Where the hell is the Forest?!
Pros: - Forest Park (a misnomer if I've ever seen one) is a small multi-use city park in Brazil, IN. The course does a somewhat decent job of avoiding the busiest areas, but will still conflict with park goers if there is even a moderate amount of people enjoying the other activities. A pool across from the course looks like the most interesting amenity on site other than the dg. The park and course were both well-groomed. A ball golf course sits to one side of the property, an army facility on the opposite side.
- Trees are put to good use. Nothing approaching even moderately wooded, but enough to shape lines around and cause the occasional problem. Open enough for beginners with enough of a challenge to prevent complete boredom from setting in for advanced players.
- Hardly any elevation on site; however, they do put what they've got to decent enough use (#13 & 14 primarily). Hole #13 throws from a park corner over a small ravine onto another raised patch of land on the other side. Trees somewhat protect the green/approach. Hole #14 plays along the road, but downhill through a few mature trees. To the left of the fairway is a sprawling rock field, for lack of better term. It looks a little bit like lava flowed from the earth and cooled jaggedly to form a rock field specifically for chewing up base line plastics. Or something. It's a novel look, at the very least.
- Decent enough mix of hole lengths, but nothing's going to get too long or difficult. More holes on the shorter side, but still a few that make you air it out at least a little bit. I'd say 4-5 holes are 300'+, which is just about the right amount for this sort of course.
- Decent amenities. Short but serviceable concrete tees, and good enough signs to not get lost or confused at any point (except maybe between #'s 12 & 13).
Cons: - Kinda a janky flow from #12 to #13. Follow the road past the pavilion to the corner of the property. Throw back the way you just walked, then BACK again to the corner (this time take the bridge) to #14. I see why they did it (to keep the elevation while preventing people from throwing towards the intersection), but it's still a bit wonky. #14- 15 is a bit of a weird walk too, but easier to figure out.
- Not much challenge. A lot of flat, mostly openish, ace run, deuce-or-die, pitch n putt style golf. It's a course, and there's not much WRONG with it per se, just not a lot RIGHT, either.
- Apparently the area between #'s 10 & 18 floods often. It had barely a puddle or two when I went through but you could tell it holds water fairly often.
Other Thoughts: - I had a nice enough round here. Great beginner course for people just getting their feet wet. Not a world beater, not even close, but if for some reason you find yourself in Brazil, IN and jonsing for some dg...well, Forest Park is ready and waiting. Just don't expect to be stunned or anything.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: park is nice and course is fair. 18 tee shots in a senic park. may do this corse again if in the area.
Cons: corse needs better signs! had a hard time finding where the next tee was located. will not drive that far to do it again. (60 miles 1 way)
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth stopping if you are in the area
Pros: This is a pretty typical city park course. There are a few trees as obstacles, but not enough to frustrate a new player.
There is ample parking, bathrooms, and garbage cans. There are nice concrete tees, although they are a bit short. Signs at each tee give the layout for the hole, the distance, and a picture of where the next tee is.
There aren't a lot of elevation changes, but hole 13 throws over a large gap. The long bridges over gaps are really well built and add a lot to the park.
The grass is mowed well, and there are no thick woods, so there is no chance to lose a disk, other than on hole 2 (see below).
Cons: The two biggest complaints I have with this course are the bad baskets for #9-17, and the walk required to and from hole 13 and 14 are rather annoying.
I haven't ever seen baskets like the ones they used for #9-17. The chains are much lighter than normal, and often fail to persuade the disc to stop. The basket portion is smoother than others, so it is possible for a disc to slide around the whole basket and come back out in a much different direction, like a basketball around a rim.
Holes 13 and 14 are certainly the signature holes in this park, since there are interesting features and elevation changes, but they are far north of the rest of the course. Walking to and from them is a bit of a pain.
The baskets do not have next tee indicators on them, and in a couple of cases, I had to run back to the tee, just so I could figure out where to go next. There are no maps of the course, either on site or online, so navigation isn't perfect, but it's not too hard to figure out.
The number of walkers and kids around can be an issue. Be careful where you throw.
Hole 2 appears to be next to a military depot, and the fence border is rather low, so losing a disc over it is certainly a possibility. The fence is topped with barbed wire, and I assume that you won't get back any discs lost over the fence.
