Pros: Just enter the park driveway south of the school on Indian Mound Drive, and you will immediately see they've found a beautiful piece of terrain to install a challenging 18 hole disc golf course. The rolling hills and wide open spaces are crisscrossed by walking paths and ample parking, and all the paving here makes for tricky OB lines and a surprising amount of variety when multiple pin positions come into play. There are some older trees and some young saplings which already force some decision making on your tee shots and approaches to allow even Intermediate arms to shoot for deuces and pars out here. The winds, and then the woods along the back property line force more forethought to keep this from being a simple big gun course.
Wonderful, grippy, and spacious concrete tee pads aim at the new DisCatcher baskets, and you can almost always look from the completion of one basket to the quality signage and trash boxes at each successive tee, so the flow is almost always intuitive and easy to follow. There are benches and even picnic tables spaced around the course, and port-o-lets available. The signature feature of the course might be the fact that you'll almost always have a fairly open tee shot, but you had better plan your landing zone to give you your best odds of not blowing up the hole when you reach the usually tricky 'greens'. For instance, the short second hole takes a touch shot to go just left of the corner of the parking lot without rolling away at the basket, and OB past the paths below and left.
I really enjoyed the pretty, and long (502 foot) hole seven, that sweeps right to left down through the valley there, finishing in a basket position guarded in the rear by the path just past (if this fairway ever gets the planned pond installed there, …Wow!!). Then I cursed the designer while trying to run uphill on the 424' hole 8, with such a narrow in-bounds line! But for the most part, almost half of the holes here allow you to enjoy the flight path of a well-thrown disc across a valley or downhill in some way. The maintenance here is excellent. It still feels brand-new. And the disc golf here really has its own venue. The only other activity near the course might be folks using the paths.
Cons: The only issue folks might want to change here would be for it to play in more woods to force lines, but I found plenty of challenge, not having the 'D' needed here to deuce (or even par!) many holes. The design is clearly intended for the competitive disc golfer, with only two holes under 296' in length. It may not be too enticing to the Novice to Recreational player (or even those of us in the more 'geriatric' set) who might prefer a broader mix of hole lengths (to suit our weaker arms). There are a couple of flow issues on the back nine, like walking back up the hill from 9 to 10 and around the drive from 14 to 15, but sometimes you sacrifice a little flow to get a quality hole.
Other Thoughts: In all, Indian Mound is a nice, open course that could be just a fun casual round on a calm, sunny spring day, OR a brutal challenge using strict tournament OB rules…on a windy, drizzly day. I played a casual round in wind and rain, and would like to try the spring thing once!
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Pros: Overview: It's amazing what one can do with a plot of land like this. RTB does some great things with course design and alternate pin positions. Every time I go to play this course, he is there modifying or upkeeping something.
This course is more diverse than it looks. Short holes, long holes, defined/strict OB, doglegs. uphills. downhills. Hole 7 has a grassy 'lake' in the fairway that takes a good 400' throw to clear.
As far as amenities, this course is great and will continue to get better. Concrete tee pads, accurate tee signs, benches, trash cans and soon restrooms and shelters.
Lots of tournaments. There were at least 4 tournaments here this year and continually brought in more players. I look for this to continue to build tradition and support as the tournaments grow and expand.
Cons: The Wind. Some days the wind is a nice challenge, other it's a sign of inconceivable failure. The inconsistent gusts can toss any disc in a heartbeat and cost you multiple stroke with these strict OB's. Several holes have fairway crosswinds that you can't even see at the box.
Lack of foliage. This is something that will obviously progress as more trees/bushes are planted and current ones grow but for now the course is relatively open and some holes lose technicality. I like when courses have 1-3 possible/suggested shot shapes, this course has several holes with 4+ shot possibilities.
Hole 8 is the devil's hole. 450'-550' (depending on pin placement) uphill with a 50'w fairway. Strict OB's.
Other Thoughts: Personally my favorite course in Central Kentucky. I prefer driving 45m to play here than 20m to play any course in Lexington.
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Pros: Indian Mound DGC is set in a nice clean park with big rolling hills. There are elevation changes on nearly every hole and a good amount of OB in the form of sidewalk, roads and property boundaries. The OB and hills are used well to create some fun and interesting challenges like downhill holes with OB long, blind shots over hills, there's a very cool uphill shot with OB on both sides of the fairway and the last hole has an elevated basket perched on top of a small mound. So while the course is mostly open, there are definitely some fun holes out here.
