Woods N Bugs
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Signs are good. There is a variety of lines. That's about it.
Cons: All of the holes are cut through heavy underbrush. The lines are good, but they are all tight, punishing holes except for hole 1. Each fairway is about 10' wide. You can't even walk through most of the rough to retrieve a lost disc.
Tees are dirt (aka mud)
The chains are rusted.
There is no break on the course. After you disappear after 1, you don't come out of mosquito county until you are done.
Other Thoughts: I suspect this course would be much better in the winter, but a course shouldn't depend on that.
If you need to practice your accuracy, this course will punish you hard for taking any risk. So you shouldn't play it if you don't WANT to loose a disc.
Don't play this course as/with a beginner.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Good course. Could be improved easily
Pros: Baskets: 9 innova discatchers. They are slightly rusted but I did not have any issues with spit outs.
Variety: All holes are flat, however, there are hyzers, anhyzers, dog legs, open, and wooded holes. A few of the baskets are blind shot and a few of them have potential for an ace. Fairways are typically wide enough to not have any problems but the rough is thick enough to make or break your day. Holes range from ~170-400 feet.
Signs: signs list hole number, par, map of hole, and location of next tee. Hole one sign has additional information about disc golf itself and where to rent or borrow discs.
Course was very beautiful during the fall. Plenty to do at this Clark including playgrounds, dog park, walking paths, etc.
Not a beginner course. Definitely an intermediate course. Challenging 9 hole course.
For the the most part, it was easy to navigate once you find hole 1. Blind shots require a little backtracking to find the basket.
Course is a good compliment to course at Purdue North Central.
Cons: Lots of poison ivy on holes 5-9. Bring sanitizer.
Dirt tees: I usually don't have an issue with dirt tees but there were no markings such as a wooden 2x4 in ground labeling the front of tee area. Also, since it is a 9 hole course, dual tees are essential. Plenty of space to add second tees on each hole.
Chains: very rusted. Course was installed in 2009 but chains look like they were made in the 90s.
Noise: although a scenic course, you can hear the highway from every hole.
No signs once in the parking area pointing you to tee for hole 1. However, there is a sign pointing you to the parking lot for disc golf. If you walk a diagonal line from the corner of parking lot, you will find sign for hole 1.
No trash cans and only one bench once you enter disc golf section of park.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course but it could use a few improvements such as better tees, dual tees, benches, and arrows pointing you towards the next tee (from previous basket). It would boost the rating of this course from a 2.5 to a 3 or even a 3.5 (if all of the above was fixed). This course has room to expand to 18 holes (not counting dual tees) which is always a plus.
I will definitely come back to this course. My girlfriend and I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to beginners in the area (they will get frustrated with the rough) as well as any intermediate players in the area. Pro players would enjoy this course if they are looking to improve.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Once & Out
Pros: Let's preface this by saying I am a noob reviewing for newbies.
Nice, "simple" 9-hole with well-maintained fairways with good signage. Baskets are in good condition. Holes flow well. You can't make a wrong turn. Rest room by parking lot. It's challenging to shoot well here (see "Cons").
Cons: You've got to be really good at tracing your line to play here. Otherwise you will need a machete and rescue dogs to recover an errant shot. The fairways are narrow and the rough is rough. My son and I actually found ourselves playing a more reserved game so we wouldn't need to go off-road.
Natural tees with some trips if you don't watch out. Course is flat as a grade school clarinet (really, really flat).
Did I mention the mosquitos? Make sure you have either a kevlar suit or a truckload of bug spray. By late afternoon, they were actually interfering with my approach, but they don't taste that bad.
Other Thoughts: In short, if its all you've got, its better than nothing, but there are some awesome courses within an hour's drive.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a wooded area of a park. Other than the first hole, the course is in it's own section of the park so there don't seem to be conflicts with playgrounds and other park uses. Most holes have thick rough that will definitely cost you strokes if you miss your line. There is nice length variety, with a couple longer holes, some that are reachable but tricky, and an easy ace run.
