9 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid if not Spectacular
Pros: - Seviren Lang provides variety in both style and length throughout its 18-hole layout. The first 7 holes wend in and out of small copses of trees, some with thick undergrowth that definitely will add strokes if the fairway is missed. The middle of the course is comprised of tightly defined fairways, again with some punishing rough. Finally, the
course opens up again for the massive #15 and finishes near the parking lot.
- This course claims to have several true par 4's and 5's. Usually I ignore these and play everything as a par 3, but on this course, they just might have a case for a higher par. Several of these holes can be brutal if you miss your line. #15, clocking in at over 1000', will slap your momma and call you Sally if you miss the fairway and land in the extremely thick schule to the left (which is easier to do than it looks). The rough in some places can cost 2 strokes just to hack through it trying to regain the fairway.
- Good concrete pads for pro tees, rubber pads for ams.
- Signage for the most part is good. Next tee signage as needed.
- Bathrooms, water fountains, etc. on site.
Cons: - Am tees do not have tee signs.
- Some holes had large concentrations of tree stumps. Watch your step or risk tripping and/or stubbing a toe.
- The park-style layout coupled with the nearby suburban homes detracted a small amount from the natural beauty, in my opinion, but does not affect discing in any way.
Other Thoughts: - Perhaps not a valid con, but there just didn't seem to be any signature hole or holes that stood out as unique or otherwise outstanding (#6 and #15 came the closest). Every hole was solid and fun, just not spectacular.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Fantastic design and challenge
Pros: Great course design with a good mix of open and tight holes as well as challenging forehand and backhand shots. The use of the natural elevations is great.
Cons: Rubber teepads one hole was challenging due to weather. Would love to see a practice basket and more restroom facilities, but these are only minor requests to an already outstanding course and park!
Other Thoughts: Tremendous redesign of a course that before hand I had no desire to play to know I want to play it all the time. Superb job to all who helped but especially Adam Higdon for helping to make our sport better.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Seviren Lang is a very fun challenging course that winds in and out of open, tree lined, and wooded fairways. The layout has great flow and circles the park so that you will face the wind from all directions throughout the round. The par four's can easily be reached for a birdie three, but basket placements make them harder than they look, either way they are a blast to play. Holes 4 and 7 are signature holes that play around giant pines. The course has great variety with alot of different shot's for all types of golfers.
Cons: Hate to complain about fresh concrete pads but a few seem just a tad short for my liking. The chains on these baskets are super light causing more than normal spitouts. I thought I was crazy but it was a topic of conversation during league rounds and I think they are working on the standard heavy chains. None of this should differ you from the course.
Other Thoughts: The best course in the Lousiville area, the design takes full advantage of what area the park has. The mix of par three's and four's and the lone five make this course fun for all skill levels.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
New Layout just bumped this course up to Major tournaments in real near future
Pros: Concrete teepads
significant skill levels
Technical with plenty of duece opportunities
Par 61 may change to 62 when hole # 7 pin adds a second pin placement.
Cons: Still young since total course redesign.
Needs some cleaning up brush still needs more work days.
pad 5 needs attention due to water drainage
Other Thoughts: only cons are mentioned is things that the local club has on agenda and wont be cons for long. Still very young but day and night improvement from previous layout.
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Pros: General Info:
-Length: Pro Tees 6623ft Total (368avg); Am Tees 5392ft Total (300avg)
-Baskets: Single Position, MachIII baskets are in great condition.
-Tee Pads: Pro tees: Concrete (Excellent condition); Am Tees: Rubber mats (Good condition, the rubber tees are fine in dry conditions but not the best when wet).
-Signs: New tee signs on all holes that show hole#, layout, par and indicate direction to the next tee. Tee signs are located at Pro tees only, no signs located at the Am tees.
-Navigation: Direction to next tee indicated on tee signs plus additional navigational aids in place as needed. The course is straight forward and easy to follow.
Course Design & Layout:
Seviren Lang DGC offers a challenging Par 61 layout with great variety throughout the entire course. The course is comprised of a single 18-hole loop. There is good balance in the layout between the 3s, 4s, and 5. Although some of the holes are similar in layout and feel, they are different enough and spread out to keep it interesting and not feel redundant. The park is full of minimal to moderate elevations that create a good mix of up/down/flat holes as you work your way around the layout. Pin positions throughout the course take full advantage of the present elevations and landscape to create some nice greens with several pins located on or near slopes and drop-offs. The fairways are a good mix of open, technical, and semi-technical lines with nice variation in straight, right, left and variable layouts. Seviren hosts 5 really nice Par 4 holes, and one Par 5 that extends over 1000ft! While length is certainly an advantage at this course, control and placement are equally important to yield low scores.
