7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is scenic course in a beautiful and spacious city park. Course is played on gently rolling hills containing several isolated large trees with nicely manicured fairways. There is a lake in the middle of the park that comes into play on several holes, and as a bonus is almost always in view making for a very nice backdrop. (The pics on this site do not do the course justice, playing in the Spring or Summer just adds to the overall beauty.) As a whole, this course is very nice- it reminded me of the potential that all disc golf courses could be if they were viewed with the same importance of having nice land like what is used for ball golf. The city of Madisonville was very generous in dedicated this land for disc golf!
As always with HB courses, there is a large full color map at the kiosk by hole 1 with scorecards. (take note of after which holes the course crosses the road) Every hole has concrete tees, a nice detailed map of the hole, and the baskets are in excellent shape. There are a couple of holes that play really long over the water (only pros and the longest of arms will make it), but there are shorter amateur tees for these holes that still make the hole challenging, but make it more realistic for most players. Other than the lake, it is hard to lose a disc as there is not much rough.
This course makes good use of the land, with challenges coming from trees, elevation, and water hazards. One of the strengths of this course is the overall basket placement- they are extremely well placed making approach shots very important- on hills, behind trees, over the lake, on the edge of the lake, on peninsulas, etc. Those that like to throw the long bombs will enjoy this course as well, as there are several longer holes and not too many obstacles in the way giving you a chance to let them fly.
Beginners will like the relatively openness of this course to work on their game without fear of super thick disc eating rough, but this course is one that most advanced players will enjoy as it is longer and birdie opportunities are definitely earned, not gimmees, as there are only 2 holes under 300'.
Cons: Because of the openness in general you are not often forced to take any particular route of the tee, just the best way you can to throw it really far- backhand, forehand, rollers will work on almost every hole. There were a couple of holes that weren't at the level as the rest of the course. #1 and #18 come to mind as they were just open with little to no obstacles or special challenges. Even though each hole is somewhat different from the rest, the overall style of each hole is the same. (for example: not any tight/wooded/technical type holes or dogleg style holes of both left and right)
Other Thoughts: *Tip- Hole 1 starts on the far side of the baseball field near the golf course. The first big parking lot you come to looks like it is where you should start (there are restrooms here), but drive on around and turn right and you will see the kiosk. Navigation can be a little tricky at a couple of spots mainly because the course is relatively open and you can often see multiple tees and baskets at all times- don't assume what you see first and what is next.
I was not blown away by this course (not a 4.5-5.0), but it is definitely a nice and enjoyable top level course geared more towards advanced players and those with better than average distance.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Madisonville City Park is the home to a very challenging course. The layout is very long and the terrain is very conducive to disc golf. Tee signs were informative and seemed to be reasonably accurate with reported distances. Alternate tees are definitely a plus...especially because I cannot carry 325 feet of water. (probably more than that, but I am writing off of memory) It would have to take a perfect throw for me to clear that into a headwind. I think it is awesome that the shot is there for the Pros, but the alternate tee on that hole is just fine for me. There were a number of excellent holes with many posing different challenges based on the terrain and the wind.
Cons: There weren't any benches that I noticed throughout the course. It would have been nice to have a few scattered around. There was a lot of goose poop around. Holes #1 and #18 were really a let-down. In my opinion, these are two of the most important holes to any disc golf course. Hole #1 should always introduce you to the course. It can get you pumped up, or really bog you down. Hole #1 at Madisonville is weak...and I mean weak. Wide open, around 300 feet, no obstacles. Hole #18, should be the icing on the cake, or at least be difficult enough to give someone a chance to win or tie if they might be a stroke behind. If you are behind after 17...you lost. Deal with it. Because 18 is not going to challenge anybody. The course was very RHBH friendly. I may have thrown 2 anhyzers the whole round.
Other Thoughts: Madisonville City Park is an excellent disc golf course. There are a number of challenges including wind, terrain (blind shots, etc.), distance, and water. However, it is not necessary to be a skilled shot "shaper" to play this course well.
One of my favorite things about the course is that it is not located on "thrown-away" land. Too often, disc golf courses in city parks are stuck on the crappy tracts of land that cannot really be used for anything else. This is not the case at Madisonville. It is a wonderful piece of land for disc golf.
This course had the best layout I have ever seen with reference to playgrounds. There was a very nice, busy playground, but it was never in the line of fire. In fact, there is a slight ridge about 30 feet away from the playground that houses 3 different tee pads, for three different holes, going in three different directions. It was the "crossroads" of the course, I guess you might say.
