Pearl, MS 
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Fun Course , But Bring Your Compass

1    5/13/2021   6/2/2021
Review By: MrFrosty
Played: 764  Reviewed: 387  Exp: 30 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Center City is a nice multi use park that has construction going on everywhere in the park It looks like they want to feature A-1 facilities . Going towards the back of the park , you will see the sign for the first hole of the course at the bottom of the hill . You look to have to park up the hill in an okay sized parking lot . There are bathrooms at the top where you parked and a Port-O-Let near hole 1 and the 18 basket .
THE EQUIPMENT - The tee pads are natural . It looks deceiving , but where the sign says Hole #1 , that is precisely where you tee off from , and it's straight uphill . There are 2 spots per hole on some of the holes to throw from . The tee spots are marked with orange painted pvc pipe . The blue signs are wood and displayed on trees , making them hard to find sometimes . They just give you the hole # . A couple of the holes have no signs at all , so don't become too dependent on them . The baskets are the cheaper machs that are spray painted orange so you can pick up on the better in the trees . There are big red flags on a couple of them . #3's basket was missing when I played here . There was no kiosk here , so you absolutely want to print an online map , even if parts of it might be wrong .
THE TERRAIN - Although there is not water , a good amount of elevation exists on this course . The #1 hole , will give you a quick reminder . It is straight uphill to the basket slightly left . Overthrow it , and you will have to find your way down the side of a small canyon to throw your next shot . Many of the holes either have elevated tees or elevated baskets . The red clay that exists here is picture-worthy . Much of the course is played in the woods . Only holes 4 and 18 are wide open enough to launch a safe bomber drive . I don't know if anyone practices soccer at the open field , but it would pose a problem to play those holes with players on the field .
THE HIGHLIGHTS - There are some good holes here . #1 is a good starter hole , forcing a throw up a narrow path . Only 213' , it plays more like 320' + . #4 ( 428' ) is a drive across the soccer field to a basket that sits on a wooded hill . #8 ( 320' ) is a tighter window drive , over a mound of dirt , to a right slanting fairway . The basket sits on the top of a hill . #9 (421') is a drive off of an elevated tee , with a tree canopy forcing your drive to go low and circling a tree line that makes the fairway turn slowly right . Great hole . #15 is a throw over a valley where the fairway looks to break off from another fairway and start its own . The well placed basket is secluded in a small area of the woods to the left .
SIGNATURE HOLE - #14 ( 387' ) It is a long valled drive that goes from your starting fairway to the right and into what looks like another fairway . The basket is set on the hill just to the right of the fairway and just inside the woods .
THE TIME - It took me about 90 minutes , but part of it was looking for tee pads . A local foursome will get through this in just over 2 hours .
DISC RISK - Not as bad as you would think . I would rate it moderate to low . There is some thick brush in and out of the course ( watch your drives on #8 , 14 and 15 ) . Use a spotter if not playing alone .
The disc golf course sits mostly away from all of the other park activities , which make the course seem exclusive .
Cons: #1 NAVIGATION - There are no NEXT TEE SIGNS that I saw on this course . This means endless walking over hills and paths to locate the next tee . Couple of tips : After finishing #8 , go uphill and to the right in order to reenter the woods for hole #9 . After #12 , you will have to double back some and proceed to the end of the path in order to find tee 13 . #16 is a confusing walk to the 17 tee which is a hard right and down the path . After #17 , you will have to walk past the #4 basket to get to an unmarked tee , which is #18 . A couple of tee signs were missing altogether . #18 was one of them .Directional signs area must here .
#2 PAGING BASKET #3 - I threw a midrange drive only to see that there was no basket for #3 . I just threw to basket #1 in frustration . Missing baskets can cheapen a course .
#3 LACK OF DECENT EQUIPMENT - Dirt tee pads , weak signage posted on trees , old orange painted baskets . If the parks department is upgrading and installing first rate facilities and fields , it would be nice to throw some money towards the disc golf course .
#4 THE ELEMENTS - After a good rain , this course with its dirt tees and elevation , will be hard to play . The walk up the fairway hill on #1 will tell you all you need to know about playing that day .
Bring bug spray . The critters are hungry in the woods .
I would like to see a kiosk with an updated map next to the tee pad for hole #1 .
Other Thoughts: The design saves this course IMO . Chris and Nicole McClain and Doug Williams should be commended for their hard work in making these holes happen . A variety of challenging holes mixed with some shorter but fun holes . Check out the hanging basket on short hole #6 . This is yet another solid addition to the Greater Jackson Area . The potential is here The City of Pearl needs to unlock their vaults and pony up some cash for upgrades . There are some good places to eat in Pearl , just a couple of miles from the course .

