Nobody Calls Me Chcken
6 Helpful / 0 Not
- concrete tees
- informative tee signs, listed distances, numbered
- challenging layout
- some slight variations in elevation
- covered a variety of shot angles
- mostly open, but had some technical throws in the mix
- some holes near water hazards, easy to avoid for the most part
- well maintained park
- scenic environment
- course ends where it starts
- information kiosk and covered gazebo at the beginning of the course
- beach nearby
- appeals to every skill level
- water ob on the first hole, not my cup of tea
- goose and duck shit on a select few fairways
- course soggy in places
- the last few holes aren't quite intuitive, directional signs would help
- some holes located near the park roads
- located in a multi use park
- pedestrians park walkers
- fairway and basket overlap in areas
- backtracking issues
- death putt practice basket next to the water
- dangerous wildlife could be present
Hiller Park is very good park style course. The fairways have a little bit of everything to attract players of all skill levels. I defiantly used my whole bag as I jumped around between blues and reds. Beginners will appreciate the general parablility of most fairways. Advanced players will likely be drawn to the overall length from the long tees. Bigger arms have a chance to show off their prowess from the blue tees, but they weren't obnoxiously long. Both types of players will enjoy the technical holes, as well. I thought the woodsy lines were fair, yet challenging. Honestly, I don't remember much about the white tees, they weren't really on my radar. White tees were much less noticeable than the blue and red pads. I think a majority of them (white) were natural, but I could be wrong.
They did a fine job fitting the course within the available land at Hiller Park, however, I noticed some overlap between fairways. Backtracking was bit of an issue too. The course designers also made good use of the slight variations in elevation and the water ob areas. I don't necessarily like starting a course with a tough water hazard, but laying up for par was manageable. Clearly, a lot of effort has gone into maintaining the course. It shows
I came here early in the morning on a weekday and had the whole course to myself. To my delight, I saw all sorts of wildlife early in my round. Unfortunately, this included an overly aggressive rooster whom I had the displeasure of meeting at the tee for hole 10. Why did the chicken cross the road? To attack Mr.Butlertron, of course! That damn bird followed me for two holes before giving up when I crossed the creek to hole 12. Apparently, he was not willing cross the creek. This brings me to my next point, beware of snakes and alligators at Hiller Park. I didn't see any, but that doesn't mean they're not present. Don't mess around near water that has alligator signage, not even if a rooster chases you.
Visiting Hiller park is a no brainer if you're in the area. It's clean, the park is quite scenic, and the course appeals to many skill levels. For more information regarding league play and tournaments feel free to check out the Hiller Park Disc Golf Facebook page.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Fun Park style golf with a mix of shots
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple tees with adequate signage and ample tee pads.
Hole 1 was a great way to start the course off with a nice little island hole that had just the right amount of pucker factor.
Good mix of short, moderate, and longer holes as well. Good mix of technical holes and open holes as well. Both dog leg left and right holes are accounted for as well.
There are other amenities in the park as well like basketball courts, playgrounds, dog park, etc.
Some holes had protected baskets upon approach.
There are different pin placements on several holes as well. There were a few holes that had low ceilings to them.
Bridges in the correct spots to assist you in crossing the low lying areas.
Course flows logically for the most part.
There is a good mix of water threat holes here that will challenge you just enough to keep you on your toes.
Few trashcans throughout the course.
The locals are friendly.
Cons: Some backtracking between holes and long walk between other holes slow the flow of the round down a bit here. Places like walking down 4's fairway to get to 5's tee, The walk from 16's basket to 17's tee and also 17's tee to 18's tee are a bit long.
Didn't see any signage for hole 6.
Hole 8 can get a bit spongy in the fairway depending on how much rain the area has received.
10's tee pad seemed a tad shorter than the rest of the tee pads here. This may or may not affect your run up.
Some of the holes play next to a creek/pond area in which there could be other park goers using the area that might come into play. Please be aware before you throw in these areas.
Could use some benches for those that would need to sit down during their round.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very solid course that will make you use a variety of shots. There is a nice mix of open and technical holes here as well which coupled with the water factor all make for a fun round of disc golf. This is a great park style course that uses the land and its features to the best of its abilities. I really enjoyed my round here and would play this course again if I were back in the area. This course seems like a great place to play a tournament and I could easily see this course be able to play host to a nice event.
