Solid Campus Golf
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Here I am, visiting the city I lived in for the first ten years of my life, nearby Chesterton, Indiana. After meeting up with old friends, I had a couple of hours to kill before dinner. I had already played nearby Rogers Lakewood (highly recommend) and wanted to try out another course in the area. This course fit the bill perfectly.
Right before the first tee, there was a large billboard with a full color map, which proved helpful for some of the navigational challenges.
Each hole had a colorful and informative tee sign with a map and distance, as well as a lengthy concrete tee pad. This is always helpful, and I will always appreciate courses that do this.
The grass was very well mowed, something I have noticed at all of the Midwest courses I have played during this trip. I appreciate the work the campus puts into this part of the land, especially because it looks almost completely dedicated to disc golf.
I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of challenge that this course provided. For a single tee pad course on a relatively beginner friendly atmosphere, I found myself using a lot of the different discs in my bag, both off the tee and on some upshots. There were nice open drives, almost a standard on campus course. They used the trees and high grasses to their advantage, and forced different types of shots on what would seem like a wide open drive.
The baskets were of local product, a company from Indiana, not homemade, the Arachnid Spiderweb3's. They were bright yellow, and looked a good bit different from the standard, with a unique chain structure, but they caught putts, and supported the small DG company.
Almost every holes next tee pad was near the last basket, which lead to easy navigation. They were not really in the way either, which was very nice.
Wind can be a big factor, and the campus had surprisingly great elevation change for Indiana. This made me proud of my hometown.
Cons: This course, like most courses set on college campuses, was very open, which leads to some repetition, The designer did a nice job with forcing different shots that needed to be thrown, but open courses will have open bombs, which leads to open filler holes. 17 sounds fun, 700+ feet, but it really is two drives, and an upshot/putt.
Only one teepad/one basket location. I liked the basket locations, and the teepads were nice, but I imagine for the local player, the layout might get boring. A longer pin, or a longer pad could go a long way for this course.
The walk from 9 to 10 is longer than usual walks, it is across the road behind the hospital. Once you find this pad, it is easy navigation out.
The course wasn't overly difficult. If you can throw about 300 feet with decent accuracy, you will come out with a good score. It is nice for a relaxing/cool down round, as well as a beginning college student, but a pro would absolutely eat this course alive.
The prairie grass bordering some of the fairways was knee high. I almost lost a disc in there, and going in means many micro scratches on the legs. The pines bordering hole 10 were also a pain to dig through for my disc. Solution- hit the fairway. Easier said than done.
I imagine during school seasons, the course can be crowded with both beginners, as well as walkers, picnickers, and love birds in the fairway. I didn't knock points off for this because I have no physical evidence, but it is a possibility.
Other Thoughts: I loved my afternoon round at PNC. The course was almost empty, and me and my brother had a great time, playing solid golf at a solid course. I would recommend this course to both the seasoned player looking for a fun casual round, as well as the new player looking for a first course that also has some challenge.
If you are in the area, try Culver's. It's fast food, but it is delicious. That was what I missed the most when I moved to PA. Great custard too.
Shameless plug for the best restaurant, but the course is great. Don't miss out on the nice courses that NW Indiana has to offer!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: This is a great course! It's on the local community college and is not crowded at all during the weekend. First 9 is very fun with numerous elevation changes. Back 9 is mostly straight with a pro pad on 17 at 700 ft.
Cons: There are no cons for this course. I'm a newbie and was not overwhelmed at all until 17. They have a normal pad to use instead of the pro
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Pros: Beautifully manicured course
Easy navigation for 1st time player
Great use of terrain and vegetation
Loved the elevation drop on the 1st hole
Little to no chance of losing a disc
Nice tee pads, signage, and baskets
Perfect place for a quick "clean" round
Cons: Not particularly challenging
The sign at 4 (or 5) was knocked over (just needs to be repaired
Other Thoughts: I was driving through and only played the front 9. I absolutely loved this beautiful course and wished I would have had time for the back 9.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: It's a great first course. It's open enough so that you're not losing discs left and right, but technical enough that you're not going to shoot under par if you don't know what you're doing. It's free, well up kept, and has a really nice mixture of holes that do different things. The par is really realistic which I appreciate. There are birdies to be had, but a bogey free round is an accomplishment.
Cons: It's not especially creative. If you can throw a straight shot and a hyzer around 300' without problems, you'll be just fine here. I think this could a great course if they tweaked a few holes. I don't really know if this is a con, but it is really spread out, so you'll do quite a bit of walking. Other than that, the only complaint I have is that it can be hard to find the beginning of the back nine if you don't know where to look. It's two nine hole loops.
