Tee Pads: Long, course concrete pads
Setting: This course is right in the heart of Bloomington, only a couple miles from campus but you feel like you are walking around in a park on the outskirts of town. Lots of big, old trees fill the landscape. There is also a lot of elevation changes in the course. If I remember correctly there are elevation changes on almost every hole.
Benches: Most holes have nice wood benches to rest between holes.
Signage: Or lack there of. All holes are marked with a 4x4 post next to the tee pad with the holel number and distance. There aren't any hole diagrams or "next tee" signs. If it's your first time you might have a hard time navigating.
If it's been raining at all it can be a treacherous course to navigate. Would highly recommend some hiking shoes as the grip will come in handy.
Other Thoughts: This course is my home course and I have played a lot of rounds out there since I started playing. It can teach you the basics as there are a lot of shot shaping opportunities. Every hole is deuce-able and you should be able to shoot par without a problem. The elevation changes are what make it fun. You def wouldn't think you are playing a course at a city park in the middle of town.
Was at PIX fest and stopped in...
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: All metal baskets. Good amount of ace able runs. Shorter course so easy to bring anyone here. Some elevation change is cool. No one using the course made it easy to keep playing. The short uphill shot with a putter on an anny or a nice flick makes a super fun ace run hole (still mad I only laid up, should have had it). Nice intermediate course. Alternative tees make it easy for beginners to have more fun, while the harder tees are just right for more experienced players.
Cons: Some baskets are aged and rusting. Hard to navigate the first time. If you bring your DX plastics here you are going to have a bad time.
Other Thoughts: My girlfriend who is a beginner liked it, she got 3's or 4's on it. All i brought was my teebird, buzzz and aviar and I had no problem getting 2 and 3 on just about every hole.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Crestmont is a fairly hilly course with a good variety of moderately wooded, technical and a few open-ish holes. The long pads are concrete and about half the holes have short pads to make the course more beginner friendly.
The front nine is starts you off easy forcing you to navigate some mature trees to get your birdies. The back nine has some more technical holes forcing you to hit small, but fair gaps, has bigger elevation changes and a few hilly putting greens.
The course forces you to hit your line and good shots are rewarded with birdies, but a bad shot could leave you scrambling for par, particularly on the back nine. The shot diversity is ok here with a few holes forcing a turnover shot for RHBH players. Hole 13 forces a RHFH shot due to the low branch and right turning hole, very cool!
Cons: Most of the tees are numbered but a few aren't. There are only tee signs that list distance on a few holes, no hole diagrams. The short pads are gravel and don't appear to be in very good condition.
Navigating the course and finding the correct basket can be a little tricky in a few places your first time here, but overall it's not too bad.
Some of the hole numbers on the baskets have been spray painted over making it difficult to tell if you're throwing at the correct basket and the number plate is not always facing toward the tee to confuse matters even more.
Many of the holes are very short, even from the long pads. Six holes are under 200 feet and only 3 holes are over 300 feet with the longest being 327.
Hole 14 is not a very good hole IMHO. The basket is roughly 50 feet in the woods but there is no fairway to aim for so you throw blindly into the wall of trees and hope for the best.
There's a small ditch (maybe a little more than ankle deep?) running through the fairway on holes 8-10. Because the grass was so tall when I was here on 9/10/12, it was barely visible and is deep enough to potentially cause injury if you unknowingly step in it. Hopefully when the grass is trimmed it's more clearly visible and this won't be an issue.
On hole 18, the post with the hole number on it is rather close to the tee pad and was in the way when throwing a RHBH turnover shot.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fun course that caters well to beginner and intermediate players, but more experienced players won't find much challenge here.
I want to rate this course a 3 because I did enjoy it, but the lack of challenge and list of con's are just too much.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Has a good variety of shots
-Great course for intermediates
-Concrete tee pads
-Some real awesome holes such as the downhill on 15
-Really did great with the elevation changes
-Located in a great park that seems to be there just for the course
Cons: -Not very much signage
-Some tee pads hard to find at first
-A few baskets are lower than regulation
-Not a lot of long holes if that's your thing
Other Thoughts: Not much else to say that hasn't been said in previous reviews. One of the main drawbacks to the course is the poor signage but the problem can be fixed by printing off the map here which I highly recommend. It took a few extra minutes but I was able to figure out all the holes and tee pads relatively easy with the map. The road always seem to be in play on most holes but it is not a very busy road so not really too big of a deal.
Edit* After going back again it seems like they have updated their signage some. There is now a wooden post displaying each hole number at the tee pad but still difficult to find some tee pads and figure out which basket is the correct one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The tee pads are very nice and in great shape. The elevation changes and obstacles (trees, elevation, fences, roads, etc) were enough to keep your interest. There was no one around the day I played so didn't have to worry about other players or just people in the park getting in the way like you do at some courses.
Cons: As mentioned in the past, the signage is terrible. I had printed off the map of the course before I went and still had difficulty finding some of the tees and baskets. Not a very good flow between some of the holes. With as little as the course seemed to be used by others other than disc golfers, not sure why they would have difficulty keeping proper signage. Some of the baskets were pretty rusty, but nice deep baskets.
Other Thoughts: Only people I saw were the city workers mowing with the big tractors and bush hogs. I was actually prepared to just wait until they were done in that area, but they actually stopped 3 times when they were in the area I was preparing to shoot from. Nice to see they respected disc golfers enough to do that rather than look at us like we were just in their way. Favorite holes were the downhill shot on 15 followed by the uphill shot on 16.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Hooray for Concrete Tees
Pros: This is a fun course to play. It plays through a nice little park that seems to be used almost exclusivly for disc golf. There are lots of elevation changes and a good amount of large trees. The land is used very well in my opinion; there are a lot of interesting shots which keeps the course fun. Also, Concrete teepads have been installed and they are very nice.
