Elevation is the Key
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The 18 hole course in Radcliff City Park weaves around a bowl of park woods where there's almost no chance of a lost disc. Almost every hole seems to take advantage of 20 to 40 feet of elevation change (one way or the other), which makes the otherwise repetitive -seeming- distances (15 holes between 235 and 285 feet) play with a lot more variety than expected. Though it feels like it was probably designed by a RHFH player (many shots have their 'best' lines shaping left to right), there are alternatives on most of the holes to try a sometimes tighter or trickier line coming in from the other side.
The distances here are reachable for most Rec to Intermediate arms, so the course might not appeal as much to higher level players, unless they're working on their control game…in which case the two courses here nearest the Gold Vault and Ft. Knox (Muldraugh and Radcliff) make for a good, balanced day of woodsy elevation practice.
The concrete teepads here are all level and large enough for the job, and the 18 chain DGA baskets are in good repair. The park has a nice looking playground and shelter (bathrooms in season), to go along with the skate park you see when you drive in, so there are things to do for the kids who might not want to hike a round with you. And most of the other park activities are contained away from lines of flight.
Cons: Course flow was confusing for me because the minimalist tee signs don't always show the line you'll actually have to throw, the distances felt slightly 'off' (though they probably aren't: elevation!), and you sometimes see a few too many baskets ahead of you off the tee. I drew up a course schematic map, which I think would help a first timer who hasn't found a guide.
The tee signs for 10 and 14 are missing. There's a little bit of an awkward walk from 15 to 16 and from 16 to 17 (please see map). The new amphitheater actually sits in the middle of the most logical fairway on hole 11. Hole 12 now shoots over the seating area of the amphitheater, and hole 13 plays back above them, and across the road. Overall, there seemed to be a number of places where the needed line flies into the road, path, or flightlines from other holes.
Other Thoughts: This is still a fun course to play, amongst a strip of really decent courses in the area (Freeman Lake, Radcliff, Muldraugh, Meade Olin and Otter Creek, from south to north), if you're looking for a solid, exhausting day or a relaxing weekend of disc golf.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun and challenging. Tests the skills of a novice player.
Cons: Signs are confusing and not accurate. #6- sign shows it being on the opposite side of the road from the tee, but in fact its on the same side. Other signs show straight shots but some are actually to the right.
Other Thoughts: Good course. A good challenge for novice players.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun fun fun
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Again another course with every shot. Lots of birdies and very fast greens make for a good fun round in a small hidden park. A couple of challenging shots playing along a road going through the park. A few ob's and some great use of the land. Birdies will come a plenty if you play to the land.
Cons: Up and down hills takes a little wear and tear. Hole 2 and 3 play along side a neighborhood fence and if you throw a disc over its likely you won't get it back. Some holes if your an out of towner are difficult to follow but not far walks... A lot of baskets look playable from multiple tees.
Other Thoughts: Just a great fun course with lots of challenging shots that can make or break your round. I've shot -11 and +4. It is worth the round!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course in a city park just a couple miles from front gate of Ft Knox. Well laid out course that uses the rolling terrain well. Most of the holes but a few are between 225 and 275 with a mix of up hill, down hill, across valley and over small hills. So it doesn't feel like they are all around the same length. Trees or OB comes into play on most every hole so decent drives make most holes capable of being done in 2. But if not placed well it is going to take a good up shot just to save par. Concrete tees and decent baskets. The holes flow pretty well. The park is clean and seems well maintained. The park as a road system in it but it was blocked off so cars were not an issue.
Cons: No hole signs on the baskets so on a couple holes it could be confusing. It could also use a marker on the basket pointing to the next Tee. Only one (marked) Tee box per hole and all holes have single placement. Looks like they are building a amphitheater that may kill one of 2 good lines to # 11 basket (I think). #13 pole hole has been moved a good distance from placement shown on sign, and also changed the distance a great deal.
Other Thoughts: I am from out of state and overall it was worth the stop. I played the course twice and was not disappointed. It was a great day out and I only saw 6 other players during those 2 rounds which was surprising even for a Wednesday. They have a skate park at the entrance which has a decent population of teens to early 20s and I saw at least 2-3 small packages change hands that could explain why. If in the area go play!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Chip and fall
Pros: Well maintained, goid tee boxes and baskets...great challenging course. Mostly shorter holes with constant elivation change. A bad up or missed putt can easily cost you two strokes
Cons: Only one our two long holes ( coming from an interm player) direction can b confusing...easy to tee off to the wrong pin...lol not that I did that
Other Thoughts: One of my fave...very pretty. Great for players rec to advance
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Challenging holes that appear easy, but large trees and hilly terrain make almost every hole interesting. Beautiful park and everything was well kept. Interesting greens and lots of variation. Had a blast!
