Vandalia, MI 
Dr. Lawless Park Share
Uploaded By: shaggz Hole #8 (Taken 10/2009)
3 / 205ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #8 Tee

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 better than advertised.

1    1/9/2013   1/9/2013
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 305  Reviewed: 288  Exp: 7.5 Years
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Aesthetic-- Multi-use park but the area for dg is shared 50/50 with hiking trails/mountain bike trails. Neither seems very busy at any one time. as a side note, the baseball field basepaths seem very short...

Routing- Decent, the new signage makes it relatively easy to figure out where you are going and worn paths (even in the winter) make it even easier.

Teepads- although they are/were relatively snow covered, they are long and have built in roughness and were very "grippy" even in the snow.

Signage- better than what was there before (as was evident by the fact that there were still some of the old signs left)

Baskets- Mach II's in decent repair and have ribbons all over them for visibility (?) many of the "baskets" were slanted.

The Creek- it's purdy and a nice change of scenery.

Variety- Not much here. alot of the holes are very similar to each other.

Fairways- not very distinct in a lot of places a lot of poke and hope here.

Rough- sucks. punishing and potentially dangerous with a TON of poison ivy aerial roots. The sink holes here are potentially dangerous when slick.

Only one bench- yep, I said it, I'm old and appreciate a bench now and then.
Other Thoughts: This course could be pretty sweet, much like myles kimmerly with some TLC. unfortunately it seems almost a forgotten course. and the reviews aren't helping to bring in some good people to help with work. lets get some updates people!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 The Dr. Has A Cure For What Ails You

2-4    11/10/2012   11/10/2012
Review By: Jukeshoe
Played: 217  Reviewed: 169  Exp: 8.1 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Dr. Lawless Park is home to numerous mountain bike trails, baseball diamonds, pavilions, a few marshy areas that don't come into play, and heavily-wooded hills. The disc golf course can be located by following the first base line of the nearest ball diamond to #1's tee at the wood line. Say goodbye to open spaces as Dr. Lawless' dense trees and thick underbrush conspire to brutalize errant shots for the next 18 holes.
- The Dr. does a convincing job serving up one particular brand of disc golf: thickly wooded short holes that place a premium on line-shaping while navigating a plethora of moderate elevation changes in conjunction with an endless supply of mature trees.
- Excellent use of elevation. A wealth of decent-sized ups and downs are put to great use throughout the course. The variety in the way the elevation changes come into play from hole to hole is above average, and definitely the hallmark of this course. #3's basket sits on a narrow strip of land with small gullies running down each side into a fairly deep valley. With the hole being under 200', the possibility of going long into the deep rough is very real. #9 shoots over a small dip in the land with deep rough to both sides and an area of safety in the circle. Generally speaking, each hole contains some sort of positive use of elevation.
- Great use of the forest. The designers did a great job of creating fair but challenging holes that test line-shaping abilities while throwing both uphill and downhill. The trees get pretty tight in spots, but nothing is unfair or ridiculous. The thick rough provides severe but fair punishment for errant shots. Hitting your lines cleanly off the tee will result in a ton of birdies. Missing them can be an adventure.
- There are a multitude of paths running between the various holes, which has to help ease congestion during crowded course conditions as one can skip around as needed.
- Long, fairly new-ish looking concrete tees. They're a bit on the narrow side but otherwise pretty good. Wooden posts serve as the signs. Each post lists the hole number, distance, and par. On some holes, small wooded signs are also present. Baskets for the most part (see cons) are in good shape, and each has several orange ribbons attached, to aid in finding them through the trees. Several trash cans throughout help keep the course mostly devoid of litter.
- Although the course is near the ball diamonds and mountain bike trails, The Dr. has a pleasant nature vibe that for the most part is secluded from other park activities.
Cons: - The baskets for hole #'s 10 and 12 are currently missing (as of 11/10/12).
- I have no problem with punishing roughs, but when the majority of the course contains various thorns, stickers, and thistles it kinda starts to suck a bit. If you can't hit the fairways consistently, be sure to wear pants or risk looking like you're emo and have developed a cutting problem.
- While the many trails are probably a "pro" once you're familiar with the layout, they don't really help with navigation the first time through. Next tee signs exist in a few spots, but often in strange places where not needed. In other spots with a couple of different path options and a long walk to the next tee, nothing appears to help guide first timers.
- I dunno, this is difficult to hold against the course per se, but the nearby hog farm really stinks.
Other Thoughts: - Experts won't find much challenge here and will most likely find the thorns a deal breaker. For advanced players, Dr. Lawless offers a great technical workout for putters or mid-ranges. Beginners will find a wealth of fair but challenging variations on the main theme.
- I went into Dr. Lawless with low expectations given its rating (I don't usually read reviews prior to playing a course, but I often check the overall disc rating). I was pleasantly surprised to find a fun, interesting course that thoroughly explores a multitude of variations on a singular theme. I enjoyed the course enough to alter my plans and play a second round. Definitely a solid little course that deserves more respect than it has gotten.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.


5+    10/10/2009   10/27/2009
Review By: TimSyl
Played: 96  Reviewed: 31  Exp: 10.6 Years
This review was updated on 11/30/2012
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New holes make this course more challenging.

Available lines to every basket, a lot of trees but not just luck

Good mix of righty, lefty, and straight holes

secluded, never busy

schule being removed slowly but surely

many risk reward shots

cement pads
lack of length. Available land was used in redesign, park limited our options. Some great land east and north of the current course, but hunting is allowed there so probably not a good idea to use that area

Other Thoughts: Still a short course, but much more challenging than in the past. Most people still won't need a driver very often. On the old course you expected to deuce just about every you hope you can get 6-9 of them. Course has little temp signs now for ones ASAP.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 It's better than it was

2-4    10/11/2009   10/12/2009
Review By: shaggz
Played: 11  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 8.2 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Feel like the course is a little better now with the redesign. Previous design made this course "passable" to me, but the changes put in place made this course a little more decent.
Cons: Redesign just needs to be finished, tee pads really need some attention.
Other Thoughts: Just follow the right side of the baseball diamond by the corn field down the first baseline to find hole 1 of this newly redesign course.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.


1    3/28/2009   3/28/2009
Review By: Mark R
Played: 97  Reviewed: 75  Exp: 15.3 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Narrow paths through woods offer a chance to improve mid-range game. Decent baskets and signs. Back nine longer than front (about a 225' avg.). Many bird species (near a river, small lake and wetlands). Few other golfers.
Cons: Basket nine missing, very short front nine overall. Dirt tee pads. Thick prickly brush may make discs disappear in summer. No wide open holes or holes over 300'.
Other Thoughts: Nothing to go out of your way for, but should be a good course in windy and poor weather and is a pleasant hike.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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