Course Needs Some Love
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Pros: Camp Cullom is a youth camp set about 10 minutes from I-65 . Bathrooms are next to hole #1 , along with a hose to fill you water bottle . There is a small parking lot here . I don't know if you are allowed to park in the grass or not . Call or email them for hours they are open . This is a 24 hole disc golf course .
The Equipment - There is a practice basket to the side of the first tee . There is also a kiosk with map near the parking lot . There are 2 tees for almost every hole . Both tee pads are wood based and filled with gravel . The signage is pretty good here and present at both holes . The baskets are yellow Spiderweb3s and have deep buckets . Little wooden Next Tee signs are hanging from the bottom of the baskets and help with navigation .
The Landscape . #1's hole is in the open , then the holes become progressively more woods oriented Plenty of trees dot this course . Most holes have lines to the basket, some of those trees create a canopy or have random branches sticking out to alter your disc . . The rough isn't as punishing here , until you get to the final few holes . Throwing your drive off course on holes 22-24 will cost you a disc . The elevation here goes from level , to some good gully shots , to some extreme downhill or uphill drives . Overgrowth was starting to creep into the fairways on the back end of the course ( more in cons )
The Highlights Some fun holes here . #5 is a fun tight gully shot through some smaller trees . #9 is a flat drive that's fairway thins into a tunnel . #10 is a doorway uphill midrange shot to the basket sitting on the edge . #18 is a short downhill drive with a small creek on the left and the ridge on the right . #19 is a putter drive over a large gully . This will be especially hard because the lanes have grown over .
Signature Hole - #6 ( 430' , 548' ) . It's a brutally steep downhill drive to a flat level green . There is overgrowth on both sides of the fairway and a giant Christmas tree on steroids at the bottom left . The basket sits on a level open green .
Amenities - Aside from the putting basket and the kiosk , water fill up with a garden hose behind the #1 am tee . , and some bridges and nice steps scattered on the course . Also there are some metal benches and trash barrels on parts of the course .
Time - It took me about an hour and 45 minutes to play all 24 holes . A foursome will take at least 3 hours .
The course can be fun at times and does pack some variety . You better enjoy technical course , or you will have a bad day at Cullom .
Make sure you sign in and out at the middle of the driveway . They asked , I am only relaying the message .
Cons: #1 Navigation . Print the map . Even with it , I was turned around a couple of times . Look for help from some old wooden fading signs that are in spots . Also , the wooden Next Tee signs on the most baskets help . You double back in a couple of spots , even at the end . There is a walk from 5-6 which is behind one of the houses , the pro tee being hard to find .
#2 Tee pads . The problem with gravel tee pads are that there is some upkeep to them . These pads are either worn out or have lost most of it's gravel . That means that if it rains hard in the woods , these tee pads can fill up with water .
#3 Speaking of rain , this course will be a mess to play in/ after a good rain , and a fall waiting to happen trying to descend the hill on 6.
#4 The Rough -. Keep your disc low and have a spotter on the holes with noticeable rough . #''s 22-24 are the worst . If you fling a drive high and into the overgrowth here , you might never see your disc again .
Spray on some Deet before playing . The bugs were worse here than anywhere that I played this weekend .
I won't list safety as a con , because if you survive the first 4 holes without hitting a moving car or wandering child , you will slowly move away from population . I don't think this course receives a lot of traffic any more .
Disc Risk - Medium . You won't lose any discs to water , but you will have some chances with a few blind shot ricochets off of the many trees , and the rough ( see above )
Course cleanup . The fairways in the back of this course are overgrown with weeds , there are twigs and small branches laying near the tee pads and extending to the greens . There is a huge tree/branch down and blocking the stairs going up to #19's green .
Other Thoughts: This course had a surprising amount of elevation to it some completely flat holes with some up and downhill shots make for a fun technical 24 holes . The people running Camp Cullom were very nice and had no trouble with me playing their course ( Thanks ) . The scouts designed this course . I am stunned . There are some course designers that could never accomplish what they did . You should deserve 5 badges for the work done on this ! The times that they are open vary . Best to call ahead , or email to make sure . It was 9 am to 8 pm when I was here .
