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 another decent nine in area

1    11/18/2009   11/27/2009
Review By: tallpaul
Played: 886  Reviewed: 137  Exp: 29.4 Years
This review was updated on 1/23/2010
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Again, Mashnut, Texconsonite, and Harr's, reviews can be used. They do a comprehensive job. So, mine will be a couple of short, added bits.
I thought the tees were good. Rubber mats did sag in middle a bit, but, we were there during a rainy day, after a period of three rainy days, and there were only actual puddles on two tees. Even these were not bad, as the plant foot space (end of tee area) was relatively dry.
Homemade, and aged, wooden signs done well. Course easy to navigate.
Lots of sidewalk action here, like many in the area. Therefore, you can choose to add another layer of toughness to course with that as o.b.
I took a road o.b., so, road in play on at least one hole.
One thing, I made note of, on this course: WE HAVE SEEN NO VANDALISM on any of the 6 courses played in the area!!! Kudos to parks departments and local clubs for excellent job of course maintenance. Kudos to all players from area for treating these parks/courses with respect.
Cons: Basket on #1 let my disc fall through bottom; missing under ring. Rest of buckets seemed fine.
Another short nine. Holes pretty plain.
Other Thoughts: This one was valued equal with Danny Cunniff park, with less enjoyment than Diamond Lake Slough and Keller Park. Fairly equal to all three.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Slightly above average course

1    8/16/2009   8/17/2009
Review By: harr0140
Played: 972  Reviewed: 480  Exp: 8.8 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Nice park for a disc golf course. Course has some other amenities like a baseball field and tennis courts.

2) Rubber tee pads are better than just dirt or grass (see below for complaint)
They are not slippery and you can really get a good plant on your driving foot.

3) Nice wooden engraved tee signs protected by plexiglass with diagrams.

4) Nice uphiller on #9 to a basket at the top of a little little sledding hill. Not only is it up the hill but it is protected by a fence too. If you miss the fenced area you will end up in a bunch of Forsythia which if not trimmed could be in your way of seeing the basket. This hole is definitely the best hole on the course offering a birdie chance with a good shot . . . but also offering a little bit more challenge than most of the other holes.

5) The best feature of this course is the large mature oaks and other hardwoods. They force you to pick a line and execute the shot. You have to think about more than one tree also . . . you need to avoid one off the tee . . . but then you also need to miss some more up by the basket. The Oaks have a lot of lateral branches too so you really have to know what your disc is going to do to avoid all the trees and the lateral limbs. Mulch placed under a lot of the big trees makes the course look pretty neat.

6) Course is pretty neat. There isn't a lot of garbage visible

7) Beginner friendly course because there is nowhere to lose a disc. It is open enough for beginners to throw hard, the mature oaks might frustrate them but that will make the learn how to throw different shots to avoid those obstacles.
Cons: 1) A few of the baskets are loose on their posts and are obviously old. As mentioned before the inner ring on the #1 basket is broken off the weld and every disc will fall through if not landing flat in the basket. The ring is sitting on the concrete just below the basket so it would be nice if someone would fix that even if it is just with zip ties, but welding would be better. These baskets are obviously old . . . and do not need replacement necessarily but could use some attention.

2) #8 distance does not seem to be accurate. It is listed at 225' but I think it is more like 165'

3) Hole distances are way too similar. Most shots are similar in that you can reach the basket with the same shot as the previous hole. I would have liked to see a couple short holes coupled with a few longer holes just for some variety. All of these holes are within about 40' (220-260). There was room to put in a couple 300' holes and change some of the average length holes to maybe some nice birdie holes under 200'.

4) Teed pads are better than dirt (although #9 has no tee box I assume because of the baseball field), however the forms either have been pushed out of the ground or the gravel or whatever is under the rubber is settling. This needs to be considered ahead of time. Perhaps it is just old enough that is happening, but could be solved by unscrewing the teepads and adding some gravel and reattaching the rubber to the wood forms.

5) Course is a little bit difficult to find because of the orientation of the roads in that area. Some of the roads are also one way so directions need to be clarified . . . hopefully a local could do so.
Other Thoughts: This was a pretty good park for disc golf. The large trees force shots and there are enough of them you have to sometimes think outside the box to execute the right shot. It isn;t just one tree to avoid . . . it is one tree to avoid off the tee, then another group of trees to avoid near the basket. It is nice to make yourself think out the shot in advance . . . and I was on because I birdied 4 of the 9 holes (3 of them were drop ins). I executed the shot required to birdie. I think you have to pick your shot and just stick to it. This course was #7 of my 9 course day and it was one of the best. It is designed pretty well incorporating as many of the large trees into play as possible.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Nice little short course

1    6/20/2009   6/22/2009
Review By: Texconsinite
Played: 138  Reviewed: 79  Exp: 9.7 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This little course is set up in a scenic, well-maintained park in the midst of a nice neighborhood. Tees are rubber pads. Nice signage, and rubber pads installed pretty well (ie not lumpy)

Uses scattered trees in park to force some control and different lines, which is good since the holes are fairly short. Obstacles in play on every single hole keeps things a bit interesting. Hole nine is probably the signature hole, it plays to a basket on top of sledding hill. Neat.

