7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, Popular, but Crowded
Pros: The course is set in a nice city park. As others have said, it is a good course for players of many different levels. Newer players will enjoy the shorter holes and losing a disc is unlikely. Experienced players will still enjoy the challenges and will have many birdie opportunities. There is a decent amount of variety here from hole to hole, each hole was relatively unique from one to the next, little repetition in appearance off the tee. This course is designed to be fun and enjoyable.
Cons: This course was extremely crowded when I played. We had to wait in line on Tee #1. It was pretty congested for the first few holes, but it opened more after that as the course spreads out and the holes get a little longer. From the other reviews it seems this course is popular and usually busy. It would not too long to play 18 if the course was empty, but plan on having to wait on a few tees. The first few holes are close to each other, almost seem to cross each other (but I think some people were playing to the wrong basket, which is understandable), so be on the lookout for errant throws.
Other Thoughts: Shillito is not a bad course, and is perfect for locals who are newer to disc golf and are learning to take their game to the next level. There are many pro level courses in KY to choose from, so skip this one if that is what you are seeking. It does provide for a nice contrast, however, and has its place as part of the group of courses in the Lexington area.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Quick fun but crowded with family picnics
Pros: Quick fun and some nice obstacle shots. The coarse outweights the family crowd and street. Threes are in perfect position and a good mix of obstacle free shots
Cons: Too many families around and a parking lot/ road is too close. Need some slightly netter signage
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
favorite local course
Pros: At the first hole on the bulletin board are pages explaining RHBH, RHFH, and the X step. A good map is shown and rules are listed. First time was played with friends but would have still been able to find all the holes alone with the exception of moving from the front 9 to the back and #12. Just make sure you check out the map if it's your first time through.
The front nine is great for warming up and practicing straight shots.
The back nine is a great challenge for beginners. Where most holes are not within sight of the tee box.
Cons: Holes 3 & 5 do run close to one road and a small parking lot.
- 6 is a straight shot hole but with the picnic area right there it can be a problem if your not used to spectators.
- 12 The only hole where you may get lost. To get from 11 to 12 you must travel through the path in the woods next to the catcher for 11. Aside from no sign it's a nice retreat from the sun with a place to sit down.
Other Thoughts: Going from 13 to 14 just go over the bridge.
Going to Lexington for the day to practice I have no problem going through this course 3 or 4 times. I feel there's enough difference between the holes to let me practice on different types throws.
Also with Meijer across the road, getting something to drink or eat isn't a problem.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A little cramped
Pros: The course plays through a pretty city park around a pool area, though other park uses seem to be separate enough from the course to prevent interference. There are some nice holes on the back nine bringing some brush and woods into play to punish errant drives, and to force some different lines. There is some distance variety, with several ace run holes and a couple that require a little more of a throw. There are concrete tee pads and basic signage, including an info board with a course map.
Cons: The course feels a little crammed in, especially considering how much space there is around the large park. A few holes are too close to the road leading to some possible waiting and safety issues. There are lots of mostly open, and not very long holes that don't offer too much variety or challenge, especially on the front nine. Several fairways play near enough to one another that a busy day might mean lots of ducking. The signage is inconsistent and not always correct, and there are some odd spots for navigation, make sure you check out the course map.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for newer players, with enough risk and variety to push them to improve, but not enough to scare them off. More experienced players will find it a bit of a birdie fest, with no real elevation and not much challenge to keep it interesting. This isn't a bad course, just not one worth driving too far out of your way for.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 13 Not
Pros: This is the course i learned how to play disc golf on...the old layout that is...but i'm loving the new design. New hole seven is by far the best one, wish there was still water around it, made it a juggernaut in the face of newbies. great open holes, though the wind would make anyone shudder
Cons: the old tee signs are still up, could be confusing to newbies and out-of-towners
2 of 15 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice set up. The grounds are well kept. There is a good variety of types of holes on this course. Very playable by varied abilities levels. Good use of elevation changes through out the whole course. With the new lay out there is very little chance of cars being hit/in danger. Since the park is large and there is plenty of other space there is not much interference from non-disc golfers. Tee pads are in good condition since plenty of new ones were poured.
Cons: Navigation is a little difficult but nothing that isn't too hard if you look at the lay out on the board at the first tee. With the pool closed there is no options for a restroom close. Can be crowded. Signs are not up to date with the change.
Other Thoughts: Other options for non-discgolf. Right now the course has been redone and areas are recouping from pouring concrete and being dug up.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
A course I'd bring my kids to
Pros: The grass was nicely mowed. Most of the holes are aesthetically pleasing.
Most holes are short and open, making this a good course for kids and/or beginners.
Cons: There's just not much challenge here. Most holes are short and have maybe 1 tree to worry about. That's not enough to create interesting holes. We got bored very quickly. The land available is not very large and a number of holes were scrunched on top of one another. The flow from hole to hole was bad in several places.
The course was overcrowded, and the baskets were showing their age. Signs and teepads were below average.
Other Thoughts: If I lived in Lexington, I'd bring my kids to play this course. However, I don't live in Lexington, and I'm not sure it's worth driving to.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Broad appeal. Practice basket. Options for non-players.
Course appears to be going through some re-work, so some of the numbering on the back nine is currently incorrect. Use the map available on this site, and you'll have no problem navigating this course. Some signs missing, teepads and baskets a bit tired.
