Muscle Shoals, AL 
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Uploaded By: willsfc Hole #2 (Taken 5/2012)
3 / 354ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #2 Tee


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5+    7/22/2017   8/1/2017
Review By: wericsson
Played: 35  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 4.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Discatcher baskets, photographic tee signs, restrooms, and a conveniently placed pavilion - other than the tees, this course scores quite well in facilities terms.

Hole lengths vary pretty broadly, from ace run to 471'. Elevation comes into play - uphill and downhill both. OB adds challenge to some holes.
Cons: Carpet tees right at ground level, muddy ground, and mud on/over the tees. Busted butts abound. Also, the tees are somewhat shorter than "standard," whatever that means.

Two holes (3 and 4) in a row are dead level, treeless, and indeed completely open - and there are after all only nine total. While the island on hole 4 probably represents an effort to mitigate this, it feels heavy-handed and simply can't alter the underlying throw in a field dynamic enough.

Every hole is either straight or hooks left late (or is the aforementioned open field). Yes, the elevation adds some variety, but it seems a bit one-dimensional nonetheless.
Other Thoughts: Some days/hours of the day may require more patience than others, as a fairly heavily-trafficked walking trail snakes through the back five.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Pretty decent 9-holer

5+    7/17/2017   7/20/2017
Review By: GMcAtee
Played: 406  Reviewed: 56  Exp: 8.6 Years
This review was updated on 9/15/2017
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Updated rating after relocation of hole 4 due to discers tearing up golf course fence to retrieve errant throws.

Great design for what was available to work with. Good mix of open and wooded that requires different shots. Challenging beginner course. Bomber hole followed up by an ace run. That's always fun.
One of the best parks in the area that has everything for a family to enjoy (shelters, walking trail, splash pad, playground, ballfields).
Cons: Very busy course. May have to wait on walkers on walking trail often. Long walk between holes 1 & 2, and 4 & 5. Hole 7 tee pad holds water and the carpet becomes a mess. It would benefit from having a wooden elevated platform built. Some of the carpet tee pads are too short and wore out.
Other Thoughts: This course is the perfect little 9-holer that can grow the sport introducing new players to dg, and still challenging more experienced players. It shows with the heavy traffic the course receives (many high school players on this course).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Nice and Easy

1    5/11/2013   5/11/2013
Review By: bpartrid
Played: 81  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 6.3 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course meanders through a nice little recreational park, so taking the kids would be perfect. The layout takes advantage of the slight elevation changes in and around the walking trail within the woods. For the most part it is a pretty short course (only a Buzzz needed for most holes) but it does have about 3 holes at or above 300'. The last 3 holes are wide open of spaces to end the 9 holes. Baskets are new and in great shape. Overall, it is a nice little course that is very birdie-able where a driver is still needed in the bag.
Cons: SIGNS: none. none at each tee or directing to each tee. this hurts the course badly.
TEES: no pads, just wooden planks to indicate the tee box and direction. thus, footing is not good due to it being dirt or mud/water if it just rained.
BASKETS: good, but have the hole # written on them with marker (helpful but ugly).
LAYOUT: the first 6 holes are laid out well in that they pretty much follow the walking trail and then 6 ends where 1st hole began. Then, you have to walk a long ways across the parking lot to finish up the round with 7/8/9 holes. This breaks up the flow and then you have to walk all the way back to your car.
Other Thoughts: This course is fun and easy to play, great for beginners to practice. Here are some easy/cheap ways to bump up the overall playing satisfaction for the course:

TEES: spraying painting the wooden planks will help newcomers find the tees easier. use stencil and different colored spray paint to mark each hole's distance to basket.

SIGNS: no need for hole layout signs as every basket is easily visible from tee box. instead, just one sign would be needed between the 1st and 6th holes to point towards you towards the 1st and 7th hole.

BASKETS: buy some stenciled number stickers 1-9 to place on the yellow strip on top of basket (facing each hole's tee box) to indicate each hole's basket. Then, use a brightly colored spray paint and spray the one spoke on the bottom of each basket that points toward the next tee pad (this directs the player where to walk next after finishing the hole).

If these easy additions are made, then it would easily bump this course up to at least a 3/5 rating for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


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