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Pros: - The kind and welcoming congregation of Fall Creek Baptist Church have put together a solid, if not necessarily spectacular, 18-hole layout that well utilizes the available land. The result strikes a balance between open holes that attempt to be beginner-friendly and a wooded back nine that works hard at presenting challenging, technical design.
- Decent use of available elevation. No major ups and downs, but lots of little slopes and wrinkles that work well enough to spice up the round a bit. #18's basket sits atop a large raised berm, on a level with the parking lot. A nice enough way to finish an otherwise mostly flat round.
- Several holes play near a fairly sizeable river. The banks drop off alarmingly, often covered in ridiculous amounts of vegetation. To the right of the fairway on #4 long comes to mind in particular; however, for the most part the river is unfortunately out of play except on the most errant of throws.
- Amenities. Nice new concrete pads (at both the long and short tees), baskets, dual pin positions, etc.
- The front nine can be played as it's own loop. After playing #8, a set of tees is provided to play up to #18's basket. Alt #9 is a great way of providing a family-friendly, accessible beginner style course in addition to the more difficult 18-hole layout.
- Beautiful back nine with gorgeous ancient trees and a beautiful river.
Cons: - There's a bit of repetition. Several holes on the front nine feel like the same shot off the tee (left to right, with extreme rough/woods to the right directly off the fairway). Likewise, the back nine seemed to settle into a bit of a rut. I think this is compounded by (or perhaps caused by) the similarity in hole lengths. Not much in the way of variety in the distance department helps make all the holes blend together a bit. Even the long pins usually just add 30-40 feet without really changing the hole much.
- The rough can be at times vindictively punishing, drastically beating down only slightly off-target shots. The front nine is the worst offender here. I like rough roughs, but if they're trying to present the front as beginner friendly, there's plenty of easily attainable horrificness (river, nettles, ROUGH, drop-offs) to quickly turn off most newbies.
- Nettles are extra-special nasty on the back nine. Tread carefully or risk getting lit up.
Other Thoughts: - It's like the designer(s) got "caught in between" on the design. It seems like they REALLY wanted to present challenging, exciting disc golf in some areas, but also felt as though they needed enough of the course to be accessible to very casual or new players. In the end, I feel as though this hurt both the beginner part AND the holes requiring a higher skill level.
- This is a new course, with some bumps to get worked out still. The nettles are going to get sprayed next year, apparently. The people who put this course in are super nice, welcoming, and really were interested in hearing our opinions (whether it was the actual designer, one of the members who helped install, or someone from the church, I'm not exactly sure…but they made sure to grill us as we made our way back to the car, lol!). Point being, people who care that much and have their hearts in the right spot usually figure out a way to improve things over time. That's what I expect from Disc @ Fall Creek.
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