2 Helpful / 0 Not
1) 2 sets of tees
2) Some elevation changes
3) Open and wooded holes
4) gift/pro shop
1) No concrete tees
2) Slight con is pay to play, but I understand. It's private property
3) Too short, even from long tees
Course design: 3/5
I traveled further to play this course instead of Clear Creek. I was not disappointed.
This course is located on private property and is pay to play. Overall, it is a beautiful course and I had a lot of fun playing it. Upon arrival, the first thing you will notice is the gift shop that is right next to hole 1. Inside, they have discs for sale and a few other disc golf-related items. They also have drinks and food available.
For nearly all of the front 9, you play in the open, with the baskets being tucked just inside the wood line on the sides of the fairways. Seems like a lot of them were right doglegs from what I remember. These holes were fun bomber-style holes, but make sure you stay on the fairway because there is some thick ass rough on most of these holes.
The back nine+ is all in deep woods with some decent elevation changes. Seems like more of these are straight ahead or left doglegs.
The design is mostly balanced lefty/righty and is above average. I wouldn't say it's great design, but I certainly wouldn't say it's poor either; hence, why I gave it a 3. Overall, I found it to be as short course and that's even with me playing from the longs. I found myself wishing for a few more longer holes.
The scenery is above average. It's clean and well kept. There's slight rolling hills throughout. There's evidence of it being a farm all around you. People appeared to be working on the farm all around us as we were playing, which is unique.
Tees were large enough and there's two sets of tees. They are gravel though and I guess I would expect concrete for $5 a round. That said, I didn't have any problems using the tees; i.e., no slippage. The gravel pieces are small so the tees were remarkably flat.
Signage was above average. Metal signs on every hole with distances posted. Signs took a ding for no hole map on them. Not a huge deal if you grab a scorecard at hole 1 which has a map on the back.
Navigation was a breeze, especially with the map.
My overall impression of this course is that it is a fun course to play, especially as a novelty course. That said, I wouldn't drive 2 1/2 hours again to play it. As you can see, I've rated it 3.4 (rounding to 3.5), so that says a lot about it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Boondocks Farms
The property is beautiful. Mature woods and elevation is a rare combination in Central Indiana. Lucky for us, there's a disc golf course right in the middle of it!
-Well maintained property with 18 holes
- nice elevation changes on almost every hole
-excellent variety of shots, the back half of the course is tight but offers well shaped fairways
-tee signs and tee pad markers
-multiple tee pads, offers a great challenge for any level player
-very cool greens on several holes such as 11, 15, 18..
-quality Mach 5 baskets
-well designed and very fun to play
Cons: Not very many Cons with this course, more like a wish list..
-concrete pads would be an obvious upgrade. The gravel pads are not a problem, but some erosion has occurred
- I played in the winter, but I could see the undergrowth in the warmer months being thick. A spotter is recommended on a few blind shots.
- some smaller trees and debris could be cleaned up, including an old post/ electrical box on 11
-and more holes!! As I said, this is more like a wish list. The course is challenging and fun, but adding a few par 4's and extra holes could make this even more of a destination spot.
Other Thoughts: I definitely recommend playing Boondocks. With dual tee pads its easy and enjoyable to play multiple rounds in a day. Since the course is on private property they ask 5 dollars a round or 8 dollars all day. I have no problem with that, the owners obviously support disc golf and put the money back into the property. 45 minutes from Indy, not a bad drive to play a course that offers a unique feel to Indiana disc golf.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Impressive private course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Clean and well planned out. They take incredibly good care of the course and make it easy for visitors to take care of it as well. There are many many trashcans placed through the course. The cost is 5.00 a round or 8.00 a day done with an honors box. Well worth the price.
The variety of holes are nice with a little bit of everything. For myself I think hole 15 is my favorite hole. It's a nice uphill shot with a small barn and large ravine at the top of the hill. There's OB to the right that comes into play. It's one of the more difficult holes in my opinion and forces you to hit a tight line.
We played in high wind and it was interesting the variety of discs it required. The way the course is made, we were throwing every direction in the wind. Made it difficult and enjoyable.
The owner (I think) was out talking with a family and telling small children about the animals he has there. It's not just a quality course, it's a quality place in my opinion.
Cons: I would prefer anything but gravel pads. But that's not a con, just a personal preference. Some of them were uneven and made throwing a little more of a challenge, but that's part of the charm of the course too I guess.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very solid intermediate level courses that will challenge a majority of the players that come here, especially on holes 8-18. Course has holes that cater to all type of throws.
