5 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice little park, fun little course
Pros: I was in the area so I stopped by this course for a round. The park is nice and well maintained. Nice pond in the open and cool wooded fairways with fun lines.
It was nice to have a little distance added to a municipal park like this, rather than just a pitch-and-putt. I played the concrete tees (middle difficulty) because the signs were there and I was new. Longs looked a little trickier. Pin positions looked like they had two sleeves and were easy to see which one it was on. A few holes were really cool, especially on the back nine. 17 was a cool elevated shot through the woods. I liked the idea of making a bamboo fence to protect one of the short holes, forcing you to choose a gap or go over the top off the tee.
I was here Memorial Day weekend expecting a lot of rough, but everything was really well maintained! Very little underbrush.
Cons: It looked like in the effort to stretch this out to a par in the 60's that most of the pars were pretty soft. I'm not sure there would be space to make the par 4s and 5s challenging, so I understand, but there were a lot of easy birdies out there.
Hole 14 (I think), a par 4, had the basket perched on the edge of a drop off (in front of the pin) into the creek. It was waaaay too close to the edge. It was uphill behind the pin so you had to shoot your second shot past the basket to land on the green only to be left with a deadly putt. I was less than ten feet short of the pin and was on the muddy slope so I couldn't even putt out. I assume it's ob for events, but it was a very difficult spot to retrieve considering I was so close. I love the challenge of interesting pin placements (like the one with the fence, also close to the water's edge) but this one was a little much. When it erodes away to the point the basket will have to be moved in a year or two, I would suggest giving a little breathing room.
Other Thoughts: Don't go in expecting a world-class course and this will exceed your expectations. The designers did a lot with what was available, keep you mainly away from other park activities, and force you to use a variety of shots. Good way to spend an afternoon if you're close by.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Course, but Too Much Going On
Pros: I'll start by saying that this course was probably a little long for my tastes, and sometimes this length was complicated by holes that seemed to be trying to do too much.
So, what did I like? It's a beautiful setting in a rural park. The alignment of the field holes in relation to rolling hills and small pond reminded me very much of Van Buren DGC in Baldwinsville, NY.
It's a course in which you will get some exercise, as it features both length and elevation changes. I tend to really hate 90-degree dogleg holes, but, on this course, I found hole 6 to be the best hole. For noodle arms like myself, the tee shot is a placement shot to the elbow, which leaves a healthy upshot through a wooded fairway. That struck me as one of the better designed holes on the course, with both shots playing fairly. I could also see a big arm using a RHFH to get well beyond the bend/elbow.
Cons: Other reviewers have mentioned that the course features a little bit of everything, and, once that idea is taken down to the hole level, I'd argue that some of the holes just have too much going on. It seems to me that a little design restraint along with fleshing out the lines a little bit more would go a long way to firming up this course. In talking to one of the designers (see below), he said they worked with the land available. I can understand that.
I'll offer hole 14 as an example. Perhaps there are over-the-top lines that I didn't see (and probably couldn't hit with my arm strength) but, as I played the hole, it requires you to hit two field goal gaps to a basket, placed on the angled bank of a creek. That seems like a hole doing too much to me.
There were at least 3 pins, and maybe more, that were located too close to water. Hole 12's pin is a birdie death putt to what amounts to the courses only deep water other than the pond. I ended up in thigh deep water fishing out my putter. I should have looked at the hole closer and probably used more discretion. But, the pin could be moved out a few feet to allow for putt half runs that still have room to land safely.
As another reviewer stated, a few of the tee pads seemed off-angle in terms of the desired line. And I would have liked the greens to have been a little less obstructed in terms of putting space.
Other Thoughts: I met one of the designers; he actually found me fishing for my disc in the creek. We had a nice chat about this course and about Rockness Monster. He stated that he found the lines easier to see and hit on Edmunds than at Rockness; I felt the opposite.
I'm going with three stars because A)this is a nice course overall and one totally worth a visit if you are in the area, B) the course was probably not the best course for me as a noddle arm but I can see it being enjoyable and adequately challenging for others, and C)I played 40 holes at Rockness before starting at Edmunds, so fatigue probably affected my play and my assessment of the course.
The course was predominately B pins when I played (from the white tees). The B and A pins on many holes result in what amount to totally different holes. There is a reasonable A course out there and a much harder B course. Seems they mix A/B at all times. I can't imagine playing Blue-B. Guess that's the NT version.
I either played the wrong basket for 16 or simply skipped 17. I remember 17's tee now, as it is the one you come across protected up on the hill by bamboo fencing (protected from 10's fairway). Don't know what happened; I'll blame fatigue.
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