3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I have heard praises spoken about Johnson Street Park for a while now- and there are many to be touted when it comes to this purely Disc Golf Park. The three tee positions allow for varied levels of difficulty, white being the easiest (from what I saw great for beginners). Gold offers the greatest difficulty (usually) with greater distances and generally harder angles and lines to hit. I am still quite rusty after almost two years without much significant play, so I played the Blue tees. These offered me a decent challenge, while still having a good number of nice birdie shots. Most of the greens still seemed easily park-able if you are in practice.
The course offers a fairly varied experience from a hole-to-hole basis. There are different styles of elevation change and a fairly pleasant mix of wooded and open holes. This manages to keep things fresh as you play through your round.
There were a few moveable benches placed around the course, which was quite nice on the muddy day I played to rest on or sit my bag on while I took my drive. The course also loops back by the starting point a couple of times where there is a trash can. Which was nice, the park itself was actually rather void of litter.
I think my favorite thing about this course, is that is located in a park that's only function is to serve as this disc golf course. I think this is a great thing because it continues to show the growing popularity of the sport as well as insuring your ability to find people who share your passion for the sport.
Cons: This park does have its flaws, as many older courses tend to have. The tees were short and trapezoidal instead of your generic long rectangle. It took me a few holes to figure out my footwork for these tees.
Some of the holes tend to flood easily. The Blue Tee on Hole #1 was complete submerged when I arrived to play.
The hands down worst thing for this course though? It is quite popular and felt extremely overcrowded. I played the day after a few rain storms when there were 17 mph wind gusts, expecting fewer golfers to take the course. I either was wrong, or would hate to see this course on a sunny summer day. I ended up stuck behind a few large groups' golfers for a few holes throughout my play through. This course is not conducive to getting a quick round. I would highly recommend visiting during a weekday if possible.
I did not find the Practice Basket until I was leaving. It is shared as the Gold Basket for the Hole #18.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Johnson Street is a nice course. It has a decent sprinkling of things that tend to make up great courses. It is your generic "Jack of All Trades, Master of None". If you live in the area, it is definitely a great addition to your course rotation that will offer some excitement for sure. If you are looking for an end-all-be-all I would look elsewhere. The most disappointing thing as old as it is there seems there is little room for improvement. I am happy this course exists, and for the land given to the designer, I don't think a more exciting and inviting 18 Hole Course could have been achieved.
Favorite Holes: 3, 12, 15, 18
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Front Nine, Repetitive Back
Pros: This is a nice, hilly course. 18 different holes travel both up and down over the hills. Some of the holes are very pretty. First one that comes to mind is 2, which plays to a really nicely manicured multi-level mulched green with decorative timbers to divide the levels. The second that comes to mind is 12 which is a short uphill par three which forces shots over and around a creek to the right.
The front nine had a very nice variety of holes that seemed very well layed out.
The woods in this course are very well manicured. They have been cleared nicely and even though some of the lines are very tight, they are cleared.
3 sets of tees ranging from beginner to expert. Some of the lines forced by the gold tees seemd simply masochistic and beyond my current ability. A 4th set seems to be in the making...very short red tees were in place as paving stones on a few holes. It would be nice to see that idea flushed out.
Great tee signs on this course, which even have listed the elevation to the basket which I thought was very nice. Other amenities include a nice covered picnic area, portajohn on site, and a practice basket (see below).
Cons: Some of this course seemed a bit dangerous. Many holes required serious backtracking to get to the tees (especially the golds), and some tees crossed other fairways or were located very close to baskets creating opportunities for blind shots to fly into other groups on the course.
Hole 9 on the gold tees plays to 18's basket, and hole 18 on the golds actually plays to the practice basket. I thought these were unnecessary opportunities for something unfortunate to happen. Plus it means there really isn't a practice basket, it is simply the alternate basket for 18.
The tee boxes, while paved, were a bit narrow on the front. That, combined with a few of the lines having trees a bit uncomfortably close to the tees gave the course a bit of a cramped feeling.
Some people are a bit unnerved by playing under the high voltage power lines.
The front nine was a great variety of holes, but the back seemed less well thought out. It seemed that a motif of 280ish foot holes, slightly right to left, and downhill to a basket just tucked into the tree line happened a bit too often. Some of the holes felt recycled from earlier holes.
Other Thoughts: Watchout for mother nature here. There was a ton of poison ivy, and we ran into a copperhead on one of the fairways.
Overall I found this course fun and the positives outweigh the negatives. I would gladly come back.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I will go ahead and caviat this review with the fact that it was a solo glow round and my first time playing.
The parking lot is nice, long and large with a good view of hole one.
There are three tee pads per hole, the short whites, longer blues which I played are all concrete. The Golds which are the longest are some concrete and some framed gravel.
The holes are a fun mix of wooded heavily guarded holes and more open shots.
Baskets are fine but could use updating in a year or two. They still catch well enough though.
