Pretty little park course PACKED in too tight
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - 18 Permanent DISCatcher 28's all with a level mounting.
- 18 asphalt tees of adequate size.
- Beautiful, old growth trees through most of the course.
- A good amount of shot shaping requirements. Some holes allow more options, some only a couple and a few where a specific line is the right choice.
- Well kept park. Grass was mown, almost no garbage(what was around likely came from the adjacent freeway - see cons)
- Fairly easy to follow navigation. Not great but we didn't have a map of the new layout and never had to do more than a little double checking.
- Good extra infrastructure such as the railroad tie protection walls and rock ring around 18's green.
- Course located at a park with a nice lake beach access.
- Free to play.
- Good intermediate level course with lots of shorter to mid range hole lengths and a few longer and more technically challenging holes mixed in.
- While in the worst part of the course they have added a double mando to hole 14 and an island on Hole 16. Looks like they used weed killer to make the circle for the island about 6" wide around the basket. Pretty neat idea.
Cons: - This Course is packed in an area that's way too tight for 18 holes. While no holes actually criss-cross, the fairways are very tight together and many tees and greens are on top of each other as well. Would be scary to play with more than 6-8 groups out there. I actually had a friend hit his line on a tee shot but black aced because of how packed in it is. It was pretty funny actually.
- No elevation. Like, a hump of ground or two.
- Lots of holes in the 220'ish range. Fortunately the trees help those holes from getting too repetitive.
- No course Map was available and at times, with how packed in the course is, you see many baskets and tee signs so some checking is required.
- Tee signs are just laminated numbers on big metal fence posts. They have left the old signs from the original 9 Hole layout but the distance on most is off since the pins have moved. Not sure why those with an accurate distance weren't just pulled down.
- Holes 14-16 are very meh. They're the only 3 holes across the walking path in the separate grass area.
- Holes 1, 2, 3, and 6 all play along the freeway edge of the park.
Other Thoughts: This is a fine little course despite being ridiculously packed into the space. A lot of work and care has obviously been put into it. I got a bit excited on my way as the last review had noted that they updated all the tees and baskets for the 9 Hole layout, rating it a 3.5. I'm guessing that around 12 holes would be the sweet spot for this piece of land. I can't say I was truly disappointed as we played a very fun round. That said, there was 1 other twosome playing other than us so we had the place to ourselves for the most part. I'm not sure I'd play there on a busy day for fear getting hit and the necessary waiting that would have to take place. With the crowded nature of the course, needing multiple safety walls, it's tough to go too high on rating this. Also, the complete lack of elevation is big turn off for me. Definely worth a spin if you're around Blackfoot(and the course isn't busy). There certainly are a few signature-ish type holes and enough ace/birdie runs to make it enjoyable throughout.
Update: I returned to Blackfoot 3 months after my initial review and the tee pads have been completed and all the signs were up, albeit just laminated sheets of paper that are already bleeding from moisture. There were about 5 other groups this time and as expected, this caused flow issues in numerous places throughout the course.
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