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Matter Park in Marion on the Mississinewa (MMM)
Pros: - Located on the banks of the Mississinewa River, Matter Park's 18-hole course sprawls throughout a small wooded area as well as a more open area, still with its fair share of mature trees. The scenic river edges the course in a couple of spots, but doesn't really ever come into play, except in the most extreme circumstances.
- #1 starts with the woods to the left of the fairway. The pin, nestled into the woods, is only reachable via a open shot that punches into the woods to finish. From there, the course plays through the woods for several holes. The fairways in the woods are well-defined, with extremely fair punishment off of the fairway. Dual pin positions stretch the holes deeper into trees, in order to protect the pins, or change the look of the hole by moving the basket to the right or left. The different positions don't radically alter the play of the course, but are still a nice feature and help alleviate repetition to a certain degree. #7 returns to the open park style section of the course, with the woods playing hard to the right of the fairway. The rest of the course plays through various parts of Matter Park, wending in and out of benches, pathways, roads, pavilions, playgrounds, fences, etc. The last three holes open it up a bit for bigger arms to gain an advantage after some of the shorter wooded holes at the beginning.
- Decent concrete tees, good signage, a map at the beginning to aid navigation, trash cans, benches, etc.
- Fair use of the little elevation in play. #3's up n over shot in the woods is probably the best on tap here. #13's slightly downhill avoid-the-stream shot also provides small relief to the prevailing flatness.
Cons: - With the exception of the wooded holes, this course basically tangles itself up into the rest of the part activities. With any sort of semi-busy park conditions, at least a few holes could be unplayable. The bench over-looking a scenic creek in the middle of #13's fairway looks especially dicey. On busy park days, expect to play only the wooded holes and a few other holes on the periphery of the park.
- Close to a lot of roads and walkways. #7's basket is basically "backstopped" by the woods on the right and the entrance road directly behind. #17's basket placement also plays extremely closely to two roads.
- It seems as though the course is closed, or partially closed fairly often. The pictures posted have a sign listing a couple of holes closed on certain dates, and when I played the course, the baskets to #'s 7, 8, 9, and 17 were all pulled for the annual Christmas City USA lights festival thingy. Gigantic x-mas decorations rendered those holes unplayable.
Other Thoughts: - Matter Park provides a nice enough oasis from the economically-blasted downtown of Marion.
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Not quite finished
Pros: - Located in a VERY nice/ large public park
- Good use of terrain on many holes
- Facilities (Bathroom / fountains / trashcans)
- Most of the course has concrete tpads
- Hole that have signs are well done
Cons: -Course isn't quite finished yet
- The holes in the woods from hole 2 aren't marked, natural tpads, very unforgiving, no signs
- Several spots on the back nine are difficult to find the next hole
Hole 12 on can be difficult to find.
- Some places can be crowded with park goers
Other Thoughts: Heard good things about this park prior to coming up, but was a little dissappointed after seeing it. Hole 1 was almost impossible to find without asking people, and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the round. Hole 2 through 6(I believe) have litterally been cut out of the woods and is just not quite finished yet. Little plastic markers are used to mark the tee off, can be hard to find. One was actually crushed up, and on asking where to play from we were told it starts at the "crushed up white plastic". I don't want to come off as harsh though, because it's evident that some people put a TON of time into those hole, and mad props for that. Will be cool to see when they get it finished, as there ARE some interesting holes back there. The undergrowth is really thick and can be frustrating if you happen to grip lock or whatever.
Aside from those holes the park is generally wide open with plenty of interesting shots. There is little risk/ reward though, most are pretty straightforward.
My biggest complaint about the course is on the back nine several of the holes can be extremely difficult to find. We were literally looking at the grass and arguing if it had been trampled or not, I felt like I was on Lost tracking somebody.
For people going to the park for the first time, when you run into the massive playground you have to go all the way around it for the last hole, I think its hole 16/17...
I look forward to checkin this park out again some time in the future, its definitely got some potential!
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