2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Really good place for a DG course. The dam and spillway provide some major elevation change and water in play while the rest of the park provides open lawns dotted with mature trees. The designer(s) was really clever utilizing roads and parking lots as OB and just did a bang up job overall.
Each hole has enough shape and/or different features to feel unique, from your short, wooded #1 to the long, wide open #8. A hallmark of an excellent course is memorable holes and Festival has a few. #9 across the dam spillway, #15 dogleg up the steep dam and #18 with its lake dock green definitely qualify as signature holes.
Holes 3 and 11 had island greens created by roads, with 11 being a stroke and distance hole comprised of a traffic circle. These and other holes define a characteristic of Festival, the balancing act of "going for it" without going OB. Lots of holes have a good mix of distances, elevation and OB that keeps it all interesting. You could shoot a hot round here or an awful one, it really depends on how well you avoid those trouble areas.
Excellently marked baskets and tee signs. Course flows very well.
Cons: Huge walk from #7 to #8 (and #13 to #14; same walk) as the dam's spillway basically divides the park into halves. C'est la vie.
Tees are mixed up between appropriated spots on roads and sidewalks to natural grass. The good news is that for the most part the club picked good, flat spots and used mulch to make the natural tees as playable as possible. Only hole 10's tee really bothered me.
It's an open park so seeing multiple baskets is possible. However, I hesitate to put this in the con section b/c the club was very clever in having even numbered holes using white baskets and odd holes using black, so it was no problem at all picking out your basket.
The only transition snafu I had was wanting to skip hole 17 by going #16 to #18. The course is laid out pretty intuitively for the most part.
Other Thoughts: This is a tremendously fun course and a crying shame it isn't available more often. The course is worth the price of tournament admission and the Oak Hollow guys are on the ball and throw a fun tourney.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Here for 3 days, enough fun for a year
Pros: What an incredibly fun test of disc golf. This course is absolutely one of the most fun, and most unique layouts I have ever seen. The terrain is incredible. A few lightly wooded holes open the course. Thern there is a great stretch of relatively open ones. The course really shines when the waterways and the gigantic dam complex are put into play. The elevation changes on this course are insanely awesome.
This course defines risk-reward play. There are multiple holes in and around the water that give advanced players the opportunity to really push the envelope to make birdies. Hole 9 comes to mind especially, as it is a very simple par with a layout to the right, but running the basket is a devilish downhill throw over water to a tucked pin.
OB here is very common, but definies the holes nicely. In all places it is avoidable and fair.
The mando on hole 13 is really crafty and creates a really nice hyzer while keeping play away from the highway.
The course design has gone so far as to have temporary staircases leading over fencing to open up wide parts of the course. It seems that even the minute details here have been addressed.
With excellent custom labeled DISCatcher baskets and impeccable hole signs that clearly layout OB areas and local rules, this course has amenities that most permanent ones do not. Periodic park shelters with restroom facilities are available as well as shaded rest tents.
18 was a really cool throw down a hill to a basket perched in the middle of a small dock. As above, definitely risk-reward. Most definitely pretty and unique.
Cons: There are just a few cons here.
It was a bit difficult to find the first hole...and getting down to the hole requires walking striaght down the wooded fairway.
Hole 2, which is really fun, has a lot of the roads involved and non-golfers aren't used to the course being there. That could set up for a few car strikes.
Hole 3 crosses the road.
The only other major con is 4 which basically plays right up the park entrance road and is partially blind. The tee is actually on the road. The hole itself is really nice, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a car get hit on this one.
The obvious...this is a temporary course and has a fair amount of grass tees. Not much that can be done about that.
Other Thoughts: I got to play with one of the course designers/tournament director. It was really cool to hear all of the thought that goes into planning the course, and how the course has evolved over the years into its current layout. The course layout that I played (2015) is one of the best courses I have ever played. Tough, rewarding, exciting.
You can tell the local guys put a lot into this tournament. The baskets are custom labeled discatchers, are all impeccably leveled, and there are tee signs here that are better than many permanent courses have.
I wish I could play this one year-round.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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