2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course is set within the campus of this school, on a few various pieces of open land. Plays near some sidewalks, and a statue, but there shouldn't be much interference. Maybe a stray student here and there.
- Patches of forest and trees are used well to provide some interesting holes. #1 is a small RHBH anny around a bush, #2 is a bigger anny around a bunch of trees/rough, #3 is a tunnelish shot through two rows of pines, #4 is a blind hyzer into the pines, #5 is another blind hyzer into some pine trees. #7 has a few more trees, and a large statue to avoid in the fairway.
- There are a few small elevation changes here, which are used well. #2 has a slope behind the green, #7's basket is on a small hill, #9 slopes down to the left, and #8 has a decent elevated teepad. Nothing extreme, but noticeable.
- Good mix of hole lengths, there are three holes under 300', three around 300', and three more over 350' including an 830' bomber. Overall, a little on the short side, but there are chances to air a few out.
- Some tough basket placements, located near slopes or in/by trees and woods. Adds to the challenge and character.
- Good teepads, signs are OK, but some are missing. Crossing the road is necessary after some holes, the map is helpful for navigation.
Cons: - Some holes are more or less wide open, #5 for sure, and #9 too. The hyzer/anhyzer lines are wide open either way as well, as long as you stay out of the trees, it's easy to stay clean.
- Pretty much flat terrain, with a few exceptions. Even then, it is at the beginning or end of the hole, so it's a minor feature.
- Holes by very close to the road in spots, it's not really in play, but it's an eyesore.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, an enjoyable course that has a good mix of lines, with enough punishment to keep things interesting. There are well defined left, right, and straight shots, as well as others that have obstacles to avoid. Some short holes and long holes cater to any level of player as well. Still, definitely better suited to beginner or intermediate players.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
The Champagne That Penguins Cry About
Pros: Variety. Most holes have fairly open lines to hit with a variety of obstacles, mostly trees and the large sculpture that give an interesting look to hole 7. The wide open holes, especially hole 8 seemed a bit out of place for a beginner type campus course, but give you an opportunity to really let one rip, or it would be a perfect driving range if the course was empty.
Length. Ranges from 3-800 feet for a decent variety of distances.
Quiet. Speaking of the course being empty, it was very quiet while I was there and didn't seem like the course sees a whole lot of use, though I cannot comment on how busy it gets during/after a school day, I don't expect that this course draws huge crowds. And it didn't seem like random pedestrians would be a huge problem, though it is a college campus and I'm sure there's a variety of activity all over campus.
Beginner Friendly. This would be a great place to learn the game, work on specific lines without too much punishment, and work on open drives. Most of the holes aren't terribly long or frustrating.
Well Maintained. The campus looked very well kept, mowed grass, pruned/wood chipped trees, no trash to speak of. It is a very nice looking campus.
Access. Not far off the freeway for a quick 9.
Navigation. Mostly straightforward, the only place that was slightly confusing was after hole 6 you cross the road.
Tees. Very nice single set of concrete tees that are level and in good shape.
Signs. Each tee had a small metal plate directly on the tee pad showing a directional arrow, Hole #, and Distance.
Cons: Amenities. Ok, so there's a college. Personally I don't feel comfortable wandering around in the campus buildings looking for a bathroom (in an emergency I'm sure it is an option). I was there during spring break and nothing was open anyway, and no matter how much the campus signage looked like a porta potty, they weren't. No other amenities unless you need a degree.
Replayablity. Sure, for a campus local this could make a fine practice course. But the relatively uninteresting lines (a hyzer can get you most anywhere) don't bring much appeal to the course, I doubt I'll ever make the effort to go back.
Long Walk at the End. Hole 9 ends nowhere near hole 1, course is designed in such a way that a hole number change could at least alleviate some of the problem.
Other Thoughts: Not a "must play" by any means, but it was a worthwhile stop, if you're looking for a quick enjoyable round of golf, this course was a good play.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Another OK University Course
Pros: 1) Concrete tees with a little UIS sign in the back corner. These signs had Hole #, Distance and an arrow indicating general direction of the hole.
2) Hole distances vary a little bit on the intial holes but then they throw an 830' hole at you too.
3) Mach V baskets in good condition and installed correctly, but no # plates which would be useful on 4, 5, 6 where you can see all three baskets from the other tees.
4) Very beginner friendly because it is fairly open, however #8 might get frustrating. It gave me a chance to try and learn a roller . . . and it worked ok.
5) I am not sure what came first . . . Hole #7 or the large concrete structure, but I think it was a cool way to force you to think about the shot. Normally I like obstacles to simply be natural but in this instance it reall alters the shot. You definitely don't want to hit the concrete with your disc or it will have a large gash!
6) Turf and grounds are in great shape. The trees are mature and healthy and the campus looks well taken care of. Its always nice to play through courses that have visual appeal too!
Cons: 1) Hole Signs on the teepads only had an arrow and not a fairway shape. The arrow helps but a layout of the hole would be better.
2) I do not like the concrete sewer rings around the basket filled with stone. These will leave gashes on your discs but they also act inconsistantly when throwing approaches. In general I would just like to see mulch surrounding the baskets.
3) This course is mostly open and doesn't provide much challenge other than distance. I like a little more variety
4) While I enjoyed trying to throw rollers on #8, I just do not understand the appeal of an 830' hole with little to no elevation and little to no obstacles. Throw a couple new trees out there to give something to throw around!
5) Navigation is tough in a couple spots, and the walk from Hole #8 to Hole #9 seems excessive. Then the walk from Hole #9 back to the beginning or to your car is a long walk.The course is broken up into3 different areas. #1 is on an island of its own surrounded by roads. #2-6 are on another section of the campus, then cross the street (with nowhere good to cross without trampling through shrubs) to play #7-9. Directionals might be best in those transition areas.
Other Thoughts: This wasn't a bad course, but it wasn't very good. It had some shots that needed execution, but then there were a few with no real interest or design.
Throw a few trees into the mix on the long hole, and shorten it by a hundred or two hundred feet and Hole #8 would be better. Add a tree or two on #5 to force an anhyzer shot to add some more shot variety in shot shaping and this would be a better course. I can't imagine the open areas
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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