0 Helpful / 2 Not
Highly recommend playing
Other Thoughts: First time playing this course. Demands precision to play well. When I saw the course champion shot a one under, I thought ummmm. After playing I think that's pretty damn good. I travel and play where I am. It would take playing this course several times to figure out the lines. I highly recommend this course
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: fun course with some long holes to air it out and some tight holes to be technical.
Cons: pretty long distance on some holes if you are just starting out and are not throwing far yet.
Some better signs would be nice.
Be on the lookout for snakes.
Other Thoughts: A must play in Hot Springs
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice Wooded Course
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice wooded setting with elevation changes. Grass wasn't to long the day we played. We also didn't lose any discs and would be considered beginners.
Cons: Could use better signs pointing you to next tee pad for beginners.
Other Thoughts: Was a challenging course for newbies, but still enjoyable to play. We definitely hit a lot of trees but was fun to try and get some new throws figured out.
This course was also designed by the famous John Houck! 2 of his courses are currently #1 on DGCR!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A lot of fun and a great looking course. You don't seem to run into anything else (baseball fields, jungle gyms, etc.) so it's nice to not have to worry about that. Lots of variety and most holes have a pro and am tee pad. Beautiful course!
Cons: Not much really to be honest. The course can be a little hard to navigate at times but nothing enough to stop me from coming back. Definitely bring a good bit of water though cause the hiking can get tough if it's super hot.
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses within an hours drive. Always a treat!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Something for everyone
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This was a great experience for a newb. This reminded me of that cousre in North Carolina the pros played. Lots of hills or mountains if your like me. Lots of trees but not overbearing as far as lies. I like that they had paper maps a ailable, you will need it.
Cons: None that I could see that bothered me
Other Thoughts: Wear good shoes and take plenty of water. Lots of fun. Bring the family. There's a small creek on one of the whloles. It was a great time
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great elevation changes and shot mixture. Very nice pin placements on many of the holes. In a beautiful location with many available amenities.
Cons: I personally am not a fan of lesser than 150 foot holes. The 120 footer or whatever it was to me was a waste of a hole no matter how many trees you keep in the way. Being a hole of luck for birdie is not a fun hole. Would figure out an alternative on it. 900 foot hole would be a very good hole if there was more than a 15 foot gap to hit at about 250 feet. I threw what I thought was a perfect shot and clipped a tree sending my disc errant. The 15 foot gap made the tee shot virtually impossible to shape because of how tight it was. Still managed par because it is a par 5. Would be more fun to be a 3 or 4 with more of a gap to throw out 300 feet or so to a true landing zone. But still the hole was a neat hole after you get through the tight woods to the only real open field on the course.
Other Thoughts: Would recommend this course to others. I find it hard to believe the course record is 53 or -1 on par 54. My first experience on it was 56 missing a couple of rather short putts for birdie and going down a large embankment behind a basket I had no idea was there taking a 4. Knowing the layout would change my shot selection.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course uses elevation excellently and there is a good mix of short, moderate, and longer holes too.
There were benches and trashcans throughout the course and the course is well maintained, and virtually litter free.
There are good lines here to make for excellent discing and a good mix of L/R shots as well as dog legs.
The signage is good and there are directional arrows to keep you headed in the right direction. The course flows logically and there are multiple tees.
Some holes have ACE RUN potential.
There are other amenities here like a playground, restrooms, and a RC airplane park just to name a few. The threat of roll a way putt adds that extra challenge to keep your aim honest.
The foot bridge on 4 was a nice little touch to help in crossing the stream.
This course is quiet and scenic and has an excellent amount of shade. As mentioned in previous reviews each basket has a string to mark your putt to see if you are in the circle. This is a unique(to me anyways as I've never seen this before)feature.
The tees were natural and provided excellent grip and a proper run up.
There is water threat on a few holes, mainly 8, which made for a great hole.
My favorite holes were 4, 8, and 18.
Cons: There could be a lot of leaves on the ground during the fall/winter. Keeping an eye on your disc during these months would make finding your disc a bit easier.
