Fairly New, Mostly Flat Course
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Pros: Since the course itself is fairly new, the tee pads and baskets are in great shape. Course is mostly flat, with a few holes having a downward or uphill slope.
The park where the course is is also in good shape, so it's a pleasant setting for the course. There is a decent sized lake that can come into play for three or four holes.
There is a decent variety of shot selection. Most of the Front 9 has some sort of obstacle (mostly trees) to shoot around, which makes a few challenges for beginning players.
The Back 9 has some challenges as well, with Number 12 having the tee pad on the southwest part of the lake. Players can choose to throw over the lake (around 200 feet or so), or to play it safe and follow the contour of the lake to the right. Number 13 then has the lake on the player's left.
There are some easier, more wide open holes (Number 1, Number 8, Number 15) and one long par 4 (Number 9, 550 feet).
Cons: Probably the biggest drawback of the course is the lack of signage on the course. There are no signs for each tee pad, so if you've never played the course, it's hard to tell where to start, and then where to go after that. Some baskets are fairly close to each other (Number 6 and Number 17) so it makes for some confusion the first time or two playing the course. There is a map of the course posted on a fence, so take a picture of it the first time you come (it is also in the Links/Files section on this site). UPDATE- There are now signs up at each tee box!
The next biggest issue is a lot of the course intersects or comes close to parts of the park that other non-playing people are using. Shelters, walking trails, benches, playground equipment, and possible vehicles are all possible factors for playing. I know I had to wait on a few people to pass by to play a few holes, or I had to hold back on a few throws to make sure I was not going to come close to people who were there. If you're the only one there, then you don't have to worry about it. If the park is busy, it may take you longer than usual to play it.
A pro I listed was a variety of shots, however a lot of the holes are fairly short distance. Only 2 holes on the course are listed longer than 300 feet (Number 4 and Number 9), so not the most challenging for advanced players.
A lot of the Front 9 is lightly wooded with a swamp/marsh area near Number 2 and Number 3. If you come during the summer and it's warm/humid, bring bug spray. The swamp/marsh area can swallow discs if you're not careful, and you can also lose discs to the lake on Numbers 2, 12, and 13.
Speaking of 13, the tee pad for it is part of the sidewalk to the west of 12's basket.
Other Thoughts: Overall, the course is good to play with some fun shots. Not the most challenging course, but certain holes can be challenging for beginning players. If the park is being used by other people, it really can slow you down. Not having signage is a big negative as well, but once that gets put in, it will really help.
I live about an hour away from this course, so I plan on playing it again in the future, (and hopefully avoid the big crowds).
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crowding causes confusion
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Pros: • Very clean park.
• 18 level cement tee pads and baskets in a compact area so you don't have to walk very far to the next tee.
• A few very low ceiling shots.
• The friendly Falls City disc golf kitty (cat) followed us for a few holes.
Cons: • Tee pads are not numbered, you must have a map the first time out.
• Very crowded park! Fairways cross and some require shots directly at, along, or over amenities such as sidewalks, benches, shelters, playgrounds, the volley ball court, street crossing, park entrance, and the parking lot. People not playing disc golf don't seem to have any idea they are standing in the fairway. Hopefully this improves as the community comes to embrace the sport.
• Some tee pads are dangerously close to the previous basket. This was listed as a pro, but only applies when nobody else is at the park. For example tee 8 is in hole 7's circle, yet hidden from people throwing on 7. And you can't finish hole 9 when others are on tee 10 (waiting for street and pedestrian traffic to clear).
• As trees continue to grow they will encroach some tee pads like 8 and 9.
Other Thoughts: While playing with a group on a nice fall afternoon we saw at least six other groups playing. Some of the other groups were following the planned course flow, some were playing to random baskets which cut in front of us and that was frustrating.
For future design efforts consider nine baskets and two tee pads; one for beginners and one for advanced players. This allows for new and beginning players to enjoy the course and gives seasoned players a challenge too. Also, start with easy holes and make them more difficult as the course goes along. This helps to keep novice players returning.
Maybe tee signs are coming soon, otherwise painting a number on the tee pad would help tremendously.
As a tournament director I would have a limit of four to five cards due to crowding.
The rating of 2 is "reasonable". Too many design deficiencies to be called reasonable so I give it a 1.5.
I'll be back to play the course someday and hope the park is not as busy.
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