Not just a walk in the park
Pros: Concrete T-pads, good baskets, well defined course. Easy to find course off the main road. Great elevation changes that challenge every tee shot.
Cons: Not all tee signs are there. plays through a pretty nice amphitheater. Navigation is little tricky as several holes run near each other.
Other Thoughts: Fun little course. Tough elevation changes pack a lunch
Test your legs as much as your arms
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Pros: I really like this course. There are several ace runs, but just because the potential is there doesn't mean it's a gimme deuce. You have to navigate huge old trees (mostly oaks) on almost every hole. There is plenty of OB to keep you honest, but you don't have to be in possession of a cannon to play here. If you feel the need to play longer courses go down the road a bit to Freeman Lake.
While there are plenty of trees & obstacles, there isn't a lot of rough stuff that will lead to lost discs.
There is elevation change on just about every hole. Sometimes there isn't much difference between the tee and the basket, but you'll still have to go up and down to walk from one to the other.
Cons: It's a public city park, so walkers or kids playing could become a problem but I've never had to worry about it.
There is a building for plays or music and if there's an event going on you won't be able to play a couple of holes, as you kind of throw over the building on one and you'd be throwing through the crowd on another.
Bring your own water; there are no fountains.
Some of the baskets aren't in the greatest of shape, but they'll still work.
If the parking lot is full next to the basketball court it could potentially become a problem.
There is also a really irritating dog on the other side of the fence near the basketball court. I've never seen it, but it barks non-stop. That won't bother some people, but I don't like dogs in the first place so I don't want to have to hear one constantly yapping.
There isn't much that could have been done otherwise, but the walk from 16 to 17 is pretty far (and feels farther because it's uphill.)
Other Thoughts: #1--235 ft. You'll either have to go left or right, as there are trees right down the middle. The route to the right is the most common, but it causes you to have to throw out over the road (OB) and hope you come back in. The basket sits at the crest of a hill so if you run past you could be in trouble if you roll.
#2--Downhill. Sign says 259' but it plays much shorter. Ace run, but the hole isn't quite all the way to the bottom of the hill so beware of over-shooting.
#3--252. This one has been moved slightly to appease the landowner on the other side of the fence, thus taking the OB out of play for the most part. It goes uphill a bit.
#4--285. Tee is elevated from the basket, and the basket is on a hill sloping from left to right. A righty hyzer should dive into the hill and not be a problem but if you come from the other way you could roll down quite a bit. It's a steep incline and the basket is pretty well-hidden.
#5--281 but plays longer as it's uphill. Fairly open from the perspective of this course, but there are still plenty of trees that affect you. The road is behind the basket but shouldn't be an issue.
#6--248'. The road comes into play here, as you have to go over it and come back to the right. The basket is on a flat part of land up a hill from the road with woods to the right.
#7--248, but plays much shorter. Downhill. Go left or go right. If you go right you have to lay it out over the road and hope it comes back to the basket (skipping off the road at the bottom of the hill is not uncommon.)
#8--231, but plays longer as it is uphill and you can't go straight. You can go right and bring it back left but the most common route is the other way. You have make sure you do get it to turn, though, as the road curves along the fairway. If you get it to turn too soon you'll run the risk of being on a steep incline short of the basket.
#9--256'. Maybe the most wide-open shot on the course, but still has a tree or two that can affect you. Throw over a small ravine but for the most part you're throwing uphill. The road is OB just behind the basket (probably 15 feet or so away.)
#10--283' downhill, but you'll not be going straight at it. You'll have to keep your throw pretty low to avoid trees, and you very well may still hit one. The basket is in a flat area, but doesn't sit too far from trees.
#11--287'. It plays over a flat, wooded area and then goes uphill to the basket. The building with the stage is in front of you to the left, but unless you go really low you'll just go over the top of it. You can opt to go the other way and let it play more right to left, but that ground is often soft.
#12--273'. Downhill. Straight shot, but the alley near the basket isn't too wide. There is a road behind the basket but you shouldn't really run that far beyond to worry about it.
#13--This is the 2nd longest hole on the course (length is worn off the sign, but it's over 300 I'm pretty sure. Your drive comes out of a somewhat narrow tunnel (not usually a problem) and the fairway is mostly on a hill sloping from the road on the left down to the stage on the right; the right part of the fairway is terraced, as it is constructed as natural seating for the stage. The road forks and crosses the fairway with the basket on the other side.
#14--260. Downhill. Road to the left, woods to the right. Narrow shot that needs to stay low to avoid the canopy (unless you play a big bend out over the road and bring it back to the right.)
#15--191'. Short, up over a small hill. Basket isn't quite visible from the tee. Slope down behind and to the left of the basket, and you can get to the road if you get on that left slope.
#16--235. Either go way out to the right and bend it back sharply or do the same to the left. If you choose the left route you can't get too high, though. The basket is on a steep, short hill with the road behind it but you can just drill it into the hill if you run at it and probably won't get to the OB unless you went too high.
#17. Walk up the road and turn right (basically walk around the skate park) to get to the tee. 354 through the trees. Uphill most of the way, with a small ravine crossing the fairway which you can land in, giving you an awkward stance. The basket is probably not going to be visible on the 2nd shot unless you have a pretty good arm. The basket sits in front of dense woods so don't over-shoot the approach.
#18--256'. Nice to finish with a potential ace run. Parking lot sits to the right and can come into play if you clip a tree. If you get a tree going left to right instead you can end up in a ravine.
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Elevation is the Key
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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.
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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.
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Fun fun fun
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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