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Pros: 9 hole course in small city park that utilizes most of the park. The holes are straight forward, easy to navigate, and mostly open with a few obstacles to avoid like isolated trees, ditches, light poles on a walking trail, and tennis courts. Each hole has very nice and informative full-color tee signs. The tees are concrete (they look like the same material used for tennis courts.) I really like the orange DISCatchers- it is cool to see different colors other than the standard yellow. Holes are relatively open so it is easy to see the non-yellow baskets. Overall, there is a good variety of hole distance among the 9 holes.
Cons: Most of the obstacles here are other park amenities like tennis courts, basketball courts, walking trails, benches, picnic tables, a livestock stable, etc. which is a bad idea because these other things also get used by people. Basket #1 is in #2's fairway. Holes #2 and #8 play up to a basket over a corner of a tennis court. Hole #3 plays over the corner of the basketball court. (We made an alternate tee to avoid hitting someone in the pick-up game!) The walking trail is thrown over or along side of most of the other holes. Overall, this set-up is just asking for injuries/lawsuits to other park users, which could lead to the course getting removed.
Many of the holes here are wide open. There are several that have no obstacles, and those holes that do have a few obstacles that are easily avoidable.
Some might say distance variety is a pro, and I would agree for 8 of the holes, but this course is obviously geared towards beginners, families, casual players. The 730' foot wide open hole is unnecessary and completely out of character of the rest of the course (the other 8 holes have a more normal range of 205'-365'). To add to it, you are forced to play around the livestock stable that appears to have been built after the hole was put in. (I accidentally played through it!) This hole should be redesigned in my opinion.
Other Thoughts: Though not a completely horrible course, it has many obvious flaws. The little challenge offered here would make this a very boring course to have as your home course. Couple that with the interference of the other park activities that might limit the availability to play it in full.
Recommendation- Decatur is good course for a local to introduce someone the game. Don't drive long distances to play here. If you are in the area skip this one and go to Athens instead.
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