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New Albany, IN

New Albany DGC

3.55(based on 3 reviews)
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MrFrosty
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Experience: 31.3 years 764 played 387 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Disc Golf On Ball Golf 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 5, 2019 Played the course:once

Pros:

Many ball golf course are looking for different revenue streams as ball golf popularity grows and wanes . New Albany Golf Course , a 9 holer has recently opened its doors to disc golf (2018) with an `18 hole course . Adequate parking here and a small pro shop sits right next to it , serving favorite beverages to its customers . The groundskeeper and pro shop attendant were there when I checked in . Make sure you call ahead for a tee time in case they were busy . I called ahead but was playing at 1:00 on a Tuesday . Don't ask the staff too much about disc golf . They both are the nicest guys ,but they know where the course starts , where the first few holes go , and that's about it .They said that they had no more maps ( uh-oh ) but gave me a scorecard . I paid my $12 , was given the key to my golf cart ( pretty cool to drive a cart ) and started about 10 ft from the door . The tees are natural and are marked by a reddish brown circular piece of cardboard for signage with the hole number . The baskets are the nice Prodigies with deep buckets . Like most all disc golf courses , the grounds were mowed and immaculate and bathrooms are naturally in the clubhouse . There were only a handful of regular golfers and I was by myself on the disc golf course for the 2 hours I was there . David Greenwell did a great job of designing this course . This course starts off on the left with a downhill 396' blast to a basket under some trees . The next is a 511' drive that scoots low for some trees in the fairway , eventually left to a hidden basket close to a creek behind and to the left of it . 3 is a shorter drive with a gully and creek guarding the front and left . #4 has a tricky tee box that sits on a hill kind of behind the #3 basket , The course has some great holes here , is easy on the legs and has some fun to it . I could see a foursome getting together in 2 carts and having a blast all afternoon . #6 is an elevated tee like #4 . I won't go hole to hole and bore , but I will tell you that #7 is a tight drive from level ground to an uphill basket wedged between small trees and a lot of rough . You have to come straight back down to where you were and , standing at the tee for the hole you just played , turn immediately right walk several steps forward and throw forward to a basket ( 672') sitting on a small mound . 9 is to the left of it , near what looks like a small shelter to a hidden basket sitting on a small hill to the left . 10 is behind it , uphill and you throw to the basket on the right . 11 is a top of the world shot to the basket sitting on the level with woods off to the left . 14 was my signature hole ,. Elevated tee to a drive to the right , keeping out of a deep rough patch on the left and lots of rough on the right ( 582' ) . The hole ends slightly downhill with a couple of trees near the front of it . #16 has a great basket placement ( providing you find the tee ) deep in a tight grove of trees . #17 is 962' and level , but you will have to fight a long straight fairway with trees and their canopies to a small green tucked into the left . You will backtrack to the 18 tee 564' to the basket that sits on the hill with the clubhouse on it . The course has good length measuring just under 8000', with 7 holes at 485' or longer . It is a slow play . It took me 2 hours , but partly because of no map . I suggested a course map when I was leaving as many probably did , and it looks like the map they just added in the last couple of weeks is pretty good . Disc Risk : minimal . The course fairways are defined and the course is so clean , that the only way you are going to lose a disc is up in a large tree , or chucking a drive into the creek after a long rain . Good variety of shots . And a clubhouse with beer and soft drinks just steps away from where you leave your cart .

Cons:

#1 Navigation . Without a map you are in trouble . With the map , well,,,,,,The cardboard tee signs are lowered or moved when they mow . I had fits trying to find where to tee of from or even find tees . I had to safari a couple of the holes , 17 comes to mind . When these signs are down , you can see up to 3 baskets at a time and are confused there to throw to , especially since some of these holes play 500 + . #2 Course equipment , besides the shoddy uninformative signage , there are no definitive tee areas . Rubber mats or gravel would be nice . There also lacked benches , NEXT TEE signs . If you are charging disc golfers $12 to play , cart or no cart , you have to make it worthwhile to play . It's almost as if the course is saying " have fun on the cart , stay out of the way of the ball golfers and play Where's Waldo with the tee signs . #3 Safety . Many ball golfer may not be paying attention to you . Pay Attention To Them . They can hit a solid projectile a lot farther than you can throw a disc , and it will hurt more . Be aware of them . #4. Time . This course probably fill up during the weekends or evenings , tee time or not . With the length of the course and sharing it with ball golfers look to be here a while .#5 weather The flat part of this course looks like it could hold puddles of water . Flat grassy + natural tees = falling on your rear . There is also a danger element here . There are a couple of place where you cart has to climb the steep hills . you don't want to roll a cart on yourself or your partner . That's about it . $12 to play might feel steep to players that are used to playing for free .

Other Thoughts:

It may look like my rating makes it look like I don't like this course . While I think some issues need to be addressed , I think that this course could easily be a 3 1/2 or 4 some day . New Albany does have some good highlights : great course design , clean course, carts , and a clubhouse to hang out in after your round . I am going to play this course next fall with a buddy , and will adjust my rating upwards ( hopefully ) . My Recommendation : not far off of I-64 , and barely west of Louisville a thought provoking play . A little expensive for continual play for the locals, families and newbies trying to learn the game and too long a play for a leg stretching course . This is still a play for the traveler , the intermediate or the pro . I would say depending on your circumstances that this course is worth a try . I am glad I played it within it's first year , so I can see what it looks like in a year or 2 .
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Nickstinson
Experience: 2 played 1 reviews
4.00 star(s)

My favorite area course!! 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 1, 2018 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

- Disc golf on a ball golf course! Alot of opportunities to air it out, and still a good amount of OB and hazards to make it challenging. And.... you get a golf cart!
- Designer made good use of the few trees out on the course. For example, hole 1 is a wide open 400' bomb, but the basket sits right in the middle and behind two large evergreen trees.
- Pay-to-play but some of this money helps with the maintenance of the course. This is a pro (as well as a con), for the fact that when other (free to play) area courses need maintenance some of the area clubs organize work days to get that done. Cary keeps this course in tip top shape, so the clubs do not have to help maintain it.

Cons:

- The one major con- A few holes are in dire need of concrete tee pads (Holes 4 and 6).
- Not a big deal to me, but some ppl get turned away due to it being a pay to play course($12, but includes the cart rental).

Other Thoughts:

Hole 14 is the signature hole, requires a 300'+ well placed tee shot to avoid a ravine short and right, and OB left.
Hole 7 is a dartboard ace run, you will see what I mean when you stand on the tee!

All, in all there are some pretty cool holes on this course.

Holes 10 and 13 seem to play longer than the marked distances.
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Russell Gore
Experience: 31.2 years 80 played 38 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Not your average ball golf course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 20, 2018 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Great mix of shots to challenge your game. It's not all huge bombs like most ball golf courses. You really have to be on your game here or it will eat you up. Most of the greens will challenge you which is typical of any Dave Greenwell course. There are chances to go OB, blow past down huge hills, or roll away leaving you an even bigger comeback putt. The course is well manicured and in a very beautiful setting. Plus you get to ride carts rather than walking, you can't beat that.

Cons:

Muddy and slick after it rains. Having to stay on cart path adds a lot of walking.

Other Thoughts:

I highly recommend this course to anyone who might be in the area or coming from out of town.
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