Florence, AL 
McFarland Park Share
Uploaded By: AdamE Hole #13 (Taken 3/2015)
3 / 315ft.   3 / 423ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #13 Tee



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Challenging water course

5+    3/21/2017   3/21/2017
Review By: wericsson
Played: 35  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 4.5 Years
This review was updated on 8/15/2017
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Former ball golf course, so a very picturesque course (right next to the Tennessee, to boot), and plenty of room for some long roomy fairways. Trees in play are almost all tall pines, which are well-established, so getting a disc stuck in a tree is unlikely. Clever usage of former greens as either tee locations or, uh, greens adds elevation to an otherwise level course. Water hazards help spice things up, adding some risk/reward calculations for most players. The long tees actually do play quite differently from the shorts.
Cons: Nicknamed the Swamp, which is only funny because it's true. Casual water happens (this past winter/spring, hole 3 had the same casual water standing for several months without interruption), and will get your feet wet. The water hazards are downright fetid, managing to be both overgrown with vegetation and yet still littered with dead plants. Discs that splash down and sink are unlikely to be visible, even from directly above. There's no telling what you might find in the ponds (aside from the concrete blocks of their formerly upright retaining walls) - hole 4 has 1.5 pairs of my sandals, and I found an old tee sign in hole 2's pond once. On a related note, the park occasionally floods outright.

Recently I've noticed a very few snakes in/around the water. While less dangerous, the geese are also nuisances by way of leaving little messes all over certain tee pads.

My only serious issues not related to water are the relatively open nature of even the wooded holes and the lack of more serious elevation changes - both of which are limitations pretty much inherent in the land, to be fair, rather than design issues.
Other Thoughts: Hole 6 does not have a separate long tee. All other holes do.

The morning dew is very heavy, and can really bog down early rounds. Midday heat in summer is harsh, given the relative lack of shade on most holes and high humidity, but it also means you'll have the course more or less to yourself.

The tees, while carpet, aren't bad, since they don't tend to get muddy or mossy. Concrete is always nice, but these don't pose any issues.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 

1    3/7/2015   5/15/2015
Review By: AdamE
Played: 261  Reviewed: 148  Exp: 14.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very pretty course with lots of mature pine trees and water set on an old ball golf course with great views of the Tennessee River.

The tee pads are carpet, they're nice and level so I didn't have any issue with them. The tees are marked by 4x4's with the top painted red or blue to indicate which tee you're at. The hole number and distances are carved into the post as well. There are 2 sets of tees on all but one hole. The blue tees are quite a bit longer and sometimes bring water into play or force longer water carries while the short pads are usually safer shots or short water carries. The course does a good job of catering to a wide variety of skill level with dramatic differences in length and risk between the two sets of tees.

The course has Discatchers so the yellow band makes them easy to locate. There's a decent amount of elevation on the course and the hills are incorporated into the design well. The course plays among tall mature trees so there is no rough to loose a disc in here, just water.
Cons: The course was a big soggy when I happened to be here but there had been quite a bit of rain recently.

The course could use navigation signs in a few areas so it's easier to find the next tee, although this isn't an issue once you've played here a couple times.

Because it's set on an old ball golf course the course definitely leans more towards a grip and rip style where errants shots are rarely punished (unless water is involved) than a technical course, but there are a few good technical shots mixed in as well.

The shot selection here is just ok, I only recall 2 holes forcing RHBH turnover shots.
Other Thoughts: I played here with friend who's a Rec player so I played the longs and he the shorts. While there is a lot of water here the design makes it fairly easy to play it safe (or as risky as you want) so we didn't have any issues navigating the water. He appreciate the shorts pads and the challenges they provided while I had a blast from the longs bombing drives over the water trying to chase birdies.

This course is worth checking out if you're in the area, it's a fun challenge and quite scenic. Navigation is a little tricky in a few places your first time here though so hopefully a course map will be made soon.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 so long ball golf

1    3/20/2010   3/22/2010
Review By: arrdee33
Played: 84  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 23.5 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -This course is layed out on an old ball golf course which IMO makes a great layout.
-Has Pro and Am pads that are truly different when distance is the factor
-nice new discatchers
-course is spread out as to not ever feel like your on top of other groups
-utilizes the old elevated ball golf tee boxes as target areas and tees, the slopes also come into play to force smart putting
-lots and lots of water, on at least 70% of the holes. you really only have to throw over it in direct line to the basket 3 or 4 holes, but it comes into play on the left and right the fairways- punishing bad drives
-no shule
-nice large mature trees are sprinkled throughout the lines of play
-nice park in walking distance form the TN river for viewing enjoyment during a visit
Cons: -its in a flood plain, aparent by the maintnence building being on stilts (as long as it hasnt recently rained the course is rather dry)
-carpet tees (listed only because some dont like carpet, these are in great shape and if level, i prefer carpet as it seems to be easier on the knees)
-no benches or trashcans yet

this is a BRAND new course, so it just needs some time to gain the aminities
Other Thoughts: Its very close to veterans park, these make a great 2 a day trip

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.


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