Ellicott City, MD
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8/01/2015 @ 07:35:12 AM
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.