Practice Course with Potential
Pros: This location contains 3 DGA baskets. One is in the middle of a flat field at the bottom of a hill. Another is halfway up a hill in the back corner of the property. The 3rd basket is at on the side of a hill closer to the bottom. There are trees surrounding the park but they do not come into play. Baskets are placed away from the other park features so safety is not an issue.
Site also has a playground and a basketball court.
Room to expand (add baskets and tees).
Intended to learn the game of disc golf. Baskets are about 100-200 feet apart from each other. Could play 6 different holes if you play basket to basket.
Cons: No tees anywhere.
No obstacles / challenge besides the chance for a disc to roll down a hill. Wide open shots unless you get creative.
Trees do not come into play.
Other Thoughts: 2 more baskets would do wonders to this practice area. One behind the basketball court and one behind the playground. It would help to utilize the land a little better.
Tees or established throw areas would also improve this course. There are flat areas to throw from if you wanted to make your own course. Established tees would make this more worthwhile, especially if they were put into the woods.
If this area had 2 more baskets and established tees, it would be at best a 1.5 out of 5.
Decent practice bowl
Pros: There are three 18-chain DGA baskets out in the 'bowl' area behind this recreation center in New Albany, Indiana. The first is 100-120 feet downhill to the left of the top of the concrete stairs on the left (woods) side of the building, the second is downslope, angling 180 feet or so to the right, towards a space between the playground and basketball court. The third is back to the left, across the flat bottom of the bowl, a good 240 feet or so, and set against the upslope by the woods. Throwing back up the hill from there to the first basket is the up-slope equivalent of about a 270 footer, and might make for a reasonably easy practice loop, playing basket to basket until you get bored of it. It would be possible to create other areas from which to tee off: there's enough room to throw some reasonably safe 300 foot drives, and even a big top of the world shot from way back left of the building to the last basket mentioned could run 450'+. Finally, the reasonable variety of elevation might keep it at least a little interesting.
Cons: I wasn't able to find any 'tees' (mats, worn areas, or any other way to specify any particular intent), so the three baskets truly constitute only a practice area, as appropriately specified here on DGCR. There's not enough distance to attract bigger arms, but the area isn't intended for that: it's a Rec center practice area. The baskets are situated in the open, despite the fact that there were some woods rimming the uphill sides of the 'bowl' that might have added interest. I don't think they have room there to actually make a 'course', though, so the open slope area baskets might be the best they could do to introduce folks to the sport. Finally, the neighborhood is a little run-down, so you might want to consider that before visiting if some parts of town cause you concern.
Other Thoughts: It's not clear if the Rec center has discs for the local kids to use. The three children who stopped to asked me questions when I checked the course out on voting day (Rec center was used as a polling place) hadn't seen anyone playing before, but seemed to enjoy it when I let them putt in a few.
Reviewer Background as of this writing: age 54 w/ 4 yrs experience, rated 900+/-, played 238+ courses in 23 states, 80% w/in 3hr drive of Cincinnati. Thrown with folks rated 600's to 1000's, ages 9 to 85 in events and leagues at all tiers. Seldom drive beyond 300-330, but have a solid up-shot and putting game. I haven't designed any courses, but try to lend a hand (with my severely desk-job limited skill set) when I can.
Pros: This course was designed to cater to young kids and introduce them to the game. It's set in an open field with a few little hills in play.
There are 3 baskets and two grippy rubber mats per hole so it can be played as a 6 hole course or you can make up your own holes if you so desire.
It can serve as a nice area for locals to practice putting and approach shots.
Cons: There are no tee signs at the moment.
There are rubber tees. They are grippy which is nice, not as good as concrete, but concrete really isn't necessary for a course like this.
Rubber mats have gone missing so this is truly just a practice area now.
Very short beginner course.
Other Thoughts: This short course is appropriate for introducing kids to the game, not challenging existing players.
The Rec center has discs available for the kids there to use.
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