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Pros: (1.266 Rating) An open forgiving nine holer.
- LENGTH FOR A 9 - At 3,200 feet, one of the longer 9 holes courses I've played. A couple holes over 450 feet meaning that 99% of the players out there will have a chance to use their driver. Players wanting to practice their drives while playing a round will find some utility to this course.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - A great course to introduce a new player to. There are no overgrowth areas, the course is well spaced for a 9 holer and the odds of losing a disc will be limited to forgetting to pick up. The course is probably also nice for novice and lower end Recreational players who prefer openish courses.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be mowed weekly or bi-weekly and it was clean despite me not seeing any garbage cans along the layout.
- QUICK PLAY - A single should easily be able to complete a full 9 in under 30 minutes. Groups of 4 in under an hour.
- NIGHT GOLF - This is an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, few trees, no overgrowth and no water hazards in play.
- GROW THE SPORT - No doubt will this course aid in growing the sport by offering students easy access to learn the game at a beginner friendly course, on campus grounds.
- LOCATION - 8 minutes from Woodland Park, so an easy extra bagger notch for those looking to add courses.
Cons: Only the basic elements of game.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves in terms variety are far below average. Most shots are open with a spattering of trees. The hole distance do vary a bit from 200 feet to 498 feet, so as stated in the pros, players will get a few opportunities to let one rip. There are no tunnel shots, pockets or tree gaps to hit. Elevation is mild. I'd say only hole (6) approaches the 25 foot down mark and its gradual over the 445 foot hole length. No water elements and no par 5s.
- TEES - Seriously, did the college call up the grounds keepers and nearby Woodland DGC to inquire on how to mess up turf tees? Well, at least the ones and Columbia State are level. The pads appear to be recycled field turf from a football field as some of them have hash marks. They are quite large at 6 feet deep and 10 feet wide. That's not a typo.
- CHAINS - Cheap-o Instep baskets. They don't make that nice ching noise that you'd expect of the DGA's, DISCatchers or Chainstars.
- CHARACTER - In addition to poor tees and baskets, the course lacks almost all of the character items found at the older established courses. No community board, no trash cans, no benches, no alternate tees or alternate pin placements. Tee signage is limited to a hole # and distance on flimsy vinyl.
- DIFFICULTY - Not much of a challenge to even recreational players as they should have no problem breaking par. Sub 850 rated players may be delighted however as it can be a feel good round. It's a great opportunity for those players to finish around even.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Like most campus courses that play around campus amenities, the course just lacks the pop even compared to typical small city park courses. There are buildings, roads, a running track and/or fences in view the entire time. Due to the lack of trees, wind will likely be a major issue as well.
Other Thoughts: A borderline passable course. I'd only give it a 1.25 if I were allow to do so. The course has a ways to go and will be limited in some regards to improvements due to plot of land's natural limitations. For most players, Recreation level and up, this course barely offers the basics of the game. Columbia State DGC will be an adequate course for beginners and novice players that live within a mile. Everyone else should head over to Woodland Park DGC. For course baggers? As always, a must play ;)
- NAVIGATION - Fairly easy due to the open nature. However, having a printed map is necessary to navigate this one seamlessly on first play because the baskets are hard to read from the tee and players will see several baskets from many tee pads. There's an accurate map on DGCR as of this revision. I'll also mention that the course is good for those that like to bring out the disc golf cart.
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Pros: Good use of available land that appears to be well-maintained and mowed, being a college campus. Plays in a logical area near other athletic activities (tennis courts, a track), but not near the buildings.
Designed fairly well as it just about makes the most of what the land has to offer. Good variety of elevation with some flat holes, several up, and a few down.
Very good practice course or introduction course. Reasons- no rough or water or chance to lose discs, fairly open with the main challenge being length, elevation and a few trees
Navigation was ok: the tees were easy to find as each had a sign, but I had to use the course map for finding baskets (see cons)
Cons: Rectangle turf tees are fine, but they were actually turned in 90 degrees the wrong way from the basket- this made knowing which basket to throw to difficult for my first round as you normally assume the tee is pointed towards the target. Just not normal, in fact the only course I have ever seen with very wide but very short tees!
The signs were fine, except par was spelled parr with the 2nd r somewhat covered up (sigh). There was also no common placement in relationship to the teepad from hole to hole, again making it more difficult than normal to locate the correct basket. Also, these temp yard-type signs have a tendency to not last very long (mowers, weather, vandals, etc.)
Instep baskets just don't catch very well with the exception of short putts. Good enough to give you a target and them emphasize the importance of approaching.
The course sits on a corner so the roads were a bit of a distraction for me. Even though unlikely, in the back of my mind I was fearful of a wayward drive hitting a car. However big armed newer players could potentially big hyzer one out on the road on the first 3 holes.
#9 ends in the middle of the course. (*As a bonus, I could not resist playing a madeup 10th hole, teeing near 9's basket way up on the hill down to 1's basket. It just looks like it should be a hole because who doesn't love to empty their bag throwing down a big hill to finish a round? Just be careful that the running track is empty and that nobody is playing #1 or 2. And this helps the fact that #9 does not end near tee #1 or your car.)
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely good for practice, as an intro course, or for something fun the college students can do. Because of the length, elevation, and basket type, for me it offered more challenge than I thought it was going to be. But being fairly open it would get uninteresting to me after a few rounds. And the baskets are definitely lacking. Nice to see Columbia embracing disc golf, however- that being said, the other course in town at Woodland Park is way better.
I played early morning on a summer weekday and had no parking issues, but I am not sure if parking permits are required during certain days/hours when classes are in session.
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