Murdock Park - Solid
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Pros: Murdock park is a small city park a few miles west of I-65 in Lafayette . There was limited access to the small parking lot and facilities when i was there due to construction . A nice bathroom is on site near hole #1 and #18's basket . Murdock is an 18 hole course .
The Equipment - I was reading past reviews and found out that the equipment here has steadily improved . The baskets are mixed here , but most favor nice Chainstars . The baskets are encircled by a brick arrangement ( classy ) . There are 2 tee pads per hole .They are mostly cement , and some have a turf carpet over cement . The #11 long tee pad was a paver pad . There were nice Next Tee signs under each basket to help with navigation . A nice touch . The signs are on the orange posts for the long holes and white posts for the shorts . There is a kiosk with map up near the parking lot .
The Landscape -The course was mowed and the grounds were well taken care of while I was here . I have played many courses so far in central Indiana and most are flat or just rolling . This course is not . There are a decent amount of trees in the park , even more on the back holes . They are all sitting on some elevation at Murdock . These holes go from park-style , examples . 1 , 2 , 10 , to semi wooded , 4 ,5 ,6 , 7, 8, 9, to total woods 12-17 . This is a pleasant change from the usual flat courses close by .
The Highlights - There was a lot of variety and balance ( right and left ) here . #1 ( 314' , 420' ) starts you off with a long slightly sloping downhill drive that fades right , protected by overgrowth in the fairway on the right , protecting the fairway angles where the basket is located on the right . #4 ( 245' 296' ) is a short drive to an elevated basket . #10 ( 283' 355' ) is a right to left uphill drive , with overgrowth protecting the basket about 50' in front of it . #14 is a short gully shot to a basket that is level with the ground ( ? ) Beware of #15 . The basket sits in front of a long dropoff . Lots of risk/reward in your drive or putt .
Signature Hole - #11 ( 433' , 598' ) . This choice was a no brainer . It is a long downhill drive along a treeline that slowly breaks left . The ground will start to slope left . The small flat green is protected around it by small trees and overgrowth .
Disc Risk - For having woods holes , there is not a lot of threat to lose a disc , unless you bang one really hard off a tree from the long tees in the woods . The park was clean and well cared for .
Time - It took me just over an hour to play here . A group of 4 should finish in 2 hours , or just under .
I feel there is a lot of fun factor here for both the Average Joe and the better players .
Cons: #1 Safety - Even at 8:00 on a Sunday morning , there were a couple of players out here . Some of the fairways do come close together ( ex. 7 & 8 ) , and there is the occasional dog walker . Give them the right of way and be classy .
#2 Rain - I couldn't see laying my life ( or my rump ) on the line after a good rain . Lots of elevation and lack of grass = some nasty falls .
#3 Challenge - upper level players will have their way with most of this course even from the back tees . You are rarely punished for missing your line . Please don't confuse challenge with fun , though . One man's frustrating 3 is another's exhilarating 3 .
#4 Amenities - The course could use some benches or bag hangers , maybe a decent shelter or picnic tables to keep the players in the park between or after rounds .
Other Thoughts: When I call a course a " Sleeper " , I mean it is a course that is either underrated or overlooked . Murdock is what I call a Sleeper course . In this area , I heard more about Wabash Washout and Camp Cullom than I ever did about this course . It is a veteran course ( ca. 1984 ) , that has tried to improve and keep up with the times .I had this course rated just above a 3 , but I had to move the needle up instead of down . Why ? You have to appreciate the 2 tee pads per hole , and the fact that instead of pulling up holes 11 & 17 during the winter for sled riding , they just move them . I think the course is not only fun , but a great course to either play as a local or coming off of the highway . I just hope this construction doesn't take a chunk of this course .
