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10//19//08

No internet again last night, due to camping at another state park. These state parks are putting in courses left and right, too bad they are not using experienced course designers, if they did that they'd have a good thing going down here instead of a handful of useless courses.

All the courses today were on the low scale, disappointing.

Quitman, MS- Clarkco State Park:Short, un-defined and un-designed fairways in nice woods with hills. Mostly sharp doglegs and a few straight shots. Much much shorter than listed, at 8 holes under 300'. Several overgrown fairways or blocked by fallen trees, too tight to be realistic which makes it tough, but not in the good way. In need of a complete overhaul, this time by someone who has designed a course before. (No offense meant). Dirt tees are numbered, easy to follow and plays fast. State park so 3$ fee.


Quitman, MS- Archusa Creek Water:Much better than the state park, and 1.50$ cheaper. Short to medium, all in a field of mature planted pine tree rows, some holes like Braham Springs in Huntsville Alabama. Basic design, some decent holes and a few tough to park. Lots of spiders. Cement tees, signs, 8 miles from other course.


Morton, MS- Moccasin Bend:In Roosevelt State Park, 3$ (Mississippi park passes not good for all parks in a day, have to buy new one at each park apparently. Seems new and unfinished, short and fairwayless holes that punish good shots and reward bad. Very typical Mississippi woods course. A few holes near water in woods mean goodbye discs. I lost one on the low ceiling 170' over water hole, that has NO route for a beginner to get over the water safely if they cannot throw that far. That's not good design, unfair to people who cannot throw 170'+. Expect to hit tree on every drive. A few open holes, one up the side of a dike to the right, the next longer and down off it favoring a righty. Not worth playing as is now, will never be a 'good' course when finished. Not well marked currently, dirt tees.


Brandon, MS- The Rez:Not at all living up to the expectations and recommendations to play it. I should have known the poison ivy would be overwhelming here, to the point I had 7 discs I couldn't use after the first 4 holes, including both my putters. You cannot play 2-4, 8 without getting it all over you. Unclean lines and a lot of long, punishing holes like one that shoots over water a blind turn out over the edge of the lake, have to turn in blind between two trees, or make the 5' gap the other way. About half through planted pine rows, half more open. The last few holes go along the lake, with #18 shooting over it a ways. One 650' hole. Not too well marked, but pin position is indicated. #5 sign missing, and the tee is not an actual tee pad, and the fairway has a chain link fence you have to cross which makes it not look like a hole, so I walked right past it to #6 and didn't realize I missed a hole until the group behind me started teeing from there! Cement tees, course map, popular because it's all there is.


Wesson, MS- Lake Lincoln State Park:Words can't explain how tight and pointless these holes are, at least from longs I played. One 530' hole with no fairway clinches it. If you can make it halfway to the basket on a 300' hole you deserve applause, pats on the back. If you can still save 4 from there, high fives. Utterly pointless, doesn't teach anything. Nice woods though, hilly and clean. Alligator swamp area not in play but close on a few holes. Dirt tees, marked well enough to figure out, but you gotta walk up to find baskets. Good luck keeping your sanity here.

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