0 Helpful / 2 Not
Great use of Hills Needs TLS
Pros: Great use of the hills, this is a rarity of the area. The park is mostly used for Disc Golf, and is fairly busy. A few wooded holes, and few long holes. I think this is the funnest course in the area.
Cons: Park had a lot of trash in it, and the T signs are in bad shape.
Other Thoughts: Great view of South Bend and Mishawaka
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course in the summer
Pros: Good use of terrain, fun throws and big downhill hucks.
Several dogleg rights to challenge RHBH throwers. Pin placement on the crests and sides of hills can make for adventurous landings (beware of throwing a disc that will stand up and roll because it will roll a long way!).
Deep rough can get you in trouble in a hurry.
Cons: Too many filler holes on the back nine. Many holes removed during the winter including pretty much the entire back nine.
Other Thoughts: This is a really fun course that I played regularly when I lived in the area (10+ years ago). It could use a facelift (new tees and signs) but the holes are still fun and challenging.
Update: I've moved back to the area and have started playing this course again, though not regularly. Ox Bow is more challenging and Ferettie Baugo is much more fun, not to mention Rum Village and Madeline Bertrand - ALL of which are in far better condition than GW. Reviewers who say GW is the nicest, must not play Maddie Bertrand or Baugo.
The back nine needs an update as multiple trees have been removed since it was originally laid out. The signs are trash and the course is in general disrepair, including many baskets. The great use of elevation changes is the only saving grace of this course - and if your playing style is grip it and rip it, I can understand why you would rate this course highest in the area since there are few penalties here for inaccuracy.
Last thought: it is absolutely unacceptable to be expected to pay to play a course that is in this poor of shape. Back in the '90's it was my favorite course to play, when my less-skilled self appreciated the wide open fairways. Now that I'm older, wiser, and have played a lot more courses around the country I can see this course for what it is - a nice addition to the Michiana area disc golf scene, but average at best and in serious need of some TLC.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a good sized park, which includes a small forest and a large amount of hills. Doesn't seem like there are many other activities to interfere with the discing, maybe some pedestrians.
- Six of the holes go around and through a moderately wooded area, in a lot of different ways. RHBH anhyzers include an easy one along the treeline, a sharp downhill shot, and a long mando around a bush and up into the woods. Otherwise a straight shot is the ticket, including over a small hill and up a valley.
- Great variety of shots out in the open area as well. Some easier uphill shots and downhill shots, and a straightforward 600' bomber. Some slanted fairways/greens to the left and the right, with serious rollaway potential. Good obstacles on others with some big pine trees, and a power tower (pro or con). Elevation changes throughout are above average.
- Good mix of hole lengths, with both longer and shorter ones in the woods and out in the open. While there is not much difficulty with some of the longer downhills, the length is there. Some real ace runs are present in the flat areas of the course too.
- Good baskets and teepads, but navigation is tough. Hard to tell which tee is next, and at times which basket, could be tricky the first time through. Practice basket.
Cons: - Some of the holes here are not very interesting, particularly the very short flat ones in the open. Six in a row, the longest at 305', with random obstacles to force lines. Some teepads are pointed askew, seems like a retake on a simpler design. Takes away from the other twelve holes.
- Not too many obstacles in general outside of the forest, one per hole is standard fare. A fence on three holes adds some additional challenge, but it hurts that the OB threat is one of the biggest hazards.
- Heads up for stray discs, fairways and teepads are pretty close in some spots.
Other Thoughts: - This course has three different sides to it, two of which are very enjoyable. The wooded holes have some interesting shots, like #4 and #6. The hilly open area has excellent features as well, with slanted fairways, fast greens, and downhill fun. The other six holes seem like ace runs with a wrinkle thrown in to add credibility. Beginners might find it a bit rough, and more experienced players might find it a little bland, great for people in the middle.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Needs a Facelift
Pros: This is a course near me that i have played for years. It gets mowed frequently and has huge rolling hills for this area. It also has restrooms right by the teepad of the first hole which also is near the basket of the 9th hole. This course is half in the woods and half in the open. There are some holes on the back nine that offer epic bombs off the top of huge hills, holes 9,16,18. Teepads are concrete which is nice.