Cons: Confusing layout. It's hard to figure out where the next hole is.
Other Thoughts: Would def play many more times again!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a hilly city park with lots of nice mature trees. There are enough trees in play to define some lines on several holes, which is a bonus for a park-style course. There is a decent mix of left and right turning holes so you'll need to have at least a couple different shots in your bag to score well. The distances are all pretty similar, but the elevation is used well to make them feel very different. Because of this, there are some putter ace runs, and some holes that most players will pull out a distance driver to reach.
The elevation is also used well around several greens. I like seeing baskets placed near slopes to add some risk to the short game, and there are a few of those here. The concrete tees are in good shape for the most part. There are basic signs that are fairly accurate and not broken or vandalized. The baskets are in decent shape and catch fine.
Cons: There's no underbrush or any kind of rough at all, so errant shots aren't really punished here. Nearly all the holes offer a pretty easy recovery for par after a bad drive, which takes away some challenge and fun. The road comes into play on several holes, it doesn't seem like the park gets much traffic but it's still a possible safety issue.
There are a few challenging spots in navigating the course. At times several tees are near the basket, and it might take some extra walking to figure out which one is next. Also, a few tees have multiple baskets in sight, not a big deal after the first time through but it's a little frustrating not knowing which one to throw to.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time playing here, the hills are used quite well to add interest and challenge, and are creatively put into play with several cross-slope shots and some that play down and back up. Beginners can easily have a good time here, there are several holes that play pretty short, and there isn't any rough to frustrate less accurate players. Intermediate players and up will find lots of birdies, but will need to be reasonably accurate, it's not all that challenging but there are definitely some fun shots.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a nice city park, that is relatively small, but the 18 holes take up most of it. The baskets, signs, and tees are older, but still effective. Challenges are navigating around trees and throwing up and down hills. As others have said, you have to choose your line. The course has a variety of straight, hyzer, and anhyzer and many holes have multiple approaches. As is usual of parks courses, the trees aren't impossibly dense and there is little to no undergrowth. The biggest challenge here is the elevation. The course essentially plays up, down, around, and across a giant bowl! When you first arrive you might think the course looks repetitive, but there is tremendous variety from hole to hole.
Cons: Like others have said, the fence is a nice challenge, but it is really close to a couple of holes, and chances are if your disc goes over it is gone. Because of the openness of the park, you sometimes see multiple baskets and may end up throwing at the wrong one. It is also kind of tricky in spots to know which way is the next tee, but for the most part navigation is fine and it is easy to find the next hole even if start to head in the wrong direction.
If you don't like playing disc golf on big hills then you won't like this course.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely a solid course. It has its own unique personality as I have never played another course like this one. I enjoyed that it was challenging without being insanely difficult making for a nice relaxing round in a beautiful setting. This course is worth traveling too, especially if you plan on playing many of the other good courses in the area between Elizabethtown and Louisville.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Over hill, over dale...
Pros: Great work out as this city park is very hilly; albeit fairly compact. It is a very clean course; yet with plenty of mature tree's to make it technically satisfying. There's really only a couple of small places where you could possibly lose a disc; so that's a plus for those who tend to stray from fairways.
Cons: Courses like this, while fun to play, do not offer much in the way of scenery as the entirety of the course is fit pretty much within a 'square'. One of the hole maps was so off, that someone had to take permanent marker to point out which way to tee off.
Other Thoughts: This course makes for a fine day of DGing when combined with the other two courses on the same highway (Freeman Lake with lots of water hazard shots; and grip 'n' rips) and Muldraugh (100% through thick woods where having a knack for getting out of rough is a must!).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice Lightly wooded course with many elevation changes.
Cons: The roads in the park often come into play as O.B. Although then on one hole you have to throw across a road to get to the basket. Also it was sometimes difficult to figure out which basket we were aiming for from the tee.
Other Thoughts: The two guys I was playing with disagree with my opinion that O.B.s being involved in most holes is a negative thing.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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