Easy peasy...but a lot of fun!
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Pros: - Pleasantly surprised by this well laid out course.
- Innova DiscCatchers with their infamous yellow chastity belt. As an added plus these have the yellow Innova flags on top. This is particularly nice since the course sits in a small bowl shaped area and the wind swirls ridiculously.
- While the course is overall quite easy it has its rather deceptive challenges. #9 has a crazy fast green. #3 looks like your typical wide open long hole but the uphill fairway makes it play closer to 370 rather than 300. #6 seems almost unbirdiable....
- No real design flaws so to speak of except (maybe) for #5. Flows nice and makes very good use of the existing land.
Cons: While the course is fun and enjoyable there are several things holding it back:
- The tees. These are rutted out spots in the grass and a few of them are just plain disasters. #2 being the worst with it's rather sharp downhill incline a run up is not recommended without cleats. #1 tee is just plain dangerous IMHO with trees on both sides and the boulder in front. #3 isn't quite as bad but with the dished out nature of the tee a twisted ankle is a real possibility.
- Didn't really care for how close #5 plays to the fence. There were no "No Tresspassing" signs so I have no idea if the woods on other side are private property or not.
- Tee signs are really inadequate. Just some 4x4's planted in the ground with tee numbers on them.
- Navigation on such a tiny course should NEVER be an issue buuuuuttttt...#2 it was tough to tell which basket to throw to since my 43 year old eyes couldn't tell if that was a 2 or 7 on the basket.
- This course is almost too easy. #4 for example is a hole that every am3 or better player should birdie almost every time. #8 and #7 also fall into that same category.
Other Thoughts: As stated previously, while this course is easy it is a lot of fun. Throw some concrete tee pads here and a few more holes and we have something special here. It appears that the land to the north could possibly be used for some wooded holes along with the area to the south of the neighboring running track.
Pros might find this course a little pedestrian but beginners are going to love it. With the wide open mowed area in the middle there is tons of potential to work on drives and there is some serious safari potential here. Not the kind of place that's a destination course but if you're in the area it's certainly worth playing a few times.
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nothing fancy; great for beginners
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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