10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I would like to begin my review by giving two thumbs up to all involved in the redesign of this course. In my opinion, the new design helps to bring the course up to a more modern and challenging layout while still retaining some of the similar characteristics of the original Iroquois disc golf course. The new design utilizes more of the natural resources of the land to create a more technical, visually appealing layout which plays several strokes higher than the original design.
-Baskets: MachIII baskets are in good shape, single placement per hole.
-Tee Pads: Level, concrete tee pads of adequate length on all holes. Am pads are located on 1, 4, 6, 9, 14 and 18.
-Tee signs: Present on all tee boxes, the signs show hole layout, distance and direction to the next tee.
General Course Design & Layout:
-Length: Pro, 5411ft (300ft/hole avg); Am, 4863ft (270ft/hole avg).
-Elevation: Minimum to Moderate throughout the course
-Fairway Variety: Right to left (7), Straight (6), Left to right (3), Split lines (2)
-Hazards: Water on 1, 2, 5, 6, 7; Road/Walking Trail plays O.B. on several holes.
-Practice Hole: A practice basket located near the first hole allows ample room throwing short to mid-range approach shots and long putts. Nice feature.
Iroquois offers a smooth, flowing layout that is comprised of a continuous loop from start to finish (hole 9 does not end near the parking area) and is straight-forward and simple to navigate. The fairways are clean and well-defined with no crossing fairways or danger zones. Maintenance seems to be very good with little to no excess foliage to contend with on the course. There is a great mix between open holes, technical holes, and semi-technical holes. The first 5 holes in general are relatively open with few obstacles to contend with. Holes 1 and 2 are listed as having water hazards, but the time that I played the course, there was no water present. It does look like an area has been created for a small pond in this area. It will be nice to see the pond fully functional as it will greatly increase the aesthetics and challenge of the opening holes.
The course begins to take on more character as you approach the tee for hole 6. From this point on, the course becomes progressively more technical and challenging. The minimum to moderate elevations are used to create a nice variety in uphill/downhill fairways. Pin placements located near some steeper elevations on a few key holes on the back nine employ great risk/reward strategies. I feel like the overall challenge and aesthetics of the course have been greatly improved with the new design.
Nice improvements and upgrades unique to the new layout:
-Mulch around the tees add great appeal and help to eliminate the very sloppy conditions around the tee areas when the course is wet.
-The addition of Am tee pads helps to preserve the simplistic nature of the original layout for newer and less experienced players.
-The use of the wooded areas (10-16) provide a more technical and challenging layout.
-The existing pond is better utilized and much more in play i/n the new layout
-Hole 6: I love this hole! Relatively simple right to left shot around 340ft in length, but offers great visual appeal. The tee shot requires enough height to clear a row of mature trees on the far edge of the pond, once you clear these hazards, there is a large, safe landing area making for a simple putt and good chance for a deuce.
-Hole 9: The only par 4 on the course. The tee shot starts in the open field and requires a left to right shot into some thick trees a couple hundred feet off the box. Nice, challenging layout.
-Hole 11: A simple hole with a split fairway design. I really like the fact that you have 2 defined semi-technical routes to chose from, nice use of the trees.
-Hole 12: A sweeping right to left fairway with an increasing downhill slope. Very tight line off the tee, but with good distance control and the right amount of hyzer, the disc will ride the slope right under the basket.
-Hole 14: Deemed the Tiger Woods hole. This hole has a straight, narrow fairway and plays just over 370ft. A fantastic hole that will only be deuced by the most skilled players, or a good amount of luck from the less experienced players. The fairway is roughly 15-20ft wide the entire length of the hole with trees and slopes on either side.
-Hole 16: Very short hole at under 200ft, but the pin is placed on top of a severe elevation. You can throw a little short and have and easy deuce, but go for this pin and you could turn an easy 2 or 3 into a 4 or worse.
-Missing signs/info: At the time I played the course, there were a couple of missing signs, and some of the signs with missing information (distance,etc.) This may have been corrected by now, but wanted to mention it.
-Some areas of the course tend to hold water and can be a little difficult to navigate after a heavy rain.
-Walking Trail/Road comes into play on several holes. This park is VERY busy so be aware of whats going on around you before you throw.
-Work in progress: There is still construction going on in the park and on the course. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.
Other Thoughts: All in all, the new design was well thought out and well executed. The original layout was your classic semi-technical par54 layout that was fun to play, but relatively simple by today's standards. The new layout provides a longer, more technical par55 layout that requires better execution and more creative shot-making to score well. It is still a work in progress, but it is evident that the hard work and effort that has been put into the new layout has yielded positive changes to the course. It's good to see the Louisville area with 2 great courses to choose from, great job on the new course!!!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Come to Louisville and play the NEW IROQUOIS!
Pros: New design!! Much more challenging than the original layout.Some of the largest gripiest pads you will ever play on. New baskets coming soon.New Tee signs coming soon. New trees coming this fall. Great variety of shots. Scenic. Fun to play Course is only 30% finished and is already a gem!.
Cons: With so much more to accomplish and so little time its a shame. Other than that none to speak of.
