Classic HayField Style DG
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Pros: The folks who installed and maintain this course have put in some pride in their work, with nice, fresh mulch, good fairway mowing, decent DGA baskets, a fresh bench at the start, and a good sized stone at each tee, engraved with an inspirational quote or scripture. With hole distances ranging between 200 and 440 feet, they've used the rolling field terrain to decent effect, and the course really picks up in fun and intrigue at hole 6.
After the initial five holes have helped you limber up (and where I'm sure the long summer hay and grasses off the fairway will keep you wanting to keep it under control), you get to play a down-sloping left to right sixth hole where a deep ravine and woods guard the direct approach to the basket. Then you'll play a shorter uphill seventh, which features a slope-side basket position that becomes interesting in the frequent winds the area is prone to. You play back down-slope to 8, placed just before the wood line, and then bomb up slope to the 9th basket, back to the parking area, making for a good, logical loop.
Cons: The lack of variety over the first five holes inhibit the replay factor quite a bit for a guy like me with a middle aged arm. A good throw on the first three will give me a chance at a putt, but I'm looking at heave, approach and putt on 4 & 5. On the other hand, more advanced players will not find enough challenge here to keep them from seeking a deuce on nearly every hole on the course. It made me wonder who owns the woods beyond the course. With its interesting, rolling terrain PLUS woods lines to hit, there might be some good options in there to spice things up.
Other Thoughts: In all, I thought West Bridge was a nice installation, but less than inspiring as a disc golf challenge. I also corrected some of the distances and slopes listed here on dgcr to match the signage and reality.
Reviewer Background as of this writing: 4.5 yrs experience at age 54, not a big gun, and not an impressive rating (Rec to Int skills), but enjoy having played over 250 courses and shared hopefully helpful info about those experiences.
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Quick Peaceful Play
Pros: Beginner to lower intermediate level course set on the property of a church in a small town just outside of Indianapolis.
Baskets - 9 Very grippy mach 3 baskets. They caught great. Had the par of the hole written on the basket for those keeping score.
Tees - Tees are a combination of woodchips and mulch. Did not have any issues with the mulch sliding around. Might be an issue after it rains. Only one tee per hole.
Signs - Sign next to road has arrow pointing you towards the parking lot for the "frisbee golf" course. It is easier to park in the northern parking lot. It is next to tee for 1 and basket for 9. A sign at each tee has the hole number, par, distance, and a map that includes the location of the next tee.
Variety - Course is spread out across rolling hills with distinct fairways surrounded by tall grass. Most holes are straight shots with elevation changes on every hole. Hole 6 has a thread the needle shot over a creek with tees on the end. Hole 7 was on the side of a hill where a missed shot could roll down. Hole 6 and 8 are the only holes with trees as obstacles. Biggest obstacle is the tall grass, elevation, and wind. Hole 4 has a blind basket but it is a long straight uphill shot. Holes are on the short to middle level end in terms of distance 250-400 ft.
Benches and trash cans at tees for hole 1 and 5.
More hills than the typical course in the Indianapolis area.
Extremely easy to navigate. There is a grassy path cut through the tall grass that takes you from basket to tee.
Scenic course with woods surrounding holes 6-9 and with farmland on either end.
Very clean property.
Room to expand to 12 holes.
Food or drink options nearby.
Cons: No trees. With the elevation at this course, trees would add much more variety and would add to the difficulty. Would take the course up a notch.
One tee per hole. Most holes have room to add an alternate tee. Some holes could use a longer tee, some with a shorter. The elevation and different lines would help the holes. Adding another mulched or woodchip tee per hole would not be too costly.
Can be windy. Keep eye on discs especially with the tall grass.
No shade. Would be hot during the summer. Bring fluids.
Course could use a practice basket and bulletin board/kiosk at the start of the course.
Other Thoughts: This was a relaxing play. The grass was cut when I played but could be intimidating when long, especially if it was windy. Added trees would be a game changer. If trees and an added tee per hole were added, this course would be a 2.5 or even a 3 out of 5 if enough trees were added.
