Tuscaloosa, AL 
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Uploaded By: Brian Thompson Hole #15 (Taken 3/2018)
3 / 217ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #15 Tee Sign

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A great complement to Tuscaloosa Disc Golf

5+    1/20/2019   2/20/2019
Review By: Bencybul
Played: 143  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 8.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course offers a good mix of technical shots and open air throws. Great baskets and outstanding amenities on the property create a great complex for golf. The discatcher baskets are great and because of its proximity to the golf course, golfers are treated to restrooms, alcohol sales and food options.
Cons: Some of the uber technical par fours require shots that are not typical golf shots. This course is cut by contractors and in the summer, there is little that can be done to deal with the tall grass.
Other Thoughts: Ol Colony often gets a unfair shake in comparison to the other courses in town, but there are a number of great and challenging holes on the property and you cannot beat the amenities for new golfers and recreational players.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 A stroll at Ol' Colony

1    11/18/2017   11/24/2017
Review By: enragedmullet
Played: 92  Reviewed: 64  Exp: 8.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -two pin placements, long & short. Short is great for beginners, long adds a great challenge for more experienced players

-variety in lengths, mandatories, obstacles, open vs. wooded

-easy to navigate, plays a loop, good signage, decent baskets

-scenic, located at well-maintained country club, garbage cans at some holes

-free to play and use the clubhouse amenities
Cons: -no benches

-natural/carpet tees

-seems to favor RHBH a bit, and some holes are a little too straightforward, basically shooting at a basket in a field w/ no obstacles
Other Thoughts: -I could see how wind would be an issue on some days - many of the holes are playing across an open field w/ little in the way of cover/shade. I can also see how the grass might get a little long in the summer.

-Check out the clubhouse - it has restrooms and a concession stand selling snacks a drinks including beer (they ask that outside drinks aren't brought in)

- Ol' Colony balances out Bowers Park pretty well. Bowers has everything you're looking for in elevation and difficulty while Ol' Colony is a nice easy round. Hike vs. stroll. The course has been coming along for a couple years. Looks like more improvements are being made and still to come. I have to imagine concrete tees are on the list of things to do.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Another Redesign, A Much Improved Course

5+    7/12/2018   6/28/2017
Review By: AlexAuB
Played: 25  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 12.7 Years
This review was updated on 7/12/2018
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course is heavily redesigned, so I think it's worth a brand new review.

The new layout fixes the flow issues and confusing backtracks that plagued this track, and adds a lot more intrigue to the old boring holes.

Two pin placements add a lot of variety. Tight tunnel shots, demanding right-to-left and left-to-right lines, and plenty of length.

The short pins are mostly gettable par 3s but there are a lot of lines required, and two legitimate par 4s add some length.

In long, this course is now a beast. Seven par 4s and two legitimate par 5s will absolutely test your game.

In terms of maintenance, the course is being mowed much more regularly. No more losing discs in the middle of the fairway.

Baskets are great -- fairly new DISCatchers that do what they promise.

Carpet tee pads are mostly flat and well-kept.

OB on the course is cleverly used and well-marked. Plenty of signage to explain each hole and to direct you to the next tee if not obvious.
Cons: Very little shade on much of the course.

A distinct lack of creature comforts: No seating, very few trash receptacles, no practice basket.

No concrete tee pads, although the carpet pads available are in good shape and offer plenty of grip.

The only restroom available is in the ball golf clubhouse, which is quite a distance from the majority of the DG course.

Maintenance can be an issue. The grass in the field most of the course plays through grows FAST, and right now there are a lot of downed trees / limbs / junk from a project on the golf course.

Woodsy areas of the course are RIDDLED with mosquitos. Make sure to bring plenty of bug spray and sunscreen.
Other Thoughts: Thanks to some tireless work from Brian Thompson, the layout of this course is now on par with anything else on offer in Tuscaloosa.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Very little upkeep

2-4    5/25/2017   5/25/2017
Review By: KC4KAA
Played: 40  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 7.2 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good baskets and ok signage, good mix of terrain mandos, nice layout, sorry no more pros
Cons: Very high grass, weeds, very dirty slippery pads terrible maintenance
Other Thoughts: Could be average or better if it had decent upkeep!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Catch it when the grass is mowed!

