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You better deuce Hole 1...
Pros: The park is absolutely beautiful and very large. It was also very clean.
Parking was ample and close to hole 1
There is a practice basket and a course map near hole 1. Take a picture if it's your first time.
The baskets were DISCatchers and were in good. shape.
This course is a throwers delight. If you like to air it out, you will love this place.
There are not many trees on this course, but the design does use them very well.
There are some elevation changes on the course that will effect distance control.
Basket placement is very good on this course. You run a putt and miss, you could pay dearly on several holes.
Adequate sized concrete tee pad with good grip.
There are nice hole signs with accurate distances.
The course may seem open, but in our round today, I saw rollers, hyzers, Anny's, forehands and overhead shots.
Cons: There are a couple of areas that you may need to make sure you don't throw into people.
There are a couple of long walks on the course.
Other Thoughts: I am not the type of disc golfer that thinks that we "have" to play in the middle of a forest or it isn't disc golf. This course is long and challenging from the pro tees. There was a uniqueness to it that I found appealing. Wind is also a problem on this course. Due to elevation and a lack of trees, trying to control such long throws with the wind blowing was a HUGE problem.
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Glad I stopped
Pros: Right off I-65, Park was virtually empty. Good signage, good tee boxes and baskets
Cons: Pasture golf on the first few, a little long for average players.
Other Thoughts: This is a challenging course. The creek runs along the right side of several holes, forcing you to respect it. There's even a downhill hole where your disc can sail into the deepest part of the water. Pretty open with pin placements behind the few trees. Worth playing, even if its only the back 9
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Pros: I think that this park has gotten a bad rap. I really enjoyed it. The course was very well manicured. One of the cleanest parks I've been to.Nice layout. Nice variety. Nice risk/reward holes. I really liked it.
Cons: I do agree with some of the others on walking, but it wasn't all that bad. I also agree that a couple of the holes are too close to the playground. Hole 8 throws off of a hill, almost straight towards the playground. I skipped it due to heavy winds and not wanting to take a chance at smacking a kid.
Other Thoughts: This course is not extremely challenging, but is a great course if you just love to disc it up.It would be great for beginners. Not much chance at losing discs and most holes are easy to hit par.
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Not a course for the weak armed
Pros: As the title suggests, this course is a bomber course even from the short tees. The course sits in a large multi-use park and plays around several of these obstacles. Approximately half the holes are on rolling hills and the other half on level ground. The design uses these elevation changes well throughout the course. Each hole has two sets of tees and large adequate signs. The baskets are in good condition and the grass is almost always well manicured. This is a prime course for rollers as long as you can keep them controlled. A steep cliff drop off comes into play on several holes, making for some interesting putting situations. For course navigation, the tee signs indicate where to go on the subsequent hole.
Cons: You could fit another hole between each of the holes here with as far as you have to walk. Don't be surprised when you have to walk anywhere between 200-500 feet between a basket and the next tee pad. The long tees add nothing but distance to this course, no character or technical shot shaping added. No trash cans are provided at any of the tee pads besides number 1. Course can become crowded with other park users that aren't related to disc golf, so beware. The basket placement on number 1 is poorly placed due to the kid's playground about 50 feet past the basket. I've seen kids nearly hit with discs and parents picking discs up and throwing them back at the golfers.
Other Thoughts: Course could greatly benefit from tweeking or an outright redesign. Overall this course makes you drive far and accurately to score well. Not many places where you can get into a lot of trouble but not so much that it would cost you many strokes. Wind can be a big factor here especially on the front nine.
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Pros: The course has a lot of potential. There are a couple of signature holes like hole 14, which shoots down hill with water right behind it!!
Another one is Hole 13, which has a nice tunnel gap about 300 ft out, if you dont hit it.....look out. A decent score on long pads would be 54, and 50 from shorts....should get you close to a 1000 rated round.
A lot of similar death putts, that will go over cliffs and into water.....a nice long course to throw some bombs!!
