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Pros: Woodmere has nice big concrete pads and fantastically large tee signs making it easy to spot the next hole. On the sign it lists the hole number, distance and has a hole diagram. The baskets are brand new Gateway Titans which catch great and there's even a practice basket by the parking lot. Hanging off the bottom catching part of the basket is an arrow pointing you toward the next tee so navigation is relatively easy.
There's a nice mix of open, semi wooded and a few wooded holes here as well as a great range of hole distances. I like that the course weaves in and out of the woods rather than having all the open and wooded holes clumped together. While the park is mostly flat, it does have a few areas with elevation changes and the design of the holes takes full advantage of the elevation. There are a few holes that force turnover shots for RHBH players and a couple more with multiple routes to the basket.
This course is a bit on the long side at just over 6000 feet with only 6 holes under 300 feet. Even though the course is a bit longer, it does an ok job catering to a wide variety of skill levels. More advanced players will like that this is a longer course that has some good, challenging holes. Newer players will like that bad shots aren't punished on many holes despite the length of the course, it's easy to find discs since there is almost no underbrush, and there are a couple short ace runs as well.
There are a couple cool and cleverly designed holes out here. My favorites are hole 4, a gently turnover shot with the basket on top of a 20 foot ridge, and hole 8, a big turnover shot with the pad tucked into the woods and the basket out near the wood line to punish you if you turn it over too much.
Cons: There are long walks after holes 11, 13, and 15. Hole 4 and holes 13 and 14 are basically out and back holes.
The open holes are good for newer players but I thought they were a little on the bland side despite some elevation changes on a few of them.
Hole 9 plays right over the parking lot which makes for a good OB obstacle, but doesn't seem very safe to me.
There are mando's on holes 4, 6 and 14 (14's mando isn't marked on the tee sign). I don't care for them because they take away the LHBH & RHFH shot but poorly thrown RHBH shots can still land close to areas where other activities are going on in the park. The mandos were put there to keep other groups that use the park happy and to try to make the course safer which is a good reason to have them.
This is a personal opinion of mine, not necessarily a con. There are a number of holes I would consider tweener holes. Only a very small percentage of players have enough D to potentially get a birdie on them, but getting par is easy since there are no obstacles. Hole 5 is pretty cool with it's big uphill right off the tee and a drop off behind the basket, but the putting green is out of reach for even a better than average drive. Holes 7, 10 and 18 are wide open, bland tweener holes.
Other Thoughts: It's great Evansville has another course and Woodmere does a great job catering to a wide variety of players with it's diversity. If you're passing by, it's definitely worth stopping for a round here and at Mesker.
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Mixed Bag of Thoughts
Pros: It is nice that a town as big as Evansville can finally have two good 18 hole courses. I don't count USI as a course anymore. This brand new course has fantastic teepads, and excellent Titan baskets. In fact I may now like the Titan baskets better than any basket I've played. The signs are fantastic. The elevations used are good, and a good variety of open shots and wooded technical shots are used here. Some good basket locations make putting a tricky endeavor as well.
Cons: The course is still rough around the edges. Some steps up the steep hill on 4 and 5 would be a big help to ensure safety. The flow of the course was good at times, and terrible on others. The walk between 11 and 12 was goofy, as well as the walk between 15 and 16. Also, some backtracking and fairway issues may come into play with the flow design. As stated below me, hole 16 does not have a basket yet, they are apparently building an elevated one on bricks that I can't wait to see. Holes 14 and 15 to me are way to close to the soccer fields. On hole 15 they had moved empty soccer goals right in the middle of the fairway. Plus the regulars to this park seem oblivious to our game, so beware of them. One was sunbathing right next to a basket.
Other Thoughts: The course is a nice and needed addition to the Evansville area. It has some very good parts, but some sketchy parts as well. If you are a visitor, play this course as it is fun. However make sure you play Mesker as well. Mesker is still the best course in Evansville. One more thing: each hole sign has a "tip" for the hole on it. Some of them are informative, but some of them read like a Madden video game. One honestly said : "Throw far for a short putt." Thanks. I was just going to throw a 10 foot shot until I read that haha
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