Irving Park DGC Review
Pros: This course is now a 27- basket course, 18 numbered baskets with nine alternate holes. Alternate B and Alternate F are two-part holes meaning there are two sets of teepads,fairways,and baskets within one hole Pros: Variety! as this course features short distance fairways,fairways with little or no elevation changes,doglegs, fairways WITH elevation changes,fairways next to water, and some have fairways where it will test your technical skills. Open shots,woods,water,going up and down hills pretty much anything goes on here! Baskets are discatcher chainstairs and are in overall excellent shape! The baskets painted blue are only 5 or 6 years old. Even the older baskets are in great shape and the chains catch very well. There are a variety of teepads offered here concrete,rubber mats,and natural pads. The concrete pads are a little on the small side as in length but they are in excellent shape and are level. Most of the holes have teesigns, the signs show a layout of the hole,the hole number or letter,footage distance,and par info. There is even a next hole sign after hole 5 going to hole 6. The course is designed well and flows pretty good. I will mention on the Cons that navigation can be confusing if you never played here before. The flow of the course is well thought of as hole #1 and 18 are pretty much only separated by a parking lot. I find that very important when playing courses as it just makes it easier in my opinion. Holes:Alternate A-hole through 6 start off on flat land and some holes next to water(Alt A,1,2,Alt X,Z,12,13)and holes next to a road(holes3,Alt C Alt Y,13). Alternate B,7,Alt C,Alt D,8,10,11,Alt E,Alt F,17 are in woods. Hole 16 starts off open and then the basket is in the woods, and hole 18 starts off in the woods but then the basket is in an open field. The Second part of Alt B shares a fairway and basket with hole 7. This course is very well maintained as in lawn maintenance fairways are mowed very well and trees are cut and maintained. Some of the holes have benches and trash bins, but the bins are not emptied out very often and most of the time are overflowing. As previously mentioned this course offers a variety of elevation. Some flat fairways, a few downhill shots, a few uphill shots. I love the variety that this course presents. Hole #13 the signature hole to this course is a very challenging hole. The fairway runs parallel to Emmitt Street and parallel to a pond, also the fairway is a dogleg. The fairway is narrow with the road to the right, and pond to the left and even a little spillway leading to the pond straight ahead and you will have to walk over a narrow strip of land to get to the basket. Not to mention there are trees growing out of the pond. Forcing you to pick a certain line to the basket. This is a par-three course Footage distances range from the shortest(Alt F)at 155 ft to the longest(Hole 6)at 360 feet. There is a good variety of open shots to tight technical shots here so there is never a "bland" repetitve feeling here. Overall challenge is excellent that is if you golf all the holes including the alternates. This course caters to all levels of disc golfers beginners will like the short distances and short holes. Intermediates and pros alike will feel challenged with the tight lines that they will be forced to throw on some of the holes Most of the holes are aceable. Scenery here isn't too impressive but not boring either as this park is in inner city battle creek nearby downtown area. This course can be crowded at certain days and times of the day. From what I have encountered the locals are friendly for the most part here and very little interference from non-dgers. Amen ties include: a port-a-john, Alt A basket can used a practice basket, bulletin board letting you know of any tournaments,leagues or other disc golf related events, cemented pathways that lead around the park,a gazebo, playground and a couple of duck ponds.
My main con is navigation, if you never played here or not from the Battle Creek area you will not find all the holes on this course. There is no map of my knowledge. I play here most of the time and I know the course by heart. I am a local of Battle Creek and if you would like someone to show you around the course here is my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dvmcintosh.
My name is Christopher McIntosh. Please feel free to friend request me and send a private message to me and we will set up a day and time so I can meet you and show you around the course. There are not too many other cons to mention other than the overflowing trash bins, some of the teesigns have been removed or knocked over and the three new alternates X,Y,Z do not have teesigns at all. Some of the park-goers that are either walking the concrete pathways or riding bi-cycles you will have to watch for. For example Hole #2 teepad sits to the right of a concrete pathway and the pathway winds around so when you throw be sure to look or have a spotter there with you to make sure no one is coming around the bend! This can be dangerous! Also just a personal pet peeve of mind are fairways next roads and busy roads at that! Hole3,Alt Y,Alt C, and 13 are next to a road to please be careful when throwing! Pretty much every course has their trouble makers and rowdy ones. This course can be busy at times as well.
Other Thoughts: The ponds of this course are notorious for drawing in mis-thrown discs and if you do not have a floating disc then either have a device that can get a lost disc out of the water or be careful how you throw next to the water holes. Holes 12 and 13, and Alt X and Z is where the water comes into play for the most part. The water can be a factor on hole 1,2,10 but would require a extremely hard and terrible throw to go into the water from these holes but from what I have heard it has been done before. This course is pet friendly and is encouraged to keep them under control, also whatever you bring in please make sure you leave with. Please do not litter! Several leagues and tournaments and ace-runs take place at this park and even glow rounds! Please feel free to friend me on facebook if your not familiar with this course. If you are in the Battle Creek area make sure to get a round in here.
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Pros: Nice friendly course. It begins easy with the first 5 holes, but then picks up in difficulty. With OB rules even "easy" holes are sometimes pesky SOB's.
Cons: With all the geese there is alot of fecal matter around. Some holes play close to roads #3, 4, 13 and 14, so be careful.
Other Thoughts: While not the most difficult course, it does help you improve your game. Not many chances to air it out, but you will learn control. It's nice to have a course close by where accuracy and finesse are required, but not to the point where you have to pray it make it.
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