The Atkinson Diet
-Nice multi use park where you don't feel crowded near the non discgolf areas
-Layout is pretty good with a variety of open and more wooded holes.
-Designed so 9 and 18 end right at the parking lot
-Unmarked tee pads from the older layouts are still in place and can cause confusion in a few spots.
-4 wide open holes that were just bland
-Course was a bit soggy in a few of the flat spots.
While I enjoyed a round here I couldn't get over the blandness of the 4 holes in the middle of the round. I do like the fact that they have the man made elevated greens on these holes to make it a bit tougher. The few spots where they changed the course, and left the old tee pads really confused me especially around hole 4-6. I enjoyed the first 8 holes and 14-17 the most. I would come play this course again because it has a neat feel to it being so close to the river. The course doesn't seem to be designed to be challenging, however the challenge comes in the form of wind. I felt it was even a factor on a relatively calm day.
The third version I've played
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Pros: Good mix of long holes and some birdie holes.
Several "fast greens".
Beautiful views of the Ohio River and railroad bridge.
Well maintained park and disc golf course.
Dolly Parton Memorial on Holes 10 and 11.
Cons: Always windy here next to the river.
The front of the course (holes 1,9,10, and 18) always seem to hold water.
Hole 14 had a new chainlink fence where the end post sits on the rightside of the fairway on top of the hill making it look much narrower.
Other Thoughts: This is the third version of Atkinson Park I've played. First it was 9 holes, then expanded to 18. Third, holes 4-6 were modified. I couldn't tell why the third modification was needed, but I don't really miss the old hole 4. It was long, boring, and I always hit a branch early! The new hole 6 really is awesome. With the changes, I don't feel this course i any better or worse than it was before.
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Air it Out
Pros: This is a nice park course. The course has some very flat holes, but there are also a few holes that have some elevation changes. One of the unique things about this course was that I found a bunch of the baskets placed on the side of slopes. The park itself was well kept. The course had a nice course layout sign, while each hole had an accurate sign of the trouble on the hole. There is a little something for everyone on this course. There are 5-6 holes where you can just let it go without much thought to line. There are also some holes that will really make you think. Hole 3 is the first thinking hole. It is a long turn par 3 with a kind of low ceiling. It requires and turn off the tee and 3 very large trees guard the basket. Hole 6 is a troublesome hole. It begs you to throw for the basket, but big trouble lurks to the left in the form of a huge drainage ravine. A layup and a decent midrange can secure a par, but birdies will require an awesome shot. Putting on holes 10 and 11 are unique in the fact that the baskets sit on the grassy knoll. Aggressive putts that are missed will require quite an effort on the comeback putt. Holes 14-17 are the best stretch of holes on the course. 14 is a short but really tight hole while 15-17 are long holes with tight lines to throw through. I really enjoyed the nice long tee pads on this course. They were in great shape and offered a good platform on the holes where launching was needed. The course has several benches on it which was nice. I have played this course a couple of times and it is always windy on the course. The course is literally less than 100 yards from the Ohio River, and the wind seems to blow off the river all the time. I see this as a pro since quite a few holes have few to NO trees on them. The course did have a practice basket and parking very close to the first tee. I did like the out and back layout of the course. The 9th hole and the 18th hole both end very close to the first tee and parking lot.
Cons: The main drawback to this course was drainage. The area had quite a bit of rain recently and the flat areas were holding quite a bit of water.
Other Thoughts: This course does favor the big arm players . (IMO) My group does have one big arm player in it and he seemed to have more of an advantage on us than he normally does. The course played in 3 different segments for me. Hole 1-6 where one segment, holes 7-13 where totally different segment, and holes 14-18 were the closing segment. I would have liked a couple of trees on the totally open holes but that is just a preference. I like the layout and would play here anytime I have time in the area.
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Pros: This course is very unique. It has baskets on mounds, huge uphill shots, long par 3s, a lot of wind from the river, and finally a huge creekbed with a very steep drop where you're lucky (as I was) to find a disc if you throw it in there. The main thing this course has going for it is elevation. Not every hole is hilly, in fact a lot of them are dead flat. But the ones that are hilly, are big hills and make a huge difference to the shots. Also this course requires all the shots. I threw backhands, forehands, and a thumber off the tee. It also has a good mix of open holes and wooded holes, and short holes and long holes. It is difficult, but the par 4s and some of the shorter holes allow for birdies to be made. A lot of times placement on the drive is more important than being as close to the basket as possible and that's a rare quality. The tee signs, pads, and baskets are in pretty good shape.
Cons: The grass was long on the 2 holes on the golf courses property. (I'm guessing that's what it was) No tightly wooded holes and I would like to have seen a couple.
Other Thoughts: I've never played a course like this before, and I probably never will. They did a pretty good job with the area to work with. It had rained a lot when I played and there was no standing water, so it drains well. It's a nice course for a quick round.
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Designer Response by: HB553
The two holes not mowed in the spring are due to 100 year old flowers that come up for a couple of months . . . . the mowing will resume my June.
Pros: Very well maintained.
Good Concrete teepads
Good parking and convenient location
A few very attractive holes.
Pretty park in general with views of Ohio river.
Cons: Not too many memorable holes.
Hole number 6 has a ridiculously hazardous rough area.
Other Thoughts: The last third of the course is more interesting to play than the first 12 holes. Stay to the right on your drive on #6, you don't wanna wind up in that deep ravine filled with riff raff.