My Recommendation : Fun for the campers here to be introduced to the game , or get some exercise . The short tees make for a good course for newbies 1 discers or locals . Intermediates would be able to work on their game , but I doubt that Ams or pros would get a lot out of it besides technical midrange practice . A little long for the traveler unless he is staying nearby , like Lafayette or Frankfort . Even though this course takes time , it is a good pickup for being only 10 minutes from I-65 if you are a Course Collector . I'm going to give you all a Cautious " PLAY IT " !
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Super fun, though needs upgrades
Pros: -Uses the woods in order to force a wide variety of shots
-The baskets catch well
-Hole 1 does a good job of being a warm up hole
-There are multiple teepads
-There are plenty of signs around the course to aid with navigation.
-Makes really good use of the elevation changes created by the creeks flowing through the property
-No matter how good or bad my round was, I feel like I had fun
-There is a practice basket
-There is a vending machine at the beginning/end of the course
Cons: -Not all of the teepads are flat (especially hole 14)
-The basket on hole 4 is bent out of shape
-The pars for the AM tees are set too high on many of the holes, they really should all be par 3s.
-The tee shot on hole 15 from the AM tee is way too hard
-Thornbushes (holes 22 and 23)
Other Thoughts: This truly is a fantastic course, and with a few simple fixes here and there on a few specific holes this course could get a 4.5 rating. I try and play on this course once a month because it offers a very fulfilling disc golf experience. Even though shot placement is emphasized a lot more over distance, this course still offers a few holes (1,22-24) at the beginning and end to air out some distance drivers. While this course may not be perfect, it is definitely worth trying out if you're in the area. I should mention that one time I wasn't able to play holes 2-6 because somebody was hosting a wedding there that day, but I didn't list that as a con because I don't think that occurs too often.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A great mix for all 24
Pros: For reference, my group played from the short tees, and still had a great round overall.
Amenities: There were plenty of benches throughout the course to take a break and rest. I remember a few trash cans here and there. Next to the parking lot was a large bathroom facility.
Course is located throughout a campsite, and was designed by Eagle scouts. (No alcohol permitted)
• Multiple sets of teepads spanning over 24 holes, allowing for different lines as well as varying skill levels be able to enjoy the course. With so many different combinations to be had, shot variety felt very unique throughout the round. It didn't feel like any one hole was a clone of another. With all the different variety, it's fair to say you may need to utilize all of your different types of shots.
- Course starts out open, and quickly evolves into a tight wooded disc golf experience. A nice mix of elevation can be found throughout the course as well, with a few water hazards in play.
- Instead of traditional 'concrete tees' Camp Cullom utilized gravel, surrounded with wood framing.
- Baskets are Allen Pier Spiderweb 3, which caught discs well, with another plus being bright yellow cages to help with visibility. A practice basket is also located up front, near the start of the course.
• Signage here was abundant, with each AM and PRO tee having their own signs, with distances, hole layout and number. Navigation was a breeze for the most part, and we never had any issue making it to the next pad.
Cons: • The rough here can be BRUTAL, so plan accordingly on what you'll wear. Long pants would be recommended, as well as something such as hand sanitizer for poison Ivy exposure.
-Besides the hazards to yourself, going in the rough can really tear up your score, so accuracy will be key here.
-While it is great to have tees of some sort, I would still argue that the gravel tees are a con. Some were rougher than others, and I would hope to see cement teepads poured in at some point. (The course description has listed that concrete tees were coming in 2012, but alas they have not)
- Because the course was designed on a campground, the scenario of running into other people who aren't discing is very possible, so you must be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Other Thoughts: For having been designed by Scouts, I can't say that I would do better myself at all. I definitely appreciate all the work that has gone into this place, and I would definitely return when I make it back to the area. This place offers a great experience to beginner and advanced players alike, and I highly recommend that anyone who has a chance to play Camp Cullom, give it a shot.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Some very challenging shots, fun lines. Almost every hole has a pro and am pads (huge plus). Parking adequate. Good mix of left vs right vs straight holes.
Cons: Some very stupid holes (technical without a prayer). I don't think putting a basket behind a wall of trees and playing "Plinko" is a measurement of skill, but rather a measure of your tolerance for aggravation. If you want to put holes in the woods, you need to be prepared to create some avenues by which a disc can reasonably travel.
Other Thoughts: Don't even think about playing here if its been raining. Mosquitos are absolutely brutal back in the woods. Also, many of the tee pads are very difficult (slippery) and or muddy. So During times when there are no mosquitos and rain, I'm sure the course can live up to the rating, however, when times are bad (wet & warm) the course is pure misery. Might be more fun in the winter without all the foliage and bugs. I drove way out of my way to play here and hated every minute. Play with a grain of salt.