The original course didn't have any "wow" holes that really stood out and it didn't leave me with a very good impression. The redesigned layout offers major improvement in challenge and aesthetics, and has a lot of really GREAT golf holes.
Holes 1,5,13,16,& 17 are all more "open" style par 3s with plenty of room to work the disc, but none are gimmies. The pins on 1 and 5 are located near slopes, running at these baskets could easily add strokes. Hole 13 offers 2 fairly open, but distinct routes (hyzer or anhyzer) with OB near the basket. The basket on 16 is very well guarded by a stand of pines, if you get in the trees on the left, there is hardly any gaps and you will be hard pressed to find a direct route to the pin. No.17 is wide open except for one large tree offset slightly to the right just over midway through the hole. Although a shorter hole, it plays along a continuous uphill slope that gets more severe near the basket. The hole plays a lot longer than the posted distance, and the slope near the pin can yield unwanted results if you miss your putt or approach.
Holes 3, 6, 8, 10, & 12 are short, technical "tunnel" type shots with thick rough and trees guarding the edge of the fairways. Hit your line, and you are rewarded with a good look at a deuce, miss the fairway on these holes and you will definitely work to save par. Holes 3 & 8 play slightly down hill with narrow fairways, while 6 & 12 are flat and a little more open. Hole 14 is a little different, a very short downhill par 3 with an open tee shot that fades right to left into a narrow tunnel in the tree line. Getting back to the pin on this hole requires good speed and line control to hit the gap and follow the path down to a well guarded basket.
Holes 2, 4, 7, are longer par 4s where placement is key to scoring. These holes have a "semi-open" feel off of the tee and plenty of room to let it rip, but if you end up in the wrong position, you may not have a good look at the pin for your approach. Hole 9 is has a tough tee shot with OB right (road) and a mando on the left. Although the first part of the hole is open, the fairway makes a hard left into a "funnel" that gets more narrow toward the basket. If you are short of the mando, or throw to far without fading into the tunnel, your second shot will likely be a placement shot to position for your approach to a pin tucked into a tight gap on a small hill. At only 339ft, the par4 11th is definitely a placement/strategy type hole. The tight line off the box leads to a small landing area where the fairway makes a sharp dogleg right around 220ft or so, and then follows a narrow tree lined approach to the green. With the narrow lines and many, many trees, birdies will have to be earned.
-The par 5 15th plays slightly downhill at just over 1000ft and is relatively open, but with the fairway sloping right to left, there will be a greater tendency for the disc to fade hard to the left, which is where all the trouble is on this hole. The rough in this area is very dense and can be difficult to get out of. It is very tempting to air out a drive (or 3) on this long demanding hole, but don't get careless with placement, or you will find yourself struggling for par.
-The finishing hole at Seviren is one of the best finishing holes I've played. A long par 3 with a downhill tunnel shot off the box that turns right into an open fairway. If you go straight or fade out left, you'll find yourself in some very thick rough and possibly OB. The approach is pretty straight-forward, but the basket is tucked behind some trees with OB near the basket.
Cons: -Tee pads: There is still a lot of dirt around many of the tees, the day I played here it was wet and very sloppy around many of the tees making for some slick tee pads.
-Fairways: Several new fairways with little grass also made for some very sloppy conditions.
-Excess Brush: Still a lot of brush around the edge of fairways that have been cleared.
-Am Tees: Rubber tees that are slippery in wet conditions, no signage at the Am tees.
-Safety concern: The basket for 2 is located down a small tunnel and is not visible from the tee or left side of the fairway. You have to walk back up the fairway for 2 on your way to hole 3. It isn't a high risk area, but there is a possibility that someone could throw into your group in this area without knowing you're there, just keep this in mind.
NOTE: The tee for Hole 18 is visible from the basket on Hole 15 and kind of looks like the direction you should go. Red directional signs are located behind the basket to point you toward the tee for Hole 16 which is located near the small pavilion up the hill and to your right.
