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Pros: 9 holes of basic park style mainly in grassy fields, but there are a few trees, a couple tiny creeks, and a hill in play.
A few fun shots.
For me, it was a bit more challenging than it looked. Just enough obstacles on each hole to give me a long putt for 2, most of which I missed.
Cons: Baskets exist and do the job, but are about as low quality as you will see- reminded me of a cross between Discatcher Sport and Insteps. Not sure how old they are, but most were rusty.
Navigation was confusing the first time. (Wellsbranch's map is spot on, I should have looked at it before I played instead of after...)
Tees are mulch boxes, though I did not see one for #1. Does the job making a starting point, but they were not in great shape.
Baskets have a big clear number on top, unfortunately attached in a way that they swivel in the wind, so they were not always visible from the tee or pointed in the right direction- which is confusing when you can see multiple baskets at all times and tee areas are not numbered. Again, I figured it out, but it really detracted from enjoying my round the first time through.
The area as a whole appears to not drain well. Several baskets were situated in puddles, mud, and surrounded by marsh.
There was an area in particular that is designed incredibly poorly in regards to spacing and safely. There were literally two baskets and two tees almost on top of each other. In fact #6's basket was directly in FRONT of the tee for #7! No joke. Which also eliminates common sense when standing on a tee trying to figure out where to go because #7 basket was hidden in the tree line and not visible from the tee.
Despite the name, there is no lake.
Other Thoughts: Easy to get to off the main highway, and literally right there at the top of the exit ramp.
If dry, it would be a good place to introduce people to disc golf. Great for kids and new players. And the good news that a more challenging course exists just a short drive away in Columbia.
Overall, too many cons, not many pros.
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Pros: (0.960 Rating) An undersized lightly wooded city park nine holer.
- CHAINS - Catch 21 baskets. A brand I have never seen before. From reading online, they are PDGA approved. They caught well. They are similar to Mach3s, but better IMO.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - A mostly forgiving layout that will be kind to those newer to the sport. The hazards are limited to a small ditch, where it will be painless to fish out a disc with a stick. The only heavy overgrowth is on (7) on the left side. There are enough obstacles and length to keep a newer player interested up until they reach middle Novice level, but then after that there will be nothing exciting to conquer here.
- QUICK PLAY - I finished my blind solo round in 30 minutes. Figure a foursome in about an hour.
- NAVIGATION - Not great for my play with missing signage. The baskets are well numbered though. With this layout being as open as it is, navigation should now be a breeze with the map I've uploaded.
Cons: Some substantial problems unfortunately.
- BASKET AND TEE SEPARATION - No thought was taken on how to safely layout this course. Several tees are within 30 feet of a basket. The direct line on hole (6) plays over the tee pad on hole (4). On tee (7), basket (3) is in play 40 feet ahead just off to the left. No doubt there have been some black aces out here.
- MULTI USE HAZARDS - Several other park features are in play. A shelter is in play on (4). A baseball fence is on play on (8). I crossed over the fence on this hole, which I'm sure should be OB, but nothing is marked. A playground is sort of in play on (9), but it would take a 40 foot overthrow. In the event of an active park, several holes could be unplayable for safety reasons.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - I only felt somewhat challenged on two holes. The tee shot on (6) requires splitting a couple trees 75 feet down fairway. Hole (7) is a short flick shot into a pocket. After that, to me it was just a bunch of putter runs and a mid on (2). I could see 810 rated players averaging par out here. Advanced players should be able to shoot all birds from time to time.
- TEES - Woodchips... oh goody. There were a mess on my appearance and had formed mounds of lumpy-ness. There's a rubber edge forming the box to keep some of the woodchips from going AWOL and it provides a tee edge line.
- CHARACTER - In addition to poor tees, The course is void of almost all the typical amenities. No multi tees, alternate basket locations or practice basket. No benches or trash cans at the tees. Signage is almost non-existent. There's a small one foot high 4 x 4 wood post to mark tees, but they are missing on four holes. I saw a number on only two of the remaining five posts.
- UNIQUENESS - Unless a player only enjoys throwing 200 to 280 foot lightly wooded holes, they will be disappointed. All par 3s and all easy birds for skilled players. Elevation is limited to about 10 feet with (8) being up about that and (9) being down that figure. There's a three foot wide ditch in play on a few holes.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - The course beauty finds the bottom 10% in my rankings. Lots of manmade features in view the entire time. Hole (6) was the only shot I thought looked visibly above average.
- PARKING - I parked on Edgewood Street next to tee (1). There doesn't appear to be any organized paved parking inside the park.
Other Thoughts: I read online that this course was funded by a $3,000 grant by the Arrow Lake Foundation. Hence the name of the course. This likely went almost entirely for baskets as nothing else of capital value appears on the course. Unfortunately this generous gift was not used effectively. It appears that whomever they hired to lay out the course, either never played disc golf before or has no understanding of proper design. As for the course, it will work for those in town wanting to learn, or to practice. The closest good course is about 20 minutes away in Columbia.
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