Addition to Main Course
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Pros: The Loop 1 9 hole course is more or less just an extra add on to your round at the main course . It is a fast play and there are fewer people playing this side .The tees are cement and hold well , the baskets are Innovas that catch well , but the signs are really lacking .A course map on the internet would be nice , too . It takes place within the roads opposite of the Main course . The only tie you venture out of that is to cross the road at I think #9 to tee off ( 8 or 9 ) . It plays pretty tight until the last few holes but still has creative lines for you to throw to . I think after #3 a downhill 320' drive , turn left to go to the next tee even though there is a path that leads you to the lower end of the park . Just remember that the loop 1 9 holer is walled in by 3 different roads and you step out of it briefly for 1 drive at the end . I should have made a crude map while I was playing and posted it later . The course lacks the same amenities as the Main one , but it is not as crowded and you can play it by yourself in 30 minutes . Signature hole: Nothing jumped out of me on this course but I did like the downhill drive on #3 ( 320' ) which if you overthrow or throw to the right , you will go off an embankment
Cons: Signage was terrible . This is a disc golf mecca in Jonesboro , so the tee signs + a Next Tee sign in a couple of places would help this course out a lot . Also , the bugs and the mosquito are as bad over on this side of the road as they are on Loop 1 . Lather up with some bug spray , even putting some under your shirt . They found their way under mine and I got a couple of good bites . Hole distances on go up to 335' and you never get to unleash a drive .
Other Thoughts: A good add on for players that don't want the day to end , so they wander across the road for 9 more holes . It does what it is intended to do , give you a lot of tight line disc golf . I enjoyed the extra 9 . I wouldn't imagine that you would drive into Craighead Forest to play this 9 across the road ( I would play either 1-9 or 10-18 on the Main ) , but there were a couple of other groups playing this course while I was there . You shouldn't be bothered by by any of the campers or park goers because the course is sectioned away from them . My Recommendation : Play the Main Course for sure , and If you have a spare amount of time , play this side , too . 27 holes right next to each other . Disc golf at its best .
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The Icing on Craighead Cake
Pros: Loop 1 at Craighead Forrest has a similar feel to the main 18 hole course, also converging near the same parking lot. It isn't repetitive of the other course, but still mixes a lot of flavors from one hole to the next.
Good layout that plays quick. Not super lengthy, but a couple of chances to air out long drives. There is some modest elevation change, some heavy woods, some good birdie chances. No water on this one. Also with Innova baskets in nice shape, and concrete tees.
It is into the woods from the start, and plays a little more open on the last few holes. None of the really long par 3's, but four holes are in the 300'-335' range.
Cons: There could be improvements to the signage. They had laminated paper on stakes, showing hole number and distance. One sign (maybe number 6) was missing.
Hole 8 plays across the road if I remember it right.
I wish I would have taken some pictures to post here.
Other Thoughts: This Loop, along with the other 18 holes just across the road, is a fast and fun outing. It is probably too easy for the the pros, but has good lines to practice a lot of different throws. A great place to learn.
I hit a birdie on hole 6, and bogeyed on hole 9 to finish with par for the loop. I had a good drive on hole 2, but missed the putt. Then a bad drive on 3, but a great recovery on the approach to save par. Really liked the downhill run at 6, and managed to hit the wrong gap and still make the longish birdie putt. Then I went sour on the the drive on 9, and followed that up with an iffy approach attempt and a two putt bogey.
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