“Due to construction of the greenway in Trussville, Carter Memorial Disc Golf Course and John LeMaster Memorial Disc Golf Course at Civitan Park are temporarily closed. The mayor requested that all baskets be removed from both parks. Disc Golf Birmingham will continue to work with the City of Trussville to ensure the re-installation of both courses.”
dgb communications coordinator
This is the official statement from Disc Golf Birmingham. There is more to the story here is the link to the related article http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=2074
. The article states that there is an archeological site located at the park. The city had started building a walking path that was gonna run through the middle of both courses. Civitan dg course was gonna get a redesign to play safely around the walking path. The Carter course however was most likely not gonna be so lucky the proposed design was gonna run right down the middle of it and the mountain biking trails. A local disc golfer and one of the designers of the courses Joe Thacker is the one who found the archeological sight and informed the state about the find. The state of Alabama stepped in to stop construction on the walking path until a full study could be done. The mayor ordered the baskets removed to protect the site. The latest information is these courses are not coming back any time soon. Clifford Smith and Disc Golf Birmingham have stated that they are currently working with the city and Mayor of Trussville to build another course elsewhere. There are still open talks that one day these two awesome course will come back. There were a lot of emotions envolved so they are waiting on everyone to calm down to resume talks of when they may get reopened and what design they may be. Don’t expect the courses that are there to be exactly the same ever again however.
What a Good Friday it was. After a successful morning round at North Jasper DGC, Stephen and I drove to Trussville to meet up with some friends to play course 2 of Civitan Park. Last weekend we played the first course, John LeMaster; this weekend it was the second, Gregory Carter Memorial DGC.
If you like heavily wooded courses, and the difficulty, check out Gregory Carter Memorial DGC. This is a very short course–with holes averaging around ~215 ft.–but the thick foliage, abundance of trees, and dogleg pin positions make it a tricky and technical course. There’s only a few holes where you can really release a beast of a throw. But the majority of the holes are thick through the woods with tighter fairways and require strategic, shorter throws. The Cahaba and large rock formations are factors on a few holes of the front 9 that you’ll have to keep in mind.
Overall, a fun and challenging, technical course. Bring your short game. This course really tests your accuracy and placement.
*TIPS: Bring a good mid-range disc. They may work to your advantage on these shorter holes which require more accurate/straighter throws. Keep your throws low. Much of the front 9 is on slanted hillsides. So if your disc catches an edge, expect it to roll …and roll …and roll down the hill. Expect to chase at least one downhill.