Best around Bloomington
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I was actually quite surprised by the elevation and tightness of the treed lines used in this older, established, and heavily played, 18 hole disc golf course. It boasts long (about 12'x4'), level, concrete tee pads, benches pretty much throughout, good basic signage (that differs only occasionally from the map distances and angles: see below), and mostly rust-free spiderweb baskets (I really like this design: deep cages, three sets of chains).
There's a really nice shelter at the start (with a very small parking area), and a few sturdy bridges where absolutely needed to cross the creek. For tournaments, the roads and sidewalks are played as OB, which might come into play on holes 2, 4, 6, 7 & 18. The course plays around the entire park, with its hills, woods, low creek, and even a garden space in the middle, but does not seem to have any conflicting activities to cause safety issues for disc golf throws.
But the feature here is the variety of shot selection you'll need, and the brutally tight level of control you're going to need, especially on holes 12 through 18. Everything is reachable for even an Intermediate arm, but use maturity and self-restraint for the best results. I can visualize a smart, local player with the opportunity to play Crestmont several times a week just astonishing visitors with the number of deuces he could produce. It might also be a really fun course for doubles! And finally, there is a thriving Bloomington Club to tie into, if you live nearby (see 'other thoughts, below).
Cons: Might just be personal preference, but I tired a little of backtracking uphill, and somewhat back up the fairways to tee off on holes 13 & 14, was perplexed at the lack of an entry into the woods to the terraced basket on 14. But mostly, I was a little shocked to see there were no landscaped steps in the hillsides on 15, 16 & 17. Those holes are very steep and look treacherous if really wet, so I thought it was odd not to see a course that's been playing up and down like that for decades, that didn't have these put in at some point over the years.
As mentioned above, the hole distances are pretty accurate on the hand-drawn map here on DGCR, and the concrete tees and signage are at the 'longs'. I only spotted one 'short' tee (a natural grass, toe-board tee on hole 6), but there might be a whole set of them, for all I know. They weren't flagged. One logistical note: when you play hole 8, the tee is oriented on the basket, which you can't quite see. Don't be disoriented by the map, which appears to angle the wrong way.
Finally, though I played during a nice dry spell, it was obvious that there are drainage creek crossing areas on holes 3 and 11 where you'll need to watch your footing if it is wet.
Other Thoughts: I met Josh, TD'ing the 'Singularity' (one-disc) tournament the day I happened to stop in, right as they were finishing up. We talked about the fun they have with an indoor, winter, putting league. Josh's enthusiasm for the courses in the area that I happened to be trying out that day was infectious, but it was clear from him and from what I saw, that Crestmont is the place to visit if you only have time for one course while in town.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A nice find
Pros: Not unbearable and yet challenging. There were many holes with multiple tees which was nice. It was hilly with plenty of trees and OB. The baskets were sturdy and generally in good condition. Holes were usually between 250-300ft while not long it fit the course design perfectly.
Cons: Hole 8's basket was damaged. tee pads were clearly in need of some updating. hole 14 was just not designed well IMO, you throw blindly into the woods with no direction of where the basket was and you pretty much hoped you threw it close to where the basket should be located. there was a wildlife/farm area that was right in the middle of the park that you had to be cautious of.
Other Thoughts: no bathrooms, small parking lot, poor signage. The locals were great there, had a chance to play some random draw doubles with about 10 of them. It also sounded like they were going to put in concrete tees there soon as well.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
No Beginners Here.
Pros: Differing techniques needed for quality score. There are long holes, short holes, wooded holes, open holes, wet holes, dry holes, uphill holes, downhill holes, right turn holes, left turn holes, etc...
The best part about this course is that you will never get bored. I've probably played it 100 times. It never gets old. Even the seasons add changes to the course.
Cons: Tee boxes are in pretty bad shape. All of them are gravel, and most are worn in. Sometimes the grass gets long.
Parking lot is small.
Holes 13 and 14 have the pipes from the subdivision draining on it.
Also, you might lose discs.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of my favorites. I would recommend it to all average to pro level players. I would certainly not bring someone who is just learning to this course, unless they are ok with scoring +15.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: -Lots of trees and hills
Cons: -Some of the tees are hard to find
-All par 3's
Other Thoughts: I only played this course once, but it was very enjoyable. It would have been nice to see some longer holes (maybe a few par 4's and 5's). I would definitely come back, though.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Variety of holes is good, mostly hilly. Also there are a few creek hazards that some times make disc locating quite hard. The course is fun though, for all experience levels although begginers might be frustrated by the trees. There are alot of tricky shots and blind holes that make the course forever challenging. There are long and shot holes so the powerthrower may run into some problems too, but most can be rectified on the second shot.
Cons: When it rains the course gets very muddy. There are roads close to the course.
Other Thoughts: Crestmont is one of our favourite courses because it always challenges us so we know if we are actually improving. CON: WE LOST OUR CHAMPION ORC DISC, PRO: OUR PHONE NUMBER WAS ON IT SO WHEN SOME BOYS FOUND IT THEY CALLED US AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET IT BACK :)
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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