12 Helpful / 0 Not
Super Fun, Moderately Difficult
Pros: - Lemon Lake's Red has an alluring mix of styles and lengths that offers challenges for players of all skill levels. Hole length ranges from under 200 to 500+ ft. The course weaves in and out of light woodland, with clearly-defined, neatly-trimmed fairways throughout. A few open grassy stretches allow bigger arms to air it out a bit, while the shorter-to-moderate lengthed technical holes offer rewards to those with the best accuracy. Protected pin placements, 90 degree turns of the fairway, pinball tree formations, and plenty of line-shaping exercises provide the thrills and spills.
- Several ace runs. Nothing boring or cheap. Some of the shortest holes prove to be monsters if you miss your line as you try to escape from tree prison without pinballing your way to tilt.
- Outstanding amenities: teepads, baskets, signage, benches, trashcans, brooms, restrooms, pavilions, nature/walking trails, playground fortresses, etc. Everything is in new or near-to-new condition and of quality material. Teepads are mostly trapezoidal, level, brushed concrete and among the best I've played on. Good, solid brick tees in one or two places. Descriptive signage with accurate illustrations of each hole's layout and distance. Keeping in theme with the rest of the complex, Red's baskets, benches, etc. are painted in red so there's never doubt as to which course you're currently on.
Cons: - Unfortunately, not much risk/reward generated by means of the terrain (unless you count trees as "terrain.") Slight elevation changes throughout, but not much here to get excited about.
- Some chance of play spilling over from one fairway into another. In a few places, the chance of a disc passing the basket and nearing the next hole's tee area exists, but is somewhat mitigated by brush and/or trees.
Other Thoughts: - I found this course quite pleasurable. Aesthetically pleasing, naturally beautiful, and in outstanding shape, Lemon Lake has a wealth to offer disc golfers of all stripes. As an casual player of modest skill, I found the Red course to challenge me without becoming either frustrating or boring at any point. The Gold course on site crushes players of my skill level, while Red intices us to return with the promise of a bounty of quality discing.
- $7 non-resident, $4 resident parking fee upon entry. $50 buys a yearly pass, an exceptional deal for the quantity and quality of disc golf and other amenities and facilities located on-site.
- 1st tee located near the information kiosk at the first parking lot on the left after entering the park.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
The Most Enjoyable Course at LL
Pros: -This course, like the rest of Lemon Lake, is beautifully upkept. The fairways are clean, and the course is garbage free.
-The teepads were laid excellently.
-The Alternate teepads and pin positions really change the feel of the holes. Some provide totally different looks all together.
-Some holes have set ups that really punish bad shots, the ditch on 9 in particular.
-The wooded holes were tight and shorter, while there were some longer and more open holes aswell. They were great compliments to each other.
Cons: -Aside from a few holes, this is a very flat course. The major exception being the large downhill hole, which is a nice break from how flat the course is.
-Some holes short tees are tough to find. #7 in particular, if you don't know its there, you'll already be playing the hole when you find it.
Other Thoughts: This was the most enjoyable course at Lemon Lake for me. It is the most well rounded, good distance and technicality, without being too over the top in either. If I were to play another full day at LL, I would play blue first to warm up my arm, then go get beat up by silver/gold, then regain my confidence on white, then play red to see what I learned and improved that day.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First off this course is located in a great county park that has 4 disc golf courses on site. There are lots of other ameneties available also, sand volleyball, basketball, a huge playground, great bathroom facilities, vending machines, large pavilions, walking trails and a fishing lake.
This course is a mostly short and technical wooded course with a few mostly open, longer holes to break up the design (#9, #14, #18). All of the holes have very distinct fairways but the wooded holes leave you alot of options on what routes to take around and through trees.
There is a pretty good shot selection on this course. I used BH's, FH's, overhands, drivers and putters all from the tee box. Hitting your lines and staying in the fairway are important for picking up birdies on this course.
Everything on the Red course is in great shape. This might be leftover from worlds preparation but the tees, signs, fairways, and baskets were all in great condition. There are lots of benches and garbage cans on this course also. You can tell that alot of work goes into maintaining this course.
Multiple tees on some holes and multiple baskets on others. This was nice since I was playing with my wife I could play from the longer tees or to the longer basket while she played the shorter ones.
This course is short enough to be beginner friendly and is technical enough with low ceilings and necessary shot shaping to be alot of fun for more experienced players.
The course is beautiful. Lots of great trees, mowed fairways and good pin placements.
Navigation was really easy on this course. Really no confusion at all on where to go.
Cons: A litte bit short. I used a putter off the tee 6 times on this course and I am not a big arm player.
Hole #2 plays right over number 3's tee. Although the correct shot is a RHFH or RH anny that is not too close to the tee, it is very easy to put a disc right through #3's tee box. Although I like 2's pin placement in the trees it should probably be moved out for safety.
