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Craighead is Cool with Me

1    4/24/2017   7/23/2017
Review By: Upshawt1979
Played: 412  Reviewed: 310  Exp: 15.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I thought the Craighead Forrest main course is very fun. The 18 hole layout is converging nines, and has a lot to offer. The tees pads are concrete, and they all have numbered signs. The baskets are Discatchers and they are in fine condition. Several holes have multiple pin locations.

There is some length out of the gates on hole one, at just over 400' in the long position. It plays over the road with a right to left dogleg. The trees skirting the road protect the basket somewhat, but there is a lot of airspace above the road to really go for a big drive. Hole 2 is a different style, shorter and much higher density of trees. At 270' it is much closer to typical distance here, it maybe the most wooded hole on the course. Hole 3 is the second longest, and has several trees, but it is still a makable par 3 at 390'. 4 is a fun one with a bit of drop in elevation and a left to right bend in the fairway.

I won't break down every hole, but I will say I liked most of them. There are gentle slopes to many, slightly up or down hill. The shaping of fairways of through and around the trees is well done. There are few holes over 300'. There are a couple of open holes that are exposed to the sun, but much of the course is shaded. It mixes all of the elements with enough different ratios to keep it interesting, and also provides an average player plenty of chances to get birdies.

I bogeyed the first two holes, but got back to par with birdies on 5 and 6. Holes 8, 9, and 10 are down, up, and back down a bit of a hill, with widely varying degrees of turns and woods. The ravine to the left on holes 11, 12 and 13 added some spice. It is waist high in depth with brushy growth and holding a little stream. I took a penalty stroke bogey, going into the water on 13. However, I was able to get three birdies on the last four holes, finishing strong with a score of -2.
Cons: This isn't championship level disc golf by any means, but it is fun. The illustrations on the signs could be stronger, but many times the basket location is visible from the tee.
Other Thoughts: Playing a new course under par is not something I do often. Usually if I do, it is a course that is on the easier side of the scale. I could have even made a couple of more putts and scored lower. However, the wooded holes forced me to make a number of good drives, altering the shape of the shot from one tee to the next. I felt good with the outcome, scoring well by managing to avoid hitting the trees for the most part.

Great balance and mix of landscape, design, fun and challenge. If you enjoy this, there is also a 9 hole loop on site that is of a similar spirit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Nice but tough

1    8/3/2014   8/4/2014
Review By: dragonlord
Played: 19  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 4.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: nice design

very technical

multiple pin placements

Beautiful course if like trees and woods

multiple lines on almost all holes even in summer
Cons: very technical

short distance to pins

no grip and rip holes

lots and lots and lots and lots of trees

hard to see pins from tee on most holes with trees in full leaves
Other Thoughts: This course is a very nice course with lots of trees and very narrow sots on most holes, I, as a beginner, had lots of trouble with this course as it requires very technical placement and line selection. I don't have the shot variety required to do well on this course yet.
Having said that I really enjoyed the course even with the terrible score I shot. If you need work on your technical gameI highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Home Course

5+    2/20/2014   2/20/2014
Review By: 870DG
Played: 25  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: All concrete Tee Pads on regular 18.

Easy to find. Just look for the signs on the highway as you come in. You can come in off of Harrisburg or Southwest Drive, depending on the way you are traveling from. Just look for the Craighead Forest Park signs. You'll be there in no time.

This course is challenging, but it is very possible to have a great day on it. Plenty of chances for birdies....or bogies, depending on how well you are hitting your lines. I have bogeyed and birdied every hole (with he exception of #3).

Course can get pretty busy, but not overcrowded. Most everybody out there is polite and courteous to other players/groups. If you have never played here, and want to play with some locals, just ask. (Or message me)

You can play the course really fast, or get a group and make a day of it. I have went out in the morning and played all 22 (there are 4 relatively new holes; A,B, C & D) in about 30-40 minutes. 18 is easily achieved in 45 minutes at a comfortable pace.

Benches at each hole, except for #14 and #16.

Clean course. There are plenty of trashcans located on the course. There are also numerous people that play a part in keeping the course looking nice. I appreciate each and everyone's time that goes into maintaining a fun course. However, you are the one that will make the greatest impact on our local course. Please, please, please use the trashcans and throw away your cigarette butts. Also, you won't see any graffiti on our course, lets keep it that way.

Most baskets have multiple pin positions now, and they are changed relatively often.

10's Tee box and #18's basket
Cons: Not as private as some courses, which might not be a "con" to everybody.

This course is not very open for those of you that want wide open fairways. Each hole is unique.

If you like courses that have mostly 300+ drives to the basket, this may not be for you. (Go to Discside of Heaven)

There is a softball/baseball practice field across the road. Most times of the year there will be nobody on the field. I have never heard of a window getting broken out, but I am sure some cars have been hit. The parking lot is parallel with he 3rd base line and less than 30 feet away. Not a huge deal to most. However, you have been warned.

Some holes/fairways/tee boxes can be close together. Be observant of others to make sure they aren't in dangers way. Be polite, and just wait a minute (or at least make sure they are paying attention) before throwing.

No practice basket. Everybody warms up on #9's basket. Just be sure to watch for people approaching the #9 tee and be courteous and let them play the hole before you continue practice putting.
Other Thoughts: There are 4 practice/extra holes (A,B,C, & D). If you are standing on #1 Tee Box, it is just to your left across the street. You can see D's basket from the road. A's Tee Box is nearby D's basket, just in the woods. You'll see a path leading to it. Tee boxes are not concrete (yet) on practice holes.