This public park is absolutely huge, with playing fields of every type, a large play area for kids, and a swimming pool. The front nine plays along the right and back side of the land next to the pool, and the back nine is located to the land left and behind. The course begins fairly easily - slight elevation changes, only a couple of large trees to avoid, mostly just straight throws required, baskets easily accessible. Holes then begin to lengthen, and #8 has a fair amount of trees to get through near the basket. The back nine is quite different - holes lengthen, fairways/windows become narrower, some shots are blind, gentle/moderate turns are now required on most holes, elevation changes more severe, although no hole would be classified as steep.
Favourite hole #13: Fairway starts wide enough, but narrows as lines of trees and bushes pinch in from both sides. Annoying tree creating a chokepoint about 2/3rds of the way to the basket, which is tucked several feet into the woods at the end of the fairway.
This course should be attractive to a wide spectrum of players. The front nine is very suitable for beginners, w/o being merely a wide-open grip-n-rip. Intermediates will still find some challenges in the front nine, and the back nine is a good introduction to the next level of hole difficulty. Advanced players should have many birdie opportunities on the front nine, and find a variety of challenges on the back nine. Pros, I imagine, since I don't know any, will find ace and birdie opportunities galore, but still find some challenge on the back, especially #18, a long right-turner through a narrow window.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice 18 hole course
Pros: Shilito Park is one of the older courses in the central Kentucky area and is set in a nice large park. The front is by far shorter than the back nine. There are some large trees that do come into play on holes 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 on the front, but none of which really make you thread the needle. (possible exception on 6). Hole # 6 and 7 have had a lot of work on the underbrush to make it less likely to lose a disc. The back 9 adds a little more distance, specifically on holes 11, 13, 17, and 18. The closest thing to a signature hole would probably be #11, and downhill open throw that then you have to go through a wood line to get to the hole. Also the prettiest hole, at least in the Fall is probably #17, with some beautiful large trees on the right and a marshy pond on the left.
Cons: While the course is really nice, there are some cons as well. The front nine is pretty short. It flows well, but then trying to get from 9 to 10 is a pain for a new person. Hole 10 is on the completely opposite side of the pool from basket nine, plus, you have to walk past the tee pad for 11 and go down a hill to get to 10. The signs use to be pretty nice and infomative, but many are missing, or broken. they also do not help navigate from hole to hole. There are not a lot of technical throws required for most of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course, and if you are in town, you should come by and play. There are frequent leagues and tournaments. This is probably the most popular course in the area, being more friendly than Veteran's and Riney B, and has 18 holes, unlike Lake Ming, River Hill and Centennial.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Nice Rec Course
Pros: This is a nicely manicured course in a beautiful park setting. The course plays fast, has little schule, and is great for beginners, rec and novice players, or more advanced players looking to hone their mid-range game. There is some elevation change on many of the holes.
The course has DGA signs, very good, concrete tee pads, and good DGA Mach baskets. In addition, there are multiple pin locations on the majority of the holes. There is water on the course near the practice basket and at the pool.
For a novice rated player, this is, for the most part a great course. Most of the holes are in a good range to allow for many birdie opportunities.
This course is by far the most popular in the Lexington area with lots of people out on most days and tons out on nice days.
Cons: Perhaps the biggest con for this course is its setting in a very family oriented park. There are shelters very near the course, picnicers and sunbathers in various places, volleyball and corn hole games going on, plus lots of shirtless, extremely casual players who are ignorant of the rules and disrespectful. You are liable to be waiting on a group of 9 shirtless kids throwing everywhere ahead of you, and when you are finally able to play the hole, the next group behind you may be throwing in on you.
Similarly, there is a through street that is very popular that comes into play on holes 3-5 and 18, and that you have to cross between holes 17 and 18 and 18 and 1. Cars go very fast on this road despite the speed humps, and some cars have hit the tee sings on holes 3 and 4, so be careful.
While the course is a rec course, the front 9 is substantially easier than the back 9. In addition, holes 16-18 are not rec friendly. Hole 18 is both long and especially treacherous as it is a blind, uphill throw with the busy road to the left and a busy train track to the right. These train tracks are the most common place for people to lose discs. The rough is very thick, and it is difficult to find discs that sail in there, especially when they do so out of signt due to the hill.
The most annoying part of the course and what would make it a bit unfriendly to first time players is that the front and back 9s are on opposite sides of the pool. There are no signs directing you to hole 10, but there is a long walk between holes 9 and 10, and the shortest route takes you right over 11's tee pad. The walk between 18 and 1 is also somewhat long and requires you to again cross the busy road.
Another issue for tournament play is that, due to the compactness of the front 9, there is a good deal of fairway interference (even during casual play).
Other Thoughts: There are plans on the books to redesign Shillito due to a paved walking path that is coming in. This redesign will result in current holes 6, 10, 17, and 18 being eliminated and replaced. It will also affect to a lesser degree holes 7 and 13. The upside of this redesign is that the new 18 hole layout will significantly reduce the long walks and eliminate some of the holes that are most problematic. The new design will make Shillito an even better course than it currently is.
In the big picture, Shillito goes very well with Vets and Riney in giving every level of disc golfer a course that is challenging and enjoyable for them.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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