1 Helpful / 3 Not
A beautiful thing
Pros: expertly designed, professionally maintained, extremely challenging without the punishment of losing a disc due to a slightly misplaced shot, beautiful grounds (this can't be stressed enough). Very long course with pro and beginner tees, dual pin placement adds variety to a course that is already dripping with it. Wide, clearly defined grass tee boxes and greens with manicured borders.
Cons: 3 of the holes on the front 9 are very buggy on hot days. The signage is unclear.
Other Thoughts: This course will quickly become known as the premiere disc golf course in central Indiana. No other course I have played can compare to it's variety, it's elevation changes, it's manicured tees and greens, and overall ambition. Only 2 of the 18 holes on this course can be described as anything other than fantastic (2 holes on the front 9 are flat and straight-forward). Having an arsenal of shots and discs at your disposal are a must to birdie most holes and the few that require power over finesse do require quite a big arm. I suppose a few discs could be lost due to errant throws on holes 3-5, but you don't have to brace yourself for the inevitable loss of a beloved disc when you play here (anyone who plays James Dillon park regularly knows what I mean). Go play this course ASAP. You will not be disappointed.
Oh, and I have heard no talk whatsoever of the proposed "Super Pro" tees. Many of the holes are already at the extremities of the usable property.
*Full Disclosure: I am a volunteer who has been mowing this course for the last 2+ months. I have tried to be objective....but not very hard. Hi Marcia!*
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
This course rocks!
Pros: For starters, there are two tees on every hole, as well as two pin locations for each hole. It is clear, upon playing this course in relation to the other courses in the area that Northview was designed by an experienced DGer (shoutout to Dennis Byrne). Lots of mature trees make for some great lines, and the one water hazard on the course defines hole 9 without being a grave danger for wayward discs.
For my first round, I found the course to be very challenging. Many of the defined lines are unforgiving, and a lack of accuracy of the tee will generally wind up in bogies. This may well be the hilliest part of Indiana, and lots of rolling hills make for great elevation changing shots.
The difference between the Red & Blue tees is ENORMOUS! An experienced player could/should use the red tees as an opportunity to work on shaping lines with his/her putter/mids. It's almost like having two courses in one.
There is also a very convenient Pro-shop located at the Capstone Cafe. Make sure you load up on fluids before you start, as the course is noticeably longer than any other nearby courses.
Cons: 2 or 3 holes are still very wide open, but if they can hurry up and fill those holes with trees or other obstacles, this course would be almost perfect. The only other suggestion I can make is to add additional tee signs at the Blue tees, as the distance between Red & Blue is usually enough to be obnoxious, and the arrow on each tee sign pointing to the next hole is all but useless if you never stop to look at the tee signs.
Other Thoughts: For my first round at Northview, I shot a +3, in comparison to the -4 or so that I usually shoot at James Dillon park. I would strongly advise you to warm up before you start your round, as the constant elevation changes will start to tire you out by the end of the round if you're not in good shape.
I don't know if there are plans to pour concrete tee pads. There are currently just two stakes in the ground representing the end of each tee pad, which is a VERY welcome change to the restrictive concrete pads at every other course in the area.
I hear that there is still talk of adding a 3rd tee pad location to each hole - a "Super-pro" tee, if you will. While I don't know that I'd ever play it, that would certainly put this course on the Midwest regional map.
edit: I forgot to mention that, obviously, the course is located on the grounds of a HUGE Church. The posted rules are a bit excessive. I'm not going to tell anyone how to enjoy their game of DG, but at the very least, respect your fellow man.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Just about the best in IN
Pros: Challenging coarse! Trees! Shade! Paths! Hills! Enough said right? This could eaily be the best coarse in IN with a few more tweaks. Accessible for the beginniner or advanced.
Cons: Could use some better signage and trash bins.the first couple of holes were hard to find.. Also would be good if there were small concrete tees and small paths to walk throu the grass border track. It would be a shame to see that ruined.
Other Thoughts: Well balance, crazy trick shots available, doesn't feel like it was over extending the welcome- fun time and looks like I'll be putting James Dillion in my back pocket for a little cuz I found a new favorite! Thank you!
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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