Doctor Doctor, Give Me The News
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Pros: (1.935 Rating) Doctor's Park is the perfect place for newer players.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - This is a very solid beginners and rec course, and they will love this course alike. No chance to lose a disc unless you put it way up in a tree. The fairway lanes are very wide or even completely open and there's only one small water hazards. In addition, for the tree areas that are here, there's no overgrowth underneath, which makes for round where most errant shots aren't further punished.
- LENGTH FOR A 9 - At 3,200 feet, one of the longer 9 holes courses I've played. A couple holes over 450 feet meaning that 99% of the players out there will have a chance to use their driver.
- CHAINS - Yeah DISCatchers.
- TEES - Nice sized concrete tee pads and in great shape. There should be no footing issues on this course.
- NAVIGATION - Really easy. There's a course map by tee (1). The holes mostly stack one after another. I only checked my map once between (6) and (7). The hole signage was adequate and showed hole #, distance and obstacles.
- QUICK PLAY - A single could easily complete a full 9 in less than 30 minutes. Groups of 4, twice thru, should probably finish in less than two hours.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be mowed weekly. The park was very clean and as stated above, no areas of overgrowth along the layout.
Cons: An average 9 hole course that's short on variety and lacking in difficulty.
- UNIQUENESS - Below average. With a mostly open layout, the thought process at the tees was limited. No tunnel shots or pocket shots to skip into. Also no par 5s, doglegs, or elevation outside of hole (18) which plays over a shallow 10 foot deep valley. There are a couple rec level par 4s and a small creek in play.
- CHARACTER - Doctor's Park is limited in the amount of course extras. No benches, limited tee shading, no multi basket placements or multi tees. The baskets, as mentioned in the Pros, are nice DISCatchers and there's a course map, rules of the game posting and practice basket by tee (1). Also shelters, restrooms and drinking fountains in the park, but they're not along the layout.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - Advanced players will not be tested by this layout and should probably play them all par 3s. Intermediate players should finish a couple down. Shop shaping is very limited as well.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Like most city park courses that circle ball fields, the park just lacks the pop of your state park layouts. There are either buildings, paths, chain link fences or all three of these items in every backdrop view from tee.
- DISCONTINUITY - A good 500 foot walk between (6 and 7) and at least that back to the parking by tee (1) after finishing. However, other than these examples, all of the rest of the basket to tee walks are less than 100 feet.
- SPACING - The spacing on holes (3-6) was marginal. With the lack of trees, a good grip lock will easily find an adjacent fairway.
- TIME WAITING - A walking path encompasses the entire course and comes into play of an errant throw from several tees. I waited for a couple walkers to clear on (7) where the path runs down the entire left side of the fairway.
- WIND - A very open layout, so expect wind on most days. I was personally blessed with a somewhat light wind day.
Other Thoughts: Doctor's Park is a quick stop of the interstate. Not a world changing view course, but fun enough to play if you're needing to stretch the legs after a long hour drive. For course baggers, there's a second course, Calvert City. It's literally a mile down the road. I didn't have time to check this one out but if you're looking for 18 unique holes, there's your second nine.
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I have better places to be than the Doctor's Office
Pros: 1) Distance variation is pretty good on this course. There are some short holes, some medium length long drives with upshots, and some two shot holes for those who can't throw 300-350' consistently.
2) The ditch on a couple of the holes actually creates an interesting design feature. It forces you to really value your placement either just short of or just over. It is a little bit of luck needed to avoid it.
3) Beginner friendly course because there is nowhere to lose a disc. It is also open enough to not be super frustrating.
4) The course maintenance seems to be in pretty good shape. It looks like they take great care of this park.
5) I remember tee signs by the tees showing Hole # and distance but I forgot to write down or take photos of their detail. Sorry about this detail . . . I played 82 courses in 4 weeks and some details must have been forgotten.
6) Course map is available at the beginning of the course.
Cons: 1) The course is very flat. I do not think that there was more than a couple feet of up or down until the very end of the course. Hole #9 is the only one that really have any up and down, but it is a net zero elevation change on the hole. It goes down in a valley but then back up to the basket. Overall this does not really bring elevation into play unless you hit a tree and go to the low area you should be throwing over.
2) Not enough trees to be that enjoyable. I prefer more obstacles in my disc golf experience.
3) There is a pretty long walk between #6 and 7 but there was no way to avoid the walk.
4) There is the potential to throw into a road, onto a baseball field, and over another sidewalk. Those are three things I would prefer would be avoided when a course is put in. This park might not have been able to house disc golf without these minor issues, or perhaps they were not deemed important enough to not install the course. I said this in my other review of the other course in town, while I am a fan of disc golf over no disc golf, these are points that take away from the overall impression this course leaves in my mind. I hope the safety issues never become a problem. Common sense of the people using the course is instrumental to the sustainability of the course.
5) No benches or garbage cans on the course that I can remember seeing.
Other Thoughts: This was quite obviously the better maintained course than the other course in town. It is more of a park-like course than I prefer but it had some nice features. It was a bit boring and repetitive on a handful of the holes. It is beginner friendly but it lacks a lot of challenge or fun factor that will bring back the experienced players. All in all it has its purpose for sure, it just isn't for me.
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Ready to go
Pros: Very nice park with lots of parking. Hole #1 was very easy to find as were all of the other tees/holes. Brand new concrete pads and Innova Discatchers and a well manicured area make this more than just a walk in the park.
Hole #1 is mostly straight but watch out for the OB just to the left. #3 is the long hole and it ends with the basket tucked into a few oak trees. Hole #9 is the fun shot. You can either try to flick way out to the left and come back in shallow or go directly at it through a couple of pine trees with low hanging branches. Tough hole in anybody's book.
Cons: Of course just 9 holes isn't all that good. I didn't like the back and forth in the field shots of #4 5 and 6. The walk from #6 to 7 pad was quite long but it is flat and there are trees and portapoties. When there is soccer and baseball going on this might put a damper on the disc golf. If there is wind on #9 your disc could go into the baseball field to the right.
Other Thoughts: Really nice park that you can bring the kids to and make an afternoon or a day of it. You have another 9 holer just down the road less than two minutes away so you can make a trip to Calvert City and still play a full 18 holes. I wish my small town had just one of the two courses that Calvert City has.
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