3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes, Discatcher baskets, concrete tees, quality tee signage and NexT signs where needed, so that ticks all the "basics" boxes. Short/long tees on three holes, and multiple pins on thirteen.
Par 57-62, 6255-8094 feet.
There are no gimme birdies out here. The shortest holes are 260, 275 and 280 feet, and all three of those holes have unforgiving greens - a narrow ridgeline, an elevated pin, and water inside the circle, respectively. From there, the distances go much higher, running up to a 735 foot par 4 with water. Water is present on four holes, and only two lack OB altogether. Elevation is present on several holes, from a downhill tunnel to a 610 foot climb up roughly 50 feet. Additionally, for such a long course, the variety of wooded holes is pretty solid.
Overall, I would call this Huntsville's best offering -
the design tests a variety of lines off the tee, demands accurate placement shots over long distances, has some tricky greens, and does not at all feel repetitive: each of the 18 holes has its own distinctive character.
Cons: The grass grows at an absolutely absurd pace in summer, and it isn't for want of mowing - the city does a commendable job of trying to keep it knocked back, but you'll still probably wander the great grass seas of the middle holes searching aimlessly for your drives at a few points.
Hole 15's green (or the approach to it, depending on pin position) happens to be a popular swimming hole.
The trees in the middle of 18's pond seem to get bigger and bigger every time I visit, as trees often do. Those could get to be a problem over the mid term.
Other Thoughts: This is not really a beginner course, if that wasn't clear, nor would I particularly relish the experience if I wasn't able to tolerate heat - shade is scarce through the middle, and those are holes that could take a while.
I noticed some previous reviews indicated multiple baskets on many holes, not just multiple positions. At the moment, this does not appear to be the case, aside from hole 18.
If navigating by GPS, get directions to Creekwood Park, NOT Indian Creek Greenway, unless you want to enjoy the (admittedly quite pretty) two mile walk up to the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The pros for Indian Creek DGC stack up well. Included in a standard round are 18 holes, fully outfitted with tee signs and Discatcher baskets, most with multiple pin positions and/or multiple concrete tee pads (excludes holes 8, 10 and 16). Some holes have 2 baskets in place at all times as well. Park grounds feature both large grassy fairways ranging from flat to moderate changes in elevation over rolling hills, and more narrow defined fairways through dense woods, sometimes combining the two. Hazards you might encounter are windy conditions, dog doo, OB lines consisting of water, massive rock covered traps, and walking trails. The often lengthy layout and mature stands of trees may require distance and accuracy, and the pin placements will frequently play very fast with approaches and putts easy to overshoot or roll away from. 5 par 4 holes, played consecutively from hole 9 to hole 13. Layout of the course is not too crazy, but it is easier to follow if you print the map linked to the course page, or find a guide. The utilization of the landscape to keep the course from being dull or repetitive is very well done.
Cons: Don't let google maps take you to Indian Creek Greenway, it is parking and access to the walking trail, and a fairly long walk to the disc golf course. Follow the directions on the course home page. Pedestrians are in close proximity to the course at times, notably on hole 4, so take precautions when necessary.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course that gave me a tough time. I played on very nice afternoon, and was joined/guided by a friendly local dude named Darren for most of the round. Scored a (+8) 67 with birdies on hole 6 and hole 15, far outweighed by 6 bogies and 2 double bogies. A slow start and that stretch of par 4's put me deep in the red, and poor play in the short game kept me there all day. I found the course to be challenging and still very fun to play. My favorite holes were 5, 7, 9, and 10. Hole 5 is mostly open in front of the hole, but guarded by a hillside that has been anchored in place with piles of boulders. This is farther than it appears, OB, and I threw directly into the center of it. Big arm or bust, the latter for me. 7 is downhill, but there is a line of trees that must be thrown over or around. 9 is the first par 4, hidden from view off the tee by a tall hill and quite a few mature trees, and after you make your way around those uphill a fair distance. Hole 10 is a long drive over an open field of grass, through a gap in the trees that drops in elevation before topping another hill with the basket on top. Worth a trip if you find yourself with discs and spare time in North Alabama.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Best course in the area
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Course is part of an overall park area in very good condition although some of the fairway grass needed to be cut. No rain lately so no excuses in not being cut. Multiple par 4's that are tough for amateur players but can be done. Good wall map at the outset which everyone should take a photo of on first time played. Just an overall excellent layout and good scenery in & around a greenway along Indian Creek.
