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Yes I'm camping. For some reason Motel 6 thinks 80$ is a reasonable rate for a hotel in Alabama. Like anyone wants to be in Alabama that bad?

Oakand, MS- George Payne Cossar State Park:2/3 of the holes are medium and technical, half of those in a pine tree forest half in a more open, leafy treed grassy area by the lake. 1/3 are longer and nearly wide open, near water but not a real hazard. Great views of the lake, dam, bluffs, wildlife. Well groomed grounds, well balanced holes. Cement tees, tee signs, maps, discs for sale, 3$ state park fee. Recreational to advanced level course.

Grenada, MS- Cemetary Ridge (Hugh White State Park):With the longest hole at 288' and the overall length of 3,752', it's incredible what a workout it is due to the hills on most holes. Very tight and technical through steep terrain in woods and out, with even better views than the last park. Could be a setting for a world class course if re-designed. No thorns or rough stuff, very clean woods. Un-maintained though- more than a few holes had branches or saplings entirely blocking the routes, and #14's basket was demolished by a fallen tree, earlier this year, and the tree has not even been cleared up, nor the basket replaced. It seems unused and abandoned. Several really tricky holes, and a few surprisingly good ones.

Starkville, MS- Bulldog (MSU):The first two holes make it worth playing, without them it would not be at all. #1 is like throwing up a cliff to the right, sideways along it, and it's covered with trees. Fence OB left and a tree to negotiate right off the tee. #2 is over the cliff edge blindly through a small gap, then slight right to a basket surrounded by cedar trees on a small bump. The rest is insanely tight, unmaintained and probably never even fully cut-out. Some holes are less than 200' and just have no option but to hit tree after tree and land in thick rough. The few open holes are not well mowed. Well marked, map, dirt tees. Kind of a waste in the shape it's in, won't be good even if fully completed but it'd be a heck of a lot easier to play.

Columbus, MS- Lake Lowndes State Park (Whispering Pines): This could be the best course in Mississippi. It's a state park featuring dual cement tees and signs. Set in grassy rolling hills along the lake, with half in pine tree alleys. It has every type of shot, and it's takes good playing to break 54 from long tees. A few legit. par-4
s and a lot of really tough holes you can find trouble on, or just have trouble parking. Signature hole is 'A', a 350
shot on a peninsula, where the basket has water 20' from the left, right and behind it, as the peninsula narrows towards it. It's also covered in trees, almost forcing you to go over the edge of the water and skip back in but not too much, if you want to park it. A bad kick will send you soaring into the lake. There are several other sadistic holes, like the basket right on the edge of a steep roll off 100's of feet towards the lake, with trees on either side of the basket right up to the chains. Beautifully manicured, serene. Camping on site, within sight of the course, which is where I am (was) at. A few holes could be better designed, bringing it up to a possible 4.5 maybe even a 5/5 star course someday. Tournament worthy.

Tomorrow: Tuscaloosa, Birmingham Metro area, ALABAMA
Then: Heading back into southern MS

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Comment by Clayton Nash on October 18, 2008 at 8:50pm
glad you liked lake lowndes, its one of my favorites - even better, there is a gold level par 67 set up for a couple of tournaments each year - if only it was permanent...

cossar also has a gold level par 57 tournament set up, but it hardly gets used being the course is in the middle of nowhere and no TDs to run tournaments out there

the MSU course is pretty good for what land was given, but the university grounds crew doesn't do their job and there is no established club to take care of the course being it is mostly played by college students who are gone in 2-4 years - between the briars, thick shule, cedar trees, and other crap, this is just a rough course to play for anybody

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