4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: (1.685 Rating) A short beginner's course with a mix of open and moderately wooded holes.
- ACEABILITY - A bucket full of ace potential. Veteran players throwing this course will throw them in chains quite routinely. There are four sub 200 light obstacle plays. There are a couple obstacle free shots at around 260 feet. A rec player running thirty to fifty rounds out here should and a notch.
- CHAINS - Not my favorite type, Mach 3s, but they're in great shape.
- FORGIVENESS - The odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is low with one exception. In the event that a player throws 30 feet deep on (1), then it's possible that Beaver Creek will take the disc away.
- TEES - Really nice 4 foot by 12 foot concrete tees.
- NAVIGATION - Despite no course map on site or online and no directional cues, I had little to no trouble navigating this one. The tee markers are the standard three foot high 4x4 wood posts. I would stand at the basket and turn until I saw a marker. The only tricky spot IMO was between (3) and (4), were (4) tee was a bit of a double back. The tee signs only show number, distance and par, but for this shorty, its adequate.
- QUICK PLAY - A single could easily complete a full 12 in under 30 minutes, I did my round in 25 minutes. Groups of 4 should probably finish in under an hour.
- MAINTENANCE - The grass was about eight inches high in the woods portion. The rest of grounds appear to be mowed weekly. The park is very clean despite just the one garbage can I saw along the layout at tee (1). There are no areas of overgrowth along the layout.
Cons: No major issues with Pinson, it just doesn't scream excellence in any key course aspects
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - The hole length at Pinson almost exactly matches that of nearby Magnolia Links at an average of 240 feet. However with this course being even more open than Magnolia, all rec players will be able to be under par on a routine basis.
- CHARACTER - Other than nice baskets and tees, the comfort items and extras are mostly absent. No multi tees or alternate basket placements. Only one bench on tee (1). Tee shading is light. There is however a shelter, practice basket and from what I read, restrooms as well.
- ELEVATION - Really none to speak of. I've played eight Birmingham area courses as of this review and this is the second flattest. No more than 10 feet of elevation change throughout the entire course layout.
- UNIQUENESS - In addition to no elevation, the overall hole variety here is very much sub-par. Every hole here is sub 350. A handful are without any obstacles. The woodsy portion is not going to please veteran players. The wooded holes are on the short side and often have throwing lanes of twenty feet or more. Water is in fridge play once on hole (1). None of the holes twist more than a couple degree.
- SPACING - Slightly below average. If the course were full, there would be a few tees that could be reached by an errant throw because of little tree protection. Also, a few fairways feel fringe shared.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Typical city park looks. It's nice but it won't have anyone reaching for a camera. Basically just flat meadows and a moderately spaced wooded area with a few building in the backdrop. I scored the course a bit below average.
- TIME WAITING - A walking path kind of circles the entire course layout. The path is generally only in fringe play, but its close enough that the correct option will be to wait a few extra moments for the walkers to clear.
- WIND - Due to the lack of trees in many areas on this layout, wind will likely be a moderate issue. I played moderately wooded Civitan just prior to this one and it was noticeably windier at Pinson.
- VANDELISM - Minor damage to several of the tee signs.
- NO NIGHT GOLF - This would have been an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, few trees, no overgrowth and only one fringe water hazard in play. A sign at the gate says the park closes at dusk.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time . After not scoring one frigg'n birdie at Civitan, I walked away with 8 birdies over 12 holes at Pinson. So it put a smile on my face. I have the course grading out to a borderline 1.5/2. This course should definitely be appealing to both beginners and novice level players. There really isn't enough here to warrant a return visit from myself but I could see recreational players living within a twenty minutes driving over here from time to time as they may really like this welcoming layout.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
very nice pitch and putt
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very nice concrete tee pads and nice new baskets. Course flows very well and is easy to navigate. Beginner friendly. Family friendly with playground, splashpad and restrooms on site. Located in a very nice well maintained park. No real possibility of losing a disc. Mix of open and wooded holes with a little elevation. Signs on each tee.
Cons: distance on tee signs is off in some cases. only 12 holes. Not a huge variety of holes.multi use ie watch out for others. The biggest con for most people would be that it is not all that challenging.
Other Thoughts: This a very nice course in a very nice park. It is very well designed and nice for what it is. It would be great to take the family for a picnic. kids could play on playground or splash pad while you throw a bit. Great for kids to learn on as most of the holes are very short. Great for a quick round or 2 ie doesn't take long to play. Could be played with a putter although 2 or 3 holes are over 300 feet. I used the putter off the tee a lot. It is NOT a course that will challenge you if you are an experienced player. I am not a long thrower and tend to enjoy nice short courses. Not a course I would want to play every day but I would go back there. There are a couple of nearby courses that have 18 and 20 holes respectively Greg Carter Memorial and Clay DGC. You could pair Bicentennial with one or both of those. warmup at Bicentennial and then go play one or both of the others.
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