Got to go play at "Carrollton Park" last night. Considering the landscape and being as that there aren't any signs indicating that it is a park... I am unofficially renaming this course "Suburbia"!
If you like surprises, this is a SPOILER!
How wonderful to see what was a result of the airport expansion become something great. The whole course is built across what was originally a neighborhood. The sewer system, the streets and all of the graded lots for at least 50 homes... but all the houses are gone. I can't decide if it makes me sad or makes me laugh as I send my discs travelling out across suburban lawns - imagining it travelling across birdbaths, swingsets, barbeque grills, swimming pools, minivans parked in driveways and possibly even in throught the neighbors window. However you look at it, it's damn entertaining.
Now, the navigation is a bit of a nightmare... you will need a map. Sometimes you will be walking right past two or three tees which look like they should be the next tee, but aren't. Many times the walk to the next tee is a couple of blocks down and across the street . I'm not complaining, I'm sure that there were many compromises that had to be made in order to fit 18 quality holes into this very unique space.
There is a good mix of variety and distance here. Never boring, just about the right challenge level in most spots and fun to play all around. The holes for all 3 pin positions at each are in the ground. Markings for 2-3 tee pads on every hole are present and looking good (no concrete has been poured yet, but the positions are good). Overall, this could easily become one of my favorite destinations.
There are a couple of places where I am thinking that a small tree(s) and low, dangling branches (usually crummy mimosa trees) will eventually be cut down or trimmed back (especially on 13) because it is almost impossible to get a disc along the fairway because of them. In fact, last night we saw many players who were forced to throw out of bounds because there was really no other way to get around.
ONE PROBLEM: Um, I don't know if anyone else notices this, but the Gateway Titan basket on hole 4 is defective. The ring that runs around the bottom of the basket to keep the discs from slipping out is missing on this one. Had a really great second throw that would have been a birdie... but it went right through the bottom of the bucket and onto the ground. I still chose to count that as a 2, but this basket absolutely needs to be replaced. I mean, how do you overlook something like that when manufacturing it?
HEADS UP! Do be very mindful of the fact that there is no parking lot and people will be parked all over the streets that run through the course. Sometimes the fairways are a little more narrow than we are used to and a disc could easily hit a tree or fly off it's intended course right towards a car or, even worse, an unsuspecting person getting in or out of a car. Just be observant and don't throw 'till you're totally clear.
WAG OF THE FINGER! I don't recognize you, but you know who you are. I did not appreciate being your personal janitor last night. I followed a group of 3 guys carrying a whole case of Coors and, even though I confronted you about it twice by the time we'd made it to hole 7, continued picking up your crushed, empty cans at almost every hole. I realize there are no trash cans here yet, but if I was able to enjoy my game and still carry 12 of your empty cans for you, I would expect that you could have managed to find the strength between the three of you. You sirs, are bad people.
So, go play Suburbia - it's pretty darn awesome.
Last edited by Stubborn Puppet
on Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:54 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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