7 Helpful / 5 Not
Highly over-rated course not well-maintained
Pros: Beautiful camp ground area with a nice lake and some rolling hills.
We were very excited to play here, as the reviews of the course are pretty high.
However, the experience was so un-inspiring that it actually inspired me to write a review.
Cons: I have no problem paying to play at a course. In fact, my preference would be to pay, if it means the course is going to be maintained and developed. This course doesn't seem to be either.
The course had at least 8 missing baskets, and horrendous signage between holes. The staff at the front had no clue which layout was currently in place and there didn't seem to be any logic to why some baskets were simply not there and others were.
We had both maps for the two layouts, and we aren't newbies to finding our way around unfamiliar courses. But, this place was just not user friendly.
There were campers all over and on hole 18 we had to drive down in to tents and lawn chairs.
Overall if was frustrating getting around and dissappointing to have so many missing baskets with very little help from the paid staff.
Other Thoughts: If you go to this area of the country, don't waste your time here. Spend it at Bud Hill.
7 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Absolutely Worth the Drive.
Pros: I've played few courses with better holes. I've played few courses that are as well marked and kept. I don't think I've ever played a course with the combination of both.
The course has cool, distinctive tee signs (with bag hooks) that are easy to locate; they make directional signs largely uneccesarry. However, there are clear directional signs where needed. The course has great flow and is easy to navigate. It starts and ends (in the standard layout) with a few, easier, open shots, but quickly moves to a series of technical, wooded shots and longer shots with water hazards and tight OB. The course designers calculated difficult but playable distances and angles. It's really excellent.
Most holes have multiple tees and/or pin placements. The tees are good size, level, and concrete. Trash cans, a few benches, water, and restrooms are available. The course surrounds a lake in a state park and is incredibly clean and well trimmed.
Cons: The only significant negative is that two shots (#3 and #4) cross a paved road. Any other issues are minor: there is a relatively long walk leading to 5 and the tee signs are not descriptive. You may have to take a stroll down the fairway to know exactly where the pin is on a few wooded shots.
Other Thoughts: In the standard layout, the course has only one really long shot. But the alterate layout and some provisional holes provide plenty of distance for advanced players. I'll definitley play this course when I'm back in the area; it's worth a trip.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pride of North MS
Pros: This course has it all. You really have to reach into the bag and use every throw you know. You have tight wooded holes, water holes, elevation changes, blind shots, and beautiful scenery. This course really has an unbelievable mix, and now there is a gold formation that will blow your mind.
Cons: Some of the teepads need updating. Some of them are too short and not wide enough for the longer holes. That's the only con I can think of.
Other Thoughts: This is a must-play course. If you want to have a look at the course go to youtube and type in Trace Open and there is a video of some of the Gold Course being played.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is well-designed 18 hole course that is extremely well kept and is quite challenging. This course has excellent variety of hole styles and hole lengths requiring every shot in your bag. I liked how the course is almost like 3 mini courses in regards to style- it starts with parks style for a few holes, then you play around the lake for a few, then some wooded holes coupled with steep elevation, and it finishes like it started. Every hole is unique and every tee shot must be carefully planned and executed. It seems every hole is a memorable one, but the signature #5 levee hole is one you will love to hate, lakes on both sides, the levee slopes down from left to right, and 520' from the long tees.
The layout and scenery are fabulous. I love how this course is spread out, each hole gets its own space, and the land is set aside purely for disc golf. Views of the lake are seen from most holes. The fairways were lush and green (played in spring after a lot of rain). The course has 2 sets of tees that are clearly marked. The baskets are in good shape. The tee signs and bag hangers are very nice and unique just giving one example of the care and detail Mississippi puts into their State Park disc golf courses.
There is ample parking. Restrooms near hole #1. The park workers are very nice, they will gladly give you tons of helpful information, and the ranger actually led us in his truck to #1's tee.
Cons: The biggest con (and this is very minor) are the couple of longer than normal walks from basket to next tee. But because this course covers such a large area of land this is necessary. I suppose they could add extra holes in between, but a little extra walking is really no biggie when you factor just how nice of a course this is. (The longest walk is from #4 to #5, and will give you plenty of time to mentally prepare yourself for the levee hole!)
Another very minor con (and I am digging here) is that you don't come near your car until 18, but in order to obtain that isolated in nature feel by the course being spread out this is a necessity.
Mississippi State Parks do charge $3 a day/car to enter the park, but this is well worth it.
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed every second I was on this course. It is one of the best courses I have every played and is one of my all-time favorites. I highly recommend this course to any serious player looking for a challenging good time. (Be prepared to lose a disc or two in the lake.)
Old Warrior Run is the name of the course, Trace State Park is the name of the park, although many locals referred to the course as Trace, but they are one and the same. And it appears the original layout is called Old Warrior Run, and an optional layout is Trace Gold.
*Note- This review is for the standard layout, I have not played the Gold.
This park also features several other park amenities, a big lake, camping, cabins, etc. I strongly endorse the Mississippi State Parks Disc Golf courses. The courses are fun and very well kept and the people are nice. They are perfect for taking a disc golf vacation with your friends or family.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This is one of my faviroite courses. The park does a great job of keeping the fairways nice and clean. Concrete pads and bag holders on every tee. The water is avoidable from the AM pads.
Cons: The am pads are natrual. All I can think of.
Other Thoughts: This course is in a great state park and should get more attention than it does.