Baskets - 18 very grippy Mach 5 baskets that are labeled with the hole numbers in red. No issues on spit outs. There is also a practice basket at the start of the course,
Tees - 12 of the holes have two large gravel tees per hole. The shorter (am) tees are known as the sticks while the longer tees (pro) are the stones. Holes 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, and 16 only have one tee that are marked with both red wooden blocks and rocks. The gravel was not slick and seemed to have a fresh layer. The stones are more challenging but typically due to distance, at times, it changes the line of the hole.
Signs - Brand new signs that are no longer made of wood. They list the hole number, par, and distance for both the sticks and stone tees. Signs no longer include a picture of the hole. There are next hole signs when needed pointing you in the right direction. Course map at the start of the course and scorecards are available if needed. Signs located at the stones (pro) tee with exception on hole 14.
Variety - Course has everything from long and open (1-7), moderately wooded, heavily wooded, short and technical, long and technical, elevation, and multiple blind shots due to woods and elevation. There are a few water hazards 1, 4, 6, 9, 15, and 18 but the water is less than a foot deep at the most, typically only after it rains. Course starts off open and then finishes out in the woods starting with hole 8. Wooded holes are all different. No two holes are the same. Woods and elevation cause blind shots (see below).
Elevation - every hole has some sort of elevation change. Blind shots on holes 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 17 due to elevation. Elevation really stands out on holes 11, 12, 17, and 15.
Proshop includes discs, bags, and drinks. if not open, there is a number to call where someone will unlock. If nobody is present, use honor system to get drinks for $1 each.
Very peaceful and scenic course. Cannot hear cars, tons of nature, quiet, occasional sound of farm machinery and farm animals.
Benches on 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, and 17. 15's bench is halfway down the hole in a cool/creepy little hang out.
Trash cans at hole 6, after 9, and at hole 14.
Port -a-potty at start of course.
Pay to play money seems to be reinvested into the course (signs, gravel, bridges, etc).
Bridges when needed; 1, 6, 9, 10, 15, 18.
Easy to navigate. Keep in mind, after hole 9, go to the road and follow it to the left until you see the tee for 10. Otherwise no difficulty with navigating.
Cons: I can't think of anything that is a true con of this course. I don't mind the gravel pads and pay to play isn't a bad thing especially since it's being reinvested in the course.
Only a few long bomber holes but not necessarily an issue. More short and technical.
Some of the bridges could use some new wood. 15 and 18 have some boards missing and broken boards.
Signs no longer have picture of the hole. Only really needed on holes 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, and 17. Other holes you can see basket from tees.
No courses in nearby area to compliment this course.
Course can get muddy after rain, especially in the woods.
The rough can be rough so choose your throws wisely.
Other Thoughts: I absolutely love this course and play it once every other year. I need to play it more. It's in my top 5. It's very easy to get to and there are nearby gas stations and fast food if you are hungry. Would definitely recommend this course to anybody traveling in the area or anyone looking for a day trip. It's challenging and hard to forget. Only 45-60 minutes from Indy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great mix of open distance holes and wooded technical holes. The distance holes had tight fairways, though, which was a nice bonus. Chuck it, but be accurate! The couple of holes with elevation change was particularly nice!
Cons: A couple of the gravel tees could use a touching up to make the tee box better defined.
Other Thoughts: A very fun course. Worth the money, though with the hour drive added to it made it costly. Would make the drive often if cheaper.
Also, wish the clubhouse had posted hours. The available chilled bottle water was nice, though ($1).
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
The Fun Gets Rocking on 8!
Pros: From the carved totems in the driveway to the "evil petting zoo" (really, don't pet, the signs say they bite), to the festival area at the bottom of the drive, Boondocks Farms has a plethora of activities and amusements, and the disc golf course is increasingly enjoyable and memorable as you play along the field side wood lines to start, and it really begins to rock and roll by the time you enter the woods on hole 8. With nice DGA baskets (including a practice basket beside the gift shop/ ticket cabin to the left of the upper parking area) and gravel tees marked by red stakes (the 'sticks', short tees) and, well, 'stones' for the long tees, there is a considerable amount of challenge out here for the intermediate level disc golfer.
Several of the initial holes simply fade into the edge of the wood line or hyzer (rhbh) around the huge namesake stone sign (on hole 4). But almost every hole takes clever advantage of the rolling terrain. When you get to the woods, you'll encounter blind pin positions (8, 11, 15 & 17), really cool ravine crossers (15!) and tight but highly rewarding lines through the trees (well, every woods hole!). Even from the long tees, an experienced player will enjoy executing great shots for a chance at a lot of deuces out here.
The infrastructure (bridges, next tee signage when needed, minimalist but nice looking tee signs, a kiosk map and map/scorecards attached to the honor box) is all pretty impressive, and shows that they re-invest that pay for play money in the course.
