2 Helpful / 1 Not
I grew up about ten minutes from this park, even attended a camp within it's borders. Now, seven years after I moved away, now a person who actually knows what those funny chain contraptions we saw when we were six are. Man, do I wish I discovered disc golf sooner.
Difficulty-This course is not for the weak. The holes test your length and accuracy in a great way. You can be severely punished for poor shots, and rewarded for the good ones. You just need to be consistent for all 24 holes, not that hard, right? Wrong.
Design- The holes test every shot in your game. You can throw a putter off the tee, and then a driver. A forehand, then a backhand. There are so many holes to gain or lose strokes, you will battle all the way until the last hole.
Amenities- The tee pads were nothing to write home about, but they really did their job. That's always a plus. The tee signs weren't flashy, but they are informative with distance and a map. Baskets are Innova Discatchers, but they look newer than the ones in the picture. They were nice and caught well.
Feature holes- Hole 15 is a beautiful downhill bomb that forces distance and placement for a chance at the three. Rough lining the fairway makes you nervous, but you just have to crush it. Hole 24 has a hanging basket, set under a nice wood structure with a death hill behind it, making a great ending for the round.
Maintenance- The fairways were all mowed, and I saw park workers clearing some branches and trimming bushes while I was there in the middle of the week. Glad to see them working on the course.
Navigation- The next tees were close to the last basket, but not in the way. It was intuitive for the most part, and my group never got lost.
Cons: Dense Rough- Wow, was it rough. The off fairway woods were covered in undergrowth, including poison ivy. The open holes sometimes had knee high grasses lining the fairway too. In our group of two, we lost five discs, It was not fun, and it added an hour and a half to our round at least looking for discs.
Difficulty- Yes, this was a pro too. However, there was only one pad per hole, and as I said, this is not an easy course. I can't imagine how hard this course would be for a newer player. Especially with the dense rough, that is a recipe for disaster.
Safety- Some of the holes played close to pavilions, walking trails, park roads, and more places that were not disc golf specific. There were places that had the ability to be filled with walkers, picnickers, and more people who don't know what a disc is.
Price- The cost to enter the park is a bit high. 6/8 dollars per vehicle. However, if you get there early enough, the pay station is empty, which it was for me, but I think 6/8 bucks to get in a park that was not covered in costly amenities is extreme.
Geese- Not really a con, but hole one was covered in goose feces, as well as the herd of 30+ geese guarding the pond. They were not friendly to us, hissing a lot. Death by goose is not how I want to go.
Other Thoughts: I can definitely see the potential of a four star (disc) course, They need better tees and tee signs, maybe a couple redesigned holes and a good weed whacking throughout the woods before I would feel justified giving it a 4. However, with the amount of work I believe that the club puts in, this could be a real destination.
I still would recommend this course to anyone, It was a nice round, and I am proud that the town I grew up in put so much into a great course!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Challenge in Valpo
Pros: - Beautiful with almost every hole presenting a new challenge
- Great use of elevation
- Great risk/reward (maybe too much on some holes? - more on that later)
- The fairways were recently mowed
- Clean with signs and bag hooks at every tee and some benches at almost every tee
- There are restrooms and vending machines near the park entrance
- Very nice tee pads (some looked newly installed)
- 3$ to play all day is a great price (just mention that you're a Porter county resident)
Cons: - Hole 2 is a bit too technical with the pond within only a few feet of the basket - even a little risk on this hole may cost you a disc or two
- The rough on some holes was a little too thick for my taste (Holes 8 and 17 come to mind) and I ended up loosing a disc on Hole 8 and almost again on Hole 17
- Some short tee pads (Hole 12 comes to mind)
- Several holes with multiple baskets were missing a basket, which was very deceiving since most of the holes were blind shots to begin with
- Holes 21-24 were a little more boring than the rest of the course but was a relaxing finish after the grueling first half of the course (so not much of a con)
- I don't recall seeing a sign at the entrance of the park pointing towards Hole 1 (after you enter the park and pay the fee, turn right (south) at the stop sign and immediately turn left (east) into a parking lot - Hole 1 begins by the pond to your northeast
Other Thoughts: - Most memorable hole - Hole 10 because of the beautiful scenery and long drive to the hole
- Least favorite hole - Hole 2 because of the technicality with the OB on the left and OB/pond on the right and next to the basket
This is an extremely challenging course that becomes less technical after Hole 15. This course is not for beginners, unless they cut down the course to 18 holes and skip many of the more technical holes. Be prepared to lose discs in water/very rough, rough that surrounds some of the fairways. Early spring or late fall may be the best time to visit this course, because of the thickness of the rough and the swarms of mosquitoes during the warm season.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
stranger in a strange land
Pros: long drive for me, worth every bit of it
absolutely beatiful course, wish it was closer to me
challenging enough for pros, easy enough to enjoy at an am level, great variety of different shots from multiple tees
very clean, well kept course locals there are doing somthin right
Cons: you will be punished for stray shots, easy to end up 2ft off fairway and look for an hour in the grass/rough
i'm not accurate enough to stay in faiways, but these fairways are way more "fair" than my local courses
coulda used a guide on this course, and i dont think bout that often, but its tough playing it without knowing it
Other Thoughts: worth the drive, love the variety, possibly the best i've played on, yet i haven't been to any "great " course either, would get much better rating if it wasn't for the rough, i turned in 4 discs to club members playin a round that i found while looking for mine, had i been local i woulda called on em, but i felt the group was trustworthy
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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