Arrowstone Park Disc Golf Course Is Simple But Not Horrific!
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Pros: Eagle Scout Colter Scully either built the course or the nice big course sign/map as his Eagle Scout project. Considering, this project was limited in both budget and the land allotted, I don't think it's all that terrible.
Start with land. It's basically just a grassy lot with no elevation and almost no trees. Then throw in the monetary considerations. It seems there was only enough bucks for five DGA Mach V baskets. They dropped the entire budget on these baskets leaving nothing for signs, tee pads, concrete, bows, next arrows, porti potties, bag holders or benches. But they were like Marines, they improvised. They layed out the five baskets and used some of them twice. Holes 1 and 6 have designated natural tee pads and the others play basket to basket.
Distances range from 186' to 282' and they are all straight and open. Fairways about 8' wide have recently been mowed. The so called rough is only about 3" high so staying on the fairways in not a big deal. There is probably no chance of losing a disc or even looking too long.
I shot my usual pathetic round with zero aces and just a couple of pars. Figuring I was maybe 4 down, Imagine my surprise when I recorded my score on the DGCR App and found out that I had shot a -11, 23. On this short totally easy rec course, there are two par fives and two par fours. Hell, I had two eagles. I didn't know I was this awesome.
Cons: My only suggestion would be to move the # 1/9 basket behind the only tree on the course instead of in front of it. That would have, at least, added a smidgen of challenge to Arrowstone DGC.
The other cons are fairly self evident. No tee pads. No signs. Little in the way of a challenge. Junior high pars. Flat uninspiring terrain.
Other Thoughts: Arrowstone sits right off Interstate 90 and is just about a 15 minute play. Bagging a course doesn't much easier than this. You won't be wowed by the course but it's worth the minimal amount of effort it takes to lay it and gives you a chance to stretch out your legs. You probably won't be forced to stretch out your arm.
Considering everything, this is a decent effort in the art of disc golf design and implementation. Old John Houck probably couldn't have done much more with all these constraints placed on him.
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Grassland Rec course
Pros: - 5 permanent Mach V's.
- Nice big course sign with an easy to follow map and all the pertinent hole info.
- Course was mostly mowed when I played which leads me to believe somebody in the community cares about the upkeep.
- Decent hole lengths for a beginner course.
- Very encouraging Pars for a beginner course.
- The tree on holes 1/9(sort of).
- Free to play.
- Quick and easy access from I-90.
Cons: - Only holes 1 and 6 have designated tee areas. The rest of the holes play form the previous basket, per the rules on the course sign.
- Only 5 baskets. With many tees being from the previous basket, this course plays back along itself. Would create issues if more than 1 group were out. Also means that a few holes are the exact length since they already played from one basket to the next on the way out.
- Some of the baskets were poorly mounted and are tilty.
- The rough is rough. It was nice to have a modest strip mowed through the majority of the course when I played. However, just off the edges was deep prairie/cheat grass. I encountered belly+ deep rough as I played 5 & 6 which weren't mowed.
- Almost all the trees on the land were completely avoided. Seems to be a couple places where they could have been used nicely.
- Flat as all get out. No elevation variation.
Other Thoughts: I'm a bit confused by the course. Using 5 baskets to play out and then back on basically the same fariways is really poor design. Seems like there's room to designate unique tees for each hole creating more variety of hole length and addressing obvious safety/crowding concerns. Even the thought of choosing your own adventure for tees wouldn't be great with the thick/pokey rough off the mow. Regardless of the flow, or lack thereof, there are at least a few trees that could have been worked in to add some level of substance to this course. Its not too bad for what it seemingly was intended for, a beginner course in a low traffic area. It just could have been executed far better, even considering the fairly lackluster piece of land it uses. Regardless, with the course's proximity to Exit 187, I'd highly recommend this(so long as its been mowed/grass is down) as super quick spin off I-90 to anybody looking to snag a pelt. Enjoy your albatross/ace runs and eagle looks...
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