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Pros: Martin Park offers nine baskets to throw at and enough privacy on the course to play safari as much as you'd like. There are a few obstacles that could be integrated into some decent safari holes, and lots of distance to stretch out if you like to throw bombs.
The course has concrete tees. Baskets are in good shape. Parking is ample, bathrooms are clean and readily accessible.
Cons: Most of Martin Park's course is wide open, with what little trees that do come into play being relatively incidental. Lots of the distance in the layout seems extraneous. Grooming seems sporadic, with knee-high clovers throughout when I was there, making the prospect of uncorking a distance driver into a wide open field pretty unappealing.
The opening hole uses a barbed wire fence as its only real obstacle, which is pretty undesirable. A few later holes run close enough to picnic pavilions so as to be unplayble if those are in use, as they were when I visited. Tee signs are missing if they were ever here: coupled with the tall grass and wide-open fields this can make navigation a chore.
Getting here is fine enough if you follow the directions on DGCR but it wasn't the easiest place to find.
Other Thoughts: I would be hard-pressed to recommend Martin Park for anything other than practice by a local. Even a pretty die-hard course bagger like myself had a hard time shaking the feeling that visiting was a waste of time. Alexandria is home to the very solid Ft. Buhlow courses, and both Kees Park and Louisiana College are enjoyable casual/short courses that are great for supplementing a day trip to the area. I'd recommend visiting all of these before thinking about stopping at Martin Park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Ants in the Pants?
Pros: Lots of fun on the long game. Challenging on the fence hazard on hole 1.
Cons: Beware the fire ant hazard on all holes...you can't miss it. Also, my wife found the unstated water hazard on holes 4 and 5 (keep left).
Other Thoughts: Sunscreen recommended in summer. Course is wide open.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Martin Park Park
Pros: Relatively easy course.
Great for Beginners and the occasional rocket thrower.
Has those rare par 4's I've heard tales about.
Cons: Almost all of the holes with the exception of 8 and 9 are WIDE open.
There are no signs at tee-boxes declaring which hole it is for.
Some of the Tee-boxes are aimed in the wrong direction.
Various bits of trash like bike and car tires randomly hidden around.
Water hazards on the edge of the course is utterly filthy and filled with trash.
Risk of losing a disk to the fence and not getting it back.
Other Thoughts: A fun little course but kinda un-kept and wide open. But it's a good course to maybe warm up before a full round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun 9-hole course.
Pros: This course has a fun layout and gives you plenty opportunity to use a big arm if you have one. I haven't seen many 9 hole courses this long and it is defnitely a world apart from nearby Kees park when it comes to distance. Concrete tee boxes throughout. .
Cons: There are no signs and first timers are going to have to search for tees and baskets. Definitely download and print the map before you go. Only the baskets are numbered. I'd give it another half point if it had signs at the tee boxes. One of the tee boxes (6) is oriented incorrectly. It looks like there was supposed to be a mando, but it's not marked. The course might be a bit difficult to find. Just look for the big radio tower and get to it because it is in the middle of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a convenient course to get to from I-49 or 71 if you are coming from the south. Buhlow is a better experience, but this course is worth the visit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Nice 9 holer
Pros: The course has an interesting layout with some longer, wide open holes while also having some more technical holes that require some shot shaping. At over 3,500 feet, it is a relatively long course for nine holes. The park is well kept and mowed and sees only light use. There is a playground, public restrooms and a police substation at this park which keeps everything both convenient and safe.
Pay attention to the red arrows painted on trees. Those are the mandos. If you ignore them, you will take much of the fun out of holes 2 and 3. Play the sidewalks as OB for a little more difficulty on holes 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.
Cons: Its's only 9 holes, but it's a good start for Alexandria. There is a course map at the first tee only but no individual tee signs so take a pic of the course map before you play if you are unfamiliar with the course. The basket that the first teebox points at is actually on hole #4.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course to play that can be very difficult in windy conditions due to the length of some of the holes.
"Petey," our name for the chained pit bull in the back yard of the house near the 7th basket, has a new and higher fence that eliminates some of the former unease at playing this hole. But there is a corner of the fence that still gives cause for a little concern. If you accidentally throw a disc in that yard, just leave it. Petey seems hungry a lot.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
interesting 9 holer
Pros: The city has done some major renovations to this course and park. Much easier to play now, even the last two holes. Grass was mowed, no other players to slow me down; nice open course except for first hole fencing problems..
Cons: First hole abuts the 911 call center, and discs manage to get inside fence constantly, meaning you lose them for the round, until you go ask to be let back there. Mosquitos are epic along the treeline. No signs, yardage, etc.
Other Thoughts: Doofenshmirtz discovered this while goofing on GoogleEarth, so we went out at lunch to check it. I then hit it after work. First few holes are long but open. Several spots where you could easily lose discs, including fenced in yard of 911 center, swampland across big ditch, and backyard with giant pitbull.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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