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 Nice 18 hole course

5+    11/6/2009   11/15/2009
Review By: tennissaxplaya
Played: 21  Reviewed: 10
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Shilito Park is one of the older courses in the central Kentucky area and is set in a nice large park. The front is by far shorter than the back nine. There are some large trees that do come into play on holes 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 on the front, but none of which really make you thread the needle. (possible exception on 6). Hole # 6 and 7 have had a lot of work on the underbrush to make it less likely to lose a disc. The back 9 adds a little more distance, specifically on holes 11, 13, 17, and 18. The closest thing to a signature hole would probably be #11, and downhill open throw that then you have to go through a wood line to get to the hole. Also the prettiest hole, at least in the Fall is probably #17, with some beautiful large trees on the right and a marshy pond on the left.
Cons: While the course is really nice, there are some cons as well. The front nine is pretty short. It flows well, but then trying to get from 9 to 10 is a pain for a new person. Hole 10 is on the completely opposite side of the pool from basket nine, plus, you have to walk past the tee pad for 11 and go down a hill to get to 10. The signs use to be pretty nice and infomative, but many are missing, or broken. they also do not help navigate from hole to hole. There are not a lot of technical throws required for most of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course, and if you are in town, you should come by and play. There are frequent leagues and tournaments. This is probably the most popular course in the area, being more friendly than Veteran's and Riney B, and has 18 holes, unlike Lake Ming, River Hill and Centennial.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Very Nice Rec Course

5+    8/2/2009   8/10/2009
Review By: lylemccoon
Played: 89  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 22.6 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a nicely manicured course in a beautiful park setting. The course plays fast, has little schule, and is great for beginners, rec and novice players, or more advanced players looking to hone their mid-range game. There is some elevation change on many of the holes.

The course has DGA signs, very good, concrete tee pads, and good DGA Mach baskets. In addition, there are multiple pin locations on the majority of the holes. There is water on the course near the practice basket and at the pool.

For a novice rated player, this is, for the most part a great course. Most of the holes are in a good range to allow for many birdie opportunities.

This course is by far the most popular in the Lexington area with lots of people out on most days and tons out on nice days.
Cons: Perhaps the biggest con for this course is its setting in a very family oriented park. There are shelters very near the course, picnicers and sunbathers in various places, volleyball and corn hole games going on, plus lots of shirtless, extremely casual players who are ignorant of the rules and disrespectful. You are liable to be waiting on a group of 9 shirtless kids throwing everywhere ahead of you, and when you are finally able to play the hole, the next group behind you may be throwing in on you.

Similarly, there is a through street that is very popular that comes into play on holes 3-5 and 18, and that you have to cross between holes 17 and 18 and 18 and 1. Cars go very fast on this road despite the speed humps, and some cars have hit the tee sings on holes 3 and 4, so be careful.

While the course is a rec course, the front 9 is substantially easier than the back 9. In addition, holes 16-18 are not rec friendly. Hole 18 is both long and especially treacherous as it is a blind, uphill throw with the busy road to the left and a busy train track to the right. These train tracks are the most common place for people to lose discs. The rough is very thick, and it is difficult to find discs that sail in there, especially when they do so out of signt due to the hill.

The most annoying part of the course and what would make it a bit unfriendly to first time players is that the front and back 9s are on opposite sides of the pool. There are no signs directing you to hole 10, but there is a long walk between holes 9 and 10, and the shortest route takes you right over 11's tee pad. The walk between 18 and 1 is also somewhat long and requires you to again cross the busy road.

Another issue for tournament play is that, due to the compactness of the front 9, there is a good deal of fairway interference (even during casual play).
Other Thoughts: There are plans on the books to redesign Shillito due to a paved walking path that is coming in. This redesign will result in current holes 6, 10, 17, and 18 being eliminated and replaced. It will also affect to a lesser degree holes 7 and 13. The upside of this redesign is that the new 18 hole layout will significantly reduce the long walks and eliminate some of the holes that are most problematic. The new design will make Shillito an even better course than it currently is.