Other Thoughts: The new design plays in the opposite direction from the original Garry E Cavan layout, and makes much better use of the land in the park. If you played the old layout, you will notice a few holes that were modified slightly from the original layout, but still play along similar lines, however, most of the holes have been completely redesigned and the course as a whole is a drastic improvement over the original. If you are returning to the course to try the new layout, I think you'll be pleased with the changes, if you have not played this course, add it to your wish list! Seviren Lang is a solid 4+ rated course and worth the trip to play.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun when you're playing well, fun when its beating you up
Pros: With as short of a time this course has been in the ground it is in excellent condition. Lang has good grippy tee pads (for the long tees) and rubber mats, currently, for the shorts. Nice signs that look brand new accompany each hole and clearly state OBs and some mandos. Other mandos are largely visible on the course. Course navigation is fairly easy with red "Next Tee" arrow signs throughout the park. The course utilizes the topography and tree lines excellently. No hole is completely on level ground, elevation changes abound. Whether it be a flat fairway and sloping green or vice versa or both sloping, you are gradually climbing or descending. I won't go through a hole by hole summary but there are several ace runs out there as well as multiple demanding and punishing par fours. Getting greedy on any of these holes will leave you scratching your head at having to make a recovery shot and to how you got yourself into that position. Consistent smart play and course management is the way to score well. Seviren has good variety in multiple tight tunnel shots as well as long open spaces to let loose. No two holes play exactly alike which will force you to keep changing shots off the tee and/or learning new ones. The wind can be a big factor out on the open and semi-wooded holes and always seems to be moving regardless of time of day and conditions.
Cons: With constant work being done on the course and some of the rough being cleared out, not all of has been pulled away, only cut in places. Once these patches have been cleared out, finding discs will be much easier when off the fairway. The rough is thick and will only get thicker during the hotter months and will generate several problems; ticks and poison ivy. Be careful and watchful when entering these areas. The short tee pads are only rubber mats currently and during inclement weather, these are very slick. Also there are no tee signs near any of the short tees. There is no practice basket currently though hole 18's basket is near the entrance to the park if you want to practice your short game before starting.
Other Thoughts: There are trash cans on the course but not on the deep wooded holes, only near the road that runs near the course. Trash cans are near tees 1, 4, 9, 14-16 and 18. As this course grows and more planned areas are cleared out, multiple pin placements will start to appear, possibly using the old sleeve placements from the original course. As it stands, I've put this course as a 4.0 due to the work that hasn't been completed yet but is planned. This course can only get better with time and will. I plan on revisiting this review later in the year to readjust what I've written based on how the course is at that time. Overall, its a really fun course that can leave you scratching your head at a poorly placed/executed shot and get you pumped when hitting your lines. More advanced players will do well to hit all their lines and minimize their time in the rough while less skilled players can use this course to learn a lot of valuable shots that will help them on other courses and work on recovery shots.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Thanks to a complete redesign that occurred around Thanksgiving 2010, this is now a very challenging, fun par 61 course.
The course flows very well and there are minimal walks between holes. Maps are usually available in the mailbox attached to the bulletin board by hole 1. There are 2 sets of pads, the long pads are concrete and the short pads are rubber mats. Nice looking tee signs are on every hole that list the distance from both pads and have a hole diagram. Water is available on the course three places. On the front (street) side of the red barn shelter between the two doors, by the shelter near hole 13 and by hole 16 next to the restroom (white building), but it is turned off in the winter. The tee pads are all brand new, 10ft long and in great condition. There are black mats under most of the baskets to keep grass from growing up next to them and deter the mowers for hitting them.
The land was used to its fullest extent so you'll find elevation changes on many of the holes and a number of tough putting greens. The course has a good balance of long bombs, short technical shots, placement shots, hyzers and anhyzers. Even though some of the holes are short, you aren't going to find any gimmies here.
Here's how the course breaks down from a RHBH perspective:
Hole 1 - A nice short opening hole with a challenging drop away putting green.
Hole 2 - This is the first of many par 4's. Your first drive is up a big hill with some trees shortly off the tee to avoid. The more your shot hyzers out, the more difficult your next shot will be. Once at the top of the hill the fairway gets narrower and the basket is on a downhill slops in a tree lined tunnel.
Hole 3 - A short and straight downhill tunnel shot that opens up at the basket. The drainage area on the left by the basket is OB so don't hyzer out too much.
Hole 4 - This par 4 starts out with a big, slightly uphill, turnover shot. Placement is important, if your disc hyzers out it can make the next shot more difficult or trap you behind a clump of trees. The next shot is a big hyzer around the clump of trees, but there is a small turnover alley with OB on the left if your initial drive is too far left.
Hole 5 - This hole is wide open and flat until you get to the basket. It's perched on top of a hill with that drops off behind the basket. The hill is very narrow, maybe 4 feet wide on top, so a missed putt can easily go down the hill on the other side. This is a very dangerous putting green.
