Lebanon, IN 
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Uploaded By: burdphil Hole #14 (Taken 9/2014)
3 / 265ft.   3 / 320ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #14 Blue Tee

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 Keep your drives low

1    7/16/2012   7/17/2012
Review By: crandellfamily
Played: 27  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 13.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Significant challenge for a short-to-moderate length course, especially given the limits of my reliable drives. My son and I played from the blue tees. A unique "box around the park border" layout minimizes the need for adjacent fairways, and keeps the course from feeling repetitive.

Good concrete tee boxes and signs from the pro distance.

I have a hard time picking favorite holes on this course, but I like how the first hole cuts into a patch of woods for the final 30 feet, without making the approach/putt punitive. Good basket placement to the right on #6. #17 has an interesting double OOB left and right, as long as there's no game in play on the baseball field.
Cons: This can be a very frustrating course to play. It's generally short and entirely flat, and the first impression is that low scores should be common. I don't need to score well to enjoy my round, but I do want to feel my best shots are rewarded - and that's often not the case here. Longley Park has two recurring features that I find especially unforgiving and arbitrary.

1 - lots of wide low branches across the entire fairway. Three straight holes play this way, 7-9. Either you pull off a drive that you can keep in the air and less than 9 feet above the ground, or you don't. The effect reappears on #13. There's also a low ceiling for the approach at #5.

2 - Masses of trees that require too much luck to navigate. This is the case on #3 and #10, and to a lesser extent on #2 and #11. #2 and #3 were especially awkward, because the drive is open for the first hundred feet or so. There's nothing immediately off the tee to help frame your target. You simply fling your disc into the forest and watch it crash land. It's deflating to come across holes like this so early in the round.

Only one concrete tee option. The short tees are typically uneven unusable patches of mulch.
Other Thoughts: There is a great bulletin board with a map of the course as you approach the first hole. It helps to look this over, because there aren't any directional signs from basket to tee on the course. Most, but not all, of the walks are simple enough to guess at.

The layout isn't ideally integrated with the park. The course tends to feel squeezed into the margins, especially on the non-wooded holes. We played on a busy park weekend, with softball games in progress. We got lucky and reached #17 just as one game was getting ready to start. The outfield fence marks the left OOB. With a game in play, we would have skipped that hole. A line of people from the previous game walked across the 16th fairway as we were playing. They were entirely polite about it, and we weren't in a hurry. One family walked straight down a path in the middle of the fairway as we waited to play 10 and 11. Not a huge deal, but it all reinforces the feeling that this course is a grafted-on afterthought. That's often the case for disc golf, but it's not always this obvious.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    5/7/2012   5/7/2012
Review By: RecMan
Played: 35  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 14.6 Years
This review was updated on 12/28/2012
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The course has a good mix of shots! Good use of the available land! I liked the combination of wooded holes and a few open holes. Good signs on the blue tees!
Other Thoughts: Although the course does hold water after a rain... I thought this added another obstacle for the course! It may cause problems after several days of rain, but I would still play it!! I thoroughly enjoyed my time!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 No Sign of Luc

1    6/12/2011   6/17/2011
Review By: swatso
Played: 529  Reviewed: 369  Exp: 9.3 Years
This review was updated on 7/24/2011
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Two tees per hole, concrete/signs at blues; natural, small posts for red. A visiting drum-n-bugle corps was practicing in the open field, providing background music throughout the round.
Quite flat. A few of the wooded holes were "thick".
Other Thoughts:
Course plays around the outer edges of a multi-purpose public park. Primarily in patches of small/mid-sized trees, supported by thick brush and undergrowth, early, the course moves into the open the latter third, initially playing amongst larger, scattered hardwoods, then moving into the open, but close to ob road, parking lot, and a softball field. The alternate red trees really shorten the distance to the basket, and the concrete teepads and signs at the blues were fine quality.

The course is extremely flat. The trees forming the wooded holes were not very tall, so permitted lots of sun to reach the ground, hence the thick bushes and undergrowth. Throwing lines entering, exiting, and playing through the woods were on the tight (at times, not existent) side, so discs may often go astray, and take quite some time to find.

Favourite hole: #5. A hedge runs the entire length of the right-side. Early to the left are a few trees, preventing the sweeping left-to-right approach. Nearer to the hole, woods begin squeezing in from the left, then the basket is in a mini-clearing, slightly behind a large bush.

A course containing all the basics, with a blend of open and tight, but not overly exciting - your mileage may vary.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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