If you are in the area I would recommend you to hit this one up. I'm sure you will find something here to peak your interest and make you play good golf. Plus the beach is just down the road from this course so how could you go wrong.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - baskets in decent shape, trash cans on some holes, concrete pads at red tees.
- course makes a full loop
- well maintained park, some areas quite scenic w/ small wildlife and waterfowl galore.
- Variety of shots needed, with water and trees/foliage creating loads of different obstacles and flight paths
Cons: - no benches, no obvious restroom
- some long walks between holes, especially 11-12 which backtracks and 17-18. Wouldn't be bad if the signage was better but the map at the pavilion is out of date, the one on this site is not to scale, and the tee signs simply state hole # and distance, so it can get a little hairy navigating on your own for the first time.
- Some areas of the course bring you close to park facilities or areas where people might get in the way.
- Holes 18-22 can get a little confusing, they're a little cramped so make sure you're headed for the right basket especially on 19 - the basket for 21 is in view as well. I couldn't find a pro tee for 22 and the signage gets a little weird in this area as well.
Other Thoughts: I'd been meaning to hit Biloxi up for a couple years now and finally got around to it. Glad I did. I played on a Wednesday, late morning, and there were a few people scattered here and there, but nothing that interfered w/ play too badly.
Hole 1 starts you off w/ a short RHBH through some small trees and over water. It'll wake you up to start the round. 2 is a nice RHFH blind shot around bushes to a tucked-away basket. 3 shoots again through some small trees and over a small bit of water - nothing too crazy but a fun looking hole requiring precision. Holes 4-7 get into the woods a little where it can get a little hairy w/ blind shots and tees that either have lacking signage or none at all. 8 is a nice long bomber that'll let you stretch your arms - 9 plays along the road and is a bit forgettable. After 9 you walk over a bridge to 10 that plays from a parking lot across more water to a basket tucked away in the foliage - visible from the tee, it's still a little daunting. Across the road you'll find 1 of 2 signature holes (to me). From the blue or red tee you can see the basket for 11 nice and far away, playing the opposite direction as 10. There are ballfields on your right and a potential throw-ruining tree further up on the left. What you may not remember is that there's a small waterway just down the fill from the tee. It's not visible from the tee and if you forgot (like I did) you'll be surprised when you rediscover it. Luckily I didn't lose a disc. 12 plays near some facilities where people can get in the way w/ water on your left. 13 plays along the water as well to a basket under the trees. 14 goes back toward the road, then a little more backtracking to 15 which for me is signature hole #2. a nice long bomber w/ 2 big cedar trees guarding the fairway. Very scenic hole. 16 & 17 are also nice long shots, 17 being a little one-dimensional. After 17 there's a small walk to 18-22 which are all a little on the shorter side when compared to the rest of the course, and a little crammed together. See my comments about them in the cons above.
Overall I enjoyed myself here- it's a long course and can be punishing but if you can only play one course between Mobile and New Orleans, make it Hiller (with Shepard Park close behind).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fun with room for improvement
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Decent course with a good mix of technical hole layouts.
Full course offers treed alleys, open fields, water hazards, and slight elevation changes.
2-3 pad locations per hole.
Starts and Ends at same location.
Cons: Course set in a park that is heavily used.
Near standing water - BRING BUG SPRAY!
Pad construction - sub par.
Other Thoughts: This course will have you walking the entire park so get ready for some exercise! The park is large and heavily used, but there wasn't to many times where park users were in the way of the course. All and all a fun course but not the most technical or imaginative.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Long and challenging
Pros: Long and challenging. You can really let your discs fly and have different options upon which way you want to go to the basket. Three different tees for all levels of players. Nice scenery and wild life to enjoy.
Cons: Bathroom not very nice with no TP. What the heck is the practice basket doing between hole 16 and 17. Need to dig it up and put it where it belongs...there is plenty of room before hole 1. No bridges to walk across the water...have to walk out of the way to get to where you need to go. Hard to find hole five....walked from 4 to 6 and was lost.