Cons: The signage on this course is pretty bad. The signs simply have the hole number on them; there is no map of the hole or distances post on the tee sign. This makes navigating the course a bit confusing the first time you play it (I had to walk down the fairway of a number of holes to figure out where the basket was). After you have played it once or twice there are no navigation problems, but I really hope proper signs are installed to alliviate the confusion.
The holes are all pretty short. This can be a pro or a con; it makes it a fun course that can be used to work your mids and putters and to play casual rounds, but it is not a super challenging course, so if that is your cup of tea, you will probably be a little let down. The elevation and trees keep it from being too easy. This course has a good level of difficulty for us beginner and intermediate players, but an advanced player would tear this course up.
Other Thoughts: I played this course one time about a year ago, and at that time there were only natural tees. They were absolutely terrible; uneven and pretty trecherous. Now that concrete tees have been installed this course is much much better, and for me it is now a solid 3 disc course. The best course in Bloomington by far.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A nice find
Pros: Not unbearable and yet challenging. There were many holes with multiple tees which was nice. It was hilly with plenty of trees and OB. The baskets were sturdy and generally in good condition. Holes were usually between 250-300ft while not long it fit the course design perfectly.
Cons: Hole 8's basket was damaged. tee pads were clearly in need of some updating. hole 14 was just not designed well IMO, you throw blindly into the woods with no direction of where the basket was and you pretty much hoped you threw it close to where the basket should be located. there was a wildlife/farm area that was right in the middle of the park that you had to be cautious of.
Other Thoughts: no bathrooms, small parking lot, poor signage. The locals were great there, had a chance to play some random draw doubles with about 10 of them. It also sounded like they were going to put in concrete tees there soon as well.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A ton of obstacles in your way which is great for using shot selection and accuracy. Tons of trees and a nice feeling of seclusion for the most part. A short course but each hole is pretty different.
Update: A nice addition of about 6 benches at the start of some holes on the front nine.
Cons: Not well maintained. Beat up tee boxes. Rusty baskets. Tons of overgrown brush. If it rains there will be a ton of mud and it will be tough for footing.
Update: Almost every tee box has been replaced by cement boxes. If better signage follows I think this course will be greatly improved!
Other Thoughts: Overall i think its the best course in Bloomington. There arent any long courses in the town so the fact that this is a tough course due the terrain makes it a huge plus. If they could just find a way to maintain the course it would be higher rated and alot more fun to play
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Crestmont Park DG
Pros: -Outstanding use of elevation and trees throughout.
-Fair risk/reward opportunities: several "thread the needle" drives required; the shule and the protected pin positions on certain holes reward safe shots while brutalizing errant ones; elevated pins provide a very real chance of rolling downhill; most holes test shot-making and line-shaping skills.
-Despite the lack of adequate signage, the flow of the course felt very natural without much chance of getting lost.
-Ace opportunities without being cheap or easy.
-Alternative long/short tees on some holes help make the course beginner friendly.
-Baskets have a few rusty chains but otherwise catch great.
Cons: -Gravel tees are rutted and brutal. Signage is just barely adequate to find the next tee, and several tee numbers are missing.
-Poison ivy, especially on the trees on 4 and 5.
-Park is a bit shabby and didn't seem to be overly used, which is a shame for such a fun little course. Some litter; large rusted metal objects jut randomly from the earth in a few spots.
-Treacherous in the rain. Tees and several holes on the back nine flood. A couple of the elevated holes on the back nine become extremely slick and dangerous, making falling and sliding a very real possibility.
Other Thoughts: -Nestled in a mostly-wooded city park with a fair amount of elevation. A small creek weaves throughout the course, providing the chance of getting a disc wet. Park is surrounded by a housing community but for the most part the course feels more wooded than urban. Park amenities are scant: a small shelter by the first hole, a small grill, and a community garden space. Some stumps, benches, and trashcans scattered throughout.
-Crestmont has a good mix of hole styles, although because of the size of the available land there aren't any holes over 350-400'. If you have a big arm this is an outstanding course for mid-range or putter practice.
-It's a shame that such a well-designed course, with many great traits, seems to be largely neglected. The few trashcans needed emptying, poison ivy is growing up and around trees in the middle of the fairway, and the park hadn't been mowed in a while.
-Better tees, signage, and upkeep would make this already fun course a delight to play.
-Mulberry tree by #4 is one of the many mature, interesting trees throughout the park. Totally worth a look if you're, you know, into that sort of thing.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The design capitalizes on the park's natural features to create a successful course in a limited space. Although most holes are short, players are required to execute a variety of shots. As noted in a previous review, the different seasons substantially change the feel and difficulty of the course.
A community garden project was added to the park in the last three or 4 years. It is a good addition to the course. The local residents, as well as players, are generally pleasant.
Cons: In a word, amenities. Crummy gravel tee pads. Lame. Mediocre signage. One bench (maybe two) on the entire course. No bathroom. Not really a problem for guys. But, with children around I would like an option that doesn't include a trip to the sex offender registry. Speaking of children, the locals kids can occasionally become unintended targets for discs.
Despite the lack of length, the course can eat plastic. Especially in the dense foliage of deep summer. On a related note, retrieving discs from the drainage ditch/creek can be unpleasant.
Other Thoughts: I was in school for three years in Bloomington. Local disc golf options are woefully inadequate. This course provides a tremendous community service. With the flora and topography of the area I never understood why there weren't more options.
There are several light posts on the course. Rumor has it at one point they were used for night disc golf. I can't confirm or deny. I can say that it would be freakin awesome.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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