Other Thoughts: If you ever played the old layout and said you would never come back, please do. The new design is a much needed improvment. The olmstead parks conservitory just put a great deal of money into this park, in conjuction with thousands of hours of voulunteer work performed by the AllStars Disc Golf club this new design is sure to be talked about once again.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
3.5 for the AllStars
Pros: The new layout of Iroquois Park offers variety and challenge, incorporating left, right and arrow straight shots. Utilizing distance, obstacle, OB and elevation there's a good mix of open to very technical holes. Plentiful birdie ops throughout with a few very challenging holes: #9 (hyzer flip? forehand flick? roller?) and #14 (372' arrow straight with narrow 8'-10' treelined fairway and steep slopes to the left) are the standouts. #16, the "nipple" shot, is a particularly fun challenge: layup for the 2, risking steep slope behind the basket, or run for the 1 risking steep uphill putt? Fun for all skill levels!
The course is well maintained; clearly marked and easily followed. The concrete tees are excellent (long and wide, non skid) with good signs and benches throughout.
Cons: The first 8 holes are but hyzers with mainly distance and walking-path OB as challenge. Birdie ops every time for advanced players. A few strategically placed trees amidst the first 4 holes would increase the challenge.
Other Thoughts: This course needed the redesign, especially in the shadow of Charlie Vettiner across town. The AllStars did a good job though, and I'll continue to enjoy this course for some time; it's certainly worthwhile. Holes 9 through 16 are what make this new Iroquois a much better course and more challenging DG experience.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: The course has holes for every type of throw.. Your starting holes start out fairly open for the time being. Is also challenging with the OB's in play. Course has a couple water holes, Open holes, and wooded holes. Course is no longer a birdie fest which is awesome. The tee-pad's here are best i have played on. They are level and dont raise up or lower.. They are nice and brushed to keep their grip in the rain. Great setup on the course something there for beginners and pros. The Tiger Woods and Nipple hole are great. Tiger with a 350'+ 15 foot fairway all the way to the pin all downhill on left side with the road OB. Nice and mulched so mud will not be an issue. The nipple hole ive seen easy 2's turn into 4's and 5's. GREAT work on the course so far ALLSTARS!!!
Cons: Course still has a lot of work ahead of it
Lovely course!!! Once we can get 18's basket in proper place and put 1's tee-pads in and trees on 1-5 it will be great. Come visit us at www.allstarsdiscgolf.com
3 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 15 Not
Love the New Course
Pros: Great course for all levels of play, love the am/pro pads on several of the holes, allows for change of pace and difficulty. Fair share of right and left handed shots.
Cons: Still under construction
Other Thoughts: Course is looking good, AllStars has done a great job in the redesign. Can't wait to see what the front 9 will be like once everything is in place.
3 of 18 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 10 Not
Funnest course in Louisville
Pros: The brand new tees have to be the best in the state. There 12' long and 5 'wide with a heavy brush so they dont get slick in the rain. Before the Allstars adopted the park it was very difficult to play because of all the flooding ploblems that ocurred after it would rain. With the help of the Ohlmstead group and parks department the course has done a complete 180% turn around. Now you can go out right after a down pour and play with out getting your feet wet. This course is challenging for even the most seasoned of players while accommodating the unseasoned player as well. There are 6 centrally located am tees to accommodate these players. when you first start out your thinking this is going to be a duece or die course. This is until you get to hole 9. Ounce you reach this point you realize its anything but a deuce or die course. All of the suddden it becomes a par to survive course. This is my favorite part of the course because of it's peaceful surroundings and shade. Now you're just hoping to hit the wooded tunnels that lye ahead of you. Ounce you get towards the end of the wooded shots your then greeted with a 30' high by 40' wide mound that the locals nick named the Nipple hole. This hole is a deceiving 180' hole. This hole is very deucable but make one mistake and your likely to leave with a bogey. My suggestion, lay it up for a three and leave. The last two holes play beside OB while taking you back to were you parked. The course is located in the middle of town for easy location. When you play this course you feel like your on a nature walk. Simply put this course is beautiful and perfectly laid out.
Cons: Course is still under construction. Plus due to its popularity this course is full 99% of the time.
Hole 1-5 are still unfinished. There will be trees planted on these holes in the fall in order to make these holes more challenging. Although with all the OBs these holes are no walk in the park. Great job Allstars
If you would like to learn more of the great things the Allstars are planning this year go to www.allstarsdiscgolf.com
4 of 14 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 17 Not
Still under construction
Pros: This course is beginner friendly as well as being challenging enough for the pros. Iroquois has a great balance of right and left hand shots, as well as short and long. It also has the best tee pads in the state. If you want to have fun, Iroquois is the course for you.
Cons: Still under construction.
Other Thoughts: the open fields on the front nine will have trees planted this fall to line the fairways. This course is under construction and is already a great course to play. Can't wait for it to be finished.
4 of 21 people found this review helpful.
