More Throwing Than Golfing!
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Pines DGC is located in Pelican Park which is a very, very multi purpose park. There were a lot of activities going on this Sunday afternoon. The dog park was loaded. The soccer fields were busy. There was a lacrosse practice happening. Compared to these, the disc golf course was relatively quiet.
There was a sign announcing that the gold course will be played today. I thought the wording was a little strange. There is a course rules sign. The tee signs are nice and large, giving all the usual information. The tee pads are natural and not always the best. The baskets are DGA models but don't have a number. A number would have helped me out there today. There are some signs helping to point out the next tee. They were most helpful.
From the golds, the course is intermediate long with only two holes in the 200' range, seven in the 300' range, seven in the 400' range, # 18 at 572' and # 3 at 609'. Although long, recreational players can Play this course without much fear. There is no water, no hills and little brush to deal with. It's a fairly comfortable course to drag yourself around on.
I'm going to agree with previous reviewers on two important points. There are some nice, pedestrian type holes but none that stand out as special or beautiful or fun, or even, extra challenging.
I think there is a nice mix of open, tunnels and technical holes with some tight lines through the trees.
Cons: The course is flat.
Natural pads are filled with roots and would be slippery when wet.
A couple of open holes were average and mostly, boring.
No standout holes.
The way the course is set up, playing from the golds is long and too dependent on having a big arm. Rec players won't much enjoy a round from the golds. Having two tee pads would remedy this.
Other Thoughts: A course with sub-standard tee pads, total flatness and no "wow" holes is not close to getting a 3.5 rating from me. Those 3.5 rated courses have more going for them than length. They usually entail some elevation, beauty and some great holes to earn a lofty 3.5 rating. I enjoyed my round here but wouldn't necessarily be interested in returning. Maybe to participate in a league or tournament of some kind but doubtful to p,ahead any casual rounds.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Good Course with potential
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -We maintained course
-Mix of different shots and angles needed
Cons: -The tee boxes could use some definition even if they don't have concrete pads
-Holes are spread out so be prepared to walk a lot
-The trees on a few of the holes are dense
Other Thoughts: The course forces you to throw a number of different shots. Most holes felt fair but two of the holes could use a few key trees removed.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good course, easy to get around and baskets are easy to find. Also the course is fairly well maintained and in a great complex. The blue setup is a good beginner layout.
Cons: Tee areas need work and some tree trimming/removal is needed on the back 9. With some work, it could be a very good course.
Other Thoughts: Park by the batting cages and play 7 & 8 as warmup as 18 ends at the cages. Don't throw a disk in the uncut area as they are loaded with sticker bushes.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: •Mixture of Trees and Open Space
•Challenging terrain features
Cons: •Pedestrians on Sidewalk (OB)
•Too much open space
•Near by dog park
•Hard to find visual on baskets
Other Thoughts: Water plays in on first hole... drain ditches on course. Bug Spray needed in Humid weather. Bathrooms on site.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Good Course on the North Side of the Lake
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Disclaimer: When I played the course, the baskets were in the long position.
The course is set in a big sporting complex, yet the course feels isolated in most parts from the rest of the park even with walking in between baseball fields and near the skate park. I never felt like I could have been in anyone's way.
The holes were all fairly mixed in variety of the foliage. Most of the holes were long, but the holes varied from playing in the trees to playing alongside the few drainage ditches that play near the course.
The maps were super helpful. It took me a while to figure out that there were two pin locations and not two sets of tee pads, but once I figured it out, it was easy to tell where I was shooting for even if the basket was not in view. Hole 3 is a good example of this as it plays along the ditch then dumps off 600' to the right into the trees. Without the map, it would have been impossible to figure out where we were throwing to.
I especially enjoyed Hole 4. It was a big bomb hole, but you needed to be precise on where you were throwing to avoid landing in the trees and away from the basket. I also enjoyed holes 8 and 9 as they were more technical than the rest of the holes that needed a low straight shot to reach the basket. They are not as long as the other holes, which is nice.
Cons: I feel like I would have enjoyed the course more if the pins were in the shorter position. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but I just did not like having to throw long hole after long hole when they all felt the same. There were not too many holes that stuck out in mind as great holes, all pretty typical, long holes.
I agree with the sentiment of a few other reviewers that say that two tees are better than two pins. Apparently the pins are not switched regularly, which can be a bummer if you want to play something shorter.