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Rough, but super fun
Pros: 24 hole course set in the woods of a campground, kind of out in the middle of nowhere.
2 sets of teepads, which offer mostly varying lines, and a decent amount of extra distance. They are gravel, and kind of erratic, but were in decent shape the day we were there, which was the day after a rainstorm.
Spiderweb baskets, which caught quite well. I had never seen these before (that I could recall), but I liked them quite a bit. The yellow really stood out in the woods. One position per hole.
Tee signs were adequate, with distance, a basic layout, and hole number. Navigation was relatively simple, and without a guide, we didn't really get crossed up at all.
Now to the meat of it. Camp Cullom has a TON of shots. Lots of elevation, shots turning in every direction, tunnels, big hyzers, soft turnovers. The fairways range from wide open, to open, to tight. There was barely a throwaway hole on the entire course. Even hole 1, while open, provided a nice start/warmup to the course. If you're going to have an easy, open hole, it should be at the beginning. This is one of those courses that you could play 50 times and keep finding new lanes to the basket, which is exactly what I like. Lots of replay factor.
Plenty of parking and brick and mortar bathrooms at the beginning of the course, which is really nice. There was also people tent camping near hole 1, doing some bird watching.
Cons: The rough here is rough. Wear long trousers, or you'll come out worse for the wear. Lots of itchy scratchy stuff to plow through if you're off the fairway.
Speaking of rough, the entire place is sort of rough. Being an Eagle Scout project on a campground, it's to be expected. Concrete tee pads and some clearing would go a heck of a long way here.
Other Thoughts: This really is a fantastic course that has a high replay value. If you're playing well that day, you could score well...but if you're not, it could completely eat your lunch, especially from the long tees.
In the sake of time, we played the shorts, but even then, there was plenty of challenge as an Int player. I would love to play the longs here, and see what kind of beat down that would be.
Overall, a really good course that could be fantastic with some upgrades, and shouldn't be missed if you're in the area. Just remember your long pants and bug spray!
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Pros: Great Course, one of the best in the state for many reasons, all of which other reviewers have stated. This is my home course to play and I usually play 2-3 times a week.
Cons: Its a boy scout camp, and observatory also. Last time I played it great! Bugs are gone, mostly. Everything is dry, you can even get a skip on a disk, in the woods 5/6/18.
Other Thoughts: If you play from the PRO tees from now on its best to have someone with you to help find your disc on several holes. They have taken care of almost all of the stinging nettles, on # 8. Hole #7 has no basket and hole #1 still has numerous logs but is still playable.
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Pros: This is a great setting for a frolf course. The drive in from Lafayette is pleasant, but the terrain you cover on the course (and the areas surrounding) is the best I saw all day. Most of the course is through wooded but accessible terrain, with plenty of pleasing and comfortable elevation changes. I played it on a perfect 60 degree Sunday morning with the sun filtering through the leaves (which were still mostly on the trees in mid-October). It was one of the most enjoyable rounds I've played, even though I didn't play extremely well and was learning the course.
I have a friend who says he likes frolf because it's like going for a walk with an activity to do. That's never been more true than at this course, where you basically go for a nice walk in the woods and you stop periodically to throw a piece of plastic.
The equipment, trail maintenance, signage, and other physical amenities are all in very good shape, too. I really liked the scenery and the technical design of many of these holes the best.
Cons: Really very few. Once you're in the woods, some of the holes start to seem repetitive, e.g., 8-19, but I'm just being picky. Getting there is a bit of a detour, so I can't get out there THAT often, but a beautiful place like this has to be out in the country, so again just being picky. This is a really fantastic course.
Other Thoughts: The scenery includes a bunch of encounters with little streams and "babbling books", and for their frequency they don't come into play too much. So they're picturesque without being hazardous. Nice.
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Pros: this course is just flat out fun! 24 holes with am tees for intermediate players and pro tees for those really looking for a challenge. the holes overall are very well designed, and the atmosphere is simply beautiful, especially if youre playing in the fall. it really is a beautiful place for a course. hole 6 is the one that really stands out the most to me
Cons: although this course is awesome overall, i do have a couple gripes...
first, hole 20 uses the road as a tee, and proceeds to play right up that road.
second, the limestone tees! they arent as bad as some ive seen, but the tees are really what keeps this from being a really top notch course
third, there is lots of poison ivy here, and the course is not always maintained as well as it could be.
