A Seven Acre 9 Holer
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Pros: (1.579 Rating) A beginner friendly course squeezed into a small city park.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - An ideal beginners course. No water or overgrowth to contend with. The odds of losing a disc will be limited to forgetting to pick up or lodging one high in a tree. The distances on a few holes will encourage length development and a couple holes require shot shaping. The course would be perfect night golf too, although I'm not sure if the park is open.
- NAVIGATION - Adequate. Nice course map near tee (1). Tee signs are a bit too diagrammatic and it took me the entire round to finally discern if the one tee sign per hole was for the Red layout or the Blue layout. It's the Red layout. No next tee direction on the signage and I only noticed one directional cue. All stated, what makes this course easy to follow is the open nature of the park.
- QUICK PLAY - From a baggers perspective this course is golden. I had it wrapped up in under 25 minutes and checked off course 319.
Cons: Lots of issues with Murray Park
- SPACING - Way too much course is jammed into a small setting. I have heard from others, that a good rule of thumb is that an adequately spaced average length course, needs about 1 acre per hole. This course only has seven acres and there's a few other this going on in the park. I've seen worse examples, but Murray Park bought off more than it can chew. Roads are in play on a couple shots as well as a walking path and a ball field fence. Discs will find other fairways often and players need to be aware of other disc golfers the entire time.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - Perhaps the best way to add difficulty to a course is to limit play to windy days where the temps are 35 degrees like I experienced here. Mostly lightly wooded and no hazards or listed OB. Advanced players finding ideal conditions will be able to average 12 down over 9 holes at the listed par of 34. Maybe hole (9) Red tee being uphill will be hard to deuce for an Advanced played. Rec players should shoot in the mid to upper 20s.
- TEES - In bad shape. Natural tees using pavers to mark the tee line and with lots of lane pitting. Some of pitting was approaching several inches deep. I teed to the side of the markers on just about every hole as the pits were filled with ice on my appearance. I'd consider bumping the rating to a low 2 with concrete tees on both layouts.
- CHARACTER - In addition to poor tees, the course doesn't have the niceties like those seen on the well-established and well-funded courses. No seating, no alt basket and no practice baskets. There are multiple tees on 5 holes, but the extra tees also show pitting. No finishing shelter and the restrooms were locked in late November.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - There is nothing that makes this park stand out from any other park. A spattering of trees and mowed grass. Those features are enough to garner about a 1.75 out of 5 in my beauty rankings, but I took off a little more as manmade features are in view the entire time. I scored the course a 1.375 for beauty.
- UNIQUENESS - A standard issue city park 9 without the natural features or size to produce an inspiring layout. There are no water features, elevation change maxes out at 20 feet and there are no heavily wooded plays. Hole distance vary from mid 100s to mid 400s. There are three listed par 4s and two listed par 5s, but I only gave credit for one par 4 being that hole (9) is an uphill mid 400 foot look.
Other Thoughts: An unremarkable layout that should offer enough to Ripon locals to appease the addiction. I haven't played Riggs County Park course in town yet, but I have to hold on to hope that that course is superior to this one despite a similar ranking on DGCR. Other than the easy going unassuming element and the "check I've played it" notion, there is nothing Murray Park can other to disc golfers. I could not recommend this course to those outside a 30 minute drive, it's just not worth the travel.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Better than it's given credit for.
Pros: Multiple tees, well cared for park. The distances of holes vary though only two holes have any good distance on them. I don't personally find this to be a negative as the short throws tend to have trees and other obstacles to contend with.
If you play both red and blue you get a nice 18 holes.
Cons: Natural tees. This to me is the biggest drawback. This park is begging for nice concrete tee pads. If they were installed right away that elevates this course from a good course that should be frequented by locals, to a course worth a short drive to frequent yourself. From a 3 to a 3.5
Having played parks lately with short tees though I will say I'd rather have a natural tee than a short tee.
Other Thoughts: In all glad I played it, and I will probably go back to play again. This is a lot beginner course than expert level with a difficulty of a 2 out of 5. But sometimes those are nice to play.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Another city park 9 holer
Pros: This is a typical 9 hole city park course. It offers solid catching DGA baskets and 2 tee positions on each hole.
Lots of mature hardwood trees throughout the park offer some forced lines, with some low canopy that can come into play.
Navigation is fairly simple. Park up near the pavilion, and hole 1 is directly on the backside of said pavilion. Hole 9 ends back around close the where you begin.
Tee signs are rudimentary, but decent. Intended route, distance and hole number are all here.
A touch of elevation makes a few of the shots somewhat interesting.
Cons: Natural tee pads on blues and reds. They're not terrible, but this place is just begging to have nice concrete pads. The tees are marked by colored stones in the ground, which are usually easy to see. It's kind of wonky, though, as some of the blue tees are actually shorter (and arguably easier) than the red tees. Not really skill based, but at least they offer a different look.
Distance-wise, nothing too long here, which is typical of a city park. It's not crazy short, but you won't be bombing high speed drivers here, either.
I could see this place being super busy, especially during baseball season. A couple holes play around the diamond, and personally, I wouldn't play here during a game.
Street parking only. Doesn't bother everyone, but just though I'd mention it here.
Other Thoughts: This is really a nice little 9 holer, tucked into a small space somewhat well. Pavilion, basketball court, disc golf, baseball diamond...plenty of stuff for everybody to do here. While I wouldn't go out of my way to play it, if you're passing through on your way to Zobel, it's definitely a course you won't mind playing.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Worth the trip for a quick 9...
