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Uploaded By: DirtyMittenDG Hole #2 (Taken 9/2009)
3 / 317ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #2 Basket to Tee

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 Mini Stony

1    9/6/2009   9/6/2009
Review By: m_jank
Played: 12  Reviewed: 5
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very challenging course. Nice elevation changes. Course flows nicely. There is distinct fairway path that has been chopped down. The problem is there are numerous sharp sticks sticking out of the fairway on a number of the holes.

There are rocks indicating where the next tee is.

The course is pretty fair for leftys and rightys, good mix of doglegs.

Cons: A few of the pads are a bit too close to the baskets, making for a dangerous situation on the shorter holes. flypads, not concrete. The roots/sticks coming out of the ground in addition to elevation changes = watch your footing, even walking up the fairways.s
Other Thoughts: This is a great addition to the local scene. Weve needed a challenging course on this side of town. This course is firefighter length with stony/riverbends rough and degree of difficulty. This course is much more technical than grip and rip. There is some pretty gnarly tall grass plus picker bushes. you can lose a disc at this course.

also, on the first hole, there is a rusted jagged fence lining the rough on the left side of the fairway. I also came accross some sharp rusted metal randomly on the course.

If you are coming from the south east take adams to the meadowbrook entrance. you want to park in lot 11.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Brand Spankin' New!

2-4    9/3/2009   9/3/2009
Review By: BogeyNoMore
Played: 242  Reviewed: 150  Exp: 13.4 Years
This review was updated on 9/18/2009
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well thought out course complete with practice putting basket.
Tees consist of fly pads bolted to pressure treated decking that was well anchored into the ground and slightly elevated on some holes (6-10"). Tees felt quite solid and sure-footed, with sufficient room for most run ups, but are smaller than some of the larger concrete pads on neighboring courses.

Course allows for very good shot variety. Moderately rolling terrain with significant (but not major) elevation changes: enough to rob some distance when driving up a sloped fairway, or get a little more glide when throwing upshots on a downhill grade. Decent mix of dogleg right, dogleg left, straight shots, and a few that beg for a well thrown S-shot.
About 3-4 holes have sharply curved fairways leading to a blind landing. Nice variety in hole lengths as well.

THIS COURSE REWARDS CONTROL AND PLACEMENT. Dotted with many trees, but I wouldn't describe it as heavily wooded. Designers made very good to excellent use of trees and of patches of brush in the fairway. On some holes, this results in a pretty obvious best line, but many make you think about how you should attack a specific hole. Continuously found myself making decisions like, "Should I choose the shorter annie route, that has to be coaxed around some trees, or the big hyzer bomb around all of it and hope I can hit my target area?" (sometimes even on the upshots). Several baskets well protected by mature trees waiting to slap down upshots that don't hold a tight line. Others guarded on one side or the other with patches of brush, and quite a few are fairly out on the open. Plenty of opportunities work on your finesse game.

Intelligently laid out, not too difficult to navigate my first time out. Tee markers are large rocks with hole# and distance clearly stenciled in high contrast school colors. Medium rocks with "NEXT-->" after each basket get you going in the right direction, with pretty obvious paths to the next tee on the vast majority of holes. The rocks for tee markers thing is MUCH better executed here than it is at neighboring Riverbends.

Fairways, while not pristine, were well defined and quite executable.
Cons: They've mowed, chopped and cut to put this course in, but it still feels a bit "rough around the edges." Long, brushy grass obscures drives only a few feet off the fairway, and in some cases, the grass made it tough to find a drive that landed right where I wanted it to. Good chance of losing a disc if a drive gets away from you, especially on the blind shots. I recommend using bright orange/pink or day-glo drivers if you have them.

Lots of woody stubs from bushes that were cut down on the edges of the "greens," as well as a few of the fairways, making footing a bit unsteady in spots. The rough varies quite a bit: not too bad in some spots, but very thick in others. Enough thorny and prickly vegetation scattered about to make you regret getting off of the fairway.

Although hole length is provided for each hole, nothing is posted to show hole or course layout. Had to walk many holes to see what I was aiming for.

Players who like a big run up will find the smallish teepads a bit restrictive.

Despite everything I've listed as cons, I really can't say they detracted from my game or how much I enjoyed my round.

Course is shut down during Cross Country meets (see Other Thoughts).
Other Thoughts: Course is on university campus and shares land with school's Cross Country Course. The two courses cross paths several times, with absolutely no impact on playability in the slightest.

However, there were signs posted indicating, "Disc Golf Course closed Fri 9/4& Sat 9/5 until 1PM." The season for Cross Country is late summer into early fall. During this time, I can't imagine the course will be available consistently. In addition to the University, local high schools use the course for meets as well. Add in a few practices and... playing might be a hit or miss thing certain times of the year. WIll see if the University has posted (or will post) some sort of schedule as to when the Disc Golf Course will be closed.

Some people will rip this course for the lack of signage, which I listed as a con. However, even if this course had well illustrated hole layouts at each tee, I still would have walked the blind holes to see where the fairway bends and figure out where I'd want my drive to land. You just can't get a feel for that stuff off a sign, no matter how nice it is, so I only mentioned it, but didn't rip the rating for it. I also kind of like the low tech, semi-natural "rocks for tee signs" thing.

I found the course extremely playable, and completed 18 holes in about 90 mins, including time spent looking for discs, and walking blind holes to find baskets.

Only favors big arms if they have a lot of control. Tight and technical, but does not necessarily require you to thread the needle. A very fun 18 holes (if you stay on the fairway and don't get torn up)!

FYI - only a mile away, Civic Center presents the perfect opportunity to practice upshots and putts before 18 holes at OU!

Plenty of restaurants and other civilization very nearby.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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