11 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun But Not Too Difficult
Pros: - Primarily comprised of short technical holes, White exudes an extremely fun vibe as the foil to Lemon Lake's championship-caliber Gold course, home of 2010 Pro Worlds. While definitely the easiest course of the Lemon Lake compound, there certainly are enough accuracy challenges to make it fun and interesting for better players. Tunnel shots, hyzer spikes, forced anhyzers, novelty pin positions, and plenty of aceable open holes help everyone have a good time.
- The holes that play through a small ravine (Nos. 5-7) will thrill every time. Tight gaps reward accuracy, while the short distances encourage risky "all-or-nothing" shots. These holes constitute the majority of elevation and have the best risk on the course due to the tightly spaced trees as well as the threat of rolling away from the pin.
- Many ace runs available. Birdies should prove to be plentiful for most players. With most holes in the 200-300ft range, even beginners should achieve par more often than not. The exception is #2, which plays well over 400 ft, and gives those with bigger guns an opportunity to sky one out.
- Decent amenities: tees, signs, benches, water fountains, clean restrooms and all the other park facilities. Next tee signage found throughout mitigates awkward flow in places. Tee signs sketch the hole sufficiently, with each pin position shown with corresponding distances. Baskets, keeping with Lemon Lake's color-coded scheme, are painted white and rotated between two positions on most holes. All are in great shape. Teepads are mostly trapezoidal, level, brushed concrete in good condition. One tee is a rubber mat.
Cons: - Experienced or advanced players may find this course fun or enjoyable to play, but probably won't derive much of a challenge from it. Too many holes are reachable from the tee with a putter or mid-range to constitute a serious challenge to seasoned dg vets, while the risky sections largely aren't punishing enough to ruin the rounds of moderately skilled discers.
- Some outstandingly designed holes help to comprise the White course; however, there are just as many aesthetically unpleasing holes that play alongside park roads, the backyards of houses, baseball diamonds, and fences. The first and last couple of holes feel a bit squeezed in, with a resultingly long walk between 16 and 17. The poor flow is alleviated with excellent "next tee" signage.
- Not many trashcans. Mostly found as you pass by other sections of the park. As a result, there is definitely more trash to be found along the white course than on the other Lemon Lake courses.
- On one or two of the tees, the concrete seems not to have been brushed deeply enough to provide a truly grippy surface.
- Some fairly rough schule in a few places, with lots of poison ivy, brambles, and thorns.
Other Thoughts: - Be sure to pet the Chia Pet bathtub pin position! :)
- $4 resident, $7 non-resident parking fee upon entry. $50 yearly passes are great deals considering the quantity and quality of disc golf available on site.
- The White course starts behind the sand volleyball net at the top of the hill. Park in the 2nd parking lot and proceed past the bathrooms.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Warm Up
Pros: -This course is maintained excellently. The fairways were nice and clean, and the teepads were in great shape.
-The signs directing you to the next tee are very helpful, but even without them the set up is good enough that they'd be easy to find.
-The course has some nice elevation changes, and forces you to throw very precise shots. Several holes, though under 200ft. are very easy to end up with a 3 or 4 on if your line is off.
-Hole number 2 is wide open, and long, which is nice to let you really practice ripping a drive and shooting for big D, on an easier hole.
-The hill on 18 really makes precise shot placement a must, no matter which line you throw.
Cons: -Lots of holes are very short, and the long one (Hole 2) is wide open with virtually no obstacles.
-A few baskets have annoying ace signings on them.
-Some of the tee signs were missing. Also, some of the distances on the tee signs seemed off.
Other Thoughts: This course makes a great addition to the day, either as a warm up, or to rebuild your confidence after getting whupped by the gold/silver course.
While it lacks distance, it was a fun course overall, and all the holes had very unique setups, I never felt like, "oh hole_ feels just like hole_."
I truly enjoyed this course, and plan on leaving time for it in my next day at Lemon Lake.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Great Little Course
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: course is in great shape and has been returned to its normal and shorter baskets placements since worlds. Great shorter, more technical course.
Cons: residential area with high fences come into play on 7 and 8. The rough gets really rough meaning thick and thorny with poison ivy on the back 9. Tee signs are missing but the course is pretty easy to follow. Few trash cans out this time of year so be prepared to pack your trash around.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to take your less than avid disc golf friends to play a round.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Good Warm Up
Pros: Nice course, good baskets. Great for beginners or for a warm up round if you're hitting all four in a day.
Cons: Really short (barring hole 2) and not a lot of diversity...definitely favors rhbh.
