Country Club Feel
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: With two or more basket positions and two well-marked tees per hole, and built in an upscale park around a pond and some light woods for the front nine, and buffalo grass fields for the back nine, the Dr. James A Dillon disc golf course feels every inch like a ball golf country club. The one time I've played it, I even saw some local disc golfers out there using an electric golf cart. Felt like maybe I should go home and put on a polo shirt. Seriously, though, the course is beautiful, and well maintained. I met one of the guys who helps with this (Hi Matt! He's a dgcr member, too!) and he was positive, encouraging, and working even that day in November.
Hole distances range from 174 to 457 feet, with the short tees making for a fun casual round for the mid-level player, and the longs (and long basket positions) probably causing consternation amongst those of us below Advanced skill levels. Three of the holes put the pond nearby on the right, while there are a couple of creekside holes with woods to force a left to right approach, plus a couple more holes on the back nine with a surprise creek along the left rough, just off the fairway. So challenges range from water hazards, to light to moderate woods, to tall grasses just off the fairway in the summer months.
Excellent signage at the short tees (with bag hooks), baskets (including a full extra practice hole, fairway and all), trash baskets, benches, parking & shelter, and seasonal bathrooms all support the dedicated DG space, only sharing a little with a walking path that mostly borders the perimeter of half the course. The flow of the course is really nice, when playing long tees to long basket positions (leaving some walks from short to short, unfortunately, and there is a stroll from 9 to 10 on the other side of the pavilion shelter).
Cons: One flow issue: from the fifth basket, you will need to walk back pretty much across the second green to reach the tees for hole 6.
The lack of elevation is a common malady for all central Indiana courses, so they've added just a few rolling knolls and sought opportunities to use the few feet of rise or fall that was available. There will be windy days on a course like this, which you might consider a con or a challenge, depending on your game. The guys with really big arms won't find much challenge from the short tees, and could even score really low on the longs, so I suspect the top Advanced, and particularly competitive Open players don't get to see much score separation here based on their skills.
For first timers who come to play the long tees: they don't have above ground signage (only at the shorts), but they have painted the hole distances in blue at the back of the tee pad.
Finally, the course is excellent as intended, but tends to be a little open, for its intermediate distances. Makes me wonder if they might consider future use of the woods beyond holes 7 & 8 someday to add a little more technical challenge.
Other Thoughts: You'll encounter a sign at the first tee (as you look at the pondside basket) that cautions folks not to go in to retrieve your splashdown discs. They will fish them out for you, call on any info on the disc, and even ship yours to you for $1.85 (cheaper than I've found any way to mail 'em!).
Reviewer Background as of this writing: age 54 w/ 4 yrs experience, rated 900+/-, played 244+ courses in 23 states, 80% w/in 3hr drive of Cincinnati. Thrown with folks rated 600's to 1000's, ages 9 to 85 in events and leagues at all tiers. Seldom drive beyond 300-330, but have a solid up-shot and putting game. I haven't designed any courses, but try to lend a hand (with my severely desk-job limited skill set) when I can.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun Park Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Excellent baskets and tee pads
- Good signage and map
- Multiple tees and pin positions
- Bathrooms and water fountains
- Decent variety
- Well maintained grounds
Cons: - Tee paint is faded, just needs another coat
- Hole 1 basket is on a hill fairly close to water, be careful
- Not many obstacles on back 9 (see below for more)
Other Thoughts: I've played this course a few times this summer and I've enjoyed myself each time. Hole 1 basket is a little close to water for my liking. Front 9 are all shorter holes but have plenty of trees to offer a challenge. Back 9 has a variety of shorter and longer holes with young trees and buffalo grass. Wind definitely presents a challenge here; without wind the holes are fairly easy. The back 9 will continue to get better as the trees grow older and larger.
At this point I've only played the shorter AM tees due to a throwing arm injury but once I'm healed up I look forward to trying the pro tees out.
Course is definitely worth a trip to the north side of Indy. There are many nearby courses as well to get a full day of play in. Would absolutely recommend for beginners and intermediate players
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Clean Neighborhood Park
6 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.
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pretty good course
Pros: - 2 sets of concrete tees.
- good signage
- bathrooms april-oct
- at least one of every shot in the bag (rhbh,rhfh, hyzer/anny)
-Ace Runs as well as big arm shots depending on tee/basket combination
-2 basket positions / 2 tee positions
Cons: -Back 9 is VERY open. I enjoy playing it, but there isn't a lot of difficulty back there if the wind isn't blowing. But since it is so wide open the wind is normally a factor.
-a solid RHBH straight/hyzer will get you in a good spot on 14/18 holes. So not a ton of variety there.
-pond is "off limits" Not supposed to get into it to get discs, but people do and keep them. Despite signs that the local club will dredge and return the discs.
Other Thoughts: A fun place to play. it's in a nice part of town, so safety isn't an issue like at some courses in town. Open until 11pm, so night golf is perfectly good here.
It is an all-purpose park, but i've never had to skip a hole due to any park activities, unlike some courses.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice course, concrete tees, 18 holes, alternate basket locations. Lots of water, wide open spaces. A few holes with trees. Back 9 is very forgiving (except 11) great for trying new discs. Lots of room. Course is well kept, nice amenities.
Cons: Needs more trees, I think they are working on that. Trees are on 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 but the back 10-17 is very open. Watch your discs on holes 1 & 9, great place to lose them in the pond!
Other Thoughts: This is a really good course. I particularlly like holes 3 & 4. This is well worth the visit if you are in the area.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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.
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.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Concrete tees
Cons: Very multi-use park
Saw areas where I expected to see quality holes but non there
Lack of shot variety
Other Thoughts: Like the title says, Challenger. Most holes were the same shot over and over and over unless you get creative and like to try new things.
Would recommend for beginners, but not a place I plan to play again.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Starts strong, finishes bland.
Pros: -Good use of the land available, especially the lake that comes into play on holes 1, 6, and 9. Holes 2-5 weave around a mildly wooded area with some good variation of shots.
- Near-perfect condition DisCatchers, well designed tee pads, awesome signage. Impossible to get lost. Two tee boxes per hole, short and long. The long tees make for an arm-tiring round.
- The park is surrounded by a very nice neighborhood and has great amenities (bathrooms, drinking fountain, benches, etc.).
Cons: - While the course starts of very strong in the front nine, it provides a bit of disappointment on the back. Granted, this is a relatively new park and trees have been planted, but as it stands the back nine winds through an open field. Winds are the only obstacle on some holes in the back, besides a creek that slithers behind some holes.
- The course has an overall artificial and bland feel to it. The lake and surrounding area are man made, and I'm sure all the trees on the back are artificially planted. Besides the first few holes, it seems like the rest of the course was built just to fill in space.
Other Thoughts: Personally, I find this course to be overall rather boring besides holes 1-5. The back nine is so dull that you might find yourself just wanting it to be over after maybe hole 15. For beginners, however, this can be a great place to hone your skills and test your nerves around a disc eating pond.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is well taken care of and is in a safe area. Pro and am concrete tee pads with signage is always a plus. There are a couple of decent holes that require a good shot: 3, 4, 7, and 8. A pond and a creek come into play on the front nine.
Cons: The back nine on this course is pretty boring. There are some trees that have been planted that should come into play over time. No elevation on this course either, which isn't really a negative since its located in central Indiana and elevation is at a premium.
Other Thoughts: This is a clean and family friendly course. Dillion is a good place to start playing the game, but there are better courses that aren't too far away.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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