Well, It's A Start
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a beginner to intermediate level course. There I said it, I would count this as a course as opposed to a practice area. Either way, it's incomplete and needs some work. (See below).
4 holes down, 3 holes back (2 are basket to basket) make a total of 7 playable holes.
Baskets - The baskets here are amazing. Even though there are only 4, they are the highlights of this course. Very nice, new, and grippy.
Tees - Although hole 1 doesn't have one, there are 4 tees at this course. Holes 2-5 have tees that have a wooden frames that are 4 x 8. Inside is natural grass, gravel, or dirt depending on holes.
Variety - Course is mostly open, hole 1 is heavily guarded, hole two is long with a creek on the side, hole 3 is open with a small pond bordering it, hole 4 is open. Tee for 5 turns you around to play back to start. Hole 5 is open. Hole 6 (basket to basket from hole 3/5's basket) is guarded on the right side but mostly open. Hole 7 (basket to basket from hole 2/6's basket) is open where you have to dodge s few trees.
There is potential here. Enough room to make a 9 hole loop around the pond.
Only course in area set in a small town park. Closest course is Boondock Farms. It introduces the locals to the sport, if they can find the holes and know what they are.
Cons: No signs whatsoever. No hole numbers, tees are not marked, no map, no reference of disc golf at the park. Signs would do wonders to this course, potential to be a 2 or a 2.5 but needs to add 5 more baskets, tees, and signs for each hole.
Hole 1 doesn't have a tee pad. Tees start at hole 2. Without a starting tee pad, it's hard to have a strong impression of the course.
Pond overflows easily. The basket for hole 3/5 can be unplayable due to soggy ground if water levels high. Also, tee for 4 would be unplayable.
95% open meaning the only challenges are wind, water, and distance.
Other Thoughts: It has baskets, it has tee pads, there are 7 playable holes, although some are basket to basket, in my opinion it's a course, but a poor one at that in its current state. It is passable as a course but I can't find myself giving it a 1.5 in its current state.
It needs some investment. Would not take much money to make some simple signs, simple tees, and to even expand. The potential is there, any investment of money even as low as $100 would give this signs and boxed tees. If the designer hunted me down, I would happily donate money to complete this course. I feel like someone started this course and gave up hope. It needs to be completed.
For the time being, I would recommend skipping this course unless you find yourself in Rushville, Indiana and would like to see it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Four Basket ‘Course’
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Riverside Park in Rushville, Indiana, has clearly had some investment put into it recently. There is a large gravel parking lot at the entrance, a children's playground, a concession/restroom building, a huge amphitheater/pavilion, a few small, but nice shelters, and a large, grass parking area en route to the disc golf 'course'. If you start at the northwest corner of the grass parking area, where the gravel drive turns north to an exit, you can tee off toward the first basket, tucked in to the right around the park trees and left of a gravel path that circles the wood line west. This opener constitutes a good forehand (or anny backhand) shot for a right hander, and is just over 230 feet long.
75 feet up the path, you'll come to a 5'x10' boxed gravel tee pad in good condition, and pointed west to the second basket tucked to the right and about 410 feet away. They've planted trees left of the intended fairway, but you'll want to make sure no one is resting on the bench 320' out, before you throw. Continuing forward 95', you'll find a tee box that points south to the third basket, 290' away and slightly down slope toward the marsh and drainage run. Turning right, the next tee box is 60' away, and aimed diagonally back toward the tree line and slightly upslope 345' away. Don't get freaked out by the white dog standing so still to the left, inside the treeline, or the tombstones in what looks like either a creepy pet cemetery or a statuary garden.
After the fourth and last of the 18 chain DGA baskets, you can find one last tee box 70' farther along, that clearly aims back toward the third basket. If you play this as a fifth hole, it's 435', but the hyzer line goes right past the last tee box. If you want to bomb a long shot going back to the start, you could play basket 3 back to basket 1, a 'hole' of well over 600'. Thrice around would make a full 18 ... :/
Cons: The lack of signage makes this all conjecture, of course, so this has been listed so far as a 'practice area', as opposed to a 'course' (and scores can't be entered in your score book here on dgcr unless that is changed). The distances are good for recreational to intermediate arms, and might be a little long for the casual player. But there's not enough here to challenge advanced arms, and certainly not a great deal of demand for executing precision shots. So, it's not worth driving to, unless you're just passing through or live real nearby.
Other Thoughts: The park is big enough for more baskets to go in counter-clockwise along the berm wall, and make a loop of it, but there are no obstructions over there to make those shots interesting. It IS a pretty park, well-maintained and fresh. For folks in the area it is one of the few places to actually play disc golf at all. If you have time to go up the road a little to Boondocks Farms, you'll find that more interesting and memorable.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
More of a Practice Course!!!!
Pros: - has baskets
- has a few tees
- Has some trees and creek to help shape some shots.
- one of the few courses in a DG deadzone.
- Can create your own nine.
Cons: - Course doesn't have any intended flow
- only four baskets.
- Fairly open
Other Thoughts: Course is hard to find at first, have to drive around the wooded loop to even see the first basket. Played from the road to that basket and then we started seeing tee pads. With that being said great place to practice but not really a course. Its a one and done unless your one of the few unfortunate souls to be stuck in this area of Indiana.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Practice Area
Pros: - There are some tees and baskets strewn about here and there. The park is more or less your standard small park: a patch of woods, some open grassy stretches that look prone to flooding, the surrounding town on the edges. Behind one of the baskets were the remains (pun intended) of some Halloween or haunted trail event. Having to hit 35-footers while an awfully convincing blood-smeared tombstone lurks in my peripheral vision isn't something I recall experiencing before. So there's that.
-But then there's this...
Cons: - This isn't really a course. Sure, there are four baskets (I don't believe we ever did find the fifth). And yes, a few passable gravel tees exist (albeit without any real sort of indication as to where to throw). But in the end, this is not a course.
- No tee signs. No real way to tell even where to begin. To complicate matters, the tees don't start popping up until a little bit farther back, so it's difficult to even know where to park and get out of the car. None of the baskets were numbered either.
- Only two, maybe three, gravel tees.
- No real flow or discernible, sensible layout that could rightfully be called a "course."
Other Thoughts: - I don't mean to put Riverside Park down. Quite the opposite: this is a great practice area, and I'm sure I'd be there weekly if it were the closest place to play. Enough space to practice long distance, mid-range, and putting skills, and some trees to shape lines around as well. Plenty of great safari opportunity exists. As a practice area, Riverside shines; however, it's going to test the patience of anyone expecting to play an actual course.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: closest "course" to my home. I am a woman and sometimes don't feel safe playing alone and on this course I could practice alone and be safe. We have two young boys and this will also serve as a good training course for them.
Cons: I wouldn't call this a course really. It is three baskets along the outside of a wooded area and then one basket in the middle of a field. I couldn't find the fifth basket. There are no tee pads.
Other Thoughts: If you are a true blue disc golfer don't bother:)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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