I liked that the space was used fairly well and I didn't see any shots that were overly repetitive or tedious.
Really nice layout.
Cons: I got turned around a bit, this may have been just an out of towner in the dark but it was not always very intuitive where the next hole is.
Baskets aren't bad but they need more updates ones if it's going to be a good tournament course.
Three tees is a cool thing, but if they had done two in the white and gold positions, I'm not sure you really need the blue.
The pads were a bit short but not terribly. I always start well behind the pad on a max d drive so it was fairly standard.
Other Thoughts: I think this is a nice little course tags I would very much like to play in daylight. Still had fun in the dark with no one around, so I imagine it's a blast during the day!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun and quick
Pros: Great use of space. The course plays very well for the room it has with tees close to the last basket. Plays fast enough to play a few more then 18 by going back to the front 9
Cons: Lots of soupy ground.
Other Thoughts: White tees were just right for my 7 year old son to play and enjoy
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Nice concrete tee pads and great baskets. The course was very well kept up. Not many long holes but making them go through the woods made them challenging
Cons: The one hole was underneath a huge powerline which was kinda scary but otherwise not much to complain about except some of the signs are gone.
Other Thoughts: Great challenging course. If you are nearby I would recommend anyone play it.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Like the layout with optional pads.
You can make this a easy or difficult course.
Great group of local players.
Cons: Signs have been missing on most holes for over a year. Trash cans are always full. The new benches are nice but some are in flight path.
Other Thoughts: We should add a sign up sheet for work days. Have several chores that local players can sign up to do. If just a few people pitched in every week we could turn this into a nicer place to throw.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
An oldy but goody
Pros: Layout - Perhaps the most obvious plus to this course is its nice blending of hole types. You go in and out the woods seemlessly and the course has a really good flow. It also does a nice job of mixing up hole lengths as well as offering multiple teepads for different skill levels.
The course does an okay job of forcing different shots, it won't test every shot in your bag. There are a lot of holes where throwing straight and accurate is pretty much all it takes, especially from the gold tees which uses tight early gaps to create most of the difficulty.
Equipment - The teepads are nice and large, plus flush with the ground. When there were signs still on the post they were very informative and easy to understand.
Atmosphere - The course is just there for disc golf from what I could tell so it's just you and other discers out there, always a plus. The course flowed really well and it was easy to tell where you were going next.
Cons: Layout - The course only does an okay job of forcing different throws. It would be nice if the multiple pads created much different holes but essentially the golds were made hard by sticking you behind a tight gap at the beginning. Most of the fairways are gap hitting types and a lot of holes only had one route.
The green designs aren't the best, the baskets aren't in positions that really make your accuracy on approach key. There's also not very much risk/reward within the course, you either hit the gap or you don't. Not a lot of elevation change on the course either,
Equipment - Baskets are old and should probably be updated. Most of the signs were ripped down and thus it was hard to find the gold tee in some situations; sometimes I couldn't find it or tell if I was on the gold or blue.
Atmosphere - The park is older and not the most pristine place you'll ever go. It wasn't dirty but you can tell it's aged. There's not really one hole you can look at and say this is the signature hole.
Other Thoughts: My plan was to play this course twice, once from both blue and gold. After I was done playing I didn't really feel like playing it again. I enjoyed it but it's nothing so spectactular that you have to come back.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
- Open, Woods, Open, Woods. I love how the course transitions from the Open to the Woods and then back out into the Open and then back into the Woods every few holes; especially when the Open shots still contain the threat of accidentally throwing a bad shot into the Woods.
- Good Course. Although, on the whole, this course is probably average or slightly better than average... (i.e. Johnson Street is pretty good, but not the most EPIC course I've ever played)... there are some really good holes here. Holes 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, 14, 15, and 18 stand out to me... and several others were good too. There didn't really seem to be any, what I would call, Filler Holes.
- Multiple Tees. There were white, blue and gold tees on almost every whole. This allows people of various skill levels to choose the experience they want to have. And... there were lots of people out here with widely varying skill levels.
- DG Only. The entire park was dedicated to disc golf. Not a walking path, basketball court, baseball field... nothing for the non-disc golfer.
- Erosion. It appears as though there is only 1 pin position per basket because the amount of erosion around a lot of the pins is substantial. Large sections of grass surrounding various tees and pins have been worn away... and judging from the "fossilized" muddy footprints, these areas appear to get very muddy after it rains.
- Tee-Signs. Most of the tee-signs were broken and/or missing. Even though most of the holes are pretty straight forward in that you can see the entire hole... having broken or missing equipment just isn't aesthetically pleasing. And determining the length of the Hole is hard for first time players (i.e proper disc selection).
- Tons of Golfers. The course was packed. People were everywhere (which is a pro and a con)... Pro because more players is better than a ghost-town; and, Con because it could get impossibly backed-up. Although, from my experience there (2 rounds), the course had good flow and didn't seem to get as badly backed up as the number of players would indicate.
