Not horrible, but a little worse than expected
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Because I'm dumb, I chose to go play Lewis University DG course right before a blizzard so it was super cold and super windy. Despite this, I think that my round there would have been much more enjoyable had I timed my trip better. Here's what I liked about the course
*Some of the hole designs were pretty fun. Holes 3 and 6 come to mind... fun wooded tunnel shots with high risk reward
*The course designers used the limited available elevation on site very well
*very scenic part of the campus
Cons: Many cons come to mind that have nothing to do with the weather conditions I was playing in.
*The teepads at this course aren't very good. They are a sand/muddy/gravelly material. Not the greatest of footing even in the dry time of the year
*Hole 1's basket was very low...the bottom of the basket was maybe a foot off the ground
*The most interesting hole on the course, hole 3, is also extremely dangerous. It blindly throws over a running path. Also, you have to go back up hole 3's fairway to get from hole 5 to hole 6. On a crowded day one must be very careful.
*Holes on this course are not isolated from the rest of the course or the university in any way. There are many ways that an errant disc can be harmful
Other Thoughts: If I was a Lewis University student I'd be thrilled to have a fun, somewhat challenging course like this one right on my campus and I'd play it all the time.
As a non-student, I probably won't be playing this one again given some of the far superior courses in the area
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
9 Interesting Holes
Pros: - Lewis University is home to a decent 9-hole course that criss-crosses a small prairie, a wooded ravine with a tiny creek at the bottom, and a grassy area abutting the bullpen area of the college's baseball field.
-Elevation, while not epic, is well implemented on most holes. Hole #6, for example, forces a downhill shot over the ravine and through the wooded gap, across the field and to a pin located somewhat precariously on another downward slope. Several pin positions are located on slightly elevated or depressed terrain in order to increase the chance of rollaways.
- Decent signage shows hole number, distance, and a basic map of the hole.
- A good variety of distances and hole types for a 9-hole course.
Cons: - Lewis' bustling campus surrounding the course detracts somewhat from the natural element in places. Two holes have baskets very near crowded parking lots, while another's fairway is defined to the right by a fence and another parking lot. One hole's basket can be in the way of bullpen activities if a baseball game is going on.
- Natural tees. Soft sand in some places, but not terrible.
- Watch out for parked cars on several holes.
- Navigation can be slightly tricky the first time through, as the flow isn't intuitive in places. This shouldn't be an issue for most discers.
Other Thoughts: - The main thing holding this course back from being one of the better (or best) 9 holers I've played was the lack of decent tee pads. Even crushed gravel would be an upgrade from the soft sand used in places.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Tough little course
Pros: The course plays through a moderately hilly area on a college campus with a mix of open areas and dense woods. There is a stream running through that comes into play on a couple holes, adding a little bit of fun risk/reward. The available elevation is used well, especially to make the open holes more challenging and interesting. Many holes have pins tucked into the woods, punishing inaccurate drives and approaches and adding some nice challenges on some of the greens.
There is a nice mix of shorter reachable holes, and longer holes that require accurate drives and usually a solid approach to hole out in 3. You will need right and left turning shots, as well as long straight drives to score well here, and to stay out of the woods and brush. The design does a great job of taking advantage of the space to make a course that is challenging and fun.
There are decent signs for every hole, that make it pretty clear how long the hole is and where to find the basket which is nice on the few blind holes. The baskets were in good shape. There was almost no trash around on the course, and it seemed like a well taken care of area in general. Some real work went into carving out the wooded holes, and building steps up and down the ravine. The college clearly supports the course, and the attendant at the front gate was very helpful with directions and parking instructions.
Cons: The biggest issue this course has is navigation. There are a couple spots where it isn't at all obvious where to go to find the next tee. There are next tee markers on the signs, but they weren't always clear.
The woods were filled with spiders and other bugs, so make sure you stay on the fairway if that's something that bothers you. You might want a spotter on a couple of the longer holes, as the brush off the fairway in the woods makes it easy to lose an errant drive (not really a big con, just an observation).
Other Thoughts: This is one of the better 9 hole courses around the area, and presents enough variety and challenge that experienced players will enjoy a round here. This isn't the best place for beginners, with lots of chances to lose a disc and a few tough navigation issues.
The course is definitely worth playing if you're in the area, and the University seems very supportive of the course. If you're up for a tough little course that will punish you for errant shots, you'll enjoy a round or two here.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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