Quality 9 holes in family park
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Pros: Located just off Man O'War Blvd on the south side of Lexington, KY, this 9 hole disc golf course works its way around the majority of a sweet community park which also features a nice kiddie playground, a paved walking/jogging trail, tennis and basketball courts, a ball field, with accessible bathrooms and trash cans throughout. The course flow is logical, easily followed, and fairly well separated from the rest of the aforementioned activities.
Generous concrete tee pads are accompanied by simple, but informative tee signs, and almost every basket (each an Innova discatcher with the yellow band) is visible from its tee. Before you get to the first tee, just south of the 28 space parking lot, there's a new practice basket nestled in a grove of trees so you can actually over-prepare for tricky putts. The baskets on the course proper aren't as closely guarded. None of the holes are excessively long (180-290' or so), so this is a nice course for rec to intermediate players to work on controlled shots. It has some rolling elevation, and the woods are typical to slightly abundant for a park-style course, but cleared and maintained so there is next to no chance of losing a disc.
If anything, the course tends to favor line shaping that finishes to the right (rhfd or lhbh). You will have to control your shots when the creek is up, as holes 3, 4 & 7 either finish at the creek, or run along it. Holes 6 & 8 cross the shallow creek bed.
Cons: Because the course runs through the lowest areas of the park, and along the creek, it can get very muddy and even marshy during the rainy season or winter melt. The tee post on hole 8 is missing its sign.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this little course the two times I've stopped by, and did not encounter other players during my small sample. It's a good warm up or cool down for playing the nearby 18 hole courses (the more open Shillito or more wooded Veteran's).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Nice warm-up course
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Pros: -Large concrete pads
-holes 1,2,3, and 6 have some interesting elevation change.
-several different lines on almost every shot.
Cons: -plays a little short
-flooding/mud can ruin most of the holes.
-hole 9 plays right beside the basketball court.... this being a beginner course.... easy for a beginner to land near the court.
Other Thoughts: I really like holes 2,3, and 7. This is a nice warm-up before travelling down the road to Veterans.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Great Quick/Easy Course
Pros: -large concrete tee pads
-mixture of open and wooded shots
-multiple basket locations on some holes
-very clean, groomed park
-shorter holes great for beginners or practice
-quality baskets, logical flow of course and markers at each tee
-creek hazard adds some interest
Cons: -a few of the tee posts are missing their signs
-signs are simple and don't contain maps for each hole
-can be muddy down by creek
-could be considered too easy for advanced players
Other Thoughts: This is a great little course that will make you feel good about your game. While some of the pars may be a little generous, it's one of the best 9-hole courses I've ever played and is a lot of fun. There are some great technical shots to try and make in the woods even though none of the holes is overly difficult. This is a great place to work on your game especially if you don't have tons of time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Great Training Course
Pros: Good concrete tee pads, decent tee signs, easy to find next hole
Cons: Hole 4 can get real muddy
Other Thoughts: While most intermediate (and up) players may find the course too short, it is a great course to practice your wooded throws without losing your disc (especially with some tight gaps). Also, if you don't have much time, you can easily get the 9 holes done in about 35 minutes. And because of the course length and unlikely chance of losing a disc, it is a great course for beginners.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Quick clean fun
Pros: Quick fun! From Indy and best park so far (better than Riley b and lake mingo). Lots of shade and some good technical holes as trees gaurd the pins. If u can get through them you are looking at an easy 2 or 3. Some really fun shots!
Cons: Would be better if there were better maps on each hole. Also there were a few stumps that you may trip on but it was worth it!
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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A Great Little Course
Pros: Great wooded shots, definitely a must if you're working on your technical shots. Kind of like a small Veteran's, sans water
Cons: Trees, trees, trees. If you don't have a side arm throw, you're in trouble on some holes
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Long-n-wide concrete teepads, nice tee signs, two pin positions per hole. Mininal chance to lose a disc.
Mostly flat, mostly short. Seasonal creek and water run-off could keep some holes rather wet.
Except for the wide-open finishing hole, the course plays in-to, out-from, and through the thin woods forming the outer border of a small neighborhood park. The thing that struck me most about this course, that you typically don't see in a short, beginner-suitable course, is that you usually had 2~3 choices of flight path from the tee. Instead of the obstacles (trees) dictating a specific throwing path, you'd often have the choice, depending upon how tight a window you care to try to hit, of going left, right, or straight in order to reach the basket.
Good course for introducing beginners to wooded shots, without a chance for disc loss, and more experienced players can develop their shot-shaping and decision-making here.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Though not long, trees come into play on all holes, and rather heavily on several of them. It's takes some thought to get around it, and some ability to make good shots around trees and through openings.
