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 Pretty easy

1    10/9/2010   10/20/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has two very different sections. The front 9 plays through nice mature trees with rolling hills. Many of the holes take advantage of the elevation changes with some fun downhill shots and a couple interesting holes back up the hill. The back nine is much flatter and more open, with longer holes and wide open shots on many holes. Stands of trees are used to protect several of the pins on the back, making it a little more challenging. There is a nice variety of hole lengths, especially with the alternate tees. The front 9 calls for some different shot shapes, and offers multiple lines through the mature trees on many holes.

There are good concrete tees, with plenty of space and a decent texture. The baskets show some age, but are in good shape and catch well. The grounds were nicely mowed, and there wasn't too much trash or vandalism. There were some good hole maps available at the beginning of the course that were really helpful in navigating the course.
Cons: This course doesn't really test a better disc golfer at all. The front 9 is pretty short, and offers plenty of generous lines. The back 9 is longer, but is wide open so it's not hard to drive the pin on nearly every hole. There isn't any punishment for missing your line, and the course doesn't at all push players to throw very many different lines. The back 9 feels a little repetitive, most of the holes are flat, open, and straight ahead with a little protection around some of the baskets.

The signage is pretty poor, it doesn't show hole layout, and many of the distances seemed off. There are often multiple baskets in view, and the navigation is a little weird in spots, so without a map or guide it could get a little frustrating. The alternate tees looked like they changed up the course on the map, but they were not marked at all, and were difficult to find.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice beginner course, not too much trouble, and plenty of shorter holes for newer players. More experienced throwers won't find too many challenges or really much variety to keep them coming back. It's a good warm up for the Swinney courses, but not really worth much of a trip out of your way all on it's own.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  two thumbs up!

5+    9/20/2010   9/20/2010
Review By: mello d
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: 1st course played & have a jolly good time every time i about viva variety?!?!? 1st 9 are trees & shade...whilst the back 9 is open & sunshiney! aesthetically pleasing to the eye & easy to learn the layout after a couple o' rounds.
Cons: poor hole markings on the signage...though a mysterious someone has recently updated...<thank u whoever you are>
Other Thoughts: quite a bit of glass and aluminum debris out on the course...which really takes away from the natural beauty of the place ...a couple of recycling bins strategically placed would cure this problem :) until then mates PLEASE pick up after yourselves!

0 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Beginner Friendly

5+    7/2/2010   7/6/2010
Review By: Mixilpidilstick
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 10.4 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Shoaff park is an excellent course to introduce new players to the exciting world of disc golf. This course has few OB and no water hazards. The front 9 is well shaded with mature growth trees and makes use of this park's small rolling hills. Over the past few years, several of the baskets have been relocated to provide more challenge.
Cons: In the middle of the day during the summer months, the back 9 is almost unplayable due to lack of shade. With a lot of rainfall, some of the shaded areas can stay swampy and muddy for weeks. This course can be busy. There are a lot of non-players in the vicinity.
Other Thoughts: This course could use some TLC. Most of the signs are broken or unreadable. Some of the sign didn't seem to have been updated after the last time they moved the baskets. The grounds are well kept, which makes locating your discs very easy.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.


2-4    6/20/2010   6/23/2010
Review By: AdamE
Played: 260  Reviewed: 148  Exp: 14.1 Years
This review was updated on 12/6/2011
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a nice course set in a large park with big mature trees. The front nine plays up and down some rolling hills and has more trees to deal with, while the back nine is more open. There's a great variety of hole length here and the shot selection is good given what there is to work with.
Cons: Navigation is fairly easy once you get started. Hole 1 is a long walk from the parking lot and after hole 9, you walk past 1's tee to get to 10. Hole 18 finishes even further away from the parking lot.

Holes 5-7 are semi-close to a large playground area. When I played here on a busy Sunday there were tons of people here but we didn't have a problem with any of them being in the way.

Risk/reward is almost non-existent here. Since the course is filled with mature trees and no rough, bad shots are rarely punished.

Tee signs are pretty old and only tell you the hole number and distance. But to be fair, this is a pretty old course so the signs do have some nostalgia about them.

The back nine is mostly open without much shade so bring water if you play in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really fun course that I enjoyed playing. It's great for newer players to work on their game without the risk of losing a disc like at Swinney east & west, but more advanced players won't find a challenge here.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 It's Shoaff!