Navigation was bad. I went from hole 3 and then started playing hole 7 and did not even realize until the end hole 8 that I played incorrectly. There are a lot of long walks especially 6 to 7, 9 to 10, 17 to 18 and the infamous walk back to your car. The map at the beginning of the course is great, I recommend taking a picture of it or use the map here on DGCR for an easier time.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course, which is a good thing because it is the only one north of the lake. I enjoyed my rounds here and would love to come back.
I had initially wanted to play this course on a road trip as a pit stop, but if this course is in the long position, it will not be a quick stop, which is ok. It is worth taking two hours to play the whole thing and get the most out of it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Good for all skill levels
Pros: Map at every tee
Nice atmosphere with lots of activites going on without being in the way of the course
Numerous types of throws required for intermediate players trying to maintain par
Approachable for beginners - I took two friends on the course who never played before and they had a great time
Baskets moved between blue and gold regularly
Cons: Long walks between holes - in blue basket positions, you have to back-track the entire length of 18, then walk the entire length of 8 to get back to parking lot
No elevation changes
High traffic weekday evenings - park exits onto a highway with no stoplight, tends to back up when after-school practices end
No tee pads, some dusty tee-off areas with plenty of roots to trip over
No hole numbers on baskets - some are close together
Other Thoughts: I played 6 times during my visit in Sep-Oct 2015 over the course of 11 days. 3 times in Blue and 3 times in Gold. Difficulty gradually increases from Hole 1-8 which serves as a nice warm-up and confidence boost early in the game. The trees jump out at you on Hole 8 - got to keep the disc low and straight or throw a roller. Hole 11 and 12 don't have obvious fairways - your throwing between a lot of trees. All the culverts were dry during my visit, but some small water hazards to be aware of if you fade wayyy left on Hole 2 and 14. Watch your right side on hole 15 and 16, the rough is THICK. Poor approach accuracy on hole 5 in the gold position is disaster. Hole 6 in the gold position - just accept the bogey and move on.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice course with greater potential
Pros: -Course map at hole #1 is posted in open view which is important given that the signage on the course is somewhat misleading ( see cons). There was even printed maps to take, which was great to see the first time I played the course.
-The two sets of pin placements for each hole is great, as the pin positions seem to be alternated somewhat frequently.
-There are a good variety of holes (i.e. long distance, open, slightly wooded, short distance, a couple water hazards especially after it rains)
Cons: -Signage from one hole to another can be confusing on the course if pin placement is blue. However, signs are accurate when pin placement is gold position. Hey, at least there are signs, amiright!
-There are a few holes that are rather far apart, but I'm hoping that a second set of tee pads will be installed at some point due to this, or even the addition of alternate holes, another 9 or 18!
- I have not seen any info regarding tournaments or group play. I think this would be great, as I have seen a good number of disc golfers on the course on a consistent basis.
Other Thoughts: How long is the course you ask?! Well, I recently ran the course, (speed golf, if you will) I started on the back nine b/c there were two groups going off the front and the running app on my phone stated the route I took to play all 18 holes was 2 miles exactly. After running/playing the back 9 I ran b/w the football/soccer field and the dog park to get to hole #1 rather than around the dog park on the skate park side. So, if you see a dude running after every shot, that's me! Great exercise btw.
-Lastly, I'm curious to know who keeps up with the course.. as in who moves the pins, etc.. Is it the Pelican Park workers, themselves? How can we get some tournaments going? Is it a PDGA recognized course?
live well and enjoy
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
It's All We Got!
Pros: Family friendly! I see more families playing disc golf at this course than I have on the South Shore courses.
Great and curious staff. Stop and talk to them. Get to know them. They keep the course clean and cut for us!!! Mutual respect goes a long way.
Most other reviewers have hit the nail on the head with this course.
There is a good mix between wide open fairways and wooded areas. Trash cans at a lot of tees help keep the course clean, too. There is plenty of parking and two restrooms with vending machines. You can rent discs from the batting cages, when they are open.
If you find a disc, and you're honest, turn it into the batting cages or front office and they will call and return the lost disc. I was called about a month ago for one of mine.
This is a course you want to bring your friends to, who have never played, to get them hooked. There are tons of easy routes that make beginners feel comfortable. Yet, at the same time, an experienced player won't feel bored.
I personally feel that there aren't any water hazards in dry months. We play, when there is water then it's a hazard, when there's not then it's not a hazard. It makes it interesting because one week there can be water while the next week the water has drained. Also a plus for beginners.
Tons of room to add a second course out here too!! Hint, hint.
Cons: Course layout is a bit rough as mentioned.
Keep in mind this is mainly a family park for recreational sports, so ALCOHOL IS NOT ALLOWED. I have had many friends opt out of playing at this course because of this, which is ashame because some feel you can't have one without the other. I guess ball golf agrees : ).