New Course Better Than The Old
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The new layout provides a better challenge and a more balanced course for the most part than the old layout. The course uses the available land better and lowers the chance of having to go into the pond/wetlands. The tee pads are excellent examples for other courses to follow. Starting with hole nine a variety of shots are required to have a chance at birdie. Several holes stand out as signature type holes. Number 14 is a 370+ foot tunnel dubbed the Tiger Woods hole and number 16 is from an elevated to a basket placement on the top of a mound dubbed the nipple hole.
Cons: The first eight holes are only a slight variation on the hyzer for RHBH throwers. The only difference in these holes are the distances that you need to throw. Once construction on other parts of the park are completed, there will be restrictions on retrieving discs from the pond and wetland areas. This will be discouraging for beginners and golfers with few discs to spare. Several holes cleverly use OBs and mandos but there is no indication of a drop zone for the mandos currently.
Other Thoughts: This layout is better than the old layout with the back nine more challenging than the front. Beware of poison ivy although work is continually being performed on the course and more underbrush is cleared. Also consider bug spray for evening rounds, as that is when the bugs are the worst. Consider labeling your discs for in case you're unlucky enough to lose your disc in the wetlands/pond.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: BRAND NEW LAYOUT! All holes are completely different. ALOT more challenging then old iroquois. The 1st half of the course is the less challenging and can easily come out under par.. but there are a couple tricky holes in there.. #2 will soon have water in play as soon as the new pond holds water... #6 your throwin over water and on top of that you gotta get your disc over the tree line or your disc could easily hit a tree and end up in the pond. #9 is a tricky long hole that can easily add strokes to your score. The 2nd half is the more challenging with the tight wooded fairways. #14 the signature Tiger Woods hole is a 400+ perfectly straight tight fairway which is VERY unforgiving. #16 is the shortest hole BUT the pin is on top of a mound and can make even the more advanced players putting from one side of the hill to the other. Very impressed with the new layout over the old. Also the new course has 6 Amateur tee-pads for the new players or young players. ALSO all teepads are ready except #1 due to the parking lot being extended. also the pin on #18 will be moved soon as the parking lot is finished. Also temporary signs have been placed up.
Cons: a little rougher on the new players to where the older course was very forgiving..heavy traffic is also a down fall.. you can go out there on any given day and u'll see a group of 3 or more on every hole.. so you will end up waiting around a bit BUT it gives you the opportunity to meet other disc golf fans in the process of playing.
Other Thoughts: New Layout, New Pads, New Signs, New fun, BUT its still only about 25% finished. ALLSTAR disc golf club is goin all out on the new course and once finished should be very appreciated unlike how people treated the old course.. HAVE RESPECT AND THROW UR TRASH AWAY
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Wow, redesign is great!
Pros: New layout is awesome! Also it seems that course maintenance is far beyond what it has been in the past!
Great access to interstates, easy to find, and not often crowded.
All new concrete tee pads, which have plenty of length and great texture. Old baskets have been reused, but are still in pretty good shape (mixture of basket types). Fairways stay clear of one another.
Compared to the old layout, the traffic wear is almost gone, and the course utilizes a lot of the park that was previously of no benefit to anyone.
What is very nice over the old layout is how the wooded holes now really pose a serious challenge. This has gone from a 3 par only course to some holes being an honest par 4.
My memorable holes:
6 - Over the water and have to clear a line of trees going left to right, takes some big sky to clear the trees.
8 - Really cool tee, you throw out from behind fallen trees arranged like a kind of bunker. Not a complicated holes, but neat looking.
9 - The first real challenge on the course. The first 100 feet or so is open, then you go into semi-thick woods, up a hill, and the basket is on the side of the far end of the hill. A three here is good.
10 - A winding tunnel in the trees, first right, then left, if you hit the line just right you might be able to ace it..
14 - I believe they call it the "Tiger Woods" hole. Fairway is an existing path, but dead straight and just shy of 400 feet long. My hat's off to you if you can park this one. There is a fairly treacherous dropoff to the left (but manageable), and a slight slope up on the right, both with trees abounding..
16 - This is perhaps shorter than most of the short holes on the old layout. But don't let that fool you. Throw down a hill and back up an man-made mound, about 10 feet wide, and about 15 feet tall at the top. An errant throw will give you an almost vertical putt up at the pin. Talk about an elevated green!!
Cons: Not that it could really be helped, but the first 8 holes are still fairly plain, with the exception of hole 6. Not that you can help too much that half of the land you have available for designing the course is flat and open.
I list this as a con for now, but am not factoring it into my rating, but there were still no tee signs when I played last, and only the baskets were marked with the hole number. Adequate navigation with the map for now, and I'm sure it will be rectified very soon.
Unfortunately the course still plays through the field that used to be holes 16 and 17, which holds water indefinitely, and gets very nasty. At least only hole 17 plays in this area now, and does not play directly through it.
Other Thoughts: My rating of a 3.5 is based on the fact that the new course is very fun, and as well laid out as it could be. I LOVE the new wooded holes, they are a great challenge. Even though the front 9 is a little slow comparatively, they are a welcome change from the original layout. I know the original Iroquois was laid out by a legend, but the new one is nice and refreshing.
One of only two courses actually in Louisville, it cannot compete with the real estate that Vettiner has to offer, but is a must play in the area.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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