Noblesville, IN 
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Hole #6 Blue Tee (Pin position "A" 277ft.,position "B" 280ft.)



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Clean Neighborhood Park

5+    4/1/2014   4/1/2014
Review By: ajbova
Played: 74  Reviewed: 57  Exp: 8.6 Years
This review was updated on 6/29/2014
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This park was and is still a great addition for disc golf in the Indy Area.

Baskets - 18 Innova Discatchers. Each hole has an A and B position that changes frequently. A practice hole (tee and basket) is also on site (see cons).

Signs - Signs are located at the AM tee for each hole. Includes detailed picture, length for both tees and both pin locations, par, and next hole sign.

Course map at the start of the course.

Tees - 2 concrete tees per hole. AM tees have corners painted red. Pro tees have corners painted blue and also lists the distance and the par (since the signs are at the AM tee locations)

Variety - 4 holes (3 without hole 1) surrounding a large pond, 4 holes bordering a creek, 3 holes that have plenty of trees as obstacles, one moderately wooded hole, the remaining holes are in the open with distinct fairways due to buffalo grass.

Water hazards! Not many courses in the area have water hazards. It changes things up a bit.

Trash cans and benches throughout the course.

Bathrooms and water fountain on site near holes 1 and 9.

Course is 2 separate loops. 1-9 is much more challenging than 10-18. 1-9 has more water hazards and trees as obstacles. 10-18 is beginner friendly with a few holes bordering a creek. Wind can be a major factor.

Course is aimed towards beginners and intermediate players.

Clean park.
Cons: Hole 1 basket was removed for a large period of time. Comes close to a yard and the person did not like trespassing. It is back up!

Water hazards swallow discs. I have thrown a disc slightly into the water where it is visible. I got in to get it and got it, but the water made me smell pretty bad.

Paint on tees is faded. They could use a fresh coat.

Back 9 could use a few more trees to make it more challenging. It is very repetitive. I could be satisfied if I only played 1-9.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course. There is not much that can be done to improve it. 2 tees per hole and basket locations can change. There are great signs. It is a great course to use to introduce the sport to new players. It starts off challenging and ends with more simple holes.

If it is too easy, you could try the Hills or Hazel Landing. If it is too hard, stick to the back 9.

I would definitely recommend this course to any beginner or intermediate player looking to improve their game. There are several nearby courses as well so you could make a trip out of it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Classic

5+    9/9/2012   9/12/2012
Review By: Sstetson21
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 3.4 Years
This review was updated on 3/12/2014
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Disc Golf seller at the course on the weekends. Brings truck full of discs (brand new & used discs. The front nine holes is very constructed with good difficutly in wooded and water holes
Cons: easy for beginners to lose discs on water hazard holes. Back nine holes does not have as much activity as the front nine, most all holes are straight free shots.
Other Thoughts: Easy to find holes, tee boxes are very nice.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    8/12/2012   8/14/2012
Review By: Zefranz
Played: 20  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 2.6 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The concrete tee pads are excellent. For newer people like myself that are quickly picking the game up, Dillon is pretty good. Has some water, creek, and wooded shots. Decent alt locations and blue pads. Very good signage and easily found both tees. Good place for walking, very well taken care of course. Bathrooms are very clean. Pleasant place.
Cons: Few trash cans that are spread out, but there are some there. It's a multi use park, but typically not in the way of disc golfers. The pond does eat discs, aim away if you can - if you go swimming, you'll be awfully stinky.
Other Thoughts: Beginner-intermediate course, I find it very pleasant and my friends and I's usual stomping grounds. It's very well taken care of and now with the rain out, the grass is coming back nicely.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Fun Facility