Cons: Too many tweener holes!! Obviously not designed by someone who understands basic golf course design...Playing the short pads is the only way to play this course....long tees are just not rewarding, even for the 500+ big arms. At least 3 holes you have to watch out for children and crowded picnic areas. The long, long walks from hole 10 to 11 and the walk back to the parking lot from 18....leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The unlevel concrete pads are uncalled for....take some time and do it right next time.
Other Thoughts: This course could be 4-5 stars if someone came in there and redesigned it.....
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Pros: There is elevation, there are shots that bring schule into play, there are tunnel shots and wide open bomber shots. Gap shots, straight shots, hyzers. I have a relatively decent arm, so I appreciate the opportunity that this course affords to truly open up and BOMB. It allows you to test the sort of bomber drives you throw, as well. Side hill shots (landing the disc on the angle you need it to land on), uphill and downhill, long drives placed at the gap entrances, giant turnovers, etc.
Cons: There is a predominance of wide open shots, to be honest. Every shot has plenty of room to bail out off of the tee and let yourself have an open (long) up shot. You won't go way under with this strategy, but in the lower divisions you won't fall way out of contention. It is also too far outside of the BG course zone to really be considered highly by players - no one likes traveling in the middle of a tournament day's rounds (speaking of BG Ams).
Other Thoughts: My rating may be influenced heavily by the joy I find in watching a disc fly far - but I really like Franklin a lot. I believe HB Clark created a very cool creature in this course. In 2008 when I played it for BG Ams a lot of us thought it was weak that we played this AND White Park both, and I agree - variety is needed for putting together a tournament lineup. But that doesn't take away from the fact that it is a fun course, and well put together.
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Pros: This course has 2 sets of tees on each hole, Pro/Am. I've only played it once from the Pro tees, but there is roughly 2000ft difference between Pro/Am tees, so I have no doubt that the course plays significantly different from each set of tees which could impact a reviewer's opinion. This review is based solely on the Pro tees.
-Baskets: Innova DISCatcher, all in good shape. Single pin placements. Practice basket near first tee.
-Tee Pads: Concrete tees are level, appropriately sized, and in good condition. There are Pro/Am tees on all holes.
-Tee Signs: Located at Pro/Am tees on all holes. Signs accurately display hole layout, length, suggested Pro/Am pars, and direction to the next tee. (Small issues w/signage explained in cons section)
Course Design & Layout:
-Fairway Variety: 4Left/4Right/10Straight
-Elevation: Minimal throughout the course, but good use in design.
-Elevation Variety: 4Up/4Down/10Flat
-Length: 8,200 Total (455ft avg). 1<300, 7@3-400, 6@4-500, 2@5-600, 2@600+.
-Water: Potential on holes 2-4 (but not likely), and definitely in play on 14-17.
Overall, course design was pretty good, but had some flaws which will be discussed in the "cons" section. The course is comprised of 2 9-hole loops. Hole 9 finishes near the parking area, but the finishing hole requires a decent hike back up the hill to the parking area. Flow is good for the most part, but there are a few holes with a long walk between tees which disrupts that a little.
No major elevation changes, so the uphill/downhill holes are more gradual slopes. The elevations are used effectively to help create variety and to create a few real challenging pin placements, namely holes 2-4 where missing on the wrong side could put you down a steep hill in the creek. Length is the major asset of this course. It is the longest course in the Bowling Green area. An intermediate-advanced level player will most likely find the course to play similar to a ball golf course in the fact that you'll be throwing a drive, having a variety of short-long approach shots, and then putting for par/birdie.
The course has a few really great holes (4, 11, 14-17), but for the most part, it is a lot of long open holes with limited variety, and not real challenging other than the length. There are only 4 holes that I would consider having "technical" lines to hit off of the box (4, 13-15), and a handful of holes with "preferred" lines created by trees near the tee area or in the fairway. The other holes are pretty much open with plenty of room to work the disc for whatever shot type you prefer.
Following the course was really easy with the "next tee" markers on all the tee signs. A couple holes have really long walks between them (5-6, and 10-11). When you walk for a while and don't see a tee close by, you may begin to question if you are going the right way, but if you follow the direction indicated on the tee signs, then you are good to go. *NOTE: Hole 11 is over the road and across the soccer fields, just keep going, you'll find the tee near the dry creek on the other side of the soccer fields.