The parks department keep this place well maintained. Even though it doesn't stack up to Mesker, Madisonville, or Yellow Creek, it's still a nice little course to play for something different or if you are in the Henderson area.
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Fun little course
- Surprisingly long. It "feels" like a short little par 3 course, but it's nearly 6000 feet. The longer holes, while open, are still fun. Many courses have no 'grip and rip' holes. I appreciate the courses that do.
- Large concrete teepads were in good shape.
- High quality DISCatcher baskets.
- Good signs which include topographical map of hole.
- Flow from hole to hole was good, no trouble navigating as first timers.
- Practice putting basket.
- Course loops back around to the parking lot after the front 9.
- Park looked to be well maintained.
- Some holes had benches and/or trashcans
- The open holes that play nearest the ball field lack any real character.
- On several holes, the street and/or walking path can come into play.
- The proximity of ball fields, walking paths, playgrounds, etc make you keenly aware that you are in the middle of a shared park that has many uses. You don't have the sense of privacy or "escape" that many courses offer.
- Lack of any real signature holes that "wow" you. Although having said that, several holes (2, 3, 17, etc) were quite attractive.
- This course was better and more fun than I expected. I'd really like to give it a higher rating than 3.0, but my conscience won't allow me to do so.
- We played it as a double with Mesker and it was a good day of golf.
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Pros: Plenty of parking and good teepad and signs. Well kept course and grass is cut frequently.
Mound holes keep things honest for open field throws and the front nine redesign kept the courses integrity without decreasing difficulty.
Cons: Windy next to the river.
After a rain the course is nearly unplayable because 80% is flat and holds water.
OB on the new hole 6 is so dangerous that if I can find my disc I am tempted to leave it.
If its softball season look out for random people walking in your fairways or parking next to or on the course.
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Limited Challenges Yet Surprisingly Fun
- Very well manicured park
- Big, clear Teepads
- Excellent Teesigns showing the details of the course
- Practice Basket
- Map/Board of Information near Practice Basket
- Discs available for sale at Golf Course Pro Shop nearby
- Places to sit on most holes
- Some trashcans throughout the course
- Man made hills on several holes producing elevated Teepads & Baskets
- Lots of OB because of several walkways and roads going throughout the course
- Mostly Flat course (a couple of natural and man made hills though)
- Limited obstacles (trees, bushes)
- Walkways & roadways can present a problem with cars and pedestrians
Overall this is a fun course despite it being mostly flat and open.The holes that are open and flat are generally longer to make up for the lack of obstacles (>300). However, there are a 6-8 holes that have mature trees and require a more technical shot. Those holes are generally shorter in length (<300). The OB presents some challenges to holes making them more interesting.
Some Memorable Holes:
#10 403 foot shot onto a basket upon a mound
#11 327 foot shot onto a basket upon a mound
#12 360 foot shot from an elevated teepad
This course is fun even though it may appear boring. The use of length and OB makes the open holes more interesting and the wood holes provide a moderate challenge. While this course is not as good as Mesker Park, it is definitely a must play for locals. If you are in the area, play Mesker Park first and if you have time, play Atkinson Park.
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Pros: Most of the holes are completly open but 4 or 5 have some tree obsticals in the fairway. Good course to let you open up your throw without having to worry about hiting anything. Even though alot of the course is pretty open it still offers some challenge. like holes 10 and 11 they are both on pretty steep mounds so if you try and run at and miss your gonna be shooting uphill at least one more time.
Very well marked, easy to navigate.
Cons: you get alot of cars parked on the edge of the course on the front 9, especially during the summer months when baseball season is in. Also if the couse has several low spots so if it's rained rececently your probably going to be geting your feet wet.
Other Thoughts: Scorecards are available at the start on the course map board.
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Nice course on the banks of the Ohio River
Pros: Atkison sits in a nice multi-use park between a road bordering the park and the Ohio River. Each hole has nicely sized tee pads that are grippy and each have good signs that are quite helpful. The flow of the course is very easy to follow and the baskets are Innova Discatchers that catch well and are in great shape. The layout goes from completely open to semi-wooded and back again several times. The open holes are seemingly completely open with no obstacles while the wooded holes force either only one route or possibly two if you are creative off the tee. Atkison has hardly any underbrush to lose a disc in unless you go way off the beaten path. There's a good variety of length with several longer holes to let 'em rip and others that force a more technical shot. Most of the course is on a flat plot of land with a few exceptions. One plays across a large drainage basin, a couple on some man-made mounds, and the last few on some nice rolling slopes.
Cons: The completely open holes don't really do anything for me. Four or five of them are quite redundant in that you throw 350-400' in a wide open field to the basket. There's no real challenge there. Several of the walking paths and roads come right next to several tees and baskets which can be hazardous to foot and four wheel traffic. With as flat as the course is in spots, lots of standing water can accumulate after rain. Also with the Ohio River less than a putter throw away from the park, the course is in a prime spot for flooding.
Other Thoughts: Atkison is a fun course that plays quickly and can be gotten for low scores. When the wind isn't blowing off the river, this is a straight-foward course without any surprises. More skilled players won't really be challenged here except to hit their putts. Less skilled players can enjoy the openness and lack of difficulty here. The setting is enjoyable with the river adjacent to the park and most of the locals I talked to there were very friendly and happy to hear about how my round went.
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