I would recommend this course to those learning how to play the sport or those in the area. It is a nice compliment to Avon or the Masters if trying to make a loop.
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Worst course I have played
Pros: Ok layout. Signs posted. Fairways have been mowed.
Cons: No pads. Boundaries not mowed at all. Brambles 8 feet high. Got many cuts, and ruined a shirt playing this course
Other Thoughts: Says lightly wooded but no woods other than boundaries.
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Pros: This course is very open and should provide sufficient challenge and enjoyment for someone new to the sport. The baskets are new and in very good condition and seemed to catch the discs well. Given the course has some good length to try to throw some bombs, the signage was good, and the baskets were in great condition, but is only 9 holes, it's hard to give it a rating less than 2.0 or Reasonable.
The terrain is gently rolling which makes for some slight downhill and uphill shots. Fairways are pretty clear as long grass borders them which looks like it could easily eat discs in the spring and summer months. Holes 6 and 8 were my favorites simply because they were the least mundane. Hole 6 is short (<300 ft) but challenging as it's a downhiller with the basket on the other side of a small wooded ditch. You could play it aggressive and go straight at the basket, but risk a tricky putt if the trees stop the disc. I chose to play it safe and try to hook it around the left side. Hole 8 is straight, but longer (>350 ft) with the basket bordering the woods.
Regarding the essentials of a good course, this course has clearly marked tee signs and navigation was pretty easy and there were arrows on the baskets pointing to the next tee. The tee signs seemed accurate with regards to distance, and the par listed seemed fair for a beginner like myself, though I easily shot several under par.
The course resides just behind West Bridge Church (Formerly First Baptist Church of Danville) and the first tee was easy to find in the back of the north parking lot. Signs at the church entrance clearly point to the disc golf course. The church is usually open throughout the week so restrooms are available if needed.
A couple benches were available for a quick rest if needed, but there really isn't a lot of strenuous walking at this course.
Finally, the large decorative rocks at each tee were a nice touch with some thoughtful selected verses from the bible. If you're looking for a nice quiet place to get some physical activity while have time for spiritual reflection, this is the place to be.
Cons: From a design standpoint, overall the course design is pretty bland and the tees could be a tripping hazard given they are all mulch. Also, while the long grass should provide plenty of challenge to stay in the fairways, I could see how some folks might avoid this course just to avoid spending more time looking for discs than actually playing. The course doesn't get a lot of play, but if it did, holes 7, 8 and 9 are so close to each other, you'll really have to keep your eye out for errant discs.
Other Thoughts: Like I mentioned above, the only interesting holes were 6 and 8. It's not a great piece of property for a spectacular disc golf course, but I did find myself looking around and finding more interesting places to put baskets, but I doubt it would boost the rating more than a half point or so. The church property the disc golf course is located on borders some woods in the southwest corner which are quite big. There could be some great potential for a 3.5-4 Star disc golf course if the church and property owner could agree to put most of the holes for a full 18 back there.
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Pros: DGA Mach 3 Baskets. DGA Tee signs and seem accurate. Nice mix of hole Distance, with 5 Averaging 372' & 2 Averaging 421' and the last 2 Averaging 233'. Hole #6 is the most interesting, with it having the only obstacle. A little Gully protruding out from the Tree line that has a area cut out of the trees making a tunnel shot for tough ace run or a putt for the beginner. #7 plays with a long mound on the right,with tall grass it's a blind shot. #8 has a few low branches near the basket. With this being a new course 3/4 dozen Trees added, in the correct place, this will be a better course for all level of players.
Cons: Open and Pretty much Flat. I've marked under "Hole Info." the terrain changes on each hole. The up/down indicator is more extreme than what the course actualy plays. As of now #1 to #5 are wide open with tall grass bordering each side.
Other Thoughts: From I-465 & Rockville Rd. It took me about 35 minutes to the course. In rush time you could double that time,ALOT of stop lights on Rockville Rd.! From 1-70 & State Rd. 39 it took me 25 minutes. Park in the North Lot #1 Tee at the southeast end,by the playground.
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