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It does work
Pros: An interesting variety of holes awaits the Recreational to Intermediate disc golfer at the fairgrounds in Winchester, KY, starting just inside the gate, wending uphill into the woods, and in & out of the open field. There are long bombers up and downhill, a pair of shorter woods holes (also up, then down, the latter being a pure ace run with a ridge behind the basket to stop your overthrows), and room for many temp holes if they ever want to host an event with 18 baskets here.
Ironworks has awesome concrete tees boxes with sturdy timbers, good tee signage and trash buckets, a mailbox for scorecards, very solid small bridges where needed to cross the little creek in the woods, and well-maintained dga baskets.
The signature holes, as far as I was concerned, are the ace run #4, the blind, over ridge, downhill #6, which can be deuced if you get into the woods gap cleanly, and of course, the finishing hole, which tempts the bigger arms, but punishes overthrows with the rollaway downhill basket.
My overall impression of the course is that this is a fun, quick course for folks who've got some distance on their drives, and a good introduction for novice players to sample some variety with minimal frustration.
Cons: On hole 1, don't throw at the open basket on the hill (that's nine), but look to the right, uphill in the woods, for the #1 basket. Then, you'll need to follow the pathways to the next tees, as there aren't any signs (though the map posted here is just about perfect, so take a copy with you the first time).
The tee pads for 5, 6 & 7 all point to the right of the actual pin position, with 6 being the most 'divergent'. The basket actually lies in a line about 1/5 of the way in from the left of the fairgrounds building (or check the picture posted here before you go). And most of the tees for the longer holes feel a bit too short (though they are ground level, so you can run up from behind).
Other Thoughts: I've heard the gate closes at dark, so watch your solar declination! And, meteorologically speaking, playing here once in the rain with gusting winds gave me an appreciation for the challenge of the Kentucky breezes on the five open holes here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Fun to play if you're nearby
Pros: -fun course with a nice variety of wooded and open shots
-great spot to shoot for some aces
-nice concrete tees and signs for each hole
-navigation isn't too difficult
-wooded areas aren't so overgrown you'll lose discs
Cons: -parking outside gate is very limited, and there are warnings about parking inside gate since it may be locked
-some holes are fairly short and some people may find the course too easy
-only 9 holes
-no real "hazards" anywhere
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course and will make you feel good about your game (I was 2 under par the first time playing). It's very beginner and ace-friendly but if you're looking for real challenge you may get bored. Parking is a serious issue here, and if you park in the only actual "lot" area you end up nowhere near tee 1, so it may make more sense to play out of order. I enjoyed the more technical, wooded holes here, but there are a few open ones where you can just let it rip. This course usually isn't crowded at all and has nice tees and signs. It's only 9 holes and I wouldn't go too far out of my way to play this course, but if you're in the area it's worth a quick game.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Cute little course
Pros: Clean and well maintained. A fun course to play a quick round. A nice variety of holes to introduce new players to the game. Great for beginners to work on distance and holding lines in the woods. Had fun and will play again!
Cons: Not enough parking. Hole one is at the entrance and was confusing to find, you could start at 8 and end at 7 to keep your car off the road. No extremely challenging lines, little left little right but overall fun especially If you need to tighten up your straight line shots.
Other Thoughts: Thought this course was very easy to play, scored -4 the first time I played and was quessing on some of the open blind shots.
Great for beginners and new players!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Not bad, but not great either.
Pros: Good signage. Clear paths between holes. Use of rolling hills adds some challenge to a couple of the wide-open holes. Trash cans at every hole. Club keeps scorecards/events printed off in the mailbox at hole #1. All the tees are concreted now. I used to have the thick undergrowth listed as a con, but the course is cleared out much better now, not much to worry about if you throw one in the woods. A good place to bring beginners without worrying about losing a disc.
Cons: Open holes will more than likely stay that way, as the course is built on the fairgrounds. Not a good place to work on shot variety, most holes are fairly straight forward, exceptions being 2 and 9, which are both long anhys or forehands Gets a little soupy in some places after a rain. Walk to 7 is along 6's fairway, possibility of getting a disc thrown at you.
Other Thoughts: The course makes pretty good use of the few obstacles at its disposal, although I think #6 could have made better use of the water.
A decent course, not too challenging for beginner's, and I think even pro's could find something to like about it, such as practicing distance driving in the wind.
The course will eventually be turned into 18-holer, its waiting approval from higher ups.
Not really worth driving out of the way for, but it is the furthest east in Ky, except for Ashland.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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