Rare Indy Hills
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: With the best use of elevation in the Indianapolis area, The Hill is a course that beckons the Intermediate and above disc golfer to plan a round here on a breezy day, if they like to challenge themselves under tougher conditions. Having a good balance of up-and down-hill shots, several that require some deliberate line shaping, and even a couple of tightly wooded, shorter holes, it has a nice mix for the rambling acreage available. The 'northernmost' six holes (10 & 12, 15-18) each have dual sets of large, level concrete tee pads (the others are natural turf, for now?), the longer ones really giving the opportunity to show off a bigger arm. Though I was playing the short tees this time, I really felt tempted to bomb one down the hill on 15. And 10 is a fun, reachable controlled shot to a guarded 'green'. (What can I say, I like the down-hillers!)
Each red tee has an excellent sign that shows two tee positions and two basket positions, for a considerable amount of flexibility of play. I wouldn't be surprised to hear folks even add 'safari' holes here, like playing from 1 to 9 (putting the water hazard just beyond the drive), or 12 to 14 (plays a little longer downhill), for instance. There is obviously a lot of potential to play long tees and use the cross country 'hedge' lines for delineating OB, and have a truly competitive tournament course here. Newer DisCatchers are all in good shape, and often include next tee signage. And though I didn't stop in, there is a pro shop and lost and found on site (though most of the year, it might be difficult to lose a disc here).
Cons: The main issue out here is the natural tees on holes 1-9, 11, 13 & 14. With the awesome, dual concrete tees on the others, it really jumps out at you. And the lack of signage at the blue tees, combined with the need for the course map to detail all tees and basket positions, make it difficult to navigate for a first-timer. Heck, even the red tees are tricky to spot the first time, being just little round markers in the ground.
Course flow is a little awkward the first time, with several baskets being blind from the tee sign (1, 2, 7 (sort of), 13 & 18), the long walks between some holes (especially up the hill to 10), and the fact that a few holes throw over obvious safety hazards. Hole one plays over the porta-potties and a small cross country bleacher. Several holes have to give way to runners or sports fields (and cross country seems more used here than the disc golf course, at least in the late season I played here).
Other Thoughts: If you want to start the course from the beginning, don't enter from the north side of the church property (like I did), but from the east. There's a TON of parking in both areas, but if you come up the sloping drive, you'll find a very nice course map just west of the barn.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Hills and variety
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Baskets - 18 grippy Innova Discatchers. Two different possible locations per hole. The pin positions only truly change the hole on a few holes, 3 and 4 off the top my head.
Signs - great signs that include map, distance, and par.
Tees - mix of natural and concrete tees. Mostly natural. Two tees per hole (pro and am).
Variety: a few blind shots due to elevation or trees, short holes with obstacles, several mature trees on back 9, long open holes, rolling hills, wooded holes, tunnel shots, elevation, and one hole with a water hazard.
Elevation: the most elevation in a central Indiana course (not counting Frankfort or Knightstown). Rolling hills, flat holes, major uphill shots, and long downhill shots.
Course is in two 9 hole loops. Each loop feels like a separate 9 hole course different than the other. Could play front 9 or back 9 only if short on time. Front 9 is a mix of wooded (3, 4, and start of 5) to long and open (6-8) with slight elevation (1, 5, 9). The back 9 is much more hilly. Each hole has some sort of elevation change.
Course is well maintained.
Course is easy to get to and is a nice part of town. Many nearby courses.
Pro shop on site.
Cons: No practice basket.
Mix of tees takes away from unity of course. If this course had all concrete tees, it would be much better but might interfere with cross country path.
Course crosses a cross country path several times, holes 6-8 go around a soccer/football field and can be unplayable at times, and hole 15 goes near a softball field.
Natural tees are marked with red and blue circles that can be hard to find if grass is longer. If they had raised stones, it would make it that much less of a hassle.
Long walk between holes 9 and 10. Shortest path crosses fairway for hole 1.
Minimal trash cans and benches.
Other Thoughts: This course was and is a great addition to the disc golf world in Indy. It's more of an intermediate course that is doable for beginners but wouldn't be too challenging for professionals.
It needs more concrete pads and a few more trees. Slowly but surely concrete pads have been replacing natural pads on the back 9.
If it is too easy, Hazel Landing is right down the road. If it is too hard, play Dillion Park or Lawrence Inlow park.
I would recommend,end this course to anybody in the area or to any beginner/intermediate players looking for a new challenge. Many of the holes are too short for pro players. I have never had a bad experience here.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Short, Fun, Family-Oriented DG
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - The Hill (aptly named) is located on the property of some sort of mega-church compound. The looming church building dominates the round in the background, frowning down on heathen discers like myself. As this is a private course, play by their rules: no smoking, drinking, or cursing the Lord. Amen.
- Good use of the rolling terrain. No part of The Hill gets cra-zy with the elevation, but almost every single hole incorporates some sort of up or down. #1 and #18 provide perfect examples of the range of elevation in play. #1 plays down from the parking lot. #18 climbs back up to the top of the hill, with the basket tucked between a few large tree trunks.
