11 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Wood Course
Pros: Balanced and challenging course that plays through and around highly-trimmed old-growth pines in NW Huntsville. Imagine a course that winds through a forest of telephone poles if you aren't familiar with old-growth pine. The course is over 35 years old and is in awesome shape. Tee pads were well-sized, paths are beat in, navigation was easy, plenty of benches and garbage cans scattered around the course, practice basket adjacent to hole 1, and the shade from the pines was welcome on a hot summer day.
The course is remarkably balanced lefty vs. righty and line shaping is required for success over distance and big arms. In fact, there are only 2 or 3 holes on the course that really let you grip and rip and even then, only one of those has any distance to speak of. The bulk of the holes are in the 220-260 range and require a variety of turns/fades from the tee to be in the hunt for 2's. Elevation is used well and typically works to encourage multiple lines to the basket. This was one of, if not the first wooded course I've personally played that doesn't remove overhand shots from the strategy as the pines are trimmed well up above the forest floor and if you're willing to weave a thumber or tomahawk through the maze of trees, you have the option. A couple of opportunities for ace runs on the front and back nine. The forest floor is covered in pine needles and pine cones so skip shots can either go unexpectedly far or not far at all. The greens are nominally packed earth and a little dusty. Not a lot of opportunities to lose a disc, though the ditch along hole 2 was deceptively good at obscuring plastic. Very little low growth on the course, but the two or three bushes throughout are strategically placed.
Cons: Plenty of shot variety, but not due to length for the most part. Only two holes over three hundred feet. There were rumors of poison ivy in the ditch running along hole 3, but I was luckily not in it. Some of the pin/next tee placements and fairways are just on the edge of being too close to each other, so on busy days/tourneys it's a good idea to pay attention.
Other Thoughts: My first experience with this course was a two round FREE tourney put on by the local DG club (Rocket City Chain Gang). I had a lot of fun due in large part to the course and the people. The course was easy to find, easy to enjoy and not so challenging that an advanced noob couldn't get a good score. Experienced players with good mid and short games are going to throw a ton of 2's on this course and have low scores. Beginners are going to see a ton of different shots and have to think about their own strengths and weaknesses throughout the course. The distinctive thunk sound reverberating through the woods while playing was equal parts frustrating and entertaining. I had a great time playing this course and recommend it to anyone visiting the Huntsville area.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Old School Course
Pros: Great course for working on control of mid-ranges.
Cons: Played two years ago and had to wait nearly every hole. Game is popular, so is this really a con?
Other Thoughts: Course have "matured" over the years as the trees get larger and get thinned out. Played here back in the late 70's and early 80's. Back then, it was rare to see someone else. We gotta remember how the game has evolved over the years.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Must Play if You're in the Area
Pros: This course is challenging for beginners, a great warm up for more experienced players, and fun for both.
The course has concrete tees, accurate tee signs, adequate other signage (mandos, next tee, etc.), and is well kept. The course is also well shaded, mostly grass covered, and has little underbrush. The course is well designed with two open holes and the other sixteen snaking through the woods, coming back toward the parking after the front nine.
The course offers diverse shots and multiple line opportunities on most holes. The course has a rare ability to make you think heavily about your line throughout the majority of course play. A few legitimate ace runs (9 and 18 stand out).
The course is very old. It's really to play as a little piece of history, and because it exemplifies how well a disc golf course can be maintained over time.
The locals are usually as varied as they are nice. I've met college kids, families, PDGA pros, elder players, and many others.
Cons: The most glaring con is that it is a very short course. Only three holes 300+ ft (only one of those more than 325ft). This is just a symptom of being such an old course.
Other Thoughts: I make sure to play this course every time I go to Huntsville. We usually play Brahan as a warm up before going over to play Indian Creek or UAH (both within reasonable driving distance).
There are multiple bathrooms in the area and a convenience store within walking distance (or less than 15 second drive). A water fountain by the horse shoe courts and a playground across from the disc golf course are also nice amenities.
