Mobile's least ideal course
5 Helpful / 0 Not
- forgiving fairways, nice and open for beginners
- baskets are in fair condition, numbered
- ace runs
- doesn't take much time to throw the course if you already know the layout
- the course isn't completely flat, some very slight changes in elevation.
- begins where it ends
- regularly mowed
- tees are marked with a short piece of numbered pvc pipe, hard to find
- most of the baskets are jumbled in the same area, it's hard to tell which basket goes to which "fairway"
- layout is very bland
- some fairways run close to various streets & school buildings
- limited access during regular school hours
- trash throughout course
- natural tees
- no multiple tees, pins
- no directional signs between holes
Baker High is a fairly open, short, basic, highschool gym class style course. It starts just off of the football stadium parking lot, between a school building and Airport Blvd, then works itself in a clockwise manner around a vacant grass field before finishing close to the beginning. Everything about the course super basic. The only redeeming qualities of the course that I can think of are, that the course is guaranteed to empty on the weekends and the relatively open fairways could be beneficial to beginners learning the craft
As far as Mobile courses are concerned, this is probably my least favorite in the entire area. There's just nothing it does well that another course in the area can't do better. Be prepared to do a little extra walking if you're navigating the course for your first time. The lack of directional aids and no online map stifles the speed in which a new visitor can get in and out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great for beginners. Baker offers a quick introduction to the sport.
- Fun short holes - veterans won't be overly impressed but may find themselves pleasantly challenged on a couple holes.
Cons: - no amenities to speak of. I'm not positive but so far as I know there are no bathrooms, benches water fountains or garbage cans on the course. Granted it's a quick play so...
- Short and a little cramped. Repetitive albeit creative use of the property. It could be argued a variety of shots can be used on different holes.
- not playable during school hours to say the least. a couple holes play near the building itself.
the only signage are the tee markers and basket numbers.
Other Thoughts: It's been 5 years since Baker was evaluated and I felt obliged to do so. I stopped by last year but it seemed to be busy w/ students despite it being a weekend so I went onwards to Cottage Hill w/o playing.
Baker seems like a great place for beginners to get acquainted with the sport, though it is short and kind of cramped. Natural tees; each tee is marked by a small PVC pipe jutting out of the ground between 12 and 18 inches out of the ground with the hole number on it. The baskets are labelled similarly. No distances, maps, etc. Barebones.
Hole 1 starts in the fenceline on the northside of campus near the football field, a straightforward RHBH hyzer heading east. 2 and 3 progress along Airport Blvd eastward along the Pickup/drop-off lanes (one reason you can't play during school hours). 2 is a blind shot, a well controlled RHBH hyzer will put it well within birdie range or you may just hear the sweet clink of chains. Tee 3 is hidden in the bushes just past 2, throwing back towards the empty field on the eastside of campus. 4 plays back towards Airport Blvd, the basket hidden in the trees. 5-8 all play towards the center of the empty field on the east side of the campus, clockwise, sometimes making you double-back to the next tee, bringing you on to nine, lying inside the fenceline on the northeast side of the building, throwing west towards the football field/back towards hole 1.
If I lived in West Mobile I'd gladly stop here for a quick 9 hole warm-up before going to Cottage Hill or elsewhere. That being said, with the lack of amenities nearby I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to play it. A few holes - 2 especially - play close enough to Airport Blvd on one side and the school on the other side to warrant caution from untested players susceptible to "wild gusts of wind".
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Very Nice beginners course
Pros: 1) Considering the landscape,this was a well thought out course
2) there are a few moderately challenging holes, throwing through awnings, trees, or (if you choose) over a trailer
3) Dual tees make a quick and easy 18 hole course
4) Not a lot of walking between holes, like some courses in the area.
5) Great course for beginners learning to judge the distance of their throws
6) Tees are all marked, and markers are the same throughout the course
Cons: 1) Is a fairly easy play
2) Playing is NOT allowed while school is in session
3) One or two tees had been moved due to construction in the area
4) holes 8 and 9 Play up against a major road, and can be a hazard to drivers.
Other Thoughts: Good, Consistent course overall, A quick play, and a great beginners course.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun and Easy
Pros: Well thoughtout. I think this is the best coarse that could have been built with the land available. This is a great coarse for beginners and it is well marked. There are some fun holes and the use of the alternate pins makes it seem like an 18 hole coarse.
Cons: The holes are really close and you have to keep you eye out for other players. The coarse is really close to a major road and today I saw a car that had been hit off of the 9th hole with a cracked windshield. There is some construction going on but it really isn't too bad.
Other Thoughts: Good coarse, not great. Only takes about an hour and 15min to play.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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