Low lying areas could get a bit soggy after a solid rain.
Some players might complain because the terrain might chew up a DX/Baseline plastic disc. This wasn't an issue for me however.
Other Thoughts: I throughly enjoyed my round here and would play this course again in a heartbeat. I can't say enough good things about this course. This is a course that will test your shot shaping abilities as well as your mental approach. This isn't a grip and rip course, so if you like a wide open course then you're out of luck here. Accuracy is needed here but the course isn't so tight that you will be frustrated. You will get a good workout here with the terrain, so prepare accordingly.
I really like the way the course gives you 2 shorter holes after the monster that is Hole 10.
This is one of the best courses that I've played and it is a must play if you are in the area. You owe it to yourself to take a little roadtrip and enjoy the quality that this course offers. I think you will be glad you did!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A Great Course
Pros: I may not be critical enough for this site, but I can't understand why this course doesn't have a higher rating. I had an absolutely great time, found myself consistently challenged and would play it again and again if I lived nearby.
- Great location, great scenery and a great walk in a beautiful woods.
- Constant elevation changes and length make for excellent exercise.
- Well laid-out, usually easy to navigate and clearly marked.
- I was there mid-day on a Saturday, and there was only one other group on the course.
- Multiple tees make for great variety. I was only able to play one round but I could see playing 36 holes with only a little over-lap in shot selection.
- Great variety of shots required, and it didn't seem to favor right or left.
- Constantly challenging, and many holes allow for multiple approaches.
- I know lots of folks like concrete tees, but the dirt pads were in keeping with the rustic nature of the surroundings. And, I found them to be well maintained and easy to use.
- Great facilities at the start of the round. And, there were plenty of course maps available, which was particularly helpful.
- Well maintained and clean.
- Quite private. I see very little possibility of stumbling across other park-goers. There are biking trails that surround the course, but they rarely come into play and are away from the fairways.
- Plenty of benches and picnic tables to sit and take a break.
- Seems like an excellent place to bring your dog. (I know mine would have loved it.)
- I thought 1 & 2 were good starting holes. They were among the most open on the course, which allowed for a decent warm-up.
- 3 is a fantastic hole, down hill and over a deep ravine with multiple shot options.
- 6 is a terrific dog-leg left, with a blind basket down the hill, but with numerous options available on the drive.
- There are lots of complaints about 7 in these reviews, but I found it to be a fascinating hole. It's short, high-risk and tempts you to take aggressive lines. But, the punishment is severe. It makes you think, and I like that.
- 10 is a bomber's dream and very tough. Loved this hole. (Heads up: Pay attention to the site-map, because this hole is very long and it's hard to find the pin without a long hike.)
- I liked 11, even though it seems silly-short, but maybe that was the intention after monster 10. Still, always nice to have a real chance at an ace, and like 7, the perils are real.
- 15 is another great hole. (On this site it's marked a par 3, but on the course it's marked par 4. I absolutely think it's a par 4 hole.)
- 18 is a spectacular finish to the round. There's a Mando that's fun, and from there, a lot of ways to approach the pin. Wonderful!
(NOTE: When you are on the first tee, look for the 18th pin, which is behind you. Otherwise, you have a big trek to find the last pin, which is a pain at the end of the round. The pin is blind from the tee.)
Cons: I only have a few:
- Navigation is not completely easy. So, you have to be patient and sometimes scout ahead. (But, for the most part it's well marked.)
- Trees, trees, trees. If you love wide-open courses, this may not be the one for you. This is truly a wooded course.
- It does seem to get a little 'short' after the turn (11, 12, & 13). But, I didn't mind that because if you play the long tees at 9, 10 and 15, you're gonna need a break. (And, it's great to have ace opportunities.)
- I'm nitpicking.
Least Favorite Hole
- Unlike everyone else here, I didn't like 8. I thought there was no shot off the tee, and given the water on the right, that means all risk and no reward. It seems to me if I'm going to risk a water hazard, I should get something in return for good execution, but I don't see how you get anywhere close to the pin from this tee. (Though, perhaps I should have tried a roller shot.)