Other Thoughts: overall, this is by far the best course ive played in the West Indiana area, as well as one of the best in the state. get some gravel tees and this course would be a 4.5/5 easily.
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4 Helpful / 1 Not
Good but needs improvement
Pros: I really enjoy playing courses off the beaten path and this course certainly had that going for it. Two sets of tees is also a huge plus as is having 24 holes. The course was mostly wooded but had a few open holes that allowed you to air the disc out. The baskets were truly phenomenal and really caught the disc well. The scenery was also beautiful as the course was situated in a very nice area when it comes to nature. Some of my favorite holes include holes 10 and 12. Hole 12 in particular had an awesome green that really punished shots that went long. Hole 19 was a stunning hole over a ravine to a very narrow green. Going long on this hole is jail. Hole 22 was a nice break from the woods and offered the chance to air out the disc. All in all this was a good course (that's what a 3 rating constitutes) that was mostly enjoyable to play.
Cons: Every course needs improvement and this course was no different. Unfortunately the tee pads were borderline unplayable on the day that I played. I will say that I was there on a wet day but even taking that aside the tee pads were simply not good. Not only are they worn but they are uneven and sometimes you are throwing uphill on the teepad. Concrete would be a huge addition to this course. Navigation wasn't bad but the navigation between hole 6 and 7 is just bad. To walk back through the fairway of hole 6 to get to hole 7 is confusing and was a mistake. The other main con with this course are the long tees. Long tees are supposed to be tough but some of the long tees had lines that were simply unfair. In particular, holes 8, 9, 10, 11 had long tees that you just wanted to scratch your head. Challenging is a good thing but luck is not. These holes simply did not have enough of a defined fairway to be a fair hole. Also, the grass was VERY high the day I played the course and the rough was brutal. Getting off of the fairway was not pleasant. Also, the two holes that essentially used the road as the fairway did not work for me. The tee signs could have been placed better as they always are facing to where you'd have to walk behind the tee to see the distances on the holes and the layout. This is not a big deal but just a minor issue. Also, hole 24 did not fit with the rest of the course. It wasn't a super long hole but there was no fairway. The option was to throw high over a line of trees to the basket. It just seemed out of place. Finally, in general it seemed that the long tees were designed as an after thought. There were many holes that simply required you to back track 150 feet just to throw the long tee.
Other Thoughts: This course has great potential to be even better. I rate courses based on defined characteristics. So while this course may be private and should get slack because its an Eagle Scout course, I want to make sure everyone knows what they are getting themselves into. The course has some design issues that a few tweaks could definitely fix. I would also add that the Short Tees seemed much more fun and fair. It was still a fun course that had some enjoyable holes but it is a challenging course. Its not beginner friendly but I want to give a huge thanks to the Scouts for building this course. It is appreciated!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Good course. But...
Pros: This course has about as good of topography as you can get in central-northern Indiana for disc golf. It has open areas, light woods, heavy woods, tons of hills, up and down all over. The holes are well designed with lots of variety and for the most part, the flow works well. It is a very tough course! Miss a shot and bogeys are easy to find (or worse).
Decent signs with a graphic depiction of the hole, par, distances, sponsor, etc. Am and Pro tees. Six extra holes!
With the extra holes, It is a test of skill and endurance. Best for Intermediate or Advanced players. Water available at the start of the course.
Cons: The tees are not the best design or in the best condition. They are wooden "frames" laid on the ground (so the wood is not flush with the ground, but above it by 3"-5"). Then the tee was filled with gravel. The gravel has shifted around, washed out in areas and does not provide the best footing. The boards around the tee constitute a trip hazard when throwing (especially for newer, less skilled players).
Also, I'm not in love with the road hole. It just doesn't seem to fit well with the rest of the course.
No alt pin locations. For the length of the course, it sure could use some benches and trash cans.
Other Thoughts: Despite being at a Scout Camp, it is not really a Scout or new player friendly course. Yes, it does have "Am" tees, but trust me, as a Scout Leader who has worked with several large groups of inexperienced players (adults and kids, at this course) it is not really a beginner friendly course. Perhaps instead of one long super course, maybe a kick ass 18-hole layout and a short beginner friendly 9-hole loop might have worked better.
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