4 Helpful / 0 Not
Combine with Mason for a nice 18?
Pros: Update 3/9/14: new, large fly pad tees are in place, and there has been even more clearing up of the underbrush to make this course nicely inviting.
This nine hole course in the heart of Lebanon is a newer surprise for folks who dismiss 9 hole courses out of hand. Based on the limited space available between the National Guard building, a new baseball field, and the ball golf course on the other side of the scenic Turtle Creek, only nine really good holes were possible. The design is to be commended, because it includes a nice variety of lines, shots, and challenges for the recreational to intermediate player.
Starting with a tight, medium-length drive to a risk/reward 'green' that drops off just past the basket, you play down in the woods to a couple of holes that require some forethought to plan your line to the basket. Then, you get a short-ish anny (rhbh), and a tricky hole #5 with the only mando requiring you to zip through a narrow tree gap about 190' from the tee. After a fairly straightforward hole 6, you walk to the right across the hike/bike path bridge, and get to shoot a short, woodsy anhyzer, then a much longer hole that is now more open than the original pictures show. The glade of trees approaching the basket is now more park-like and cleaned up of underbrush. You finish coming back toward the bridge on #9, just back on the other side of the path from the #8 tee.
For a newer course, the rough and underbrush is already fairly forgiving, and the fairways are generous and well-maintained (the only challenging maintenance issue is the low-lying area along the 2nd & 3rd fairways, which have been carved out of the woods).
Tee signs are very good, the new, 24-chain DGA baskets catch discs very well, and there is a perfect map near the first hole.
The course plays alongside, but never across, a wide paved hiker/biker path, and does not interfere with other park activities.
Cons: There is currently only one trash barrel near the course map, and the bathroom by the right field fence is usually locked.
Parking appears to be available in the National Guard lot, but that's a long walk to any part of the course.
The limited land available breaks up the flow of the course design, forcing you to end across the creek with no chance to have a loop.
A big thumbs down goes to the vandals who have already stolen a couple of the tee signs. You guys know you're welcome to put them back, you know!
Other Thoughts: In an ideal world, it might have been possible to shoehorn in more holes here, with some shots near the bridge going over the creek and back, but this would have required significant disruption of the natural woods (and that's not what disc golf is supposed to be about!)
I would raise my rating from a 3.0 to a 3.5 if the infrastructure here was more supportive of disc golf (say, parking near the first tee and restrooms nearby open more often).
If you're looking for a neat day of disc golf, play Mason Sports Park 9 and Lebanon 9, plus the 18 over at Gulley. With the addition of better tee pads at Gulley, and consent from the PDGA, I'd think that would make a really cool one day tournament format.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice 9 hole course
Pros: Tee signs looked very nice
Very nice park
Nice bike/walking path that doesn't geatly impact the play of the course. No blind shots involving the path.
Cons: Limited space means a longer walk from hole 9 back to the parking lot but it is flat so not to bad.
Tee pads are grass at this time but I am sure they are coming at a later time.
Other Thoughts: Nice start, the official grand opening was this past weekend and was the first time I saw it.
The future addition of the alternate tees will allow you to turn the 9 holes into an 18 hole course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid Beginner Course
Pros: This 9 hole course is a step above most beginner level courses, the first three holes have been cut through some very dense woods and make use of some nice elevation changes.
Beautiful location in a well maintained park.
Cons: Hole lengths on 4-7 are very short making them easy birdies.
Very little risk reward on most of the holes.
Bike path winds through the course leading to issues with pedestrians.
Hole #2 can get very swampy.
Course doesn't quite loop back to the beginning area.
Only 9 tees currently, course could be served well by some alternate tees.
After hole #3, the remainder of the course is very flat.
Other Thoughts: This course has been tightly woven into a nice park which impacted several of the tee box and hole locations.
Hole #1 has a wicked penalty for an overshot approach, a 15 foot drop which can lead to a tough start to your round.
Hole #2 is shorter yet forces you to throw through a densely wooded area, very swampy after rain.
Hole #3 is a nice blend of woods and hole length.
Hole #4 is a curl to the right to a basket nestled on the ege of the woods. A significantly overthrown drive will put your disc in the stream.
Hole #5 takes your through a gap in the woods to a basket placed in a nice patch of trees.
#6 has you on a narrow strip between the baseball field and bikepath for a straight on hole surrounded by a few small trees. Probably the weakest hole on the course, but a potential ace run.
#7 is back into some light woods and like #6 is a little on the short end.
#8 is the longest hole. An open field that narrows and hooks right around a large swath of woods. Tee box for 8 is to the east of the #7 basket (took a while to find as Hole signs are not up as of yet)
#9 is a decent length with some overhead branches that necessitate a low throw down the fairway.
Overall, a fun course to really challenge yourself to score low on and develop your approach game and putting.
Some of the holes have room for longer alternate tees that would add length and increase the difficulty. Most notably #2 could begin at the top of the hill at the end of #1 and take it from a mediocre hole to a signature hole.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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