The tee signs for holes 1 and 2 are attached to the guard rails because we were not allowed to dig holes on the dam to install posts.
The current 9-holes was designed in the areas of the park that were already maintained by the mowers and very little clearing was needed to complete the layout. The course is mostly open but uses the rough and hills and available trees to make placement and accuracy important as well as the distance that is needed to birdie these holes. The other 9 holes that will weave their way into what is currently the first 4 holes, will bring the water and woods into play and should be truly spectacular. But at the current moment the park is short staffed and under funded so that may not happen for a few more years.
The current 9 is a bombers dream. The view from the tee of hole 1 is one of my favorites on any course. The rest of the course, while wide open really requires distance with placement to score well. It’s not an ideal course for beginner to intermediate level players. It’s designed for advanced to pro level players. With the land that we had to work with, and the fact that we weren’t trying to add any more mowing to the parks normal schedule, the course plays about as good as it can. It’s not perfect, but it’s not supposed to be a 9 hole course either.
Concrete tees should be installed soon. Innova baskets in good shape. Grass has been maintained. The walk from 3 to 4 is stupid, but we haven’t had a chance to clear the woods for the 18-hole layout to eliminate that. In time. If you enjoy wide open courses that you don’t walk through poison ivy or end up in thorns constantly, I think you’ll love it here. It’s a beautiful walk at a beautiful lake with some really nice views throughout.
You should be able to avoid walking over any guardrails (except to the tee of 1) if you follow the correct walking path. After hole 6, make sure you make a sharp right around the tree and back towards the flag pole to avoid having to hop the guard rail.
I hope some day we can complete the course as 18. If not, I will eventually redesign it into a better 9-hole course. As this layout is supposed to be part of an 18-hole design that all gets tied together when complete. Where what is currently hole 1-3 will have holes 1-12 with quite a few beautiful shots over the water that will be jaw dropping the first time you see them. I sure hope the dream comes true someday.
As is, if the tee pads get installed, it’s a pretty solid 9 holes. If you don’t like open courses, it’s not gonna be your favorite. If you aren’t a very good player, it will probably be too long for you. If you have dreams of the pro tour, perhaps you’ll visualize spectators along the dam road with vendors and food trucks and thousands of spectators watching Simon park hole 1 with ease for the eagle.
Also, the water level is highest in summer, and the course is best to be avoided after a heavy rain as it can get wet and the tees can get pretty crappy as they are just grass. But when it’s dry out, it’s pretty nice.