Great Start, Needs More Refinement
2 Helpful / 0 Not
- free course
- course challenges player fundamentals
- some slight changes in course elevation
- nice variety of left and right themed fairways
- fairways have some decent shot shaping potential
- low traffic course
- quality rubber tees with gravel foundation and brooms
- informative tee signs
- disc return box
- fairways are a little overgrown
- baskets are low quality
- no true bomber holes
- basket could use more clearing around them, hard to see
- some fairway overlap
- pretty simple course in general
Diamond DGC is pitch a mid type course on a small plot private land between the local farm road and some sort of field. The course does a good job using the available space and requires a decent variety of shot proficiency. It challenges the fundamentals, yet is approachable to a variety of skill levels. Clearly, the course designer is on the right track with this homemade course. The tee pads are nicer than that of many public gulf coast courses. Each pad comes with stand to set or hang your bag, which is quite convenient.
Where this course struggles a little bit is in the throwing lanes. The fairways were a little too hairy for consistent shot shaping . Players must choose between having a pretty drives and uninspiring yet efficient sky hyzers. Pretty drives run the risk of being battered down by random vegetation protruding out into the fairway. Big stupid hyzers, if you can throw them, are often the safer choice. The basket are of the bargain variety, but they get the job done. The grass was a little high, though it was not thick enough to hide discs. I recommend high socks or pants if these are the regular course conditions.
All in all, the course was fun-sized, but I enjoyed my time at Diamond DGC. I would rather stop in for a round here over Eastgate, but that does not mean Diamod DGC has fully met it's potential. A couple of volunteer course maintenance days would go a long ways, assuming the owner wants the course to evolve. The course designer has a lot of be proud of. Hopefully the local community understands how valuable of an asset they have in their backyard and the course continues to grow moving forward.
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A Very Nice 9 hole Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (2.437 Rating) Better than your average 9 hole course.
- CHARACTER - Although the big ticket items are missing, ie (multi tees, a full 18 hole course, practice basket and alt basket locations), the course has all the other creature comfort items and also a few I had yet to see on a course as well. For one, until Diamond I had never seen a can of bug spray sitting on the first tee. Hole (1) also has a warm-up stretching disc as well. There are benches, bag hangers and brooms on every hole. There's a bag shelf on every hole so you can keep your stuff off the ground. Hole signage is adequate with distances and obstacles accurately shown. There's also a disc return mailbox after finishing (9). I truly was surprised by all the extras, it made the course that much more enjoyable and welcoming to play.
- TEES - Although not Concrete, they are among the better built rubber mat tees I've played on, 6 feet wide by 10 feet long. This is adequate IMO for every hole but (4) where I had to begin my run up from off the pad.
- NAVIGATION - I had no issues without a map, first time and solo. There are arrows directing traffic on the couple of holes where the next tee is not visible. It would be nice to add a next tee arrow on the hole signage. For your future benefit, I made and posted a course map on DGCR.
- SHOT SHAPING - Comparing this course to Eastgate on these terms is like comparing night and day. Several fun gaps to try and hit. A few holes have multiple lines to the basket. Hole (7) has an 8 foot wide tunnel 200 feet down fairway and will require a RHBH shot to turn over a bit before S'n back to the left. Several shots need to stay low and make a correct turn.
- CHILL AREAS - As stated above, benches on every hole. There is even a bench between basket (3) and (7) tee, so a tag-a-long can take an extended pit stop while the rest of the group plays the loop of holes (4-6.)
- CHALLENGING - About average due to the technical nature of many of the holes. Most Intermediate players should typically finish a couple under. Rec players should typically finish a few over. Advanced players will probably be unchallenged on most of the holes, but at least it's more technically demanding than neighboring Eastgate.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Not beginner level friendly but about all the other skill levels will be able to enjoy this one. There is just enough imagination in the shots to please advanced players and it's fair enough for rec players.
- RAW BEAUTY - The course IMO, is a touch above average when compared to the other courses I've played. There are just about no manmade structures in view and its almost a fully wooded layout. There are also a few slight elevation changes and there's a variety of trees and shrubs to throw around.
- QUICK PLAY - A single should easily be able to complete a full 9 in under 30 minutes. Groups of four should finish in under an hour in normal conditions.
Cons: You'll wish this solid 9 holer were a full 18.
- FORGIVENESS - Not all that bad but missing your shot can be quite punishing at a few areas on this course. The overgrowth can be thick but it's generally not oppressive.
- TERRAIN - A little raw in a few areas. It will take a few years for this one to beat in. It's probably a bit of stretch to bring disc golf cart here. You'd need some big wheels for this course.
- CHAINS - Very light chains that surprisingly did not reject any of my putts. I'm sure this will be upgraded over time.
- ELEVATION - I was hoping for more. It seems like the site could offer a 30 foot drop or so. Currently, the most any one holes dives or rises is about 15 feet.
- UNIQUENESS - Not to be confused with shot shaping (see pros), Diamond lacks the diversity of your average 18 hole course. There are no water features other than dry washes and elevation as mentioned above is minimal. There are no dogleg holes or par 4's or 5's. There are few well done left bending pocket shots, but no shot however bends in the opposite direction. The only time I didn't throw RHBH was on (6) where I tomahawked one.
- PARKING - You literally park in a field. Normally not a concern for most, but bringing a vehicle that rides low to the ground is not a good idea.
Other Thoughts: Diamond Disc Golf is a perfect pairing partner with nearby Eastgate. Eastgate offers long bomber holes while Diamond offers shorter technical plays. I have both courses rated about the same, but I could definitely see myself playing Diamond more often as it's more shaded and I also typical prefer technical plays over bomb-it type holes. I was able to meet Jay (land owner and designer) post round and he mentioned to me that this is the only disc golf course he's ever played. From seeing this nice layout, that was a bit shocking to hear. If you happen to run into Jay while out here, be sure and thank him for his generosity in sharing his land with the disc golf community.
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