Decent Course with Navigation Issues
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great Blue Heron is a decent course that is spread across the scenic Memorial Lake Park in Norwalk. 24 holes that give you a bit of everything. Wooded, open, and water shots.
Nice kiosk, with a map and scorecard box. Also a bench, trash can, and restrooms by the kiosk.
Some very interesting holes that aren't afraid to bring water into play. While most holes are fairly easy, there's a few that'll definetly test your game.
Solid baskets on every hole. They're a little old, but still catch well.
Concrete tees for the pro tees on every hole. They're really long and provide plenty of space to run up.
Looks like disc golf isn't a huge thing around here, so the course was completely empty.
Very scenic, with views of the lake throughout the round. Abundance of wildlife.
Only place in the area to throw.
Cons: Very difficult to navigate. While many holes have tape or signs, it's still pretty hard to find your way around. Even with a map.
Tee signs are fading and don't have the hole number. Some are laced with graffiti.
There's a handful of holes that are pretty bland. Wide open straight shot to the basket.
Some holes play right over roadways. A couple holes have you tee off blindly around a corner over a road.
Kind of in Farm country USA. As a result, elevation is hard to come by. 24 holes with little elevation gets a little repetitive.
Other Thoughts: I think with improved navigation and tee signs this could be a 3.5. However, in its present state, I'll keep it at a 2.5 (Decent/Typical).
Side note: The lake is starting to recede due to lack of rainfall, so a few of the water holes weren't as dangerous because the water was drying up and far from the shore.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Scenic and confusing
Most holes had nice concrete tee pads
Scenic park with lake makes for a pleasant game
Nice blend of skill/distance
Well maintained park & course
Friendly, helpful locals
Kiosk had complimentary maps/scorecards
Course layout is extremely confusing.
No tee signs/indicators or tee maps
Not all holes had tee pads, concrete or otherwise.
Lots of fairway overlap and ambiguous basket placement
Course is a bit remote from major highways
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a decent course. However I was extremely confused and frustrated as a first-timer on this course as the layout was extremely difficult to decipher, even with a course map and some helpful local players.
Many times I encountered tees where two or more baskets could have been the target. Very confusing as to what you were throwing at, and lots of overlap on the course which could be annoying if/when the course is busy as you would need to wait out for other payers a few holes ahead of you, since you'd be either throwing across them or in the same general area.
Where there were concrete tees, they were nice. I was a bit disoriented by them at first, as they taper towards the hole (I would have assumed the opposite, so as to not require thought of foot placement as you run up for your release).
Many holes were thoughtfully placed along the lake edge, making for a very scenic round. Also makes for some psychological and physical obstacles for these water's edge holes. The back nine had some great wooded holes, offering accuracy challenges. That said, most of the course hugs the main roads and areas of the park, so you'll be throwing over roads and waiting for the occasional car. You never really get deep into the park at all.
Although a multi-use park, the course is plenty separate from the other park-goers and only briefly encroaches the other areas in the 16-18 hole range.
I never found the tee (or tee area) for hole 16, and after looking in vain for the hole 19 tee I just called it a day after a round of 18. The course does loop back to the parking area, if you play all 21 holes.
The park had playgrounds, offered public fishing areas as well as picnic tables and grills. Bathrooms were available near the hole 1 tee, and it had a water fountain. No concession stand or anything like that.
Overall, the confusing layout of the course tipped the scale for me over this potentially enjoyable, and very scenic course. Perhaps if I knew the course better it might have been more of a pleasure to play. The front nine had an odd design of packing in a lot of holes in a very confined area, which gave the front nine a cramped, repetitive feel. And the fact that the course was laid out along most of the main roads in the park was kind of a bummer for such a remote, rural location.
The park is in a pretty rural area of Ohio, and while you are traveling on main roads the whole way, you're off the highway for most of the drive. If you are in the area or traveling through, it's probably worth a visit since there's not much in the way of other disc golf courses for a wide radius, but for a specific trip to this course (as I did), I would have to recommend against. I'm glad to have checked it off my wish list, but I won't be returning.
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