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Mary Beth Doyle Park and Wetland Preserve..better known as BROWN PAAAAAARK!

Today for the first time I shot the new course at (Brown) Mary Beth Doyle Park. The baskets are not in yet, but the poles are. It's been something like a three and a half year wait to get my old home course back in the ground. Sadly, at the LAST minute (the day they began pouring cement), the city took away our holes #1-5 by the water, ruining years of planning and designing and hundreds of hours of my dad's hard work. (I had almost nothing to do with the new layout ).

Thanks to their last second screw-up, the new course is VERY short and jam-packed, with several nearly crossing fairways, and some tee pads within a jump from other tee pads or baskets. The option to put in less than 18 hole or use any more of the park was not there so don't be tough on it in your reviews, it's the city's fault.

18 holes now take up the space formerly used by 13 holes, and now with dual tees on some. Mostly open, mixed with a few tight woods holes and plenty of short shrubbery and bushes to throw into and around. Tall grass lined fairways on a few holes, with an asphalt path OB several times. More parking than before is nice.

Course #1,068 (as it is a new park landscape, new park name, new course design with zero holes the same, new baskets and new tees, I believe it does qualify as a separate course from Brown Park).

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Comment by Gabriel -=24 CHA!NS=- on October 5, 2009 at 2:42pm
Terry, are the baskets in fully or did you get a pole ace?
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on October 5, 2009 at 9:42am
Pretty much that, Stephen, with an additional hole stuck in on top of the hill. What had been Holes 6, 16 and 18 were broken up into two holes each.

Ben's a little too hard on the city here. I had serious safety misgivings from the first, about using the land around the water: Both for pedestrians and golfers. I feel it is my fault for not having been clearer about those misgivings to city staff, until too late. I did express them, but not strongly enough. When my message finally got through, there was little time to make the drastic changes. But they did have to be made, it was not going to safe, otherwise.

When Ben and I played on Saturday, I threw a -4, and that was with an Ace on Hole 3. So it's not quite as easy as you might suspect. For one thing, from the long tees, each of the three original woods holes is tougher than it was before.The distance from long tees (White) is about 400' shorter than the old Brown Park total for 18. The Reds are much more beginner friendly.

To help with the closeness of some of the holes, the city will be putting in 60-100 fairly large trees in strategic places: To protect golfers from errant throws, and to help direct throws on some holes. In addition, it is building two boardwalks - in and out of the woods - to help us get past those two very muddy areas.
Comment by stephen b on October 4, 2009 at 9:50pm
is it the same lay-out with extra holes breaking up the longer ones into 2?
Comment by The FORCE on October 4, 2009 at 2:20pm
(and of course Terry too)
Comment by The FORCE on October 4, 2009 at 2:20pm
Good work Ben.
Comment by Ben Calhoun on October 4, 2009 at 11:11am
Baskets could be in by next weekend.
Comment by Pat Burke on October 4, 2009 at 7:03am
oh the city!!! well atleast we have something. Thanks for all the hard work you guys do for the Disc Golf Community! It is much appreciated. Do we know how long before it is a full out go? (baskets and all)?

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