Decatur, AL 
The Outback Share
Uploaded By: MiketheGoalie Hole #7 (Taken 7/2016)
3 / 189ft.   3 / 260ft. Par / Distance:
Hole 16 Alt. Tee

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A penitent man shall par

1    12/2/2017   1/3/2018
Review By: Mr. Butlertron
Played: 197  Reviewed: 124  Exp: 15.8 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not

- free to play, plenty of parking
- wide open forgiving layout
- quality baskets, numbered
- well landscaped
- given terrain, the layout has a reasonable amount of challenges/fun factor
- multiple tees per basket
- safari savy course

- layout flirts with various hazards: a playground, parking lots, neighborhood fence lines, and streets
- holes marked with flat, numbered concrete tiles, some missing or impossible to find
- the lack of directional aids makes the layout difficult to follow in some areas
- not many trees, has an overly open layout
- prone to wind
- not much shade
- lacks many other course amenities: bathrooms, benches, kiosk, ect
- no multiple pins
- natural tees
Other Thoughts:

This course has a fairly bare bones type setup. 9 baskets are spread around a mostly open park style church property. The layout features a few mando and culvert themed holes that make the round more interesting. Beginners will appreciate the relative openness, paired with the semi long fairway distances. Advance players will likely be bored.

First time arriving players, or course baggers will probably dislike the amount of time they'll spend searching for faded parking lot tees, or the flat tiles marking the natural tees that are flush with the grass. The grounds are mostly flat, which adds difficulty. This also makes deciphering this layout problematic. Let's not kid ourselves, 9 baskets with multiple tees is not the same as 18 holes. Marking them (a)/(b) or hole # am/pro would be easier to follow.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Night Bagging It

1    10/19/2017   12/20/2017
Review By: wellsbranch250
Played: 326  Reviewed: 311  Exp: 4.9 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.678 Rating) A quirky duel tee 9 hole course.
- NIGHT GOLF - This is the first course I ever bagged at night. Relatively open, few hazards and some street and parking lighting brightening up the fringes of this course. I didn't see anything posted about not being able to throw at night, but it was dark. I may have missed such a sign.
- NAVIGATION - I got turned around once during my night round as I could not locate hole (8) and I played (17) instead, pretty impressive for someone solo on first play. There is a great course map near tee (1) and it very much helped to check for landmarks around tees for my night round. The tee markers are a little tough to spot at night being just numbered pavers but the map was extremely accurate. I'm sure it's a breeze during the day.
- MAINTENANCE - The course seems to be a well taken care of. I didn't stumble over anything during my night round. That's always a good sign.
- QUICK PLAY - Easy peasy. This one should take more than 25 minutes solo and the second loop should be the same. A group of four should easily have the double loop wrapped up in 90 minutes or less.
- RECREATIONAL FRIENDLY - At 4,562 feet for both 9s, and with simple obstacles, newer thru recreational players will like this course. There are a two longer holes, to test and encourage the development of a bigger arm. There are a couple technical plays to test and encourage the development of greater accuracy. The hazards are minimal and there's just about no overgrowth.
- ACEABILITY - A bunch of shorties to run at and a few of these don't even have any obstacles. Hole (1) right out the gates is an obstacle free 200 footer where I unloaded 6 shots. The basket is still very much alive. Skilled players that play here routinely should be wracking aces up.
- CHAINS - Yeah DISCathcers
Cons: Some spacing issues on the site and an overall unorthodox layout.
- SAFETY HAZARDS - Roads and parking lots come into play on several holes. I was fortunate to play when no one was parked in these lots, otherwise I may have had to skip a hole or two. In addition, Holes (4) thru (7) all seem to play around a multi-purpose field. If let's say a soccer game were being played, these four holes would not be playable.
- 9 BASKETS - Although listed on the course map as 18 holes, there are only 9 baskets in play. Two tees go to each basket. For example, hole (1) and (10) share the same basket and fairway, but they tee from slightly different angles. Thankfully only three of these holes are straight up just distance modifiers.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - There are one or two moderately challenging holes out here, For example (8) and (17) with the double mando. However, to skill players this course is going to be a birdie fest. Counting both 9s, there are eight tee shots under 220 feet. Only two shots exceed 300 feet. There is water in play in the form of a concrete swale on several shots, but it was dry on my play and it seems as though it should only fill up briefly after a big rain. Perhaps the biggest x factor in the challenge is the implied OB roads.
- CHARACTER - A great community board with course map and baskets. But that's all the extra amenities to be found here. No alternate basket locations or multi tees (I gave the course a scoring credit for 18 holes instead of multi tees). No practice basket, hole signage or benches either.
- TEES - Sub-par. As of this review, the tees were natural and are showing signs of minor pitting. They are usable for the time being but it's only a matter of time before they get bad.
- NO ELEVATION - Nothing here is worth noting.
- UNIQUENESS - In addition to no elevation, the overall hole variety is lacking. For the most part the shots are relatively straight with a spattering of tree. No tunnel shots or pockets to hit. No par 4s, 5s or dogleg holes. Other than hole (2), the hole length ranges from 178 to 315 feet. Hole (6/15) is a neat mando using a tree to force shot to either side. Hole (8/17) is a double mando that's probably a bit too tough for the intended audience.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Even at night I could tell that this is not the most beautiful piece of property. Lots of roads and buildings in view. Few trees, no elevation and the one water feature is a concrete clad ditch.
Other Thoughts: The Outback for me will forever be known as the first course I ever bagged at night. I had a little twilight on holes (1) threw (3), but after that I relied on my phone flashlight, glow tape and street lights to finish the course. In all, kind of odd course to rate. In my opinion it neither fits in as a 1.5 or a 2, but rather in the middle. I liked the idea of adding an additional set of markers to make a full 18, but it's just another round of the same quirkiness as the first 9. The Outback will definitely work for those living in town but its reach beyond that won't ever be realized.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 By the Numbers

