Diamond in the rough
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a beautiful course in setting and design. I found the layout to be very pleasing, with lots of ups and downs, and a good mix of open and more technical shots. With the lake and mountains the place is quite pretty! And today in March the grass hazard was not an issue.
Cons: It is a tone-pole course, with fairly rough tee pads of carpet. If this course had concrete tee pads and proper baskets I could see it becoming a regional attraction, and I would rate it a 3.5 or 4. Navigation was an issue for me. I found holes 1 through 10 without too much trouble, but even after walking around for 25 minutes I never found hole 11, tee or pole, or the hole 12 tee. The rest came easily, as I had pretty much covered the property by then.
Other Thoughts: Jackson County please give this course it's due! I bet it would pay for itself in user fees quite quickly.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Do Not Play this Course In The Rain!
Pros: The Cove DGC in Ashland with baskets, signs and tee pads would be a nice 3 star course. Keep the grass trimmed and I might even go 3 1/2 stars. But unfortunately, there are no baskets, crummy tee pads, very minimal signage and this really thick 18 inch high grass that absolutely swallows discs. And this afternoon when I played, it was sprinkling rain in always sunny Ashland.
The course is set on the wonderful southern Oregon, gently rolling hills. Take away the tall, thick grass and this natural setting couldn't be beat. The course starts with a fun downhill toss. Then three holes later, # 4 could also be a fun downhill throw, if the fairway wasn't thick disc eating grass.
The tee pads are a combination of dirt, carpet and today in the rain, slippery mud, which prevented a normal run up. The only signs are tiny little ones with just the hole number on them. There is a restroom in the parking lot.
Cons: No baskets.
Sub-standard tee pads of dirt or carpet.
Tallish, very thick grass.
Too many blind holes for me. I never found the # 9 tone. Then I threw to the # 18 tone on # 10.
Other Thoughts: There was another group on the course today. Paths between the holes are fairly well worn so I believe this course gets a fair amount of play. I only played the course today because I was guaranteed by a Southern Oregon player that there were baskets on both of the Ashland courses. Flipping LIAR!
As it plays currently, the Cove is long on potential and dreadfully short of enjoyment factor. But then again, I don't think there's much competition down here near the border.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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for no baskets, not bad
Pros: Big, open beautiful shots for the most part. Great for big arms with finesse, with some nice technical shots as well.
Cons: The obvious.... No Baskets, and no real tee pads. Hard to navigate after 10 holes.
Other Thoughts: This is the first tone pole course I have played, and I will say, for the majority of it, I am rather impressed. I just moved down to the area, and I would definitely like to bring some ideas to the table, if baskets aren't an option. The first 10 holes are great, and sometimes I just find myself playing those ones, if I am by myself. This course has a lot of potential, and it would be great to get some baskets in there!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
My kingdom for a map!
Pros: - Fantastic course design
- Nice use of the available trees
- Lots of variety, will use every shot you've got
- Good use of elevation, including some cool "top of the world" type holes
- Beautiful views of the lake from some of the holes
Cons: - No map or tee signs
- Course is really hard to navigate due to previous
- No tee pads, just little flags in the ground with numbers on them
- No real baskets, just "tones" (either posts with cylinders over them or large hanging cylinders)
- Tall grass on the back 9 with lots of little burrs that get stuck all over your socks/shoes/legs; I would suggest wearing long pants or possibly boots
Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic course that could easily be a 4.5 if it just had tee pads, real baskets, and a map. The course designers did a great job of using the property and creating holes that are challenging, but also fair and rewarding. There's a little bit of everything here, including uphills, downhills, big open shots, and tight fairways.
The biggest downside to this course is the lack of any sort of navigational device (map, tee signs, etc.). I found my way around the first 10 holes thanks to a run in with a couple locals who were way ahead of me, but gave me a couple pointers. However, after that, it really just fell apart. The tee pads are mostly just little flags in the ground with the hole number written on them. There are some blind holes and a couple holes where you can see a couple different tones and it's not clear which one you're throwing to unless you walk all the way to them and check. I found hole 11 after a lot of searching. Eventually I found the tone for 12 and traced the path back to where I thought the tee should be, even though I never did find the flags. I ended up skipping 13 and 14, even though after a lot of wondering around I did go past the tones for them later. I believe I played 15, 16 (did not find the flags), 17, and 18. Anyway, my point is that navigation is not obvious for these holes. I wish I could have come back here with a good GPS and spent some time making a map, but I was only in Ashland a couple days, so this wasn't possible.
There is lots of tall grass on the back 9, so the little flags can be hard to see even if they do exist for some of those holes. Thankfully the tall grass isn't actually thick enough to hide discs too much. I didn't actually have to spend any significant time looking for a single disc, which is great considering I was by myself.
As far as the actual pads go, mostly the lack of concrete wasn't a problem. It is hard packed earth on some holes, and some had old bits of carpet pegged down. In both cases, I didn't have too many problems with getting decent footing for throws. I also didn't mind playing on the tone baskets. You just have to hit the tone cylinder, whether it's hanging from a tree or sitting on a post. This is at once both harder and easier than a real basket, but it didn't detract from the experience for me.
Some of the views of the lake, such as the one from hole 9 were fantastic too. This course is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Just know that you may have to spend some time walking around the property to figure out where a lot of the holes are, especially for the back 9. This course would be a lot more accessible if someone would just create a map for it.
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