MY RECOMMENDATION - This course is okay for the newbies and 1 disc player . It is a good play for the locals , and even the intermediates and ams . Good enough practice for the pros . This may be a better fit for the travelers to stretch their legs , play and eat , and the course bagger , since it is just off of I-20 and I-55 . Not a course to circle with a pen and drive very far for , but there are plenty of courses in Jackson that will complement playing a round her ( also check out the " Res " Ross Barnett Reservoir , ) . If you want your Disc Golf Fix and are in the area , Give The Course A Try !!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  Bleeding with Potential

5+    1/11/2019   1/12/2019
Review By: DiscGolfDoc
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
This review was updated on 1/29/2019
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Overall: This course has the potential to act as the more technical, varied counterpart to The Rez course just up the road. With its great variety of distance, technicality, shots, and landscapes, Center City will demand your all. Being within earshot of I-20, the course is accessible to locals, as well as visitors. Hopefully, with the new renovations, attendance will continue to climb to drive further improvements.

Hole 1 - "Welcome to the Jungle" - This course greets you from the parking lot with an uphill, tunnel leading to a basket perched on the precipice of a red clay canyon.

Hole 2 - The tee is set in a clearing, but players must navigate a narrow window into a downhill wooded clearing, where the pin is located.

Hole 3 - Players return to the red clay to face a slightly uphill, pine-lined fairway that leads over the red clay canyon. On the opposite lip of the canyon, the basket sits in a clearing a few feet from the edge.

Hole 4 - "Field of Dreams" - The tee is set just off the side of a practice soccer field. Just off the tee, there is a window for players to navigate as they attempt to cross the soccer field in preparation to approach the pin. At the opposite side of the field, players must find a way to attack a pin that is at the peak of a steep hill that is well-guarded with trees and brush.

Hole 5 - Players get to tee off of the large hill back out over the same soccer field as before. The shot sets up for a large RHFH. The pin is nestled into the woods just off the end of the field.

Hole 6 - Here, players enter the wooded, technical section of the course. This hole is a short, uphill shot into a small washout to an elevated, suspended basket. The shot is there for the taking, but a missed putt will make you pay.

Hole 7 - Caution: this tee box is not marked. The tee is set on top of a hill, where players get to navigate a tree-lined fairway that doglegs to the left at about 250 feet. Once in the opening at the far end of the fairway, players must navigate an obstructive cluster of trees and glide over a low-lying wetlands area to find the basket.

Hole 8 - "The Beast" - For being less than 500 feet long, this hole is one of the most challenging holes I have played. Once on the tee box, players are immediately confronted with a berm that is about 6 feet tall and runs across the width of the tree-lined fairway. This makes players want to elevate their throw height and inevitably hyzer into the rough. As if this was not enough, the fairway itself steeply slants from left to right, just waiting for a disc to find an edge. If you happen to find the rough, good luck. Your disc will likely be swallowed by thick underbrush that is laced with thorns and briars. If you successfully navigate the fairway, you will begin the ascent to the basket. Unfortunately, you are forced around the side of an even steeper hill, where the only opening to the basket is deep and to the right side. If you still have discs to throw once you summit the hill, the basket is nestled among a few trees.

Hole 9 - Players are rewarded for conquering the beast by throwing off a fairly high drop-off, down another wooded fairway to find the basket perched on top of a mound. When I got this one in three strokes, I screamed out loud from joy.

Hole 10 - This hole has the least elevation change of any hole thus far. Players are expected to navigate several windows before they toss an approach over a small hill to a basket placed on the downslope.

Hole 11 - This wooded hole doglegs hard left about 100 feet off of the tee and continues on a gentle downhill slope for about another 150-200 feet before locating the basket placed perilously close to a small drop-off. Aggressive putts are tempting but punishing if off the mark.

