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4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is such an interesting course to rate. Reviewers have different opinions regarding amenities. Highland Road DGC puts a reviewer to the test. How much do you value amenities such as tee pads, quality of baskets, signage, navigational aids, bag holders, restrooms, benches, etc. versus the quality of the golf itself. Highland Road Park is a big lovely park with rolling hills, a creek which comes into play on a couple of holes and nice grass fairways. Due to the length, intermediate players and above will enjoy this course more than rec types and beginners. Probably four holes are over 500' and there are only two short Ace Run types, # 3 and # 17. Although generally long, there are many holes ( 2, 8, 16 and 18) where you need to hit your line or risk losing strokes.
The elevation here is rare for this part of Louisiana. I don't think that I could pick a signature hole here but there several that stick out as being special. I think # 18 is the prettiest hole on the course and one of the better ones. It's 360' but first you need to thread the gap in the trees before throwing up a small hill with the basket set upon the right.
# 16 is 420' with the early part open but then you have to line up your second shot through a small gap to have a shot at the basket which is perched on a cool, little ledge.
And from the basket, it's just a short hike up the hill back to the parking lot
Cons: The tee pads are only impossible to locate, in some places there aren't any. This morning, on a beautiful dry, Louisiana morning, the pads were not a issue except the # 18 pad, which slopes slight downward. In the wet weather, they might really affect your throws.
There are no signs so you don't always know the distance but the bigger issue to me was never being able to spot the tee pad from a distance. I was fortunate to have local pro, Casey, act as my guide and course historian. I also had the privilege of watching him attack the course.
There were no benches anywhere and I could have used one. I didn't see any garbage cans but I also don't remember seeing any trash anywhere. Congrats to the local players for packing it out and keeping the course looking good.
Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend that you try to play this course alone on your first or second trip here. I have stumbled and bumbled my way through many poorly marked courses but Highland Road would be impossible. You would just end up playing safari, on a very big scale.
I don't think many players are willing to ignore the tees here. They're an intregal part of any course and maybe more important on a course this long. The lack of signage would make this a unenjoyable play if you were tackling it yourself. I think the course is excellent. I think it makes for an interesting comparison to the new LHC course , which has awesome amenities. I would probably give the edge to LHC based on it's terrific signage, pads, etc. They are both fine courses and the intermediate players here have two great choices leaving us recreational Greenwood Park which is not a bad consolation prize.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
First Course Played
Pros: First course every played so I didn't know what to expect! Open, hilly, trees forming tunnels, small river, steep rocks and lots more variety! It seems like a good course for beginners and experts alike with no short of interesting shots.
Cons: Our group spent probably spent 20 minutes in total looking for tees and baskets, even with a map. To be fair, it was all our first time on this course. As stated in other reviews, there aren't any actual tee boxes or any signage. Tees are marked by small, 6in orange "pill" disks in the ground and are really hard to spot. Having never played before, I was relying on my group-mates for amenities reference and while they said they had played on nicer courses, this was certainly one of the longest and largest they had ever played on. I am sure if we played here a few more times it will become much easier to navigate.
Other Thoughts: I will definitely be back as it is certainly a good enough course to get me hooked on the sport! I actually, really liked the low key, "backyard course" vibe we all felt out there. It must be a fun course if we and everyone we met out there were having fun, even with poorly marked tees and wondering around in 107 degree Louisiana swamp heat!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I work at the tennis center. We now have updated maps, and if you'd like, I will walk with you most any time. I live super close, so if you ask for me (Clay) and I'm not here, they can call me. We also have a lost & found, which I call every number (they used to not call out-of-town ones). We sell plastic, which is all Innova for now. There are orange pills in every am tee box these days. There is also a blue layout, and yes you'll probably need a guide to play gold. A local golfer has installed signs in the ground with a basic route drawing and distance, on nine holes, if memory serves. We will do the rest when we find some more half cinder blocks.
Cons: I'm working on signage. My supervisor is all about it, but it has to follow the completion of the gym and splash pad construction. After that I hope to get new baskets for 5 and 14. Then maybe tee pads. That will be after the redesign though. For now, we flip the pills often so as not to have super messy natural trees. When it rains a lot, we are bound to have some slick ones. We locals just tee from beside or behind them.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Could be so much more...
Pros: This course has a great variety of holes requiring many different shots. Natural tees have recently been remarked or painted. Course has Pro, Am, and Junior tees. Wonderful elevation change, which is rare in this area.
Cons: Multi-use park. There are often cross country runners, pickinckers, and other park goers who are completely unaware or choose to ignore players trying to throw on a basket. Tees have no signs and the course map is out of date.
Other Thoughts: With a few improvements, this course could easily be a high caliber one. The lack of upkeep lowers its value. Any maintainance is performed by local players when they have time. This course is home to a local league that caters to new and experienced players and families.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great variety of hole types. More of a control course than a distance course, although it has a few long holes. Difficulty varies with season/foliage, and you can play many holes more aggressively when the foliage is not as thick.
Cons: Course is often used for high school sports. No clear boundaries to disc golf course, so sometimes runners or dog walkers will get in the way.
Other Thoughts: I don't think the group that runs the parks in BR cares that much about the disc golf course. You pretty much have to jump over ditches to navigate the last 4 holes of the course. I think with a few minor improvements this could be an even better course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Class of Baton Rouge
Pros: Maybe not the best it could be, but for South Louisiana, this is as good as it gets. Elevation changes, challenging throws over hazards, weaving amongst trees, and stays in pretty good shape. Different course in winter compared to summer when leaves are thick and some shots are much tighter. Friendly disc golfers and park patrons alike.
