My First Black Ace
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.269 Rating) (REVISED - replayed October 2018) The only course for miles around.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - A nice course to introduce a new player to the game. Just about no overgrowth areas and the odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is near impossible with one exception. In the event that the almost always dry creek bed is at its banks, then yes, it's possible. The course is great for Novice level players and reasonable Recreational players.
- MAINTENANCE - Great. I've been here ten times now and it appears that the grounds are mowed bi-weekly. The church's course area has been clean every time here for me despite there not being a single garbage can along the layout. Large branches are always picked up.
- QUICK PLAY - A single can easily complete a full 9 in under 30 minutes. I've done a two sum here in 40 minutes. Figure groups of four in under an hour.
- ACEABILITY - A few of the holes are highly aceable. Players will have great opportunities on holes (3, 7 and 8)
- NIGHT GOLF - This is an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, few trees, no overgrowth and no water hazards in play... if the creek/ditch is dry.
- GROW THE SPORT - No doubt will this course aid in growing the sport by offering easy access to learn the game at a beginner friendly course. To my knowledge this is the only course in Jackson County and according to DGCR, the next closest course is 32 mile drive away.
Cons: Just the basic elements of a course.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves in terms variety are below average. Most shots are open with a spattering of trees. Players should expect howling winds at times out here as well as there is very little protection from the elements. The hole yardage does vary a bit, 180 feet to 500 feet, so every player will get a couple opportunities to let one rip, especially on holes (2), (4) and (5). There are two tree split mando's, but the one on (3) is so wide and close to the tee that it does not even register into my shot thought process. However, the widths will get newer players smacking the trees and it will force them to get a touch more accurate.
- ELEVATION - Really none to speak of, which is not typical for this part of Alabama, but it just so happens to be what's here on this church parcel. Total elevation change is not much more than 5 feet throughout the entire course layout.
- SUB-PAR BASICS - The tees and baskets are of below average quality. All nine tees are grass without any defining tee line. Thankfully no lane pitting, unevenness or protruding roots yet, but I don't think this course get enough play so it should be fine for a while. As for the Chains, they are "Instep". They don't make that nice ching noise that you'd expect of the DGA's, DISCatchers, Prodigy or Chainstars. I will add however, that they oddly always grab my disc pretty good during my putts. It looks like the chains are not the originals as they are heavier than the out the box Instep basket version.
- CHARACTER - In addition to sup-par basics, the course lacks most of the extra amenity items found at the older established courses. The tee signs are very basic being just a 4 by 4 post with a number and a distance. There is no community board, no alternate tees, no alternate basket placements and no practice basket. There is just one bench on hole (1), which is a good place to put one if you just have the one. There is also little shading at the tees.
- BASKET AND TEE SEPARATION - There are numerous occurrences where the basket and next tee are perilously close. Several times they are separated by less than 40 feet.
- BLACK ACE - The spacing between holes is below average. Thankfully this is not a high traffic course as several fairways edges are shared. Discs will likely end up in other fairways on several holes. I personally had my first black ace here on (2) and thankfully no one saw it.
- DIFFICULTY - Not much of a challenge to even recreational players as they should have no problem breaking par. Sub 850 rated players may be delighted however as it can be a feel good round. I think an even par round of 28 will equate to an 825 rated round.
- LOCATION - The course is a trek to get to from any city of size. A good 30 minutes from the interstate. Unless a player lives in Scottsboro or has relatives that do (like me), it will be hard to check this one off the list.
Other Thoughts: The course has a ways to go and will be limited in some regards to improvements due to plot of land's natural limitations. I don't live that far away from Agape, if there are ever any upgrades, I will update my rating. For most players, Recreational level and up, this course only offers the basics of the game. So the term passable seems very appropriate. However, Agape will be a nice course for Beginners and Novice level players that live within 5-10 miles. This course is probably worth a look see to those that live within 30 miles. As for course baggers? As always, this is a must play course ;)
- NAVIGATION - Fairly easy due to the open nature. However, having a printed map is necessary to navigate this one seamlessly on first play because the posts are hard to read and there are no other onsite directional aids. There's an accurate map on DGCR as of this revision. There use to be a mailbox at (1) filled with maps, but it broke sometime in 2017 and is no longer available. I'll also mention that the course is good for those that like to bring out the disc golf cart.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Good 9 hole Course
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good variety of long and short holes, 2 double mandos. They have discs at office for beginners. It is the only course in Scottsboro, Al. filling a gap between Huntsville and Gatlnburg
Cons: Water pools in many areas during rainy months
Other Thoughts: New bridge added on 3 so no walk around! Some additional landscaping between fairways and debris clean up on 4 fairway
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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