8 Helpful / 0 Not
Wide open spaces to let them fly
Pros: White Park allows for plenty of long range shots, basically throw long to your heart's content. Playing with the running track as OB gives the course a little bit more challenge. Players able to throw around 340-350 will have numerous deuce chances. The trees planted during the installation of the course are starting to shape the holes, whereas you use to be able to just throw over the top of them. Given more time these trees will become even more a factor on this course. All holes have large grippy tee pads as well as benches on which to rest. Most have trash cans available. There are brand new tee signs that are adequate. Course is easy to follow with no large walks in between holes and with few places where you have to watch for errant discs from other holes. As previously said in other reviews, number 18 provides an interesting twist in sand traps surrounding the green. This feature makes a normally 300 foot hole more difficult.
Cons: Players with less distance can find the repetitiveness of long shot after long shot a disadvantage. The parks department tends to let the grass grow up a bit before mowing so don't be surprised to be looking for a disc in over ankles' height grass. I wouldn't count it necessarily a Con but the wind can be a big factor out at White.
Other Thoughts: White course provides a different kind of challenge than most all of the other Bowling Green courses. Course is usually fairly empty except for some runners/walkers around the track. Course will only get better with time as the trees grow larger and shape the character of each hole.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Long, open and windy
Pros: The course plays through a sprawling park with small rolling hills and a few scattered trees. There is nice grass throughout the park, and for an open course it's a pretty place to play. There are nice concrete pads and baskets in good shape that catch well. Many holes have tee signs, and the flow of the course is good enough that it's easy to follow and easy to see where to throw. There is some nice length here, with some good long ripper holes and a few reachable holes mixed in. The walking path running through the course can add some ob challenge, especially on a windy day. The sand traps on the last hole are fun, features like that throughout the course would have made it a little more interesting.
Cons: The course is basically wide open, only a few holes have enough trees to make you even think about different lines. It's basically a bunch of open field hucks, which can be challenging to score well on due to wind and ob, but doesn't really test other parts of your game. It gets pretty boring and repetitive by the end of the round. The signage was in pretty bad shape and in need of an upgrade, with the whole back 9 missing signs. The walking path course be a safety issue if heavily used.
Other Thoughts: This course is a good place to work on throwing distance shots, and playing the wind. Beginners will find it long and frustrating, while more experienced players won't find any challenges other than the distance and possibly the wind. It could be a great course as the trees mature, but that will take a while as most of the trees are still quite young.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Long and windy
Pros: Ephram White Park has a nice course and certainly lends itself to the diversity of courses in the Bowling Green area. In a way, it might remind you of a ball golf course with its defined fairways that are cut much shorter than the "rough" that borders. Eighteen with its bunkers and sand traps also help with the feeling. The walking paths, which are reminiscent of cart paths, run throughout the course too.
Speaking of paths, they help define the holes and offer a big difficulty in the way of OB's. Some run on both sides of the fairways, some on just one side and some that run behind. Some are narrower than others but you are all but guaranteed to go out at least once.
Although most holes are strait there is some gentle elevation changes that help with the diversity. There is a pretty even mix of slight uphill and downhill shots. Eleven's very pronounced hard dogleg to the right is what I considered my favorite hole. It is fairly open on the first half, takes the turn and leads into a comparatively tight wooded area with big mature trees. It's really beautiful. Beyond that there aren't many other wooded areas but you will find a few trees here and there to work around. Lots of newly planted ornamental, flowering, and shade trees are on their way to making this a fairly wooded area once the trees mature. This will not be the same course in 10-20 years. For now you will just have to enjoy the openness.
Don't let the openness fool you into thinking it's easy though. With everything mentioned above, this course is lengthier than a lot of the other courses in the area. Mix in some wind and you'll find a very challenging course. I should also mention that there is a couple of shorter holes with a great little ace run on hole nine that makes for a nice treat.
You'll find some nice big pads. They are at least 12' long and 5' wide. Every hole has benches and signs too. The layout is also very easy to follow.
Cons: This course will be brutal in the summer with its lack of shade. Further, the course doesn't flow in a way to make it easy to get back to your car for water once you get going. Be prepared for that.
A time or two you may have to wait on random walkers on the trail.
Based on the type of course this is, and if you know what to expect, there really aren't that many cons. Wooded course fans might not be impressed. You may find it a little repetitive which can lead to burnout, especially if you are suffering from a particularly bad round.