Cons: Not a whole lot. Guess it could be really soggy right after rain. Navigating from hole to hole wasn't much of a problem.
Other Thoughts: Lexington and the surrounding area have a good amount of fairly easy, nine-hole courses, and this one joins that number, but in it's favor, River Hill has more bite than many of the others. It's more challenging then Centenial Park and Lake Mingo, and even the first nine at Shillito. I would compare it most with Camp Catalpa (CC being a kind of modified 18 hole with 9 fairways having 2 different catchers for the separate 9s). Distance is about the same, Catalpa has tight but fairly clean fairways but getting into the brush can be brutal, while River Hill may be more "through the woods". Much less likely to lose discs here than at Catalpa.
I don't think I would recommend this course for true beginners, but it may be a good step up for those who have been playing for a bit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Welcome a new course
Pros: It is nice to have a new course in the area. Some of the best parts about this course are how it incorporates the woods on almost every hole. From my perspective the first couple of holes seem to faver the lhbh or rhfh thrower with better openings to shape the shot from left to right. The middle holes are nice in that there are multiple routes to the hole available. A nice little creek comes into play on some of these holes and adds some nice scenery. The last two holes are great birdie opportunities. For the most part there is a good flow to the course since I played it twice in 40 minutes and did not have to search mush for discs, which is nice for beginners.
Cons: Whenever a course is new, there is stuff that will improve. Since the Grand Opening is scheduled for the Nov. 7th (I believe) there will probably be signs added to the posts. The two biggest complaints I have is there is not a hole that I really felt like I could bring out my biggest drivers because I would either go past the hole (which I did on a couple with other discs) or because I felt like I would bang them up on trees. Secondly, I was there in beautiful weather and there was a a lot of mud. I can envision where the park got its name after a good rain because all the water would run to the center part of the course and could be messy. For some people a couple of the holes my be difficult to maneuver since you are crossing the creek on a couple of holes especially if there is more water.
Other Thoughts: I was kind of torn between a 2.5 and a 3 for this course. I went with a three because of the beauty of the park and the trees. I think this is a welcome addition to the lexington area disc golf community, and will be enjoyed by many. I fell like this gives the Fayette/Jessamine area a lot to choose from:
Centennial Park (Wilmore)- open and long throws, good wind practice
Lake mingo (Nich)- A little more technical and more trees.
River Hill- Less distance than above, more trees and accuracy required.
Veterans- Well wooded course, more distance, more challenge
Shilito- Good mix of short and long holes, not as wooded
Riney B- Gives you some of all the above.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Nice Wooded Beginner's Course
Pros: This is a nice beginner's course in a park setting. It is more wooded than most beginner's courses, with many narrow fairways that will force new and old players to throw accurately. This aspect of the course makes up for the lack of length on the course. However, because there is schule on only one hole, even errant shots are still easily recoverable.
The course has a good balance of wooded (5) and open (4) basket locations. Many of the holes either begin in the woods and end in the open or do the opposite. In this regard the course stays interesting. There are many ace runs, but only if an accurate and good line is taken (watch for local routes). The holes in the open, especially those that start in the woods and end in the open, have interesting wind affects.
The course has a small creek and walking path for out-of-bounds challenges. It also makes decent use of the elevation changes in the park.
Even though this park has a playground, basketball and tennis courts, and a walking path, for the most part the course is separated from those other amenities.
The course is easily accesible, being right off of Man-O'-War Blvd, and makes a nice spot to play if one doesn't have time for Veterans Park's full 18.
The course has excellent flow and a minimal amount of fairway interference. It has Discatcher baskets, a practice basket, Houck signs, and top of the line 12' x 6' tee pads. Additionally, there are two pin placements for each hole, adding to the course's variety.
Cons: It is only a 9 hole course. It is very short with no holes longer than 285.
Even with its tight fairways, the course is very easy. As an 818 rated player, I was able to birdie 6 of the 9 holes in the first 2 days of the course's existence.
A possible con is that, given the number of trees, if you are having an unlucky day, the course may beat you and your disc up.
After particularly rainy periods (like this October's record rainfall), the course can be a bit muddy.
Other Thoughts: If you were introducing a new player to disc golf, this course plus Shillito's front 9 would be ideal for teaching them to play on wooded and open courses.
Due to its location and terrain, this course is kind of like a "Veterans Junior" course.
On a historical note, the course was installed at the request of the parks department and the local city councilman who desired something to occupy and interest the older kids in the neighborhood. The city and the park paid for the course, and our local club is grateful to them for their support.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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