nothing fancy; great for beginners
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Pros: Located in a new city park which is clean and well maintained. Cut grass. Yellow Innova flags on top of each DisCather basket. Decent elevation changes considering this is northern Indiana.
Plays slightly longer than it looks. Beginner friendly, no shots are difficult (except #6).
Cons: Only 9 holes with all dirt tees. The tees are marked with a wooden post and a yellow number (not always pointing you towards the basket) but can be seen from the previous basket.
Since it is so new, the dirt/grass tee area's are not exactly defined. A worn area in the grass will develop soon enough with more play.
Other Thoughts: the below distances are estimates...
#1 - 250' slightly downhill which plays over a permanent picnic table if throwing RHBH. Potentail danger right away!
#2 - 300' mostly open downhill shot with the basket left just on the uphill (not #7 which is straight ahead)
#3 - 300' back uphill. Completely open hole except behind the basket there isn't much room.
#4 - 140' RHBH around a tree and left of the tennis courts. Ace run! Is a mando needed very near the tee?
#5 - 280' fun downhill shot guarded by 2 trees about 250' out. The fence which borders the left side of the fairway is already damaged from golfers climbing it to retrieve discs. A gate or opening is needed since lot of shots will hyzer OB here.
#6 - 240' tough uphill shot with no clear fairway. Hated this one.
#7 - 140' sloping left to right shot. Which side of the post to you tee from?
#8 - 180' straight low ceiling shot ending in the woods.
#9 - 375' wide open with a great elevated green area which will be prone to roll aways near the basket. Great basket placement!
Miller's Home Cafe in town is excellent for any meal. Terrific small town eatery!
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New Course in New Carlisle
Pros: - Bourissa Hills DGC is a 9-hole beginner level course set in a small but well-equipped multi-use park. The course mostly avoids the other activities and is tucked away in the far back corner. Surrounded for the most part by woods, the small valley the course plays around and across is mostly open grass dotted occasionally with ancient oak trees. There's plenty of open areas to get some sun, but the shade is plentiful enough on even the hottest of days.
- Good use of the rolling elevation. #2 plays downhill across the valley, the basket protected by oaks. #3 plays uphill back across the valley, the pin placed precariously on the edge of the woods. #5 has a long gradual slope downhill. #'s 6 and 7 play laterally across the rim of the valley. Finally, #9 plays uphill, the pin sitting on the edge of a small drop-off. The rollaway potential on this hole is commensurate for this sort of course; definitely possible but not punishing enough to put off novice players.
- Great use of trees. Low ceiling shots on #'s 1, 6, and 8. Trees surround greens on #'s 1 and 8. Pins are placed next to woods to create risk (e.g., #3). Scattered trees provide obstacles throughout. A mulberry tree provides shade and berries at #5's tee.
Cons: - The signage is a little suspect at this point. No distances or maps, just a wooden post with the number. It really doesn't affect play too much, except the first time through. #2's basket is the one tucked in the trees, not the one in the open to the right (trust me, it's not obvious).
- Natural tees. I'm guessing at some point that these will get upgraded. At the moment they're a non-factor but with play or in wet conditions they're far, far from ideal.
- Poison ivy is growing up the tree directly behind #2's basket. Be careful. It's also at the edge of the woods in most spots, and to the right of #1's tee.
- Picnic tables in play on #'s 1 and 2, although these look to be used infrequently. The tennis courts might come into play on #'s 4 and 5 on particularly bad shots, but again, these seem to be seldom used.
- A fence bounds the left side of #5's fairway. Lots of noob hyzers will go to the other side. The fence is low and easily jumped; however, I spoke with someone involved with the park and they said a section would most likely be removed, allowing easy access to the other side.
Other Thoughts: - I was pleasantly surprised with this course. Solid if not spectacular for a 9-hole beginner level course. Lots of fun shots for beginners and more advanced players alike. Pros and upper-level players need not apply unless course bagging or using the course as a practice area (at which it excels).
- There's a broad piece of concrete to the right of #1's tee that could be used to play to any of the baskets as alternate holes.
- Shout out to gordonbombay for the assist!
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