The course is rather flat, and water does not drain well. It rained a bit the day before I was there, and the puddles and soft ground were a bit annoying.
Lastly, there is just a lack of challenge at this course, and a lack of character. There are a few holes that are less than 200 feet, and have absolutely zero obstacles, and frankly they seem a bit pointless. Sure, it may be good for getting an ace, but in general, there is nothing memorable about such a hole.
Other Thoughts: I like the course in Terre Haute a lot, and having this course in Brazil makes it worth the drive. You can get two courses in one day. But, the Brazil course really doesn't stand on its own.
Another reviewer suggested stopping at Pappy's Bar-b-que, just north of the course on US-40, so we stopped afterwords. It was definitely worth it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Ace run! No Duce,Damn Par!?
Pros: Well designed nice new layout. Park is Multi-use with a paved walking trail,Shelters with Grills,scattered Benches,Picnic Tables with roofs. New concrete tees & Signs. Added 9 baskets? Mostly flat and Mature trees that give plenty of,not only shade,nice obstacles. Hyzers & Anhyzers can be thrown on most holes. A few holes use the terrain to show newbies the possibilities of hole design. By far,for me,#14 was the signature hole. Atleast it was the toughest. Mach 3 baskets (the front 9). Scorecards,with map,available in mailbox by #1 tee Also has a DG info board on the back of the park sign.
Cons: The tees are a little short,this could be a problem for some. But, this is mostly a short course so a big run up won't be needed. The new layout has two flaws. The long walks between #12-#13 & #14 & #15. Other Park users?
Other Thoughts: Three years ago I tried to play this course on the way to Colts Camp. After 10-15 minutes I could not find any tees,just two baskets. So I headed out and played an extra round at Deming park in Terre Haute. Hearing local rumors,and checking DGCR the course was redesigned and I believe 9 baskets were added.? I played on a Sunday afternoon with alot of other park users. The new layout was very well thought out. I never felt like I was going to hit anyone. The northside of the park had more people and I decided to walk off on a hole because of a father and his sons were playing catch. I could have thrown with no problems, but I was writing notes and taking pictures. The long walk from #12-#13 can be fixed by flipping the basket & tee locations. The walk between #14-#15 can't really be fixed. Just walk from the northside,of the rather huge parking lot,to the southside. You'll see the tee sign. Pros can work on their mid-range or make up a safari course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, flat, park course
Pros: Nice, big park with plenty going on. Sadly I didn't see anyone else out playing this course like I was. As soon as I arrived at the course and started wandering around looking for the first tee, I was approached by park security. He was looking to help me figure out the course. I don't know how well I would have figured things out without him.
This is a fun course that uses the land on this course very well. There are short holes and a couple longer ones. I think the course uses the trees to its advantage making holes pretty interesting. While there was not much use for much an arsenal of shots, the course did provide the opportunity to attack the hole in different ways - anhyzer or hyzer.
While there are trees, there is no underbrush. Your discs are safe here. The grass was well maintained too. But there were a few spots where water settled.
This is a great place for a beginner. The shorter holes will allow one to get acquainted with the discs and work on accuracy while the longer holes are open enough to allow them to open up the arm with a little more confidence.
There are sufficient restrooms throughout the park. So no worries there.
Favorite holes: 2, 4, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18
Cons: As I mentioned in the "pros" list, there is a lot going on in this park. Make sure you don't toss a rogue drive towards those walkers, baseball players, children (or adults...) on the playground, etc.
The most obvious negative for this course is the drastic deterioration of the quality of baskets from the front nine to the back. They are awful. Don't count on these chains to catch your disc, because they won't. I saw many putts go straight through. Absurdly unforgiving.
Not to nitpick, but the cement tee pads are a little on the small side. To be fair though, they are nice and appear new. Same can be said of the tee signs - they are nice and new, but literally do not have anything written on them except for the hole number. That's an easy fix.
Navigation is a big issue here. It's not always logical how to get from one hole to the next. A course map found behind hole one is a must There are absurdly long walks between baskets - 12 to 13 and 14 to 15.
Other Thoughts: Despite this seemingly long list of "cons" this course is well worth playing if you're in the Terra Haute area. I had a good time on it. I'm surprised there weren't more people playing there. That could speak to the possibility of there not being much of a disc golf community there.
