Temp: 40 like 38
Winds NE @ 3
I came into Miltonvale from the west and turned into town a bit too early. You want to take the highway 189 exit on the east side of town because it runs right by the park where the course is located. I came in early and drove around town trying to find the course. Eventually, I ran into it.
I hope no one is offended, but my mind kept telling me this course couldn’t be all the great in this little dinky town in the middle of nowhere! I’ll apologize right now because I found the town a bit bigger than I thought and the course to be a great experience!
After parking the truck, I got out and the first thing I saw was a basket down almost under the bridge, apparently in the middle of the creek. Little did I know… As I looked around I spotted a few baskets across the creek and then to the west. I also saw the Hole 1 tee sign. I noted there seemed to be a good number of trees, but then again I didn’t know what was coming!
As I prepped to play, I noticed the course had already been mapped in UDisc which is awesome.
Hole 1 has a tight fairway with road/baseball field on one side with a sign saying the baseball field is OB, but not road. On the other side is a creek and the whole fairway slopes into it.
Hole 2 is on the other side of the bridge so there is a short walk. It throws into a tight are so even though it isn’t very long, it’s not necessarily easy.
Holes 3 and 4 also play south of the creek. They have planted some trees which will make things more interesting in a few years. There is a walk from basket 4 back across the creek to tee 5.
Hole 5 basket is tucked up against the creek in the trees so you need to be careful with your approach.
I hope you’ve enjoyed some open golf for a while!!
Tee 6 is across the creek from basket 5 but evidently the water doesn't flow much here because there are steps built up the west side to get across. A limb has been bolted into a tree and the ground to serve as a rail to help crossing. The tee itself is close to the creek, elevated, with an opening through the trees. I’d have to classify this as a righty hole.
Now it’s time to “enjoy” the trees. There are new bridges from basket 6 into the woods and hole 7.
Hole 7 goes into the trees. It's across the first bridge and to the left. It is an awesome hole that I’m not sure you can birdie. It's short with lots of trees and I could only see one real route and it favors lefties. If you can get to the base of the hill up to the basket, you have a chance, but getting there is tough and the uphill shot is no slouch!
I had difficulty finding Tee 8 and ended up going back through fairway 7. In hindsight, I think you can go from 7 basket along the west side of the tree line to the north and find Tee 8.
But, you only thought it was wooded until you cross the bridges and stand at tee 9. The next several holes are crazy wooded!
I’m not sure you can get to basket 9 without hitting something.
Hole 10 is a short part 4. I couldn’t figure it out until I walked the fairway. There is a 90 degree turn in the fairway about half way to the basket. Good luck landing it so you have a clear shot to the basket. Even if you do get to the corner, there is still the issue of getting it to the tree guarded basket. I was pleased to walk away with a par!
I had a tough time finding a line on Hole 11. A lefty can take it over the creek and I decided to anhyzer it to get it there, but managed to hit a tree and end up in the creek. It’s a tough up and down from there.
Hole 12 was a bit easier, but not easy.
Hole 13 finally takes you out of the woods to an elevated tee in an open area by the football field.
I had trouble figuring out hole 14 and ended up playing 17 instead. It appears the 14 tee is close to the football field and goes south to the general area of basket 6.
Hole 15 then goes east across a mainly open area.
Tee 16 is close to the wire boundary around the sports complex and goes across the football field so there will be times you can't play it. The football field is not notes as OB which is good because not everyone will be able to clear it. It appears that 13 and 16 are the same basket. it's the only basket so far without a number on it, it’s the only one in the area of 13 on the map and it’s the only one in the area of 16 on the map.
Hole 17 sets up nice from the combo basket as I already noted I thought it was 14. It’s a wide open hole with the sports complex on the left.
Hole 18 is a kicker. You can’t see the basket from the tee, there is a stone structure in the path, and it crosses tee 1. With it being a blind shot most of the way, it’s a good idea to walk up and take a look or even better, look at it before throwing hole 1. You’ll want to let it fall over the edge of the hill so you have a shot at the basket. If you go too far and it flies the hill, you can easily end up in the creek. The basket is set precariously on a piece of ground in the creek.
Overall, I was very happy with this course. It was a lot of fun and a real challenge as well. I think it could be made a bit better if just a little tree trimming happened back in holes 9-12. There were a lot of short holes, but all of them had issues, especially back in the trees. I would definitely come back and play this course. It would be a great combo trip with the Concordia Airport course. This is definitely a destination course!