Cons: The bigger arms in our traveling league mentioned they'd like to have seen a couple of big bomb shots out here, but I truly don't mind the shorter, more technical stuff here. Some folks have issues with pay to play, but at $5/ round or $8 all day, I saw where they've probably reinvested all of it and more on the course. If I saw any 'con' at all, it was probably that the short tees didn't create many distinctly different lines than the longs (which we played). Hole 9 seemed to be the biggest exception, with a distinctly different look, and 12 'short' has a slightly more open line down the hill than the 'long' (they stand side by side). Well, maybe one other thing: with (mostly) unboxed gravel, the stones marking the long tees sometimes roll out of position.
Other Thoughts: Hole by hole (rhbh descriptions):
#1 - slightly downhill anny into the wood line,
#2 - slight uphill and open, then turn to the right to
#3 - longer downhill with the creek to the right & long,
#4 - sweeping hyzer down around the sign, more creek to the right of the green, turn left, up to
#5 - a longer anny into the wood line, then come back out uphill to
#6 - a gap shot over bridge, and step up to long
#7 - long flex anny with a more generous green than appears from the tee, then into woods for
#8 - blind, tight, short multi-lane shot with the left being a little more open, turn right to long
#9 - very reachable sweeping hyzer down the hill (short is more direct, but tight), then cross bridge, walk down the drive to
#10 - has a sign by the drive, and tees uphill, finishing right, then you walk to the left and shoot
#11 - a beautiful, blind, tight hole where your drive needs to drop out of sight to the first terrace below, and NOT go long...walk back up to the top for either #12 tee - a narrow gap, but easily reachable drop shot below, turn left to
#13 - challenging, low-ceiling hyzer to hillside basket position, then forward to short, or up left to the hilltop for the long
#14 - a really pretty fade that can be reached with a very controlled drive, and play the long tee for the best thrill on
#15 - probably the signature hole: uphill, blind, with a ravine on the other side, with the basket actually reachable over the blind ravine! You could play -through- the shack at the top of the hill left as a mando, but that would be silly. Cross the incredible bridge to drop in your putt, and turn left to the ridge topping
#16 - hyzer that plays longer than 210' (there might be more pin positions here than we thought?), then forward to
#17 - a long, blind, right-fading shot (don't throw hyzer to the basket you see to the left, that's 10, and you'd endanger folks on 11's tees), finish forward to
#18 - a right-fading beeline downhill through the trees, across the creek to the basket just before the drive. Whew!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: --New teesigns- Sticks(short tees) and Stones(long tees)
--Topography not usually seen in Central Indiana
-- Wide Variety of shots
-- Good baskets that catch well
-- Dual teepads offer different lanes
Cons: -- A few fairways and tees were rutted up after a recent BMX race. Owner has done an excellent job is smoothing things out before the Tournament. Fresh gravel on some tees made for a little loose footing.
Other Thoughts: I really liked this course when i played it the first time. None of the holes seemed "gimicky".
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 7 Not
It's good, but I don't know if I'll ever be back
Pros: Good morning. And by morning, I mean "good whatever it is when you read this review. And if you aren't having a good day, then get out of your mood. Do you have any idea how lucky you are to be alive? I mean...come on". So at the risk of being Polly Positive, let's get this review started with the good stuff.
The area - This course sits on 160 acres of beautifully groomed, wonderfully taken care of real estate. The fairways were mowed very closely, and the rough was incredibly high. The trees were trimmed nicely and there were baby goats by a couple of the holes. I hate to use the word "picturesque", but this place really does sit on a little slice of heaven, out in the middle of absolutely nowhere.
Baskets - Were nice and well taken care of. They catch well and I got no spitouts all day.
Shot variety - There are plusses and minuses to the shot variety out at Boondocks. There are lots of elevation changes, which is great. The front 9 is WIDE open, but there really are no long holes. The back 9 is all wooded holes, all about the same length. Around the 310 mark or so. But the good news is that the trees and the elevation changes really challenge you to pay attention and work different shot shapes. The other good news is that you don't need a ton of different discs to play out here. So bring a smaller big and leave the big drivers at home.
Extras - There are homemade benches on a couple of holes. There is a port-o-let right there on hole 1, along with a little cabin where you can get drinks and so forth.
Tee pads - There are multiple tee pads on most holes. This is a super nice touch, even if the pads are all gravel. I played from the longs, and they were considerably harder than the shorts. I always like the idea of having alternate shots on every course.
There is some signage on the course. The signs that are there are super helpful. There are also lots of "next hole this way" signs, which I always appreciate as a first time visitor to a course.
Cons: This is an easy one for me, and drags this course down a TON. This is a pay to play course, which is fine. I play other PTP courses and don't mind. But five bucks to play ONE round?! Are you out of your mind? yeah, it's eight bucks to play all day, but that is literally four times more to play than other courses nearby that are also pay to play. And since this place is literally an hour from everywhere, I can't imagine going back and spending the money to play there. I would go back for a tournament, but not to play casually.