Cons: A little bit of neglect has left this course a little less than optimal. Would be nice if the tee pads were something other than dirt, if for no other reason identification of tee sets. The only way people know which tees are which is "lore." Otherwise you look for the first worn patch of grass you see after the previous basket. Sometimes you can't even find it and make up your own.
Other Thoughts: Thanks to whoever updated the map on the site. Use this one rather than ones you may find floating around. The expanded tennis courts took out holes 13 and 14 but there are still 18 holes, so use the map here.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Don't play this course for the first time by yourself.
Pros: The pros at Highland Rd. Park are more potential than real. This park sits near the edge of the highlands to the east of the Mississippi River in south Baton Rouge. The elevations changes and mature trees could make this easily one of the nicest courses in Louisiana. There are shots up hills, down hills, across small "valleys" and on flat ground. It has lots of punishing, non OB areas and is just a generally fun area to play in. Still, what is most striking is its unrealized potential to be a great facility for Disc Golf because . . .
Cons: Navigation is a nightmare. There are no real tee boxes, just mostly-large, ill-defined worn areas in the grass. Most tees are unmarked. Some are impossible to find without asking someone. Some baskets are also difficult to locate from the tees that have either no hole layout signs or signs that are utterly useless.
Additionally, the course map is inaccurate, showing holes that are either numbered incorrectly (due to changes) or that do not exist.
Some of the worn-areas/tees are on hillsides and have obviously led to erosion problems.
This is simply a neglected disc golf course that could be phenomenal. BREC really needs to give this course its due, which is a rebuild and possibly a redesign. And given the amount of play that this course gets, it certainly deserves concrete or paver tee boxes.
Other Thoughts: If you are reading this review because you are wondering whether to give this course a try while you are in Baton Rouge. Do not waste your time unless you will be playing with someone very familiar with the course. It is that difficult to navigate. Instead, drive up to Baker or Zachary for Greenwood or Flanacher Rd. Parks or both. If you try to play this course for the first time by yourself, you will become puzzled, frustrated and then angry, first at whomever has let this course fall into disrepair and then at yourself for not going somewhere else.
If I were simply rating this course on how well it is laid out and how fun it is to play, I would have rated it much higher. But the serious navigation issues, lack of tee boxes and lack of signs are inexcusable.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
I could be a great Park
Pros: Like the location, The course is not that difficult but it's not easy either so it makes for a nice relaxing time (If you play to relax like I do). and that is all she wrote. I want to say more good things but there are non...
Cons: NO! T- markings .
If you are new to this field like I was a couple of months ago you will get lost. I quit after a couple of holes, got tired of asking folks where the next T was. They say you T-off where the patch of dirt is , well the problem is there are patches of dirt EVERYWHERE.
I've played at this park three times now and all three times I was bombarded by scores of people. The last time I went there were school children using the park for some kind of physical training. When I say a whole school was there I am not kidding. I had to quit because there was just to many people. Joggers, moms with their kids, school kids, old people and their walkers ok the last one was an exaggeration but you get the point. If you decide to go and play there you might want to take someone with you who can stand at the basket and warn the millions of passers by that a flying disc is about to land where they are jogging. Not playing here again!!
Other Thoughts: I lost my Flick at hole nine which just rubbed salt in my wounds, so if you find please call the number on it and if you are one of those dishonest people who takes what does not belong to them just remember "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my disc go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is in a wonderful park and has a lot of different challenges to it's holes. Some of the holes show great creativity in the use of space, blind drives, and really good use of the thicker woods around the course. Being in South East Louisiana it is great to play a course with some hills and elevation changes. This course uses it's natural setting very well, and really makes the most out of the space.
Cons: Navigation. Navigation. Navigation. It can not be clearer. There are no signs, no markers. Nothing. The tee boxes are only distinguishable as a worn patch of dirt, and two painted bricks set in the ground that can not be seen unless you are on the tee box. There is no info on the hole about where the basket is (which is great on blind drives). Also there are a few holes which it is unclear as to which basket you are suppose to be playing to. To be fair it did seem on a few holes like there used to be signs, but on pole was tipped over, cement base and all, and others had nothing around it. It was also often unclear where the next hole was. On my second trip I was playing with a limited amount of time to play (2.5 hours) and ended up only playing 7 holes before packing it in 30 mins early. 2 hours to play 7 holes. And I had taken the map available on the course page.
The only other con I really have is that some of the long bombs get a bit boring to me. There are a few holes with great design and are nice and challenging, but it feels like the designers had 7 great hole ideas then just filled the rest with long bombs through a field.
Other Thoughts: I really want to love this course, it is fun to play and the good holes are great. Overall it just isn't enough to be anything more than an okay course. If the navigation issues were cleared up it would be great, but running out before every drive to find the basket, or debating which is the right basket, or not being able to find the next hole! Well it get's old really quickly. That alone really brings this course down.
I will say from experience during the summer this course can be brutal. Go early in the spring and you will love it! Also on one of my rounds, 5 feet in front of the 4th tee some large group set up their tents and were having a party. To me something like that, while it should not be held against the course, speaks of where the course stands in the local area, and may explain why it seemed like all sign-age was missing. Maybe the course has fallen into a certain level of disrepair.
If you can get with a local or some one who knows the course I would say it's a can't miss, but alone for the first time, drive to Flanacer or City Park.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Highland Road Park
Pros: Nice rolling hills. A grip it and rip it style course with a few strategic holes mixed in.
Cons: Tee boxes are dirt so when it rains you throw from the mud. Tee boxes are not clearly marked.
Other Thoughts: Nice course for the family to enjoy.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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