2-4    3/18/2010   3/18/2010
Review By: Kramer
Played: 37  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8.5 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Lots of Lanes, some good runs for aces, great places for some alts for the tourneys. It is a feel good course... cause most the time you can recover nicely on an upshot.
Cons: Lots of non-disc golf traffic... some Tee's right next to playground, and weekends means people eating next to you while you are throwing.

Challenge isn't the highest... but the fun is there.
Other Thoughts: No water, but that doesn't mean you can't lose one. Like on the golf course across the road.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/24/2010   3/18/2010
Review By: Zigzaggler
Played: 42  Reviewed: 14
This review was updated on 5/25/2011
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Long drives, concrete launch pads. Pretty forgiving second shot attempts if you happen to throw a not so good drive. Alternate tees have been put in to add to the course!!!..
Cons: Most of the back nine is in the open..
Other Thoughts: Nice open park if long shots are what you like to throw. ..A great place to check out some new molds as there is a nice shop that sells descent plastic just across the street!!..This is always a good time course to stop in and play!!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Learn to shoot here

5+    12/10/2009   1/15/2010
Review By: supernaut
Played: 99  Reviewed: 5
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Hard to lose a disc on this one. Concrete pads, maps usually available, signs, Al Pier baskets. Alternate 18 with natural pads if that's your preference. Great looking course up close and from a distance considering this area of the state is FLAT.
Cons: Pretty popular course which means traffic both on and off the fairways. Always other things going on in the park, which includes people oblivious to the game. Don't be afraid to yell fore from time to time.
Other Thoughts: I learned the game on this course and its still a favorite with my friends and I. Great course to take beginners out on to learn technique. Eventually the course gets pretty easy though so try either the alternate 18 here or one of the Swinney courses for more challenging rounds if you're in the area.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful.

  Good Course

5+    8/19/2009   8/19/2009
Review By: yalokim9
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 8.2 Years
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Easy to play. Very clean. Tees are fairly good. Easy to get to know the course. Great for beginners.
Cons: Some tee's signs have fallen. Front 9 is more through the trees and back 9 is more in the open.
Other Thoughts: Need more OB holes and needs to be more difficult. This course is great for people just starting out and want to get better at the sport

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Nice, Casual Round

5+    6/24/2009   6/25/2009
Review By: bilemshious
Played: 26  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 10.5 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice tees, signage, and holes. In the middle of a park, so it is well maintained. Holes are placed in creative places in relation to the natural surroundings. Each hole is different and requires a variety of shots.

Front 9 and Back 9 are like playing 2 different courses: front is wooded with zero undergrowth and the back is fairly open with sparse trees.
Cons: Really there are not many. A couple holes are confusing as to where to walk to the next tee (4 to 5, 12 to 13). The front 9 are a little short. If you are looking for an intense, skill-shot course, this is not the one you want. Every hole has a possibility of drive-putting it. Watch out for the kids at the playground on #5 - not a huge deal though.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course. But it is not for advanced players looking for a challenge. It is very good for honing skills and using different shots for other players. I have played it several times, but I have not deuced every hole . . . yet.

It's tough for me to rate it higher than 3.5 because of it's ease of play even though the quality of the course drives the score higher.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Mature Growth Only

5+    3/22/2009   5/18/2009
Review By: zud00
Played: 145  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 9.3 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is a decent variety of holes including left turning/right turning, long/short, wooded/open. Nice big concrete tee pads and nice baskets. A great course for beginnners with no water obstacles.
Cons: Course can be fairly easy for the advanced player. Tee signs are a bit dated, however, they still provide accurate distances. The back 9 holes are a almost too open. Some tee boxes are difficult to find for the first timer.
Other Thoughts: This course almost plays as two different 9 hole courses...the front nine play through thin mature growth while the back 9 holes play through an open area with some mature growth. In addition, the front 9 holes play shorter than the back 9 holes.

For the front 9 holes, you will want to have an accurate drive to score well. Most holes are deuceable with a drive that doesn't get tangled up in the trees. The first 9 holes also take advantage of the rolling terrain that the park offers.

On the back 9 holes (your arm should be loose), you will need long accurate drives to score well. But even with a bad drive, a 3 is still very makeable with the lack of obstacles. The road plays O.B. and comes into play on a few holes which can add a few strokes to your score.

This course is a great course for casual play and for beginners. It is located on the north side of FW so I would play this course before heading to Swinney Park. Updated/more detailed tee signs would help make this coures rate .5 higher.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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