5+    12/20/2011   12/26/2011
Review By: chrismetken
Played: 16  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 4.5 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Lots of features such as a lake, 2 creeks, and woods shots. On fours holes a large lake comes into play. On holes 3, 11, and 13 2 separate creeks come into play. There are mens and womens bathrooms with 2 water foutains on the course. There is a massive pavilion for tourneys and picnic gatherings. Every so often some guy sets up a tent and sells new and used discs. You can pay in cash or trade. The parking lot is big and the course is easily divided into a front and back nine, so if you want to play just 9, it is very easy. The park also has several walking trails and a skate park. There is a splash park and playground as well. A Mcdonalds sits just off of hole 3 for a mid round snack. The course is well marked and has red and blue concrete tee pads. There is at least 2 pin position on all holes and holes 5, 7, and 18 have 3. There is also a short practice hole which is great for warm ups and palyoffs.
Cons: The main con to this course is the houses souronding it. Houses back up to holes Practice, 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 17, and 18. The people that live in these houses are major D bags, especially the house on hole 5. If you do throw a disc into one of their yards be very careful because they will call the cops. The lake has an act for swolloing up discs. The creeks eat up a few but you can usally get those back. A very busy road is just 50 feet behind hole 16, so overthrows could cause problems. New rookies to the game often go into the pond and steal your discs but they often do turn up at the tent set up by the man. You do have to pay 2 or 3 bucks to get your discs back from the tent man and the bathrooms are shut off October-March. The back nine is very open and boring. The walk from hole 2 to 3 is very trickey. (Continue past hole 2 and to the left slightly). From 5 to 6 go back towards hole 2. Hole 10 is past the bathrooms and off past the pavilion. The blue tee box for hole 7 is very tought to find and requires a large backtrack. (from hole 6 proceed back toward the top of the ridge which hole 2 sits on)
Other Thoughts: The layout is trickey but after a few round im sure you will begin to love the course and it will become one of your favorites. There are monthly tourneys and doubles every tuesday night at Dillion park. The playground and splash park feature is good for the young kids and the tent offers a cheap way to get discs. The tent mans name is Denny (I think) but hes a sneaky fella so i couldnt say for sure. HAPPY HUCKING!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Yay! Lake!!

1    12/23/2011   12/23/2011
Review By: Wise Fool
Played: 122  Reviewed: 114  Exp: 5.7 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Great tee signs that provide a lot of information and they are all in very good shape
-Two tee pads and at least two pin locations for each hole (plus the tee pads are all marked with red or blue paint so you can play the easier red or the harder blue or a mix of the two).
-Very nice big tee pads that are in great shape
-The front nine are great with a decent variety. They include several holes in trees, four that play around the lake and a couple wider open holes.
-Water hazards (I love when courses have water hazards and this one has both a lake and a stream that could cause trouble if you over throw several of the holes. If you don't feel comfortable throwing over the lake there are ways to avoid throwing straight over the lake).
-The different tees and pin locations provide a good mix of distances on many of the holes.
-Enjoyed the last few holes that threw between and around some earthern mounds (which added a little variety to the back nine).
-Baskets are in great shape
-Tee signs have wooden blocks with the hole number on top which makes navigation easier
Cons: -The back nine are not nearly as interesting as the front nine as they are almost all wide open shots.
-If the course got crowded, I could see a few issues where fairways might cross but nothing terrible.
-It had been fairly rainy the days before we played and there were definitely spots that held a lot of water.
-At times the course flow was slightly hard to follow (the main issue was where to go after hole nine).
-Plays by a lot of backyards and based on all of the keep out or beware of dog signs, I don't think the homeowners around there would be very happy about you retrieving a disc from their yards.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this a very fun course with a great front nine and a back nine that could be a little bit more interesting. There are smaller trees on the back nine that could grow and make those holes more interesting. If you are in the area definitely stop by and give this course a try, its worth it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 

