Porter, IN 
Hawthorne Park Share
Uploaded By: Jukeshoe Hole #5 (Taken 8/2011)
3 / 185ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #5 Tee

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Fun little course

2-4    8/14/2016   8/16/2016
Review By: mrbro855
Played: 209  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 4.3 Years
Pros: Was a fun course in a typical city park type setting.

Easy to follow- upright 4 x 4's with hole number and distance written on them. Pads, for not being concrete were ok- rubber mats with 4 x 4's ( a lumber yard donation, perhaps??) enclosing them on 3 sides- were flat enough.

Elevation was well utilized.
Couple of memorable holes:
#1 short (135) but protected by a tree- ace potential, but no gimme
#2 long over a hill with mature tree protection (see also cons)
#5 slight downhill with big left bend around a muture couple of trees needed
#6 downhill to a basket protected by a tree and positioned on the side of a hill. (twice rolled the disc down the hill past the basket!!)
#7 long flat hole which was down in a valley with hills as protection on both sides- kind of neat hole
#8 throw across same valley to a left bend basket well protected by mature trees. and
#9 300 ft throw down hill with two trees in fairway.
Cons: #2 throws over the small side street through the park

#8 throws over basket #7

#2 and #4 play to same basket- wasn't a problem as I was only one out there- but could be if course was busy.
Other Thoughts: No complaints- nice 9 hole course in a rural area. Concrete pads move this to a 3, maybe even 3.5.

It was definitely a fun course to play!!

 Friendly Course

1    7/11/2014   7/18/2014
Review By: Gizmotronx
Played: 22  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 5.8 Years
Pros: Varied, interesting, sometimes challenging lines. Changes in elevation add to that.
Few hazards
Cons: Only one real long hole.
Hole 2 is gone, and 1 may as well be gone
Other Thoughts: I had fun playing this course, but I played it with three newbies.I don't play every round like a tournament, so my reviews are different from others on here it seems. I judge by fun.

Park for other stuff to do.

 Good little park

1    9/26/2013   9/27/2013
Review By: hevyevie
Played: 39  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 8.7 Years
Pros: Nice baskets. Friendly locals pointed out #3. Easy to find. Plenty of parking. Easy to navigate. Good signage. Plenty of equipment for kids to stay busy. Near Indiana Dunes/lake shore. Nice layout. A variety of shots required.
Cons: Hadn't been mowed in a while. Natural tees with rubber placemats. Holes 1 & 2 have been removed due to construction of a walk/bike path. Multi use park so beware of pedestrians. Noise: trains, trucks, construction equipment.
Other Thoughts: I wish the course update had been updated. I was unaware of holes missing. Nice park to stop and play with the family. I wouldn't make a special trip just for this park again, but if you're camping in the area it is a must play.


2-4    7/21/2013   7/21/2013
Review By: davetherocketguy
Played: 68  Reviewed: 59  Exp: 13.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - There are some interesting tees and basket placements here.
- I like how there are 2 pin positions for each hole.
- No two holes are exactly alike - not even close.
- Nice mowed park.
- You get to the end of #9 and are fairly close to where you started.
Cons: - Tee pads or lack thereof. This is hands down the biggest issue for me. These gravel monstrosities are a recipe for a twisted ankle at worse or a good way to induce OAT into your throws as your feet slide around looking for grip. This course is in DIRE need of some concrete pads. The rubber pads on some of them seem to make the issue worse.
- #2 has you throwing right next to a asphalt drive which is supposed to be OB.
- I did not care for the placement of #6. This is way too close to the playground equipment there.
- If this park is ever busy with DG'ers then I think the #8 pad throwing over the #7 basket is also a bad idea. However I really doubt this is ever an issue.
- Navigation is not bad but finding #1 is a pretty big issue. There's been some construction so the #1 pad is gone. If you are looking at the Community Center go to your right to where the new asphalt is next to the woods. You will see a trash can there and that apparently is the tee.
Other Thoughts: I noticed today that there are a lot of construction stakes in the grass area in front of the community center which probably means an upcoming construction project. At which time it may be a good time for course designers to get in some concrete pads and maybe redesign some of these holes.

I am not going to sugar coat this...I would love to have a course like this near may house. It would be a great way to work on many aspects of my game. On the other hand it just isn't terribly challenging are there are some pretty significant design issues particularly #6. If you are in the area hit it up but I do not recommend going out of your way to get here.

Something to consider - as with many DG courses in the midwest, the bugs can get pretty bad on #1 so bring bug spray (I am not counting this as a con BTW.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Decent Beginner Course

1    9/29/2012   10/4/2012
Review By: jeffhoots
Played: 11  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 5.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decent course for a beginner: a good mix of short, long, straight, and not so straight.

Good location for those visiting the Indiana Dunes area. About 5 - 10 minutes from Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore.

Good for kids. If they get bored, park includes a playground.

Good Innova DiscCatchers.
Cons: Holes 1 and 2 are right next to the park road, then the other 7 are more typical of a public park.

An experienced player will not be challenged. You have to go about 10 miles south to Rogers Park in Valparaiso for that.
Other Thoughts: When our family goes camping at the nearby state park, this is a good way to get 9 holes in without having to drive too far. While not a destination, bring your family and you will do OK.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Social course

5+    7/26/2012   8/6/2012
Review By: cmchavis
Played: 25  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 35.9 Years
Pros: It's short, it's in a multi-use park that gets a lot of non disc golf use but it's a fun, free, social course to play.

The holes wind around Hawthorne park in Porter and other than holes 1 and 2 there is not much chance of losing a disc or being punished by rough.

