Fair variety in a small package
Pros: The Lawrenceberg nine hole course (across from the High School) is located at the south end of the park beyond the baseball fields, in a smallish, rectangular, level piece of land. It features nice size park trees and absolutely no rough, so you'll be able to find all your discs here. There's a practice basket to your right and an informative kiosk sign near the first tee. Tees are level 3' x 6' concrete and are adequate to the task, being flush with the ground to allow run up from behind if you need it. The fairways are usually defined by the park trees, and sometimes force line shaping and height on your tee shot. Hole distances are mostly in the 200's, so the course is geared well for casuals up to the Recreational level player.
Each tee has a good basic sign, and they suggest that there may be alternate pin positions on a few of the holes. Course flow is simple, logical (in all but one instance: see below), and you won't do too much walking from one hole to the next. Many of the 18 chain DGA baskets are just slightly obscured by the last few trees, so first timers may need to scout ahead a little to be sure of the location. About 1/3 of the holes seem to finish best left to right, and the 3rd and 6th tees definitely are aimed 20-30 degrees left of the pin, suggesting that particular flight path is best. For my arm, the course frequently needed my anny midrange disc (rhbh) off the tee to put it in close. But it had a couple of fades, as well as straight line shots, so kudos on the variety in a small package.
This section of the park is small, and always seems to be filled with folks walking pets, hanging out near the nice playground, the shelter and so on. The baseball fields and warm-up areas seem to get even more 'business'. There is a nice walking path that runs the full perimeter of the park.
In all, the disc golf experience here is geared toward newer players, while those of us transitioning to Intermediate will find it a good place to garner a lot of 2's and 3's. There is a more challenging, if more open, course just north of here (Lawrenceberg Anderson, with its beautiful yellow and blue baskets) which will attract the competitive players.
Cons: As mentioned above, this park is very popular for non-players, on whom you'll sometimes have to wait. Several of the fairways seem to run dangerously close to the picnic tables and even a newer gazebo, so that the newer (inaccurate) player who has some zip on his tee shots needs to be extra careful.
The plot of land is absolutely level, so the course had no chance to add elevation to spice it up. And the one spot with a little potential confusion is that you'll want to turn right and double back after the 5th basket, rather than going forward to the ninth tee. Oh, and the seventh hole is the only one that plays outside the walking path.
Other Thoughts: I've stopped in here on two separate swings through the area to get a 'time-lapse' view of the course, and saw it was well-maintained both times, and seems to be treated well by local players and the good DG club they've got in Lawrenceberg.
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Nice Beginner's Course
Pros: This is a nice beginner's course in a park setting. It features DGA baskets and signs, and somewhat small concrete tee pads. The course is fairly easy to navigate (good flow, no long walks between holes). There is no schule to lose discs in and no thorn or picker bushes to draw blood.
The course is perfect for beginning players, experienced players with little distance (like me), or for more advanced players looking to work on their mid-range game. The park has many mature trees that provide a low ceiling that challenge the disc golfer to throw beneath.
The course uses these trees quite well and quite organically to create good fairways that do not conflict, for the most part (a testament to designer Everett Lasley's design skills.) Hole 9 is an especially subtle challenge to succeed at.
Cons: The course will certainly leave many disc golfers with no desire to play it a second time. There is very little distance (with only 1 hole approaching 290 feet - all the others are under 250), almost no elevation change, and, due to all the trees, not even a significant amount of wind.
Because the course is in a park with a paved walking trail, excercise stations, a playground, picnic tables, a gazebo, and a volleyball court, on a nice day the park is very crowded and makes throwing a round a little bit more dangerous. On certain holes one or more of these amenities come into play (Holes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 - walking trails; Holes 4 & 9 - picnic tables; Holes 1, 4, 6 - excercise stations; Hole 5 - gazebo). For the beginning players who will be most attracted to this course, these amenities are even more dangerously in play.
The main cons for this course are what it does not offer - distance, elevation, a wide variety, a challenge to experienced golfers.
Other Thoughts: The course sits directly across the street from Anderson County High School. Considering the type of course that it is, this is an excellent location. There is an active high school club that uses the course regularly for leagues.
I like the course. It is fun. It suits my short-arm game, but it is not exactly very challenging, even for me. I tend to judge a course by how many different discs it requires me to throw. This course can sometimes only require 2. As such, it is not a course that I would advise someone to go out of their way to play, but I wouldn't avoid it either.
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Nice little pitch and putt
Pros: Set in a nice, well kept park with plenty of old trees to keep it from being wide open. Concrete tees are long enough and the tee signs provide enough info to know where you're throwing. Good flow and minimal walking between holes.
Cons: A short, flat course, and not very difficult. Some of the shots could be dangerous for other discers or for kids on the playground equipment, just keep an eye out.
Other Thoughts: If you only bring a mid and putter this is an alright course. To make this course more difficult I would throw only forehand, anhyzer, rollers etc., and get in some good practice at those shots.
This would also be a good place to introduce younger kids to the game.
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Good For Beginners
Pros: Nice park with walking trail and playground for the kids to use while you get a couple of rounds in. Nice concrete tees, adequate signs, baskets in great shape.
Cons: As a beginner (playing for about 3 months) I still find this course challenging enough to be fun, but not too tough so as to be frustrating. I could see where a more experienced player would become bored with this course quickly but it is a great place to learn and build confidence.
Other Thoughts: Even for a beginner, there are one or two "aceable" holes on the course although I haven't aced one yet.
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