Excellent. The course was in great condition and well-maintained. Mostly open holes with large trees, so no real "rough" or foliage to contend with. Area of taller grass between holes 4-5 used to differentiate and define these fairways that parallel each other.
Mailbox near the first tee, I'm assuming it's for scorecards and/or course maps, but was empty when I played there. No benches or trash cans that I remember.
Epic Holes: (4, 11, 14-17)
-Hole 4: Excellent risk/reward hole. Great left to right shot bordering the steep slope leading down the hill to the creek. Plenty of room left to play a big sweeping anhyzer and stay safe, but if you successfully challenge the technical line through the trees, you just may be rewarded with a rare 2 on this course. Hit the trees and kick right, could be big trouble. Also watch for the drop-off down the hill just behind the basket!
-Hole 11: Simple, downhill hole at 480ft from the Pro tee w/dry rock creek running OB down the left side and crossing in front of the basket around 420ft. Just a really fun hole to unleash a big drive and let disc ride the slope for some extra distance.
-Hole 14: Open off the tee until you hit the 25ft tree-lined gap that proceeds down a semi-steep hill. Once you clear the tunnel, you have to watch out for the creek situated just behind the basket.
-Hole 15: Nice tight line off the tee with trees on the left and the creek on the right. This hole requires an accurate right to left shot off the box to clear the trees and fade back into the fairway.
-Hole 16: Fantastic hole at nearly 600ft requiring a low shot between a couple of large trees or a big left to right sweeping shot around the big trees. Once you clear the trees, the hole opens into a large fairway with a row of trees along the left side, and trees/creek on the right side. Basket situated on a side slope off the left side of the fairway.
-Hole 17: Straight forward hole but made fantastic with the pin placement. The basket it nested in the trees 425ft from the box with an 8ft deep drainage ditch that runs in front of the basket, situated only a few feet from the edge. A nice little wooden bridge was constructed to cross the ditch and get to the basket, very nice work on this green.
Cons: -Limited Variety: A lot of flat/open holes.
-Safety Concerns: Several holes located near other features of the park. Hole 1 is way to close to the playground. An errant drive here could easily wind up on/near the playground. Holes 7/8 play on opposite sides of a pavilion, and the basket for 12 is located near a pavilion. Groups using this area may not know to watch out for flying discs, so use caution through these holes.
-Long walk between several holes (5-6, 10-11), and from 18 back to parking.
-Inaccurate sign info: Played Hole 15 from Am tee due to flooding creek, listed as 260ft on sign. I can throw around 300ft, threw a really good drive, and was still 50ft short. Maybe the pin has moved or something, but this definitely was not accurate.
-Flooding: Played here after some rain moved through the area, and several of the holes had standing water. Hole 15 and 16 were affected by flooding creek, and 16 (one of the best holes on the course) was not playable due to the flooding.
-Inconsistent ProPar values: I know "par" is a debatable topic, but consistency is the issue here. Holes 6, 9, and 10 are pretty simple, open holes between 400-450ft listed as ProPar 4. Hole 5 is 750ft uphill, and hole 12 is 625ft uphill both noticeable more difficult than 6, 9 & 10 due to the elevations, also listed as Pro Par 4. Then hole 17, 425ft straightforward, little trouble, ProPar 3. Holes 6, 9, and 10 really need to be ProPar 3's, 4 is a bit inflated given the difficulty level of these holes.
Other Thoughts: Franklin-Simpson is overall a decent little course, and worth the time to stop and play if you are in the area. I'm going to give the front nine a "3" and the back nine a "4". The front nine is a little plain, and could use a few upgrades to increase visual appeal and challenge. The back nine is significantly more fun, challenging and visually aesthetic with some really great golf holes, especially 14-17. The overall experience was good, the park is very nice, clean, and family oriented with lots of stuff to do. Check it out.
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Pros: This course is a distance lovers dream, nearly every hole is a crush. There are long and short pads with a good amount of distance between them so players with less D can still get out and enjoy this course.
This is also a great course to work on your up shots. Since the course is so long, nearly every hole takes a good drive, approach and putt to get your par.