The course is rather long with most holes in the 290-400 foot range and only two holes in the mid-200's. Of course the elevation changes make some play longer or shorter than the actual distance.
There are nice concrete tee pads and tee signs at each hole. The Discatchers are in great shape and there's a bulletin board by hole 1. Navigating the course is fairly easy for the most part.
Cons: The course is basically wide open.
The shot selection is poor, none of the hole force an anyhyzer shot for RHBH players.
Holes 9 and 10 run nearly parallel to each other so 9 is basically and out and back hole. The hole 10 tee and sign are hidden behind a bush making it a little tough to locate. Lucky there are maps available at hole 1 so this wasn't an issue and these are two good holes so it's worth it.
There's also a long walk from 14 to 15 which is nearly an out and back hole also.
I don't recall seeing any water available that the course. Without any shade I bet things get hot out here in the summer.
Other Thoughts: When I played here it was a very windy day in Louisville and it seemed even more windy at this course. I'm interested to come back and see how windy it is on a more normal day.
Overall this is a long, open course with some big hills, lots of OB in play and wind. This is a great place to work on your wind game and for locals to play.
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An excellent start...
Pros: Excellent pro sized concrete tee pads (extra rough and grippy!). Well conceived layout (with the possible exception of hole #2, see con below) making optimal usage of both elevation (literally everywhere) and basket placement in regard to the walking path throughout the park. Two port-a-potty's (a must in a park with zero forestry stands!). Multiple blind shots. Good distribution of hyzer, anhyzer, straight, amd uphill shots.
Cons: As mentioned in the Pros section, hole #2's (shortest on the course by far) placement is literally only a few feet away from the far end of a parking lot. (I did deuce it; however I skipped my putter drive off the afore mentioned parking lot to the basket on a hyzer route. lol!) Although there are the two port-a-potty's, I didn't see any sort of watering hole; and there's nothing within easy walking distance (there is a convenience store about a mile away though). As of late February 2012 there was zero signage (although there was a kiosk); although I'm confident it will be in place some time in 2012.
Other Thoughts: Although this course has very few tree's currently place, per the master plan for the facility more tree's are to be planted in 2012 which bodes well for the future; and a lake is to be added that will make #7 a real beast! Because of these expected additions I'm giving the course a 3.5 with the possibility of working it's way to a 4 over time. I really enjoyed hole #4 which is a blind shot over a hill to a basket directly behind a tree ascending the next hill. #8 is probably the only true Pro par 4 on the course not so much because of distance; but because you are throwing uphill into with a fairly skinny fairway bounded by a cow pasture on one side and a utility path on the other. WARNING: When teeing for hole #7 you will see a basket; but without signage in place, you will be staring at #9's basket as #7's is a long left handed doggie. A last thought is that although 95+ percent of this park is hilly (making for mostly tough tee placements); I found several areas to be somewhat water logged. It wasn't ridiculous or anything, just curious considering the terrain was all grass and sloped. Go figure. Overall, if I lived closer to this course I would definitely put it in my rotation. Enjoy!
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Pros: Nice new equipment. Park is very clean and well maintained. Has the potential to be a very good course after it matures some. Good use of terrain and elevation changes. It is also located not far from other conveniences and restaurants.
Cons: No bathroom facilities. I was glad I had a map to navigate as I could see it may be tricky the first time you play it. When I played the wind was blowing extremely hard making it very difficult. With this type of terrain in this part of Kentucky there may not be many days without strong winds.
Other Thoughts: I played this course on opening day in its infancy. I think most of my cons will be resolved as it matures. I am looking foreward to playing it many times in the future.
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Rolling Hills & WIND!!!
Pros: Nice new course that offers some variety from the other courses in the area. This is definitely a course with a big arm can lower your score but when the wind picks up it can abuse everyone.
This course makes great use of the elevation changes (and there are many!) as well as using the available trees as much as possible. Winding walking paths through the park add for addition OB issues that keep this from being strictly a how far can you throw course. Holes 4-6 have some great over valley, around trees, through trees shots that show great use of the available area. #8 is a very tight 370' uphill hole with OB on both sides the entire way that will offer a crazy scoring spread.
