Good option in Indianapolis
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Pros: The grass is thick and well-maintained.
The large board with the map is also nice.
I was impressed when I opened to mailbox to hopefully find a scorecard--not only was it in there (with the same color map as the large board on the backside of the scorecard,) there were also pens & pencils available. I'd assume they would like you to use and return them. I had my own so it didn't matter but that was a nice touch.
There was one other little thing I found to be thoughtful--there is a shoe scraper to clean the soles of your shoes. I've only seen these at ball golf courses.
The baskets are pretty new and good quality with heavy chains.
There are two teepads and two pin placements for each hole, and they've done one thing that is probably for their benefit but turns out to be a helpful thing for the player---the baskets were in the "B" position, which is longer, but there was a short piece of PVC pipe sticking out of the peg on the "A" placement, which, if you referenced the map on the scorecard and sign, made it easy to at least get an idea of where the basket would be even if you couldn't see it. Going along with the big map, there is good signage at each tee pad.
Cons: There are several holes that are pretty close together. I'd imagine playing a tournament out there would get dicey at times, as many baskets and teepads are close together. I don't know if they could really have changed that, as they've done a good job using the available land but it could be a problem.
I also am not a fan of holes that "don't fit in" with the rest of the course, and I kind of put hole 18 with that. It seems far longer than the other holes. Just a personal thing with me, perhaps, and won't really matter to anyone else. 18 could also be difficult to play if there are youth soccer games going on, as the basket is right next to the field.
Not a terrible problem as most of the pads aren't too far apart, but it could be a minor annoyance to some.
With the parking lot used as an OB, you could run into trouble with vehicles, although I'd assume there isn't much playing going on when activities are being held at the church.
Other Thoughts: #1 You throw through some trees, basically following the channel of a dry (or mostly dry) creek bed. A shed is on the left which you can hit or get stuck behind.
#2 Tree line/woods to the right; open field to the left. Baskets are cut back into the woods. The B placement doesn't have a very wide entry.
#3 Similar set up--trees right, field left, with the baskets in the trees. You could run into trouble if you go at the B basket on the approach, as the creek isn't too far behind it.
#4 Same thing; trees right, field left. Cut back to the right to get through a few trees to the basket. The creek is right of the basket and could come into play.
#5 Tricky if you're playing the B. This one is an ace run if you're bold. It's only 261' at its farthest, but there is a small stream that empties into Fall Creek, and that mouth is just in front of the basket. There is a very small landing area as it is really just a small peninsula.
#6 Throw back over that smaller stream (shouldn't be a problem and just a slight bit uphill. Plays just slightly right to left and both pins are guarded by trees.
#7 If you follow the direct line you'll cross the small stream bed about 3 times on the say to the basket, but you can go wide to the left and let it come back to the basket guarded by tall trees.
#8 Plays about like the first few with open area left and trees right. This one is a bit more of a dogleg though, and there are two added hazards. There is a very small stream emptying into Fall Creek that runs in front of the back pin. That basket is also not too far from the creek.
#9 Pretty straight with a few trees here and there to navigate. The creek is to the right but shouldn't usually be a problem.
#10 Similar description to #9. You're basically throwing down what looks like a trail made by some kind of vehicle.
#11 Turns through the trees slightly left to right. Reachable hole--277' at the longest--and a good "S" shot for most RHBH players.
#12 Another potential ace run. 248 is max distance. Bit of a dogleg to the left. Keep it low and don't go too far on your approach or you could end up wet.
#13 Creek runs along the right of the fairway. You should probably be able to avoid it unless you hit a tree and carom (I did, but luckily the water was down from the horrible rains Indiana has gotten the last month and I landed on a sandbar.) Short basket is a pretty straight shot but from that point it turns a little left to get back to the B pin.
#14 Straight shot through minimal trees into a narrowing fairway. Right turn at the end of the fairway to get to a guarded basket.
#15. Straight shot for about 3/4 of the distance, at which point the fairway splits in two. A basket is to the left, B basket is to the right.
#16 Narrow right off the tee with the tree on the left of the fairway leaning out over the fairway--stay low. Fairway follows the walking path and turns very slightly to the left--B basket is kind of guarded.
#17 Pretty straight shot for the B basket. A basket is straight until the end of the fairway where it curls a bit right.
#18 Pond to the right. If you clear the pond but end up short of the trees you're OB. Fairway goes uphill and then doglegs right. Fairway is wide open until you get to the end of it, where it narrows and you have to hit a gap to get through a small window to the basket on the other side of the trees.
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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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