8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: By far the easiest of the Lemon Lake facility, this is a course that good players probably won't need to play more than once. It will definitely serve a positive role in allowing a course specifically for families, children, and newer players but see below for my thoughts about creating a Tiki-style course which I think would be effective in accomplishing these missions!
Being a bit of a SuperClass fanatic, I think the biggest pro about this course is the potential for regular golf's slower, straighter friend. This course is PERFECT for a par 3 superclass course with slow turns, relatively shorter distances, and some reasonable elevation changes.
Cons: While beginners and newer amateurs will have a lot to get excited about here, the rest will probably be a little bored throwing hyzer and straight putters off of most tees. If you haven't figured out the short game though, this is a perfect place to work on that smooth controlled approach shot!
Other Thoughts: I think I would rather see this course go one of two directions: A) Remove and double up some fairways to make a really challenging par 4/5 course or B) Shorten fairways and turn this into a Tiki style course a la Hornings Hideout in Oregon or the Grange in Virginia. A Tiki course would really make for a great way to both introduce new players and to offer a maximum-fun-factor round after you get done playing the 'real' courses.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The White course is the easiest of the courses at Lemon Lake, but it is by no means an easy course. It is substantially shorter than the rest and a few of the holes are pretty wide open. However, there is plenty of challenge with trees to avoid, blind tee shots, and some of the thickest rough in the complex that will tests your accuracy over distance.
The courses were just used for 2010 Worlds so everything should still be in great shape. The baskets are one of the coolest features in this complex as they match the color of the name of the course. This also helps you to locate the courses better when you enter the park, and it helps to spot the correct basket as the courses border each other in many places. (Imagine if the park just had 90 yellow baskets!)
Cons: A couple of holes (including 1 and 18) are just boring throw away holes. (The other 3 courses on-site do not have this con.) I like the challenge of the dense rough found on much of the White course, but during the summer you could easily spend more time searching for discs than throwing them if you miss the fairways, so this could be a con for some people, especially since this course is geared towards lower level players.
I did not get the bathtub hole (minor opinion con). It is definitely unique, but this just did not seem like the place for a gimmick like that, and it is the only thing like that in the whole park. (You tend to see stuff like that in the mountains of TN and NC, not at a world-class disc golf complex.)
A lot of places still had that "course just installed" look, but time should help these courses mature. I also played after some heavy rains and the course was very soggy and sometimes muddy causing them not to be able to mow the fairways. This is probably not the norm, but be advised if you play during the rainy season.
Other Thoughts: Obviously having 4+ courses in one spot is a huge bonus, especially when they are all good courses. I like that each course has its own personality and degree of difficulty. (Ranking: easiest-White-Red-Blue-Silver/Gold-hardest) The White Course is the weakest of the 4 courses at Lemon Lake (there are several really good holes but there are also holes that will disappoint). However, it is still challenging and worth a play. If you can only play 1 or 2 then leave this one out. If this course were all by itself it would not be a major disc golf destination, but it is justified by being a key part of the entire complex.
There is a vehicle entrance fee, but the gatehouse was not always manned. Also, the park workers are extremely friendly and obviously take pride in their disc golf courses.
We had the chance to play these courses as they were making final preparations for the 2010 Worlds. I am sure the courses are in even better shape now since that event has past.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a corner of the park, mostly open with some scraggly forest. There is a small park and some baseball diamonds near some of the holes, but they can be avoided.
- A few holes are in a dense, tree-filled forest, which provide some tight lines to hit off of the teebox. Some decent elevation changes as well, including some small ditches/hazards, which can be very troublesome to errant shots. A decent variety of lines, though a straight shot will usually be sufficient. A few other holes on the back end have very tight fairways as well.
- Most of the other holes are in a prairie area, with lots of rough, bushes, and small trees to get in the way. A common theme here is to have the baskets protected from one side or the other, to ensnare the drives/approach shots. So, there isn't much line shaping going on, but rather just different shot selection (RHBH, RHFH, OH, etc.). A decent job of making sure that it isn't the same shot over and over.
- One bomber-ish hole (over 400') to get out the driver.
- Good teepads, great baskets, good signage. Navigation can be a tad tricky without a map/scorecard.
Cons: - Biggest issue with this course is the short lengths. Not so bad on the tighter holes (like #7, or #15), but many others are just too easy to get to and way too short. Should be putter or midrange distance for almost all players.
- I like the fact that there is a longer hole to mix things up, but it probably shouldn't be the second hole. This is a warm-up course that has your second throw as the longest, not even worth trying before getting loose/warm.