In the big picture, Shillito goes very well with Vets and Riney in giving every level of disc golfer a course that is challenging and enjoyable for them.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  Fun course

5+    6/26/2009   6/27/2009
Review By: wildcatfreak21
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Its easy enough for everybody to play on yet fun and challenging for the more experienced player. It is well maintained and is very compact. also its right next to a swimming pool so when you are done you can cool off in the pool. It is a pretty fast moving course as you can get in 18 in around an hour to an hour and a half
Cons: Its too close to the roads as I and others have hit many a car. it also can get very packed where you can be backed up all the way around the course.
Other Thoughts: If you plan on playing this course go earlier in the day as the course wont be as full. rush hour on shilito is around 5:00

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Get a quick, fun 18 holes in

1    6/1/2009   6/26/2009
Review By: Hamilton
Played: 55  Reviewed: 49  Exp: 9.8 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun course to play, has some variety of shots, and a couple holes play through and into the trees.

All concrete tee pads, plenty of length and in good shape. Mach baskets in good condition. Some tee signs are there, but the map on here is more than adequate to navigate the course. Facilities are adequate, and plenty of parking available right at the course.

The grounds appear to be very well taken care of, no trash or any other visual detriments that I could see.

My memorable holes:
7 - Neat shot up over a rise, then into the trees a little to the pin. Blind pin from the tee, might want to walk it the first time to get an accurate drive.
10 - Hyzer out from the trees along the treeline on the left, to the basket on the edge of the treeline. Nice challege to keep it out of the trees but still place it close to the pin for a deuce putt.
11 - My favorite hole on the course. Slight downhill, through the treeline to the basket on the other side.
16 - Through the tree, up a hill, gentle hyzer.
17 - Long flat hole, but semi tight fairway with some nasty stuff left to avoid.
18 - Across the street from the rest of the course, but long hole up over the hill, around a tower, very neat looking, and tough to judge.

If you'll notice, most of my memorable holes are on the back nine, as it seems much more substantial and better laid out, but the front nine are fun nonetheless.
Cons: Very simple course. Most holes are deuce-able by decent throwers. It makes decent use of the available land, but overall is pretty bland.

Signage was not very good. You won't get lost, but the course map on here will save you a lot of time on the course. With it, you can play this course in an hour and a half with light traffic.
Other Thoughts: My rating of a 3 is based on the fact that the course is very fun, and makes good use of the available land. It could really benefit from reevaluating the hole layout to see if more of the natural topography could be incorporated into the course. Considering it is only 11 years old I would have thought it would be much tougher, especially designed by David Greenwell.

Still a very fun little course, and great way to get a quick 18 in as long as it's not crowded, as this course gets pretty busy in the summer from what I hear. (see map)

Don't get lost looking for ten, you have to walk around the front of the pool to the other side, 10 is along the long treeline, just right of the pavilion.

If you are in Lexington and pressed for time, you can knock this one out pretty quickly. If that is your situation, I suggest hitting it up.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Fun Course!

5+    5/9/2009   5/16/2009
Review By: QbertPrime
Played: 36  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 14.5 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very open with a lot of opportunities for birdies on the front 9 with a good first shot.
Cons: Some of the holes on the back 9 are much longer than the first 9. This may not be a problem for a pro player, but I have difficulty reaching some of the baskets in two shots to set up a par opportunity.
Other Thoughts: I enjoy playing this course a lot. It has been great to play here while living in Lexington, I am going to miss it when I move down to Florida.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Enjoyable when not crowded

5+    4/22/2009   4/24/2009
Review By: ibekent
Played: 25  Reviewed: 25  Exp: 11.6 Years
This review was updated on 8/3/2010
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's not that Shillito is easy exactly; it has some long holes and some tricky shots through and around trees. It's just that if you miss your shot, your disc will probably land in a well-mowed, green field so that you'll have a simple, open recovery shot. Shillito has minimal risk with lots of reward - which can make it really fun.

The course is in a relaxing, well-kept, and well-used park. The tees are good size. The course is reasonably easy to follow; when the new signs are completely installed it will be better. Restrooms are available when the pool is open. Trash cans are easy to find (though not always used). The signs are mostly old an beat up, but are in the process of being updated to reflect the new course layout.
Cons: You'll find the first five a little cramped if you have a big arm. If you are new, you may find some of the newer holes a little challenging. Many of the tee signs are broken or defaced (but are being replaced). The front nine (particularly the 4, 7, and 9) can get sloggy when it rains. And a few holes on the tighter front nine run parallel, which can lead to errant throws crossing into the wrong fairway.