- Amenities. Good baskets, adequate signage (although a touch confusing first time through it shouldn't create any real problems). Dual pin positions help add a bit of much-needed distance. Portajohns on several holes. The circle is often represented by a ring of uncut grass, which is a novel touch. We used these to "up" the challenge factor by playing them as island greens with everything else being OB.
- Several holes have more trees than the rest of the course, which is mostly open with scattered trees. These holes do a decent job of creating fun fairways and greens.
Cons: - Despite the signage saying there were two sets of tees, there was scant (read: no) evidence of the long tees. The only thing marking the shorts is each holes sign. The natural tees are rutted and uneven in many places. Far from ideal, but also not the worst thing I've seen.
- Part of a busy multi-use park; cross-country seems to take priority, so the course could be unplayable at certain times.
- Short and repetitive. Not much of a challenge for experienced discers. Great for beginners and casual players, or if you're ace-hunting, warming up, or cooling down. I had a blast scoring 5 birdies on the back nine, and I stink at disc golf.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, nothing is really wrong, per se, with this course. It probably accomplishes the goals of the designer (an accessible church course) that is fun and family-friendly. In that respect, it's wildly successful. But for hardened discers looking for adventure golf or a challenging round, The Hill is a slippery slope to boredom.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
nice grounds, poor course
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Located on very nice grounds, the land was manicured and well maintained. Cut grass is always nice to see on a disc course.
A few concrete tees on the back nine. Am and pro tees on most of the holes.
New DisCatcher baskets. Good elevation on the back nine after a flat front.
Cons: The course design was poor in my opinion.
Several blind shots even though it was a mostly open course. No variation on the tee shots, almost every throw was the same off the tee.
Mostly dirt tee pads worn into the grass. Red ground level markers also were near the dirt tee area but were very hard to find, sometimes 40 ft from the tee sign.
The grass was cut more so for the cross country course than for the disc course which seemed odd while playing.
Other Thoughts: I thought a lot of holes could have been designed better. Great land which could of been
IMHO, over rated by others here.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Variety of uphill/downhill shots is good on back 9
-a few longs holes, a few short holes.
-well kept course, normally nicely mowed for the feel of a fairway/rough layout.
Cons: - Tough to find tees.
-I missed 2 holes when i played alone the first time, and couldn't find blues a couple more times.
-Quite busy park on church property. Normally other activities going on, including the Cross County Path that zig zags thoughout the course.
Other Thoughts: Overall a fun little course. Not super challenging, but a peaceful round. Fun to play and try out new discs, since there is no risk of losing one.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course. The terrain is well used. Baskets are great. Signage is pretty good. 18 holes with Am and Pro tees.
Decent mix, several holes have room for big throws, several holes and shorter, some areas are open, some have used trees well.
Cons: Lack of concrete pads is the biggest challenge. Some have been poured already. When the pads are completed it will be much better. Would also like to see some more trees in the mix.
Other Thoughts: Really nice course, one of the best in north central Indiana. Once the tees are in, it will be excellent!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The grass outline of the tees help to find the markers, but hard to see in the grass. There are signs/maps showing where to go throughout the course. Nice local relaxing course.
Cons: The colored markers are very hard to see in the grass, because there is no concrete boxes.
Other Thoughts: The course is on a church property so there is normally always activity going on around the course
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Signage is very good, arrows on each pin guiding you where the next tee box is. The course is very well taken care of, shop on the grounds is excellent as well. Very open and slightly wooded. It's very good to get some exercise as well, the map of the course layout is very very good as well as coming equipped with score cards.
Cons: Even though the outline of tee's are raised grass, the blue tee's are quite the pain to find. Spent quite sometime trying to find each blues and I've been playing here since April'ish of 12. A friend and I stopped looking for blue tees after 12. Some concrete pads there would be rather refreshing. Also, no trash cans during course play.
Other Thoughts: I'm no pro mind you, but it's a very fun par 3 course. I enjoy the sun and the walk out there. After only playing disc golf for a few months, but quickly learning - the Hill is close by and fun. Few things could really make this very enjoyable for other newbies like myself.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Long but Fun
Pros: This was the first course I played. It's a long course that plays even longer in the wind. Lots of elevation changes and fairly wide open.
Cons: The grass tees are okay but it's hard to find the tee markers in the ground. Would be nice to upgrade to concrete. The wind can make it almost impossible to score well. For first timers it can be hard to find the 2nd tee. Luckily I had a group in front of me that I was able to follow.
Other Thoughts: The course has a cross country trail through it so watch out for runners. Also, there is a softball field near one basket on the back nine. Usually not an issue unless you are way off on your throw. Be prepared to walk up and down hills.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Well maintained. Clean greens. Elevation changes were nice to see. Tee pads were natural, but movable so not to warn out. Multiple pin locations.
Cons: Tee signs were nice, but some holes were blind and there was no indicator on which position the pin was in. Finding tee markers was difficult since they were marked with 4" diameter circles up to 50'-60' from the tee sign.
Lack of variety in shot needs
Other Thoughts: I could see this being a course made for beginners. Playing the blue (long) tees, if a player is RHBH and can throw a 300'-400' hyzer there are no holes that can not be done in 2 shots. The red tees actually seemed to be more difficult even though they are shorter. Unfortunately, the length of the red tees was not much more than a putter or mid-range for the slightly advanced player.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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