons: - Tee signs could be better
- Course map at hole #1 would also make this course more easily navigable
- The course does play across a walking/jogging path which requires the player to be constantly aware of foot traffic
Other Thoughts: In reading the previous reviews, this course gets a bum wrap for eating discs. I didn't see this to be the case at all. While water is present on most every hole, it only serves as a boundary and not really an obstacle. Without the water, this course would be fairly mundane and lack any sort of challenge. The lack of length on the course is offset by the strategic factor presented by the creek. Overall a good course and worth playing on a semi-regular basis. Not overly difficult and can be played fairly quickly.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: They've removed most of the reeds and are doing work on the creek on 17. Looks like they're putting in large rocks. They're also putting in concrete tee pads on all holes. Nice combination of obstacles. Wooded, but open, too.
Cons: It can still be a disc eater, though losing one in the water is less of an issue than before
Other Thoughts: Love this course. It's a "home course." One day I'd like to check out a tourney there on a Sunday.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Wide open
weak teeboxes and markers
Other Thoughts: Course isn't long and kind of boring, but its a good quick play. It was really really hot when I played and you can lose a disc or two in the creek that runs through the whole course
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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