The signage is good here, with hole layout and distance on nice Houck signs. The baskets are in fine shape and catch well. There wasn't any trash or vandalism, the park seemed nicely kept. The layout flows well, with no navigation issues.
Cons: The course gets a bit repetitive. Every hole is flat with thick rough, and a lot of them require an anhyzer off the tee for rhbh players (two call for an anhyzer flex). I like punishment for errant drives, but the rough here is a little nasty. There are some thorns, and lots of areas that are so thick you can't be creative to have a chance at recovering, you just have to pitch out to the fairway.
The tees are natural, and are a little rutted. Many have roots and don't provide very smooth footing. It seems like people use the paths through the course to walk their dogs, that could be a little bit of a safety issue with some blind shots. The course doesn't have a clear identity, some of the holes are appropriate for a great beginner course, while a few holes are really tough and would challenge really skilled throwers. I prefer to see courses that are aimed at one skill level rather than taking the shotgun style approach and not being a great course for any one level of player.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find a few holes they can take a shot at, but might be frustrated by the longer holes and the really punishing rough, especially in parts of the year where the tall grasses are grown up and all the trees and brush have leaves. More experienced players will enjoy some nice challenging shots, but will also find some holes that are just straightforward ace runs that lack challenge and variety. I had fun playing here, don't avoid it if you're in the area.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in and around a dense forest area, with plenty of thick brush and trees. There is a dog park on site, but it doesn't seem like anything would interfere with the disc golf.
- Lots of shot variety here, with an emphasis on being able to manipulate a RHBH anny or RHFH shot in many different ways. Very few places where a typical RHBH hyzer makes sense, at least off the teepads. Some of the holes have extremely tight lines to hit, or have pretty significant obstacles in the way. Accuracy is needed above all else, and the thick rough prevents any good recovery shot.
- The winding fairways, and numerous blind baskets, lead to a lot of risk-reward tee shots. Most of the holes are short enough to reach from the tee, but you are definitely risking a horrible second shot if it is off course in the slightest. Some specific examples include a long, gentle s-curve on #7, and a big hyzer/OH/FH to get over a large patch of forest on #9.
- Good variety in hole length, with three short holes at or under 225', as well as three over 300'. And, the longer holes are not just distance practice, they have tough fairways to boot. No wide-open bombers here.
- Excellent signage, good baskets, and workable tee pads. Navigation is a breeze, at least in the wintertime.
Cons: - Course is limited by the available terrain; there is no elevation, no water, and not much else other than the same nasty tree-filled rough. But, the course makes good use of it and tries to provide a few different looks.
- Some repetition with a lot of right curving holes, and constantly tight fairways. So, a lot of them feel pretty similar with a tough RHBH anny with bad rough on both sides.
Other Thoughts: - I can see how some might call this a pitch n' putt course, but I would consider it more of a pitch n' pitch n' putt course. There are multiple holes that legitimately warrant a driver (for a birdie chance anyway), and many others that would take a couple of safe 'approach' shots to get to the basket. I think this course is better suited to an intermediate, or even advanced level player; a true beginner would have a tough time staying out of trouble. Overall, a good 9-holer to learn some tough lines or course management, but the fun factor is lacking with similar holes and brutal punishment.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New course. New signs. New Baskets
It may be a short 9 hole course but it is challenging.
Holes 1-4 favor left to right shots. Some being tighter than others
Holes 5 and 7 are the longest holes on the course that have tight fairways and more turnovers than Pepperidge farms.
Hole 6 is one of the shorter 3's on the course but has the most narrow fairway and nestled basket.
Hole 8 is straight as an arrow and wide open. No real challenge here except the constant yap or howl from the adjacent dog park.
Cons: The entire course is flat. So flat in fact, it could probably get certified for the Americans With Disabilities Act.
