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Pros: (2.079 Rating) An open layout with a few lightly defined fairways.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - Due to no overgrowth areas and no water hazards, this will be an ideal course to bring beginners to, perhaps the best example in all of north Alabama. The course is also a great utility course for novice and recreational players and perhaps beyond depending on personal tastes.
- QUICK PLAY - For its length, it plays fairly quick. I did my round here solo in just over 45 minutes. I think this will translate to 1 1/2 hours for a group of 4 seasoned players.
- FUN FACTOR - I think the best aspect of Warhawk DGC is the easy going feel. As mentioned, no hazards and no overgrowth. There are also lots of birdie opportunities for rec players and above. Also, a few ace runs and lots of opportunities to air one out for those that max out at 350 feet.
- THE BASICS - Adequate 4 foot by 10 foot concrete tees and great baskets, DISCatchers. It's always a nice start when a course gets the core items right.
- TRAINING GROUNDS - This is the perfect place for players rated between 800 and 900 to work on their game, especially on wind plays. I foresee that this course won't get the heavy play like that of nearby Brahan Springs, so I could definitely see a player practicing on how to unload their bag on a few holes.
- NAVIGATION - Improving. I downloaded the course map before coming here my first time and just about had no issues navigating this course. Tee signs were present on my second appearance. An onsite course map installation was imminent, but I had not heard anything yet as of this review.
Cons: No major playability issues with Warhawk, but it definitely lacks variety and challenge.
- ELEVATION - The site is fairly flat. Perhaps there are a couple of tee to basket grade differences at around the 10 foot mark. The site perhaps had the potential to work in a 15 elevation tee shot, but that wouldn't have had made much of a difference.
- UNIQUENESS - Way too many open plays. There are three holes without a tree in play. Thirteen of the remaining fifteen holes I'd classify as lightly wooded, and only two holes, (5) and (7), I'd label as moderately wooded holes. There is no water in play. No pars 4s or 5s but there are a few par 3s with placements beyond 400 feet. There are a few nice swales around baskets that could bring into play a death role, which is where the disc catches an edge and roles 30 feet or more away.
- SHOT SHAPING - With the extent of the openness, one can expect a round with very little thought process on the tee. Most holes I just looked at the tee sign hole distance, and then quickly grabbed a disc and threw. Way too many holes can be attacked from every angle.
- DIFFICULTY - Recreational players who are able to throw 325 feet should have no problem breaking par on this course. Advanced players should probable be able to throw 10 down or more on light wind days. The only challenging placement to an advanced player is location (C) on hole (18) which is listed at 520 feet.
- CHARACTER - Below average, but it's just a matter of time before this young course starts getting the typical amenities. Hole signage is now present, and as stated, a community board and course map is coming soon or perhaps already installed. No restrooms or shelter near the layout and only one set of tees. There is a practice basket near tee (1) and 9 holes have multiple basket placements.
- WIND - I lucked out, hardly any wind the first day I came out here. But considering the openness, I'd bet that it's not an uncommon occurrence. Sure enough, on my second appearance there was a bunch of wind.
- RAW BEAUTY - Really not much for the designer to work with to deliver and inspiring layout. I gave the course a 2 out of 5 in my spreadsheet. On a positive note, there are not really any eyesores out here either.
Other Thoughts: A nice set up for a young course that will definitely attract newer players. It most closely reminds me of Southside Park in Huntsville, but this one is a touch longer, more open and dryer. Players that like to grip-it and rip it, will probably really like this course. However those that prefer technical courses, will have to go elsewhere. I will suggest nearby Flying Dragon in Decatur or Mastin Lake in Huntsville.
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Decent, if easy, campus course
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Pros: Nice new Discatchers and concrete tees, plus full color hole signs with about as much detail as the course itself.
Substantially less obnoxious with the OBs than the Sportsplex up the road: while a few holes feature the parking lot or similar OB areas tangentially, it isn't an over the top, choked by ropes kind of course, and there isn't substantial risk of hitting... anything, really.
Long enough to not be Athens State, part II, with an average around 300'/hole (more or less, depending on pin positions), and with the right pins in the long positions, there are a few plays over 400 feet.
Cons: Aside from a few sloped greens (exploiting the side of a landscaped ditch/drainage area), the only noteworthy elevation on the course is a slight uphill on hole 2, which gains 10, maybe 15 feet in 375. It's enough to matter, but not much.
Although the course architect added some trees to shape shots some, the underlying land is still an open field, and so most shots are VERY open. This will change some with time, as trees grow, and there are plans for more, but it's still going to be a course in a field.
Other Thoughts: If I happened to attend school here, heck yeah, I'd be playing this course after class. In that regard, it's a success for the school. It strikes me as a happy medium between Sportsplex's length and crazy OBs and ASU's lack of challenge, although it retains the open character of both.
I'd rate the difficulty toward the middle to upper end of rec, or lower for the short pins. Time of play is 40-50 minutes solo.
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