I would recommend playing Brahan at least once, even if you're really against short courses.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a fun and compact course and it compliments the diverse Huntsville area courses nicely. It's nestled in a really nice mature pine forest with little to no shule. Plentiful shade will be welcomed during the hot summer days. It's also really compact. In fact, you can just about see every basket from anywhere on the course. During non peak times a quick round could be had in about 30 minutes if desired. Although it's almost 35 years old you can hardly tell. It's well kept, clean, and has plenty of amenities.
Beyond the ample parking, you'll find a basket for some quick putting practice. There's a nice kiosk near hole one with plenty of info about the course. Concrete tee pads, nice signs, and next tee indications are all here. A bathroom near the ball fields at the bottom of the hill is there if necessary.
Hole one is the course's longest hole. It's a wide open, gradual downhill shot coming in at around 430'. Hole two offers another wide open shot but is slightly uphill and around 300'. Beyond those two it's into the woods. There you'll find some shorter holes, mainly between 200 and 300 feet. Although short, the holes do ask for some accuracy. There are a few guarded strait shots with several route choices. Also there's some sweeping fairways and even a couple of pronounced doglegs here as well. Given the land available, there is a good design here and it's very fair.
I am told that during high school football season the back nine is lighted by the stadium lights so some night golf is possible.
Cons: Some more elevation would be welcomed. Being so flat and tight, some of the more open course fans might get a little "short wooded hole" fatigued. Additionally, those who prefer the longer holes with some par 4 and 5's mixed in are going to be a little disappointed too. Some might consider its somewhat unchallenging nature to be a con especially if this is your local course and you play it over and over.
I am told by locals that the nature of the course makes it one of the busiest in the area. They say at peak times large groups with less than desirable etiquette can interrupt an otherwise enjoyable round.
Other Thoughts: I thought it was pretty cool playing one of the oldest courses in the world. The nostalgia itself is worth the visit. I really can't imagine anyone being just totally disappointed in this course. For the beginner, the shortness can be friendly training and the experienced will enjoy the birdie opportunities and upshot practice. As I mentioned it's really a fun little course. Enjoy!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Long level concrete tees, informative signage, multiple lines, variety of shots, very shaded. That's about everything I need!
Cons: Could use a couple more signs pointing out the next tee and arrows on the pad for when people turn the signs backwards. I stood there for a few minutes looking for the basket before I realized it was in the other direction. Some garbage on course, but don't think it was from the golf community. Really not much to complain about here.
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this course! It forced me to use more discs or throw them better so it is definitly a game improver for the locals. The shorter distance requires skill over power, yet remains beginer friendly with multiple routes to the basket.. This also allows tight shots if you think you are good or a safer route until your game improves. I will be back and bringing others with me next time!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Old but Classy
Pros: There are several good things about this course
1. Tees are concrete and long enough for the holes
2. Signs are well marked with throwing options and OB's are labeled on each sign
3. There are arrows hung on tree to let you know which way to the next tee
4. Transitions are easy and out of hams way
5. Course plays really fast and my group was never held up
6. Very begginner friendly. It would be hard to loose a disc here.
7. Most of the hols present a challenging shot that you must think about before you shoot. Its easy to get into a long second shot situation.
8. Very well maintained with no under brush
Cons: There a few of cons that I saw but nothing that would be aggrevating,
1. There are only two long shots, the first and second tees, both of which can be birdied fairly easily, the second hole makes fore a good ace run
2. I think all the other holes are under 300 ft
3. The holes become repeatitive after about the 5th hole
4. There isn't alot of room to work with, you have to be careful to make sure you don't hit someone so keep your eyes open for people who are within your throwing distance
5. I didn't like some of the mandos but the did make you think.
Other Thoughts: Over all it's a good course, not a great one, I would like to see a couple of alternate hole, maybe a couple more long shots. I didn't have lng to play so this was definatly the right course to play. It's quick, fun, and has great potential for a lot of birds. If you have an hour and you are passing through huntsville, stop in and play a course from the 70's. You won't be dissapointed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Installed in 1976, this claims to be the oldest existing course, and it's still fun and challenging to play. The first two holes start are in an open field and the rest of the holes are played in the woods among many, many mature pine trees.