Cons: This course is a pay to play (2 for locals and 3 for everyone else) and hasnt been improved in a very long time.The signs are rough which makes navigation for newcomers tough. The back nine is wide open easy hyzers and the challenge of the course in general isnt worth the trip. In the summer there are huge groups of punk kids that have no etiquette u have to deal with. There is alot of broken glass on the ground and the kids seem to tear up whatever they can. The owners of the course dont seem to care and are just happy to get ur money.
Hole 2 and 5 on the front and 10,11,12 are jokes and need improved.
Other Thoughts: The course needs a redesign considering the pay to play aspect. And better policed to clean it up a little. This is a good beginner course but needs alot of work to make it worthwhile. But i guess for the majority of golfers that just wanna have a good time at an easy course this is the one, but thats where it ends. This place has potential but they have yet to pursue it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
A fun round
Pros: This course uses every inch of the park and play though very hilly terrain .
There's so many great holes on this course ,and so many of them could be a signature hole .
Theres two down hill holes that lets you bomb your drive and were just a blast to play .
Cons: baskets pulled during the winter because sledding hill.
Short holes that are easy and offer little challenge
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite places to play
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Hi, Mr. Wilson!!
Pros: George Wilson Park is one of the most fun courses I have played in my illustrious career. This park provides a chance to have a smooth round without feeling beaten down at the end of the line. There are some great hills here that provide some epic bomb opportunities that even the most consummate of technical players should find highly entertaining even though the challenge factor is quite minimal. The course begins on flat land and winds around through some sparse woods as elevation increases and things eventually open up wide over rolling hills. The frustration level is very low throughout as things are pretty well cut and dried without much chance to become trapped off the fairways pin balling your score into the stratosphere. Keeping within play is readily obtainable on most holes. There are plentiful ace runs on this course as well. Concrete tee pads are present as are a few random trash cans that some people actually use from time to time. The restroom facility is located strategically so that hole 1, the start of the back 9, and the finish all put you right on track to use it if need be.
Cons: The entire back nine, while fun and ego promoting, can be played without much thought. RHBH throws accomplish the job. Right pin placements only occur thrice throughout the entirety of the 18 making your shot bag somewhat useless for much of the time. Holes 10 through 15 feel a bit like fillers, but the lay of the land is something that cannot be changed. This course also loses some shine based on poor or absent signage and graffiti. A few of the baskets were a bit ramshackled. Litter was definitely observable, but was not out of control.
Other Thoughts: This park features a modicum of variety and difficulty but manages to score based on terrain and fun factor. There are a few holes that are unique. The ravine shot to steps at 7 come to mind. Throwing with high voltage towers or giant teepee shelters as obstacles is also something that you don't get to do on every course. Holes 9 and 18 are simple, but the act of airing a disc out over their vastness is so immensely pleasurable. Overall, George was an enjoyable walk and an exercise in fun with some pretty heady views.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Elevation, fun and scenic holes. Unique layouts. You can tell someone "tried" when designing this course.
Holes 15 - 18 are really cool and make up for the blandness of 10-14.
Cons: -Hole 2 - weird pin placement.
-Erosion issues, rocks and ruts all over on the front 9.
-Steep drops off the front of a few pads
-10-14 on the back 9 are one-dimensional. RHBH hyzer all day, only thing that changes is the distance.
-Baskets are beatup, many of the cages hang at an angle.
Other Thoughts: Front 9 is OK, not much I would change there. Back 9 10-14 could be more interesting. 15-18 are the signature holes.
Maybe there needs to be a league out here to teach people how to pick up after themselves. Also most everyone I saw was wayyy casual a league could raise the overall quality of play..
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Safe, family friendly park.
Restrooms/changing/water fountains at hole 1/10.
Easily make the turn (no long walk between 9 and 10)
Great variety of shots needed.
Great variety of holes (long, short, wooded, etc)
GREAT 18th hole. 600' long and on top of a large hill. One of my all-time favorite holes.
Never very crowded when I was there.
Cons: Pay to play.
A little bit of trash near the garbage cans. Some people can't aim I guess, unless it's a disc.
