Take It To The Limit
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.041 Rating) A beautiful course that will challenge advanced level players.
- RAW BEAUTY - Wow, I was not expecting this course to look this stunning. Before my visit, the course had not yet been fully photographed, as only images of the tee signs were posted on DGCR. It was definitely a privilege to take and upload all the amazing tee shot images for this course. Several fairway designs are definitely worthy of pulling out the camera and snapping a photo. Hole (13) was my personal favorite with an undulating fairway that parallels America Lake. Hole (18), another eye pleaser, has a large guardian bamboo patch.
- CHALLENGING - A very challenging layout that will please higher skilled players. Every hole will require some shot shaping and there are a couple of occurrences where the razor thin lines cross into poke and hope territory (see cons, flawed holes). Most of the lines however are fair and have nicely defined lanes in the 10 to 25 foot width range. In addition to the tight fairways, the hole lengths are longer than average and several of these wooded par 3s exceed 350 feet in length. As an intermediate player I doubt I would ever average below par here, but I think players at a 935 rating should average around even par. Although the course reads advanced level, it's not championship level difficult like the blues at Inverness in Birmingham.
- UNIQUENESS - Above average but with two grievances. To start, four par 4s. Two of the par 4s dogleg, one in each direction. Lots of tunnel shots, like 18 of them. The lanes on these tunnel shots vary from 25 feet wide on the wider ones, and down to poke and hope lanes on the narrow ones. Lots of nice undulating elevation. Nothing that major, perhaps 20 to 25 feet max, but its present is on numerous holes. There is water in play on three holes, but always along the right side of the fairway. A vast majority of the lines at The Eagle break left, which to me, is a design flaw. I find that the great courses will have a near even mix of right and left breakers and of varying distances to challenge a skilled player's full arsenal.
- NAVIGATION - There has to be 30 to 40 large white directional arrows out here. It really helped with navigating this layout. The tee signage unfortunately didn't have next tee directional arrows and there was no course map on site. There is a map online, but it's not the best. But, even with these issues, all a player really needs to do is stand at the basket and turn until they see a white arrow. I didn't look at the DGCR map one time.
Cons: The Eagle is lacking a little refinement and some basic amenities.
- TEES - Gravel in most instances but also a couple of natural tees. I really didn't have too many issues with my footwork during my November 2017 round, but this element will continue deteriorate over time.
- FLAWED HOLES - I've played much more difficult courses and have loved them. The Eagle unfortunately has a few challenging holes that cross the line between fair and unfair. Hole (1) for example has a wonderful 15 foot wide tunnel shot for the first 250 to 300 feet. Then it turns into a poke and hope for the last 75 feet. Hole (14) according to the sign has two lanes to the baskets. The left lane is one of those lines that requires a disc to have autonomous roadside adjustment system to avoid a couple trees on the natural s'n or arching trajectory. The right side of hole (14) is open and over the water, but it plays over a couple fishing docks. Hole (18) is a deep left pocketing par 3 that has no line anywhere near the basket. A mando along the left forces plays well right. The optimal and only gap still leaves at least a 100 foot uphill putt on even the best throws.
- CHARACTER - A lot of the standard items like those seen on established courses are missing. Benches are absent for this moderately hilly 6,000 foot layout. No alternate basket placements, no practice basket and no second set of tees. There is a community board with course map, but the map is so small it's near impossible to read.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Beginners, novice and some recreational players (850 player ratings and lower) will probably not like this course and they should stick with the other course in town, North Jasper Park. The length and tighter lines will punish bad throws and it will leave a bad taste in the mouth for those not ready for an advanced level beat down. The course would really benefit by adding a second set of shorter tees. I have a feeling that many players in town have checked out this course out once and then went back North Jasper Park.
- QUICK TO PLAY - Not a quick play. Although not terribly long, there are lots of trees and a few nooks that will conceal the location of a disc for a moment. Figure a group of four skilled players could be here 2 ½ to 3 hours to complete a round.
Other Thoughts: The Eagle has a lot going for it, such as the land the course graces. Players that like beautiful challenging courses will enjoy this course. On the flipside however, players that aren't ready for advanced challenges will likely come away defeated. As a whole, the course feels a bit incomplete. The course would really benefit the most by adding rec tees and also concrete tees in general. The Eagle is on my radar for a re-evaluation, there's a lot of room for growth.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Nice Park Indeed
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Beautiful park, tall trees with few low limbs to manage. Nice pine needle flooring with little underbrush.
-Good use of lake to influence shot selection. Watch out for some swirling lake effect wind!
-Nice variety of long and short holes. Definitely has those short must birdie holes, and the longer bonus birdie types.
Cons: -Fairways are very close to each other. With the number of trees in this park, stray kicks will eventually land you in oncoming fairways.
-Existing fairways are just a few trees short of complete. Too many poke-and-hope type holes. Too many good drives unrewarded.
-Tee signs are a bit misleading of true fairway shape.
Other Thoughts: I've read reviews before that describe courses with unfair fairways and always shrugged them off as coming from unskilled players. This course truly involved too much luck. I like a good tight fairway (holes 11 and 17 come to mind) when they have defined lines. However, too many holes here are missing a defined fairway. Hole 15 involves nothing but luck, and holes 1 and 3 need cleaned up. A good drive on both of these is still punished, and hole 3 even plays as fair if not better if you throw over 2's fairway. Worth playing for the nice park- would be great with some more course work.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: First off I want to say the Park is very nice. It has a dog park and a red rock walking trail that runs through the entire disc golf course. Some good views of the water. Tee signs are good and they have arrows pointing you in the direction of the next tee box.
Cons: Course is heavily wooded , to the point where you don't pick a line you want to take you just step up throw the disc and pray you don't hit one of the 200 trees in between you and the basket. If that isn't enough some of these holes are 400+ in a heavily wooded course with no real fairway makes this near impossible to par. While they do have newer tee signs, more than not the basket is so far away you have no real clue in what direction you should be throwing other than the way the tee pad faces . On courses like these I think the baskets should be a bright color or have some sort of indicater for you to be able to locate them from a distance.
Other Thoughts: Overall the park is awesome , the layout on the disc golf course requires alot of luck even for a skilled player. If your in the area you should play it to see for yourself but definitely not a course I would drive out of my way to play.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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