My Recommendation - This a fantastic course for newbies and locals . even maybe families and 1 discers . With the 2 tee system and the right amount of fun from platform tees , elevated baskets , woods holes to keep them excited and wanting to improve . Intermediates will like this course because of the woods and park holes from 1-10 will warm them up , take them though long hole #11 , and rough them up with the more technical woods holes ( 12-17 ) . Ams should like the course as well . Might be only practice for the pros , but the will have fun doing it . The traveler will like this course . While a little hilly , it is about 10 minutes from I-65 , and fun from either tee . The Course Collector will oove it here . It is an easy add , and you can group Murdock with 2 short courses at Purdue and both Wabash course . Cha-Ching ! Play This Course !!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Overall it is a great course, there is a ton of elevation change, great signage, and good hole variation. There are a lot of different hole lengths which adds to the variety of this course. This course can be very technical and doesn't always favor a bomb of a drive. While there are a few holes that were meant for a long bomb of a drive. :)
Cons: Some of the tee boxes are old and could use some work. The course can get really muddy if it had just rained. The back 9 become a swamp after just a little bit of rain, so plan your time accordingly.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is a great course for a technical player as well as long holes to even the playing field.
Fun Little Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Hills!!!: Nothing major, but considering we were in the middle of Indiana, I wasn't expecting as much elevation change as there was.
Variety: There are two very different groups of holes on this course - 1-10 and 18 plays as light-moderately wooded with wide fairways, while 12-16 plays in the thick of the woods with tight lines (11 and 17 are transitional).
Multiple Tees: Each hole had two tees and the difference was not small on some of the holes. The different tees also provided new lines on a couple of the holes. I only played one round, but if I was local the variety would be appreciated.
Aceability: There are some tantalizing lines here, even for beginners. Every hole (with the exception of 11) is in range for the average intermediate player.
Cons: Baskets: They weren't the worst I've ever seen, but they didn't help catch any off-center putts either... At minimum, they need a good powder-coating to remove some of the rust. They could be replaced with something more visible and catchy and probably add a half-point to the rating.
Tees: They were a mix of concrete and turf. The ones that had turf sometimes had concrete below them. Why put turf on top of a concrete pad? I'm not sure. The turf was actually in pretty good shape and most holes didn't require much of a run-up, so this wasn't a huge con for my day.
Difficulty: This wasn't a con for me, because I was playing with less experienced players, but advanced players will probably find this course too easy, even from the longer tees. There are many holes in the 200'-300' range that make for easy birdies with a not-too-difficult tee shot.
Other Thoughts: Last time I visited my friend, we played the Purdue 9-hole course and I thought that was the only hill in town. Well, now I know there's at least two!
All kidding aside, this course surprised me. Pulling up, it doesn't look like much (the baskets with rust on them aren't a great first impression), but after getting into the round a bit I realized how fun some of the holes are. This course is great for using a midrange or fairway driver off the tee and working on that aspect of your game. It's also great for beginners to gain some confidence before hitting a course with a more challenging layout.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Pars are fair and multiple tees for different experiences.
Easy to navigate in the open.
Not too easy of a course.
Multiple lines on most holes.
Cons: Holes are placed close together.
Somewhat difficult to navigate in the woods.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Short Par 3 Course with Some Variety
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Pros: - Decent Parking
- Bathroom on Course
- Multiple Tees
- 1-10 and 18 are more open park style while 12-17 are tight and wooded.
- Arrows after baskets pointing you to the next hole
- Variety of basket heights, a few that are really elevated and one that just sits on the ground.
- Some holes have really demanding lines which makes up for their shortness
- Play at your own pace, I played it twice and never saw anyone.
- OB roads and parking lots make tee shots more demanding
- Difficult to lose a disc here except in the marsh on the front 9
Cons: - Hole 11 is completely unplayable, the entire green is covered in felled trees and the basket was crushed by one.
- Handful of rusted baskets
- So many leaves, I spent 30 mins throughout the round just looking for discs that slid underneath them.
- Lots of holes on the front 9 are next the road so you can hit cars and you will have audiences for your tee shots.