Other Thoughts: Again, a great variety of holes and shots. I recommend this to anyone who has never played here before. IIRC this was a final course in the late 90's in the PDGA.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very good variety of holes with very unique hole layouts. It's a good mix of tight wooded fairways and wide open crushing distance shots. This course works both your accuracy and your power in different ways while the course elevation undulates 50ft or more. Holes 9, 16, and 18 are wide open downhill drives. Big distance discs like a Boss or a Nuke will have good opportunity to fly 400-500 feet. Hole 9 drive MUST be either an overstable driver or a roller. Out-of-bounds fence is very tight along the right side of the hole. Hole 17 has a fun basket placement at the very far ridge of a huge downhill slope.
Within the past 4-5 years, holes 5, 15, and 18 were redesigned to better use the land and avoid headaches. Hazards like perimeter fences, picnic areas, buildings, and playgrounds were all either moved or REmoved from the course play-thru areas.
Cons: Several of the holes have very, very thick weedy brush to swallow errant throws, plus the course is overflowing with Poison Ivy in the wooded areas. Over the years, the carved paths of other golfers have not made finding discs easier.
There are 3-4 tee pads that have deep holes or drop-offs directly in front. They are visible in the pics on this site. It's a pretty big distraction if your follow-thru involves stepping off the front of the pad.
Signage is missing on some holes. Best to play pro par if unsure of course pars.
This course allows alcohol. Personally, it makes a good game go bad when you catch up to a bunch of half-drunk disc golfers. A couple of beers, fine, but it tends to get abused with people toting entire coolers full of beer around the park.
Other Thoughts: Wish they would have kept the drinking fountain at the start of the back 9 and end at 18.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Outstanding use of elevation. Many holes work up, down, and along the tops and bottoms of two huge grassy hills. Several tricky pin locations at the top edge of hills provide some decent risk/reward decisions.
-Five holes on the front nine play through a small wooded area, while the rest of the course is predominately open grassy areas. The wooded holes have a few interesting line-shaping opportunities but consist of wide, clearly-defined fairways with few risks. The open holes provide some decent ace runs of moderate length, as well as the chance to air it out on drives. Several holes encourage the clever use of rollers.
-Amenities: long, level cement tees in good condition; intermittant benches and trashcans; practice basket (located near #18's basket); teepee-shaped shelter by the #16 basket; small playground; adjacent to the playground is a good-sized grassy area ideal for practice and warm-ups.
-Close proximity to several other courses (Rum Village, Bertrand Park, Ferrettie Baugo, and Oxbow Park) facilitates easy traveling for a day of disc golf fun!
Cons: -At time of review (4/16/10), the #3 basket, as well as the #14 and #15 tee-signs were missing. This adds to an already confusing course flow. At several points it is unclear where to head, and the large hills make it less than pleasant to run around trying to figure it out. In place of the #15 sign was one that read "Back Nine," and a couple of alternative tees appear, but they seem to no longer be a part of the course. I'm sure these issues are less noticable to players familiar with the layout, but they really detract from the experience if you're playing this course for the first time. I looked for a score card or map but it appeared that none were available.
-The signage leaves a bit to be desired. At a couple teepads, the orientation of the signs make it unclear in which direction to throw. Amateur par (posted on the signs) is ridiculously lenient, and at times head-scratchingly so (#5's Par 4 designation is particularly perplexing.)
-The beauty of the large grassy valley and its hills is largely spoiled by high-tension wires that stretch along a few holes, as well as the long chain-link fence seperating the #1 and #9 fairways.
-Hole 14 has some incredibily thick, bushy shule lining the left edge of the fairway. Some trails were worn into it, but it still seemed like a particularly nasty place to toss a disc.
-$2 pay-to play (even for an out-of-towner, apparently.) Restrooms on-site but locked. Fair amount of litter, graffiti, and broken glass strewn about the course.
-#7 tee-pad ends in a drop-off, presenting a potential falling/tumbling hazard.
Other Thoughts: -Several epic downhill bomb opportunities exist.
-A strong wind could make the open hilly holes a nightmare, but otherwise this course seems fairly straight-forward. It shines brightest when forcing risky shots down or along the tops of the large hills. Several basket placements maximize the risk of rolling a very long way away.
-A fair hike to complete.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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