Lots of Potential
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety - Given the location you might think this would be another boring city park course. Not so. Highland Park has a bit of everything, from open bombers to water carries to (very) tight wooded holes, uphill and downhill.
Use of Land - The designers mostly did a good job with the layout. There is a surprising amount of elevation change here, and it is used well. There is also little danger of an errant throw encroaching on another fairway, and the holes are all far away from the playground area.
#6 is a standout hole even with the current state of the course (see Cons below). It plays 320' according to the course map. Your tee shot has to carry probably 175' or so across a fairly steep gorge with a creek in the middle. Then it's a sharp dogleg right to the basket.
Another great hole is #14. This is a 356' downhill bomber coming out of the heavily wooded area of the park into the open. It's a great view and a chance at a birdie with a solid tee shot.
Cons: Baskets are in poor shape as of this writing. One is missing chains, one has the bottom portion of the basket sitting on the ground, and a couple have incorrect hole numbers on them.
The tee pads are dirt, and there are no tee signs. Nor is there a kiosk/course map. Use the map attached in the Files section here for navigation.
Although I praised the overall design above, there are no obstacles between the tee and the basket on some holes. Also, hole #16 is just silly. According to the map it runs 273'. The first 250' or so of this is a marsh area and there is really nowhere to lay up, so if you don't make it the full 250' you are probably going to lose your disc. Also to get to the tee from the #15 basket you have to somehow walk across said marsh, or halfway around the whole park to go around it.
On some of the wooded holes the "fairways" are literally 2 ft wide walking paths that wind up and down hills at fairly steep angles. I generally like this type of hole...but a little brush clearing would go a long way here while still keeping things challenging.
Probably not too much challenge for more experienced players.
Other Thoughts: There is lots of potential here but it goes mostly untapped.
With cement tee pads, tee signs, new baskets, and a kiosk this course probably goes up to a 3.0. Throw in some periodic maintenance and redesign a few holes and it seriously could be a 3.5 or 4.0 in my book. I would like to see #14 extended to use the basket on #16. It would make for a nice long hole with a tricky pin placement (behind some trees when coming from that direction).
Overall I had a fun round. I say this place is worth checking out if you're a local, but probably not worth a long drive. I live close by and will probably play it again periodically to see if there have been any updates.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
More Than Meets The Eye
Pros: -Short and sweet (took about an hour by myself)
-Good use of the elevation and woods on the back nine
-Some good obstacles through the trees
-Near downtown/NE Side
Cons: -Somewhat tough navigation starting out
-Fairly overgrown on some parts making it a little difficult to navigate when the water comes into play
Other Thoughts: Initially, the course looked like it was going to be just a short boring 9 holes (which is what it started out as I guess) being that it is in a city park. As I went through the course, I was surprised how large it actually was going through the trees/hillside. Some enjoyable holes (12 and 14) but quiet a bit of overgrown holes I had to really keep my eye on. I will be going back for sure since it is close to where I live and pretty fun overall.
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