2 Helpful / 1 Not
Rum Village, needs some TLC
Pros: -Free to play.
-Long holes with some good down hill shots.
-Hardly ever a wait to tee off.
-Can be very pretty in the summer with old trees that can make some good obstacles.
Cons: Unlike what some other people have said the city of South Bend has not done a great job of maintaining the park. The signs all need to be replaced due to vandals, and hole 4 is missing its basket. There is also trash everywhere.
Other Thoughts: If Rum was cleaned up a little then it would be a nice little city course to play, this does not mean that the course is a bad course to play. If one would really like to play a nicely maintained head over to Mishawaka to play on George Wilson.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's free!
Cement tees (I didn't realize how much of a plus cement tees were until I played a few courses with natural tees)
Offers a variety of holes. Short and long, uphill and down. Around and through the trees.
Mature oak trees provide shade and scenery. There is a great view of the downtown South Bend skyline from one of the hilltop holes.
Cons: The course is not well marked. Some signs are wrong, missing, or damaged. I've played here a lot and I still get lost. I often get to the end and realize I've only shot 17 holes.
No scorecards or maps are available. I have no idea what par actually is on this course.
There are a couple of holes where you may find yourself in the street (not the park road, but the actual street with very real traffic)
Other Thoughts: Watch out for the acorns on the hillsides in the fall - dangerous in a "Home Alone" kind of way.
I like this course, I think my biggest problem with it is the sign confusion. If they just updated and replaced the signs this would be a great course and I would give it a higher rating.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Classic Beginner Course
Pros: This is a classic beginner friendly kind of course. Occupying a park with well established mature trees, and easy rolling hills, it's a nice walk, generally well kept, and easy to navigate.
Most holes are reachable (i.e. under or around 300') even for beginning players. Not terribly taxing for top pros (Geoff Lissaman shot a 37 there in the '96 Worlds), but it doesn't strike me as having meant to be a championship course.
Cons: There are other more difficult courses near by, so saying that this is a short course isn't exactly a fair CON.
Other Thoughts: This is the kind of course you could take your family out to to introduce them to DG. If I remember correctly, there are picnic areas nearby, so its a fairly family friendly kind of place. Fun to play, decent, but not remarkable.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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