For the most part, the course is fairly short, but not necessarily easy. There are lots of different lines through the trees which help keep the course interesting.
The tee pads and baskets are in good condition. When I played here on 10/17/09, there were signs with diagrams and distances on each hole. I don't recall them when I was here a year ago and they are a nice addition to the course.
Cons: This course is pretty straight forward. There is little elevation, no water and no OB (except the road which doesn't really come into play).
I felt like the course was crammed in kinda tight, but was surprised when I played in a tournament here I didn't have any problem with discs flying too close to my group. I'm sure it's possible to hit someone with an errant shot here, but I guess the course is a bit more spacious than it appears.
Other Thoughts: I expected a course this old to be a birdie fest, but was surprised to find that's not necessarily true. There are definitely some easier holes on the course, but there are also some more difficult ones. And with this many trees, it doesn't take much to miss your line hit a tree.
Overall I really enjoyed this course. It's a great place to teach newer players some accuracy. Advanced players will enjoy the challenge of seeing how low they can score here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Built in 1976!
Pros: This 18 basket course sits on a fairly small piece of mostly wooded (tall mature pine trees) land. I think 16 holes are played through the trees. It's short by today's standards but still challenging due to it's technical nature. Being accurate is the key here. The course is well signed. The pads are great. I like the fact that there is a nice balance of hyser, anhyser and straight holes. This courses requires a lot of thinking and looking for the right flight path. At least on the 430' # 1, most players get a one chance to air it out. There's almost no underbrush to deal with.
Cons: This is another course where what you see is what you get. It's not a course for the big arms. There's no water or elevation. It's mostly a recreation course. Hey, enjoy it for what it is. A classic old time disc golf course. Kind of the Wrigley Field of disc golf courses.
Other Thoughts: My son and I brought two professional baseball umpires from the AA Southern League out for their first disc golf experience. I think they're sold on it and will continue to play. I attribute a lot of their initial success and enjoyment to this course. It's very much beginner friendly. No searching for lost discs here. No water hazards to worry about. Just an enjoyable throw in a nicely shaded Georgia Pine forest.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes with excellent signs, teepads, and baskets. Navigation was easy- there are well-worn paths, signs on trees, and markers in the basket to help you get to the next hole. The course is old, but it is in excellent shape and appears to be well taken care of. It plays on flat ground around lots of very tall pine trees. The trees are so tall that leaves and branches are not in play, just lots of tree trunks to avoid. It is shaded nicely helping to ease the sometimes oppressive Alabama summer heat. The grass/pine straw fairways make it easy to find your discs. You have no danger of losing your disc on any of the holes (except possibly during periods of extreme rain, then the ditch lining a couple of the holes might hold water, but it was bone dry when I played.) This is one of the oldest courses around and it is pretty cool playing a piece of history.
Cons: The course is crammed into a relatively small area, and due to its popularity it can get crowded and feel somewhat cramped. The biggest negative for me, however, was the lack of variety- holes #1 and #2 are wide open, then the rest all look the same- 250'-300' around the pines to the basket 16 times in a row (look at the pics and you will see). We also had a couple of drunks ask us for money and cigarettes as soon as we pulled in the parking lot, but that happens at lots of courses!
Other Thoughts: This is a very old course, so it is what it is. You can get by with only 1-4 discs in your bag. It is great for beginners and families, or if you want a fun, casual round, but more advanced players will want more of a challenge after a couple of rounds here. This is a nice course, but so many courses have advanced beyond this one over the last 30 years. If you are in the area I do recommend playing it at least once. Also, Huntsville has plenty of courses and continues to grow as a nice disc golf destination.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice beginner course. Easy to navigate with signs on every tee. Good practice for work on your short game.
Cons: For the advanced player this course will be kind of boring. Not many chances to "rip" a drive. Older course that needs a makeover.
Other Thoughts: There are better courses in the area to play. Check out UAH or Redstone before this course.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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