Other Thoughts: - This is a nice technical course for beginners, or for those who just want some practice with slower discs. There are definitely some holes that require some thought, and accuracy, especially in the denser forest areas. Most other holes just test your ability to avoid obstacles, in a few different ways. Some longer, wide open holes are good for driving practice. Basically, you can decide what you want to take out of this course. You can go for the low score with the usual discs/shots/technique, or try out some new plastic or throws.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun But Not Too Difficult
Pros: - Primarily comprised of short technical holes, White exudes an extremely fun vibe as the foil to Lemon Lake's championship-caliber Gold course, home of 2010 Pro Worlds. While definitely the easiest course of the Lemon Lake compound, there certainly are enough accuracy challenges to make it fun and interesting for better players. Tunnel shots, hyzer spikes, forced anhyzers, novelty pin positions, and plenty of aceable open holes help everyone have a good time.
- The holes that play through a small ravine (Nos. 5-7) will thrill every time. Tight gaps reward accuracy, while the short distances encourage risky "all-or-nothing" shots. These holes constitute the majority of elevation and have the best risk on the course due to the tightly spaced trees as well as the threat of rolling away from the pin.
- Many ace runs available. Birdies should prove to be plentiful for most players. With most holes in the 200-300ft range, even beginners should achieve par more often than not. The exception is #2, which plays well over 400 ft, and gives those with bigger guns an opportunity to sky one out.
- Decent amenities: tees, signs, benches, water fountains, clean restrooms and all the other park facilities. Next tee signage found throughout mitigates awkward flow in places. Tee signs sketch the hole sufficiently, with each pin position shown with corresponding distances. Baskets, keeping with Lemon Lake's color-coded scheme, are painted white and rotated between two positions on most holes. All are in great shape. Teepads are mostly trapezoidal, level, brushed concrete in good condition. One tee is a rubber mat.
Cons: - Experienced or advanced players may find this course fun or enjoyable to play, but probably won't derive much of a challenge from it. Too many holes are reachable from the tee with a putter or mid-range to constitute a serious challenge to seasoned dg vets, while the risky sections largely aren't punishing enough to ruin the rounds of moderately skilled discers.
- Some outstandingly designed holes help to comprise the White course; however, there are just as many aesthetically unpleasing holes that play alongside park roads, the backyards of houses, baseball diamonds, and fences. The first and last couple of holes feel a bit squeezed in, with a resultingly long walk between 16 and 17. The poor flow is alleviated with excellent "next tee" signage.
- Not many trashcans. Mostly found as you pass by other sections of the park. As a result, there is definitely more trash to be found along the white course than on the other Lemon Lake courses.
- On one or two of the tees, the concrete seems not to have been brushed deeply enough to provide a truly grippy surface.
- Some fairly rough schule in a few places, with lots of poison ivy, brambles, and thorns.
Other Thoughts: - Be sure to pet the Chia Pet bathtub pin position! :)
- $4 resident, $7 non-resident parking fee upon entry. $50 yearly passes are great deals considering the quantity and quality of disc golf available on site.
- The White course starts behind the sand volleyball net at the top of the hill. Park in the 2nd parking lot and proceed past the bathrooms.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Warm Up
Pros: -This course is maintained excellently. The fairways were nice and clean, and the teepads were in great shape.
-The signs directing you to the next tee are very helpful, but even without them the set up is good enough that they'd be easy to find.
-The course has some nice elevation changes, and forces you to throw very precise shots. Several holes, though under 200ft. are very easy to end up with a 3 or 4 on if your line is off.
-Hole number 2 is wide open, and long, which is nice to let you really practice ripping a drive and shooting for big D, on an easier hole.
-The hill on 18 really makes precise shot placement a must, no matter which line you throw.
Cons: -Lots of holes are very short, and the long one (Hole 2) is wide open with virtually no obstacles.
-A few baskets have annoying ace signings on them.
-Some of the tee signs were missing. Also, some of the distances on the tee signs seemed off.
Other Thoughts: This course makes a great addition to the day, either as a warm up, or to rebuild your confidence after getting whupped by the gold/silver course.
While it lacks distance, it was a fun course overall, and all the holes had very unique setups, I never felt like, "oh hole_ feels just like hole_."
I truly enjoyed this course, and plan on leaving time for it in my next day at Lemon Lake.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Great Little Course
Pros: course is in great shape and has been returned to its normal and shorter baskets placements since worlds. Great shorter, more technical course.
Cons: residential area with high fences come into play on 7 and 8. The rough gets really rough meaning thick and thorny with poison ivy on the back 9. Tee signs are missing but the course is pretty easy to follow. Few trash cans out this time of year so be prepared to pack your trash around.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to take your less than avid disc golf friends to play a round.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Good Warm Up
Pros: Nice course, good baskets. Great for beginners or for a warm up round if you're hitting all four in a day.
Cons: Really short (barring hole 2) and not a lot of diversity...definitely favors rhbh.
