Muscle Shoals, AL 
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3 / 342ft. Par / Distance:
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Roll’em Out

1    12/3/2017   2/15/2018
Review By: wellsbranch250
Played: 326  Reviewed: 311  Exp: 4.9 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.830 Rating) A nice 9 holer in a well-kept city park.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - With the one set of tees, Gattman finds the perfect middle ground between not too easy and not too hard for the largest portion of disc golf community. The course would even be ok to bring beginners here as the odds that they lose a disc are near impossible. The layout is mostly forgiving but also has just enough obstacles and length to keep intermediate level players entertained.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - About average. The park itself appears to be well maintained. There are a bunch of nice big older trees that are located along the layout. The rolling landscape has touches of gracefulness to it. On the flipside there are some detractors. There's a chain-link fence along hole (4). There are a several utilitarian park structures and building in view and play. No water features or rock outcroppings to really make the layout engaging. There are also a numerous houses along the backdrop of many holes. Although, the houses appear to be from an upper scale neighborhood, I'd still prefer not to see someone's backyard.
- NAVIGATION - Although missing things like basket numbers and directional cues, traversing this course is not that difficult. The big reason it's easy to navigate is the wonderful course map nearby tee (1) and nice tee signs.
- QUICK PLAY - Running a solo round here in 30 minutes should be achieved easily. Figure a group of four in around sixty minutes.
Cons: Only one moderate issue and a few less than ideal qualities.
- TEES - Not the greatest. The tees are carpet and they that are a bit too short in my opinion. Several are also a little uneven. Tee (7) was buried in the mud a bit.
- CHARACTER - In addition to poor tees, the course doesn't have too many extras or amenities. Just one tee and one basket placement per hole. No benches or places to stow a bag at the tees. No practice basket or community board postings. As stated in the pros, great course map, but also adequate hole signage using actual tee shot photos. There is an ageing restroom facility and a nice shelter with picnic tables.
- UNIQUENESS - Like most 9 hole courses, Gattman Park lacks the diversity of an 18 hole course. The lines to the baskets are generally lightly defined. There are two holes that are completely open, (3) and (4). There are a couple mild elevation plays, the best being hole (1) which is a pleasing 20 to 25 foot down shot. Also, hole (6) plays just over the top of a modest 15 to 20 foot high ridge. Hole (3) is a great hole to practice rollers on for those that can't throw 400 feet. The course is all par 3s and the distances vary from the mid two hundreds to the mid four hundreds. Most of the holes play fairly straight and there is no water in play.
- NO ADVANCED CHALLENGE - Not as difficult as the DGCR rating suggests. The layout is kind-of a tweener between lightly and moderately wooded, thus its listing under the moderately wooded moniker inflates the rating a bit. Intermediate players should average around 1 to 2 down on this layout and advanced players should average around 4 down. Basket guarding is light and shot shaping is a mild requirement.
Other Thoughts: This is one of those 9 hole courses that would be awesome to live within a couple miles. Perfect for rec players but also the length of the holes is adequate enough for intermediate level players. Not a destination course but totally worth checking out in a three course sweep of the Florence area courses to go along with McFarland and Veterans.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

City park doing city park things

5+    7/22/2017   8/1/2017
Review By: wericsson
Played: 48  Reviewed: 43  Exp: 5.5 Years
This review was updated on 4/9/2018
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Discatcher baskets, photographic tee signs, restrooms, and a conveniently placed pavilion - other than the tees and the one incorrect tee sign (see below), 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, and some play as lightly wooded. Hole 1 is a nice downhill play that's long but still very reachable.
Cons: Carpet tees right at ground level plus awful drainage makes for muddy ground, and even mud on/over the tees. Hole 7 is the worst offender, being perennially half-buried by virtue of its location at the bottom of a little dip right next to a huge hill. Busted butts abound, even though I consider my balance pretty dang decent. 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. The tee sign on 4 shows that it is an island; however, the pin has been moved off the island due to repeated complaints from the ball golfers next door, so the tee sign is wrong, and the hole is an extremely white bread hyzer.

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: for example, though 8 has a little tiny hook at the end, 8 and 9 play like the exact same hole.
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: 447  Reviewed: 56  Exp: 9.7 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.

 Good Quickie

1    12/6/2016   1/6/2017
Review By: Cotyalred
Played: 24  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 2.7 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: It is Disc Golf.
Some longer holes, some shorter holes.
Not busy for a park.
Cons: No Directional's, it can be difficult to find the separated 3 holes, but not impossible.

