2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Heymann Park DGC is situated in a well-groomed park a quick drive from numerous quality Lafayette courses. What distinguishes Heymann from these others is its penchant for long open drives (six holes over 400'!), some low ceilings (brought about by sprawling oaks), and the presence of water: several holes play around a small lake, which helps shape a few lines and creates some precarious approaches. The potential challenges of this hazard are maximized, and the shorter, tighter shots that take place in its vicinity provide a nice change of pace to the predominant hole types at Heymann: open bombers and low-ceilinged fairways guarded by the aforementioned oak branches. The course has a wide variety of distances, which is nice. Big arms will appreciate the opportunity to air it out here.
Navigation is relatively straightforward, although a map comes in handy at times.
The course is easy to get to and easy to find within the park itself. Parking is plentiful.
Cons: Heymann plays across quite open terrain - perhaps the most open I've ever played - which severely limits the challenge and level of interest it can provide. While a few holes run near sidewalks that provide intuitive out of bounds, the extensive OB mentioned by previous reviewers was largely unseen on my visit. Without these, the few OB that do exist - water included - are easily avoidable, save for a wary approach or two. Obstacles occasionally restrict your line off the tee, but these are singular enough to often be easily avoided without any shot shaping. The low ceilings you contend with will certainly restrict your drive, but even a passable roller will get you through to the other side unscathed: the flat terrain and lack of obstacles make it easy to roll to safety. From there it's usually a wide open approach to the basket. I've never so easily three'd so many 400'+ holes.
The lack of distinct lines and forced shots means the course plays more like field work at times. A "bombs away" feel predominates. Risk versus reward only really enters in when passing by the water, and even then its relatively mild.
The natural tees were occasionally muddy on my visit, and will almost undoubtedly turn swampish after a decent rain.
As previously mentioned, the course plays through a central area of the park, adjacent to and across roads, walking paths, picnic benches, and bathrooms. There's a lot of opportunity for conflict with non-disc golfers, although to be fair, the park was nearly empty on the Monday evening I visited.
Other Thoughts: Heymann offers you a chance to let loose and uncork a half a dozen or so big drives. It provides a casual round that contrasts the greater challenges of Pa Davis and Acadiana Park. My assumption is that the locals were seeking something different to the tighter feel of those two settings, and in that they've succeeded. Were I a Lafayette resident, I can see making the occasional visit to Heymann to unfurl a big drive and boost my confidence. If you're passing through, there are other, better courses to hit in the area, but they're all so tightly packed that you can easily hit four, including Heymann, if you make a day of it.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Decent course in dry weather
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is set in a municipal park with many mature (100+ year old) live oaks. These trees create a "ceiling" on half of the holes that is both fair and manageable. This adds significantly to difficulty level of these holes in a good way IMO. This also adds a unique scenic element to the course not to mention shade which is very nice in South Louisiana for much of the year.
There is also a good balance of technical holes versus more open holes.
Cons: #1 No tee pads. This is a significant issue after rain. The ground gets sloppy in areas. I'm told that the pond/lake/giant-mud-puddle in the middle of the course can impinge on the holes close to it, but did not see this myself. After a rain, you may have to throw from areas adjacent to the tees.
#2 Navigation. Multiple baskets can be seen from some tees. Make sure you know what you are supposed to be throwing at.
#3 Gimmicky OBs. There is OB on almost every hole. I can only think of two holes without significant OB areas. In several cases, baskets have been purposefully placed very near OB (less than 30 feet). For the tournament I played there, there was a booklet that listed the OB areas for each hole. Just the OB decriptions took up several pages.
#4 Safety issues. The course plays along roads, walking trails, near parking lots (indeed inviting a low shot over parked cars in one instance) and around many pavilions where other park-goers gather.
#5 Lack of elevation. There is little elevation change on the course and virtually no use of elevation on any of the holes.
#6 Lack of forced shot selection. As mentioned by the previous reviewer, a straight or hyzer shot is all you need here. Rollers and anhyzers may help on some holes, but are certainly not required.
Other Thoughts: The course is definitely worth playing but if you are in the area and only have time for playing one course, I'd recommend Pa Davis instead. If you are looking for more of a technical challenge, then play one of the courses at Acadiana Park.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Something different for Lafayette
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Heymann gives a different sort of challenge to the other area courses with plenty of aesthetics on the course. Located adjacent to the Vermillion River and among numerous hundreds of year old Live Oaks, the course epitomizes southern Louisiana. The front nine provides a more stern test of placement shots with out of bounds creeping into every hole in the form of picnic area pavilions, a pond, a baseball field, roads, several walking trails, and the river. Though plenty of danger is abound most all of these holes can be reached with a well executed drive. The back nine starts off with devilishly short ace run over the pond with a big chance of getting wet if not careful then wanders out to a chance for a few birdies in a row in and around several Live Oaks. The last four holes provide a demanding challenge of placement shots or a lot of luck in getting your three's. The Spanish Moss acts like cedar trees and keeps you honest from throwing wayward shots and getting away with it. The baskets are brand spanking new Innova Discatchers and each tee is marked with distances and a picture of the hole from the course map. The flow of the course is easy to follow with each hole for the most part being easy to spot from the previous basket. The tee pads are natural now but have held up well in the couple months the course has been in.
Cons: The course sees a lot of foot traffic and a lot of picnickers that have essentially no idea what disc golf is or that they are in the middle of the fairway most of the time. On any given day some holes (1, 2, 3, 9, 11, 18) may not be playable due to picnickers, bouncy castles, fishermen/women, and little kids running amok. This is seemingly a bigger issue on the weekends or any day with nice weather. Don't be surprised if kids run by and pick up your discs either and try to run off with it. Though a temporary con until the course gets more established and more amenities put in, the visuals on the tee signs can be confusing to some. The pictures are straight off the course map but without any re-orientation to show what you'd see off the tee. An example is hole 1's tee with the sign map being completely upside down from what you see off the tee. This is typical throughout the entire course. While it may not be the most obvious shot or best one for the given fairway, this course has 18 hyzers on it for RHBH. The forced shot selection is very low. There are rollers and anhyzers out there but none are forced as the fairways can still be thrown with a straight-to-hyzer line. This takes the course down a notch from being a true championship course for me.
Other Thoughts: Overall Heymann gives a lot of fun shots and a lot of spots that can leave you wondering what could have been. The pond/river can swallow your discs without skipping a beat if you're not careful and birdies can slip through your fingers. The aesthetics on the back nine are some of the best I've seen in the state and 16-18 are among the best finishing trio's in LA as well. I only really consider holes 9 and 16 to be par fours for a par 56 overall and would rate this course for an advanced and up to shot par and below. The course provides less skilled players a different style course than nearby Pa Davis but much more difficult. More skilled players will do well to go whole rounds without OB and to maximize shot placement for birdie opportunities.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Heyman Park Review
Pros: Every hole has a different obstacle that is unique to the course
Cons: In the weekends it can be very crowded due to park dwellers. Go in the weekday for the best experience!!
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a change up in the lafayette area, Heymann is your place. It's kind of a mix between acadiana, paul breax, and girard. Great course!!!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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