Can't beat free disc golf!
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Pros: -Personal note- this course is close to where I live and is where I learned to play so lots of good memories here!
-Plenty of shade, besides walks after drives on holes 2, 3, and 9.
-Swings for comfort and shade near holes 2 and 9.
-New disc catcher baskets! Unlike other older and smaller baskets, you can have a nice putt normally not go through the chains to the other side.
-Nice mix of holes. Flat, hilly, holes that include trees, fences for out of bounds, and hole 8 plays into the back of the woods!
-Decent sized parking lot.
-Wooden posts that indicate what hole you are on as well as the distance.
-I prefer grass/dirt tees so this place is nice. But obviously the risk is there for mud and slipping after some rain.
-Hole 9 has a splendid layout! Long drive downhill and the basket is on a steep uphill that levels off to mimic a "green". Many times your second/third throws will roll right down the hill which is frustrating but the challenge is welcome and makes the hole unique.
-Many 'let er rip" drives into open areas up and downhill which are always fun.
-Park is frequently mowed and kept is satisfactory condition for the most part.
-Numerous picnic tables and a pavillion near the tennis courts and hole 4.
Cons: -If you like concrete tees, this isn't your ideal place to play.
-Wooden posts are pretty basic, not very flashy.
-Little signage. Although the course is pretty much self explanatory.
-Poison ivy just lurking everywhere!
-Fence near holes 5-7 is breaking down in a few spots. Be careful when hopping over it.
-Hole 6 is the only bad hole. It's bland for one, almost like the designers didn't know where to go from there so they just plopped it in a random spot under a tree. And now the grass/weeds are becoming overgrown to the left of the tee area. It hasn't been trimmed in a long time so I'm beginning to think that was the designer's plan, albeit a bad one! Definite scrapes and possible poison ivy when going into those weeds to look for a shanked drive.
-Only 9 holes. I really believe it could be more due to the mass amount of woods available. Hole 8 is the only wooded hole and it is fun, besides seeing an occasional snake! If there were more holes possibly in the woods it could add another element to Bourissa. Although I don't know if that's something New Carlisle would be willing to do in terms of making more trails.
-Due to the absence of concrete tees, the dirt tees can get slippery after some rain.
-A few trees should be cut down since they are dead and have been for quite some time. Specifically near hole 2.
Other Thoughts: -Try the course backwards for fun! My friend and I have and it is more challenging.
-Sure it is only 9 holes but it is free and not overly easy.
-Bring bug spray if you are playing before it gets dark!
-Especially nice to play at if you're a beginner or relatively new to the game.
-Possible New Carlisle Hometown Days festival addition...disc golf tourney? I know the course is small but it would be fun and could be done in a few days.
-Overall, nothing spectacular here but nothing that really warrants a bad rating.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
New Course in New Carlisle
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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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