Cons: I didn't take a picture of the wall map and had a hard time locating the 3rd hole. It is a fairly good distance across the creek bridge. Some signage directing you would be good. Several holes are close in proximity to people on the greenway so you will have an audience for your shots. #12 hole is a long par 4 with one gap through a fenced tree line that you can't see from the tee.
Other Thoughts: A very nice course and best by far in the area.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Challenging, but approachable
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -good mixture of "gettable" and challenging holes
-plenty of "3able" par 4's if you really hit your lines well.
-some nice tunnel shots
-some room to roam for big arms
-if you're an am, you can still shoot under par and really enjoy the day!
Cons: needs "next tee" signs
Hole 15 could use a warning sign for the pedestrians
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The Mt. Airy of Huntsville
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Excellent design. Does not get repetitive! Tons of elevation. A large flowing creek comes into play on 3 holes. OB walking trails, large rip rap rock OB on one hole. Beautiful well-maintained park.
Cons: The only cons I can think of is you have to walk across hole 18 to get to 1's teepad. And I wish hole 15's basket would never move from across the creek.
Other Thoughts: This course separates the men from the boys. I don't have a huge arm, but the challenge of this course keeps me coming back. Need a few more of these in Northern Alabama.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has a great variety of shots. The course is also very well maintained. On my way through as I played there were workers taking care of the course. They could get in the way, but they are very polite.
Cons: Dispite there being multiple baskets marked, they arent there at times. it can be confusing at times. Theres also alot of walking between basket to tee when transitioning.
Other Thoughts: Great course, I'd want to play it again when it isnt the most hot out
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
This place was AMAZING !
Pros: EVERYTHING: TEES, Hole design, FLOW, Bathrooms, Alum. benches, HD Tee signs. Well Kept, Green-way there but designed to be accesible but not in the way. IMO, The best in ALABAMA !
Cons: Nothing other than the length which only some people find tho be a con.
Other Thoughts: This place is great and is definitely worth the trip if you love great courses. We played in the rain the day we were there and yet still give it a 5 rating. Drainage and course so great!
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I can see why this is the second highest rated course in the state. The course is beautiful and has plenty of challenge. The course is pretty easy to navigate. I took a map and had to use it on a few occasions but would have been alright without it. The course is very pretty...rolling hills with some long bombs and a few tighter holes around the walking track. Tee signs and pads were adequate...it would have been nice to know which pin placement it was in. This required a bit of scouting on a few holes to figure out where I was throwing. There was a really long hole on the back 9 that this really messed me up on throwing toward a row of trees with the pin tucked way back to the left but without knowing I just went straight ahead and lost a stroke or two. All of that speaks to the length of the course. Not a ton of birdies out there as the holes are pretty long with just enough OB to keep things interesting and make you either get creative or stick to the fairway. Undergrowth wasn't bad, which is a huge plus...losing a disc here would be pretty hard, another plus for the course. Benches were very, very handy and also made finding the next tee easier.
Just get ready to do A LOT of walking and you should be fine. It was nice how the course double back to the parking lot and had a bathroom facility at the start.
Just a heads up for first timers...when you walk up to the park and walk toward the course from the parking lot...walk out to the pad for hole 1 and throw along the tree line...the pin is tucked back into those woods, just be careful as there is a creek that runs alongside holes 1-2. You then have to cross the bridge and play a few tight blind holes that required a bit of scouting to figure out where I was throwing.
