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 New Layout

2-4    10/11/2015   10/12/2015
Played: 18  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 0.5 Years
Pros: New layout for added challange
Cons: Still needs some work, tees are somewhat marked and navigation is a little rough
Other Thoughts: there is no longer a large toss across the pond. due to some saftey concerns I have been told

 Lovely Lebanon

1    12/22/2013   12/22/2013
Review By: #19325
Played: 345  Reviewed: 177  Exp: 16.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Horner Park is a very scenic with nice rolling terrain and a long narrow pond as the center feature. There are several holes that play in the woods. Several have nice elevation and play on a steep grade. The park is very quiet and a great place to play disc golf.

The signage is very good. Along with the good descriptive tee signs there are several navigational signs.

Brand New Innova Discatchers.

There are some really fun holes. #1 is a great start throwing over the water. #17 is another that plays across the water. See cons though.

The current loop has #1 & #10 starting right by the parking lot.

This is a pretty small town with McKendree University down the street It's been a very popular activity for college kids according to the park manager.
Cons: The tee pads are a big issue. It's hard to enjoy playing disc golf on natural tees that are muddy. Many are not flat.

Many of the holes are very close together and have conflict with other park goers.

The water holes are being removed in 2014. See cons.
Other Thoughts: The course is closed in the winter time for a light festival that runs thru the park.

I talked to the park manager. He said they are reducing the course from 18 holes to 9 due to a problem of disc golfers wading in the water. They had a drowning this past year and it's a sensitive topic. It was not a disc golfer but too many disc golfers swimming for discs became and issue.

The pond looks fairly innocent but it's not. It's 40 feet deep near the damn and it's full of fishing line. Do not go into the water!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Nice little course

1    5/17/2013   7/17/2013
Review By: Golden Tuna
Played: 129  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 16.7 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a fun course that offers a variety of shots from challenging to relatively straight forward. There are Pro and Am tees, which make the course attractive to all skill levels. I like that how the water hazards are used. The holes are positioned around them in a way that creates a mental challenge more than a throwing challenge. The park is well kept and maintained and the course is easy to navigate, even for a first time visitor.
Cons: There are a couple blind shots where you risk hitting walkers or golfers on another hole, but that can be pretty easily solved by walking up a bit to take a look.
Other Thoughts: Overall the course is still maturing and I expect it to get even better as more work is done to address some of the rough edges.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Rough around the edges still

5+    1/7/2013   1/9/2013
Review By: dehaas
Played: 82  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 15.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course is located in a well kept park, and at this point the course has kept clean. There is a good variety of shots (short, long, water, elevation, lefty, righty) so each tee plays different than any other holes on the course. Course has red (rec) tees and white (pro) tees with the shorts being very very beginner friendly and the long tees adding the need for distance plus accuracy. Primary parking lot is close to hole 1 and 10, so in the event the course is crowded you can hop in wherever it is quickest. There are also a lot of signs helping with navigation. Each tee has a sign at it, and there are signs directing you to the next tee in the instances where it might not be obvious.
Cons: The two biggest opportunities of this course are a few blind shots and the tees. Holes 11 and 12 typically play a RHBH hyzer shot over a road in which walkers like to use. Hole 11 is especially bad, as the walkers are usually coming up a hill right into the line of fire from the tee. Hole 12 is similar but not as dangerous. Hole 14 plays up a hill and then makes a dogleg right back down the hill. Hole 6's short tee is maybe 60-70 feet to the left of 14's basket. From what I've seen so far most people are taking a full blown rip trying to make it down the hill on their second shot. Bad shots from 14's fairway can put people teeing off from 6 short at risk. These tees could be moved slightly to make the shots less dangerous.

The tees right now are natural, with cinder blocks marking the front of the tees. Natural tees are ok, but a handful of them slope right to left or left to right. A little uphill or downhill slope is ok, but teeing off on a sideways grade isn't cool. Move the tee back or forward a bit so you have a flat place to throw from. Hopefully this is resolved at some point if concrete pads are poured.

Also be prepared to encounter thorn bushes if you wander off of the fairway. This isn't necessarily the course's fault by any means, but hopefully anybody who reads this before playing the course will be prepared for them.

Another con that isn't the courses fault is that the lake in the park is very unforgiving. The water gets very deep very fast, and has rock at the bottom of it. Discs that look to be 4-5 feet off of the water's edge may not be seen once you actually get up to the bank looking for it. The rock bottom also makes it more difficult to use a disc retriever for the wet discs that you can actually spot.

Other Thoughts: During the winter months the main gate to the park is locked for a Christmas light display. There is a small parking lot outside the park before you get to the main gate that the winter golfers use. You can park there and walk into the park and be right at hole 4's tee. The basket for hole 3 is right there too for some putting practice before you start your round.

