0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Its convenient, sparsely used, and a nice beginner course.
Cons: Its very short. The course has been redone with 7 new basket locations since the last time its been reviewed. 6 of the new holes are densely wooded and extremely short (2-4 and 15-17). Some might say the new holes are technically challenging; others would suggest they add a lot of luck. You are going to hit a tree, its just a matter of how far down the path you go first. There are still problems with respect to signage. Finding the 15th basket would be near impossible without some sort of heads up. ... Its across the road, up a small embankment.
Other Thoughts: With just a little commitment this could be a really good course. Adding some benches, signage, and trash cans would be great. The loose red rock from which you throw is not as bad as I had originally anticipated. There a couple of holes (4 and 15) where some leveling of the ground around the tee would be helpful.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good baskets, beginner friendly, not crowded either day I was there. well maintained.
Cons: Dirt tee pads which are quite "worn" on most holes. Course holds water in several places which could potentially make some holes unplayable after rain. signage is fairly non-existent. Too many wide open holes.
Other Thoughts: It's not a bad course and it has potential but it needs work. The navigation is ok but after #11 you have to go through some bushes to the next hole with no sign and #14 is in plain site so the natural assumption is that it is the next hole. Some signs would definitely be a plus. The layout flows ok but a lot of the holes are just completely out in the open. There are some woods there that are used for a couple of holes but I certainly feel like they could have put a few more holes either in the woods entirely or at least tucked some baskets into the edge of the woods. Nice little course to play if you are nearby but I wouldn't go out of my way to play there.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
simple and enjoyable
Pros: This is a well-used but uncrowded course. I can point out a lot of negatives (see below), but they are mostly ways to improve an enjoyable course rather than things that detract. The course is very well mowed and litter free with a relaxed atmosphere.
Even though there are no signs, the course has decent flow; the white tee-marker poles are numbered and easy to follow (with the exception of #3 & #12). Most of the pins are cleverly placed on or near inclines or in trees to add some challenge. There are two or three long, open holes where you can empty your bag of drivers, which is always fun. And the course wraps neatly around the student activities center so that you are never too far from restrooms or water. The open fairways mean easy recovery shots, but the use of inclines and OBs around the pin do lend the course some risk/reward intrigue. Both make the course a little more enjoyable if not difficult.
Cons: Despite the quality pin placements, the fairways themselves are wide, straight, and obstacle-free with the exception of the very cool (if very short) #11. Even the two fairways in the woods (#8 & #9) feel like open fairway shots on most courses. Where the fairways do bend slightly, they bend in the favor of RHBH throws. There are no signs, benches, or garbage cans (though, as noted litter was not much of a problem). The tees are just dirt patches next to the tee marker poles which can quickly become slippery mud, and cars were parked in the middle of #6's fairway. While there are a few holes that allow you heave your diver, holes #1 and #2 (plus a few others) are so short, straight, and flat, they aren't really fun. The quality picks up with #3, but the first two could benefit from a redesign.
The major con is, however, that we encountered standing water and/or mud (sometimes ankle deep) on 12 of 18 holes. Judging from the footprints, it looks like most of those sloggy areas are standard components of the course. Take away the muddy fairways and slippery tees, and I would rate this course a point higher; it was a significant problem.
Other Thoughts: When you finish #11, follow the little path that appears to enter the woods. We didn't and ended up playing #14 out of order.
This is a recreational course. There are too many short, open holes for advanced players. However, if you're out on a sunny, dry day with friends, take an hour and play Montevallo, it'll be enjoyable.
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