When it rains a good bit, I feel the course is very soggy with lots of puddles. Hole 4's entire fairway was a puddle after 2 days of rain. The course was still technically playable, but I just played the front 9 because my shoes and socks were soaked. So, keep that in mind.
Two baskets per hole was a great idea, but two tee pads would have been better. I called to see if there was a schedule for when the baskets get moved and I was told weekly to bi monthly. This makes it difficult to have flexible league play, but we adjusted the pars on the long course to reflect the differences. Hopefully, we will see a second tee box per hole soon.
It also looks like this course is not PDGA approved. Anybody know if this is correct?
Other Thoughts: Would love to see 2 tee boxes per hole.
Other than that I am just thrilled that there are 3 courses in the NOLA area now. I play this course close to weekly, weather permitting.
Ranked this a 4 because It's All We Got on the North Shore. And it beats driving 30 minutes and a toll to the next available course.
Hope to see tournament play here soon, too!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Machfive 916's review of The Pines DGC
Pros: f you are a disc golfer that lives on the South shore of Lake Pontchartrain, you only have 2 courses to choose from; City Park and Lafreniere Park. If you truly enjoy this game, you owe it to yourself to cross the Causeway bridge and head over to The Pines disc golf course in Pelican Park. The park is only 5-10 minutes from the foot of the Causeway and offers much more than disc golf, to include batting cages, a skate park, a dog park, soccer and softball fields as well as a sand volleyball court. However, I will only be reviewing the disc gold course.
This 18 hole course is nothing like the south shore variants. The tee pads are natural and contain a mixture of soft sand this is fairly stable when the conditions are dry. However, I would not recommend playing this course for at least 48 hours after any rain activity. There are several drainage ditches that can come into play for the 1st 9 holes, and some of them had water in them, even though it had not rained in almost a week when I played. I can easily see how this course could be unplayable, or not very fun after a rain. I've heard that "very large, if fairly shallow, puddles cover large parts of holes 15, 16, 17 and 18 after modest rains; and hole 2 develops a small pond during the wetter months."
There are lots of trees of trees here, with most of them being large pine trees that will ruin a good throw at least a few times every round you play. This course's location lends itself to windy conditions, so be careful on those windy days, or you'll be chasing errant discs all over the place.
I was not very fond of the layout, as there is a lot of walking from the basket of one hole to the tee pad of the next hole. Perhaps a little more thought could have been given here. For example, the distances between holes 4&5, 5&6 and 6&7 are nearly 300 feet; and a first timer will have a hard time finding the next hole without a map. Hole 9 & 10 are separated by a dog park as well. Some signage pointing the way to the next hole would be nice.
Some of the trickier holes (baskets) can be:
Hole 2: If you find yourself to the left and in the water/marsh, you may be out of a disc.
Hole 3: The pro tees offer a 600+ foot shot, so bring out the big guns but try to avoid the trees.
Holes 7 & 8 have enough trees to make a straight shot nearly impossible.
Hole 10: Trees, trees and more trees. Unless you can throw with laser accuracy, you are bound to hit a tree. I've tried to throw out over the soccer field and hook it bak into play near the basket, which is well protected with more foliage.
Holes 12-18: These are all long holes with more trees. Holes 12-16 are bordered on the right by woods, and if your disc goes in them, you will probably not be able rto find it. And I speak from experience.
Overall, I like this course. Even though it's flat and has no real elevation changes, it offers some good challenges via water, woods, fence lines, dog parks and a million trees throughout the course. Just be sure to play when the course is dry.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The area in which this course is set is amazing. Very large complex, just follow the signs from the entrance to the dog park/disc golf area. Plenty of parking at the start of the course. Large map of the course near hole #1 and a legend to let you know which layout is being used; blue or yellow. The tee signs are in exceptional shape and the maps for the holes are spot on. Natural tee pads with some soft sand material makes for good footing to plant and get some drives off. Mixture of technical shots and long drives makes this a must play while in the area.
Cons: There is nothing that I can say other than this course can be a tough one during the middle of the day in the humid weather. Other than that, not much bad to say.
Other Thoughts: Being from California and only in the area for vacation, I enjoyed this course very much. Met a few locals that allowed me to play between them. A nice couple walking their dog showed me where a few baskets were located. Another duo of local teens were playing behind me. One of them aced a 400 foot shot on #2 and allowed me to sign his disc since I witnessed it. A great pleasure for sure and I was glad to be there to see it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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