Holes 5,6,7,8,10,12, and 13 all have multiple pins now (the pictures only show one pin on those holes). Holes 3, 9, and 15 are the only holes that do not have alternate pins, at least not that I have ever seen.

Go Play!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Redwolf Favorite

5+    10/23/2013   10/23/2013
Review By: KByrnez
Played: 7  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 5.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great course to fine tune certain types of shots. There are often many routes that can be taken off of the tee which offers the ability to work on forehand, backhand, anhyzer and hyzer shots. It is a great course to measure progress as a new player and also useful for more veteran players to work on being more technical in their short game. It has definitely become one of my favorite course because I am new to the sport and don't have that monster arm to crank 400+ drives.
Cons: Trees galore. Although there are some holes that have less trees, there isn't a whole lot in the way of variety in that aspect. You won't find any open grip-and-rip style holes. It always seems like once you start hitting the trees, you can't stop.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Craighead Forest Park

1    4/1/2013   4/5/2013
Review By: Austin Aschbrenner
Played: 15  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a harder course with challenging holes.
It has some interesting geographical spots for some of the baskets.
Concrete Tees (Always a treat)
Cons: I found this course rather unfair. At all the other courses I've played at I've been known to throw anywhere from 300-320 but here even though the map at the tee box said 200 and something and I threw a bomb with a Dominator not hitting single trees multiple time and still came up short makes me think that some of the holes are measured wrong. The baskets were in their B positions but that wasn't known at hole one unless you walked to find the basket because you can't see the basket from the tee on this and many holes. Which wouldn't be a problem or anything if the hole didn't measure slightly over 200 straightforward. People have removed the indicators of where the pin positions are. A great idea on the courses part was putting signs on the basket to show you where the next hole is, which would have been greatly helpful if they were pointed in the correct directions. Now I assume this was a type of vandalization but still very annoying. Having played Jacksonville's dupree and a few other close tree courses it wasn't the trees that Irked me as much as it was the short holes I couldn't drive even though later that day I threw a 325 shot at another course.
Other Thoughts: Signs on baskets could be turned correctly.
Holes re-measured.
Maybe a larger parking lot for players.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Course Getting Better & Better

5+    2/9/2013   2/15/2013
Review By: Long Ball Larry
Played: 6  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 6.5 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a great course to start the game of disc golf on. It teaches you to throw technically sound shots with an emphasis first on control rather than distance. It has great views, good concrete tee-boxes, benches on every hole, and posts with hole information. FYI...This course actually has 22 holes right now and will be growing to a 27 hole course hopefully by the summer. There was a lot of clearing out done in the fall of 2012, which makes it a lot easier to find discs and maneuver around in.
Cons: While there are a few longer holes, most are less than 300 and average around 250.
Other Thoughts: There are 2 softball fields that run together right beside the course that make for a great disc practice area.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  Good Looking

5+    6/21/2012   6/21/2012
Review By: DG.Ar.32
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 6.9 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Course has a variety of shots, Interesting layout, makes you throw every shot to score well, most holes are short, but with a large amount of trees you throw through
Cons: LOTS OF TREES!. I would prefer the fairways be more open and less trees.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    6/13/2012   6/13/2012
Review By: DG.Ar.28
Played: 3  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 6.9 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice and shady during the summer.
Good clean tee boxes and fairways.
Great test of accuracy and not a whole lot of out of bounds.
Cons: LOTS OF TREES!. I would prefer the fairways be more open and less trees.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Looking Good

1    2/2/2012   2/28/2012
Review By: rvan84
Played: 73  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 7.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set up very nicely. It covered the ground very well and seemed to use the ground as well as it could. I was very happy to see that more than a few of the holes had a few different lines. The pin position on hole number 11 is just across a little stream and perched up on a little outcropping. A very nice piece of design. The teepads are easily big enough. And while the detail on the tee signs isn't exact it is more than adequate to allow you to understand the hole.
Cons: The one thing about this course is that the distance is not very adequate. The course makes up for it quite a bit by using the trees to lengthen out the holes. Numerous holes that are listed as 200-250 feel more like 300. I will say that it could be a little tougher when the leaves are on the trees.
Other Thoughts: This course is not one that I would travel to play exclusively. However if I lived in the area I would be more than happy to have it as my home course. It is a wonderful course that is a hybrid between a tough wooded course and a little pitch a putt. Not a bad way to spend a day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    3/21/2011   3/23/2011
Review By: AdamE
Played: 262  Reviewed: 148  Exp: 15.2 Years
This review was updated on 4/5/2013
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Short technical course in a huge park with views of the beautiful lake from a couple holes. There were concrete tees, good signage and map/scorecard available by hole 1, although a map wasn't needed because navigating this course was a breeze. A few of the holes have multiple pin placements which appear to change the shot quite a bit.

The course is extremely wooded with large mature trees and virtually no underbrush to worry about. There's a nice shot variety and multiple lines through the trees on a few holes. One of the holes has a naturally elevated basket and a few of the baskets are positioned near the edge of a drop off making for some challenging putting greens.

It says there is water in play on some of the holes. I believe that's streams running through the course and they were all dry when I played here.
Cons: A few of the holes were close enough together that a you could easily land on or near another tee pad.

On hole 1, be sure to watch out for cars coming around the corner as this course plays very close to the road. Although risk/reward the road provided makes hole 1 one of my favorite holes on the course.

I really enjoyed the front 9, but the back 9 was a little bit of a let down IMO with lots of short hyzer shots.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fun course that is well taken care of and worth playing if you're in the area.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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