9 Helpful / 0 Not
Same flavor, new shots
Pros: This course was recently redesigned, and it definitely improved the layout. There's more challenge, and a lot less conflict between holes. The first part of the course is flat and mostly open, with a couple small water hazards in play. Several holes play through woods with enough rough to punish errant shots, offering some nice tight lines. The course finishes back in the open area, bringing some nice mature trees into play.
There's a decent mix of hole lengths, some ace runs and some where many players can air out a drive. The wooded holes offer a balance of right/left/straight shots. A couple pin placements are nice and tricky, especially the one on a large mound with steep slopes on all sides of the pin. The concrete pads are plenty large and have a nice grippy texture. The baskets are in decent shape and catch well.
Cons: I wish they had been able to keep one of the short downhill ace runs from the previous design, they were a lot of fun. The new holes in the woods are already showing some erosion, the tee and pin areas had mulch to keep the mud down but with how much traffic this course sees the erosion could be a major issue.
Several holes bring the walking path into play, I'm not sure how heavily used the path is by non disc golfers, but it could be a bit of a safety issue. When I played, the signs were just laminated paper, and many were missing, hopefully more permanent signs are coming.
Other Thoughts: It's cool to see a course go through a makeover that improves the layout and adds challenge and variety. This is a pretty beginner friendly course, with not too much length and plenty of open holes to balance the frustration of the wooded shots. I liked to see the short tee on the water hole that allowed players to avoid losing discs in the hazard, that can be really frustrating for new players. More experienced throwers won't find this course too terribly challenging, but there's enough variety to make it a fun round.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 4 Not
Classic Course Redesigned
Pros: This course has a nice flow to it. The front nine starts you out on some open, flat terrain where a right handed player really only needs a hyzer shot to card some birdies. The back nine takes you up and down some small, wooded hills and gives a bit more variety of shots. If your shot shaping game is on there is only one hole that you are not likely to be able to reach in one shot. It's not so tough to scare of noobies and it's not too easy to bore the pros. Overall there is a good mixture of all types of shots, OBs, and hazards. The course has always been very popular (even before the redesign) so if you need someone to play with you're likely to run in to someone willing to join you.
Cons: There are way too many holes that have a walking path in play. On one of the holes the side walk IS the tee. The likelihood of a pedestrian getting hit on this course is higher than any other course I've played. The current tee signs are not likely to last very long and give the course a pretty cheap feel but I've heard they're only temporary.
Other Thoughts: The four and five star ratings on this course are extremely misleading. This course is not the same caliber as Idlewild, Hollar in the Hills, or Charlie Vettiner which are legitimate four and five star courses. This course, at best, should set in the two and a half to three and a half range. Anything more is just an exaggeration.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
Easier and inferior to old layout
Pros: Some of the holes have new tee signs and they are very nice. The layout is fairly easy to follow except between hole 9 and 10. To get to hole 10 you turn right and head up the hill.
Cons: The early holes are wide open and short with little challenge. A couple of holes are right beside roads. A couple of the holes in the woods do not really have a fairway. Several holes do not have tee signs. None of the tee signs list a par for the hole.
Other Thoughts: This course is shorter than the old course. It feels like a gimmicky pitch and putt version of disc golf, kind of like the old Otter Creek course. It's definitely easier than the old course if you're just considering raw score. I can't see that there was any good reason to change the course. They expanded the parking lot but basket 18 is in essentially the same spot it used to be in. The course definitely did not have to have an extensive redesign.
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Top notch L-ville course
Pros: This course is simply amazing. I never got to play the old layout, but this new one stands alone. The beginning of the course is a nice open field throw before you hit the back nine and delve into the best part of this course, the wooded and technical section. The teepads are fantastic! Navigation was easy for a first timer, and they haven't even finished the course yet. My two favorite holes were #14 and #16. I guess by the locals they are dubbed the Tiger Woods hole and the Nipple hole respectively, but to me they were the signature holes. #14's straight and narrow fairway forced my RHBH throw to slam a tomahawk through it, and it came out so-so. #16's hole is all about the pin placement. Parked on top of a hill with steep slopes on all sides of it, it's an unforgiving putting hole, and for that reason alone I love it. Louisville, you have a good course here. I haven't played Vettiner yet, but I doubt Vettiner can match the fun quality that this course has going for it.
Cons: The course still isn't completely finished yet, so there are a few places were things seem rough. Signs are not all there, there's still some clearing of trees to be removed, and the old tee pads from the previous course still linger. However still spotting the old tee pads was nice to remind myself that this was a classic course. Being only one of two courses in a HUGE city, it is crowded. People were all over the place playing. I played at 1pm on a Friday, and I can just imagine how busy it is on Sat or Sunday. Just be prepared, you will NEVER be the only one there..there will be hordes of people all around you.
Other Thoughts: I will be back to see this course again. I want to see it mature even more than what it apparently already has done. It sucks that I never got to play the old layout just so I could see how much it has changed or grown, but I left loving this course. Most of my family still lives in Louisville, so when I come back for family gatherings I now know of a place to get the hell away from them for awhile and love doing it. Haha
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
A very fun challenge,for my noodle arm.
Pros: Expanded Eco-Friendly Parking Lot. Meaning it's designed for rain to run into the center,planted with cat tails,to catch oil run-off. Any over flow is then directed to a "pond". This pond comes into play on the first few holes. Rarely will this be holding water? (I'm not a local I don't know if this is a flood area) Large 5'x12' concrete tee pads with Amateur tees on #1,4,6,9,14,17. First 5 holes are flat and mostly open,great for warming up my noodle arm,baskets are surrounded by trees. #6 is over the water,atleast the pro tee. Then head into the woods with rolling terrian that has all types of hole designs. Fairly open to tight,Hyzers,Anyzers,Multiple flight paths on a few holes. Roll-A-Way greens.
Cons: Perm. Tee signs are needed. #1 needs concrete tee(s). Bulletin board would be nice. Needs mulch in areas for erosion control.
Other Thoughts: On the date I played,8/8, the "cons" list could be fixed by now. After playing a round with Allstars club member David,he informed me that the course was only 25% finished. Overall I believe the course was farther along than that,but he knows better than me. I'm looking forward to playing here again,next summer,when everything should be finished. As we played,I took the pictures posted,talked about how the course was being played to the point that the new fairways already are showing erosion problems. I hope the club uses this fact to show the Parks Dept. The need for more courses. Pro length is equal to Vettiner's Amatuer tees. If you feel like playing a course with more wooded,tougher (narrow fairways) holes than Vettiner than this course is for you.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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.
6 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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 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
4 of 14 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.
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