7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a multi-use park with some areas with mature trees and some open areas between ball fields. The course has a surprising amount of length without really playing through other park uses. It's fun to have some bomber holes mixed in with the wooded shots. The trees and ball fields force a few left or right turning shots to mix things up a little bit. There are areas of the park with not many obstacles, but the limited ones available are used well.
The amenities here are pretty good overall. The baskets seemed older but were in decent shape and caught just fine. The tees were nice level concrete tees with plenty of room and a good surface. The signs were metal and had basic hole map and distance that were adequate to follow the course and easy to read.
Cons: The course is very flat, and a little boring. Most of the holes are either straight through some scattered trees or wide open, with little variety or different kinds of challenges. There isn't really any rough to punish errant shots, so a bad drive rarely means you'll actually lose any strokes.
There are some random extra tees around from a previous design, just took away from the aesthetics of the park a little for me. In general it was kind of a scruffy city park with no nice scenery or separation from other park uses. Some holes play right along roads making for some safety hazards.
Other Thoughts: This isn't the most exciting course to play, it doesn't have much variety or challenge other than distance on some of the long holes. If you're in the area, there are better courses around to play if you don't have time to play much.
Beginners won't find many places to lose discs, or too many holes that are overly challenging, but some of the long open holes might get frustrating. More experienced players won't find many different challenges, or enough variety to keep it interesting.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
C+ = Too much of too little
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C-
(A few of the first and last holes have some early trouble that might possibly cause a bogey to happen. Other than that it is a very open course. I understand a storm took out a lot of trees - bummer!)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
(The length alone on 3/4 of the holes fit my D, so I hope for a high number of birdies here.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == C
(A few holes force you to throw a specific line, but most are very open with various routes to the basket.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == C-
(Below average. Scruffy and run-down feeling. The park is in a lower class neighborhood and you see the park and houses on the entire course. No seclusion)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (149 18-hole, 91 9-hole as of late 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
In memory of a Legend, but not Legendary
Pros: Mostly concrete Tee pads. Most of the tee signs are sweet metal ones (like road signs) mounted on poles. Very nice, never seen that before. Signs show hole map and distance.
There are extra concrete pads, presumably from before the redesign, which can be used as alt long pads for several holes, though you'll have to be creative, because they aren't marked anywhere.
This course plays through a flat area between ballfields and tennis courts with scattered larger trees, and a few open fields, including a large square marshy area.
This course does a really god job making the best possible use of the property it sits on. It uses the trees and fences to force left and right curves, with the general lack of shule allowing multiple lines on most holes.
The marsh comes into play on hole 7, so watch out before you land your drive in it lik we all did.
This course weaves through the spaces between the other areas (playground, ballfield, etc) of the park very well, and manages to throw a surprising amount of distances at you as well, despite the park's relatively small size.
Some long bomber holes give you a chance to air it out, but some kind of obstacles are in play on almost every hole. One hole plays at the entrance of the park, showcasing DG to passerbys. Its in a large field with a lone scrubby bush/tree, and the basket is tucked right behind it.
THe signature hoel would probably be 18, which forces you to choose between a tight direct (slight right curve) tunnel shot up the gut between several trees, or a controlled hyzer around them through other scattered trees. Tough hole for righties.
As an added bonus, blackberry trees line the right of fairway 16, if you are in the mood for some local produce. We tried them and they tasted great!
Cons: Flat at a board. Though this course does a good job with whats there, the lack of terrain or thick woods really limits this course. Thus, when the course venture out into the open areas, the long holes got pretty boring fast, to me. The wooded holes were just ok, with a few good ones, like the aforementioned hole 18.
This course was full of large tree stumps, which led us to believe that this course used to have quite a few more trees on it. A local later filled us in. THe course used to be alot better and more technical, before the redesign. Then it was hit by a bad tornado,which knocked down a lot of the trees, thus forcing the redesign mentioned, so they added several long open holes in the field to replace the ones they lost with the deforestation.
This is really unfortunate, as with the additional trees the wooded holes here would've been quite tricky and interesting.
Overall, the course has ok wooded holes paired with boring long open holes. Its decent, worth a stop if youre in the area, but not very inspiring. There are tons of better courses around that you'd probably better stop at first, like Lemon Lake or The Oaks.
Other Thoughts: While in the area, we were fortunate enough to hear many great stories about Matt "Homie" Lovasko, the DGer who this course is dedicated to. Many recall how Matt got them into DG in the first place, in addition to being among the top local players. He tragically died in a house fire, and is remembered fondly by the locals, many of whom sport discs and shirts bearing the "Homie" logo on it. As Bart told us "It's our way of keeping him flying."
Its wonderful to have a disc golf course dedicated to such a wonderful person, and I give a 5/5 to what and who this course represents. The course itself, however, is objectively not quite as special as its namesake.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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