Cons: Much more open than I usually enjoy and the wind can be a HUGE issue on almost every hole. They have tried to use the available tree and I think this will mature into an even better course once the trees grow and mature.
Hole #7 causes me some concern with the proposed addition of a man-made lake in the middle of it. The current pin placement is in what would be the drainage area of the lake and even though it's downhill you will need almost 400' to clear the water. This could become a frustrating issue with many players because of lost discs.
The layout of the hole 9-11 area confuses me. You tee off on #9 throwing downhill, after finishing the hole(300+) you walk back up the hill to a teepad near the #9 pad and throw around the hill. These are not bad holes but I think something could possibly have been done to help the flow here.
Other Thoughts: WIND, WIND and more WIND!!! Can't emphasize enough how much wind affects this course with all the close OB and baskets on slopes. A solid wind game and careful disc/slot selection is crucial.
Good course that will get better as trees mature. The guys that put this in really want to deliver a quality course and I think improvements will be seen over time.
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Pros: This course has something for everyone, big arm holes, short finesse holes and everything in between. I have played a lot of courses around Tennessee and Kentucky, but have not seen one like this. The use of the existing park has lent to some spectacular elevation changes. This, combined with the ever present OB makes this a thinking man's course. A lake is planned for the middle of hole #7 and this will make it an incredible challenge even though it is a par 4, and will make this the signature hole for Indian Mound. Hole #2 is a short par three and very birdieable, but the OB that surrounds it makes you play smart instead of just ripping an ace run. Hole #8 is taking some flack for perhaps being too difficult, but this is where you have to use your head. Yes, it has OB on both sides of a 30-40' wide fairway uphill to a par 4, but just know you are probably not going to birdie it and play smart. Take your 4 and move on to the very birdieable #9. All in all, there are birdies to be had out there and there are some very challenging holes. I have had good days at Indian Mound and I have had days where the Mound kicked my rear end, but that's what keeps me coming back. If the course was easy, I would play somewhere else.
Cons: No concrete tees, but these are planned for installation in the spring of '12 if not sooner so that will clear itself up. This park did not really have much in the way of large trees, but what they do have was used to it's best advantage. Many new trees are being planted and in a few years of growth this may not be the case either.
Other Thoughts: I encourage everyone to come out and try this course. We don't have very many in eastern Kentucky and this is worth the drive.
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Pros: Long course with three or four nice birdie holes.I think this is a pro but most think of it as a con but there a lot of out of bounds putting a premium on accuracy on shots.Some baskets nicely hidden behind trees.Some nice open holes for you long arm guys.All fairways have been reseeded and fairways are mowed close.New dis catcher baskets.Course is easy to navigate even without permanent signs yet. Course will only get better as trees and vegetation grow and lake and shelters are installed. No permanent restrooms yet but there are porta potties most courses I have visited dont even have those. Lots of parking close to interstate and restaurants
Cons: Concrete pads are yet to be installed but are coming starting in November.Not a lot of large mature trees but used the ones they had well.No permanent signs or maps yet.I think in time most cons will all turn to pros.
Other Thoughts: Nice course with something for everyone form the pro to the beginner.
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Newest course in KY
Pros: Nice elevation changes;not far from interstate;good variety of shots needed;good size parking area. Some baskets cleverly hidden behind trees. Baskets are brand new DisCatchers.
Cons: Because this is a brand new course, some of the things that will make this course even better have not been added and wont be until next spring. These include shelter houses, permanent restroom facilities, and tee pads. The signage has little to be desired but I think they will improve the situation next spring also. Another con at this time is that most of the trees are very young but in time should make this course even better. Course is located on top of a hill which stays a little breezy most of the time. The day I played it there were 15mph sustained winds with gusts up to 25mph. This brings me to the most glaring con of all. Hole #8 is a nightmare. There is a fence running along the left side of the fariway and a paved walkway to the right. I would say that they are 30-40 feet apart on and uphill 400ft+ hole. Too tough IMO. There are paved walking paths throughout the park that make most nearly every hole an OB possibility. This is the only con that will be permanent IMO.
Other Thoughts: Even though at this time it seems that the cons outweigh the pros, I think that this course will improve in the future when the trees grow.
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