St Francis: Not the Patron Saint of DG
• Fair variety with regard to fairway shapes, types and distances.
• Challenge appropriate for intermediate players, not too much for beginners,
• Tees, Baskets & Signs in pretty good condition. Signs even show current pin location.
• Front nine seemed decent, if unspectacular.
• Rotating pins keep things changing for locals
• Fun Factor: it's there, but nothing to write home about.
• Back 9 was weak, as if little to no effort was put into them. More strange/stupid than challenging.
• Too many pine tree tunnel shots... gets old fast. Just because they're memorable doesn't necessarily mean they're good.
• Navigation: not a complete disaster, but it's not good ... played with two other experienced players and we spent time looking for next tees, and needed help finding at least 3 holes. Also spent quite a bit of time searching for baskets, despite signs showing current location.
Other Thoughts: Not gonna spend much time on this review because I doubt I'm really helping anyone decide whether it's worth playing or not. St Francis simply is not a course worth traveling for, and nothing I say is going to affect whether locals do (or don't) play here. I can only recommend this course this course if you're already spending time nearby, or looking to bag a course to bump your courses played count.
18 decent tees, baskets and signs, by themselves, does not a good course make. It doesn't suck out loud, but if most of the courses I played were like this, I wouldn't be so enthusiastic about DG. The property doesn't necessarily stink. so I have to say it comes down' to weak design (particularly the back 9).
I've had a better time playing courses I've awarded 2.5's to, so call it a 2.25. If you're in search of a fun round, you can do better.
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Call me when your eighteen
Pros: Very low traffic and clean since the course is in the middle of nowhere. Starts off promising with well placed baskets with varying left and right shots through young prairie regrowth. Long and challenging shots begin to meander through mixed woods up until hole ten... and that's where the fun ends.
Cons: Tee pads are marked with dirt skids and wooden posts that prove to be difficult to navigate. Numbers are found on baskets only, which means no signs are found with vital info. Baskets found on holes 1-10, while the remainder are poorly marked posts and only flags for tee pads. The difficulty to navigate and fairway rough seem to grow worse hole by hole.
Other Thoughts: A good start, with some promising holes to come. The room for improvement is very evident here with some no-brainer requirements to make this course worth a visit. Holes 11-18 are worth a walk through at best, that is if you can figure out how to navigate it. Holes 1-10 take a little over an hour to play. The far drive will ensure that I will not return for another run through till it is a mature 18 hole course.
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