Better Than Many 9 Hole Courses
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.541 Rating) This is the second time I've played a shockingly good 4 basket course.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - A very beginner and recreational friendly layout, probably even more so than the red to red layout at the nearby Red Hawk course. The only issue that a beginner or rec player might have is the pond that's located 60 feet left of number (2's) basket. I suppose that a long left directed misfire could drop in the pond. I'll also point out that there is just about no overgrowth here and the hole lengths are very much on the shorter side.
- CHAINS - DISCatchers that are in immaculate shape.
- TEES - Nice sized, well constructed and newly poured concrete tees.
- SIGNAGE - Solid course map near tee (1) and professional done tee signage.
- NAVIGATION - Open enough to see all tees signs from just about any spot on the course. I had absolutely no issues in traversing this course.
- QUICK PLAY - With the onsite course map and hole signage, I was able to blow through this course in 10 minutes. I could see employees of the medical center coming out to run the holes over a break.
- ELEVATION - A nice 30 foot down shot for the finishing hole.
- MAINTENANCE - Mowed grass throughout, no tree limbs or branches on the course and it's trash free. The course was in great shape on my visit.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - About average, but for courses I've rated this low, the average score for beauty brought the total rating up. The gentle sloping terrain that the layout is on has a relaxing feel to it and the pond has a nice fountain as well.
Cons: Only 4 baskets really affects the playability of The Links.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - Should be played as all 3s by everyone above the recreation level. I could definitely see an advanced player shooting 4 deuces every 7 or 8 rounds out here. Shot shaping is limited and the longer throwers could probable leave their driver in the car.
- CHARACTER - The basics were done amazingly, Tees, Baskets, Signage. However, that's where it ends. There aren't any multi tees or alternate baskets or a practice basket. No finishing shelter with picnic tables or tee seating. There's most definitely a restroom inside the medical center, but guests probably can't use it.
- UNIQUENESS - With only four holes, this layout is very much lacking in variety. There's a nice elevation shot on (4), Water is along the left on (2). However, (1) and (3) both have a run of mill city park feel to them with a few random trees along the line to the basket.
- PRIVATE SIGNS - The course map states in big bold letters "Welcome". However, near tee (3) there is a sign that says trespassers with be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. So which is it?
- SPACING - I've seen much tighter layouts but this course is still a bit of a squeeze on the site. I could see someone teeing from (3) and airmailing a disc up to basket (1).
- WIND - Not too many trees here so wind may be a big issue.
Other Thoughts: This is a great example of what a small unusable parcel of land can be for disc golf. I wish there were more 4 and 6 holes courses like this to bring the game to another area. The Links probably isn't going to bring a large following due to the great course across the street, but this addition will definitely allow the town residents the opportunity to switch it up on occasion.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Disc Golf at a Hospital
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Whoever decided to have this course went all out for only 4 holes. The course has an official name, there is a kiosk with map, professional tee signs (each hole is nicknamed for a local city), numbered yellow Discatcher baskets, and even superb concrete tees. Installing 4 baskets and some basic ball-golf style tee markers would have been totally acceptable and justified here- so I appreciate the total commitment.]
This is a park style course- mostly open and grassy with a few trees to avoid. Normal hole lengths with good variety, and #2 is a plenty long, plus #4 is a fun downhill finishing hole.
A good place to introduce somebody to disc golf: short round, exposes them to the object of the game without the fear of losing discs, but not boring either.
Cons: Only 4 holes, too bad they don't have a little more room to put in 9. I literally played the course in 5 minutes. Would be easy to master for any level of experienced disc golf after a couple rounds.
Other Thoughts: This little course is at a medical center almost right across the street from the East Athletic Campus of Martin Methodist College, which has a disc golf course as well. I thought this was the Red Hawk Course at first when I saw the land, the small lake, and a basket in a grassy field (you know the thought we all have "looks like a good spot for a course, oh wait, there is a basket!") But it was not the course I was there to play (which happened to be closed anyways), so I got to accidentally play these 4 holes instead.
I am not sure what the intention of this course is, being at a medical center and all. It did not appear to be private (no signs saying patients or employees only). In fact, it was quite welcoming with the nice kiosk. But hey, why not. Hopefully it will serve its purpose.
My 1.5 rating (Passable) is not a knock on the quality of this course, but more of the fact that there is only 4 holes, plus the fact that right across the street is a 9 hole course with two sets of tees and 2 permanent baskets.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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