Hole 6 - This is a straight tunnel shot that opens up near the basket. Hyzer off before the basket you'll find yourself down a good sized hill.
Hole 7 - This par 4 starts out with a drive up to two large clumps of pine trees. Keep your disc in the open to avoid adding on strokes. The second shot is a slightly uphill hyzer to the basket.
Hole 8 - This downhill tunnel shot has the basket straight ahead of you begging for an ace run. The problem is it's narrow enough an errant drive can easily turn into a bogie.
Hole 9 - This par 4 starts off with a big drive to a landing zone. Hyzer out before the landing zone and you could be in trouble, turn your drive over and you're OB in the road on the right. The second shot goes into a tight wooded tunnel on the left and the basket is up a small hill tucked in on the right.
Hole 10 - This short hole has a very narrow fairway that opens up slightly as you get close to the basket that's protected with a small clump of trees.
Hole 11 - This 339 foot par 4 can reward a birdie as easily as it punish you with a bogie. The narrow fairway curves ever so slightly to the right and seems to get even tighter before it opens up to a small landing zone. The next shot is a turnover that weaves through more trees before opening up to the putting green. Accuracy is definitely needed here!
Hole 12 - The basket is almost directly in front of you but it is so close to the rough on the right you need a slight hyzer to stay away from the rough on the right. If you can do that and get past the narrow gap of trees shortly off the tee you'll have a look at a birdie.
Hole 13 - This short, uphill hole has two distinct routes to the basket that go around a clump of pine trees. Don't go long, the property boundary is OB shortly behind the basket.
Hole 14 - This hole can be deceiving. It's a downhill hyzer shot into a narrow tunnel with a large pine tree on the left side. From the tee it looks like that pine is in the middle of the gap and you can go on either side of it. Go around the right side of the tree, only the luckiest shots make it on the left. The fairway turns at such an angle you almost need a spike hyzer to get it in there right.
Hole 15 - From the tee, you can see the basket between the two trees 1011 feet away! Stay away from the rough on the left. It sounds easy but there's a steady downhill off the tee allowing your shot to hyzer out more than you might think.
Hole 16 - This downhill shot has the basket protected in a line of mature pine trees. If your disc hyzers off or turns over, it's easy to find yourself in the pine trees with no shot at the basket.
Hole 17 - This uphill bomb is wide open... except for one tree right on the line you want to put your hyzer shot on. The basket is on a big, uphill slope so watch for roll aways.
Hole 18 - This challenging hole starts out with a tight downhill fairway. At the bottom it opens up into a field and turns right slightly and the basket is tucked into the trees on the left. If you try to run at the basket and hyzer out you can easily go OB over the fence.
Cons: Rubber mats are used for the short pads but they are surprisingly grippy. I've never once slipped on them or seen anyone else slip on them after 2 years of use during leagues before we got concrete pads. Not all of them are on flat ground which does make your run up more difficult.
The rough can get pretty thick in the summer with vines and thorns. A lot of it was thinned out last fall so hopefully it won't be as bad this summer.
After the 1000 ft hole 15, you can see 18's tee before you see hole 16. Hole 16 is up the hill by the shelter to your right. The red directional sign behind hole 15's basket points you in the right direction.
The course could use a few benches and that's something we're going to work on in the spring.
Other Thoughts: The land here lends itself to disc golf very well and this course takes advantage of it. I highly recommend going out of your way to play here!
Shooting 54-55 is 1000 rated.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Great New Design
Pros: This course is the result of a redesign done to the, now extinct, Gary Caven Park. This new design showcases the land provided in this enormous park. At Seviren Lang you'll find a great mixture of shots. There a still quite a few ducable holes but there aren't any "gimmes". The course has just the right amount of elevation that is enough to add challenge but not enough to wear you out. There is a balanced mixture of right to left and left to right shots as well open and wooded holes and long and short shots. The former course didn't really have any memorable holes but this course seems to have one after another. The 1000+ footer is a GREAT addition. It's not often you're able to play a hole that allows you to air it out a few times on such a long hole. This course was well thought and well built.
Cons: The rubber pads on the short tees can get slick and messy. There are a FEW places that a new visitor could get turned around between holes. The signage is (and will be) a great help to avoid this.
Other Thoughts: This new design GREATLY improves this piece of land as far as disc golf goes. Before, the course was boring, forgetable, and not worth playing. Now the course is a true test of your abilities that will have you coming back to better your "best" there. This is the best improved redesign I've ever played.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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