#7 is just a hole that I really dislike. 60 feet off the tee there is a 90 degree right turn that has a mando you must follow. Although it is an interesting hole, I think it is not very well designed.
Other than hole #14 there is not alot of elevation on this course.
Other Thoughts: Lemon Lake Red was probably the most fun of the 4 courses on site. Not very challenging, but fun to play with great variety of shots that can be played pretty quickly.
I really liked the multiple pins that I mentioned earlier. It really gave my wife a chance to play distances that she was more comfortable with while I could do the same with the longer pins/tees.
There are a couple of notable holes on this course but I personally really liked #14 which is a long downhill drive into a short narrow opening in some woods with the pin out in the open on the far side. I also appreciated #9 which plays through a nice narrow gap off the tee as well as over a little creek (gulch) to a pin gaurded by some bushes.
Just another great course in the great Lemon Lake complex. This park would be a worthwhile trip for any disc golfer.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Good number of the holes in this course involve navigating around numerous small trees and keeping it out of low canopies. Plenty of different lines to be found; some are pretty much forced while others allow for some creativity. There are also some pretty tight fairways, so avoiding the trees and staying more or less straight can be tricky. Some holes in particular can be very, very tight, like #3 and #9.
- Other holes inside the forest are devoid of the groves of small trees. These rely on even tighter fairways and well placed mature trees to mix up the available lines, lots of good variety on these. #17 is a great example of this - a downhill shot around a cluster of trees, followed by a long uphill approach to a narrowing fairway.
- There are also holes that are much more open, with big fairways and longer distances. A few are especially tough with narrow entrances to reach the baskets. #8 is a bomber hole with a small opening left to the pin, and #14 is a long downhill shot through a small clearing in the forest. A few shorter holes mixed in too.
- Good tees, signs, and baskets. Pretty good signage to get around, some backtrack a little so keeping an eye open helps a lot.
Cons: - Really not that many cons come to mind with this course. There is a lot of flatness to the course with a few holes taken out. More holes had gradual slopes, as opposed to extreme hilliness.
- The terrain overall was pretty uniform, other than a small ditch on #9. The rough was pretty nasty in some spots, but there were no really dangerous hazards.
Other Thoughts: - Great course that uses a diverse forest to its full potential. A wide range of holes with a wide range of challenges. Shaping shots is key at all times, in a lot of different directions. Good mix of long and short holes as well. Chances are pretty good that any player will be using a multitude of discs and shot types to navigate the different holes.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Sept 14 Update
Pros: good variety of wooded and open holes. course is well manicured. Some new lines have been opened by clearing trees.
Cons: tee signs missing. Lack of trash cans throughout the course. Basket for 13 is pulled.
Other Thoughts: Lemon Lake is an amazing disc golf park. I highly recommend checking it out if you've never played there. The red course is a little difficult to navigate without the tee markers, especially for newcomers.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great intermediate course
Pros: Beautifully designed course, tucked in and out of some challenging wooded areas. Astonishing variety and truly a challenge for players of all throwing types. the first three holes are enough to discourage most rhbh throwers, and from there on out its a test of finesse until the daunting hole 8, which is a long drive that gets tucked away to the left into some trees. Hole 9 is a terrifying test of accuracy and will frighten all but the finest of throwers. holes 10-13 are mid-moderate distance shots that still test your accuracy, but 14 is just an amazing downhill shot with incredible distance, that funnels down into a 30ft wide tunnel of trees, so make sure that drive is straight. 15 and 16 are the last of the tight ones, while 17 steps up the distance, and rather dangerously. 18 is a nice open hole, so if you've got the arm, it won't be much of a challenge.
Cons: we had to play the short tees for the Indiana State tournament, and we didn't even know there was a short tee on hole 7 (it shares the long tee for 11?) so we got stroked. regardless, my friend and I still finished 1st and second
Other Thoughts: lots of shade, but the bugs were nasty. the roughage is THICK, beware.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
My favorite of the 4...
Pros: Lemon Lake Red is a scenic and challenging course. There are plenty of wooded tunnel shots to challenge accuracy. There are also a few holes that cater to distance players. I think the balance is very good in that the neither the finesse player nor the power player is given a significant advantage. I really liked that the baskets were color-coded based on which course you were playing. This was not done to clear up any confusion as it should be fairly obvious which basket belongs to which hole. However, it was kind of like the icing on the cake. I really enjoyed this course because of the demanding shot-shaping skills it requires. The tunnel shots didn't require the same old hyzer or anhyzer tee shot. There were a couple that challenged the midrange S-curve which is something I don't see often. Hole 3 comes to mind in this regard as an example. The groundskeeping was very good as well. Benches and trashcans were sufficiently placed.
Cons: I really only have 2 cons. First, the communal space that holes #2 and #14 occupy seems a little tight. If your disc hyzers at all through the gap on Hole #2 you will land in the middle of the fairway of Hole 14. Even if you can stay close to the left tree line, the hyzer approach shot that ensues does come very close to the tee pad for hole 3. This was really the only part of the course were I felt congested.