Pros: It is a short, well put together course, that doesn't seem crowded. There is an overview map on a bulletin board by the first hole, so you go in knowing approximately where you are going. Beginner friendly, and I think even enjoyable for some of the more seasoned players.
Cons: Dirt tees, can't think of anything else.
Other Thoughts: It isn't the greatest course, but like I said great for a quick nine. there are better longer courses in the area, but if pressed for time at all, this is a good choice.
From A Newb Perspective
Pros: I'm very new to Disc Golf but I feel like this course is very good for beginners. It has some open holes and some holes where you need to figure out how to get it around some trees. Its not terribly difficult but it can be tricky at times.
Cons: Probably not very difficult for a seasoned player.
Other Thoughts: There are two sets of tees but don't get confused and think they are supposed to be pro/am tees. They're not. The reason for two sets of tees at this course is to play thru twice for a full 18 holes.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Average park 9 in Ripon
Pros: Its a 9 hole course set in a multi use park, although they did a good job keeping the disc golf away from the other areas. The Mach 5 baskets are in good shape and seemed to catch nicely. Pretty good distance variation here. The distances range from 158 feet on hole 5 up to 423 feet on hole 9. Most holes have at least a few mature trees to contend with which is the main obstacle on this course. There are a few areas of the park that have small elevation changes. Not much but at least it isn't completely flat. Theres a map of the course located on the restroom/concession stand to the west of the parking lot and basketball courts. The course starts right next to this building. The signs are solid in that they have the hole number, par, and a map showing path to the pin and location and distances from the pro and am tees. There are round stones layed in the ground serving as the front of the tees. The tee pads are just grass and are still in pretty good shape.
Cons: The am tees would take a bit of walking around to find, even with the tee signs. Just not much challenge here. It's just your standard public city park course. A few of the holes are a bit close to the road so caution needs to be taken on these.
Other Thoughts: Just a reasonably fun, standard issue 9 hole course. For sure don't go out of your way to play here. Riggs park is only ten minutes away or so too. Good to work on different throws at least, not much else.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Murray Park is a good park given the property. The course offers two sets of tees, Red and Blue. Trees are used well making some tee offs and approaches challenging. Some holes, particularly hole 9 use elevation well. The course is well marked with signs at the tee of each hole and a large map near the first tee. The park is easy to find from the highway. This course is better for beginners than the other park in Ripon, Riggs Park.
Cons: The tee boxes are inconsistent in terms of distances. Most of the blue tees are the longer tees but not always. The tee boxes are grass but use has worn them to dirt which can be muddy after a rain storm. The course flows through a park which often hosts banquets, picnics, and baseball tournaments on weekends. This can be tedious, sometimes impossible, to play on some of the holes near the playground equipment or the ball diamonds. The course flows like a figure 8 and it is possible to get mixed up between holes if you haven't played the course before or haven't read the map.
Other Thoughts: This course is fun to play if there isn't anything else happening in the park. The parking lot is near the 6th hole but the 1st tee is by the pavilion at the top of the hill. Rearranging the tees, namely making one set always the longest, would be the best improvement to this course
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Nice to see 2 new courses in the area in 2009!
Pros: 1) Nice signage and nice baskets. Tees are all marked with sunken solored stepping stones. I LIKE THAT THE TEESIGNS ARE ABOUT 8 FEET UP THE POST SO VANDALISM IS LESS OF AN ISSUE.
2) Beginner friendly . . .holes are too challenging or too long. The two long holes help to get the beginner to try and figure out a max effort drive.
3) Well placed trees and baskets create a handful of different shot making requirements. Some hyzer holes, some turnover holes, a couple of line drive midranges ace runs, and a couple up or down hills.
4) Pretty well designed course for the property. It used the elevation changes well, it used the sections of trees to its benefit.
5) #7 is a good hole with a gap to shoot through and a few trees guarding the basket. #3 is a nice ace run down the hill and short. #5 is another great ace run ( I ran mine about 2 inches high and it shot up over the top of the basket! I couldnt even salvage my birdie because it was about 35' away).
Cons: 1) The design should not have had the tee color change from forward and back. The reds should always be forward and the white/blue should always be further back. This is a problem with consistancy course to course and it will only lead to confusion. If you must play 18 holes play the forwards and then the backs rather than mixing the tees up by color instead!!!
2) Grass tees will deteriorate quickly. I would rather see concrete of course, but level packed gravel is ok as long as it isn;t loose!
3) Course overlaps with walk paths and a few other activities. It isn't the worst I have seen, but it is worth noting. Just be aware of the people and activities around you.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad little course for a medium ized town. It gives the more park feel than the other new course at Riggs Park. This is a much more beginner friendly course, but it can offer some challenge to some better players too, while also being exciting by having a couple real good ace runs!
My biggest issue with this course is the tee setup. Straighten that out and my opinion would improve. It doesnt affect the rating a lot, but it is just goofy especially for a new player.
It doesn't have the most challenging setup but it does offer some shot making requirements on most holes.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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nice new nine
Pros: Tee signs excellent.
#6 a very nicely designed hole for 215 feet.
#4 an excellent hole with length from red tee.
From long tees, this course has more length and requires better shot making skills than most nines. Fresh, new course, installed by someone with a feel for the modern game/design. Not crazy tough, and two sets of tees definitely allow rec/am players to have an enjoyable experience. However, from long tees, there is enough yardage and shot making required to provide an enjoyable experience for more advanced discers.
Cons: Natural tees with paver stones marking end of tee area. I do not mind this; and prefer it to gravel tees. However, all natural tee settings eventually end up rutted and muddy after rain.
Other Thoughts: Parking area puts you at tee #6. Tee #1 is located behind pavilion near tennis courts.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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