Some of the holes have well placed trees and/or nice elevation changes to keep things interesting. Two wooded holes in the back are a nice change of pace. Holes 3, 4, 14 and 15 play close to a large stream which makes a great obstacle. The stream was moving pretty quickly when I was here so stay away from it or lose a disc forever.
Cons: About half the holes are wide open and can start to get boring.
There's almost no chance of a birdie on most of the holes here (from the long pads) unless you can throw 425+ very accurately. With the exception of holes 1 and 14, the shorter holes seem to be throwing uphill so there's little chance of a birdie without mega distance anywhere.
There are a few very long walks between holes. Next tee is marked on the tee signs so that helps. After hole 18, there's another long walk back to the parking lot.
Bring plenty of water when it's hot out because there is very little shade here.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely a professional caliber course, but it can be a good place for players of all skill level to work on drives and up shots.
This course is just minutes off I-65.
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Get out your big guns
Pros: - Fun to bomb on most holes
- Some good golf shots with OB and tricky pin placements
- Course is clean, pretty with a clear layout
Cons: - Could be frustrating to Rec player or (gran)masters player
- Easy to lose disc off of cliff (2, 3, 4) or river (14, 15, 16)
Other Thoughts: The course is all about length. The holes are open but diverse and most the pins are guarded. From Am or Pro tees the course pushes the limits of your throw by tacking on 100 feet of distance to shot that needs to be fairly accurate.
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Pros: Franklin Simpson was a fairly fun course convenient to the Bowling Green area. This course is mostly open with a few pretty tight holes for diversities sake. This one also has a little more distance than others found in this area. The majority are navigable with a few mature trees being the only hindrance for the most part., especially on the front ten. For the most part the first ten are fun but they do lack anything particularly memorable. Eleven is a nice slight downhill shot with a gravel runoff area as a OB and will require a decent drive to get past. Twelve is a fairly long hole with a few trees that direct you shot selection and you will have to watch the OB walking path and OB drainage pond if you have a bad roll down the hill. Thirteen has an open fairway that punches into a wooded area and will require careful aim and maybe a hint of luck. I would say that this is where the most difficult part of the course is found. Fourteen's downhill shot is pretty nice with the river looming behind as a pretty good hazard. It requires a fairly descent amount of finesse to make it through but enough control not to over through or else your disc will take a swim. The next couple follows the river's bank and still demands a certain amount of control to pick up birdies. They are risky holes that will you reward you for accurate shots but could easily punish you with a lighter bag on the way home depending on the rivers level. Seventeen's shot is nice too with a punch-in past a drainage ditch with the basket tucked in some trees. Eighteen is a fairly tame slight uphill shot and almost apologizes for the last few holes, especially if you lost a disc in the river. Over all this is a pretty fun course and seems to have its own personality as far as the Kentucky courses I have played so far are concerned.
The two tee pads have distinctively different lengths that separated them nicely. Any seasoned player should find the pro pads formidable just by distance alone. The short pads are forgiving enough to allow recreational player to be challenged too. So in that regard this is a great course. Most holes play fairly strait with very few that requires slight anhyzers for RHBA. Conversely, the shots that play along the river will be a little more forgiving for the righty's shooting backhand. Additionally, there is a decent mix of elevation change considering the land available.
The course is pretty clean and seems maintained pretty well. Concrete tee pads and nice baskets are always a plus.
Cons: At times the course could play through areas that interact with other park users. Number one stands out in my mind with a playground behind the tee. There seemed to be longer than normal walks between holes with several of them pronounced more than others. I played here on a calm day but can see the wind changing the whole course. I played in the hottest of days and found little refuge from the summer heat. The first few holes can be a little repetitive. For those of you who find them convenient, I don't remember any benches or trashcans to speak of. There was a longer walk to the parking lot from eighteen than you would like but it is certainly not a deal breaker.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is pretty fun. Don't let the cons scare you away. If you are in the area then by all means you should hit this course. I traveled up from Atlanta and through Nashville on to Bowling Green and found it quite convenient to stop and play. I can't imagine anyone of any skill level being disappointed by stopping by and playing this course. Stop by and give it a try but most importantly, enjoy!
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