Bloomington, IN 
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4 / 304ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #4 Basket to Tee

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 One of a kind…or Two?

2-4    8/29/2015   9/2/2015
Review By: sisyphus
Played: 300  Reviewed: 283  Exp: 6.1 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well, this is the first time I've ever played a course that has pairs of baskets to shoot at (on 7 of its 9 holes, anyway) with no discernable reason for having a second basket there. I took advantage of the layout to play two sets of discs 'left versus right', and was a little surprised to enjoy myself on the way. A very open layout in a family friendly park, the disc golf holes play to recreational to intermediate distances, and interestingly have signage that shows course par as mostly 4 per hole on 'longer' ones (seemingly indicating the target audience to be casual players), and a par of 2 (!) on one or two shortie ace runs (which might be 'true' for tournament players). Different.

Decently sized, level, concrete tee pads, simple and direct flow, and 18 chain baskets mean the amenities here are fine. There's even a kiosk sign (pretty much empty) at the first tee (behind the #3 shelter) and a couple of trash barrels on the loop. Maintenance is good, possibly because almost every hole plays pretty wide open. You do have gently rolling slopes and some widely spaced trees to work around.

The holes that might challenge a tournament player somewhat would be hole 5, which plays to a just-blind basket position slightly left and 40-50' past the middle tree, and hole 9, where an overthrow will put you into a bit of a foliage sanctuary. Otherwise, it's a very quick round with very little chance of misplacing a disc.
Cons: The openness of most of the holes means there's not much to challenge your shot-shaping, and the family-oriented nature of the park means you might have folks climbing a tree near your fairway or even dozing in a hammock 40 feet from the 8th baskets, on a warm summer weekend. I felt obliged to be sure and lay up, rather than bothering them.

It would be nice to see either a course map at the kiosk, or next tee signage (or both) out here for first timers.
Other Thoughts: Added a map here on DGCR for first timers. The oddity of having pairs of baskets, usually within 30 feet of each other, in the open, is striking. Clearly, they had access to more of the park in the past, and pulled back from an 18 hole layout to a 9, but the extra baskets could definitely be used to greater benefit. I'd even suggest pulling the extras (from holes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 & 9) and using them for one practice basket and a six hole, putt-putt, introductory course even closer to the shelters, if it were up to me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Where Did The Last Holes Go

1    5/11/2010   5/13/2010
Review By: tlgobble
Played: 10  Reviewed: 1
This review was updated on 5/16/2010
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good beginning courses. Good to practice (especially straight-on drives and putts.) Nice concrete tees on most holes. Par ratings ridiculously easy.
Cons: I couldn't find hole 7 or 8 or 9...all the way until 17. So we played 1-6, 17, 18. Thus we only could play 8 holes. Also, I saw a few holes without tees and tees without pins. The area around the tee pads were poorly maintained and susceptible to flooding. Overall, the course just seemed poorly maintained.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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