The big negative is that this course stays CROWDED. It's popular; that speaks well of the course. But that popularity has meant - on more than one occasion - that I've been stuck behind 4 or 5 groups of 6 or 8 people. Once I got caught behind a group of 14.
Other Thoughts: I've never seen this course empty, and usually I've seen both serious players and total beginners. That it attracts so many players of such a wide skill level speaks well for the course. If you want a serious challenge, there are a few other courses nearby that'll beat you up and make you better. If you want to enjoy some good disc golf on a lovely day, go visit Shillito.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.


5+    3/30/2009   4/1/2009
Review By: AdamE
Played: 261  Reviewed: 148  Exp: 14.3 Years
This review was updated on 5/5/2010
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Shillito is a fun, short course in a nice, well populated park. It is mostly open with a few strategically placed trees and some moderate elevation changes. This is a great course for newer players to learn the game.

The front 9 is short and a decent shot can easily result in a birdie. The back 9 is longer and a bit more challenging.

Some of the holes have two pin placements which seem to really change how some of the holes are played.
Cons: There's a walk between the front and back 9. After hole 9, go to the other side of the pool, past 11's pad to find hole 10.

There isn't a good shot variety here. Most all the holes require a hyzer or straight shot.
Other Thoughts: I believe this was the first course in Lexington and it is what it is; a great beginner course. Veterans Park and Riney B are near by making for a nice variety of courses in the area.

More advanced players will tear this course up. Go to Veterans Park or Riney B if you're looking for a challenge.

***UPDATE 5/5/10***
Some changes have been made to this course since I last played here, so some information in my review could be out of date. I will update it once I play here again.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Easy but enjoyable

5+    7/2/2007   12/8/2008
Review By: SimonCarr
Played: 83  Reviewed: 47  Exp: 13.7 Years
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Shillito is short, but enjoyable. The front 9 starts off with three easy shots, but gets a little trickier with some wooded shots. Hole #7 is my favorite at this course, it is about 320 feet with a well defined fairway. The basket is protected in the edge of the woods making accuracy important, as an errant throw could go into thick schule. The back 9 plays a bit longer and can sometimes be windy - especially the 2 finishing holes which are near the road. The final hole is around 400 feet over a hill. The main obstacle on this hole is an electrical tower, although a busy road comes into play on the left side of the fairway. A shanked drive could go into thick schule on the right, or onto the railroad tracks.

A plus of this course is that it has good basket locations. Many of the baskets are surrounded by several trees - one basket is strategically placed between two large bushes.

Shillito is great for begginers. It is not too challenging and can be played in a little over an hour.
Cons: The course could benefit from being longer, even if it was only a couple longer shots. Unfortunately, the layout doesn't allow for much additional length.

Course is usually busy, and there are 2 or 3 holes where you will be throwing parallel to a busy road.

No par 4's here - you will have to go to Veterans Park for that kind of golf.
Other Thoughts: The location of the course is convenient (easy access, right behind Fayette Mall). There is also a lot of traffic because of this.

Shillito is great place for beginners to learn the game, or for a casual round of golf. I've introduced several people to sport at this course, and they are now regulars.

Veterans Park is within 10 minutes and is a much better option for experienced players.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Tom & Sara Go to Lexington

2-4    10/11/2008   11/3/2008
Review By: kytopbutton
Played: 9  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 9.9 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Kudos to the course designer as the first few holes are challenging, but not too intimidating for the novice. The course gets progressively more challenging on the front 9 and is a good warmup for the back nine which are longer with denser trees.
Cons: We had difficulty locating the tee pad for hole number 10 as there were no signs pointing to it.
Other Thoughts: This a fun course to play and as evidenced by the number of people that regularly play it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  My first outing

2-4    10/30/2008   11/3/2008
Review By: Zeppsin
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 9.3 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: good combo of open fairways with a few percision shots required
Cons: other than the fact people are parking on hole #5 no complaints
Other Thoughts: I can see myself getting hooked on this sport....I am hooked! This is a great activity with little cost.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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