Other Thoughts: not much to say about this one, rec division appropriately started with this course at state champs.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The White Course at Lemon Lake posesses the immaculate groundskeeping, excellent tees, and color-coded baskets that you grow accustomed to at the Park. The White Course challenges the players ability to shape shots. The challenge is added in that most of the holes are designed to be reached with a midrange. Fairway drivers may be occasionally used depending on your method of play. Course flow is very logical. There are some very punishing roughs. I really like Hole 18. That may seem weird because it is a wide open hole, but the pin is situated on a side-hill lie. The shape of the hill causes an errant hyzer to roll down the hill. The anhyzer route, even on a wide open hole, is the most appropriate shot. For this hole, the pin position is the challenging element. In my opinion, this makes it a solid finishing hole.
Cons: Hole #2 was a "throw-away" hole. There were 2 baskets; one short and one long. The long basket provides no challenge other than length. The short position poses no challenge whatsoever. While the design does require the player to execute certain shot-shapes, there is very little distance variation on this course. Hole #2 is the obvious exception. For the most part, the holes are 200'-275' and are very straight-forward. There are certain areas of thick, thorny bushes just off the fairway making lost discs a legitimate possibility.
Other Thoughts: Lemon Lake - White is the disc golf equivalent of a "links-style" course. There are a number of trees, but on most of the holes the trees are not very tall and the deterrants off the fairway are mainly thick bushes. There are a couple of true wooded holes near the end of the course. One of these holes has the pin rising out of a bathtub filled with dirt. While this was unique, and under certain circumstances this might not have bothered me, it detracted from the beauty of the park. There was nothing else like this on any of the other park courses. To me, the course would be better without it.
The White course tees off from beside the playground. From the bathrooms, you will need to walk around the volleyball courts to reach the #1 tee. #18 comes back to the other side of the building with the bathrooms. No other bathrooms are present around the course. Water is also available (fountain) at the building.
Just to reiterate from other Lemon Lake reviews...this is a very special park for disc golf. Each course has its purpose and "target audience" and caters to that audience. For the seasoned disc golfer, each of these courses will offer you the ability to work on certain aspects of your game. Beginners will love the White Course. Lemon Lake is an amazing place and a valuable asset to the disc golf community. If you see a groundskeeper, shake their hand and tell them "Thanks".
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Small but Great
Pros: Albeit very short, it is still an exciting course. when it says wooded it really feels that way. some shots you really have to hit your spot for a comfortable put. on paper it looks like an easy birdie course but when you get to the park it spells a different story. it makes you think about technique instead of power and when you try for the risk reward shots it really lets you know how bad the risk is and how good the reward is. it is not a beginner course but it can easily accomidate a beginner that has played a few round prior.
Cons: some of the tee pads at the time were not complete, but it was clear where they were going to be added in. a few holes are very very tight and become frustrating with the ball fence on one side and a farm fence on the other. Hole 17 just seems a little to out of place for the rest of the course. at times i found it confusting to navigate.
Other Thoughts: it is a solid course and really got the juices flowing. it lent itself to a lot of biridie opportunities and left me wanting to play it again. Course now has all but one tee-pad in concrete, the bath tub relocation is awesome. It was well maintained and still fairly easy to play on a windy day. it is obvious that there are still more improvements coming and work is constantly being done to make it more interesting.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
restfull course at Lemon
Pros: Nice course for the yardage.
White buckets for the white course. Color coded baskets for the course you are on is the norm here.
A chance to take a break from the more demanding rounds at the other three courses.
Bathtub a nice "sculpture." Basket has now been place inside the tub, through the drain. Tub has been filled with soil and grass is planted. This will add a nice visual....grass at nearly bucket height.
I have now seen six rounds played here. Most were more than -5. This is a course you can score low on. However, the lines are tight and fun, and this is your opportunity to garner an under par score to offset gold course score.
Even on the shortest of the Lemon 4, alternate pins or tees are the norm.
Fits the agenda of a beginner friendly course as mandated by parks department.
With all the other things the club is doing to get ready for World's 2010, they have fairly recently found time to put in nice concrete tees here.
Cons: With a yardage of 4200 to 4600 feet, it's obvious that this course is not up to the demanding standards of the other three.
It is about as good as it get for a course of this length. Perhaps some water in play; would be the only possible addition to the style they were asked to produce.
Other Thoughts: Normally wouldn't give a three to a course of this length. However, it is awesome for it's intent, and the fact that it's one of a four course grouping, at one site, with an awesome club, adds a little to the overall evaluation. You must realize that the designer here, created the best "course of its type" that he could come up with, given the restrictions. He is just as involved with the other courses here, thinks Valparasio is great, understands longer design, and yet loves this little creation.
As a more restful round, so do I. My playing partner for two trips here, this year, calls White his favorite of the four!! (And he has shot under par on all but gold).
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice technical course
Pros: The course plays through a mix of grassy fields with long grasses and thick bushes along the fairways, and tight woods with small ravines. The open holes have enough trees to keep it pretty interesting, and other than the first couple holes and the last one, they have some schule to punish poor shots. The wooded holes are very tight and technical, and will really test your accuracy. They aren't very long, but they tend to have very tight lines, and some good punishment for shots that go astray into the woods. The holes that used the ravines here were my favorites, they made for some tough but rewarding tee shots, and some good punishment on drives or on putts that rolled away down the hill.
