UPDATE: Maybe the Best Recreational Course in the Area, After Redesign
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Pros: Nice, easy, and mostly short.
Nice college campus setting.
Good mix of wooded/open and elevation variety.
Perfect for taking kids or a reluctant disc golf spouse.
A few garbage cans at strategic points.
Large 4-ft-ish posts for tee markers, most with footage.
Easy hikes, with mostly short walks on and between holes.
Cons: Not any benches that I remember.
No hole layout signs, course map, score cards.
Other Thoughts: Congrats to whoever did the redesign on this. This is a great playing recreational course. I don't really know how to grade things like this on a curve. This is a great course for what it is, as long as you understand going in that this isn't a challenging course for serious players. Old-school shorter holes, like you don't seemuch anymore. I think every areaneeds a good recreational course, and this is probably one of the best I've played.
Montevallo was on my "never play again" list, until recently, when I saw an online map of the redesigned course. It's still not a destination course for serious competitive play, but this is well worth our 25-minute drive. It's a very easy walk, compared to almost anything else in the area. The new wooded holes on the front side and the back fix the old problems of the course being very unbalanced in play. It's really pretty good variety now.
Grab some friends who've never played, a stack of 150 class discs, hit discourse. Your resulting score will also be good on your self-esteem while you grow the sport.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Great starter course, Good course to see if you can go the distance to the basket, and a lot of chances for an ace!
Cons: Not much of a challenge to play, confusing to find hole 12 and 13. course has a lot of walking in between holes. Tons of cars to hit on the first hole because it plays down the side of the gym parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Good course to build a little confidence and introduce a new player to the game. When you finish hole 11 turn to the woods on the left of the basket ( if you are facing the basket from the tee box ) and walk into the woods to tee box 12
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The Quiet Little Course That Could
Pros: This course is perfect for a good round of casual golf. It comes into it's own by hole #8, and the back nine is very enjoyable. The course is well manicured being on a college campus, and it was virtually empty when we played. Playing here had a relaxing and peaceful silence about it that you just can't get in the big city. Baskets are in decent shape and there is plenty of parking along the rec center side.
BEST HOLE/S: #8
Cons: The course has a few technical flow problems and some unnecessary walks between tees. The tees themselves are natural and marked with a large white post with distances even though many felt off by a number of feet. I really didn't know which side to tee from, but since this isn't really a tournament caliber course it isn't a big issue.
Make sure you go left into the trees after hole #11, since hole #14 looks like the natural progression. #12 and #13 get a little boggy in the low grass. A big complaint that many veteran players might have is that the holes feel very short with few trees and only a minor water obstacle on hole #17. There are also trailers parked along #3 making this hole look like a construction site.
WORST HOLE/S: #1; #2
If you are in the mood for an isolated serenity filled round of disc golf then the University of Montevallo is your place. While George Ward Park
and Civitan Park (John LeMaster DGC)
offer a much greater challenge and tournament caliber experience, I found this course to be very satisfying. I loved the isolated feel of holes #8 and #9 playing into a treed depression in the land making feel like I was the only person for miles. This course doesn't make you be perfect, it simply helps you relax and enjoy the game.
Birmingham has proved to have a diverse array of golf with the three courses in the surrounding areas. While the University of Montevallo ranks last among the three in overall course quality, it certainly ranks first if you like courses without a lot of players or high degree of difficulty. This isn't a destination course, but certainly one to consider if you're in for a casual round in the greater Birmingham area.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Montevallo is a quiet little town with a quiet little campus. The course is very solid for a small college and they use as much land as they had available. There is not a lot of elevation, but what there is is used nicely. Some baskets are perched at the edge of steep drop-offs. The course was well manicured.
Cons: The first few holes were fairly easy with few (if any) obstacles. Natural tees were extremely slippery due to rainy conditions. The town is a little bit of a drive from Birmingham and not very convenient from anywhere. One hole had unused soccer goals in the middle of the fairway which were not appealing to the eyes. There were also some navigational issues as there are no signs and few directional instructions.
Other Thoughts: This course started as a very typical open course. It didn't really jump out at me until about hole 6. Then there were some really solid design elements that came into play. The key element that added difficulty was basket placement. There were multiple holes where putts had to be carefully planned out to reduce the adverse effects of a "blow-by". If I went to this school I would be ecstatic to have a course like this on campus.
Last thing that I will mention is very odd but I distinctly remember. While we were driving around campus looking for the course, we noticed that no one at this school was smiling. They didn't even look melancholy. Everyone had a scowl on their face...and it was Friday! We thought that perhaps Fridays meant something disgusting in the school cafeteria or something else terrible. I am not sure, but in any case I would not be frowning with access to a disc golf course like this.
This is a slightly above average course to me. It is probably not worth driving 500 miles to play, but if you live in Birmingham or happen to be passing through, it is worth the stop.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: short holes have challenging pin positions,nice layout, quick play
Cons: too many wide open holes
Other Thoughts: overall I like this course and will return though I prefer more wooded layouts.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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