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3 / 300ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #4 Tee

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New Concrete Tees

1    11/18/2017   1/11/2018
Review By: wellsbranch250
Played: 335  Reviewed: 319  Exp: 5 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.372 Rating) A lightly wooded recreational course.
- ACEABILITY - Several mid 200s foot looks that will have you eyeing the basket. I'm sure those that frequent this course have racked up a bunch of aces. I would not be surprised to hear that a local has aced every hole on this layout.
- TEES - Brand new concrete tees. A bit smaller than normal, but for a layout this short they will be adequate for most players. Without the tees my formula had this course at a borderline 1 rating instead of 1.5.
- NAVIGATION - Not too bad as the layout is fairly open. No course map on site but I posted one to DGCR for a future players use. Hole signage is nice, although on my visit, tee (1s) signage was detached from the post.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - Very little overgrowth, little opportunity to lose a disc and five holes under 250 feet in length. I'm sure most would agree that these are good characteristic for a course to take first timers to.
- QUICK PLAY - If you have 25 minutes, you'll be able to run all 9 holes and be back in your car ready to hit Sportsplex just 3 minutes away.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be constantly mowed, trimmed and manicured. I don't recall seeing any trash on my visit.
- NIGHT GOLF - This is an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, no areas of overgrowth and no water hazards in play.
Cons: To small of footprint and some definite quirks.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - Intermediate players will have no problem breaking par and should be able to birdie all the holes after a five rounds or so. Advanced players and higher will be untested. They should be able to post a round of 19 or better from time to time.
- ELEVATION - Really none to speak of. I know that this is typically for this part of Alabama, but it is even below average for this region. Not one hole has even 10 feet of elevation change.
- UNIQUENESS - Well below average. In addition to no elevation, there are no water elements either. An all par 3 layout that has no well defined tunnel shots or pocket shots. Basket guarding is weak on many holes and there's isn't really any good opportunities to air one out. I will add however, some may find playing in a more urban setting with buildings in the backdrop, as unique. For instance, Hole (5) is a bender around a corner of a building.
- PROPERTY DAMAGE HAZARDS - As stated above, hole (5) is a plays around building. The thought of hitting a window was not a pleasant thought. I bailed way to the left.
- CHARACTER - Only a few extra on this course. As stated in the pro's, there is signage and concrete tees. There is also decent shading at the tees, but that's where it ends. There is no practice area, no multiple pin placements or multi tees like you'd see at your older established courses. Seating is at one tee (5) but its seems like it was there before the course was.
- LOOSE DISC OPPS - Almost impossible with one exception. Throwing one over the barbed wire fence behind basket (7) is unforgivable.
- DISCONTINUITY - There's a big gap in play between holes (6) and (7). not a huge issue but less than ideal.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - A slightly below average setting. There are numerous made man elements in view and in play. The property behind (7) with the barbed wire fence is a bit of an eyesore. The tree coverage is nice, but is not on the same level as many other north Alabama course.
Other Thoughts: An adequate course for those living within 5 miles. A great Beginner Course due to the low amount of hazards and overgrowth. Probably worth a look see if you're sick of the wind over at Sportsplex. However, the course in general is just too small to really garner any attention and Sportsplex just offers seasoned players way more.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    6/11/2015   6/30/2015
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 305  Reviewed: 295  Exp: 22.4 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This short college course has 9 holes. It is set on two separate sections of land that are well-maintained, mowed, and dotted by several large trees- typical college setting. Each hole has a few obstacles (mainly trees, but also fences, roads, building walls.) The first 6 holes are flat, 7-9 has a little elevation as well.

The baskets are in fine shape. The color tee signs are very informative and helpful (and necessary to know which basket to throw to).

I played in the summer and there was nobody else on the course. There is plenty of parking in the library lot and I did not see any signs about needing a permit to park there.
Cons: The tees are natural and are just marked by the tee sign or possibly a stone marker in the ground. (Concrete tees aren't really necessary here as the holes are relatively short, but natural tees wear the grass away and get muddy when it rains.)

This course really only requires a midrange and a putter, maybe a fairway driver. After a couple rounds here most people will have mastered it or will get bored and look elsewhere to play.

Holes 1-6 are behind the library, but holes 7-9 are across the street and down a bit to the left of the physical education building.
Other Thoughts: This course is good for college students to get a quick round in, or for introducing somebody to the game, or for some midrange and putting practice. It is a nice course, but it just does not have a lot to offer most people.

Tips- basket 1 plays to the fence area past the gardens (and you can get behind the fence on the left to retrieve any disc that is thrown over it), hole 2 is behind that fence and across the small creek-like area, basket 5 is hidden behind the library corner (not 6's basket you see from the tee), holes 7-9 across the street.

Recommendation- skip this course unless you are a local who lives close. The Sportsplex course is just a mile from this one and any level of experienced disc golfer would surely want to go play there instead.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Worth it

1    5/26/2014   5/30/2014
Review By: AUfantastic
Played: 142  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 18.6 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice area, well kept
Most all baskets are birdie(able) for control players
Not too long
Challenges the short game and provides good practice
Cons: Only 9 holes and no hope for more given the location
Weaves around buildings at the college
Other Thoughts: Worth going back to sharpen the short game and my control

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 nice small coarse

5+    5/5/2013   5/5/2013
Review By: KeepRaving
Played: 11  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 6.9 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: decent baskets, tee signs, some obstacles, nice grass, all holes are aceable
Cons: muddy tees when after rain, only 9 holes, all holes are short, walk between the 6th and 7th hole
Other Thoughts: good coarse for putters and midranges, good coarse for beginners

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Great for Quick Round

5+    4/30/2011   5/1/2011
Review By: electricdriver
Played: 27  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 11.6 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good for beginners and people you are introducing to the game. Short to medium distance holes and a good shot variety. Didn't have much room to work with but the course is laid out well, also usually is not very crowded.
Cons: Short course and not much elevation change but not really the courses fault because of the land it sits on. Also with the redesign its a hike from #6 basket to #7 pad. Won't be much of a challenge to pros drive over to the sportsplex for more of a challenge.
Other Thoughts: Its my home course because its about five minuets from my house. I was bummed with the redesign because they took out the first hole which was my favorite but after playing the new design i think the course is much better. Also after basket #6 walk to the exit of the parking lot and cross the street and the last three holes are on the left side of the gym in the small field.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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