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Pros: Tucked away at the back of a city park, the Loudon Municipal Park DGC offers an opportunity for beginners and families to learn the game of disc golf on a lovely piece of property.
While most of the holes are short - most of the holes are less than 200 feet - several of the holes make decent use of elevation. And the course appears to be mowed frequently and well-maintained.
Cons: Too many holes; too little room.
The baskets feature a single row of chains.
Navigation is a little tricky; with so many teepads and baskets visible, correctly selecting the next hole isn't a given.
The wooded holes (#13 through #17) are very tight and very short. Like 100 feet long.
Other Thoughts: This park course has shoehorned too many holes into too small of an area, giving it a mini-golf feel. I speculate that there aren't many occasions when several disc golf groups are on the course concurrently. But the holes aren't that well designed and anyone beyond a beginner's status can probably leave their drivers in the bag. The holes definitely don't need multiple teepads.
Loudon Municipal Park is a nice, little course where one can practice their putting and attempt ace runs, but there's little here to attract the experienced disc golfer.
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0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Nice Park
-Clean and well maintained
Cons: -Poorly marked
-Poorly laid out
-Small Tee boxes
Other Thoughts: I came to check the course out, hoping to work on my mid range and putting game and left frustrated and confused with how it was laid out and put together. Could have put an awesome nine hole layout in the space where the course is but they crammed in 18 holes.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
May Get Better
Pros: Holes are short - good for beginners.
Cons: Front nine is so frustrating, never got the back nine.
Other Thoughts: Had never been to this course, so thought we'd try it out. We are beginners, so we thought this would be a good practice course. Due to recent rains, the creek was almost overflowing, causing us to be swarmed by gnats the entire time - it was miserable. The front nine was so confusing with the poor signage, criss-crossing fairways, etc. that we never got to the back nine. From what I've read, the back may be better - if we happen to be in the area, we may try again.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Too Much In Too Little
Two concrete tees per hole. Abundance of signage.
Two concrete tees per hole. Abundance of signage.
Course sits at the back of a multi-use public park. The bulk (baskets 2-7) of the course resides in a small meadow between a plateau containing playing fields and a tree-lined creek. This land stays damp and is evidently an ideal breeding ground for gnats - bring bug spray! Tees 1 & 2 are on the hillside leading down to the meadow, holes 3-5 play in open space, holes 6-7 are amongst the small trees at the bottom of the slope forming an edge of the meadow, hole-8 plays halfway up and across this slope, and hole-9 brings you back on top.
A brief hole-by-hole guide:
#1 (359/289) Downhill initially, then flattening out, open
#2 (382/326) Downhill initially, generous window to hit, then flattening out, little left-turn at end, open
#3 (196/105) Flat, open
#4 (240/175) Flat, open
#5 (275/180) From the far tee, a few small, scattered trees to avoid straight ahead, with a left-turner being more open but need to be kept low. From the near tee, flat, open.
#6 (184/119) From the far tee, low-ceilinged alley early, small left-turn at end. From the near tee, flat, open
#7 (216/159) Initial low ceiling, getting even lower as a late right-turner is needed to reach the basket.
#8 (161) Straight shot slightly up a slope, which is right-to-left, with thick trees on left, scattered bushes/trees on right
#9 (247/157) From the far tee, blind shot over a steep slope directly in front of you - use the two large trees in the background for aiming purposes. The near tee is not aligned towards the basket - aiming 45-degrees over the front right corner of the tee is the direct line. Basket sits on the back left corner of a plateau.
The few-inch thick teepads sit on the ground, so whatever the countour of the land is where the teepad is located is the tilt the teepad itself will have.
Other than single teepad hole-8, there will be four signs at each hole. Each teepad will have its own, very basic (# and distance) sign - unfortunately, these are often located just off the front right corner of the teepad, i.e. precariously close to a RHBH-thrower's natural follow-through. There is also a larger sign, typically near the far tee, that shows the current hole, distances, and other features, but the map on it isn't always oriented from the viewer's perspective. The baskets themselves have no numbers on them, but a 6' pole with a number on it is located a few feet behind the basket.
For beginning players, the distances are appropriate, but there is some cross-fire danger as many of the baskets and tees are near each other. Experienced players should have a birdy fest and some ace runs.
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