Other Thoughts: Part of what I love about this sport is the 'long walk in nature' that you often get with a great course. This is one such walk.
I will probably never be back, which sucks, because I love this course. But, if I do get back, I will play it again and again.
Don't pay attention to the ratings and the early, negative reviews. This is a terrific course and well worth your time. If you are in Hot Springs, you have to play Cedar Glades.
(P.S. The course is littered with beautiful white quartz and other fascinating rocks. And, I saw a gorgeous bright green snake - so keep your eyes open to the wonder that surrounds you here.)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A wonderful gem that could use a little polishing
Pros: This course is beautiful. It is situated only a few miles from Hot Springs, Arkansas (which I just visited for the first time over Labor Day weekend) and the nearby recreation areas of Hamilton Lake, Ouachita Lake, and Hot Springs National Park.
Some quick comments on the amenities before I move on to the course itself:
- Lots of parking
- well maintained park because it shares space with I believe a boyscout camp and some other things like an RC airfield
- pavilion near holes 1/18 is perfect for "tournament central" or just hanging out with your friends before and after the round
- I believe I saw bathrooms near the parking area but I didn't use them
Cedar Glades wanders through a well wooded park with rolling hills. The trees are fairly thick - depending on where you are from, you might disagree - but the underbrush is nearly non-existent. I am not sure if this is due to hard work by the club keeping ground cover clear or if it is natural, but it makes for a great course that provides makeable lines for well-executed throws, with little chance for a stray bush or leaf to catch a good throw and turn it into a bad one.
Navigation is very easy. On some of the more confusing parts of the layout there are signs on trees directing you too the next tee pad. All of the baskets are well labeled with big numbers so it is less likely you will throw at the wrong basket.
There are alternate tee pads for 10 holes. I can't imagine getting bored here with the various layouts you could play. I only played 18 of the 28 tee pads on my one round, and played a mix of longs and shorts. There is something for everyone here with the variety available.
My favorite holes were 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 15(short). But my opinion might change on a second round. Most of the holes I liked used elevation in a clever way, and also had a clear line from the tee to the basket that required a well played shot to hit. One example is hole 5 which is a shorter hole that favors a LHBH route (or forehand). The hole looks fairly straight forward except that any disc that runs at the basket has to contend with a very steep hill just behind the green - disc/shot selection here is key! This is the kind of challenge that makes a good course for me.
I also liked hole 8. I am a sucker for water hazards and enjoyed the creek running along hole 8 (although that hole's fairway could use just a little clearing). The creek is crystal clear so a sunk disc should be visible.
I could probably think of things to say about most of the holes, an indication for me that this course is well designed. I am going to keep my thoughts for the pros section to the above examples and just say that you should definitely play this course if you are in the area. You don't need to read more thoughts on details of the course to make that decision. Go play it! This course needs to be played by any golfer who has the time. The rest of my review will be on some thoughts on cons and redesign - I think with some simple improvements this course could be stellar.
Cons: At least one hole had too much elevation. I do not like hole 4 for this reason. It is a sub-200 foot hole (from both tees) up a very steep slope. Not fun to play.
The long tee on hole 11 did not make any sense to me. We walked up to that tee first because it had the tee sign and noticed that the fairway for this hole plays 60-80 feet straight and then turns 90 degrees and goes 100 feet left. Not enjoyable or very "golfy" to me so we played the short tee, which was fine.
Only some of the tee boxes have signs with a map and distances, and its not always the longs or shorts, but a mix. If every box had a sign, it would be easier to navigate and the course would look that much more professional.
Hole 15 had a long tee pad that happened to be exactly where one of the "outs" is for a drive from hole 10 that goes a bit left of the fairway. I found that this route made sense as an alternate path out to the left with a clear shot then at the basket for 10 from almost 300 feet away. A busy day at the park would have interference between 10 and 15 long.