If you have a big arm (which I dont) there is not really any hole that will let you air it out.
Other Thoughts: Being my "home course" I have noticed the more I play it, the more character it actually has. Winter play opens up a ton of shots that leaves/summer play just dont allow.
Overhand shots are your friend on this course especially on the tight holes.
Either I am not allergic to poison ivy or it is not existant on this course. What is there is chiggers and they are ruthless in the late summer/early fall so wear long socks.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
My "Home" Course
Pros: -Nice new baskets and accurate signs. Trash cans near holes 3 and 8. Located in a family friendly park with dog park and playground. Restrooms near 1st/9th holes.
-Very tight fairways demand accuracy vs. raw power. Leave your drivers at home for this one.
-Great flow. Impossible to get lost.
-Beautiful. Flowers, honeysuckle bushes, wildlife, etc. add to the flavor of this course.
-Makes an outstanding winter course. Gets tons of lake effect snow off of Lake Michigan.
-Very decent risk/reward. There are a lot of risky lines that will either punish you severely or reward you immensely. The thick rough also adds to the risk, although in a decidedly less fun manner.
-Perfect for winter rounds.
Cons: -Ridiculously thick rough with some poison ivy and thornbushes. Ticks and mosquitoes are rampant in the summer. Bring bug spray.
-Difficult in the summer months: the trees will knock errant shots down while the incredibly thick shule makes losing discs easy, even with a spotter.
-Natural tee pads make driving somewhat difficult.
-Really flat with no elevation changes.
Other Thoughts: -This course is not your typical 9-holer, despite the shorter hole length. Expect a challenge during the summer months. Mostly pitch and putt, but will definitely test your accuracy.
-Never crowded. Mostly sees play from a few dedicated locals only.
-Be prepared to encounter other park goers who have no idea what disc golf is or why they shouldn't be walking the wrong way down the fairway on a blind dogleg.
-Recent changes have improved this course. Trees and bushes have been trimmed to open up some of the lines a bit more. The area around basket #1 has been cleared, creating a larger "green" area. #3's tee has been moved to avoid hazardous errant throws from #2's fairway. #4's tee has been moved, also to improve safety. #7's basket was moved to a shorter position to improve safety on the #8 tee. #8's fairway is now mowed a little wider, providing a much more reasonable landing zone for beginners/casual players. Overall, the changes are very good and improve this fun little course. Rubber teepads are supposedly on the way, which would further improve this course.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Leave the drivers in the car
Pros: - Shiny new Innova baskets.
- Awesome tee signs
- Sits in a very nice and well kept up park
- On site playground, shelters, dog run, etc.
- Holes are very challenging
- Course design is excellent as holes do tend to flow from one to the next and don't particularly seem to favor righty's or lefty's.
Cons: - Fairways are way too narrow. This is a very tight course with the exception of two holes. Spotters are essential or you will loose a disc. If you don't have a spotter don't bother bringing a driver.
- Poison ivy is rampant. Everywhere I stepped off the fairway I saw it.
- The shule is amazingly thick. Similar to most places around here like Oshtemo Township or the woods of Meyer-Broadway.
- No trash cans on any of the holes.
- No benches. Not that they really are needed at this point seeing how it is only 9.
- Dirt tee pads
- The #8 tee is way too close to the #7 basket.
Other Thoughts: This course has potential. If the fairways were twice as wide as they are now and some of the shule were cleared out beyond that and concrete pads added this would be a fantastic course. Add another 9 and you've got something great. However, with the list of cons here I cannot rate this any higher than a 2.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fairways are very easily defined, easy to follow the course. Lots of Ace opportunities.
Cons: lots of brush and tall grass/weeds. If you don't stay on the 10 foot wide fairways be prepared to hunt for the disc.
Other Thoughts: There is defiantly enough room to make this an 18 hole course. it would be good to go with two people, one as a spotter to find the discs in the brush. I thinks it a great start to a great course.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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