3 Helpful / 0 Not
A solid design and fun course
Pros: 1) Dual tees allow for a different challenge and layout.
2) Concrete tees are always appreciated.
3) Signs have Hole #, Par, Distance, Next Tee location, and a map of the hole.
4) There are plenty of benches and garbage cans available on this course.
5) I love seeing old concrete and stone structures from whatever the land used to be used for. They give a lot of charm to courses and are simply attractive. The stone bridge on #9 was a nice feature.
6) I kept hearing zoo animals throughout the entire round. I am not sure what animals they were, but it was enjoyable soundtrack to my round. I felt like at any time and animal might come crawling out of the woods after me. I laughed aloud when I heard one of the animals MEOWING.
7) Island green is a unique idea, something I have seen from time to time.
8) Elevation changes on this course were great and very enjoyable. It is a lot of fun to throw down the slopes and see how the disc acts differently. Throwing uphill is equally the opposite. It is not fun to throw uphill because you cannot really enjoy the flight.
9) Mulch was used in a few locations to help cover up the bare soil. It could be used in more places, but at least they are addressing the worst of the areas. It looks like a pile of mulch at the bottom of the hill may be used by the local club.
10) Excellent distance variation on this course with 200's, 300's, and 400's. There is a big variety of how they play also because of the elevation changes.
11) Shot selection is huge. You need everything here so be prepared.
12) Directionals were located under the basket to help move you from hole to hole.
13) Awesome variety of foliage density. There were some fairly open holes, some with key trees to force specific shots, some with multiple lines, and then some tighter more dense woods too. There is nothing super tight, but it doesn't feel like that because the elevation alters your throws too. You need to be very precise.
14) Practice basket is available along with some picnic tables near the parking lot. There is a kiosk available for disc golf posting also.
Cons: 1) While the island green was unique, I didn't like how close the basket was to the roads. There were 2 roads in play with this basket location. I have said it before . . . I prefer sustainability and safety to cool and unique ideas. I have no idea how many vehicles pass through here, but it could be an issue and that is why this is a con. There is a potential problem and that is all that matters.
2) The wooded holes are very messy. Lots of leaves and broken branches on the ground make for a messy appearance. The turf obviously suffers from the shade that these trees create as well as the cover the leaves provide in the off-season.
3) This course is a tough walk because of the combination of slick spots, bare soil, and the extreme elevation change that happens on some of the holes.
4) Because of the elevation change, there are a few places where you might be in danger of a poorly thrown disc. The roads are also in play on half a dozen holes.
5) I would say this course is far from beginner friendly. Although there are shorter teepads available some of the time, there also is a lot of challenge just because of the way the holes play. I guess it would be a good exposure to someone who is not a first timers to show exactly what this sport can be all about.
Other Thoughts: I had a great time on this course. There are plenty of great throws and a great variety of shots and hole types. I would not bring a beginner here, but someone who has been playing for a little while wanting to be truly challenged might enjoy the new exposures this course can provide. The elevation changes, the shot shaping required, the way elevation changes disc flights. All in all this would be a good experience for those who are hooked on the sport, just not for first timers or those who do not play a lot already. I am sure the club works hard on this course, but leaf removal would go a long way to making the turf on this course better. Aside from that, an all around great experience, I am glad I stopped in Evansville.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great variety of shots. Visually pleasing and technically difficult. Great parking and practice area.
Cons: OB right on hole 16 and 18 over fence is annoying. Nothing like clipping a tree and loosing a disc you can see on the otherside of the fence. Poison Ivy!
Other Thoughts: This course is the course I learned to play on so my opinion is going to be swayed but I love this course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Must Play In Evansville
Pros: A lot of things. This course was fun. You start off and there is a nice literature rack at Hole 1 tee. The signage is good enough you got the idea where the hole was. Great Teepads. Design was phenomenal. Lanscape use was very intelligent. Great use of elevation. Dual Teepads on some holes always a bonus to have dual teepads. Really Neat bridges. Hole 9 is top two picturesque (hole 18 Oak park in witchita). course flow was easy to follow except to find 8 long teepad
Cons: OB and sidewalks at first no biggie but towards the end you cross a lot of roads and walking paths. one of the pins is really close to warm up area. Hole 8 is very illogical hole from teepad no real route to hole really cool green though.
Other Thoughts: This course was so much fun, we posed for putting pictures on 9's green you have to a cobblestone bridge to the green is beautiful.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Mesker Park Course
Pros: Great layout.
A number of the shots have alternate pads. Didnt use them, but they were in good positions.
The holes varied enough to keep it interesting.
Cons: Cars parked along some of the holes had me pulling my shots.
Lots of traffic in and out.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Public park, maturing nicely
Pros: Set in public park, with lots of mature trees and canopy. Marked well with all concrete tee pads, very little vandelism to signs. Easy to follow and ends where it begins. Not extremely lenghtly or time consuming to find or play.