Other Thoughts: First hole made it challenging right away. 10 was another big challenge for if you went right you might as well have kissed that disc bye bye into the water. Some holes should be more than a par 3. Nice to have the extra holes for practice. I enjoyed the course. Shot a 61 the first time with heavy winds and on a rainy day.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Ready to go back
Pros: Great all around course. Some ups, some downs, lefties, righties, long, short, wooded and open. Tests all aspects of your game.
Cons: Nothing significant that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: I played just before leaving town. The course was a bit crowded and play was slow. But, I loved it and am ready to go back now....AND I WILL.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Very cool coastal course
Pros: Hiller park is a large multi use park that neighbors a large block of military housing. There are baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, walking paths and a very nice disc golf course.
The start of the course is a bit challenging as its at the back end of the park, but there is a large gazebo by hole number one and a huge map with a slot at the bottom with scorecard/map combos. These are very helpful and well printed.
This course is all about using what they have to make every hole as interesting as possible, and one of the main features is the lagoon that you play over and around on many holes. It's a beautiful saltwater expanse with diverse wildlife and an added challenge.
It hits you in the face on number one, a short tee shot going over some shallow water with the basket up a hill.
Again on three, ten and eleven you throw over some water and it makes for an interesting mental game.
There are three sets of tees for most of the layout, a few markings are shared, but only the red(medium) layout has concrete teepads, the other blue(long) and white(short) are natural, but certainly adequately marked.
Each marker is a small mile marker type sign near the ground with the distances marked on them,
Baskets are nice and well balanced and it looked as if there were pockets for a couple of pin placements on many holes.
One thing I loved was the risk/reward on so many holes. One hole, 6 I think plays around a long U curve, but you can also bomb a tomahawk over the trees and hit close, whih is what I opted to do to great effect.
The use of tree cover and strategically places copes and Mandos were nice as well.
I had a great time overall really pretty park, tons of wildlife near the lagoon(coots, herons, geese, turtles) and very diverse holes.
The short ones(and some are under 200) are largely technical, but there are some great challenging longer holes as well, several over 400 whoch I enjoyed. Especially as they didn't sacrifice the most interesting golf lines for the sale of a long hole.
Cool thing I hadn't seen before, all te baskets had a small pvc pipe with the direction of the next hold on it, interesting and helpful.
Cons: Some parts of the park were not in great repair, including the restrooms(no closeable stall door and no TP).
You may have trouble navigating without the map.
Tee signs are functional but not the best available.
Weirdest thing to me; the practice basket is in between 16 and 17. Why there? What's the point? Especially when there is a very nice area to put one just to the right of the pavilion at the parking lot.
Leads me to thing the holes may have recently been renumbered or the layout altered I. The recent past.
Not much in the way of elevation changes, but it's southern MS, so that's not much of a con.
Other Thoughts: I had a great time at Hiller park the natural beauty of the area paired with the well thought out layout made for a great time. I would play there often if I lived close, I would play often, and in fact met a guy who drove from mobile for a round at Hiller.
If your in the area, come play this park, you won't regret it.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Best on the Mississippi Coast
Pros: Hiller Park definitely qualifies as a tournament-ready course. It's a solid challenge with two good sets of tees. The long tees will definitely separate the pretenders from the contenders.
There's a handful of memorable holes, most of which are between hole 9 and hole 15. If you only have time to play a few holes, play these. Hole 15 and hole 12 are legitimate par fours, and the rest are all birdieable but risky with pesky OB. There's even some elevation through this part of the course.
There's nice views of coastal marsh on hole 1, 10 and 21.
Hiller Park is relatively open and long for big arms, but does have a few tighter woods holes. It's also well-balanced with lefty and righty holes. I appreciate the mix of straight and curvy.
Cons: There's really no big cons. A few whines are heard about hole 6, which has a "U" or actually a "V" shaped fairway, which can be an unlucky bogey or worse. However there's a huge bomb thumber over the top off the tee...although I've only seen that route executed by one player who was rated about 1031 at that time.
Other Thoughts: This course continues to improve and it is hands down the best on the Casino Coast of Mississippi.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was my first course after the Keesler warm up course when I learned to play 2 yrs ago. I loved hiller park then and I love it even more now.
I would never go for it on any of the water holes and had no idea how to make a RHBH throw turn to the right. I am stationed in Guam and would always think of the water holes and why didn't I just go for it. ( there are no courses on Guam)
I got 3 week training orders back and was so excited to play the course again. Now I can make all the holes from the red tees.