- Tee-Pads. The tee-pads were both a pro and a con for me. The pro is that they were concrete. The con in that they were too short. However, even though they were short, I was easily able to start off the backside of all the tee-pads and simply use the concrete portion of the tee-pad for the final 3 steps of my 5 step approach.
- Needs Sprucing Up. There definitely seemed to be enough locals that they could easily spruce this place up a little. Alternate pin positions, new tee-signs, spreading of mulch piles, etc... Schedule a work day and do a little preventative maintenance.
- My Score: -3 from the Blues
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
oldy but goody
Pros: Nice beginner course for all levels. Holes vary left,right, and straight with a little bit of elevation. It is nice to have a disc golf only park. 3 sets of tee pads per hole create a lot of variety for the local disc golfers. Course seems to be well maintained and the holes are defined. There are some holes that I imagine would be very pretty in the summer. You can watch your disc flight to the basket on more than half of the holes. The layout is good and pretty easy to follow, even with the damaged tee signs.
Even though we have had A LOT of rain lately the course was in really good condition. I saw no trash on the course.
Tee pads have a really rough texturing. A few holes are long enough to air out a shot, especially with a mid range or shorter driver. The big bomb guys wont be able to however.
Tee Signs look great. Hopefully the local Am's take care of them.
Cons: The Oak Hollow crew has done a lot here so I have updated this a bit.
Tee boxes are really short, most are somewhere around 6ft long. I cannot believe that no one has mentioned how short they are. Everyone I know that has played there mentions this. To get a normal run-up on many of them you have to start then step up onto the pad. I would almost prefer natural pads. Most of the pads are shaped in a trapazoid but with the narrow end in front. You have to start on a short pad and then you get funneled to the middle of a pad too. *THe club has added some retaining walls to help with step offs after throws.
Probably my biggest problem was with the proximity of pads to nearby fairways. I would say 60% of the teep pads are directly off the fairway of another hole, not near a pin but where short shots would come in hot. I have read that this can be a very crowded course. It must be pretty dangerous too then. The last tournament I played here we had discs almost hit us on 7 different holes and our group had to yell "fore" at least 6 more times. Please stay vigilant if you play here.
Design and Upkeep:
Because of the amount of play there is a lot of erosion. Recently work has been done to shore up greens, fairways, and tee pads. This however was done a little late and you can see that in some areas 6-12" of topsoil has eroded. A few holes you are throwing into ring of rotted logs and sticks that were placed there to stop erosion. I actually had to push a basket back to straight up and down because a green had lost so much soil. Now that walls and erosion controls are in place. A few loads of fill dirt would do wonders to level greens and give the tree roots something to dig into. This course will continue to lose trees until all erosion issues are fixed and some of the dirt is replaced.
This was a negative, but now a positive in my edit.
The old style baskets can be hard to see in the woods, but thats not a real problem. I found hole 12's basket pushed over at a 30 degree angle and straightened it. The loss of soil has allowed 4-5 pole anchors to be weakened and the baskets are tipped at various angles.
No actual bathrooms.
Other Thoughts: I have increased my review from 2.5 to 3 with the erosion control and signage updates. Unfortunatly the erosion control was done with rotted fallen trees so this solution is temporary. I can see a big issue in the future with rotted trees gone and rebar poking up out of the ground. The course just doesn't stack up in any area (pads, length, difficulty, layout, "extras") to any of the 3.5-4* rated courses that I have played or reviewed. I review based on my experience on all courses I have played not just with a narrow view of local area courses. If I lived in the area, I would play here often. I, however, have seen a lot of courses that are in better shape than this course. This is why I gave it a "good" rating. Not great, not terrible just middle of the road 3. Real thought needs to be put into how to prevent erosion from the fairways and around baskets. Even with the erosion and signage fixed, I would not be able to rate this course a 4 or over. The tee pads are just way too small and the layout is too dangerous. Remember a 5 is a perfect course that cannot be made better.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Johnson Street Park
Pros: Good use of land. Nice elevation changes and a little creek runs through some of the back nine. Nice moving in and out of woods. Concrete tee pads, with multiple tees, a white blue and yellow. Baskets were in pretty good condition. Good elements of difficulty, mostly just trees and where the tees were placed. From hole to hole it wasn't too hard to find the next tee.
Cons: Signs, I hate to say but they were pretty awful. Not very helpful when there were there, and most of them did not exist. If they did they they did not give the distances for all three tee. Most of the time just distance of the blue maybe the blue and the white tees. Course was very muddy due to poor drainage. One hole on the back nine was long in an open field with a giant power line tower in the middle of it unnatural obstacle. Even though the course had concrete tees they were very short. This might be fine when it is not very muddy but with the mud you could hardly even take two steps on the tee pad.
Other Thoughts: Even though I had a lot of gripes about the course the lay out and the holes are very well set up. All the cons really brought it down for me but the few pros were very nice. Thats why I gave it a 3.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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