Other Thoughts: Overall the course is quite enjoyable. It has a pleasant atmosphere and the park is clean and safe. Out of all the courses in Bowling Green this was one that I am glad I played but would pick others if I had limited time. If you are a strong thrower you might enjoy it more than than those with average arms. If you like fairly open, long courses then this is the course for you. If not, just know what to expect when you visit and you can still have a good time. Go give it a try and enjoy!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Wide Open Course
Pros: This course was straight forward, there was no complication as to where you should go or what shots you should take. The grass was well manacured (fairways were cut very nice leaving a thick rough that really did penalize you for missing the fairway). Teepads were good size and concrete. There was a good use of OB which was nice because it made you work on control instead of wild distance. The holes were longer than most other courses but they weren't ridiculous.
Cons: There is no cover there so the wind really just makes the course frustrating, you really have no clue when and which way the wind is blowing. Hole #11 was a little ridiculous in terms of playing it as a par 3 for a tournament. it was more that a 90 degree turn and the grass was fairly long taking away the opportunity for a tight roller. there was also a 700+ft hole, yes it was a long course but that would really make it difficult for a lot of players who want to play it for fun.
Other Thoughts: no water or restrooms were near by. It was a visually appealing course especially with the trimmed fairways. It is a fun course be be prepared to take a rough score at anytime. I would suggest playing in the morning before the wind really picks up.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Beware of Wind
Pros: First of all this course is very, very, well designed. The course designer really took a long view at how this course will mature. At the moment it is not spectacular but given enough time (grow little trees grow!) it will be considered a highly rated course.
The out of bounds is well laid out and takes what appears to be somewhat easy holes and adds a whole new level of difficulty.
The Tee Pads are awesome. Wide and Long with a gravel apron.
This course also makes the most of what little elevation there is rarely providing a straight and level shot.
Very good use of the small amount of mature trees to hide and protect pins.
Mowed fairways that don't really reward you for a good shot but subconciously make you feel good about life.
The Wind. With a course this open the wind plays a huge factor adding considerably to the difficulty (if you are not used to wind).
The parks department. They do a great job maintaining this course. Mowing fairways, watering those little trees that are so important to the future of this course and keep the rest (non DG) of the park in great shape.
There benches at most if not all the tee's, plus garbage cans scattered thoughout. Nice little touches that always make a course better, like sand bunkers around #18's basket.
Cons: This course does not have any huge cons. Until the tree's grow up a little this is not a very challenging course if you have a 400 ft drive in you.
The Wind. As stated above the wind is a pro for the course unless you are not used to playing in it and suprise I am not used to wind. It took me a few holes to figure out how play my drives.
The course is designed in and around a really amazing cross country running trail and walkers and runners can be very much in the way.
Other Thoughts: Like I stated in the Pro section this course is planned for the future, and I am going to have to say that unless the BG Am championships use it again I will probably wait until the course matures before going out of my way to play this course again.
The park is great and there is a little disc golf store that just recently opened only about mile or so from the course that was neat to look through since they have a very good selection of used discs which is kind of rare around me.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
The Dreaded White Park...
Pros: White Park has slight elevation, risk/reward, high winds, and uniquely designed fairways. For the property available - White Park may be one of my favorite course designs. Despite all of the wide open spaces it makes fantastic use of the trails to create risk/reward shots as a result of massive amounts of OB. Few of the holes alone are memorable but some of the stretches of holes, such as 2-3 back to back, is fantastic, and hole 10-11 is a fun mini-stretch. The few trees out there are also well placed, and with time will add to the challenge of the course.
Cons: The high winds can be as much a con as they are a pro. In tournament play and in casual play - they can be aggravating. Expect wind when you hit this place. Hole 14 is also a con - thanks to the 2-meter rule the trees next to the pin placement create a true bail-out for bad drives. Out of the control of the course designers - the property itself. The course is well designed, but the property is not ready made for disc golf.
Other Thoughts: This is probably the most dreaded of the courses played during the Bowling Green Amateurs. Few people look forward to hitting the course. Coming in with a 500 foot arm is advantageous, but it is a rare day that the winds are low enough to go way under par on the open course. More often than not having the arm to take risks means getting toyed with by the high winds and OB for 18 holes of frustration. If you can carve up the course with accurate placement and pick up the birdies on the short holes you can come away very happy.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Incredible tee pads that you can almost park a small car on. Tee signs and benches on every hole. You can see every basket so no guessing where to throw. Has a covered picnic area you could use before or after a round and there is a water fountain too. This course is wide open with no rough area's to loose disc's.
