Challenging but Fair
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Tight wooded fairways require a number of shots to score well
- Risk/Reward decisions are frequently available
- Good pacing with mix of lengths and shot types throughout the course
- Baskets and tee-signs are generally in good repair
Cons: - Natural tee pads are good in some locations, and almost dangerous in others
- Almost no elevation to speak of
- No water or other varied hazards
- Shared space dog park
Other Thoughts: I never got around to playing this course before the improvements of last summer, so have not experienced this course in its previously untamed state. As things stand now, West Main Park is challenging, tightly wooded course that manages to remain fair, and not disproportionately punish bad shots. The fairways are certainly fair, and the only discs lost during rounds I played were those stuck in one of the many pine trees. While every round was a challenge, I never felt unnecessarily punished, the bogeys were always my fault, and the birdies always felt well earned.
One of the biggest compliments I can give this course is that there are several holes were I faced a decision of either trying to reach the pin on my drive, or disc down and either hit a landing zone, or just make sure I put my drive most of the way down one of the narrow fairways to have an easier look for par. This kind of risk reward makes for great golf, allows for larger score separation in competitive rounds, and makes the strategic aspect of disc golf shine. I have played a number of these holes very differently based solely on how confident I was feeling walking up to the shot, or what the current round situation was.
The course can get a little redundant. By the end of the round it is very possible you will be completely sick of trying to throw laser beams through narrow fairways, and there aren't really any interesting features to add interest to the round.
All the trimming and mowing has resulted in many hidden roots, stems, and stumps in a number of the walking paths, which I and many others tripped over on multiple occasions during out round. There are also thorn bushes in abundance which can make getting some errant throws a difficult or painful endeavor.
The course could really benefit from concrete tee pads, and some of the tee-signs are missing or very poorly placed.
Overall, I quite enjoy my rounds at West Main Park, and I am sure repeated play will definitely help your ability to throw straight and accurately. Hopefully the current level of maintenance is continued, because as it stands, this course is a great addition to the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The holes are not overlapping and make good use of the terrain. The course is not for beginners and the distances for the holes vary quite a bit with a few a couple of par 4's on the front and the back 9. You will be required to use many different throws and it does not favor lefty or righty. The course is not well traveled and there are usually no other discers on the course even when the weather is nice. There is are many different varieties of trees due to this being a tree farm at one point in time. There are not many wide open shots including very narrow throws with virtually no possibility of an ace. There are bathrooms and a vending machine by the baseball diamonds.
Cons: There are no elevation changes. You will need to wear pants even in the summer due to the thorns and the rough terrain. During the summer it can be easy to lose a disc in the thick rough so be careful. No tees as of yet.. however it may be difficult to put permanent ones in good positions. As mentioned in other reviews, the thick rough during the summer months gives this course a bad rating. There is only one water hazard
WARNING: There are ticks at this course so check yourself afterwards. There seems to be less than last year.
UPDATE: This course is virtually unplayable during the summer months. The overgrowth is too long and they are a long way off at clearing it. Only come here when everything is dead! However it is one of the best courses if you avoid it June thru September.
Hole #8 is a fun hole but I believe it should be a par 4 since there is no clear line to the basket. They have cleaned it up a little but the rough is very difficult and there is no possible line to the basket. I have played here a lot and I have only witnessed a few pars. There is no water so bring your own.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course and it's a nice course because it is quite different than the other courses in the area. It will be challenging even for experienced players and will probably continue to improve in the years to come due to the rough needing to be more worn down. Do not bring beginners here! It will be treacherous for them and you should take them to Wheeler Park or Jericho Lake instead. I understand the frustration other reviewers have with the tall grass. You will need a spotter in the summer months and it doesn't hurt to have one all year.
It is a little difficult to navigate on a few holes. After hole #11 take a right. After hole #15 follow the path to the right that curves quickly.
Hey Batavia Park District!!! Just because it is cold outside does not mean disc golf ends! Please put the trash bins back. This course is year round and I am tired of picking up mine and others trash with a bag only.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
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Pros: - Brings a new type of course to the area
- Kind of hidden for now
- Low Traffic
- a good amount of holes are surrounded by trees so wind won't play as much as a factor
- what everyone else said so far
- new course = clean course with no one ruining the baskets writing their aces on them. Hope we can keep it that way.
-No water hazards except #15, but you'd have to over shoot the green and it's just a shallow creek.
Cons: - Needs teepads
- Although it's not that hard, it would be nice to have a marker to where the next tee pad is near/on basket (thinking about bring tape and doing what I've seen at wheeler and kress creek
- Still needs to remove some trees/ brush to make it less frustrating, but still difficult
- Thorns everywhere
- Pine trees eat disc (ended up getting a good cut on my arm climbing a tree on hole 15 for a disc stuck at the top)
- Ground is pretty uneven on paths to the next hole.
- No garbage cans, plenty of places to put them. I'm sure they'll come in time.
- as of right now it's difficult to figure out exactly where to tee off from as in which side of the post.
- Part of a dog park, owners won't pick up after their dogs so watch where you step.
Other Thoughts: Don't bring novice players to this yet. My friends were living in the thorns.
Keep a golf ball or slingshot in your bag in case a disc gets stuck in a pine tree.
Part of a park with soccer/baseball fields so you can do some field throws before or after in case you want to.
Can't wait to see what it becomes.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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