This is a good course when out with friends and want to relax and don't want to have to worry about your game or deal with a rigorous round at Rogers which is the next closest course.

There is a nice use of OB to help make some holes a little more challenging and there are some mando's defined that force you to shape a line or two on a couple holes. Most of the holes are wide open, so you can just throw w/o worrying about landing zones.

The first two holes - have woods bordering them on the left hand side, so any overstable discs thrown have a good chance of hitting the woods. Playing it safe on those leads to 3s and over the entire course any non-beginner will be shooting for deuces here.

Holes 3-7 and 9 are basically straight shots across fields

8 is a nice dogleg left with a mando over around the trees to keep out of private property.

Nice Ace opportunities at over half the holes for most normal arms, longer arms probably at all the holes.

You're never more than a 2 minute walk from the car, so if you want to play a putter round or forget something in your car or just don't want to carry much, you're really close.
Cons: There are a lot of safety issues here - there are a couple 2 and 3 that are either along a park entrance road or a busy city road.

Holes 3-5 are across a field that gets plenty of use by non disc-golfers since there is a shelter that can be rented right off of 5. Numerous times we've had to ask kids playing soccer in the field to 'heads-up' so they were paying attention. Hole 6 throws right by a playground - we had a guy in our group hit the swingset _every_ time he threw on that hole.

On 6 you are either throwing at the parking lot/road or at 7s tee - so that can get tricky.

Holes 7 and 9 are on either side of a gazebo that gets traffic and hosts weddings that I've seen people accidentally wing one into.

Hole 7 plays over 8's basket - which isn't really a big issue, but 7s basket is basically in the middle of 8s fairway. So after you throw on 8 - you have to walk right past the basket on 7, which could be a safety issue.

As stated in the pro's - all these holes are deuces, three if you get into the trees on 4 or 8 or hit some of the defined OB. So the course is fairly simple - anyone looking for a real challenge should look elsewhere.
Other Thoughts: For all it's faults - it's a fun little course. I bring the kids out frequently with me since they can walk for a few and throw when they want to and they can play on the playground while I play some holes then we repeat.

It's fun to meet friends here and casually work on your game or put in a quick round.

We've taken to playing through 3 times to call it a round.

Their putting in teepads - when we were out they were digging them out - getting ready to install. (July 26th, 2012)

It's cool to see disc golf return to this park after 30+ years. One of the people in the group I play with used to play here in the late 70s.

 GoodDriveBadPutt review dead on

5+    7/5/2012   8/5/2012
Review By: halfbidfor5
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
Other Thoughts: I live right across the street and GoodDriveBadPutt's review is a dead on accurate review of this course. It is mainly a good little course to work on putting and your shorter game and that's pretty much it. They did a good job using what they had to work with to squeeze 9 baskets in this nice park so that is not to be overlooked. Enjoy.


1    2/26/2012   3/29/2012
Review By: notapro
Played: 465  Reviewed: 280  Exp: 14.5 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set within a smaller city park, that has some playground sets and borders some houses. There could be a possible conflict here or there, on one or two holes.
- Some line shaping is present, like a big RHBH hyzer on #1 and #8, though most of it is open. Smaller trees are present on a few holes to provide some challenge, and a few are near the basket like #4 and #5. In general, a straight shot is most important here.
- A couple holes have some additional hazards, like a nasty forest to the left of #1 and #2, a house and it's bushes on #8, and some artificial OB. Recovery from these spots can be a challenge on a bad shot.
- A little bit of elevation changes, mostly due to a small hill. Comes into play on holes #6 thru #9, mostly slight downhills.
- Decent mix of hole lengths, probably maxes out around 325' or so, like on #2 or #3. Nothing extremely long here.
- Good baskets, tees still ok. Navigation isn't too bad, 1st tee is on road by parking lot.
Cons: - A lot of pretty wide open shots, with only a few hyzers to contend with. Elevation changes help here and there, but it's still pretty straightforward.
- Some funky layout issues, like playing OVER #7's basket on #8. It is a pretty small park, only a few spots are really affected.
Other Thoughts: - A pretty typical pitch n' putt, well suited for beginners or people fine tuning their game. More experienced players won't find too much to get excited about.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    2/26/2012   2/29/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.9 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a nice multi-use park with well kept grass and scattered mature trees. There are basic signs with the hole layout and distance showing the two pin positions on each hole. A few of the longer pins offer some nice distance, the shorter set is very beginner friendly. The course uses some rough along the edge of the manicured section of the park to make the first two holes a little riskier, especially for RHBH hyzer lines that can fade down into the brush. A couple minor elevation changes come into play, and add a little bit of variety. The layout uses the scattered trees fairly well to keep it from feeling totally open.
Cons: There are some major safety issues here, and because it's a beginner friendly course those will be compounded by less accurate players. The 8th hole throws directly over the 7th basket, the park road and a main road come into play, and other park activities are very close to a couple fairways. The park is pretty open overall, and several trees had been recently cut down when I played making it even more open. This combined with fairly short shots means better players won't be challenged very much here. The tees are natural, and are pretty rutted out and muddy. On a damp day they'll be a total mess, and they're spreading out as players throw next to the mud pits.
Other Thoughts: There are some nice shots here for beginners, with a few trees and reasonable lengths along with limited punishment for errant shots. More experienced players won't find a whole lot of challenge or variety here, it's a nice warmup for nearby Rogers Lakewood though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    10/29/2011   11/6/2011
Review By: KRoweBar
Played: 25  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 12.7 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: There are now tee sign on every hole. A few baskets are in alternate positions(1,2,3,and 8). This adds a different feel to a short course.
Cons: On a busy day you can find yourself waiting a bit on some holes.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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