Best Course for Miles Around!
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Pros: The story goes that Morgan's Raiders actually partied in the barn on this farm back in the day (well, they hung out, er maybe hid out there?). Hence the name. This private residence course is comprised of 6 neat, inventive holes on 6 acres in the disc golf desert of southeastern Indiana. Until the new course that Greg is helping install a few miles away opens up, his home course is the best in the region. Greg, Tina and Alex are gracious hosts to throw a few holes with, and they'll even offer you a libation at the 19th (7th?) hole, mere steps around the shed from the finishing basket.
Greg starts his course by the front sidewalk with a low-ceilinged hard right hook shot around the aforementioned barn, and they've already 'removed' the glass window in the pottery shed for you. If you've got a low snap forehand (right handed), you can drive or skip this 236 footer awfully close. I'm over-dependent on my backhand, so I invite my friend Anny to this barn-raising. (…and I managed to dent a pumpkin and a solar light in the course of my first three tries).
You make do sometimes with what you're given, and that means mostly flat, Indiana land here. But Greg is slowly building a hilltop basket for the 264' 2nd hole (talk to him if you've got clean fill available). There is risk/reward here, with the fence to the right, and the dream of making the green trickier (roll-aways) as the hill grows.
The 549' third hole allows you one real bomb shot back toward the road, and is a risk on windy days to turn over your tee shot past the fence right, at least until the two rows of pines grow up to block the breezes some. The fourth is a challenging 292 footer with the third fence line right, and plays to a small 'island' green with the driveway an optional OB challenge. And I agree with Tina: the pine tree should stay on the green as long as it stays healthy. Walking back out front to shoot the 'deuce-or-die' 210' fifth to a second 'island' green, you can dream of being the first to throw an ace on this course.
The finishing sixth hole plays from around back, and has the course's only defined mando. The ideal line for this 242' hyzer (rhbh) plays low between a pair of trees, but above the log pile, and finishes behind the shed on a stump-elevated basket position. In all, the course has a ton of variety in a small package. There are permanent, numbered tee posts that stand probably 18-24" high, and define the right front corner of the natural turf tees. The baskets are lighter portables, but all have twin rings of chains, so only really firm putts cut through. In terms of overall design, there are no overlapping fairways, and the six holes constitute a nice short loop.
Cons: The course was limited by the fence perimeters of the rectangular property, and the flat terrain, so nine quality holes (or more) was not really possible. Being on a smaller, private piece of farmland, some of the shots necessarily swing a little close for comfort to the house, the barn, and so on, and though Greg and Tina say it's not a concern, I felt bad about hyzering one long drive into the siding of the house (sorry!). And if he ever has a larger group out playing multiple holes at the same time, the family, and all the pets, probably need to stay cramped up a little out of the way of all the flying plastic.
Other Thoughts: It's not a con, but a thing to keep in mind, that you'll need to contact Greg at the number listed (on the course home page) before coming out, so he can set up and share his course with you. I'd like to give this course a higher rating number, but don't want folks to come out expecting too much: you're not going to see benches, trash cans, public restrooms, etc. This is a home course that the family is willing to let you play. Finally, having been given the opportunity to be the first non-family member to play the course, I look forward to the "Inaugural Morgan's Raid Country Club Invitational" some time in the future!
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