My second con is that it opened with a bland hole and ended with a bland hole. Hole #1 is a pretty straight-forward anhyzer with woods on the right and the pin tucked around the corner of the woods. It should be no worse than a 3. Hole #18 is wide open with a sparse tree or two. It is a long hole but lacks character. I am critical about these 2 holes on any course because I always remember a what I feel like when I get to hole 1 of a new course. And I always remember the feeling after wrapping up the round and 18 is usually the lasting memory.
Other Thoughts: We stopped by to play the courses at Lemon Lake while on our excursion. We had thought that since the Worlds would be there soon, that course conditions would be amazing. For the most part, this was true. This is an awesome complex and I am somewhat jealous of those who live nearby. The Red Course was my favorite, but I could see myself playing all of them regularley if I lived nearby. I think each course had a distinct character. I would describe the Red's character as challenging and traditional. All elements of the game were tested at least once by this particular course. Yet, it still gave me the feeling like it was a well-seasoned course even though, as I understand it, there have been some recent modifications.
In short, if you are anywhere close to the park, I highly recommend playing all 4 courses. The Red happens to be my favorite, but I would not be surprised to ask 4 different people and get 4 different answers. It truly is an amazing place.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Red Course at Lemon Lake has great variety, it features five par four holes (four of which are on the back nine), a few short holes requiring nonstandard flight paths, and quite a few in the 275-325' range with thick rough off the fairway. Most of the course is made up of defined fairways cut out of the woods. There are some mostly open holes as well. All holes have Innova Discatcher baskets with the chastity belt painted red. Only a few holes have two tees. Most tees are concrete with a few made of brick pavers. Lots of fun drives, fairly well balanced in regards to righty/lefty friendly holes. The course has some elevation change, which is well used on such holes as the tough, downhill, par 4 hole 14, which is followed by the shorter but uphill hole 15. There are some interesting doglegs, most notably hole 7 which takes a 90 degree right turn about 100' from the tee followed by 200' of straight fairway framed by symmetrically placed tree rows. The finishing combination of par 4 hole 17 and when played from the long tee par 4 hole 18 are rough on those who can't through long controlled drives.
Cons: There are some safety issues here, especially where holes two and three cross paths. Hole 2 is a dogleg right but if you were to draw a straight line between its tee and basket, hole 3's tee would be on the line. There are some trees to protect golfers on 3's tee, but a bad shot could still easily hurt someone. Hole 1 and hole 18 (especially from the short tee) are kind of boring, open holes that take you to and from the parking lot. Some of the tees are located in such a way so that they turn into puddles after a heavy rain (especially hole 16). There was a lot of poison ivy out there, so be careful.
Other Thoughts: Lemon Lake is a great disc golf destination. With 4 (or 5 if you count the gold and silver as separate courses) 18 hole courses in one 400 acre site, there is plenty of variety and challenge here. You will find holes ranging from tightly wooded ace runs to tricky par fours. There is a small fee to enter the park, but it is charged per car not per person. Over the years the facility has evolved from one 18 hole course into its present state. The majority of the original 18 now makes up the red course
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Most all-around fun course at Lemon Lake
Pros: The Red course is the most popular and most all-around fun course at the Lemon Lake disc golf complex. Excellently manicured course with red Discatcher baskets. The cement teepads are nicely roughed to avoid slippage even in wet conditions. Red benches around the course are another nice touch that elevate this course beyond what you'll see at your average public park. The holes are more wooded than that of its Blue course counterpart. Its listed as a Par 59 and scores of around 51 have produced 1000 rated rounds. There are alot of deuce holes under 350 feet here, but they are not easy by any means. The course is favorable to players who have big overhand thumber/tomahawk shots. There are a few bomber holes to please the big arms as well. Again, a little bit of everything here makes for a great course on a great piece of property. If you only have time for 1 course when visiting Lemon Lake, make sure to hit the Red course!
Cons: Tee pads are a little short and not flush with the ground. A couple of the holes (9, 11, 12) are 'thread the needle' type deuce holes. Great if thats what you are looking for, not so great if the super-tight wooded holes aren't what you are in to. Again, having a big overhand shot can really pay some dividends on this course. I'd rather the tees were moved around a touch to take away some of these over the top routes.
Other Thoughts: Bring bug spray.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
some helpful comments maybe
Pros: some added length both with new tees and alternative pin placements , 6240 ft ish
adding some toughness
Cons: hole 2 just gets in the way . always a tough hole for me > but off 14 if u hyzer it , a side arm over 2 's t is a recovery shot choice
plus throwing over 3 's T on the drive is equally bad for flow
Other Thoughts: love the new t's for 4 and 18 , basket spot for 14 as well . little soggy when we played
bring garbage bags and pick up as u play , cans were not out yet,
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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