Since I have been gone new pros include
New concrete tees
What the course has always had
All around fun
You get a great mix of technical holes
Wide open holes
Overhanging tree limbs that force control drives
Dog leg rights and lefts.
A couple of good ace able holes
There are some signatures out there
Cons: Some concrete tees feel too short
I would love to help build more bridges ( I wish I was stationed here)
The pro tee on 6 seems like you do not have a shot
People do tend to park in bad spots, I almost hit a Cadillac
Other Thoughts: This course will always have a special spot in my heart and I will always look forward to coming back to Biloxi so I can play it. Thank you so much.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
"I Need Two Weeks In Biloxi"
Pros: With 21 holes, Hiller Park provides a variety of looks. Within these, there's pretty much something for everyone: 5 gives you a taste of out-and-out wooded golf, 19 and 20 are comparably tight, the copious water makes for several risk-versus-reward shots, and the numerous long open holes give you some opportunities to air it out. There are even some rolling hills, the kind of which are rarely found this far south. The range of distances - the intermediate tees have three holes under 200', three over 400', and pretty much everything in between - is especially nice here.
The water hazards at Hiller are well-integrated. They offer an increased risk while still providing ways to play it safe. I hate being forced to take an already-tough shot over a water hazard: it seems unnecessarily harsh. Hiller's water, however, adds a degree of difficulty while not locking you into approaching the water a certain way. I really liked that.
I appreciated how the white tees (the ams at Hiller) offered true beginner shots. This would be a great course to take newbies to, even with all the water present, as the whites mitigate that threat to a notable degree. Three sets of tees are uncommon in the south from what I've seen, and their presence here helps broaden Hiller's appeal.
Navigation is pleasantly transparent. The course loops around the park and takes you right back to where you started.
The convenient position off I-10 makes for an accessible, appealing stop when you're out on the road.
Bathrooms, playground, parking, and other amenities are readily available.
Cons: Despite occasional respites, especially at the course's beginning and end, there are a lot of very open holes here. This is more a product of geography than anything else, but the course suffers for it. It's doubly noticeable given that the most wooded holes lie at the course's beginning and end, meaning there's a big stretch in the middle of your round where your shots are given lots of leeway, often too much for my taste.
Given the variety of distances and hazards here, and the more occasionally-varied levels of woodedness, the shot variety could be better. I threw hyzers on the vast majority of my shots. The aforementioned openness is partly to blame, but it's not the only cause. More holes like 2, which forces a RH forehand, controlled turnover, or one hell of a thumber, are needed to mix things up. When-all-else-fails tools like mandos go largely un-utilized. A few make-life-easy hyzers could be prevented this way, such as on 6.
Pin placements could be similarly improved. Opportunities to spice up approaches are seemingly missed at times. For example, 7's basket sits wide open, with a group of nearby pines and some shule off to the right going unused. Not every obstacle can be integrated into a course, and not every hole can engage from drive to putt, but unseized opportunities like this stand out in Hiller's relative openness.
A couple of the holes play too close to the road for my tastes, although this would mostly be a concern for wild-armed beginners. More experienced players should have little problem steering clear.
When I played, concrete tees were installed on the intermediates. These were too short for my comfort - especially noticeable on the numerous longer holes - and they're raised several inches off the ground, which prevents a safe approach from behind. Concrete tees are great, of course, but these could have been better executed. The ams and pros still had natural tees when I visited.
A powerline comes into play in a slightly disconcerting way on hole 9. Be sure to aim low or throw high!
Other Thoughts: I always hate giving a lower rating to a course that seems well-liked by many. Hiller has some great endorsements on DGCR from some experienced and knowledgeable reviewers. I'm sorry to say I am less enthused than these fine folks: the openness and lack of shot variety detracted from my experience. Hiller still made for a fun stop along I-10, and I wouldn't talk anybody out of visiting. I just wished for more than Hiller seemed to provide. While there's a nice variety of distances and a decent mix of topographies, the challenge factor and shot variation were lacking for me. C'est la vie.
Disagree with me? Feel free to start a conversation about it! I always enjoy a reasoned dialogue about course opinions.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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