Columbia, MO 
Albert Oakland Park - Back Course Share
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 The Creek Dun Rose

1    3/24/2009   3/24/2009
Review By: tdortch
Played: 77  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 11.4 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I would have really liked this course. The holes are fun and, save for a few wide open ones, fairly challenging. There are some ace runs and plenty of guardian trees and tough basket placements. Hole #9 looked really fun. More on that in the Cons...Of the holes that were playable, (15 of the 18) I liked them. Even the shorter holes have good pin placements, either requiring a nice low tunnel shot or making you hyzer or annie around some trees. There is OB everywhere in the form of creeks, a pond and a walking path. Potentially a really fun course!
Cons: Now for the bad parts: Hole 5's basket is across a creek. The problem is that there is no bridge to get to the basket. I had to walk all the way back up 5, go over a bridge (towards the basket for hole 3), then walk all the way back to the pin, hole out, then walk all the way back to the tee box for 5, then walk to 6. Just totally ridiculous. So, after that excursion, I was walking the holes to make sure that there was no creek cutting me off from the basket again. Lo and behold: #9 was unplayable due to the creek also and #14 probably could have been played if I wanted to walk a whole lot extra. Couple all of that with poor signage, including showing multiple pin placements, but not telling you which spot the basket is in, and I just can't give this course a good rating. If not for the creek issue, I would have given it at least a 3.5 though. The pin placements are mostly visible, although there were several blind shots where you throw and pray. And, the quirky little thing of 13 being past 14 was kinda weird too.
Other Thoughts: I guess if the creek is down, it's not a big deal to cross, but it only rained for a few hours this morning, and I played late in the afternoon. Big problem. I didn't have time to play the front course, thanks to all of the extra walking. I hope I just didn't see the bridges, and if some locals prove me wrong, I'll happily upgrade my rating. If it hasn't rained, though, this would be a fun course to play.

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