Hole 18, a long par 4, has a map that shows two fairways, one to the right (with a mando) and one to the left. The sign indicates they are somewhat equivalent as routes. I have been working on my forehand so I took the left route and found that the fairway ends in a mess of trees in the fairway after about 200 feet. If a few trees were removed then it would be a reasonable route for lefties or a flick.
Baskets on steep slopes. This applies to holes 4, 5, 7 and 11 I think. I like the use of slopes near baskets to add a challenge, but the basket should be on at least a small level area so that a good drive or approach is rewarded by settling where it lands, rather than rolling down a large hill, putting you in some cases well outside 50 feet due to the roll. This would involve putting a wooden box on the hill around the basket and filling it with dirt or mulch to create a level green. I think this is do-able here since it only applies to 4-6 holes.
Tee pads are well built wood boxes but are still just dirt and wood chips. Some nice concrete tee pads would be a huge upgrade.
Other Thoughts: A few things need to be done to this course to make it a 4.5 star course for me (some repeated from "cons" above"):
- Signs at every tee pad
- Concrete tee pads
- Redesign* hole 4 (less elevation)
- Redesign hole 7 (fairway clearing)
- Redesign hole 18 (left fairway clearing)
- Move or remove tee pad for long 15 (due to interference with 10)
- Move or remove tee pad for long 11 (due to lack of creativity)
- Make level "Greens" with wood boxes for baskets on slopes
*"Redesign" in this case could involve just removing some trees in some cases.
I saw some notes that the local club is probably going to put in another course. I think this is a great long term idea. A 36 complex here - if the second course is of the same quality as Cedar Glades - would be outstanding. HOWEVER, I think this should be a longterm goal. I would first want to see the improvements above. I think taking Cedar Glades up another level will bring in more players and potentially more money to the club (via more players at fundraising tournaments) and make the second course easier to develop. These are just my thoughts as an outsider - knowing nothing of the funds and politics of the club that takes care of this beautiful course.
Also, someone please uplink a bigger version of the course map to this website!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A chainsaw and one hour away from greatness!
Pros: This course has a great deal of elevation that is used superbly on a number of holes. The course is wooded, which means shade. The shade is good for 15-20 degrees of apparent comfort if not actual air temperature. There are a number of "signature" holes that are difficult, but fair and which use elevation and slope to great effect.
The course is well marked in most places. I love the tee boxes - concrete is overrated IMO. These give a good stance and are easier on the knees because they allow the foot to slip a little, but not enough to adversely affect throws. One or two had an uneven spot or two but this was not a problem. They tend to be short, but you don't need a run up on the vast majority of holes.
Cons: There are no open holes. Several of the long tees are just stupidly difficult. I can't remember the hole, but there is a 900 ft hole with a "fairway" that is only 10 wide, at most, for the first 300 feet and then just extremely narrow afterwards. Many of the short holes have no defined fairway, just a bunch of trees to navigate. Luck is way too much of a factor on many of the holes on this course.
There are numerous forgettable, short holes with lots of trees and no well-defined path. On some holes, you cannot see the basket that is less than 200 ft away, which is a drawback IMO. This can test skill of course, but it tests luck a bit more.
This course is very rocky and will reallly tear up the less durable plastics in a single round.
This course could be greatly improved with a chainsaw and some selective pathmaking on quite a few holes. Giving a player a path to hit off the tee, even a very narrow one, is a good thing, especially if there is sufficient penalty for missing that path. Some holes do this perfectly, many offer no path at all.
There are a few holes where navigation can be an issue despite good signage on most of the course.
There are 2-3 holes that could have used longer tee boxes (but I still like these tee boxes).
Other Thoughts: I played this course with a few locals which helped with the navigation since the kiosk was out of course maps and scorecards. This is a very nice course that you should not miss if you are in Hot Springs or nearby.
There are some incredibly fun holes on this course but there are also more than a few "filler" holes that keep this course from ranking higher in my opinion. Despite the technical nature of this course, in many cases, errant shots are not penalized sufficiently. Because many holes are so short, even if you hit a tree off the tee, you can still par without much trouble.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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