Other Thoughts: not much to say about this one, rec division appropriately started with this course at state champs.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The White Course at Lemon Lake posesses the immaculate groundskeeping, excellent tees, and color-coded baskets that you grow accustomed to at the Park. The White Course challenges the players ability to shape shots. The challenge is added in that most of the holes are designed to be reached with a midrange. Fairway drivers may be occasionally used depending on your method of play. Course flow is very logical. There are some very punishing roughs. I really like Hole 18. That may seem weird because it is a wide open hole, but the pin is situated on a side-hill lie. The shape of the hill causes an errant hyzer to roll down the hill. The anhyzer route, even on a wide open hole, is the most appropriate shot. For this hole, the pin position is the challenging element. In my opinion, this makes it a solid finishing hole.
Cons: Hole #2 was a "throw-away" hole. There were 2 baskets; one short and one long. The long basket provides no challenge other than length. The short position poses no challenge whatsoever. While the design does require the player to execute certain shot-shapes, there is very little distance variation on this course. Hole #2 is the obvious exception. For the most part, the holes are 200'-275' and are very straight-forward. There are certain areas of thick, thorny bushes just off the fairway making lost discs a legitimate possibility.
Other Thoughts: Lemon Lake - White is the disc golf equivalent of a "links-style" course. There are a number of trees, but on most of the holes the trees are not very tall and the deterrants off the fairway are mainly thick bushes. There are a couple of true wooded holes near the end of the course. One of these holes has the pin rising out of a bathtub filled with dirt. While this was unique, and under certain circumstances this might not have bothered me, it detracted from the beauty of the park. There was nothing else like this on any of the other park courses. To me, the course would be better without it.
The White course tees off from beside the playground. From the bathrooms, you will need to walk around the volleyball courts to reach the #1 tee. #18 comes back to the other side of the building with the bathrooms. No other bathrooms are present around the course. Water is also available (fountain) at the building.
Just to reiterate from other Lemon Lake reviews...this is a very special park for disc golf. Each course has its purpose and "target audience" and caters to that audience. For the seasoned disc golfer, each of these courses will offer you the ability to work on certain aspects of your game. Beginners will love the White Course. Lemon Lake is an amazing place and a valuable asset to the disc golf community. If you see a groundskeeper, shake their hand and tell them "Thanks".
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Small but Great
Pros: Albeit very short, it is still an exciting course. when it says wooded it really feels that way. some shots you really have to hit your spot for a comfortable put. on paper it looks like an easy birdie course but when you get to the park it spells a different story. it makes you think about technique instead of power and when you try for the risk reward shots it really lets you know how bad the risk is and how good the reward is. it is not a beginner course but it can easily accomidate a beginner that has played a few round prior.
Cons: some of the tee pads at the time were not complete, but it was clear where they were going to be added in. a few holes are very very tight and become frustrating with the ball fence on one side and a farm fence on the other. Hole 17 just seems a little to out of place for the rest of the course. at times i found it confusting to navigate.
Other Thoughts: it is a solid course and really got the juices flowing. it lent itself to a lot of biridie opportunities and left me wanting to play it again. Course now has all but one tee-pad in concrete, the bath tub relocation is awesome. It was well maintained and still fairly easy to play on a windy day. it is obvious that there are still more improvements coming and work is constantly being done to make it more interesting.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
restfull course at Lemon
Pros: Nice course for the yardage.
White buckets for the white course. Color coded baskets for the course you are on is the norm here.
A chance to take a break from the more demanding rounds at the other three courses.
Bathtub a nice "sculpture." Basket has now been place inside the tub, through the drain. Tub has been filled with soil and grass is planted. This will add a nice visual....grass at nearly bucket height.
I have now seen six rounds played here. Most were more than -5. This is a course you can score low on. However, the lines are tight and fun, and this is your opportunity to garner an under par score to offset gold course score.
Even on the shortest of the Lemon 4, alternate pins or tees are the norm.
Fits the agenda of a beginner friendly course as mandated by parks department.
With all the other things the club is doing to get ready for World's 2010, they have fairly recently found time to put in nice concrete tees here.
Cons: With a yardage of 4200 to 4600 feet, it's obvious that this course is not up to the demanding standards of the other three.
It is about as good as it get for a course of this length. Perhaps some water in play; would be the only possible addition to the style they were asked to produce.
Other Thoughts: Normally wouldn't give a three to a course of this length. However, it is awesome for it's intent, and the fact that it's one of a four course grouping, at one site, with an awesome club, adds a little to the overall evaluation. You must realize that the designer here, created the best "course of its type" that he could come up with, given the restrictions. He is just as involved with the other courses here, thinks Valparasio is great, understands longer design, and yet loves this little creation.
As a more restful round, so do I. My playing partner for two trips here, this year, calls White his favorite of the four!! (And he has shot under par on all but gold).
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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