The Forgotten Nine
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Pros: (1.326 Rating) (REVISED - replayed July 2018) A mildly challenging layout with nerve-wracking OB
- CHALLENGING - Despite the similar difficulty ratings stated to Brahan Spring Park on DGCR, this course is a bit more challenging than the course across the street. Yes it is way more open, but Drake's average hole length is 50 feet more than Brahan. Drake also has unforgiving water hazards. Water comes into play 4 times (1) (3) (6) and (7). On (6) and (7), a miss to the right could mean a lost disc or a perilous retrieval effort. Wind will also be a big factor here.
- QUICK PLAY - Even with poor navigation, running this layout in 30 minutes solo is easily done. Be sure and download the DGCR map. Players who don't, won't know where to throw on a few holes as there are missing signs.
- LOCATION - Located right next to one of the oldest courses in the world, Brahan Spring Park, which was built in 1976. A great way to extend an afternoon of disc golf with 27 unique holes.
- CHAINS - The baskets are DISCatchers and eight of them are in nice shape. Unfortunately a typical comment when you run out of good things to say about a course. Basket (5) is destroyed having been hit by a tree in the Summer of 2018.
Cons: Several substantial issues with Drake Springs.
- FORGIVENESS - As stated above, (6) and (7) have OB water along the entire right side. Pinhook Creek is almost 100 feet across and its west bank along the course layout has been built out of solid concrete that slopes at 30 degrees to the base. If a disc happens to find its way over the edge and into the creek, retrieving it could be a dangerous adventure. If the water level is up, that plastic is as good as gone, even if it floats.
- NAVIGATION - I've provided a map for DGCR. On my first go around here there wasn't one. Signage was missing on a few holes (5), (6), (7) and (9) so I ended up turned around a few times. There is numbering on all the baskets, but it's no longer possible to follow this layout without a map. There's a very diagrammatic course map located on the entrance gate, which I'm sure is easily missed as I didn't notice it till my third round here.
- DRAINAGE - I've only played here five times as of this revision. Three of these times the area around basket's (2) and (9) was extremely soggy and muddy. Locals have told me that this is almost always the case here.
- CHARACTER - Surprisingly just about no extras or comfort items. The course is basically just baskets with a few numbered posts and an entrance sign that says "Drake Springs" No benches at the tees, no alt tees, no alt baskets, no practice basket or finishing shelter with picnic tables. There is a restroom nearby but it is often locked.
- TEES - They were carpet but they are becoming natural. As of this review, they weren't pitting to bad, but that's probably because everyone is at Brahan.
- MAINTENANCE - Drake Springs isn't getting the love like that what's seen on courses with a big club following. The signage that is here, has or is getting ready to fall apart.
- UNIQUENESS - Below average. Mostly open with a spattering of trees. Shot shaping will be limited here. No well defined pockets, tree gaps, windows or tunnels to hit. All par 3s and the hole distances are all between 250 and 385 feet. As stated, water comes into play a few times which is the one curve ball that Drake Springs offers over Brahan.
- ELEVATION - About as flat as they come. No more than 10 feet of change through the entire layout. Unless however there's a dry play from the base of the Pinhook creek. Then there's a 20 foot up shot to get out.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Very limited appeal. Too easy for advanced players and too difficult for recreation players. Probably best for intermediate players looking for longer more open holes than what Brahan offers.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Very few trees along the layout. There is also several locations in the low areas where there's wheel pitting from the lawn mower equipment. Roads and fences from the football and baseball complex are in view the entire time. The creek loses its grace as the banks are made of solid concrete.
- WIND - Due to the lack of trees, wind will likely be an issue.
Other Thoughts: Overshadowed by the course across the street, Brahan Springs Park. Why play a less fun, less forgiving, less technical course than what's across the street. For this reason, I think Drake Springs has kind of gotten lost in the mix as there are a bunch of nearby nicer disc golf courses in town. Really the only think Drake has on Brahan Springs is the challenge due to all the OB in play. If you've already played a majority of the courses in town its worth a look, but otherwise stay with Brahan or hit up Mastin, Indian Creek, Redstone, UAH or Monte Sano.
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Pros: - Has great baskets
- 4x4 tee signs marking tee pads with hole numbers
- Across the road from Brahan
- Some interesting holes that play beside a huge drop off into the water. It really makes you think about your shot.
Cons: - Area holds water and makes many holes almost unplayable at times
- LONG walk between holes 8-9
- Removed hole 1, a good hole that played by the pond and put in a short hole that does not fit with the course.
- Layout could have been better to help with the flow of the course
- parking lot beside the course is usually blocked off by a locked gate. Walk from other parking is not that bad though
Other Thoughts: I have yet to play this course in good conditions. Seems to always be swampy in certain areas.
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A New Springs in Town
Pros: Another fun DG course for Huntsville located across the street from Brahan Springs. This course is very different to Brahan Springs, making it a great complement for 27 complete holes if you like. None of the holes on this course are unreachable, however they can make you cautious. Just about each hole has its own obstacles and type of throw needed. The course is pretty open in terms of obstacles, but it doesn't feel like it.
TEES: Marked for hole # but that is it for now as the course is new.
BASKETS: Brand new with Drake Springs logo and hole # across the top of each. GREAT BASKETS!!!
This is a fun, quick course.
Cons: The cons are merely due to it being a new course. Will rate higher once these are in place: The tees could be a bit better with at least having distance markers (all pins can be easily seen/found from their respective tees). Signs directing to 1st and all those afterward will be helpful if placed. The only small gripe I would have against the course would be that the final hole is kinda blah to end it. If 9 holes are all that shall be placed on this course, then I would actually make hole #3 the first hole, making hole #2 the final hole ending the round with a throw over the water.
Other Thoughts: Course Layout and Description:
*Hole #1: About 275' throw alongside the pond (on your right) and a swamp/marsh on the left. Takes a good straight shot to put it close.
-walk back towards tee #1 for 2nd tee
*Hole #2: About 250-260' throw over part of the pond.
-walk back towards open field on other side of the marsh/swamp area
Hole #3: Diagonal tee with with a couple of trees not far from the tee. Tee close to a parking lot.
*Hole #4: About 275' throw either staight thru/over marsh area or a RH flick left to right around large tree. Basket is less than 20' from the edge of the pond.
Hole #5: (seen from the highway) a throw around 275' but must be kept low due to having to go under a tree's thick branches not too far from the tee.
Hole #6: Wide open hole thrown slightly uphill, but be careful as drop-off, manmade ravine is may be 20' behind basket. basket is a good distance away but can be overthrown.
Hole #7: Long distance par 3 alongside manmade ravine (on right) and baseball field/fence on left.
*Hole #8: About 260-270' left to right throw into lightly wooded area surrounding basket. Tee is 3' from edge of ravine
-long walk backwards for 9th hole
Hole #9: Fairly open shot a bit downhill towards parking lot/tee #3. Nothing notable.
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