Needs a Little TLC, but a Great Course
Pros: Great Course in the Heart of Birmingham. It’s really well designed, and has 6 extra holes for a total of 24 holes of disc golf. Offers a variety of challenges and makes really good use of the terrain. Seemed to have a local following of golfers, there was even a local pro there hanging out in the park offering advice, and selling discs out of his van. Good tees and good baskets.
Cons: Was a little run down. Needs new tee signage on certain holes, and better signage in the park, so that you know where to start (we wandered a bit before figuring it out). It’s kind of in the ghetto (not that I care, but some might). It needed mowing when we were there.
Other Thoughts: Really enjoyable course with a great design. It’s rather open, but makes good use of terrain and trees. This course will continue to challenge players of all levels, but it’s not outlandishly hard. I’ll definitely visit it again if I’m in Birmingham.
Great Beginner Course
Pros: We were on vacation at Smith Lake is Jasper and it was close!
Great course for the whole family to play because it wasn’t too difficult
Actually used the terrain rather well, I’ve definitely seen worse.
Cons: The majority of the front nine are all in 200ft or less range, this is a little bit “weak sauce”
Tee pads are grass. Pretty easy, but will get boring for advancing players
Other Thoughts: This course is what it is. It’s not horrible, I think it’s a great course for newer disc golfers, and to introduce others to the game. It plays rather quick and easy. It could improve with concrete pads and better signage, and maybe a slight redesign of the front 9 to make it more challenging. Fun day with the family though!
This is one of my favorite pics from vay-cay. But there are tons more to see here:
Smith Lake Vacations Photos on flickr
Andy Cliff Jumping at Smith Lake from Ben Adkison on Vimeo.
Clay Cliff Jumping at Smith Lake from Ben Adkison on Vimeo.
Just got back from family vacation at Smith Lake in Jasper Alabama. It was a blast! We’re estimating that this jump was somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50feet high. We’ve all jumped a 40 footer before, and from the top looking down this seemed higher.