Overall I enjoy playing this course, it's a great addition to the ever expanding list of courses in southern Illinois. A lot of the holes don't look overly difficult at first glance but require you to be very accurate to score well. There are a lot of baskets on inclines, so your nerves will be put to the test on the green. It is not uncommon at all for a birdie putt to turn into a 4 or 5 if you catch a roll away.

Over time the course will mature and only get better, but as it stands right now the golf is pretty good. The course just needs some polishing up...tee pads could be improved, and I'd like to see a kiosk, benches, and more garbage cans added. All of that will come with time though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Good New Course in Lebannon, IL

1    7/1/2012   7/1/2012
Review By: scbuckifan
Played: 9  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 10.8 Years
This review was updated on 7/5/2012
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The first 9 that has been put in is well done. The holes seem well thought out and utilize the land very well. All types of shots represented with Hyzer, Anhyzer, long, short, uphill, downhill, wide open drives and tight, tree lined. Water and forest - you have it all here.

The Red (Amateur) Tee markers have the course playing very short and the Grey (Pro) Tee markers don't make it too difficult at all, even for the intermediate play. When going over the water, accuracy is a must not necessarily distance. The same is said for the 3 holes in the woods (4-6). The only issue is finding the Tee Markers but more of that in the Con area.

Ample parking and #1 departs the parking area and #9 ends up very near #1 Tee. Bathrooms are near the parking area. Ample trash cans along the way.

#4 is a great visual hole - enjoy. Gotta play it from the Grey Tees!

Course plays in and around mature trees so lots of shade is available to help with the current heat wave!
Cons: You MUST print and take the map the first time you play or you will NEVER find the Red and Grey flat stones that mark the tee areas. There are not other markings to indicate where to go. Once you play the first time, you will have no issues navigating the course.

The main problem I see with the course as laid out will be with hole 4 (even though this is a great hole). You have to cross over a small creek bed several times and there is no bridge to cross from 4 Tee to 4 Basket. Currently it is so dry it isn't an issue but if there is any amount of water in there, it will be difficult at best to cross safely and without getting your shoes wet! There is a natural bridge to get from 5 tee to 5 basket; 5 basket to 6 Pro Tee; and 6 Pro Tee to 6 fairway.

Also, while hole 4 plays steeply uphill on the approach and putt (you better keep it up near the basket or it comes back down hill!) with any moisture, it will be extremely dangerous to try and climb up the dirt hill. This hill is steep and going up and down with it slick will cause injuries for sure over time without some type of steps being put in place. I see this as a safety hazard in the future. With it so dry right now, no issues but in spring and fall - look out!

As mentioned previously, Basket 7, 8 and 9 are just too close to the road way. Even with the road playing out of bounds, if any cars are on or parked near the road, this is another big safety hazard that should be dealt with.

7 Basket can be moved farther right and away from the road and the same would be true of 8. 9 Basket needs to be closer to the water and away from the road.
Other Thoughts: This is an excellent 9 and plays well even for a brand new course. Well worth a stop if in the Lebanon, IL area. I am looking forward to seeing the back 9 holes when they get put in - hopefully this will be sooner rather than later.

Just be careful with Holes 4, 5 - esp. if wet and muddy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  Nice course...most of the time

5+    6/17/2012   6/18/2012
Review By: SmokintheChains
Played: 8  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 5.6 Years
This review was updated on 6/25/2012
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The 9 holes that are established are set up well. Good mix of shots needed to play. There is plenty of shade on most of the holes to help keep you cool.
Cons: With it being a new course, most of the people who visit the park do not know what disc golf is. Therefore it creates some problems. Number 8 fairway is often used for practice for baseball teams during the afternoon. Also if the park is hosting a baseball/softball game or the pavilion is being used near the number 9 basket, expect there to be cars parked very close. Several times I have had to skip hole 9 because of cars parked within several feet of the basket. Also the flags that someone kindly put up with measurements on them have mostly all been removed by the people who mow the grass. How nice of them. Also most of the spray paint marking the tees is gone due to mowing.
Other Thoughts: The lake is deep, so be prepared to lose a disc if its more than a foot or two off the shore. Also watch out for poison ivy as it is thick in places on holes 4, 5 and 6. The course has great potential if it is well maintained and tee areas are designated by sign posts and/or concrete. UPDATE: There are now concrete pavers indicating the tee boxes. Red for amateur and grey for pro. Also the tee boxes were moved slightly from where the spray paint lines were.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Potential still in progress

1    6/4/2012   6/5/2012
Review By: KoenigStern
Played: 31  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 2.2 Years
This review was updated on 10/23/2015
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Different shot selections
Cons: -Holes in woods are hard to traverse when park is wet.
-Not that great of flow
Other Thoughts: I can't really say much about this course. I honestly liked the old layout much better. The current 9 hole that has been started on is disappointing. The holes playing in the woods are hard to traverse when there has been any rainfall. I see a lot of potential in this park, but the person designing it must not really be invested in it. It's a shame I couldn't design it...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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