Cons: No pin markers on the signs. Grass was pretty high preventing rollers, which would have been awesome on this course. Other than that...nothing really to complain about. This is a solid course and one that you definitely need to try out if you are in the area.
Other Thoughts: Can't wait to play this course again some time. I played it pretty cautiously the first time through to not lose any plastic but now that I see that would be pretty hard to do I would play it more aggressively. Whoever keeps this course up...great job.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Beautiful course along a greenway. Good mix of wide open and narrow tunnel shots. Some long holes to test those with big arms but also requires accuracy.
Cons: Grass isn't cut very often and it is very easy to lose a disc or five if you don't pay attention where your shots go. Even then you can lose them.
A bit of a challenge for those that don't have big arms. You really have to work for par on a good number of the holes and some of the par 3's should be par 4.
Sometimes families that don't know (or care) the course is there will picnic in the middle of some of the fairways.
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course. Bring you big boy game for some of the longer holes.
If you don't have a bit arm just forget about scoring and enjoy the course.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Long, Hot Buzzy
Pros: Plenty of elevation changes to keep the variety aspect high, plus a decent balance of righty and lefty fairway shots in the woods. The flow and navigation is pretty good with only one or two walk-and-hope trips between baskets and next tees. Typically, just follow the walking path and you're fine.
The biggest challenge on this course is the length. Seems like nearly every pin was in the longer position when I played on a recent July morning. About 75% of the course is in the open, so bring your sunscreen and your water. Lots of walking, lots of sweating. The back nine especially seem like plenty of grip, rip, repeat just to get you to the approach. Lots of the later holes have Par 4's to help the rec player out, but this course will wear you down which is a challenge in and of itself.
The creek is really only in play on 3 or 4 holes and usually only as a result of blowing past the basket on your approach. The rip-rap OB on 5 was a killer for me as multiple bad decisions had me card an 8 on that one...
Metal benches on every hole, garbage cans could be a little more plentiful however. That said, there wasn't much in the way of trash on the course and overall the park was in fantastic shape. Fairways in the open fields were a little longer than the mowed walkways and greens, but nothing egregious.
Cons: There's no annotation of the pin positions on the signs and that makes for some scouting for new players. Given the length discussed above, this adds even more steps to a long course. Based on my walk of the course it doesn't appear the baskets get changed to other pin positions EVER. I honestly looked for alternate pin positions based on the signage and could rarely find sleeves in the ground. No obvious, beaten-in greens at those alternate locations either. If that's how the course is being utilized, maybe update the signage somehow? Even stickers or an update sign on the main course sign? Here's my understanding of the set-up when I played:
1-A; 2-A; 3-A; 4-A; 5-B; 6-A; 7-A; 8-A; 9-B; 10-A; 11-B; 12-B; 13-A (I think); 14-B; 15-A; 16-A, 17-A, 18-BOTH
The open field fairways are nearly wildflower plots in places. Sounds pretty. In reality, it means bees. Lots of bees. Mostly bumblebees (non-stinging) but still disconcerting when you're hunting your second drive in the mid-calf grass and dozens of Ghostrider's are buzzing the tower. That reminds me: Leave your green discs at home or you'll likely leave them at the course!
Holes A and B are just tees, no baskets and that's probably a good thing as those are the only holes that play over the walking path and near the dog park.
Other Thoughts: This course is spread out around a large, popular park that features a playground, walking trails, a creek that runs through it, and plentiful picnic areas. A pavilion with water fountains is near #1's tee and the walkers and bike riders were out early on the midweek day I played. It takes a little navigating among the surrounding neighborhood to find the park, but it's definitely a hidden gem. This is a top-notch, well-maintained course. It's just more about endurance disc golf than tight lines and while challenging, the repetitive nature of that kind of course negatively impacts the fun. Maybe throw in a few more shorter pins to add some variety to the back nine?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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