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.
7 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.
7 of 8 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.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A nice park setting
Pros: Great layout in a fairly small park.
Terrific use of elevation and terrain.
Most holes are reachable by a midrange, you will find a lot of accurate shots are needed to get those birdies. Mature trees throughout, and the course seemed fairly clean at the time of play.
The baskets were in great shape, it caught everything they should have.
The neighborhood seemed very nice, no trouble at all. I am not sure by some of the other reviews that warned people of losing discs. I didn't see many possiblities too lose a disc..
Cons: Tee signs - would be nice if there was a better description of some of the holes. I ended up playing from the shorts I believe just because it was where the main tee sign (usually was on). It would be great to have a small map on each tee sign.
The tee pads, egad..some of them had craters in the middle of them. I am sure this is due too high play and the wet winter they have had. The course was very wet, but you can't do much about that. Some benches, better tee signs and level tee pads would be great too get this up too the 4.0.
Navigation on the baskets too the next tee would be awesome too.
Other Thoughts: Overall I would definitely play the course again, there was some snow on the ground which made disc finding fun at times (white disc). This is definitely a Roc friendly course as I think I could play 90% of the course with a Roc and a putter. I hope Bloomington advances there disc golf culture, I would love too see another course somewhere near by since Karst has been degraded too the 9 holes.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
No Beginners Here.
Pros: Differing techniques needed for quality score. There are long holes, short holes, wooded holes, open holes, wet holes, dry holes, uphill holes, downhill holes, right turn holes, left turn holes, etc...
The best part about this course is that you will never get bored. I've probably played it 100 times. It never gets old. Even the seasons add changes to the course.
Cons: Tee boxes are in pretty bad shape. All of them are gravel, and most are worn in. Sometimes the grass gets long.
Parking lot is small.
Holes 13 and 14 have the pipes from the subdivision draining on it.
Also, you might lose discs.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of my favorites. I would recommend it to all average to pro level players. I would certainly not bring someone who is just learning to this course, unless they are ok with scoring +15.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Wow, what an awesome nature hike. Not to mention it's an 18-hole course, this is one is a must to visit.
The varying elevation provides for some extra challenge, plus there's holes in open fields as well as forests.
Cons: Very easy to lose a disc, plus it can be difficult to follow along the course as well as finding the tee you're shooting for.
Other Thoughts: A great compliment to a great college town.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Worth a stop
Pros: Something of an old-school, urban course (though I've no idea how old it really is). Fairly short, great for beginners, fun for better players, not terribly challenging for top players.
The course features some pretty good elevation change, pretty lush foliage (tall trees, some underbrush, thick grass), and a variety of shots using the elevation and trees well.
Cons: Pretty short; very little chance for bigger arms to air it out.
Good holes but no real great holes.
Other Thoughts: My impression of the neighborhood, as a traveler passing through, was that it's not bad---I had no concerns about it. No doubt it shares occasional minor problems of urban parks everywhere.
I'd certainly play it if I were in the area again.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Favorite of mine...
Pros: -Baskets are in good shape (recently used colored tape on the middle pole in order to make it more visible in the woods)
-Challenging course requiring a variety of shots. This course truly has it all. Fairly short, tight, straight shots through the trees. Blind throws into the woods. Long downhill holes over a stream. Short holes at the top of a steep hill. So many different holes.
-Makes very good use of the park. I think the land being heavily wooded and fairly hilly would be fairly useless being used for anything other than disc golf.
-Good course for experienced players looking to hone their skills and take up a challenge. Most every hole is birdie-able, but to get a good score you're gonna need to be consistent.
Cons: -Occasionally the grass can get long
-Since it is wooded there is quite a bit of underbrush that come into play on most every hole.
-There are a couple holes that are difficult to navigate (3 to 4, 5 to 6, 12 to 13, 14's hole...)
-Many holes have no signage (no distance to hole)
-No restrooms, no drinking fountain, one shelter at the beginning/end, TINY parking lot
-After a little rain this course gets extremely sloppy. Holes #13 and #14 are always wet no matter how little it rains. It'll be a drought and these holes will be wet for some reason.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses. It's challenging, yet not overly frustrating. Holes require skill as well as ingenuity at times - and luck on the others.
While it is a fairly wooded course, the underbrush does not come into play unless there is a terrible throw. There are a couple of holes that allow you to open up your cannon a bit (6, 8, 10, 18) but nothing too crazy.
If you're looking for a challenge (especially after visiting Sherwood and Karst in Bloomington), this is your place. One reviewer was right - you better bolster up your score before you get to the last 4 holes. It'll take some well-placed shots to preserve your score.
Don't worry about the neighborhood - I haven't had a problem for many, many times I've played.
If it is your first time playing, print off a copy of the course map. Or follow a local around. Either way will help you out tremendously.
Don't let the list of cons steer you clear of this course. Play this course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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