Disc golf desert no more!
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Pros: Lots of different shots and plenty of elevation.
Best teepads in the Tri-State!!!
Tight and technical.
Different routes (don't be afraid to go over the top!).
Placement shot player will be rewarded.
Tons of wildlife to be seen.
Blackberries on Holes 1 & 16.
Temporary tee signs posted on all the holes.
Cons: No girls in bikinis driving golf carts serving beer!
Ticks are crazy right now.
Briars galore (we will trim some but not all).
Too many branches (yeah, we are still trimming).
Lots of overgrowth if you get off the fairway.
Lots of debris laying on or near the course (wood chipper is coming= mulch).
Hard to find the path to hole 1 if you don't see the orange ribbons.
No parking lot yet.
Long walk from the parking area to the course that should be resolved in the future.
No grip it and rip it holes (well maybe your second shot on hole 17).
Other Thoughts: This course would take much longer to become reality without the help of these volunteers:
Steve Walker & Dearborn County Parks
Please thank them if you ever run into them.
It took 3 years to finally convince a park to build a course in southeastern Indiana. Most of the park departments I contacted are not supportive to disc golf. So, the success of disc golf in this area depends on this course and the behavior of its patrons. Please be mindful of this.
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Fun, technical, and much needed - appreciated!
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Pros: Now, before you judge, understand that this course has JUST opened (baskets in last week). But it needs a review, as it's the first public course in what has until now been a disc golf desert in SE Indiana, so y'all need to hear about it! Knowing some folks look at the number more than the text of a review, I've dropped a realistic rating on the course as I see it in its current state, and hope to see the expected improvements going in over time, to raise the rating quite a bit.
18 (+1) brand-new Innova DisCatcher baskets are often situated just blind off the tee, and finishing with occasionally tricky greens at the end of rolling, turning fairways often defined by the numerous cedars spaced throughout this lightly wooded acreage between a large farm field and Little Hogan creek (downslope to the west of the course). There are eight shorter holes ranging from 187 to 267 feet, but six relatively longer ones ranging from 328 to 388 feet. No monster bomb shots out here: you will be challenged more by the technical line shaping than the need for big 'D'.
Here at the outset, paths to the next tee are marked by yellow arrows and orange ribbon, but the course flow is actually pretty intuitive once you've gotten around once. The course has a pretty fair mix of left to right, straight, and right to left holes, but as a predominantly rhbh player, I appreciated the number of fade shots you get coming down the home stretch. The design is clever, using the available elevation and trees to create lines of flight accessible to the Intermediate disc golfer, and likely pretty good practice for the more advanced. Players at the recreational level and below who don't relish a challenge may get a little frustrated, as well as put some discs into the branches and rough.
So far, I'd have to say the 'signature holes' here are nine (a pretty brutally tight left-turning tee shot to a landing zone which will give you a long run into a tight little green at the end of the second lane), eleven (a gorgeous looking tee shot that can give you a fade left to the end of the fairway, but you'll have a small cluster of tree trunks between you and the basket), and seventeen (where you gun out through two cedars and still have to bend to the right to a straight 280' fairway, with the basket in the corner). But 12 & 13 tease you with the huge drop-off elevation to the west, and back across a tree-filled ravine, too.
In all, this course, and the nearby property, has some real potential as it 'weathers in', the rest of the park amenities are installed, and folks get out here to enjoy it.
Cons: Being new, the first of the tee pads are being installed, so right now, we're talking grass tees with flags as markers. Come prepared (long pants recommended) for the fact that there are currently a lot of briars and thorns just off the fairways, but the intended flight path fairways are, well, 'fair'. One of my concerns here is that, just off a couple of the fairways and paths, there are three or four places where troublesome sink holes could be a hazard, and need to be marked off, if not filled with gravel or something, fairly soon. One is just left of the third basket. You'll also want to spray on some Deep Woods OFF, to guard against summer bugs (I picked up a couple of ticks in late April).
Most folks will note (if not complain about) the lack of parking right at the course. Plans are in place for a parking lot adjacent to the start of the course, but not until the farm lease runs out. For now, you have to walk the distance of a couple long holes from the small lot at the park barn near the YES house. The course is situated in a somewhat remote area, just west of a crossroads-small town with nothing more than one gas station within a few miles, so you'll need to plan ahead for beverages and bathrooms for now. Finally, there aren't yet the usual finished signage, benches and trash cans that most courses acquire over time.
Other Thoughts: The tees being installed are large, level, boxed pavers in a firm foundation, and can be maintained, or even moved and adjusted for future changes to the course. The first set of tees are laid out to entice the Intermediate level player to come check out the course, but multiple tees are likely in the future. There will also soon be a kiosk sign with course map and permanent signage.
Last word: I personally hope that a lot of disc golfers will make an effort to visit Cedar Sentinels, represent with class, and give feedback to Dearborn County parks, so that this corner of the state can look to it as a model for more courses in the region.
Update 6/27/14: These teepads are awesome! Huge, level, solid pavers framed snugly. Great footing. New temp signage, and even more clearing lately make this a fair, but challenging course. Raised my rating a half point. BUT! You MUST control your shots at Cedar Sentinels, or you'll be searching the tall growth just off the fairway all day. Send spotters ahead. Better yet, disc down, and play this TIGHT course conservatively. The first person to get through clean will likely set a course record (currently 56). The course will only get better and better as traffic and time wears it in. If you worry about your control, please plan on a visit after the leaves and undergrowth fall off in autumn.
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