It was so windy most of the day that playing serious was out of the question. Several times my sentinel and firebird flipped over in the wind. And it was 'cold'. My skin is winterizing fast.
I ran into a current dgrus member at Crooked Creek, so one more contestant to win the basket. He proceeded to hit the cage solidly on #1 as I was pulling away!
Columbia, SC- Owens Field:Mix of open and wooded. 3 levels- tight woods with narrows tunnels and some serious luck shots (about 9 holes), wide open (about 3 holes), and lined with woods and clumps of bushes (about 6 holes). Recent? changes mean map is not up to date, now you play #17-18 after #10 and the old #17-18 are gone. A small sign says that, but is easy to miss and doesn't explain where the new #17-18 are. Otherwise, it has some ancient signs and the map helps, but since it flows one way in a circle, pretty easy to figure out. Dirt tees are not good- some covered with pine needles need brushed clean or slippery. A few really tough tight holes that almost force short lay up shots to blind small landing zones (not my thing). One basket up steep hill in the woods. Maybe two par 4's. One small creek hardly a hazard. Not a terrible course, but not great or all too memorable either. Some woods holes need a serious re-design. Good for playing on. Beware creepy drifters in the back woods.
Columbia, SC- Earlewood:Again, beware creey drifters, this time getting drunk out of a brown paper bag at 10:30 am and others approaching them secretively. Sometimes it seems more people use parks for no good than to just use the park or to be outside. An old course in an old park, it has Mach-1's but they have a metal dome on top. Cement tees, well marked- durable plastic signs and a map is online too. Both city courses have great maps available online so get them. It has probably far outgrown it's original layout and would be better off being re-done soon, but not a bad course. Lots of steep hillsides. Large trees. No rough or water, minimal road hazard. Tougher than it looks due to unclean lines, elevation shifts and roll aways. Good course for any skill level to play on. Can be played fast.
Chapin, SC- Crooked Creek:Best of the day. Well marked, and a map. Dual cement tees on most (all?) holes. Clean, well maintained. Thick leaves mean don't throw brown and keep a good eye out, I spent easily 15 minutes searching for discs in leaves this round. A small creek winds through, very low water level now but can be just deep or dark enough to slip a disc in and lose it. Nothing open, mix of very tight and some tunnels. A few legit. par-4s like an uphill hole that turns right and gives two routes to choose from. Some multiple pin placements. Variety. I'd change about 3-4 holes drastically, but it's pretty solid. Clearly a local top choice too. If you have time for 1 of the 4 courses within a 30 mile radius of downtown Columbia, make it this one worth the extra drive north from downtown.
Chapin, SC- Lake Murray Golf Center:Not worth the 5$ or the lost disc! Typical hole is 200' and wide open. No trees to hit. A few hills, 2 waters shots. Very plain and boring, even for executive golfers. Skip it and play Crooked Creek twice!