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Uploaded By: notapro   (Taken 9/2010)
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1    9/26/2010   9/26/2010
Review By: notapro
Played: 465  Reviewed: 280  Exp: 14.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course has some very interesting land to work with. Pretty much set on two sides of a big hill, a short steep side and a bigger, more sloping side. Also a small creek in play. Good amount of scraggly trees and some baskets next to a forest.
- Some interesting shots; #1 basket to #2 basket is a big uphill with pine trees right in the middle. Hole #9 is long with the creek directly behind the basket. Some well protested baskets thanks to some low trees, and placement right next to a denser forest.
- Elevation changes are present on most holes, in varying degrees.
Cons: - Well, this isn't really a typical course. There are no teepads (or signs), so it is pretty much playing basket to basket. Some are marked, some aren't, I think it pretty much just goes in a counterclockwise circle.
- Baskets are very, very different. Hemispheres with chains hanging down from either one or two circular arches above the bowl. #9? is slanted badly, but the others are in OK shape.
- Playing from basket to basket will result in some very short shots, probably many under 200'.
Other Thoughts: - Not your typical course, and not really a serious place to play. More of a novelty than anything else, though there are some real obstacles, elevation changes, and hazardous shots. I could see how some custom tee locations could make some legitimate tough holes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Odd little course

1    11/14/2009   11/16/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
This review was updated on 11/18/2009
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays on rolling grassy hills with scattered trees. Most of the shots have at least one tree somewhere on the length of the hole to avoid, and the one that doesn't plays up to the edge of a pond over a blind hill. A couple holes skirt the woods at the edge of the clearing the course is in and add an element of risk if you end up in the rough. Most of the holes have a minor elevation change.

The course is well-laid out for a beginner course to teach people how to play. The holes offer right and left turning shots, and a couple different kinds of challenges to a new player. The camp staff was friendly and gave us permission to play and pointed us toward the course, though they didn't seem to know much about the course or the sport.
Cons: The baskets are very odd, they are white and seem to have multiple ways they can be configured. I haven't seen this type in person before, and I can see how they are a more unique challenge, but it totally changes the putting game, especially with most of the chains rusted out.

There are no tees, luckily most of the baskets are numbered so we were able to walk ahead and figure out what order to play them in. We just teed off next to the previous basket, which was fine for us but could pose a problem if there were ever multiple groups playing (though that seems unlikely).
Other Thoughts: This course doesn't have a lot going for it as any kind of challenge. The baskets are unique and were a fun thing to try once, but I think most experienced players would be frustrated by playing on them regularly. Beginners will find this course perfect once they figure out the layout, there are nice short distances, and minimal chance of trouble for poor throws, but still some trees to navigate on most holes.

Definitely don't go out of your way for this one, but if you're right across the street at Commissioners Park, you might as well hop over here and add it to your list. With some work on the chains and adding tees, this could be a really nice little beginner course, and a great resource for the camp, it's too bad it seems so neglected.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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