If you throw your disc into the armory, (the security guard told me to) lift up the fence near the hole and crawl inside. I'm fairly certain this could be a federal crime, so proceed at your own risk...
There is a local BBQ place called Pappy's that is right around the corner that is a must if you play this course. Delicious. Pulled pork and fried sweet corn are highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very short course can be played very quick; No underbrush or water to lose discs; Great for practicing midrange shots
Cons: Way too short for a competitive discgolfer. Only 3 holes over 300, if you like 200 - 300 foot shots with mature trees in your way with low ceilings you will enjoy this course.
Other Thoughts: Nice park, well kept, no issues with other park patrons when I was there like others mentioned. Nice to get a scorecard from the clubhouse!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
OK park course
Pros: The course plays through a large flat park, with nice grassy fairways through a mix of small and mature trees. There isn't really much underbrush here to speak of. There are a couple holes with some really minor elevation, but not enough to really add any challenge. There was a good mix of long and short holes here, including a couple where you could really air it out and throw a longer drive.
The signs and pads were ok, and the other park amenities were nice with available water and bathrooms in the park. There is also a concert pavilion, and we got to finish our round to some live music which was a fun way to spend a summer evening.
Cons: The course has a lot of conflicts with the rest of the park. There are lots of holes that play close to roads, paths, gazebos, and playgrounds, and the park is heavily used by non-disc golfers who don't seem to know to stay off the fairways. On a nice day there are a ton of safety issues here.
The baskets were in pretty bad shape, they were many different kinds of baskets, and most were rusty. The course has some flow issues, and is hard to follow in spots, though it's a little better after the redesign. The course was pretty muddy even though there hadn't been much rain, it just didn't seem to drain very well.
The holes get a little boring, as there just aren't enough trees to force specific lines. It's a pretty open park style course, and that means that you can just throw a hyzer with either hand on most of the holes.
Other Thoughts: This is an ok park course, in a nice park with other things to do. If you're passing through, it's worth a quick play, though if you can hook up with a local you will have a better time rather than having to search for the next tee in several places.
Beginners will find this course approachable, with many shorter holes and not much chance of losing discs, though the safety issues are magnified for throwers with less control. More experienced players won't find a lot of different challenges here, Deming is a nicer and more challenging place to play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun course for all players, several different syles of holes from short 180 feet holes to 360 feet. well mix of right, left and strieght shots. A couple of very hard short hole, 13 is on the base of two vally's so there is a risk of missing short or long .course was changed so that there is less of a risk of non disc golfers in the fairways, do to the fact that this is a high population park. park has good bathrooms, water, and drink machines throughout the course. There are now Tee signs and Tee pads. This is also a family park with a large playground for those of you travaling with the young ones.
Cons: Different stlyes of backets, Course holds water, and some hole are hard to find mainly hole 2,10,13,15,and 18. Also hole 2 goes along an armery which is fenced in, they will however let you go retrive your disc (when there open)
Other Thoughts: Park has free disc to borrow for those who are looking to try the sport, They have 24 aviars 24 fairway driver forgot which one. The best person to contact at the park for concerns is John Day Course designer
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Variety for those that play Demming
Pros: Easy to get to off of 40/59. Adds another nice course for the area (ISU, Rose, DPU, etc.). Some nice technical holes requiring super precise drives or just use the trees to beat in a new Roc.
Cons: Pretty flat, not too diverse. No tee boxes (but a local helping develop the course said that concrete tee pads will be going in and a course map will be added near the first hole; also distances and hole maps will be added at each tee).
Other Thoughts: Fun little course, worth while if you are in the Haute or passing through on 70 or 40, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get there. Park near the main baseball diamond adjacent to the swimming pool to tee off at near shelter #3. To get to 13 walk through the playground and across the wooden bridge. 14 is over there by that shelter as well (walk back across the bridge after finishing 13). Didn't see too many other players, but locals do use the park for BBQs, etc.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Wood choppin' on the plains
Pros: A couple pretty unique holes, 2 and 9 I think, (drive over a walkpath bridge. Lots of trees to challenge a full variety of shots. Lack of distance made up for by precision
Cons: Tee pads are a mystery Ive played there 3 times and i think Ive messed up at least a few times.. When park is busy some holes are impossible. Also I find dirt tees to be annoying..
Other Thoughts: OK course you need to try it once then decide if the pros are heavier than the cons..
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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