2-4    7/25/2016   8/2/2016
Review By: MiketheGoalie
Played: 66  Reviewed: 33  Exp: 11.8 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has pretty good distance variety for a land-locked 9-hole course. It's also fairly easy to navigate with the online map and available signage. There's even some forced shot variety especially with alternate/18 hole tees. The OB's (pavement and drainage ditches) will also add some difficulty for newer players. The mando's make sense and for the most part should minimize flightlines from spilling over into parking lots, streets, or playgrounds. The baskets are in great shape and the hole markers are usually pretty easy to locate due to them and the gravel tees standing out from the surrounding grass. The grass was well mowed when I played and the course was deserted save for me.
Cons: Very few trees in play to force lines on the course and most of the line-shaping (when there is any) comes in the form of OB's that force a left-to-right shot in lieu of the more common right-to-left. The OB areas on 18 are pretty tight for even advanced players and the likelihood of hitting a parked car on 9/18 is somewhat high. I feel like 9/18 (well 18 especially) really needs to be an island hole because of this. There's also a chance that a griplock on 2/11 and 3/12 would come perilously close to the playground area or street, respectively. A good flick with the wrong wind will see a drive on 5/14 end up in the O'Charley's parking lot, even with the fence there.

No real elevation to speak of on this course. Other amenities such as benches, tee signage, and garbage cans are also not present. The tees for 5/14 are not constructed. You just have to look for the box marker (painted paver) on the ground, but their proximity to the treeline means they could easily be covered by limbs, leaves, pine needles, etc. Not sure how permanent the navigation signage is. Seems like maybe a year or two at most before they're deteriorated or gone. Little bit of a walk between 7/8 but not onerous by any stretch. The drainage ditch presents the only real 'hazard' on the course and that's mostly due to slippery concrete after a recent rain, not rushing water.
Other Thoughts: This course wraps around the adjacent church and weaves its way through their property. It is a quick, fun play and doesn't have many challenges to throw at a seasoned player. Many birdie opportunities for average throwers. It definitely lends itself more to a beginner course and I'm sure it is a good use of the land for the adjacent church's youth group. Not a destination course by any stretch, but if it's local to you, it never hurts to get out and play.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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