I played in the fall and the leafs tried to steal a disc or two.
Other Thoughts: Florence has some big courses so in my opinion it is nice to have a small course to hit, plus the more courses the better ! Disc golf nation!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Fun little course

1    4/18/2016   4/19/2016
Review By: bazkitcase5
Played: 133  Reviewed: 58  Exp: 14.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a well designed course that fits in nicely with a very scenic park. The designer(s) did a great job with what they had to work with. The fairways are fair and the shot variety is good. The course was very enjoyable to play. There were good tee signs on every hole and disc catcher baskets. The course also had carpet tee pads, which I personally like as long as they are done correct, which these were in fact done correctly.
Cons: The baskets did need to have numbers and the course could use a couple of navigation signs, which would have made things much easier. Holes 2-4 are kind of off on their own and could easily be missed or have players looking lost trying to find them. A walking track runs through several holes, so patience is needed on a busy day. It is a con that it is only a 9 hole course.
Other Thoughts: Clearly I played this course after a lot of updating was done to the course, so hopefully some of the old reviewers will get a chance to go out there and play it again. Luckily as an experienced player, I didn't have too many problems navigating the course for the first time, but I could easily see how somebody could get confused. It is a shame it is only a 9 hole course, because in my mind that does hinder the rating somewhat, but there isn't enough room for anything else, but it is an otherwise great course in a land locked area. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this course and look forward to playing it again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Like a new course!!

5+    7/31/2015   7/31/2015
Review By: KC4KAA
Played: 38  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 5.5 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: New longer holes signs and carpet tee pads, good baskets and new placements are perfectly level
Cons: 9 holes!
Other Thoughts: Nice redo distances will be updated tomorrow night,any locals would not play in the old configuration are now seen there regularly

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Needs tees and basket numbers badly

1    6/18/2015   7/1/2015
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 303  Reviewed: 293  Exp: 22.3 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: All I can say is there are baskets in a wooded area that could be ok for disc golf.
Cons: Way too many big ones. First, I could only find 6 holes (apparently the other 3 are on the other side of the park somewhere, I never saw them, and after wondering around for a long time, I just gave up.) No map, no signs, no instructions as to where to go. Dividing a course up into 2 completely separate areas is to me not the same course.

Second, the tees are a major issue. Tee 1- was just a pile of gravel. Tee 2- was a rectangular pile of gravel that did resemble a tee area, the best one here. Tee 3- was a messy pile of gravel in a framed area. And then it got terrible as I never found any more tees. (The wooden frames referenced in other reviews and pics were either missing or hard to spot.) There are no signs or markers of any kind designating tee areas. I wondered around the woods looking and looking for something like a tee area. I eventually made up my own tees throwing to...

Third, NO NUMBERS ON BASKETS. Seriously, I didn't even know you could buy a set of 9 Discatchers without hole numbers on them! On holes 3-6, who knows which basket to throw to and from where with nothing being numbered- you can see multiple baskets in the woods at once but no clue as to which is which. How hard is it to put a number on the basket with a sharpie or electrical tape?

Also, there was a walking trail that played down 1's fairway and then around/through holes 2-5, always a safety issue. And much of the course is almost playing in people's backyards- I felt kind of like I was intruding.
Other Thoughts: The only thing keeping this from being the worst course I have ever played was that it was at least not covered in waist-high thick weeds. I would be horrified to have somebody decide to try out disc golf for the first time and try to play here. Unless you just wanted to safari it- "Hey, look, there is a basket. Let's try to get there from that spot over here... " Then repeat to another.

But if you want to play, hole one is next to the walking trail in woods across from the swing set (I did not see tennis courts like it says on the DGCR page, it was possibly was transformed into a waterpad for kids.)

This review is for holes 1-6, as I never found 7-9. Though I can't imagine the last 3 holes being any better.

My recommendation- avoid this course at all costs until some signs and hole numbers are put in. And if not, then put the baskets somewhere else. The land could produce a decent little course, but it needs some work that still has not been done.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nice and Easy

1    5/11/2013   5/11/2013
Review By: bpartrid
Played: 81  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 7.4 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.

 My Home Course

5+    2/23/2013   2/18/2013
Review By: Windsor
Played: 8  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 7.1 Years
This review was updated on 2/24/2013
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hits close to home because my brother-in-law created this course, a great course to learn how to play on, some short holes and some long holes to mix it up a bit, in a moderatly wooded area so its nice to play and have some fun. restrooms are nearby and a few pavilions on a couple of holes.
Cons: Needs new teeboxes and detailed signs of the hole layout.
Other Thoughts: Fun little course with room to be a lot better. It was just created last summer so I believe, with a little hard work, that this course could be very nice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Average Course with some problems.

5+    2/12/2013   2/14/2013
Review By: Autoscopy
Played: 24  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 7.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - A good course for beginners.
- Plays around a water park, baseball fields and school. You could bring your kids.
- A couple of unique holes.
- Brand new baskets
Cons: - Dirt tee pads which can get very muddy. I've already seen several of my buddies slip and fall. One main reasons we don't go often.
- No signs whatsoever with no mandos. We usually end up debating what's OB on this course on several holes because of the fences and playground.
- No multiple pin locations.
- The first 6 holes are separated from the last 3 holes which is a decent walk and ruins the flow of the game.
- No. 9 plays over a children's playground which makes the thrower feel weary at times. Also it's the school's playground and the children have recess all around the basket location. I've had to skip the last hole several times because of this.
- 1st 6 holes play around a jogging path.
- Some holes feel unchallenging.
- Some pin locations are in bad unimaginative locations.
Other Thoughts: Overall I play this course the least of the 3 in the shoals. I think it would be greatly improved by descriptive signs and much better tee pads. Also some kind of basket relocation on 9. An average course that needs much work and thought.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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