Pros: Intermediate course that is playable for any skill levels. I consider this course 2 separate courses. 1-18 is a course, and 19-24 is a 6 hole course. Completely different feel and play between the two.
Baskets - 24 baskets at the course that are painted orange. They are old but still catch great. Some of the baskets are shallow, some are not. Two different styles.
Tees - 2 tees per hole (holes 1-18). One is large and concrete, the other is natural (see cons). Natural tees are typically harder. They are marked with 2 orange stakes.
Variety - Major elevation changes on holes 1-18. 19-24 still have slight elevation changes. No two holes were the same. All of the holes 1-18 very wooded with many thread the needle shots. Good shots are rewarded. Most holes are short but require placement. Some water hazards in the form of shallow creeks. Holes 19-24 are in the open with some hills. Many blind shots due to elevation.
Signs at each concrete tee. Orange arrows can point to alternate tees. Slightly faded. Original sign at start of course explaining disc golf.
Benches and trash can at almost every hole (1-18).
Pro shop with tons of discs and snacks. Workers know their discs. Very friendly.
Challenging and technical course, especially if you are having an off day. High risk/high reward.
1-18 are under a canopy. Lots of shade.
Easy to navigate.
Amazing nature walk.
Cons: Lots of poison ivy in the rough.
Tees for next hole are very close to the basket or fairways for previous hole (dangerous when busy).
Alternate tees are so natural and rarely played that vegetation has grown in them. Concrete tees would greatly improve the course for these tees. The ground they are on isn't flat.
Some regular tees need replaced. Hole 13 comes to mind.
A few stairways would help with the steep climbs. A bridge or two would help after a rain.
Short holes. Easy to overthrow if you miss the trees.
Holes 19-24 have natural tees marked by orange cones and have no signs. Hole #s written on cones and baskets.
A course map at start of course would be nice.
Other Thoughts: This is a great historic course. It's playable for all skill levels. The holes are short and technical. I played with my girlfriend and she loved the course although she hit almost every tree. I saw many families playing this course and everyone seemed happy.
Dual concrete tees for every hole (1-24), signs for 19-24, and maybe a bridge or two would make this better. I would recommend this course for everyone. It has a historic feel to it and is a great location.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course was designed and created in the mid-1970s as one of the very first disc golf courses in the world, and it is still very enjoyable and challenging! Concrete tees, clean tee signs, and good, solid metal baskets on all 18 original holes. The heavily wooded course has very strategic changes in elevation, with good hole designs on all 18. The extra 6 practice holes out in the open are a great bonus!
Cons: All 18 original holes are under 300 ft, and they are all very heavily wooded. The terrain is somewhat challenging to walk on quite a few of the holes due to elevation changes, so players will want to be moderately athletic.
Other Thoughts: $2 to play all day, and after 10 plays, you can have the next two free! The pro shop is very well stocked. i have never seen such a great selection of bags and accessories!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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-Cement tee pads at every hole plus alternate tees marked by orange stakes.
-Nice mix of left/right shots with some elevation shots as well.
-Tee sign's with par, distance, and basket location at every hole.
-Intersesting shot on hole #4 throwing across a ravine.
-Nice transition from hole to hole.
-Shallow, small baskets seem original to the course. Chains are rusted.
-Mostly short holes, none over 300 ft.
-Worn path throughout course can be very muddy at times.
-$2 to play all day.
-First course in Indiana designed by "Steady" Ed Headrick.
-Benches and trash cans at every teepad.
-Pro shop on campgrounds with a variety of discs, snacks, drinks and more.
-Extra six holes at end of course with straight open shots.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is mostly set in a forested area of the campground, with no interference to be found. Last 6 holes in the open are pretty close to the camp areas, so there can definitely be some conflict there.
- Holes in the forest provide a good variety of lines. There are obvious hyzers, anhyzers, and straight shots, of varying length. Most of the lines are dead ahead, but there are enough trees to keep these interesting as well.
- Constant elevation changes to be found in the forest, which really makes things interesting. A lot of fun downhill shots, as well as some blind uphill shots that make some holes play a lot longer. Off the fairways, some treacherous gulches are present to punish errant shots. Some of these are pretty deep and present the biggest challenge.
- Good variety in hole length, albeit all are on the shorter side. A lot of ace runs to be found here, for sure, but some of the longer uphill holes need some decent length for a good chance at a deuce. Holes outside of the forest are longer, overall, and allow for some longer rips. Still nothing that would challenge bigger arms.
- Signage is pretty good other than some questionable distances. Baskets are good, teepads can be a little slippery but work fine. Navigation pretty easy, finding hole #1 and #19 might be tricky (#19-#24 don't have signs, just cones).
Cons: - Old school design means old school hole lengths, so this place is primed for some putter rounds or true beginners. Extremely fun for superclass or putters though! Not too much challenge other than the occasional gulch, pretty much.
- Holes in the open are pretty brainless, basically zero or one tree to contend with on any of them.
Other Thoughts: - Course definitely values fun over challenge, usually it will boil down to whether you got a 2 or 3 on the hole. Real beginners might find some of the shots tricky, but any experienced player should be able to hit almost every line. Grab your slowest discs and relive the good old days!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun short course
Pros: I found Honey Bear to be a very fun course with some interesting eleveation changes and challenging lane shots. It would be a great course to introduce someone to disc golf.
The pro sho in the camp store was awesome and the owner was quite knowledgeable about the different discs.
Cons: The first 18 holes were all similar and could easily be played with a midrange or putter. The six added in the field were all open shots out in the field to temporary baskets.
