ABOUT MY REVIEWS ...
I take a comprehensive view when rating a course. While the holes themselves are the primary factor, I also consider tees, flow, signage, "amenities", etc. I enjoy courses and holes that offer variety and provide options.
While not my original intent, I'd categorize courses I rate in the following manner:
0.0: I've yet to give a zero. although there have been a few close calls.
0.5: Are courses I wouldn't bother playing again nor would recommend.
1.0: Are courses I probably won't bother playing again, but may be of interest to others.
1.5: Will play if my time and its location happen to intersect.
2.0: Decent enough to play/practice, but not overly exciting.
2.5: Solid, middle-of-the-road course, with offsetting minor pros and cons - typically fun/relaxing.
3.0: Just a bit above an average course, typically a good play, often for a focused audience-type.
3.5: Typically offers good variety with a steady stream of solid holes, look forward to playing it frequently.
4.0: Highly recommended, just a notch or two below the top courses - definitely worth a play.
4.5: Pretty much has it all - just a blemish or two. Play it if you can!
5.0: I have yet to play one, although Deer Lakes and Moraine are close.
A 72=hour 12=course 6+/-player whirlwind trip to the Indianapolis area mid=August 2014 ended my streak of reviewing every course I've played. Below are tidbits of those courses I played, in the order in which I played them:
2.5 Avon: Novice/Intermediate; More open than wooded; Some elevation changes; Tees a bit small.
2.5 Mt. Gilead: Mostly long. Mostly open. Dead flat.
2.5 Blue Heron: Some holes quite suitable for novice/intermediate, while other had disc-loss out-of-bounds quite close!
1.0 Cumberland: Flat. Soccer games along left. Possible disc-loss creek along right.
3.5 Disc@Fall Creek: Nice variety of open, semi-, and full-wooded, and distances/shot-shapes.
3.0 Hill@Northview: Pretty and well-manicured with elevation changes; Primarily open.
1.5 Lawrence Inlow: A nice, short introductory course initially open (short righties), followed by some woods.
3.0 Elwood: Ugly (former landfill/dump) but effective - wooded (smaller trees) with interesting lines and other challenges.
3.0 Lions@Yorktown: A mixture of (mainly) good holes with elevation and/or woods, along with a few bland, flat, open holes.
3.0 McCulloch: Nice park with rolling elevation and scattered, large trees; Bit too much max huck followed by moderate approach.
3.5 Boondocks: The front, mostly open, front nine is okay, but the back nine up/down/along the wooded ridge is excellent.
3.5 Hazel Landing: Excellent teepads/signage/flow. More wooded than open. Challenging lines. Dead flat.
I also spent a long weekend in New England in mid-October 2014:
3.5 Wickham: Fantastic park. Lots of length. Nice mix of altering open/wooded. Some long walks between holes.
3.0 Cross Farms: Nearly entirely wooded. Nearly entirely flat. Lots of challenging holes.
4.0 Pyramids: Initially across/up/down a wooded ridge with creek, openish/flatter towards end, but still challening throughout
NR. Pyramids Pink: Work on your short game - and if you can putt well on these baskets, you can putt anywhere!
2.0 Wilton: Front nine offers some wood challenge, but also safety issues; Rougher back nine better, but signage/tees need work.
3.0 Otter Creek: An undulating wooded ridge with two tees, offering both birdy chances and difficult pars.
1.0 Granite Gorge: Mostly throwing up open hills, aka bunny ski slopes, from too small/rough teepads.
3.5 Crane Hill: Two tees with a mix of open, wooded, and in/out, mostly flat with some elevation changes mid-course.
July 2015: Primarily Denver, with a WYO-NEB-KAN loop.
2.0 Village Greens: Open, fairly flat, good flow, suitable for lower levels
1.5 Exposition: Open and flat, with nasty water lurking about several holes
2.0 Fehringer: Tougher than similar-appearing Village Greens, but with greater disc-loss probability
2.5 Johnny Roberts: Well-manicured pitch-n-putt
2.5 Edora: Some length and elevation changes, but mainly open with some minor flow issues
2.5 Dry Creek Parkway: Must be recently mowed and no recent rain to be playable
1.0 Deer Run A repetitive open hyzer-fest skirting a small public park
2.5 Flight to 9: A decent niner at the back of a multi-faceted public park
3.0 Kelley: Plenty of elevation changes, with some shot-shaping on the back nine
1.5 Lake Atwood: A large pond surrounded by a walking path surrounded by a road - try not to land in any of these
1.0 Roadside: A few decent holes at a rest stop, but if other patrons are actually resting there, might have to skip some
2.0 Valmont: A small hillock crammed with too many baskets, followed by open cross-field chucking mobbed with students
3.5 Bailey: A big hill with supporting meadows, boulders, and treelines makes for a fine play.
4.5 Beaver Ranch: A refined/established version of Bailey, with hole-7 being my favourite - play it if in the vicinity!
3.0 Lake Dillon: Open with elevation early, gentler changes but more shot-shaping late
2.5 Peak One: Gentler elevation and shot-shaping, recent tree removal opened it up a bit too much
August 2015: Menomonie and Minneapolis
2.5 Brickyard: Extremes - 2xtees, 2xbaskets, elevation all good; upkeep, dampness, mosquitoes, slippyness bad
2.5 Wakanda: open- and flat-ish early, later ridge with large scattered trees more interesting
2.0 Mayo: Erratic - half the holes quite suitable for middleschoolers, while others way too close to tall grass/bushes, awkward throwing lanes
3.0 Valley: a solid mix of hole types with a walking path in the vicinity of some
3.5 Kaposia: classic look and feel, some open with large hardwoods and many shots carved in woods, with minor elevation changes
3.5 Blue Ribbon Pines: Clubhouse, auxillary snackbar, blue baskets, red mulch, log-lined greens, some multi-terraced are its strengths; flatness, 1/3rd open chucks, green-slime ponds as hazards are weaknesses
3.5 Bryant Lake: Top-notch tee areas, elevation changes, periodic view of lake, upkeep are strengths; minimal obstacles/shot-shaping are weaknesses
2.5 Acorn: Multi-tee with a few challenging holes with shape and elevation changes, but majority of holes are a bit under 200' with typically one obstacle to beat.