- The line on hole 12 is insane, can someone explain to me how it's possible to reach the basket?
Other Thoughts: 7/30/19 UPDATE: Played this course again after improving a fair amount and decided to go from the long tees. It was the perfect challenge, pretty much no holes played as gimme birdies and most required 300+ feet of power. The par 4 played super long. Course was in perfect shape, well mowed grass, par 4 green was fixed since the storm toppled those trees, all signs and tee pads were perfect. Love this course!
Park/woods hybrid course next to an elementary school. Wooded holes are short but have very tight lines--if you really want a challenge just play the back 9 twice. I was disappointed that the only par 4 was unplayable. Very prone to wind since its on a hill, makes the up shot on hole 10 very challenging.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Nice elevation for Indiana
Pros: (2.845 Rating) A mix of tightly wooded shots and moderately spaced tree lanes.
- UNIQUENESS - The overall uniqueness is a bit above your average 18 hole course, mainly due to the holes thru the woods, numbers 11-17. Without these holes, this course would be a 1/2 point lower. Hole 11 is the one and only par 4, and in my opinion, also the signature hole on the course. Hole 11 could also be called a borderline dogleg, as the pocket to the hole is set back more than 50 feet. Other hole types include a run of tunnel shots on 12 thru 17, there are a couple of raised baskets on 4 and 12. There's also a sunken basket on 14, which is only the second time I've seen that out of 80 courses. The course however is void of a true water hazard (see cons) a par 5, a true dogleg and an overhead play.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - This really is not a beginners course per say but beginners should enjoy it regardless due to the low disc losing possibilities. The fairways width are moderately spaced and should challenge rec and intermediate players. Advanced players may come away less than challenged however, until they hit 12-17.
- CHILL AREAS - There are lots of secluded nooks to take a break in on holes 12-17, that is if you brought your own seating or if you don't mind sitting on the ground.
- ELEVATION - "Good for a Indiana Course that is" Although I live in Florida now, I did live in Indianapolis for one year and I know that the state is super-flat. For this reason I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of elevation on this course. It has to be well above average in these terms for Indiana. Figure 35 feet of elevation change along the layout, with the most being used on hole 11 with a 25-30 feet grade difference.
- FINISH AT PARKING - The course finishes back at tee 1, parking and restroom building. The ideal arrangement.
- TOILET AND WATER - In addition to the nice restrooms, there are drinking fountains as well.
Cons: Just a few minor things to mention as the course doesn't have any major detractors.
- CHARACTER - perhaps it was the time a year I played but the course seems a bit beat up. A bunch of tee pavers were shifted out of place, stone work around baskets were dislodged and the signage was faded a bit. The course could really use a few more benches and trash cans at tees. There is also no practice area, multiple pin placements or bag holders that you'd see at some of your older established courses.
- TEES - They are a mixture of mats, pavers and concrete. Several of the mats are torn apart. Needless to say, the tees areas are a touch below average in terms of footing as a whole.
- NO WATER HOLES - No water hazards to force a line. Sure there's a marshy area on the right side for both 1 and 8, but for the most part, water doesn't come into play. Some may however consider this omission a blessing
- CHAINS - They are in pretty bad shape. They are still playable but among the most rusted and beat up I've ever come across. I'll add that none of my putts missed due to the condition factor, I can shank a putt all by myself.
- TRASH - There was a bunch of trash in the park spotted during my round. Not just the styrofoam cup and plastic bag variety. I spotted a broken shopping cart on hole 13 in the woods and a few discarded filled trash bags. It was a bit of an eyesore.
Other Thoughts: My first disc golf venture in Indiana in over a decade. I enjoyed the course very much despite the bad conditions. drizzle, breezy and 40 degrees.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Best course in Lafayette area
Pros: Good tee signs, hole layouts, and variety of holes. The terrain is interesting and they have both amateur and pro tees. Going from one hole to the next is pretty logical and easy with the "next tee" signs
Cons: Some tees use uneven rubber mats, and some baskets are old.