I hear the gold setup is amazing but I haven't got around to play it yet.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging, Scenic, Good Shots Rewarded
Pros: The course is located in a state park, and is well maintained by the park officials. There is concrete tee pads on all holes for pro pads. The course has good signage and flows pretty naturally, so navigation shouldn't be an issue. There's great camping near hole 3, right on the lake. The course starts and finishes by the parking lot, restrooms, and a large pavillion. There is a good variety of right and left holes, short and long holes, tight and open holes, so the course doesn't really favor any certain style of player. Also, there are hooks to hang your bag on most tees, which is cool for those morning rounds where the ground is still a bit damp.
Cons: There were only 5 am pads total, but they were grass pads, which takes away a bit from the course. Nothing major, but if the grass was wet, it could get a little slick. The walks from 2 to 3, 4 to 5, and 16 to 17 are somewhat long, but nothing that was a real issue. The only con that really affected my rating of the course was the wooded holes, 11-14. Holes 12 and 13 were okay, but 11 and 14 weren't good holes. Even thought I didn't mind 12 and 13, I still felt that this stretch of holes through the woods was really more of a "filler" for the rest of the course. They were short, the routes on a couple were sketchy at best, and they just didn't excite me.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an excellent course. As stated in the cons, I wasn't fond of the wooded holes (tight wooded holes are some of my favorite, just not these). Under par is certainly manageable, but stray shots can get you in trouble in a hurry, especially on the water holes (5-10). The park was super clean and very well maintained when I was there, and I assume it stays that way. You're not really close to anything here, so bring anything you might need (food, fluids, meds, sunscreen, off, ect.) with you.
Favorite Holes: 2, 5(pro), 6(pro), 7(pro), 8, 9, 10(pro), 16, 18(pro)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Most challenging in area
Pros: If you have a PDGA AM rating, this course will challenge you for a par round.
A great mix of open and wooded holes give the complete package to your round. And the diversity of hole lengths force your hand to your overall ability. It's got it all!
Lefty's will find most of the holes going through the woods to their liking for a natural backhand. The righty's will find favor with the lake holes.
Tee pads are concreted and the fairways are, well, fair. Not wide open, but not too narrow. Most have a 15-20 gap to drive through.
Because the park is off the beaten path, it doesn't get the play and recognition it deserves.
Cons: Some tee pads are well away from the previous hole's basket. Some require a hundred yard's walk. There is potential to add an extra hole here and there to redeem this small "con."
Other Thoughts: This course is the most challenging in the area. If you want gimme birdies, you won't find them here. If you get one here, you've earned it with a well-placed tee shot.
If you finish this course with a good score, you can bet you will be mentally taxed.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course with a little of everything!
Pros: This course makes one large loop and had a great mix of open holes, wooded holes, water carries, up hill, down hill. It really does have it all. The course has some long holes and some shorter holes. The highlight of the round is a hole that is played inbetween the levies of 2 lakes. You have water on both sides of you on a 500ft+ hole. The landing area is fairly wide, but any wild shot will find the water. This is fallowed by 4 more holes around the lake with all of them requiring short carries over water. Every hole has a tee sign with the yardage marked and there are a few benches scattered throughout the course. This is a lovely park and is very well taken care of. The course is not excedingly hard but beginners are going to have issues with all of the water and some of the long holes. All of the wooded holes have well defined fairways. Overall this is just are super course that everyone would enjoy.
Cons: Like every busy park several of the holes might have people around them. This is especially true around the lake with people fishing. There are also a couple of holes that have you throwing across the park road and one basket that is very close to the boat dock parking and parked cars can come into play. there is also a long walk inbetween 4 and 5. Just becareful with vehicals on the road and people around the lake!!
Other Thoughts: The tee signs are unique but serve there purpose. This is a really great course that is a must play if you are in the area. It really will provide you with a great all around disc golf experience. Lots of different hole types for new players to learn on and enough of a challenge for better players to enjoy as well.
I highly recommend this course!!!!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Awesome Course in an Awesome Park
Pros: The piece of property that is set aside for Disc Golf here is amazing. They have room to create a course of immense and varying challenges and the designer sufficiently accomplished this. Tee Pads were in excellent shape, Bag posts and benches were excellent. The course was extremely well groomed.Again I keep coming back to the views but they are amazing.
Cons: There is a long walk from hole 4 to hole 5. It is not hard to find as you simply follow the path. However, we played on a morning immediately following a heavy rain the previous night. It was a long soggy, muddy tromp.
Other Thoughts: This curse was really about 3 kinds of courses blended into one. This is what made it fabulous. The first 4 holes and the the last 3 holes are "city-park" type of holes. These are long holes with large mature trees in the fairway. Then there were the water holes (5-10) which were amazingly beautiful and challenging. The remainder of the course was in the woods going up and down a hill, requiring exceptional accuracy and execution. Combine all 3 and this is a course that most seasoned disc golfers would love.
Hole 5 is a difficult hole over a levee. While I think it was intended to be the signature hole, I like hole 10 the best. It requires a downhill throw over an inlet of the lake. The carry is roughly about 275 and the pin backs up against the forest. An absolutely fantastic disc golf hole.
If you are ever in the Tupelo area, I highly recommend stopping in at Trace State Park and playing this phenomenal course. You will not be disappointed.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Best kept disc golf secret in North Mississippi!
The course is maintained by Trace State Park and kept in excellent condition!!
Cons: None, but you will have to pay $3 to get in the park unless you have a pass.
Other Thoughts: You won't want to miss playing this course if your ever in Tupelo.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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