DISC at Fall Creek Course- The Definitive Version
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Pros: DISC at Fall Creek Baptist- The Definitive Version.
Overview: DISC at Fall Creek Baptist Disc Golf Course is on private land, but is a public course, open at all times. The church has absolutely no qualms about golfers on their course, and hope it will lead to a fellowship among golfers and the church. There are several of these types of courses in the Indianapolis area:. Fall Creek Baptist is located just off the I-465 Shadeland 56th street exit, north on Shadeland, east on Fall Creek Boulevard 3 miles, and it's on the right. The course entails 18 holes: 36 concrete tees, Red and Blue tee placements and A and B dual pin locations for every hole.
I'm a strong proponent of every course having a dual set of tees, and this is a trademark of Dennis Byrne designed courses, as well as his habit of inserting baskets with a curtain of water to the right of the basket, in this case: Fall Creek River. The course is a great 'practice' course since every type of shot will probably be used on this course. Anhyzer shots (shots that go to the right, for a right handed thrower) seem to be the bane of most golfers, and there's plenty of opportunity to learn how to throw both long and short anhyser shots with trouble consequences.
This course is maintained weekly by church staff. There are signs on every tee location, long and short.
1/3 of the course is laid out around the parameter of a river, with the anyhyzer baskets tucked into slots in the brush But then, after 4 holes, you're into the woods. The fairways in the woods are usually wide enough to get a good rip on the long tees, but early trees will cause boogies. Basically it's a Par 3 course except for three holes that are exceptionally tough. A good score will demand a total skill set from the thrower: anhyzer, curved shots, long anhyzer drives, sidearms, trouble shots, long putts/approaches, and mostly it will require 'control.' It's not an easy course, but not overly difficult either, so I highly recommend it for learning to improve your golf game. If your game is all hyzer approaches, you're in trouble here. You'll be forced to learn new shots at Fall Creek.
Cons: Since the course borders a wide river, it has been known to flood, but the drainage is good and dries out pretty rapidly. The developers spent the year clearing out nettles, poison ivy and weeds from the off-fairways, so lost discs are fairly easy to locate. The cons of the course are being addressed very effectively: trashcans, a portable restroom, are all planned for 2014.
Overall, this is an great start to a 1 year-course! This course has seen more physical improvement and innovations than most of the other courses in Indy in over a decade. For instance, new 2013 Innova Disc Catcher Pro-28's (28-chain baskets) are used. 5x10 concrete pads keep the mud off your feet. There is also a great course map sign/membership board with events, and a nice practice basket with marked putting practice distance markers. They also have a Facebook page called 'DISC@Fall Creek' with updates, course conditions, and general dialog. In 2014 Fall Creek will have at least 2 leagues and 3 tournaments scheduled.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Really good course
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Pros: -variety of open/wooded holes
- FH/BH/Hyzerflip/Flex shots all in play
- Decision making. Very easy to get a 3 on some holes, but requires perfect shot for a 2. missing that shot could lead to a 4 easy.
- Can play quick when no one is there.
- Uses all shots, including emergency rollers, etc
-"Most: holes have more than one strategy to get there. (hyzer flip, flex fh, skip, turnover, hyzer fh, etc)
- Has been cleaned alot of underbrush, making losing discs a lot tougher, unless you go in the water. Haven't gotten stung by nettles in over a month either, so reviews that mention nettles are MUCH less accurate on that fact than before. They've killed most of them.
Cons: - Beginning is very repetitive. due to the land, but isn't a bad warmup. But this start def. keeps it from a higher rating.
- a couple holes are still a little gimmicky with a tree right in your path 30' from tee, with nowhere to go around it without a weird hyzer flip or a flexed fh (with a lot of luck as well). i have parked these holes as well as kicked into the water from seemingly the same shot. But the course is still getting broken-in, so we'll see how these change over time.
-No benches, no water, no bathrooms
-very bug laden, make sure to bring your bug spray.
- lots of water. Many chances to lose discs from bad throws, or bad kicks off average throws.
- tee sign distances seem quite off on some holes. Not sure how the measurement was done, but definitely don't go by all the signs, but by your knowledge of distance instead.
Other Thoughts: this has become my favorite course in town to play. Over the months since it was installed, it has been played a TON, and that has been very beneficial to its play. The first time you walk up to the course, you will think that most of the wooded holes have no path. After a couple of plays, you start to see that their are multiple paths to each hole. I've finally figured it out on all but 2 holes.
I would definitely recommend playing this course on your way through the Indy area. Hands down my favorite overall course in town, despite not having a hole where I can just grip-it-and-rip-it full power. 18 is pretty close, but with it being a large turnover, i still have to be wary of the parking lot, and reel it in a little on the power.