Cons: The course has a lot of OB's and with the wind blowing like it seems to always do there it leads to high scores for a beginner. Not to mention this course is LONG. After I finished hole 7 it seemed like I had played at least twice that many. And if your playing in the warm seasons you may want to play early or later in the day because there's not a lot shade.
Other Thoughts: This course is nice now but in the future when the new trees begin to get larger this course will really blossom.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Similar to a Ball Golf Course
Pros: White Park is a beautiful 18 hole course set on a generously large section of lush, grassy land with very gentle hills, very much like traditional ball golf would be. I really enjoyed the defined mowed fairways. Several small trees line the fairways and protect the baskets. There were holes of all lengths from 200'-700' making for a great variety. Most holes here are longer than your average disc golf course, but the design, layout, and appearance of each hole makes the length enjoyable instead of a burden.
There were signs, pads, and benches on every tee. The hole numbers on the signs and the baskets were large and easily visible. Every basket could be easily seen from the tee. Each hole had a unique nickname to give the course even more character.
Hole #1 was the closest hole to the parking lot, so it appears some renumbering was done to make the flow more logical. #18 is a great finishing hole- the basket is surrounded by sand bunkers.
This course seems to not be as popular as the other Bowling Green courses at this point. We played on Memorial Day and were the only ones on the course.
Cons: The fairways had not been mowed in a while- the taller grass and full clover made footing kind of slick even in the fairway, discs were not visible until you got right upon them. A regular mowing would make this course even better.
It does not return to the parking lot after #9, and this course is long and spread out, so once you begin you are in for the long haul; make sure to bring your snacks and water with you. There is a picnic shelter, water fountain, and portable toilet at the parking area for when you finish.
The signs were just ok- most had a hole map and a distance. Very nice permanent detailed color signs are always a bonus, but you can get by without any problems with what is there.
*Update- It seems that I got to play this course in a rare state, and that most of the time there are not defined fairways, just a wide open field- and that makes a huge difference here. If there are no fairways/rough, then this course is pretty boring.
Other Thoughts: During the entire round I kept thinking to myself how this looks like a ball golf course with its beauty and layout, but it isn't- it is purely a DG course!!! This is the closest to looking like a ball golf I have played. The pros may play each hole as a par 3, but if you go in with the proper mindset and play this like ball golf where some are par 3 and some are par 4, maybe even a couple of 5's you will have a much more enjoyable round. Casual play pars could be justifiably assigned for each hole.
There was a map online, but not at course. Most of the time, however, there was a mowed path from basket to next tee, and it is pretty open so you can usually see the next hole. There is a walking path all throughout the course, but it was never a factor for me as far as walkers/runners are concerned. I would guess in tournaments they would use the path as OB lines as the path runs alongside many fairways and surrounds several baskets to really challenge accuracy as well as length. We got lucky as it was not too windy, but I could see where wind could be a huge factor on most days
I am guessing by the early reviews that when the course was first built it was just baskets in a wide open field. Once all the trees mature this will be an awesome course. The course looks even better in person than in the pictures now that it is summer and the grass and trees are full and green. I am not usually a fan of super long holes, but I really enjoyed every shot of every hole. Newer players who haven't developed distance yet might not want to try this course, but it would be a good place to learn without fear of losing your discs or being intimidated on a crowded course. I would love to watch the Pros play a tournament here. This course will only get better with time, but it is still pretty good as it is right now.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a well maintained park with a nice area devoted to the disc golf course. The tees are marked very well with plain tee signs. Concrete pads are in great shape. Baskets seem to be all in perfect shape.
Course provides a nice variety of shots which will only get better as the trees mature in this newer park.
Good place to practice playing in the wind.
Cons: Wide open, but hopefully will change as time goes by, only real complaint.
Other Thoughts: Bowling Green has a great resource of disc golf courses in its area and the park district and local club should be applauded for their efforts.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This course is wide open. No chance of losing any disc with the exception of one hole.
Cons: If you can't throw the very far or you are looking for a course where different shots are required. Not the course to play.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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