Tee pads - I really don't like gravel pads. I won't take off any points, but I would prefer the rubber mats over the straight up gravel.
There are a lot of signs missing, so you are playing the hole blind. That could use a lot of work.
I do wish there were more of a variety in distance on this course, Everything feels like it's 310 ish. I would love to see a big bomber hole here , either in the open part or the woods. They definitely have the land to do it.
Other Thoughts: At the end of the day, this is a good course. It's nicely taken care of. But to be super honest, it's not "go out of your way to experience it" nice. If you see a tournament here, go play it. But don't spend the five bucks and the gas money to get out of your way to play a round here.
"Good" works perfectly for this course. So a 3.0 it is.
6 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Category 1: "Essential Properties of a Good Course"
Baskets- Mach 5, in good condition. Highly visible sign with hole number on top of basket was helpful.
Tee Pads- Very generous size, all pee gravel. Most were level and had adequate traction. A few were sloped, but really didn't impact my round at all.
Navigation- One of the easiest courses to navigate I've played to date. The owners have done a fabulous job with clear signage throughout the course, and distance from baskets to the next tee was short.
Category 2: "Combine with Cat I to make a great course"
General course design- Outstanding! Course flowed very nicely. Hole 9 ended reasonably close to the parking lot. It's hard to choose a favorite hole, but I'm torn between Holes 11, 12, and 14. Very nice elevation changes and challenging approach/putts made these holes very fun. There were many other fine holes, but these were the most memorable. The first several holes on the front 9 are mostly open, but have well defined fairways like you'd expect on a ball golf course. I really enjoyed the opportunity on these to go for it. The remaining holes meander through the woods for a fair, but challenging test....none too long, but precision is more critical than distance on these.
Course Maintenance- Overall, the course was in excellent shape. Nice bridges over several ravines/ditches. Grass was short. Trash bins on several holes. It's clear money collected to play the course is going right back into the maintenance. Benches were present on several holes and were plenty big to accommodate even a large group.
Category 3: "bonus attributes to make an excellent course"
Chickens, goats, sheep and a turkey adjacent to hole 4?!
For central Indiana, this course had a nice amount of elevation changes from tee to baskets......not major; we're not Tennessee or Kentucky, but for Indiana, it was a nice change of pace!
Epic holes: I mentioned Holes 11, 12, and 14. Many others were fun, I just especially loved these holes.
Nice variety of hole distances. I played all as par 3 which seemed right.
I threw a variety of shots at this course in the wooded holes, using a lot of my bag. I found the long distance drivers weren't entirely useful on most wooded holes so those stayed put. Most useful was the Buzzz Ti for placement.
Overall, pretty challenging test! I improved by 6 shots on my 2nd 18, but if you're not careful and focused on every hole, the course can get you. Didn't make a lot of birdies (again, playing all par 3s) from the Pro tees, but most holes, a very well executed shot could make birdie possible which I liked. Not too many birdie gimmies (except maybe the first couple holes which were a good warmup).
The weather today was excellent (55 degrees after a long rough winter!), but we had the course to ourselves.
A small gift shop by the first tee appeared to have some discs for sale, but it was closed today.
Cons: Tee signs- Most tee signs were down when I played (possibly for the winter season) so I was a bit unsure of hole distances.
This course was very well thought out.....if I had 1 complaint on course design, I would have tried to incorporate at least a couple true par 4's or even a long par 5.
Other Thoughts: I think 4 is a very fair rating for this course. Stretching out a few holes to true Par 4 or 5 lengths (Par being what an expert would expect to score) could boost my rating to 4.5.
Given this course was one of the higher rated courses within an hrs drive from Columbus, IN my wife and I gave it a try. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and serenity of the property. We will definitely be back!
The cost is $5/round or $8/all day. I personally have no issues paying $5-8 to play a well thought-out, 4+ star caliber course and thought the cost was well worth the fun afternoon the course provided us.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Nice facilities, bridges, signs etc
-Challenging throws at times
-Excellent woods holes
-Nice land, especially in fall months
-Place that sells discs and has maps and other literature
Cons: -Front 7 is sorta boring and repetitive
-This course will eat discs very easily; between cornfields next to fairways, and deep woods with muddy creeks, play with a big group with good eyes
-5 dollars may be a bit much, 2 would be easier to swallow, especially if you lose a disc on the course at that price
-course affiliated members of this site will thumbs down your review if you con the price, lol
Other Thoughts: -Wear heavy clothes to walk through the woods
-Course takes a lot of walking to complete (not a bad thing)
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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