Other Thoughts: Some holes in the woods are way harder than the rest.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 9 Not
Was Hoping For More
Pros: Holes 1-6 are classic, clean, wooded yet open holes that are a lot of fun to open up from the tees.
Cons: Pavilion here, playground there, busy road over there, parking lot full of cars there... there was a lot of opportunity to hit people here.
Pavers & rubber mats for tees: The pavers are what pavers become; uneven. The rubber mats were worse. And every tee seemed like it was short, as in I couldn't take my full set of steps to throw without ending up off the front of it.
The two elevated baskets were silly & gimmicky... what's the point?
Hole 10 with its swamp/woods in the middle of the fairway (& no way to stay inbounds by throwing out & around it) made it an immediate skip.
Holes 12-16 in the woods were kind of silly. I think it's funny that a lot of people seem to enjoy this group of holes in the woods... and maybe I'm just spoiled with Lemon Lake being my home park... but putting a tee in, then throwing a basket at the other end of the woods 250 feet away, & then providing no fairway, etc... for the hole, but rather just saying throw through the woods/bramble/etc... seems kind of pointless to me.
Other Thoughts: Was hoping for something more interesting here, with my "home" course being Lemon Lake, I've just seen everything they tried to do here done a thousand times better. I'm always cool with the existence of a course, because, well, it's another course that people can play at... but there was nothing here that would ever bring me back to play again. Was probably the least interesting, & my least favorite, 18 hole course I've ever played. That being said, try it for yourself, & maybe you'll have a different experience.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Now 18 different holes with 18 grippy baskets. Original baskets are the same but the new ones are Chainstar. Original holes 1-9 are still there but most of them have been renumbered.
Two tees per hole: 1-10 and 18 are brick pads for both tees. 11-17 are rubber mats.
Signs - each tee (pro and amateur) have their own signs that include distance, par, and a map of the hole. There are also signs between the wooded holes pointing to where the next tees are (pro or amateur).
Variety: uphill, downhill, flat, open, and wooded holes. Holes 12-17 are new wooded holes. Each wooded hole has elevation of some sort. Bad throws will result in a tough approach.
A few unique baskets: Holes 5 and 12 are raised baskets. Bottom of the basket is at eye level. Hole 13 was lowered to the ground. Adds variety and alters approach shots.
Benches, water, and trash cans on site.
Holes 4 and 8 Pro tees share the same spot. Bricks in the shape of a capital L. Interesting to see.
Cons: Rubber tees on holes 11-17. It breaks up the unity of the course. The tees did not alter your throw. I didn't have a probes with it but others might.
I thought holes 1-10 and 18 were pretty bunched together. Across the street, there was plenty of unused land that could have been home to two new holes that would have been downhill/uphill bombs. With that being said, the new holes really improved this course.
Course could use a practice basket or a practice hole.
Other Thoughts: I was very impressed with the new look course. The wooded holes take this course from a typical course in a college town and make it more of a destination and make it much more challenging.
The last time I played this course was 6 years ago. I'm glad the original holes are mostly still there.
Original course had alternate tees that were considered holes 10-18. Now those have been switched to either the pro or amateur versions of that hole with 9 new holes.
I would recommend this course to anybody looking for not only variety but for a solid round of golf. I will definitely try to return although I'm not often in the Lafayette area.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Best in Lafayette
Pros: The redesigned Murdock Park is vastly superior to old course. Large concrete/brick tee pads. Good signage. The swamp has been taken mostly out of play and the wooded holes are fun to play, fairways not too tight and light underbrush, unlike many other wooded courses.
Cons: There are a couple of elevated baskets as well as one at ground level which I don't hate, but could do done without. I don't see what they add to the game and they just felt gimmicky to me.
Other Thoughts: There are many longer holes that may frustrate beginners who've yet to develop distance. This isn't a par 3 course, however if you have enough arm and are looking for a challenge you may play it as such.
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