There is a great mix of straight shots with left or right turning shots, and if you want to score well here you'll need a variety of different shots. There are lots of ace runs and chances to go under par, but there are also lots of ways to get yourself in trouble in the woods or ravines and lose those strokes if you go for it. The bathtub hole was a fun unique thing I hadn't seen before.
The baskets were white discatchers, very easy to see and in good shape. There were nice concrete pads with decent tee signs showing distance and layout of the hole. It's clear a lot of work is still going into this course, and they've done a really nice job of making a beginner friendly but still fun course here at Lemon Lake.
Cons: Holes 1, 2, and 18 are basically filler holes so that the course starts and ends by the main park building, and it shows. These holes really don't fit in well with the rest of the course, and make it so that the beginning and end of the course are a bit boring compared to the rest. It also makes for some long walks at the beginning of the course.
Some of the distances on the tee signs seemed way off. I wonder if they were measured with a wheel, and going up and down the ravines exaggerated the distances on the holes with elevation changes, as these were the ones that seemed the most off. There are some places where the course needs some more stump and brush clearing to really feel finished, right now it's still clearly a work in progress, but it definitely seems like that work is being put in by the dedicated locals. As with all the courses here, there are lots of soggy spots after a rain, be prepared for some water and mud on some of the fairways if there's been wet weather recently.
Other Thoughts: This course is a challenging beginner course that may frustrate some new players with tight fairways and punishing rough. More experienced players will card lots of deuces here, but there are definitely some fun and challenging holes. If you're here at Lemon Lake, it's definitely worth it to fit White into your schedule if possible, but it's the least exciting course here in my opinion so don't pass up one of the others to play it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The white course is one of four at Lemon Lake, that in itself is something to say.
The white baskets were easy to spot, very unique. The bathtub hole is something I'd never seen before on a course.
Cons: Compared to the other courses at LL this one just doesn't cut it. The tee pads are varied in type, such as cement, rubber, blocks or dirt. Some of the tight fairways just are not very fair. #16 is a joke, simply a bad hole.
The long walk between 1 and 2 and then 2 to 3. Print a map or you'll be lost, the rest of the course did have next tee signs.
Hole 2 was rather wet even though it was in a grassy field.
Other Thoughts: A few holes have severe elevation changes yet are too crammed close together...4 thru 8. Several baskets can't be seen from the tee, surprsing considering this is a beginner course.
I can't envision the pro's playing this course in the 2010 Worlds.With much better courses in the same park, go play red, blue or silver/gold if you are not a beginner golfer.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, Tight, and a lot of Fun
Pros: This is listed as the "Beginners" but that is really only in the distance department. The first few holes are open, but as you get into the woods, the fairways really start to close in and will give n00bs and veterans alike quite a bit of trouble. On a lot of holes there are very few lines of access to the pin, but there are a lot of deuces out there if you can hit your spots. Just beware that if you miss it is not an easy thing to save to par. This course very few gimmies despite the ace runs. This course will make you work on accuracy. The other courses in the park are for working on the big D.
The tee pads were all nice and the signs gave a pretty good idea of where the holes were, but since there are 2 pin positions and this was our first time out there we always went to get an eye on where exactly the pin was.
I loved the bathtub on 15. One of the guys banged it off the side and he all got a laugh out out of it.
Cons: These are really the basic cons I had with the complex, as they were the same for all 4 courses.
The signs didn't seem very accurate with the distances.
Navigation was tough were they didn't place "Next Tee -->" type signs.
we sometimes found ourselves throwing at the wrong pin because the one we were supposed to be throwing at was blind and there was another in our line of sight that we supposed was the alternate pin position.
None of these issues were a huge deal and all could be solved with a course map and/or getting more familiar with the course.
The only reason this course didn't reach 5 disc status was the lack of wow holes. There was a certain lack of excitement on this course. That being said, that wasn't what this course was for. Those are the other courses.
Other Thoughts: I really can't enough good things about the time we spent at Lemon Lake this weekend. The locals we met were the best. Everyone we talked to were so friendly and welcoming that we left knowing we would come back just because this is a place that fosters great discing and great discing attitudes. As soon as we got there we asked an elderly gentleman at one of the lodges where to find the first tee, and we ended up sitting there shooting the "fecal matter" with him for about 15 minutes about the course, the area, and the gun he had in his back pocket (he was teaching a hunting class). They love to met out of towners and finding out where they come from. By the end of the weekend we were getting some, "hey, are you the group from Aurora?" type stuff.
This complex has many things to do other than discing on site, but they never interfere with your game and are only seen once in a while. The area is very secluded and private. I loved this place. I almost wish I could rate Lemon Lake as a whole so I could give it 5 stars.
They have the 2010 Worlds here next year and they will do a fantastic job with it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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