Other Thoughts: I found the folks at Honey Bear to be very friendly and the course to be quite fun. I can't wait to get back down to the area to play again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Old School Cool
Pros: - Honey Bear is an old school Steady Ed design from the late '70's. As such, most of the course is comprised of "pitch and putt" style shorter holes, although six open grassy holes have been tacked on at the end, giving it a bit more length and variety than the original design. Even on the shortest holes, lines through the many mature trees must be hit to score well.
- The first 18 holes play through woods with mature trees. A dry creek ravine twists and turns throughout much of the course, offering some good potential for rollaways. Moderate elevation changes throughout provide enough risk to keep things fun. The last six holes are temporary layouts with cones denoting the tees. Flat and open, these aren't very fun or challenging, but props for at least trying to mix things up.
- Concrete tees in decent shape. Am tees shorten the distances but don't really provide different looks. Signage provides hole number, distance, and a basic hole map. Many also have Yogi Bear themed stickers!
- A decent mix of up/down/left/right turning holes, although nothing too out of the ordinary.
- Located on a property with camp grounds and a pro shop with decent disc selection.
Cons: - Variety (or lack thereof) is the major drawback to Honey Bear. Even with the added 6 open holes, the course is basically comprised of two types of holes: short, wooded holes with moderate elevation and
longer, wide open, yet flat holes. The wooded holes don't necessarily feel repetitive, just give lots of variations on the same theme.
- Older baskets are slowly decaying with time, but are still serviceable.
- Hole distances on the signs seem suspect in one or two places.
Other Thoughts: - $2 pay-to-play. Definitely a reasonable amount for this course.
- Something about the old school Steady Ed courses are very appealing to me. Maybe Steady Ed just had a good "eye" for designing around the existing trees/elevation, or maybe it's the fact that the older courses have such a time-worn feel to them. In any case, while not the most technically challenging, Steady Ed courses are always a blast to play.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Well-stocked shop. Plenty of shade from the tall trees, which also minimizes the undergrowth.
Overflowing trash cans.
The core eighteen holes are set on the ridges, in the furrows, and on the slopes of this gently-rolling landscape, which is covered with large, old-growth trees. With an average length around 215', topping out at 285', control, vice power, is needed from the tee. Two tee locations per hole - one with a long-n-wide concrete teepad, the other natural with two small posts in the ground.
Nothing extreme here - the lines to hit, for the most part, are fairly generous, and errant throws are not overly punished, as the shule is minimal and the ridges not very long nor steep. Even-blend of left/right/straight shots needed from the tee, with a fair mix of slight down/up/no elevation changes.
The extra six holes are open and flat, and only take a few minutes to play on the way back to the car. Look for the white cones designating the tee areas, and the day we played, basket-20 was to the left - the basket straight ahead was #23.
Bombers and/or uber-technicians can't scratch their particular itch here, but the course is well-suited for players to work on their shot-shaping, without severely punishing them if they fail.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun old school course
Pros: The course plays mostly through tight woods with really limited underbrush. The trees are thick enough to make you hit your lines or try to shoot through dense trunks, but you won't lose discs on errant shots or bad kicks. There are enough minor elevation changes to add some challenge and fun, and a few pins are near ravines adding some risk at the greens. There is a nice mix of left and right turning holes to keep things interesting and make you hit some different lines.
There are two sets of tees, and rather than one long and one short, they mix it up so they are more like just an alternate set. One set is nice concrete with basic tee signs showing hole layout and distance. The other set are natural, but are pretty flat and marked with orange survey tape so they're easy to find.
Cons: The main 18 holes are very short, nearly every hole is reachable with a putter, and the rest are reachable with a mid. This makes it get a little repetitive, every hole is short and through a tight alley in the woods. The added 6 holes have a little more length, but are wide open and pretty boring, and don't have any tee pads or signage, just small orange cones and portable style baskets.
The alternate tees are a fun idea to mix things up a little, but they are a bit rutted and don't seem to get much play. some don't really offer a different line, they're right in front of or behind the concrete pad. The baskets are aging, and don't catch all that well any more. The campground allows dogs, but they aren't allowed on the course, seems a little odd.
Other Thoughts: This course has a nice old school feel with some fun shots through the woods. If you're on your game and throwing accurately, every hole is a chance for a birdie, but if your drives are off you'll be shooting out of the woods a lot. There isn't enough challenge to test better players, and the variety is a little lacking, but newer players will be pushed to learn different shots without too much punishment or length. If you're in the area, this one's worth a stop, and it looked like a nice place to camp too.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Not my favorite
Pros: Very well kept, and excellent pro shop.
Cons: No variation, the same hole over and over. You can't take out a driver and let it go. The holes are short and sometimes you just have to get lucky to get it close.
Other Thoughts: I might be alone here but I prefer a course with many different types of holes. I like being able to squeeze through a wooded area then bomb one down a fairly open fairway.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: •Designed,and more than likely installed, by the founder of Disc golf "Steady" Ed Headrick. •All Org. 18 wooded holes still in the org. placement. •GREAT use of Topography; Ridge to Ridge (roll-a-way greens), Over,Down,Up Hills. A Dry Creek (when I played it was dry) •Org. Mach 1 baskets, that have been retro-fitted with a inner set of chains. •Multiple flight paths, on the more wooded holes • Trash Cans,Benches and good signage on each hole. •One of the best Pro shops around; they carry Innova, Discraft and many other Co. Bags and straps.
Cons: •No beer cart! •Little vandalism,drawings and names, on benches and tee signs.
Other Thoughts: The added holes in the field are in the front of the park and can't be played without a long walk from 18. But is a good add on,being so different from the Org. Layout.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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