Farm Town Treasure
Pros: There were many good holes and a couple of great ones. The course has a great start on holes 1-3. The trees, creek and elevation combine for a challenging beginning. I especially liked hole 2. You tee from the right side of the creek that is lined with large trees. The basket is across the creek/trees to your left. You have 3 choices for your tee shot: a big spike hyzer over the trees (if you have the power), blast through the trees, or place a mid-range (175-200') in a gap to set up your approach shot. The basket is cleverly placed on a plateau above the creek that makes for a tricky 2nd shot. I love shots like this that give me a mental challenge.
At least half of the holes have some elevation, including several ace runs. #17 confronts you with one of the hardest tee shots I have ever taken. There is a tree with 5 small trunks about 10-15' directly in front of the pad. The space between the trunks is so tight that a straight drive is highly risky. The best option is probably a roller to either side of the tree trunks. The hole is also uphill, further complicating the tee shot (a low shot is not an option here). I got lucky and parked a left-handed overhand roller 5' from the basket.
Many baskets were guarded by trees and/or overhanging branches which force you to make precise approach shots, which is another feature that I love in a course. The small creek that runs through most of the course creates a fun OB hazard. I played in July and the creek was dry, but it probably runs pretty high in the spring.
Every tee has a large concrete pad with the hole number carved in the metal border. All baskets have "Next Tee" signs. Two holes use wooden bridges over the creek as their tee pad; this is a unique feature that I have never seen before.
Cons: As the Valkyrie Kid mentioned in his review, this course has some "warts." My biggest negative was the high number of holes that crossed through the baseball fields and picnic areas. I played on a pleasant summer afternoon and had to skip three holes because of other park users. During baseball and picnic season, this could be a big problem. Several holes were just straight shots across open grass with no real obstacles. I actually skipped a couple of these because I was pressed for time and needed to get back on the road.
Grangeville is prone to windy weather, so you might want to check the forecast and pack your wind discs before you plan a trip to play here. However, it was very nice the day I played.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good course and a great recreational boost to the area. Some of the holes are near "Signature" level while others are rather dull. I make the trip through Grangeville 3 times a year and I am definitely planning to schedule a rest and recreation break here from now on. Askers Foods does have an impressive discs inventory for a small Idaho farm town. I stopped there for snacks last year and was shocked to see the racks of discs right by the front door. I had to ask a clerk about this and she told me about the course. If you're passing through on HW 95, make plans for a rest stop here.
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Course Full Of Clever Innovations!
Pros: There are so many things I like about this course that it's easy to overlook it's flaws. Kind of like that girl you once knew who had this one or maybe two really fine (you fill in the blank here) attributes that made you fail to notice her (take your pick here) thunder thighs, buck teeth, uni-brow, pizza complexion, librarian personality, etc.
What did I find so enthralling about the Lions Park DGC? Firstly, there were about 9 or 10 downhill ACE runs. That's a great % for any course. I loved the way they used little metal plates to indicated the hole # on the concrete tee pad. These metal strips were also used to say "Grangeville Disc Club" on the front of each tee pad. This basically eliminated the need for tee signs on the course. I thought it was pretty clever to use two of the small bridges as tee pads.
I liked the way that holes 13-15-17 play up the hill so that you'll be able to play fun shots like # 14 and 16 down the same hill. I love the way that the small creek that meanders along here is incorporated into the course as well as the chain link fences of the ball fields.
I so appreciated the little "next tee arrows" hanging below the chains. They were a great help in navigating this course. Why can't all courses have these?
Cons: Now for the young ladies flaws.....Oh, I mean the course's flaws and there are a few. Starting with the lovely hole # 1. It's a really fun downhill toss about 280' with the added element of having to keep your drive low enough at the end to slide under the branches of several trees. Unfortunately, the basket is perched only about 20 feet to the left of the softball backstop. You'd have to skip this hole when players are present.
Three other holes have you teeing off right over the top of various ball fields.
# 18 is a short little throw over the parking lot. It might pose a problem if cars were present.
I did miss not having the distances listed.
A couple of the tee pads are just carved into the grass and are difficult to recognize.
Other Thoughts: There are so many fun throws to be had here that they over shadow the course's obvious blemishes. The fences of the ball field are used effectively especially on # 5 and then again on # 12. That's a very fun throw. # 14 was very pretty with the basket sitting behind some trees and the little creek but just in front of an outfield fence. So many fun throws here!
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Pretty Decent Course
Pros: The course is set in a well maintained city park with bathrooms and other emenities. The designer made good use of the land he was given to use. There is a good mix of long/short shots, concrete teepads, and 2 bridges that were made for teepads. There is a creek thats in play on most holes to add to the challenge.
Cons: The course weaves its way through 4 different baseball fields that people also use for soccer practice so during those seasons you might not get to play all the holes. I found it better to get there in the morning or afternoon before evening. Also, not all the teepads were in at the time of this review, but I believe they are going to install them this summer.
Other Thoughts: Thanks to Kevin Asker for using his time and resources to bring this sport to Grangeville. It needed something like that and hopefully the sport will grow. Stop be Askers Foods on your way through town. They carry the full line of Innova/Discmania disc along with maps for the course and other info.
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