It’s great that this small town has a course. They have new 18 chain DGA baskets with number plates. Tees signs are very informative, and there’s even a large sign ‘advertising the course, plus their schematic map printed on scorecards…
However, from the very first tee through the finish, I could only really dwell quite a bit on how the design breaks my three fundamentals of good course design: It’s unsafe, not terribly fun, and doesn’t present an appropriate challenge to the likely target audience. The very first hole, once you realize it’s immediately beside the ‘billboard’ sign, has no designated tee area in the grass (just a sign post facing to the side away from where you approach). You realize they actually MEANT for you to throw across the park drive, through four telephone poles, adjacent to a playground, and just to the right of two disc-catching pines. Then when you get there, you realize the next tee post is hidden, blind, only eight feet beyond the basket (in fact, if you can’t easily spot the next basket, just look for the sign post that’s always right there inside circle one). I wouldn’t even have thrown a hole like this except I was in from out of town, and there was nobody else in the park this morning at 35 degrees.
Next, you throw a nearly 400-foot lane with a park shelter in the right hand hyzer line. Then you look for the third basket and have to ignore the first one you see (that’s 6: basket 3 is to the right). Hole 4 is over 400’ with another shelter in the left side of the fairway, and a park drive in the right, finishing with the horseshoe pits inside circle one, and another tee just beyond and left. 5 is OK but throws across the 9th fairway. In fact, all the remaining holes (all over 350’) cross other fairways.
Hole distances are scaled for intermediate, younger, longer arms, and will just be frustrating for the more likely (casual and recreational) intended players, but don’t really present a serious challenge for advanced or open players (no serious obstacles or hazards, and no elevation whatsoever). In all (and I’m usually not overly critical, since having a course is usually better than not), this course is technically a good educational experience showing things you might NOT want to do. Compare with ‘part two’ (Montgomery Creek, over in Knightstown).
Here in November, 2023, there is major road construction underway all along the north side of the main road through town (National Rd 40), such that SR103 is marked as ‘closed’ for miles to the north, so you might have to navigate a little to get in and out of town.