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Pros: Shot Diversity
Different Types of Holes
Fairways and Greens year round green grass
Technical and Long
Cons: Gets muddy and requires alt pin's in winter
Teepads slick when muddy
Other Thoughts: This course is beautiful with elevation changes and woods and open shots
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Good Hole Variety
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Pros: This course has a very good variety of open, tunnel and flat holes along with holes that use elevation changes in interesting ways. It may not test every shot in your bag, but it will require backhand, forehand, and a good thumber and tomahawk can be rewarded off the tee. There are some good risk/reward holes such as the decision whether to throw over the OB baseball field on the first hole to try for birdie. There are some more open holes and a couple of must-get birdie holes with a stretch of difficult forest tunnel shots. The tunnels are birdie-able, but any of them can easily make you give up two or more extra throws if you make a error off the tee. There is even a "top-of-the-world" type shot (inasmuch as you can do that in Louisiana) on an 850' par 5.
Even the wide-open, 16th hole has OB to the left to keep it challenging.
The Red River Waterway Commission goes out of their way to keep the course maintained for most of the year, even planting grass in the "fairways" and "greens" that give the course a manicured feel from late fall through early spring.
This course has all concrete, 5'x12' teepads, new tee signs and there are no real navigation issues. There is water and Bathrooms at the start and on the 9th hole. Course maps and scorecards are available at the Ranger station at the front gate.
Favorite holes: 2, 7, 8 and 15.
Cons: The area around the long basket on Hole 3 stays wet through the winter and early spring. This is scheduled for some earthwork but a temp basket is currently necessary.
Hole 5 does not have a sign because the Park is waiting on the removal of a utility pole. Look across the powerline right or way to find it after you finish hole 4. Another utility pole has a guy wire that can come into play further up the fairway.
Hole 6 is a tomahawk/thumber hole through the trees even though that might not be apparent the first time you play it. It gets a little random on windy days.
There are still ruts in fairway of hole 8 from the installation of the woods holes. These are scheduled to be filled, but they are still there now.
The tee pad on hole 12 is misaligned.
This otherwise long course sort of ends on a whimper with two very short holes, each about 200'. By comparison, the first four holes average over 400'. They are tricky, tunnel holes that are part of the original course.
In the spring (mid-March through May or so) the grass and weeds grow quickly but the ground may remain too soft to mow. In open areas, this can lead to very deep grass that can delay your round and make you lose discs that land in the open. The rest of the year, the course maintenance is top notch.
Least favorite holes:13 and 17.
Other Thoughts: This course is a newly opened course that contains holes 13-18 of the original Ft. Buhlow Course. The new holes, 1-12, offer considerably more difficulty than first 11 holes of the original course and add some distance too.
When the new holes were added and the original course split, this course adopted the "problem children" of the orignal course. These are holes that may frustrate people who don't want to have to lay up off the tee on a 500' hole (13) or deal with a misaligned teepad on a hole with a forested tunnel (17). Hole 14 had always been an easy hole. But 15, which was arguably the best hole on the original course is now part of the Gold course.
The "woods holes" (5-8) have a difficulty level that is completely out of proportion to the other holes and 6 in particular is a bit too difficult as laid out (although a high tomahawk to the left can get you a birdie). These are very difficult holes.
UPDATE: Since my original review, the course has lost a number of trees in the lower areas to flooding and some ill-advised "trimming" (better described as mowing) of the underbrush on holes 5-8 in the more elevated areas. I generally don't change my ratings, but the wooded holes are now significantly changed. Specific changes are:
Hole #2 - smaller trees lost to flooding
Hole #3 - smaller trees lost to flooding
Hole #5 - Underbrush and some trees mowed, opening some lines and clearing area around basket - it's a much easier hole now.
Hole #6 - drastic change due to tree and underbrush removal - wire barrier erected to prevent direct throw at basket
Hole #7 - drastic change due to tree and underbrush removal - new basket position added
Hole #8 - drastic change opening many previously non-existent lines to basket and clearing area around basket
Hole #12 - some trees removed
Hole #13 - trees lost to flooding on both sides of bayou - basket now unguarded and in open
Hole #14 - smaller trees lost to flooding
Hole #15 - Storm damage to one of the primary obstructions (tree) led to its removal. Hole now completely different.
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