Good quality signs and hole maps, easy to navigate. Good flow. Great course to take younger or more inexperienced players to learn control. Meanwhile, it gives you a chance to practice your midrange & putting game.
Cons: Maintenance. Several baskets have the bottoms falling out. Thus, a disc lands in the basket, and falls right through. Also, the rubber tee pads, while nice to tee from, and not lumpy, all sag down in the middle and thus collect water, which makes throwing inconvenient after a rain.

All the holes here are short (less than 300) which makes it easy for most players.

Hole 9's teepad is nonexistant, so just shoot from the worn dirt spot that faces the sled hill.

The park is dead flat, other than the sledding hill, with only scattered trees. This greatly limits the potential for shots. Though there are trees in play on every hole, nothing really too unusual of impressive. It'll put your mid game through the paces, but not really push or challenge you in particular.
Other Thoughts: This park is not all that big, and its a wonder they even got 9 reasonable holes in here. The course really makes the best possible use of the the available land, and does provide some challenges, albeit pretty standard, bland ones.

Not a bad course for a quick round if you're around, but I wouldn't go out of your way at all to play this one.

Well-designed but overwhelmingly mediocre course with pretty good tees and signs in a nice little park.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Short n easy

5+    6/7/2009   6/7/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
This review was updated on 12/5/2009
13 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is set in a small lightly wooded park with tennis courts and a baseball field. The course plays around these, and is completely flat other than a single hole playing up a sled hill. The park is very well maintained, with nicely mowed grass and no trash around.

Though there is no rough on the course, the mature trees in the park are used well to define fairways and preferred routes on some of the holes, and make shots more difficult after poor tee shots. Most of the holes are straight shots, but a couple use trees to make left or right turning shots the best route.

There are nice handmade wooden tee signs on each hole, with a small drawing of the hole layout and the distance, along with the direction to the next tee. The course is extremely easy to navigate, with no questions about where to find the basket or the next tee. There are a few places where the edge of the park is overgrown, but other than this there are really no places to lose discs.

The last hole plays up a sled hill, and makes great use of the little bit of elevation available in the park. This is my favorite hole on the course, and is probably the most challenging.
Cons: The course is very short, with no holes over 270'. Nearly all the holes are short and straight, with just a few trees that really come into play. Any player with experience will find this course very easy, and will likely not need drivers at all.

The tee pads are rubber over wooden boxes. The ground underneath many of them was not well leveled, so many of them have torn or become worn and slanted. They were also very slippery when they had any kind of mud on them, and made for uncertain footing.

There was not a lot of land to work with here, but the course is very packed in. Many holes play right on top of each other or alongside other holes. When there are other players on the course, it can be a bit of a safety hazard, so watch for throws from other holes. The course is also right on top of a walking path, along with the spectator area for the baseball field, so other park users can be in the way.
Other Thoughts: This course is great for beginning players, or for working on your putt and approach game. I often play this course with just a putter, and it has helped out my short game tremendously. That said, it doesn't offer much in the way of interest or challenge, so I wouldn't recommend driving too far out of your way to play this course. If you're in the area and want a quick round though, this course is just fine.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.

 Good For a Quickie

5+    5/27/2009   5/27/2009
Review By: Nigel
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Plenty of trees to provide a challenge; lots of opportunities for aces at this course
Cons: Broken basket on first hole, kids sometime crowd around the baskets on holes 3 & 5, just yell at them
Other Thoughts: The baseball field can bring out the brats, but the younger kids can't really hit any homers so DGers and outfielders never clash

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Frolfing In A Neighborhood

1    5/10/2009   5/10/2009
Review By: Seananagins
Played: 8  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 11.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very Clean Park
Easy to figure out where you are shooting and where the next hole is
The 9th hole ads a little vertical twist that i enjoyed.
Cons: The first hole's basket is in disrepair and causes a difficult birdie if your second shot is further out.
The 9th hole's tee is in whacking distance of home plate of the baseball field the course shares the park with.
Other Thoughts: It is right by my parents house so its a good place to go to keep me in my game while I'm visiting, but I'm sure glad its not my home course or i'd die of boredom.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 B = Bery Bery Nice 9-Holer

5+    7/19/2007   4/19/2009
Review By: Dave242
Played: 383  Reviewed: 276  Exp: 23.4 Years
This review was updated on 6/8/2009
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Like many shorter 9-holers, I play this one with a midrange and putter. My review is based on that.

What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B+
5) Bonus points for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (125 18-hole, 64 9-hole as of mid 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.

Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I can add anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.

I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Quick and Easy if in area

1    6/20/2007   4/7/2009
Review By: coyotepower
Played: 38  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 12.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Trees, Clean Park, Noone else on course. Good for Beginners
Cons: Kinda Ho-hum. Not a ton of space
Other Thoughts: I figured I would post on this one since noone else has. I played this course on a trip home in June of 2007 with my Bro (his first time playing) Nice if you are in the area, Backs up to some backyards, some fairly decent holes nonetheless. Good for beginners. Small Park.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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