In conclusion, Madisonville is a tough course, that will challenge most any disc golfer. It is worth driving out of your way to play this course. In my opinion, it will not disappoint.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A true gem in Western KY
Pros: I'm trying to reflect on todays excursion to Madisonville DGC and just how much fun it was. This course truly has it all. The beautiful park setting, the nice mix of holes and a more than worthy challenge all combine to make this one of the absolute best courses in this region. Lots of big, mature hardwoods are utilized throughout much of the course. While most fairways are ample, it is the combination of placement and distance that make many of the holes challenging. It requires courage and a decent arm to step up and chuck one over the lake on 8. I did not feel like sacrificing any plastic to Poseidon so I opted for the alternate tees on both 7 & 8. Most of the holes are long enough to require a driver off of the tee for the average player. Several holes require that you keep your drive low as well or risk the snaggy branches of the hardwoods. Good variety of straight, left and right veering holes. Most of the straighter holes still require dodging at least a trunk or two. Very well maintained park with excellent amentities. Scorecards were available and there was a pro shop across the parking lot from tee #1. Restroom was clean as well. You can see the pride that the community has in this park and it is a true privelege to play here.
Cons: Alt tee signs would be nice. There were a few instances where I had to scout around a little to find the next tee but I'm really being picky here.
Other Thoughts: The one thing that sticks out in my mind is how much I would love to be able to play this course much more frequently. This is exactly the type of course that one could utilize to take their game to the next level. Kudos to all involved in the creation and maintenence of this exceptional course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Love this Course
Pros: Open for big arms, great lay-out, and one of the best course around! A great mix of open holes and deceptively difficult skill shots. Good elevation changes and a few blind shots.
Cons: Need water fountains, trash cans and a few more benches.
Other Thoughts: Hole 7 and 8 play big, but have alternate tees to make it a little more palatable.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Just a great mix of open and slightly wooded holes that challenge your arm as well as your mind. Beautiful scenery with the lake as not only the backdrop but using it as a hazard on several of the holes. Bathrooms after hole two as well as in the pro shop where you can buy a few Innova discs at a decent price. Waste baskets at many of the teepads as this place is clean to a T. Large teepads and arrows on the Innova baskets showing the next hole direction make this a wonderful experience worth the two hour drive from my house.
Cons: There wasn't benches at all of the holes and the throw on 7 does take you over lots of water. After hole 8 my shoes were soaked from retrieving my errant throws.
Other Thoughts: The alternate tees are'nt really alternate, they are drop zone tees so you are still throwing three from them even though on #8 it works out pretty good. Bring some new DX versions of your favorite discs as you are likely to loose one or two discs in the drink.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Might be the best course I have played
Pros: 1. Beautiful scenery with a lake as backdrop
2. Good variety of shots required
3. Lots of elevation change
4. Has long holes where you can throw bombs but they aren't completely open so the technical challenge is still there. Several par 4's.
5. Very well maintained with mown grass like on a ball golf course.
6. Shares a pro shop with a ball golf course with snacks and drinks and discs as well as a restroom.
7. A couple of holes play across the lake. One is directly across and the other requires an anhyzer over the lake that fades back to the right. But there are alternate tees.
Cons: Hard to think of any... There aren't many benches. And hole 18 is kind of lackluster. Just a long par 3 w/o any trees in the way. Would have been better if they tucked the basket into the line of trees on the left.
Other Thoughts: After hole 13 you have to cross the park road to play 14. All in all a terrific course. You can tell they take a lot of pride in it.
In general this is a long lightly wooded course. If you have played Lovers Lane in Bowling Green imagine what it would be like with a lot more trees, elevation and a lake. That's Madisonville.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: a nice walk around the lake and through the woods. the front 9 and mostly open with a few holes that come close to water. hole 8 is a LONG shot across the lake. of course with an alt tee. the back 9 are a little more technical be around quite a few trees and the edge of the lake.
Cons: Water shot on hole 8 is very long. I can't make it. would not be a con if i could.
Other Thoughts: highly recommended if you take a trip to play courses around different states stop here.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It is a very beautiful course and well taken care of. Great place to take the whole family. It was very hard for me though, but I will love it even better when I learn how to trow a disc
Cons: Can think of any atm.
Other Thoughts: Only thing that upset me was I lost my first disc here in the water. Shame on me, shouldn't of trown it that way huh :)
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is just sexy that's all I can say. The lake is a really nice back drop to the course. It does come into play on a few holes. Nice concrete tees, signs, and baskets. There are nice enclosed bathrooms after hole 3 or 4 if I recall. They offer free score cards and pencils when available. Shares a clubhouse with the ball golf course that offers Innova brand items. And the woman working the club house is very nice too.