1    10/1/2011   10/1/2011
Review By: astomps
Played: 53  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 3.2 Years
This review was updated on 11/6/2011
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Most of the front 9 holes are very good, trees in play
-Tees are huge, are marked with colored corners and also have distances sprayed on
-Signs are top notch as well, full color, easy to read, lots of information
-facilities are good as far as walkways, bathrooms and rest areas
-tall grass/weeds + evergreens on back 9 will be excellent some day
-good backing behind the course financially and also for lost discs and whatnot
Cons: -The holes along the pond are just unnecessarily frustrating. Some of holes are so close to the pond that a small roll or skip will have you swimming. Also, if there is a strong wind gust or your hand slips, you'll also be taking a dip.
-Next complaint would be the two holes on the back nine where you are essentially throwing towards a small stream that is heavily wooded/vegetated. The hole placement is too close to the stream considering the approach angle.
-One hole plays towards one of the busiest streets in Noblesville (150+ ft. away) which just seems dangerous to me.
-should be noted that some of these problems are caused by open air and tailwinds which don't always come into play
Other Thoughts: most holes will get better with age. Also bought a disc at the 'pro shop' which was cool. Hard to say which is better between this and Northview. Maybe edge to Northview for hills.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Two nines... two diffrent courses

2-4    6/8/2011   6/8/2011
Review By: madman1101
Played: 8  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 3.4 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: amazing front nine, concrete tees in great shape with two sets of tees. each set of tees works really well, reds for beginners, blues for experts. only 1 hole I personally have to worry about losing a disc, 11, but its a tough one. overall good course. one of the best courses in the area
Cons: back nine lacks except for hole 11, pond on front nine makes it hard to use raw power. shot selection does not vary very much.
Other Thoughts: good course, two hole locations switch about every 3 weeks, overall works well with beginners and experts. im excited to play again soon.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde

2-4    4/14/2011   4/23/2011
Review By: lylemccoon
Played: 89  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 19.3 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This double-looping 9s, park-setting course has top-of-the-line Houck signs, good DISCatcher baskets, and nicely sized concrete tees. In fact, each hole has two tees and two pin placements. The signs, located at the red tees, have bag holders attached to their poles. The blue tees, not having the benefit of the signs' information, still have the hole length painted on the tees. There are rules signs at holes #1 and 3 (for those parking at either side of the park). Additionally, this well-manicured course includes a nice pavillion, restroom and water facilities, and not just a practice basket - but an entire practice hole.

As for the course itself, there is a small pond in play on Holes #1, 2, 6 & 9. While it is easy to stay out of, it can also be intimidating and does tend to gobble up stray discs. The pond is especially treacherous for lefties or sidearmers. Along with the pond, there are two small creeks that provide a possible water hazard on Holes #2-4, 11, & 13.

Highlights of individual holes include excellent greens on Holes #1, 2, 9 & 18, a nice anhyzer hole on #3, a great, forced-anhyzer or sidearm drive on blue #4, some light woods on Holes #7 & 8, and some interesting mounds on Holes #17 & 18.

In my opinion the best stretch of holes are #18-#4.
Cons: While the majority of the course has great amenities, there are no trash cans or benches on the course itself. The course is also pretty much flat, like most Indianapolis courses.

The design, for the most part is strong, especially given the land available, but there are some flow issues. The walk from #5 to 6 requires a walk across #2's fairway. From #6 to 7 (especially the blue pad), you have to backtrack. Hole #8 from the blue pad pretty much invites you to throw directly over #7's basket due to the lanes in the woods. The walk from #8 to 9 has you cross #6's green. The walk from #9 to 10 is long. And finally, going from #15 to 16 requires backtracking down #15's fairway.

These are fairly minor issues, though, compared to the course's main flaw: the back 9 is almost unbearably boring. It is, for the most part, long with very few obstacles and little variety (the course overall rarely forces any other shot than a RHBH). It is a huge disappointment after the front 9. In fact, you may have a much better time playing the 2 sets of 9 pads on the front twice and skipping the back altogether. Now there are patches of tall grass (only in the summer) and some small trees that have been planted. But neither of these provides any real obstacles.