Hole 12 - Players will find a narrow fairway along a ridge that will dump to the right , where the basket is set among a few trees.

Hole 13 - This hole is very similar in shape to the previous hole, except the fairway is wider because you are throwing down a service road. The largest difficulty here is finding good footing on the tee pad.

Hole 14 - "Beulah Land" - Holes like this are what make disc golf so fun. The hole is set on the lane of an industrial gas or power line (I think). Players tee off on top of a large hill and get to watch the full flight of their fastest disc as it travels down the hill away from the tee, over a valley and small tree line, and back up to the slope of an adjacent hill, where the basket sits nestled in among an opening in the trees.

Hole 15 - This is a unique, S-shaped hole. Players navigate a ~200 foot long fairway out of the woods and back into the previous gas or power line. Instead of watching their disc majestically soar from peak to peak as on the previous hole, they are forced to heave their disc uphill and against unusually strong winds (the pipeline acts as a sort of wind tunnel) before they are forced to approach the basket through a window in the opposite tree line.

Hole 16 - NEW PIN POSITION - Previously, this hole was very short with the basket nestled on a small plateau between a chain-linked fence and a vertical face. Recent updates have cleared a new fairway along the previous red clay, vertical face and pushed the basket into a cove of trees approximately 100 feet beyond the old location. Despite the addition distance, the new hole location is more easily reached with a strong RHBH hyzer with a fairway driver. Very much appreciated modification.

Hole 17 - Here is your ace run. The basket is fairly short (sub-200 feet) with very little elevation change. The fairway is narrow and wooded but fits a RHFH very well.

Hole 18 - One last bomb. Players hike to the top of the hill holes 4 and 5 involved and cross the soccer field one last time. The tee looks through a narrow window, but successful shots are rewarded with the wide-open field. The basket is situated on the far end of the field on a small ridge in a cluster of trees.
Cons: A local Eagle Scout has put in a tremendous amount of effort to take a previously dilapidated course and make it playable again. He did even more than that. He made it good again. Very good. But if this course wants to take the next step, it will need the support of the City of Pearl Parks and Recreation Department to improve course navigation by installing hole and course maps, continuing to regularly cut back the encroaching limbs and trees, and pour concrete tee pads for every hole.
Other Thoughts: Baskets: not name-brand, high quality, but they are now all present, in good condition, and clearly marked with fluorescent orange paint around the band.

Tee pads: a mixture of dirt and concrete pads. Most are level and in good condition; although, a few could use a little help.

Tee Signs/Maps/Markers: Previously, course navigation was very difficult and basically required a guide the first time through, but with the recent upgrades, navigation is greatly improved. To my knowledge there are no course maps. Most tee boxes are marked by fluorescent orange pipes, and red arrows have been placed in prominent positions to guide players through the course.

General Course Design: The course loops on itself several times and ultimately comes back to where you started. With the new work done, the fairways are all navigable, but there is still work to be done. There were several times on the course that the windows or lanes were unreasonably tight.

Foliage: Currently, the course is in the best shape its been in about 3 years. All of the fairways are mowed and many trees/limbs have been cleared. Once you stray too far from the fairway, do not be surprised to run into plenty of thorns and briars amongst the dense underbrush.

Benches & Trash Bins: Benches and trash cans are scattered throughout the course.

Elevation: This course's major strength is the land it's set on. Most holes feature some aspect of elevation change that is used very well.

Epic Holes: Several holes come to mind, considering the number of holes that involve large drop-offs or steep uphill shots, but hole 14 takes the cake. The hole is set on the lane of an industrial gas line (I think). Players tee off on top of one large hill and get to watch the full flight of their disc as it travels down the hill away from the tee, over a valley and small tree line, and back up to the slope of an adjacent hill, where the basket sits nestled in among an opening in the trees.

Restrooms: Available at the start of the course.

Variety of Hole Distances: Most holes are on the shorter side of things, but there are a handful where you can open up your bag and let it fly.

Variety of Shots Required: This course will take every shot you have. During my last full round, I think I used all but 2 or 3 of my discs.

Parking: Parking is a gravel lot that is associated with the park's softball complex

Scenic Beauty: This course has a nice mixture of scenic beauty, including a red clay canyon and forest.