Cons: Honestly I can't recall one bad thing other than no signs on the alternate tee pads for the LONG water shot.
Other Thoughts: Really nice course that is one of my favorites. And will play a lot more in the future. I has a family atmosphere with a playground for the little ones if you have any.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Layout, Great Course.
Pros: The disc golf course in Madisonville is a very nice, well-designed and scenic 18-hole course located at a great little community park. I was very impressed with the layout of this course. The designer made great use of the land, elevations, and available resources to create a fun, challenging layout with a good mix of holes.
The proper essentials for a good course are all here, including a course layout sign located at the first tee. Large, level concrete tee pads, DISCatcher baskets that are practically brand new, and tee signs at each hole that accurately represent the layout, par, and length of each hole. Many of the baskets also had arrows marked on the yellow rim at the top to point the direction of the next hole, which was very helpful. There are several tee boxes that are somewhat close together, but the post for each tee sign had the hole number at the top which helped to identify the tee without having to look at the sign, nice feature. The course did flow well making one continuous loop from start to finish. The fairways were clearly defined and easy to follow. There was basically no excessive foliage or underbrush to speak of. Maintenance appeared to be very good at the course.
As mentioned earlier, the course makes great use of the moderate elevations throughout the park. There is a good mix of uphill and downhill shots both off the tee and on the approach. Several pins are located on the side of a hill, calling for a risk/reward decision on these putts. Risking a 30ft putt on the side of one of these hills could easy turn up and roll putting you at the base of the hill, putting back up for a 40+ft par save. There is a good variety in distances of the holes. The longer holes are mixed into the layout very well, so you aren't throwing a bunch of short or long holes back to back.
There are no real technical holes on the course, and only a couple of wide open holes. Just about every hole has some type of obstacle to navigate off of the tee or on the approach. Some holes are open enough to allow a player to choose their line off of the tee, others utilize the trees/water or general layout of the hole to force a specific line. The lake is used to create some very challenging and visually appealing holes. On two of the holes (7 & 8), I had to throw from the alternate tee box because I didn't have the length that would be required to clear the water. The alternate boxes still bring the water into play, but not a direct carry over the lake. Hole 7 was probably my favorite hole on the course with an amazing view from the tee and a very challenging layout that runs alongside the edge of the lake with several large trees to navigate.
Cons: There are a few things to mention here. The tee signs were accurate, and in good condition, but there was no way to know how much length is required to clear the lake on Hole 7 & 8. I throw around 280ft on average, and I certainly did not feel like I could clear the hazard. It would be nice if the distance to clear the hazard was noted on the signs for these holes. Also, the alternate tee pads on 7 & 8 did not have a sign (or nothing noted on the sign at the main box) to show the overall distance. Other than the alternate pads on the water holes, there is only one tee box and one pin placement for each hole. If you don't play the course very often, that is fine, but some alternate pin placements could really add a lot to the overall layout and design of the course.
There is a stage area used for concerts/performances located near hole 8's basket and 16's fairway. I'm just guessing here, but I'd say if there was an event at the stage, these holes would be closed. Also, the park was very busy, and some of the holes are located near parts of the park where other activities take place. There were people near the fairways throwing Frisbees, hitting baseballs, walking, kicking soccer balls/kickballs, etc. A couple of times there were some pedestrians in the line of fire, so just pay attention as you navigate. There are a couple of blind tee shots over a hill throwing into potential pedestrian traffic, just proceed with caution and make sure the coast is clear.
This last statement isn't a con, and does not affect the rating of this course at all, but there were still several large brush piles in the fairways from where downed trees/limbs were cut up from the ice storm. They have done a good job of cleaning up the course, and all holes were playable. It looks like they are almost finished, but the brush piles did alter a couple of my approach shots. This is only mentioned as a note for someone who doesn't play here regularly.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course provides a challenging layout for the recreational player with lots of visual appeal. The holes average around 400ft, so many of the holes for me were a drive, an approach and a putt with only a couple of baskets reachable from the tee. This really forced me to position my tee shots for the best angle of approach, and challenged my mid game to get close enough to the basket for the 3. For more experienced players who throw over 400ft, the course will not be as challenging, but still visually stimulating and fun to play. The park itself is very nice and also includes a 9-hole ball golf course (pro shop also sells/rents discs), tennis courts, swimming pool, volleyball, baseball, 2 fishing lakes and some nice playground equipment for the kids. All in all, a great course and great design.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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