Other Thoughts: Solid! Not too much to complain about here. It is a nice course with a good set of tee signs and baskets. They do a really good job making it look nice. I don't see any tournaments happening here due to the basic layout of the course, but it makes for an enjoyable afternoon.
Looks nice, plays nice.
Pros: -Free to play.
-Buckets are in good shape.
-Very pretty campus/area for a relatively small school.
-Lots of variation in terms of hole distances. There are short technical throws and a few "let er rip" holes.
-Hole 17 is fun. There are two tees and the furthest one is well over 700 feet, a straight bomb! Crazy side note-my friend once got a three playing the long tee on 17!
-Easy to navigate for the most part.
-Hilly course which for me I enjoy because it adds extra variation.
-Concrete tees are still in good shape.
-A few tees have benches nearby to chill or set your bag on.
Cons: -Hole one can be difficult to find if you are playing here for a first time. After circling around the parking lot, walk up the hill by a piece of artwork and there will be a bench and the tee for hole one.
-Although they make the course look nice, the pine trees on certain holes, especially 2 and 8, are troublesome. If you shank a disc in one you will be searching for awhile most likely and get scraped up big time. My suggestion for a first timer-throw an orange or pink disc that is easy to find and don't try a "hero throw!"
-A few holes have some tall brush. I've lost a disc in there before after searching for a long time. Be careful. Tight fairways!
-The walk to the back 9 after hole 9 is sort of far.
Other Thoughts: -Overall this is a very well manicured course and has nice variation to it. I wouldn't say it is horribly challenging if you have been discing for awhile, but it isn't easy. A good place to have fun, enjoy the view, and work on your short AND long game.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Underrated Intermediate Course
Pros: This is an excellent Intermediate level course that will challenge all beginner and intermediate level players. Advanced players can fine tune their skills here, especially on the shorter, technical holes.
Baskets - 20 total highly visible Spiderweb 3 baskets at this course. Baskets are silver with the basket portion and the number sign at the top being painted yellow. 18 holes + 2 practice baskets. One practice basket can be a practice hole if played backwards from the long tee on hole 17.
Tees - Each hole has 1 large and grippy concrete tee. Hole 17 has two tees to help shorten the distance.
Signs - The signs at this course are fantastic. There is a billboard with course map at the start and also includes some info on disc golf. There is one sign at each tee that includes hole number, distance, par, and a map of the hole.
Variety - The holes here are either short and technical, medium length with narrow fairways bordered by trees and tall vegetation, or long and mostly open. 9 holes under 300. 6 holes between 300-400. 3 holes over 400 feet. There are enough younger trees (some pines) to change lines of holes and will require accurate throws. They can make or break your day. All holes have some sort of elevation change.
Elevation - Elevation plays a major factor at this course. There are multiple blind shots at the course due to elevation. The front 9 has more elevation changes than the back 9 but nothing is too extreme.
2 separate 9 hole loops. The two loops are both distinct in their own way.
Risky player have plenty of chances at an ace but would require accuracy.
Blind shots due to trees or elevation are a plus.
Easy to navigate holes 1-9 and 10-18. Can be an issue connecting the two loops if new to course.
Trash cans throughout the course help to keep it clean.
Enough benches to take a break every few holes.
Course is very clean and scenic, especially during fall when leaves change color.
Course is easy to get to from any direction. Immediately off of 421.
Trees will play more of a factor when they age.
Great compliment to nearby Lituanica Park. Both courses can be challenging in their own unique way. It is a very enjoyable course that is not too difficult yet provides enough challenge to make it worth stopping by. There is enough room to expand this course too!
Cons: With exception of hole 17, there is only 1 tee per hole. An additional tee per hole would completely change this course. A majority of holes could use a longer tee while the rest could use a different line.
Only one pin position per hole. Adding an additional pin location would enhance playability and increase difficulty. It would keep things fresh and could even add more blind shots.
Course needs to relocate one or both practice baskets near the start of the course. They are currently near the back 9.
Course could use a few more signs, or even an extra hole to connect holes 9 to 10. New players to the course may get confused.
Hard to park (for first timers). Go to the second lot on the right (the one past the baseball fields for hole 1). I have parked in the first lot and played entire course starting at hole 6 before. It worked but wasn't how course was intended to be played.
Other Thoughts: I love this course and have played it a few times. I have a lakehouse in Warsaw and play this course whenever I go to Michigan City to shop with my girlfriend (she enjoys the course too). I have played the front 9 four times but have only played the entire course twice. Being from Indy, the front 9 is more appealing to me due to the elevation changes than the back 9.