2-4    4/8/2016   4/8/2016
Review By: Ziggy
Played: 287  Reviewed: 10
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A course can only as good as the land can be. Innova Disccatcher baskets that can be seen far away. #1 hole/tee next to the parking lot.
Hole 1-2, 6,7, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 18 all use some elements of the woods. 9 uses artifical island and/or park road as o.b. to enhance the pucker factor. Good use of what little elevation it has to create a couple downhill throws. Beginning stages as they clear out wood, brush, and the roughage. Two pins per hole. A faithful local club that rotates the baskets.
Cons: Long on potential, stronger on roughage. If you richochet off the fairway, be prepared to battle with the brush. The clearing is still in the rough stages. The open area of 3,4,5,8, 10,11,12, 17 will heavily dependent on mowing. If they dont get out and mow, you're in for a long day. Be prepared with long socks or pants. The signs are not as clear navigating the first time. Some holes may be blind from tee, especially if they are in the long pin positions.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1, 13, 14, and 18 are the closest to the parking lot if you need to restock.

Some people like carpet tees since they dont ruin your shoes as fast. Some people prefer concrete tees since that's the nom de plume. Be prepared for the alternative tees.

I got lost the first time and bumped into Brian Thompson clearing out brush on hole 14. One man working crew is a testament to the course's potential.

Holler on the Tuscaloosa disc golf facebook page and chances are you'll find someone who will throw with you. Friendliest bunch of locals!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  PARA disappoints with substandard course.

1    7/31/2015   8/4/2015
Review By: Saint Corgus
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The first five or six holes are OK and I was pleasantly surprised to see some mandatories on the fourth hole. The location is a great spot for golf and you do not butt up against the (club and ball) golfers who are playing the actual golf course. The chains look like they are brand new.
Cons: Everything else is sadly, terrible. Holes 8,9,10 are unplayable, with forced carries over thick impenetrable grass that has not been cut in months. If you throw a disc in there you might as well have thrown it in the Grand Canyon. The other holes are very long and it is frequently difficult to figure out where the next tee box is. I could not find the 15th tee box. The 18th fairway traverses a literal pile of trash. The clearings around the holes are too small (sometimes about ten-fifteen feet) in diameter so you need to hit a very, very small area to putt for birdies because the chains are surrounded on 270 degrees by tree trunks. The employees of the Ol' Colony golf course have no interest in the disc golf scene and are often unable to answer questions (they are polite, but they just have no idea). The signs at the tee boxes are drawn in Sharpie on plywood and are faded and inaccurate. Tee areas are overgrown and beset with ants and stinging insects. Course is not cut frequently.
Other Thoughts: I am new to the disc golf scene and the fact that this course is kept the way it is amounts to a crying shame. I certainly discourage anyone to travel here from out of the city to play and I would also tell local golfers to avoid this track. Very good disc golfers will be bored to tears and insulted by the layout and condition of the course. Novices will lose discs, get lost, and be completely frustrated. PARA should be ashamed of themselves. The chains are brand new but everything else is awful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Under Constructoin

5+    6/11/2014   9/15/2014
Review By: tailorholley
Played: 86  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a very unique layout in that it incorporates just about every kind of shot. There are some very short technical holes, some open short holes, long open holes and semil-lenghty wooded holes. Holes 1-10 is one of the most fun stretches of holes I've ever played.
When the course is cut and maintained it has the potential to be one of the greats in Alabama.
You can drink alcohol on this course. It is dog friendly.
It isn't pay to play.
Cons: It has been a very difficult process with the City of Tuscaloosa PARA department, to get them to cut and maintain the course. SO for long periods of time the course becomes highly unplayable with very tall grass and brush.
With the back 9 being majority open, it can get a little toasty in the summer time with no benches or break from the shade.
Don't throw your disc into the thick stuff off the fairway or you won't find it.
Other Thoughts: It would help out tremendously if people from the community and other out of town disc golfers could come play the course and then complain as to some of the conditions. I know that's asking alot but as of right now that is the only thing that is going to help. Chances are this turns into a seasonal course between late Oct-Early March. It's a shame bc it really is a beautiful and fun course when taken care of.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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