13 Helpful / 0 Not
Tons of potential here
Pros: The course plays through a large and mostly wooded park with a few more open grassy areas. The majority of the holes are in tight woods, with narrow but fair lanes and harsh punishment from trees and brush if an errant shot leaves the fairway. There is some elevation here, and it's used well to add some challenge and variety to the course.
There are a couple holes that are ace runs with an accurate shot through the trees, and some that are longer and require a good drive and upshot for most players to look at a 3. The design does a good job of forcing a variety of shots, with a fairly balanced set of left/right/straight holes.
This course never feels repetitive, with lots of different kinds of holes, and even a few slightly more open holes sprinkled in to give you a break from the tough woods. I enjoyed the challenge of this course a lot, and thought the designers did an excellent job of using this property.
Cons: The course is nearly impossible to navigate without a good map or local guide, or perhaps both. I understand the local club is working hard on fixing this issue, and when it is corrected I can give this course a significantly higher rating, but for now there are some long walks that are not at all obvious, and I spent a good chunk of time wandering around the park trying to follow the course.
The tee pads are good concrete pads, but they are very small, even on the longer holes. The baskets are older, and a few didn't seem to catch as well any more. The tee signs didn't have much information about the current hole or how to get to the next one.
Other Thoughts: Based just on the holes and the design, this could be a 4 disc rated course, but with the navigation issues and lack of signage, I have to rate this course the same way I rate every other course which is from the perspective of a traveling player. If you can meet up with a local to show you around the course, this is a must play if you like challenging wooded golf, if not you may want to bring a map and some patience.
Beginners will probably find this course frustrating, with lots of tight lanes and punishing rough. More experienced players will find lots of good and different challenges here to test many parts of their game.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course for Seamstresses
Pros: This is a challenging course for just about any skill level. The course is very technical, requires many different shots, and engages your brain, something many courses fail to do. It has a decent amount of variety, although most of the course is in the woods. The large creek provides some elevation changes on a few holes as well as bringing water into play on at least 3 holes.
The course had passable, concrete tee pads (too short for many tastes, however) and DGA baskets.
Cons: The course seems generally sad and somewhat neglected. Much maintenance is needed on many of the fairways (although the ones that have been mowed and trimmed look great; maintenance is pretty much done entirely by the local club with little help from the Parks department). The course is starting to show some age with substandard tee pads (sometimes cracked and crumbling); missing, broken, or bare bones signs; and chain assemblies that are missing pieces.
Perhaps worse and definitely more dangerous is the erosion problems all over the course. Many holes run parallel to a large creek that is steadily eroding fairways and paths (Hole 6). If you play in the snow or rain, or right after, many spots are dangerously slippery, and this includes many of the tee pads. The steep climb up from hole 6 to 7 is especially treacherous when wet.
Another major issuse with this course is the nearly complete lack of any directional signage between holes. For new players without a local guide or map, this course would be a nightmare to try to navigate. Hole 2's tee pad is very difficult to find. The walk between 9 and 10 is long and bound to make some lose their way. Quite similarly, trying to find hole 16 without any guidance would be very difficult.
This course does not flow well, it is not exactly designed in a double loop, and many of the holes have long walks between them.
The course is also a bit of a luck course. While defenders can say it is technical, detractors point out that the only place more needles need to be threaded is at a seamstress convention. Several holes feature no apparent fairway. In addition, much of the schule is thick along the edges of the fairway.
Many also charge this course with being a lefty or sidearm course.
Other Thoughts: For many locals (and regular out-of-town players) this course is their favorite in Lexington due to its challenge. Once one knows the course, the navigational issues are pretty much ignored, as are the extremely tight fairways (for the most part).
Currently, Hole 18 is using the practice basket since its actual basket was stolen. Plans are underway for a new basket as well as new signs for the course.
In the big picture, the course is an excellent complement to Shillito Park and Riney B, giving almost every golfer a little bit of something that fits their particular tastes.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.