A short review of a short course.
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Pros: Lemon Lake is a multiple-course facility. With that in mind, it makes sense that one of the courses on the property would be a beginner-level short course. The White Course is that course. At just 4,355', ace runs are a-plenty on this course. A lot of the shots are fairly open flat shots to open baskets with a smattering of obstacles in the fairway. There were two spots on the course that I found pretty cool: Holes #5/#6/#7 are some fun wooded shots with very good use of elevation and hole #15/#16/#17 were wooded holes featuring the Chia Bathtub pin on #15. The course has good signage, the tees are level concrete and the flow of the course is easy to follow.
Cons: Aside from the six holes I mentioned, nothing else about the course stood out as particularly memorable. It was a bunch of pretty similarly designed holes set up at pretty similar distances. I kept thinking "didn't we just play this hole?" I threw the same shot with the same disc over and over. It can make for a fun round to throw at the basket off the tee on the majority of the holes, but other than for "fun factor" this course can't be considered very special.
Other Thoughts: "Fun factor" is important, and it is why a lot of not-so-great pitch 'n putt courses still host a lot of rounds and remain popular destinations with a lot of disc golfers. Given that whenever you are at Lemon Lake you have other options to play, you will be choosing to get in a round on the fun short course. The freedom to choose makes all the difference. It a good type of course to have at Lemon Lake and a fairly well done example of a beginner's course.
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Pros: The White course is the easiest of the courses at Lemon Lake, but it is by no means an easy course. It is substantially shorter than the rest and a few of the holes are pretty wide open. However, there is plenty of challenge with trees to avoid, blind tee shots, and some of the thickest rough in the complex that will tests your accuracy over distance.
The courses were just used for 2010 Worlds so everything should still be in great shape. The baskets are one of the coolest features in this complex as they match the color of the name of the course. This also helps you to locate the courses better when you enter the park, and it helps to spot the correct basket as the courses border each other in many places. (Imagine if the park just had 90 yellow baskets!)
Cons: A couple of holes (including 1 and 18) are just boring throw away holes. (The other 3 courses on-site do not have this con.) I like the challenge of the dense rough found on much of the White course, but during the summer you could easily spend more time searching for discs than throwing them if you miss the fairways, so this could be a con for some people, especially since this course is geared towards lower level players.
I did not get the bathtub hole (minor opinion con). It is definitely unique, but this just did not seem like the place for a gimmick like that, and it is the only thing like that in the whole park. (You tend to see stuff like that in the mountains of TN and NC, not at a world-class disc golf complex.)
A lot of places still had that "course just installed" look, but time should help these courses mature. I also played after some heavy rains and the course was very soggy and sometimes muddy causing them not to be able to mow the fairways. This is probably not the norm, but be advised if you play during the rainy season.
Other Thoughts: Obviously having 4+ courses in one spot is a huge bonus, especially when they are all good courses. I like that each course has its own personality and degree of difficulty. (Ranking: easiest-White-Red-Blue-Silver/Gold-hardest) The White Course is the weakest of the 4 courses at Lemon Lake (there are several really good holes but there are also holes that will disappoint). However, it is still challenging and worth a play. If you can only play 1 or 2 then leave this one out. If this course were all by itself it would not be a major disc golf destination, but it is justified by being a key part of the entire complex.
There is a vehicle entrance fee, but the gatehouse was not always manned. Also, the park workers are extremely friendly and obviously take pride in their disc golf courses.
We had the chance to play these courses as they were making final preparations for the 2010 Worlds. I am sure the courses are in even better shape now since that event has past.
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Pros: - Course is set in a corner of the park, mostly open with some scraggly forest. There is a small park and some baseball diamonds near some of the holes, but they can be avoided.
- A few holes are in a dense, tree-filled forest, which provide some tight lines to hit off of the teebox. Some decent elevation changes as well, including some small ditches/hazards, which can be very troublesome to errant shots. A decent variety of lines, though a straight shot will usually be sufficient. A few other holes on the back end have very tight fairways as well.
- Most of the other holes are in a prairie area, with lots of rough, bushes, and small trees to get in the way. A common theme here is to have the baskets protected from one side or the other, to ensnare the drives/approach shots. So, there isn't much line shaping going on, but rather just different shot selection (RHBH, RHFH, OH, etc.). A decent job of making sure that it isn't the same shot over and over.
- One bomber-ish hole (over 400') to get out the driver.
- Good teepads, great baskets, good signage. Navigation can be a tad tricky without a map/scorecard.
Cons: - Biggest issue with this course is the short lengths. Not so bad on the tighter holes (like #7, or #15), but many others are just too easy to get to and way too short. Should be putter or midrange distance for almost all players.
- I like the fact that there is a longer hole to mix things up, but it probably shouldn't be the second hole. This is a warm-up course that has your second throw as the longest, not even worth trying before getting loose/warm.
Other Thoughts: - This is a nice technical course for beginners, or for those who just want some practice with slower discs. There are definitely some holes that require some thought, and accuracy, especially in the denser forest areas. Most other holes just test your ability to avoid obstacles, in a few different ways. Some longer, wide open holes are good for driving practice. Basically, you can decide what you want to take out of this course. You can go for the low score with the usual discs/shots/technique, or try out some new plastic or throws.
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