I would recommend this course to any beginner or intermediate level player in the area or passing through. It's not too far off of the highway. There are enough nearby courses to make a multiple course trip.
Alternate tees, pins, and some more trees could take this course to a 4 out of 5 in my opinion. Other than that, I do not have any complaints. Have never been disappointed here.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Pros: The pictures and other reviews give the impression of lack of variety, but I was pleasantly surprised by the holes. The lines were very thoughtfully designed around the immaculately kept trees. Lengths were good, and there is just enough threat of rough, without a real possibility of losing a disc.
Cons: No real good starting/ending place in the way of a club house, etc.
It was also not clear where to park, and where 1 was from the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: I had a great time playing here. At about 1.5 hours away, I might consider making the trip just to play again.
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Not as easy as it looks
Pros: Course is on a college campus and is kept in tip top shape. It is beautiful out there!
Course is pretty wide open and allows you to really air out your shots and work your discs.
Very little traffic at all. For being such a nice course it has very little traffic. Mostly due to it being in the middle of nowhere for the most part. I enjoy playing here the most because it is so quiet and so nice. Great course to work on your game. Throw multiple discs. Rarely is there anyone else to worry about.
Cons: Holes 10-13 are pretty much the same shot going down and coming back all shy of 300 feet. People see these as the birdie holes and the thing that people who play the course regularly mention as the downside of the course BUT keep in mind not as easy as you think.
Other Thoughts: The real challenge in this course is not the layout but rather weather factors couple with challenging baskets. It is a prairie style course with lots of wide open shots and the wind out in westville is ALWAYS a factor and really adds to the difficulty to the course. When you couple the usually breezy/windy conditions with the baskets that have very heavy chains and HEAVY iron baskets the pars that should have been birds and the bogeys that should have been pars add up very quickly and will leave you saying wtf?
I consider this my home course as I play it the most and play leagues weekly there. If you have not played the course I highly recommend you do. It was designed well and with the exception of a few shots on the back 9 that are a bit redundant the handful of signature holes on this course more than make up for it. Also great mix of distances bring your destroyers, teebirds, and rocs!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging, but not hard. Nice course!
Pros: - Baskets in great shape.
- Interesting use of existing landscape. Especially the green (as one example) for #5. Very fast green and does not lend itself to a typical RHBH hyzer as it falls to the left.
- Beautiful concrete teepads with just the right rough finish. These pads were definitely put in by professionals.
Cons: - Signage is a little lacking in spots. The jaunt from 9 to 10 is a little mystifying even looking at the map posted near hole one. Some "next tee" signs would be helpful.
- Some holes are just filler with little or no challenge. #3 comes to mind. #17 is sort of in this category but what it lacks in interesting makes up for in length. It may only be 400' but plays like it's 600 or 700 with it going up hill.
- Prairie grass on hole #11 is just evil just opposite the roadway. Grip-lock into that mess and kiss your disc buh-bye. You will never ever find it. Don't ask me how I know.
- There is a sculpture that appears to have been recently placed in the #5 fairway. Not a big deal but it is in the way and will do some serious damage to errant throws.
Other Thoughts: My "cons" are a little picky admittedly. This is great course that I see myself playing over and over in spite of loosing my beloved Obex on #11. It is mowed and landscaped with interesting sculptures to look at all around. I can't believe there aren't more people playing here. While many of the holes are duece-able and certainly some ace potential it is just hard enough to give experienced players some fun and not overly frustrate the newbs.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
rather boring golf
Pros: Most of the pro's are regarding the manicured grounds which are very well taken care. Trees have been planted in a field or prairie which frames a lot of the fairways.
The homemade baskets caught very well. It's hard to explain but the 2 sets of chains split into 3 rings near the their bottom. They were easy to spot with yellow painted bottoms and most have a yellow number plate on top.
Very nice tee signs with small trash cans at each one.
Set on a college campus, I've always liked this.
Slight to moderate elevation changes which provides more of a challenge.
Within 2 minutes of the highway, I-80.
Cons: I found the golf itself rather boring, almost every tee shot was the same. 17 of the 18 holes are easy threes for a non-beginner golfer.
Prairie golf can be repetitious, 10 and 11 were the exactly the same and wind can be a huge factor here.
A few next tee signs are needed between basket 9 and tee 10.
Other Thoughts: It's easier to use the 2nd entrance to the campus and park in the first lot on the right.
Seems odd that there are several signs indicating no drinking or smoking at the tee sign post yet a bench is provided only at these tees.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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