Crowded: I have never seen the course crowded; although, with the new work that has been done, I have seen an uptick in attendance.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Bring a course map

2-4    1/5/2015   1/7/2015
Review By: squeekyboard
Played: 29  Reviewed: 3
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is not at all repetitive. There are hills, trees, twists, turns, dips, fields and a small clay canyon. Some holes can be a bit of a challenge where as others can be easy targets. You have plenty of opportunities to stretch out long throws as well as show off some more technical type finesse. If you play smart you can leave with a decent score.
Cons: The par if 54 where it should more realistically be a 56 or 57. Par is possible but you'd better be sinking some sweet putts. A lot of the T boxes are poorly marked or not marked at all, however it's fairly obvious which way you need to go to get to the next T.
Other Thoughts: I would ave given this course a 4.5 for its layout and diversity. That said, I would give it a 3 or less for easy navigation. If you print or copy down a course map it will make a world of difference. The Acreage isn't that large, so it might be worth your while to walk the course before you play, or plan time for two rounds if it's your first time. All in all this is a great little course that deserves to be played.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Fun, Varied, and Well-Conceived

1    12/1/2013   12/3/2013
Review By: Qikly
Played: 181  Reviewed: 150  Exp: 10.7 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I went to Center City hoping to be challenged, and the course did not disappoint. It's not exactly a gauntlet of terror, but it does feature tight shots, serious elevation changes, some scary pin placements (at the edge of drop-offs or on sloping hills rife with rollaway potential), and many rough-lined fairways or guarded pins that will punish you if you're off the mark. From the tee you face a range of elevation changes, all of which are sound and interesting. The course features a large variety that consistently forces you to string a series of strong shots together to score well. I appreciate the diversity that Center City threw at me, all of which was effective in its own way, be it 6's upward sloping putter or mid shot through a tight window ending with a hanging basket that is just the right height to add challenge while avoiding gimmick, 9's elevated tee throwing down into a densely-lined fairway with a well-guarded pin, 12's big and challenging anhyzer in the woods with a lot of potential for disaster if you're off the mark, or 1's all-to-unkind tight midrange shot with a pin at the edge of a noteworthy (but not unsafe) precipice. These cumulative challenges force you to shoot consistently from holes 1 to 18, which helps make Center City such a quality course.

Center City features a nice balance of holes with definitive lines and holes that give you options to choose your route and pick your poison. I like the forced decision making, but appreciate the occasional insistence that I just hit a particular line. There's a great give and take between choice and the unavoidable.

Further variety comes in the form of levels of woodedness: holes range from mostly open to sporadic obstacles to thickly tree-lined fairways to being completely in the woods. It's a nice, effective mix that keeps the course from repeating itself. There's a nice range of hole lengths, too, causing you to reach for a variety of discs off the tee.

Alternate tees for the majority of holes.

There are numerous signs to help you navigate the course.

Baskets are quality DGA Mach 2's which are in good shape.
Cons: My biggest critique of the course design is that more than a few pro tees are set immediately behind uber-tight windows that you're forced to throw into. These aren't simply challenging, but often tight to the point of absurdity. With the smart, challenging lines Center City regularly throws at you, these windows strike me as gimmicky, unnecessary, and ultimately detrimental to how the pro tees play.

I'm no stranger to or enemy of natural tees, but a few of Center City's impede a good drive - 4, for instance, was quite sandy when I visited, making a run up unsteady and uncertain. Overall I thought this was a minor problem, but it was present enough to bear mentioning.

While the course was very playable during my December visit, I've been told by locals that it can get overgrown in the summer months. I can see how; Center City definitely felt a bit rough around the edges when I was there. Still, the course was in overall fine condition when I visited, and I wouldn't hesitate to return. Just a fair warning.
Other Thoughts: While I've presently only played one other Jackson course, I was a bit surprised at how much I preferred Center City to Chautauqua. The holes seemed better, more maturely designed, there was a greater diversity across the board, and the overall challenge and risk/reward ratio seemed much more worthwhile. Jackson seems to have an enviable surfeit of quality courses, but I'd recommend finding time to play Center City upon your visit. It instantly went to the top of my list of regional courses to return to.

