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1    3/26/2011   4/1/2011
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is on the property of a bible camp, and is clearly designed to be accessible for kids and first time players. It mixes up open holes, a tunnel shot, some holes that play through scattered obstacles, and a couple densely wooded but short holes. There are discs available in a box by the first tee, and it looked like there were plenty of beginner friendly ones in there.

There are 9 baskets in good shape, and the course winds through the area using some baskets once, some twice, and some thrice to make 18 different holes. Despite this, it's easy to follow and figure out the layout. The tees are natural, but haven't seen too much use so they're in fine shape.
Cons: The course is short and easy, so it doesn't provide much challenge for better players. That's obviously not the point of the course, but I do try to rate all courses on the same scale. There are a lot of major safety issues here. The tees are only marked with boards set flush with the ground, they are numbered but a few take a little looking around to find.

With baskets used multiple times, there are lots of crossing fairways, and you could easily have groups shooting at the same basket from different directions. All the tees are right next to the baskets, which makes the course easier to follow without signage but is another potential safety concern. Nearly every hole brings the other camp activities into play, like basketball, volleyball, horseshoes etc. You'd be throwing directly over people using these areas, making the course pretty unplayable if they are in use.
Other Thoughts: The course isn't playable if the camp is in use, so make sure to call ahead for permission to play. The course is intended for beginners, but there are some longer holes and some that are pretty tight. Overall it's a fine place for beginners to try out the sport. More experienced players will find a couple challenging holes, but also some short easy holes (especially from the two short tees on the course). With all the safety issues, it wouldn't be a good plan to play with anyone else using the athletic areas, and if there are other players keep your eyes out for incoming discs.

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