The end comes...drums, drums in the deep...They are coming
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- free to play, plenty of parking
- numbered baskets
- dual tees, dual pin positions
- huge concrete tees
- lots of park amenities: bathrooms, shaded rest areas, the occasional visit from the ice cream man :)
- distance variations between long and short tees
-high quality informative tee signs
- natural tees from reds
- no tee sign from reds
- red tee markers not numbered
- no pin position indicator on tee signs
- mostly open course, a little plain
- no direction signs between holes
- layout not always intuitive, sometimes players have to double back to next tee
- no information at first hole bulletin board
- no maps available
- mostly flat course
- not very punitive on errant throws
Langan is an open park style course that uses variations of distance to create a majority of its difficulty. Large trees are scattered throughout the flat landscaped plot of grassy park land. The concrete tees are gigantic, the tee signs are excellent, and the baskets are in great shape. The park features a walking trail, but it barely interacts with the course play. It's big area, be prepared to do a lot of walking.
Gameplay was pretty typical for this style of course. The holes don't require much fairway shot shaping. Errant throws won't be too severely punished due to nonexistent rough. Big drives are rewarded with birdie chances. Pars are fairly easy to come by for the distance challenged. All in all, I though throwing here was simple yet fun.
Navigation seems like it should have been pretty straight forward, but wasn't at times. Sometimes I got mixed up about where the next tee pad was located. Walking from 7 to 8 and the last few holes without a map to consult had me walking in circles, which was pretty annoying. The jumble of baskets toward the back of the course made it tough to figure out which tee to walk towards next. If players want to throw the reds, it might be a good idea to walk to the long tees to take a peek at the tee signs. I could not find 19.
I brought a full bag with backups because I was afraid of water hazards gobbling up my favorite discs, all for not. The chances of losing a disc to water OB was fairly low. I really only used a few distance drivers from long tees. After the drives, putters sufficed for most approaches. Mids were barely ever thrown during my round. Ditch the extra discs, unless you have a cart, it's not worth the carrying around extra weight.
Other other thoughts: I have been waiting for the weather to be less thundery for a trip to Mobile for the past 2 months. I picked a day that had a low likelihood of thunder and still got caught in a brief but powerful thunderstorm. It turns out that Mobile is one of the most lightning prone cities in all the US. It might be a little overboard for a course review, but here are some lightning safety rules to follow to avoid becoming a lightning statistic:
- postpone activities promptly
- take shelter at the lowest point
- keep an eye on the sky
- listen for the sound of thunder
- suspend games or practices
- listen to NOAA Weather Radio
- if you can't get to a shelter, stay away from trees
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Plane, Train, and Automobiles
Two tee positions per hole - shorts are natural, marked by post, while longs are 12' long concrete, trapezoidal, with accompanying tee signs. Two pin positions per hole.
Not much - on the flat/open side, if that isn't your thing.
The public park this course is set within is absolutely huge, quite open, fairly flat, containing a large lake, and offering a variety of recreational options, including the disc golf course. While not wide open, a few large trees to avoid early|middle|late, but usually only one of the these, and the length (average ~360'), provide the challenge. About half the holes require controlled drives (i.e. avoid a few tree trunks) from the tee, while the other are "bombs away" with your favourite distance driver. Most tee-shots simply need straight throws, with a few requiring subtle turns or fades.
While there plenty of nice holes early, the course really finishes strongly, bringing elevation, water, and tightness into play. Holes 15&17 both throw down-slope, and you regain this on straightforward #16 in-between. Basket-15 sits on a "peninsula", with an open, watery trench in front/right, trench/brush behind. Basket-17 sits under the branches of a tremendous tree, guarded by water/tree-line on the left, and thick brush on the right/front, forcing a very accurate right-turning approach. Hole-18 has you throwing out of a wooded-window early, with water left, then a touch-shot to the basket, sitting on a small island.
Navigation, even without a map, was fairly simple. Of note: 1) tee-4 is nearest basket-2 - cross path to find tee-A, with basket on cul-de-sac near the water, from which it is easy to find tee-3; 2) from basket-14, cross road, pass tee-16, pass bushes, to find tee-15 on left.
A fine play for those who like their courses on the open side, but still requiring good control in certain situations.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: • decent signage
• concrete tees
• thoughtfully designed, scenic
• variety of shots needed / lots of long shots / water hazards
Cons: • clean facilities iffy
• no elevation to speak of
- dare I say some holes can get a little repetitive
Other Thoughts: Langan's a cool course - scenic, playing across a large park. there are also drainage ditches/creeks/trees running through the course and a small pond providing plenty of hazards
After hole 14 it gets confusing - the closest tee to basket 14 is tee 17.... tee 15 is further back, and 16 plays back from where you came.
Gave it a 3 because it has a lot of basics covered, but even w/ the water hazards and trees it gets a little repetitive. Be prepared to work out your arm!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Nice open friend course
Pros: Nice scenic park with other activities to keep you occupied after your round. Mostly long open holes with some water that comes into play. Great course to learn rollers on.
Cons: Course always seems to be under renovation. I haven't played there in several years but it was always getting changed up so navigating it quickly wasn't always easy. Some holes seems to mirror each other.
Other Thoughts: Worth the stop with USA, Springhill Hobbit, Cottage Hill and other courses close by.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good long concrete tee pads with Mach III baskets that are in good shape. This is a good course in a very big park that seems to be well taken care of by the locals/park department. It is a fairly open course with little elevation, but with scattered trees on most every hole and lots of OB. The design utilizes these trees very well to force the intended shot and allow for a large variety. There is a good mixture of long and short shots, as well as multiple pin placements on most holes to offer even more variety for all skill levels.
There are a couple of holes that play along side the water and several holes that play along side a fairly large ditch that usually contains water. Holes 9-11 contain a concrete drainage ditch that is usually played as OB. There are good tee signs on every hole, with seemingly correct distances and nice benches placed on several of the holes.
Cons: Although the park is in good shape, I personally wish the tall grass near the ditch was kept clean in areas, although this is very minor. Also as mentioned, it would be nice if a realistic par was listed on the tee signs instead of listing everything as Par 3. If players want to play everything as Par 3, then that is their business. I do not know of any bathrooms on or near the course or any place with a water fountain. Also, the course does not loop back at the half way point (there was a forced re-design of the course due to the tennis center adding more courts).
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course to play, especially if you like letting loose on some long pulls, while still maintaining accuracy. Thankfully this course has a lot of OB and there is usually a decent amount of wind, but otherwise, there is not a lot of shule to lose a disc in or make any particular shot too difficult to recover.
The best part about Mobile in general is how well all the courses compliment each other. Each course offers a different and unique challenge that will test your overall game if you have time to play multiple courses while you are in the area. If you like longer open courses, then I would recommend a stop here if you are in the area.
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