On that same thread, there are only light woods on a couple of holes and the water hazards are easy to avoid with smart play. One can also use the walking paths as OB, as they factor in on holes #1, 12, 14, 17 & 18. If there are walkers in the park, these paths can easily become a definite downside.
Other Thoughts: I like this course. It is nice, clean, and easy to play. The front 9 is perhaps the best stretch of holes in the Indianapolis area. But as great as the front 9 is, the back 9 is equally boring.

This course, with its great parking, pavillion, and restrooms, along with its in-sight proximity to McDonald's and alternative pins and tees is nearly ideal for tournaments.

My advice and bottom line: play 27 holes - front 9 blue and red pads and the back 9 once (just to experience it).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Luckie on Dillon

1    8/7/2010   8/7/2010
Review By: swimbikerunluckie
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great amenities. The infrastructure sets the bar for other courses. Very accessible. Front nine about as technical as you can get in this area with little elevation. Alternate tee and pin placements make it a dynamic 'home' course for someone playing it often.
Cons: Back nine may seem bland to seasoned players, however, the change in direction of the fairways makes it a great learning course for testing different throws, especially if wind is in the equation.
Other Thoughts: Great local course. Not sure if I would travel too far to play it, so glad it is in my 'backyard'.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 A+ for effort, solid B for results

2-4    8/7/2010   8/7/2010
Review By: InJonGnito
Played: 17  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 8.2 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: As others have indicated, the course amenities are about as perfect as you can possibly get. The parking, shelter, restrooms and pathways are immaculate. The concrete tee pads are pristine, and painted with pro/am markers and distances. The am tees have great hole maps, and bag hooks to keep off the grass (which is very useful for mornings with a lot of dew, like when I played). The grass and trees around the course are beautifully manicured, and the baskets are top-of-the-line.
The first nine holes play around a pond and woods, and these make for careful choices in shots, with some risk/reward involved. The pond does come into play on #1, #6 and #9, but most players with some experience can avoid it. As there are no reeds or high grass surrounding the pond (as it's mowed right up to the edge), you won't lose your disc in the brush. Get careless in your distance or shot shape, or perhaps an unlucky bounce, roll or gust of wind, however, and your disc will be sacrificed to the pond gods.
The back nine are much more wide open. Some find this to boring or repetitive, and I would agree to a certain extent. There were three or four 200-225' holes that had few other obstacles, and made for easy birdie opportunities. In these wide open holes, windy conditions could, however, make for significant challenges. Hole #11 has a creek and deep brush running very closely up the left side of the hole. It's easy to throw an errant shot in it, and you will likely not retrieve that disc. I opted for the wussy way out and shot way right. Why do I mention this? Because a nice feature of many of the holes on this course is that you can be gutsy and try a close approach if you have the confidence and accept the risk; on the other hand, you can also play safe shots and still have fun. This same creek shows up again on a few other holes, but more to guard against long shots over the basket.
All in all, this offers a great variety of long and short holes. It's versatile enough where all skill levels can play, have fun, and want to come back. You can certainly tell that a lot of cost and thought went into making this course as great as possible.
Cons: As one would expect for this part of the country, there is little elevation for the course to work with. On a few holes there is some noticeable shifting of earth to create some variety, but I belive more could or should have been done. However, I believe given what the designers had to work with, it's as good as it can be -- which is still a little disappointing.
As I mentioned earlier, the back nine is quite wide open. This is a real pro if it's windy and there's added challenge, but on most occasions, it just becomes a series of flat, open holes that allows any type of shot and approach. It doesn't challenge you, but as a silver lining, it allows some for some ace runs or an opportunity to practice some shot shapes.
Other Thoughts: I'm very glad I stopped. I wish that more courses would put this amount of investment into them, as it really does show. The open circle area by the pavilion with short mowed grass allows you to easily practice 250-350' shots. I wish I had a course like this closer to me to be able to regularly play with a such variety.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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