I really like having to use my forehand on as many shots as i do. The course also rewards the "dead straight" shot on most holes. That is a tough shot to pull off for many golfers, whereas a slight hyzer is easier. This course should help your play on other courses due to the need for very straight throws....and the emergency rescue shots for when you bounce into the rough, which penalizes pretty strongly by making par quite difficult if you hit an early tree and kick into the rough.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Love the terrain.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Reds and Blues play like completely different courses. Not just added distance, but different lines.
-Brand new baskets, catch everything
-Shots range from left to right, and everything in between
-All pads and signs in place, and look great.
-The wooded holes incorporate some beautiful views of the creek, without placing you in *too* much danger of getting wet. Haven't gotten is disc wet in my last three rounds there.
-the blues are very difficult. Forces some lines, much more so than most of our converted cornfield courses
-signage is great. Detailed and vivid.
Cons: -No drinking water, no accessible restrooms, no trashcans.
-Number 5 long tee is very much in play from the long tee on 7.
-pads are 10'. I find myself starting my runup behind the pad to take my usual steps.
-very muddy when wet, especially in the woods. Would be corrected with mulch or woodland grass.
Other Thoughts: Big improvements to the course since installation, much props to the small team who puts the work in. The mowing is better each week, and the new pads really help. In time, this course should polish up into one of the best in the area. Give a thought to a water fountain, or a trashcan near the course signage off #7.
We need more heavily wooded courses near Indianapolis.
*note to local players* Please don't take it upon yourselves to cut down limbs and trees. We need a technical course like this in Indy. If you take all the limbs and trees down, it could just become another boring course.
Now if only it had some elevation, this land would have "5" potential.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Great work in progress
Pros: A very nice challenging course. Out on a Saturday morning and ran into a crew from the church working on getting the rest of the tee pads in. Super friendly guys and even gave us some bug spray for the back 9.
Cons: Lots of dense vegetation and water in play can gobble up your discs if you're not careful.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
almost like 2 courses in one
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+ Multiple tees - The long tees make for a very different course than the short tees. Especially on the front 9, the short tees would be great for a family outing or beginners
+ Multiple pin locations
+ Great use of the land (great scenery on the back especially) and structures - the barn on #1 makes for an interesting hole; the course wraps around the perimeter of the property and uses the boundary with Fall Creek well
+ Very good signage - probably the best I've seen in the area
+ Concrete tee pads on all holes
+ Nice tee sign posts - to hang bags, stack discs, etc.
+ Well maintained - fairways and pin areas seem regularly cut
+ There is a practice basket near the start.
- Course layout makes for a several consecutive right doglegs at the beginning (feels a bit repetitious) but after that it gets more interesting, especially if you play all 18.
- Lots of stinging nettles in the woods/rough, mostly on back 9 - wear long pants, or just stay in the fairway! EDIT - rough has been cut back quite a bit so it isn't as much of an issue as it used to be.
- Not a consistent feel throughout the course - the back 9 plays very different from the front, but that's due to the layout of the land more than design.
Other Thoughts: There is a large course map and other info about the course. #1 will be to the right of the info board.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Good change of pace
Cons: Hole design could be better
Lot of pins are just tucked away to the right
Other Thoughts: Decent course. Nothing to rave home about but it is new and maybe a few adaptations to the pin locations would make it better. Hopefully the neddles will be mowed down once more people play it.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
DISC heaven at Fall Creek!
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Pros: This course has a little bit of everything, open full pump holes, both moderately and heavily wooded holes, a good dose of water holes, and even a fair amount of terrain to deal with. Nice size concrete Blue and Red tees and "A" and "B" pin locations on each hole. There is also a practice basket by the super sized, awesome course sign board! The front nine is mostly open to moderate woods, with a few holes in some dense woods along beautiful Fall Creek. The back nine is fully in the heavy woods and also has several challenging holes along the creek. Tons of big beautiful trees, lots of wildlife, this course is a pleasure to see, experience and play.
Holes vary from tight technical to long bomb, straight shots and doglegs abound. With Blue and Red tees for each hole, plus "A" and "B" pins too, it gives you four different layouts to enjoy. Players from Rec to Advanced to Open will find a challenging and enjoyable game here.
Easy to get to with plenty of parking, there's a big double sign-board near the first hole. Good tees signs and a nice flow on the course with only a few short walks between holes. A nice place to come play in the shade during the hot summer months!
Cons: The course is subject to some flooding, especially during the spring. But given its' location along Fall Creek, this is not unexpected! Bring the bug juice! No drinking water. Bring your own. Bathrooms are only available in the Church during hours they are open, but they are considering adding a portalet or two.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course and will only get better and better over time as benches and other refinements are made. There is even room for, and some interest in adding an additional 9 holes in the "back forty" to make it a 27 hole layout! Wish they could all be like this!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Comfortable mid-range course
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Pros: Pleasant course with both open and wooded holes. Medium range holes. But still enough of a challenge to be rewarding. A great course to warm up for a day of folf or a nice lunch time break.
Cons: A few holes play near the creek which is several feet deep. Already fished one disc from the depths.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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