The Best Part Is Leaving.
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Pros: (1.030 Rating) A six basket course lacking an identity.
- QUICK PLAY - Perhaps the best thing about this course is that it is over quick. I made two laps in 40 minutes. Figure a group of four should be able to do the same in about 75 minutes.
- CHALLENGING - I was not expecting this shorty to be as difficult as it was. Normally when I play courses with less than 9 baskets, I get a bunch of sub 200 foot ace runs. This is not the case at Pepper Branch. I'm an intermediate player and I managed only one birdie over 12 holes. Half of the holes are over 300 feet long and the short ones all have somewhat challenging lines.
- LOCATION - Pepper Branch fills a substantial gap in the disc golf course coverage. The next closest course is over a half hour away.
Cons: There are a lots of issues with this course.
- NAVIGATION - The layout apparently went through a partial renumbering since the last review. There is a map located at the community board but it doesn't reflect where the tee markers are. Only holes (1) and (2) are still the same. For this reason I spent about 5 minutes wandering around trying to locate marker (3).
- SAFETY/PROPERY HAZARDS - Hole (2) plays around some picnic tables. Hole (6) plays along parking. In addition, (4) through (6) are all jammed together without defined fairway separation.
- TEES - Not good at all. Natural with no defined line. Several of the implied teeing areas offer no flat throwing area either.
- CHARACTER - In addition to the poor tees, this course really doesn't have any of the amenities or comfort items seen on established courses. No benches or detailed hole signage at the tees. No trash cans or shading at the tees either and the baskets are single chain. There is a course map at the community board but again, it no longer matches the layout, (see cons, navigation.)
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - I'm not really sure who this course is going to appeal to. Most skilled players are going to want more than what the course offers. Lower skilled players are only going to get a look at a birdie once every few rounds, if ever.
- UNIQUENESS - It's rare to find good variety at a course with this small of footprint and Pepper Branch's lack of variety is a prime example of this reality. (1) and (2) are very similar tricky throws across a 15 foot wide creek. (3) through (6) are generally open field plays. All six holes are par 3s and are all mildly challenging. Four of the six holes are valley plays going down and then back up to a similar starting elevation which almost completely negates the elevation's impact.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - There are some nice areas in this park but overall, the good doesn't outweigh the bad. On the good side, a dam control structure has overflowing water constantly cascading over top of it. There is also a nice creek cutting through the first two holes. On the flipside, (3) through (6) are all kind of blah from tee view. Lots of manmade structures, roads and parking in view throughout the layout. I rated the course a 1.5 out of 5 for beauty.
Other Thoughts: One of the least enjoyable courses I've ever played. I really don't see how this course appeals to anyone. The layout and design is wack and it will leave seasoned players scratching their head. I think this course should be re-laid out with a looping layout and have a few holes in the 200 to 250 foot range to make it more novice and recreational friendly.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: 6 holes in a small, but nice city park with scenic views of the Collins River. Design uses what is available- a tree line and a creek mainly. Holes 1-2 require some accuracy, and the small creek they play across can be counted as o.b., but there is no danger of losing a disc in it. Holes 3-6 are mainly out in the open with a few trees that are fairly easy to throw over or around, and these are long and open enough to give the chance for most players that would be playing here to throw some full drives.
Baskets are in great shape. Tee posts are color coordinated with the circle on the basket, so you easily know which basket to throw to- this is a cool idea rather than numbers.
A good place to practice or to introduce someone to the game.
Cons: Tees are only posts and the tee area is just "pick a spot of grass" near the post. Only 1 and 4 had numbers on them, though numbers aren't really that necessary here.
Holes 3,4,6 play in much of the same area, though I doubt this course is ever crowded, having baskets next to tees and shared fairway space is always a hazard.
Not much to it overall, just 6 holes, and they are not all that exciting, especially after the first two.
Other Thoughts: Check the course map on the kiosk to know what the design is supposed to be. Then if you wanted more you could just start making up holes.
I would have put 5's basket on the other side of the group of trees and then had 6 play along the back tree line and not interfere with 3 & 4, then you could have a 7th tee back to 4's basket if you wanted.
Nice place to learn, but then I am not sure what you do as there are no other courses nearby. And you are definitely not traveling to play here (trust me, I did so you don't have to). The purpose of this course is mainly for the locals who might gain an interest in disc golf because of this course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Small city park provides a nice introduction to disc golf
Pros: The designers have used this small piece of land about as effectively as possible. There are no completely wide open holes because the course uses a small line of trees effectively on one section of the course and another section uses a small wooded creek to force players to throw accurate shots. Holes are of a decent length and because of the aforementioned use of trees, the course provides a a decent challenge even to intermediate players. There is a course map by the first tee that shows the layout of the course,and the tee posts and corresponding baskets are color coded for easier identification.
Cons: The natural tee pads are marked simply by a post with no distances. Some of the tee pads were not exactly level and it was difficult to find a comfortable spot on the tee. Due to the small piece of land that is located on, three of the six baskets played across the same strip of trees. If the course were to ever get crowded, I could foresee some safety issues with the overlapping fairways and close proximity of some tees and baskets. The biggest con would probably have to be that's it's only 6 holes but I honestly don't see where they could have put any more baskets. The pars are listed in the course map and three holes are listed as par 4 but this course is definitely all par 3s to any moderately experienced player.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed this small course. I would consider myself an intermediate player and I shot +2 because of an errant tee shot on 1 that hit a tree (and my poor putting). Every tee shot requires some kind of placement and accuracy. The first hole plays through a tight gap over a creek. The second hole requires a fairly lengthy hyzer shot around a large tree and through a gap and over the creek. The third shot has a fairly small gap about 30 feet from the tree that then opens up into a field. The next shot then comes back to that same strip of trees but you can go over them if you have any kind of distance. Fifth hole is on the opposite side of a patch of trees but you can pretty much just go around them. The last hole plays over the same thin strip as 3 and 4 but requires a high hyzer. I have visited Mcminneville quite often recently and am glad there is an option for disc golf. I just wish it was a longer course but because of the layout of the last four holes, you could easily play a safari 9 holes. If you are in Mcminnevile, you should check it out. It's definitely not a destination course or worth a long drive but I felt like the holes were well thought out and provided a nice introduction to this great sport.
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