Thanks to Travis ("WSP420") for being a willing and knowledgeable guide and all-around hip guy during my visit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Rugged and Fun

1    8/11/2013   8/11/2013
Review By: weeman
Played: 585  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 19 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The layout utilizes the existing terrain; topography, vegetation, and general ambiance to make a super fun course full of different looking shots. No two consecutive holes match up in terms of looks, distance, elevation change or shot style. This keeps the flow fresh and interesting. Starting from hole one the surprises start off with the ~20 foot shear drop off immediately behind the basket into a red sand gulley. Each shot off the tee provides for a little something different. Distance-control off the tee is prized much more than old fashion distance. No hole lets you just open up the big guns without some control. Otherwise you'd be searching and wondering why you did that in the first place. The fairways are fair and balanced; some tight with a dash of luck required and others more open to allow for some shot movement. The greens give a chance of a roll away on most with some hidden slopes behind the baskets if you're not careful. On some of the more spread out treks between holes there are navigation signs which is nice and helpful.
Cons: As noted by others the grass can tend to get long in areas though I didn't see this as being much of an issue. With the tee signs only indicating the hole number with no distances, tee designation, or visual representation they didn't really do anything. On multiple occasions I had to walk one-half to two-thirds the hole length to get a visual on the basket. This could be eradicated with better tee signs. Luckily my phone was not dead and I could look up the course map on here. I'd recommend that to anyone playing it both blind and solo. A course map near number one would help this situation too. The tees are all natural with two or three being carpet and my only complaint is that some are not level and/or loose footing.
Other Thoughts: This was a tremendously fun course that provides a good shot variety in a pretty secluded area of the park. Even though this isn't the hardest course it does provide some challenge, especially on the back nine. Being off your lines on the front nine where a lot of birdies are waiting will leave you ruing the chances. Players of all skill level will have a good time here. Advanced and pros should be able to shoot under par without too much worry while intermediates and below can manage a few birdies and do well to keep out of trouble.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Thorns and canyons and mud... oh my!

5+    5/6/2013   4/21/2013
Review By: WSP420
Played: 51  Reviewed: 48  Exp: 20.8 Years
This review was updated on 8/23/2013
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Free to play
-No Wait
-Well marked
-Pro and Am tees
-Trash cans and benches at most holes
-Challenging with a good mixture of holes: uphill, downhill, fading doglegs, tight doglegs, "cliffs" & "canyons"
Cons: -The park is a little crowded on the weekends during baseball season (the park not the course)
-As the title suggests there are plenty of thorns in the rough and it's usually muddy
-The tees are dirt / natural and like everything else can get VERY muddy and slippery. Not having concrete tee pads is a big con
Other Thoughts: BRING A TOWEL! Unless you like throwing wet discs. This course has a drainage problem... there are many holes that require a long(ish) walk around water/mud to avoid wet/muddy shoes.

The course is not regularly maintained. It's usually cut back only once or twice during the summer, The Winter and Spring months, with cooler weather and less-dense deadly plant life, make this course much more enjoyable.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Full 18 now

5+    5/18/2013   7/10/2012
Review By: manglin
Played: 40  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 15.5 Years
This review was updated on 6/13/2013
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Very good baskets (mixed Mach's with Innova's).
- Each holes has tee signs indicating the tees
- Multiple tees are present on many of the holes. The primary tees are marked with blue rocks; alternate tees marked with pink rocks.
- Very unique terrain for the area.
- Good variety of shot types and hole types.
- Lots of elevation changes.
- There has never been a crowd, so you can play very quickly and without being rushed.
- Benches at many of the holes.
Cons: - Natural tees.
- Course has a tendency to get a bit overgrown in the summer. Holes 11, 14, & 15 are the most troublesome and your disc can be hard to find in the fairway.
- Some drainage issues during the really wet times of the year. This affects holes 4, 5, & 6 the most.
Other Thoughts: The red sand canyon is very interesting(holes 1 and 3).

Elevation is in play on many of the holes. Some hole tee low and go to a higher basket; while others go from high to low. The hanging basket on hole 6 is unique and cool.

The large field in the middle is mowed infrequently, so the grass seeds will sticking to your legs/pants. In general, the course is maintained pretty good. The high grass as well as some briars on the borders of some fairways are a negative.

I recommend this course to anyone in the area. Now the course is a full 18, and it's really exciting.

There are restrooms near the course.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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