2 Helpful / 1 Not
Mixed Bag of Thoughts
Pros: It is nice that a town as big as Evansville can finally have two good 18 hole courses. I don't count USI as a course anymore. This brand new course has fantastic teepads, and excellent Titan baskets. In fact I may now like the Titan baskets better than any basket I've played. The signs are fantastic. The elevations used are good, and a good variety of open shots and wooded technical shots are used here. Some good basket locations make putting a tricky endeavor as well.
Cons: The course is still rough around the edges. Some steps up the steep hill on 4 and 5 would be a big help to ensure safety. The flow of the course was good at times, and terrible on others. The walk between 11 and 12 was goofy, as well as the walk between 15 and 16. Also, some backtracking and fairway issues may come into play with the flow design. As stated below me, hole 16 does not have a basket yet, they are apparently building an elevated one on bricks that I can't wait to see. Holes 14 and 15 to me are way to close to the soccer fields. On hole 15 they had moved empty soccer goals right in the middle of the fairway. Plus the regulars to this park seem oblivious to our game, so beware of them. One was sunbathing right next to a basket.
Other Thoughts: The course is a nice and needed addition to the Evansville area. It has some very good parts, but some sketchy parts as well. If you are a visitor, play this course as it is fun. However make sure you play Mesker as well. Mesker is still the best course in Evansville. One more thing: each hole sign has a "tip" for the hole on it. Some of them are informative, but some of them read like a Madden video game. One honestly said : "Throw far for a short putt." Thanks. I was just going to throw a 10 foot shot until I read that haha
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: +Excellent tee boxes, signs, fairways, baskets
+Easy to follow course incorporates topography and nature well
+Great variety of length and shot type
+Many holes offer a choice of approach shots
+Challenging yet still enjoyable for the beginner
+Easy to find and park
+Beautiful setting with trees and open areas
+ Hole 11 offers a great downhill shot for an Ace!
Cons: - Posted Par: The course is longer (6,022 ft) than local courses Mesker (5,862) or Atkinson (5,928). Not a problem in and of itself, but the posted par (54) is for the experienced power player. With only 1 set of tees (which I don't find to be a problem if adjustments in par are made), a more realistic par for the avg decent player would be around 61 with holes 5, 10, 12, 14 becoming par 4s and holes 7 and 18 becoming par 5s. Hole 18 is a monster at 531 and 7 runs 485. The longest hole at Mesker is 465 and Atkinson is 440.
- "Mandos" (mandatory direction) are confusing, irritating and unneeded, particularly on 4
- As of this date, Hole 16 was unfinished. It will be an elevated basket.
Other Thoughts: Except for the "mandos", there are no cons in this course as far as simply playing the game. The course is beautiful and fun to play. Ignore the "mandos" and you will enjoy this course no matter your skill level. But if you keep score compared to par - take into account the suggestions above.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Addition to Evansville Disc Golf
Pros: -Brand new Gateway Titan baskets.
-Twelve foot concrete teepads are level and texture will provide great traction in wet conditions.
-Tee signs might be the best looking signs I have ever seen
-Course makes great use of elevation. Examples of great use and diversity: Hole 5 requires players to tee off and throw up a steep hill through a narrow gap into the open. Hole 7 is a 485' downhill bomb. Hole 11 is a 240' downhill ace run.
-Unique pin positions: A variety of pin locations create tough putting predicaments. The basket on hole 4 is situated on a steep hill, 15' above the fairway. Hole 5's basket is located just inside the woods with a 15' drop down below.
Cons: -Flow: the course has some flow issues that seemingly could have been avoided. After hole 4, it seems logical that you would continue over the hill into the opening to next tee. Instead, you have to backtrack to hole 5's teepad. On the back 9, the walk from hole 13 to 14 requires is approximately 500'. You play two holes, then double back between holes 12 & 13 to get to 16.
-On hole 6, you have to tee off from out of bounds. This isn't that big of a deal, just more of a personal pet peeve.
-A couple mandos seem out of place and possibly confusing. They are there for safety purposes, but should be more well-defined.
-Hole 9's best line requires you to throw over the corner of the course parking lot. This is a potential safety hazard and poses potential liability issues.
-There is a lot of other activity going on in the park. There will be some major conflicts at times with other groups and other activities. Be prepared for some holes to be closed during soccer events, particularly holes 14 & 15.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Woodmere is a fun course that is a much needed addition to Evansville's east side. While it doesn't have the unique character of Mesker or the flow of Atkinson, it is definitely a course to play when you are in the Evansville area.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course makes good use of the elevation changes in the park. I have always thought of the park as being relatively flat, but the design of the course makes it seem hilly and interesting.
There is a good mix of wooded and open shots. There is also a good mix of short and long drives.
The signs are nicely done, and more accurate than most signs that I've seen. This makes the course pretty easy to navigate.
The course is going to need time to develop, but the fact that I enjoyed it the first time I played it says a lot about its potential.
Cons: The park can be very busy on nice days, making it hard to play a complete round without worrying about bystanders. However, I feel the course design does a good job of keeping the general public safe from stray discs.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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