Fun old school course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a hilly wooded park away from other users, there's a nice vibe of seclusion and wilderness on many of the wooded holes. There are several open holes mixed in with a little more length and some chances to air out longer drives.
The rest of the holes play through tight woods with dense trees and plenty of brush off the fairways to punish errant shots. Elevation comes into play on many of the holes, with some steep hills and tricky basket placements. The hills add challenge and variety on drives, and are used well to make some cool roll away greens. There is a great mix of hole shapes, calling for a good balance of line shaping skills and a balanced set of left and right turning holes.
Cons: The open holes for the most part don't offer too much challenge other than a couple with some woods along one side. Overall the wooded holes are very short, leading to a little bit of a repetitive feeling despite the good variety of hole shape. You won't need more than a mid and putter to score well on this section of the course.
The signage is old, and in pretty poor shape, many of the signs are rusted and unreadable. Navigation is a little tricky in a few spots, and it can be a little difficult to find both tees on some holes. The natural tees can be rutted and slanted at times, not always providing a good tee surface.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will have a great time here, the woods and elevation keep things difficult, but the lengths are reasonable and the rough isn't thick enough to eat discs. More experienced players will have a fun relaxed round here, there's lots of variety but not a ton of challenge.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a generous portion of this campground, and is well separated from any other activities. A bike trail runs along a few holes, but that's about it.
- Majority of the holes are set in an extremely hilly forested area, that makes great use of the elevation changes. There are multiple downhill rips through tight lines, including a blind RHBH hyzer. A few of these have very fast greens at the end to take into account as well. Handful of shots go up and down some hills, with one tough anny and one steep up and over. Another sharp incline as well; the elevation changes have both quality and quantity throughout.
- Lines themselves can be tricky as well. Plenty of blind pins off of the tee, due to both elevation changes and left and right curves. Good balance in both directions, and some holes provide the choice of going around either way. Wide range of difficulty is nice too.
- Holes out in the open range from brainless to interesting. A couple have a forest border on the right, taking away a wide RHBH hyzer. #2 has a cool setup, with a straight/hyzer tunnel shot OR a tall anny line to the basket. The rest of them, about 5 holes, are more or less wide open with one or two obstacle trees.
- Great variety in hole length, although the longer holes are the most open. Still, some good opportunities to let the drivers out in contrast to the tighter forest holes. Definitely some ace runs as well, though line shaping and/or accuracy is needed to get it there.
- Natural tees are decent, baskets are getting old but catch fine, signage is a little rough in spots. There are some directional signs to help out, but the first time through could be a bit tricky. Check out the map!
Cons: - Almost all of the holes in the forest provide some cool looks and tricky lines, but the very short lengths hurt. There are 8 holes under 250', even from the long tees, so accuracy trumps distance big time. Lots of putter/mid shots in here.
- The treacherous terrain is awesome for the discing itself, but getting around can be tricky. Getting down to the basket from the tee can be an adventure in itself, even when dry.
- Most of the open holes are pretty bland, with some taller grass and maybe a tree to contend with. With the last six falling under this category, the round ends with a whimper.
Other Thoughts: - This course is a blast to play, without a doubt. The great variety in the forest makes each hole pretty darn unique, with the ups and downs and lefts and rights, treacherous greens and tight lines. Though the hole lengths are short, the fun factor is there. The longer open holes complement these well, too. Might be a bit much for real beginners, and maybe too short for an experienced player, but just about everyone should find challenge and enjoyment here.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Scenic campground. Old Stone Quarry with swimming, hiking, great bike paths, scuba diving. Real estate has great potential.
Cons: bathrooms: lack of one on course, lack of a remotely clean one anywhere.
Other Thoughts: What potential! Lacking maintenance and local interest keeps this course from being the most interesting in northern Indiana. The layout of the course is great.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Located in a spacious park. Pass over the bridge spanning the waterfall and proceed to the open field. The first two (as well as the last several) holes are located in this mostly flat, grassy space. Cross the road for hole 3, and let the real fun begin as you enter the section of course that is built on a sort of wooded ridge.
- Solid design maximizes the many drastic elevation changes throughout the wooded section of the course. Play only the "numbered" holes for an 18 holer, or also play the 6 "lettered" holes expertly interspersed along the way to stretch the course out to 24. The way the course naturally flows even after so many optional holes and twists and turns and ups and downs is nothing short of amazing.
- Several technical holes requiring precision and several longer open holes for big arms.
-Long (orange) and short (white) tees. Long tees can be brutal but are outstandingly fun. Dual pin positions on most holes add to the fun and replayability. Pin positions often create great risk/reward opportunities, as rollaway chances abound in the wooded section.
- Signage really aides in the proper navigation of this course. Keep your eyes peeled for where to go next, depending on which holes you've chosen to play.
-Camping available on site. Camping areas near waterfall and 1st teebox. This course would be the IDEAL course to stop at if roadtripping through the area and looking to camp.
- $2 for a completely deserted course. Where are the locals?
Cons: -The lack of proper concrete tees really detracts from this otherwise quite fine course. The natural/gravel tees are actually in pretty good condition (as it appears that NOBODY plays this course) but are short in some places, not really allowing a run up or even sure footing.
-Really could use another couple of trash cans along the course. Additional foot traffic would clear up most of the minor shule blanketing the fairways in places.
-Hole F's basket is missing.
Other Thoughts: -Overall the flow is very seemless and astounding in the manner that the "lettered" holes are optionally interspersed between the 18 "numbered" holes. Super surrealistic signage art adds to the charm of this kinda rough but outstandingly cool course.
-Despite being fairly well upkept, this course otherwise appeared abandoned on a beautiful sunny friday afternoon in June. It is truly a shame that such a magnificently challenging and interesting course doesn't see much more play.
- I came away with a really high regard and respect for France Park. Although it is well over an hour's drive away, I envision several future trips to further explore the intricacies of this solid but tragically flawed* course.
*see comments re: lack of better tees.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great use of elevation changes; gorgeous scenery; great baskests; holes A-F interspersed with the original 18
Cons: No tee pads; a couple of holes with basically no obstacles
Other Thoughts: This course is in the middle of nowhere. I played 2 rounds of 24 and came across zero other golfers. Which is tough to understand because this is a very good course. It really is the best course for elevation changes I've ever played in my short disc golf career. My advice is to not only play this course, but to bring a camera with you as well. Great scenery. I will make it a point to revisit this France Park in the future.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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