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 The Quiet Little Course That Could

1    11/27/2009   11/28/2009
Review By: srm_520
Played: 153  Reviewed: 140  Exp: 13.6 Years
This review was updated on 3/27/2010
9 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

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
Other Thoughts: 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.


1    3/28/2009   5/2/2009
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 271  Reviewed: 260  Exp: 21.2 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This 18 hole course sits on nice land that is primarily used for disc golf. The course is mostly open with isolated trees as obstacles, nice lush grassy fairways, some length, and some use of elevation. Water (small creek) in play on 17 and 18. There are several really nice holes here that are fun and challenging to play.

Even though it was on a campus, no parking permits/permission were required. There is a large lot between the student center and hole 1 that appeared to open parking for all.
Cons: There are no teepads of any kind. Just a white post in the ground, so you pretty much just end up just making your own tee on every hole. Navigation was a little tricky with no tee signs or maps available or numbered baskets.

Some of the holes were not that great- some were just a basket in an open field- not really a course in my opinion. One hole had a couple of old semi-trailers in the middle of it which was kind of ugly. Another hole had soccer nets surrounding the basket, which made for a challenge, but is probably not normally part of the course!
Other Thoughts: The course is located on an outer corner of campus surrounding the student rec. center. Everyone here kept to themselves and barely seemed to notice we were from out of state playing disc golf. We had the course to ourselves.

It is quite possible that this course used to only have 9 holes and 9 more came later, as there is a stretch in the middle that seem forced, but the last few holes were really good.

This is a nice course if you happened to go to college here, but definitely not a championship caliber course. I would not recommend going out of your way to play here, especially since Birmingham has a couple of really nice courses.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Quaint Campus

1    4/2/2009   4/2/2009
Review By: ZMan44
Played: 144  Reviewed: 110  Exp: 13.6 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
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.


1    10/12/2008   10/13/2008
Review By: wdemick
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 22.4 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
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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