12 Hole Parc Course Could Use Some Love!
Pros: Ignace Bourget Park is a fairly large city park with much going on including a popular swimming pool, skate park, soccer field, softball fields, hockey rink, dog park and a tubing hill. The course starts near the swimming pool with the first two holes squeezed in beside a 8 foot tall chain link fence. There is a practice basket marked with a P. The baskets are Innova models with the big yellow band. The tee signs are metal ones giving the distance for both the long and short tees. The tee pads are worn places in the grass and are pretty small. They are proof that this course doesn't get a lot of play. There are susposed to be two pads for each hole although I couldn't always find both. The shorts are beginner easy, mostly ACE runs. The longs, when available, are more challenging, mostly because they're often a difficult low tunnel shot. Holes are marked with a single patio block. They're a little tough to find and some were missing.
Navigation was fairly intuitive and natural but I was following the online map. With the # 6 basket AOL, I just went ahead and played from that pad to the # 7 basket.
Cons: The # 6 basket is missing. This could be a fairly easy fix. Just replace it with the practice basket.
The # 3 basket now sits in the middle of a dog park. There were no dogs there today so I just played back to it like normal. If dogs are present, I'd suggest playing back to the #2 basket as long there are no other players present. Simple solution? Move the basket. Don't let it go to the dogs!
Holes 1, 2 and 12 all playing next to fences are problematic. I would think many players end up losing discs on the first two holes. # 12 is just not a good design. You're just asking for players to throw over the outfield fence on this hole.
Another problem here were the amount of clueless park patrons, including a guy taking a nap right by the # 11 basket. Huge park and this guy naps right by the basket.
Other Thoughts: Probably my first question concerning this course would be, Why isn't the tubing hill utilized as a tee pad? It probably is and I just didn't know it. That would have been a fun downhill toss to the # 4 basket!!!!
Montreal only has three courses within about 30 mile radius. There was only one other group playing here this afternoon on a 80 degree summer sunday afternoon. I wasn't really excited about this course. It's pretty ho-hum and could use a good face-lift but if I lived in Montreal, I'd have to learn to speak French, I'd become a hockey fan and you'd probably find me playing this course all of the time.
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Pros: Bourget is a nice, easy course to play and GREAT for beginners. The holes are very short and offer the chance to really learn the game.
The course had a couple fun holes to play that gave you multiple options to the basket.
The course was filled with out of bounds and could make things challenging if the out of bounds is played.
The course is a very quick play. You could easily play the 12 hole course twice through in under 2 hours. If you are short on time this could be a good course to play.
The tee signs on the short tees (there are no tee signs for the long tees) are nice.
Cons: Unfortunately this course was borderline unplayable when a friend of mine and I tried to play the course in July 2014. Not only was basket 6 completely missing but 3 of the long tees could not be found. The short tees had nice signs and included distances for the long tees but the long tees did not include signs. It was extremely challenging to find some of the long tees and a few were nowhere to be found.
A few of the holes played in and around various activities in the park (skate park, track field, baseball field) and came dangerously close to those areas. I could see some errant shots really becoming very dangerous to others enjoying the park.
A few of the holes also played right along a barbed wire fence that seemingly led to a factory of some sorts. A disc could have flown over this fence and on one hole a disc in our group hit the top of the fence. I would just advise anyone playing these holes to be careful about throwing a disc over the fence.
Multiple holes play over and around walking paths in the park and while they aren't necessarily difficult shots, they could be dangerous.
As mentioned above, basket 6 was literally nowhere to be found on the day we played. A local that we talked with was very confused as well. We ended up making a hole and played to hole 8's basket and then wrapped back to hole 7.
The short teepads were very easy. Some of the holes were very short and could be jump puttable. This is a good thing for beginners but there was little challenge to these teepads so its recommended that you "try" to find the long tees even though it was very challenging.
Other Thoughts: It would recommend playing this course with a local or playing the course in Longueuil, QC which is about 10 miles away. Its just a little frustrating to play a course with a basket missing and with teepad areas that are hard to find but I do understand this is an area that disc golf is not hugely popular so I applaud the effort. It was a nice, easy course to play and didn't require a lot of skill or effort.
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Interesting if you play the outofbounds
Pros: for a small course in a small park, the holes are very well laid out to provide a lot of fun.
This course plays in about 30-45 minutes, so I just played it 3 times and felt pretty satisfied.
Friendly locals. Bob, who lives across the street actually came out just to play with me. A very nice guy.
Lots of annhyser and placement drives. Good use of brush and obstacles.
Cons: i played the first round by myself, and I was constantly looking for the tees which are small squares of concrete. A lack of signage made that first round a bit annoying. I even had the map, but was checking it constantly.
This course is in it's infancy though, and bob tells me that signs are coming.
i played in a rainy week, so the ground was loaded and soggy. Watching my disc splash into grass wasn't fun.
A very short course with the possibility of numerous other park users.
This course was a lot more interesting when I started playing by the local rules. Basically, the patch of grass with the basket is in, and all paths and fences that form a limit to the "green" area mark out of bounds. This reduces the available shots significantly and makes this short course interesting.
Quite a lot of fun really, and it's the only thing in town.
That reminds me. This is basically a test course for the city, and if things continue to go well, I think we can expect more courses in montreal. So pick up your trash, try to be respectful of other park users etc. etc.
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Winter D at Ignace
Pros: Nice location, good setup, beautiful park with lots of other things to do while there! Also a fairly reasonable layout and good for beginners with challenges for pros
Cons: 1) It's in Montreal where the winter is really hard to play
2) It's only 12 holes
3) There was alot of near path play for lines it seemed
Other Thoughts: I can't wait to come back in Spring/Summer and see this course shine in the sunlight! Regardless, it was freakin sweet to see just the baskets hovering on a blanket of snow over 2 foot deep!
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Montreal starter parc
Pros: -The only permanent course in Montreal.
-Takes advantage of the limited amount of space available in the park.
-Heavy use of OB (all roads/paths play OB) favors acurate shot making over booming tee shots.
Cons: -Pretty short. I think the longest hole here is around 250 feet.
-If not for the locals, I would have never been able to figure out how to navigate the course or even where the tees were located.
-Tees are not just hard to find but were un-numbered when I played. Based on the pictures, it now looks like that's been taken care of.
Other Thoughts: I was lucky enough to run into several ADGM (Association Disc Golf du Montreal) members at the course who were happy to show me around. Everyone was very friendly (especially since I don't speak a word of French!) and was proud of the local DG community. They've really put together a good grass roots movement to make this course a possiblity. It was quite an honor to be the first international player to throw Ignace Bourget and even though its not the world's most exciting course, my round here will stand out as one of my favorite DG memories.
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