Cons: Why is it OOB to go over a road, when 2 holes later, you're asked to drive over the same road? Almost lost several discs in the unmowed, low areas.
Other Thoughts: The previously posted reviews are pretty accurate.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful Park with a Challenge
- Located in a beautiful, manicured park
- Practice Basket
- Map/Board of Information near Practice Basket
- Tee Signs are informative and colorful
- Big, clean Teepads
- 2 cobblestone bridges through the park
- Alternate Tee pads on a handful of holes
- Signs pointing the way to the next hole
- Benches/Something to sit upon on EVERY hole
- Various elevation changes across the course (uphill, downhill, ravines)
- Mature trees with limited underbrush
- Lots of OB because of a winding park road, and therefore making some holes more challenging
- Distances allow for some ace runs and deuce opportunities
- Also a few holes where a player can rip a driver
- Possibly more trashcans around the course
- Some walks between holes force players to trackback/cross part of another hole
- A number of shots require players to shoot across/along the park road (dangerous)
- Limited parking may be a problem for a tournament
- The Zoo Fence around 15 & 16 can pose a problem if you happen to throw over it
Overall, this course is an excellent play because of the various elevation changes and OB. The mature trees really give some of the holes multiple lanes because there is no underbrush. With the mix of distance and wooded holes, this course is moderately challenging but not killer.
Some Memorable Holes:
#2 is a 258 foot shot over a small ravine and up a steep hill
#5 is a 429 foot shot down a moderately sloping hill with beautiful scenery.
#9 is only a 225 foot shot but it is across a rock/cobblestone bridge.
#14 is a 294 foot shot into a triangle shaped landing zone with OB on all sides.
This course is a must play for people in the area and those traveling through. This course has everything you want: ace runs, deuces, and some longer holes to rip it on. So stop on by and enjoy a memorable round at a great park.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This course is amazing. Lots of elevation in every direction. Wicked greens, lots of OBs, great club, the list is endless.
Cons: Not much other than you can loss a disc in the zoo. the roads are not much of a problem.
Other Thoughts: If passing through evansville it is a must play.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Fun Time
Pros: This course is very fun to play. Mesker park is a very pretty course - rolling hills, mature trees, bridges, winding 'OB' road... Its not as woodsy as I prefer, but its definitely not open. There are well defined lanes surrounded by big trees. Lots of fun ace runs and possible birdies. And also a lot of very challenging holes. Great course!
Cons: Errant throws could possibly hit someone on another hole. There are few people driving through the park, but when they do, they drive too fast and could be easy to hit. Lots of poison ivy.
Other Thoughts: Great club that plays there! Thanks for showing me around!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Being that this is my home couse i dont really have anything bad to say about it. It is a very challenging course with many hills, and is very wooded. Being that it is so wooded and right next to the zoo lets you forget that your right in the middle of the city. No matter how many times you play Mesker it will always find some new challenge to throw at you.
Cons: The only cons here are that you have people parking on the side of the road right were you are throwing. Not really a problem just kind of an inconvience sometimes.
Other Thoughts: watch out on hole 15. Go over the barbed wire fence and youll lose your disc to the zoo.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Great fun on a challenging course
Pros: Mesker is a fine example of how to optimize the use of the land provided for a course. Constant elevation changes, shot variations for both lefty's and righty's, nice differences in hole length and the omni-present danger of out of bounds to keep you honest make this course a delight to play. Holes constantly change in elevation with many baskets placed for high risk-reward putting situations. The greens can be very fast due to these slopes as well. Solid mix of shots uphill, downhill and across grade. Several holes are deceiving in that all you need is a big arm but more accuracy will save you more strokes. There seems to be an unofficial formula at Mesker of the longer holes (potential par 4s to some people) being followed by a short hole. The use of the out of bounds road winding through the park adds a little more character to the affected holes and requires the thrower to concentrate more and execute on their drive. The rough isn't super thick but does carry the danger of adding a stroke to get out of it. The mature trees provide for nice shade on a sunny day and allow for some large gaps but can also seem impenetrable. Some luck can occasionally be required here.
Cons: There's not many that I can pinpoint but a few that stand out to me are that in a few spots the distance between the basket and next tee is still within an errant shot's range. This can be hazardous when the course is full of people or in tournaments. The only other negative I noticed is the lack of incorporation of the creek that navigates through the woods. If you think of the OB windy road as being an adequate substitute for water, then it could make up for it.
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun to play. Its not that terribly far from where I live but I hardly ever play it. Number 1 is one of my favorite starting holes on any course I've played. Being as the course runs along a portion of the zoo, you can hear some of the animals. In the morning, its typically the monkeys and the birds in the afternoon. Glow rounds can be occasionally accompanied by music at the nearby amphitheatre.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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