A Nice Course, But With Some Flaws
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: (3.155 Rating) A medium length moderately wooded lower Advanced level course.
- CHALLENGING - Definitely my favorite thing about Jacobson was the complete test of my skills. It will definitely bring out all your weak areas and punish you alike. The course is a good mix of both power and finesse holes. Probably only lower end advanced players break par on a routine basis. I was able to shoot four over my first attempt here and I'm a 917 rated player as of this review. My guess is that the typical 935 rated advanced player will average 1 to 2 down here. Intermediate players will likely average around 4 over to Even.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - The natural beauty of this course is way up there. A few really awesome tunnel shots with hole (2) being my favorite for this aspect. Several wide rolling landscape plays. Of these, the bomb-it shot on (12) was my favorite. A couple shots have nice looking small creeks in fringe play. I really wish that at least one basket used the lake element but unfortunately it only comes into view for this course.
- UNIQUENESS - Solid variety. I enjoy multi-play holes and Jacobson is full of them. 7 or 8 par 4s depending on the basket placement on (7). A great mix of open holes threw heavily wooded. There are 90 degree benders, tunnel shots and big bomb-it opportunities. lots of rolling hill elevation in play and its used well. (18) is a nice ace run finishing shot on top of a mound. As stated above, there are some fringe water elements in play but I wish it had been more.
- CHARACTER - The basics and extras are a touch above average. Great 5 foot by 12 foot tees and DISCatchers for baskets. There's adequate hole signage showing obstacles, par, hole number, distance and next tee direction. Two holes have alternate basket placements, (7) and (13). There is a practice basket by the parking lot. Finally, I'll mention that there are several shelters with picnic tables and I spotted 2 portapotties along the layout. Missing or subpar items include no course map or info at the community board. Only a couple benches at the tees on this big sprawling layout. Also, no multi-tees, which will limit the target audience to generally 875 rated players and above.
Cons: A few substantial flaws bothered me with Jacobson.
- FLAWED HOLES - I did not enjoy 3 holes on the layout as well as an alternate basket placement that wasn't in play. (6) has no good logical line the basket. A play up the gut has trees layered in a way were the 6 to 8 foot gap one hundred feet up fairway has to be arcing left to right. A very well executed shot will result in having to make a 40 footer on the right side for birdie. There's a nice line left of this but, its overgrown. (7) is a ridiculous 90 degree bending par 3 where the second leg is at least 150 feet. I threw a great shot only to walk up there and find a poke and hope line to the basket for the last 75 feet. Hole (17) is similar to this hole although not as bad. (7) does have an alternate placement, but since it's a par 4 I wasn't bothered as much. Alternate basket placement (B) on (13) would have been one of the worst holes I'd ever played had the basket been there on my play. It's a 327 foot hole with a defined line into a blind pocket for the first 200 feet. Then the blind lines dissolves into a poke and hope line for the last 130 feet with a good 80 trees between the open area and the basket. There is only one small optimal line to the basket which requires a perfectly executed blind placement 130 short and then running a birdie try down a 4 foot wide defined tunnel.
- DISCONTINUITY - This course a has a bunch of long transitions between holes that exceed 200 feet. Be sure and download the course map on DCGR or print it as there is no course map on site. The transition between (6) and (7) is the longest at over 800 feet.
- NAVIGATION - Due to the issue above, coming here without a map will be really hard to follow. Yes the holes signage has next tee direction but that's not enough for the clouded minds of many disc golfers. There needs to be directional cues out here and there are none. In addition hole (8) has been altered and doesn't match the course map. It's now a straight shot following the line of the second leg.
- TIME PLAY - Probably not the best choice for players on a time crunch. I played my solo round in just over 90 minutes on an empty course. At least ten minutes of this was spent looking for one my disc on (17) to no avail. I figure a group of four on a busy day could be here 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
- WIND - Several holes have very wide fairways on top of a rolling hillside. Wind will be more of a pronounced issue here some days for sure.
Other Thoughts: Jacobson reminds me a lot of a course in my area called Indian Creek. Like that course, Jacobson offers just about everything that many seasoned well traveled players expects in a targeted course; challenge, beauty and shot diversity. Had it not been for several hokey holes out here and also a few more amenities I would have rated this course well above the 3.25 threshold for a 3.5. So even though I have it at a 3, it's a very strong 3 and currently 87th out of my 294 courses played as of this review.
- THANK YOU - I lost my favorite driver off the tee here on (17). As soon as it left my hand, I blurted out "Noooooooooo!" I gave up looking after 10 minutes figuring it was high up in a tree. I got a call 10 days later and it was promptly mailed back to me. I sent him $10 for his good deed, I think that's reasonable to cover shipping and hassle. Thank you Jeff, you made my day.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Elite Park? Yes. Disc Golf? Not So Much.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jacobson is a massive, top-level park. There's so much to do here. Too bad the disc golf isn't a priority.
- I'd rather be enjoying the park. Because the course is so spread out you'll get to see much of what the park has to offer.
- Much of the course is open. Only holes #2 - 4 & 6 (and partially #5) are wooded. That, and the course's length - average hole length is 386 feet - allows/requires players to throw lots of big drives.
- Get your kicks in early. The best holes are all at the beginning of the course. #1 is probably the course's best. It's a gentle dogleg left at 483 feet. The open fairway gets progressively narrower towards the basket. Solid warmup hole.
- #3 will get attention for its symmetrical design. You're throwing down an alley of trees. Picturesque view. Challenge? Not so much.
- #5 is the other memorable hole. At 681 feet, it's the longest on the course. You're playing outside the last row of the trees seen on #3. Once you clear the final row of trees, it's a right turn to the basket.
- Parts of the course are secluded from the rest of the course. Other times..not so much. With the course being so spread out, there's a couple different spots you can pick up the round. I didn't find the correct parking lot for #1. Instead, I parked right by the tee for #4.
Cons: There's an absolute lack of variety to this course. After #6, the next 11 holes all seem eerily similar. Sure, some have a tree or two; a couple have doglegs; heck, even #13 is back in the woods. At least the basket for #18 is on a mound. Otherwise, the course gets boring only 1/3 of the way into the round.
- The course is way too spread out. After #1, it's a walk to #2 - 5. Next, you have another long walk to #6. Then there's a long walk to #12, and it wraps up with another long walk from #17 to 18. I was surprised #18 is right next to #1.
- Signage and navigation is putrid. (Insert joke comparing issues to the local paid basketball players). There's nothing worse than aimlessly walking to find the next hole. It's worse when you see multiple baskets and don't know which one to throw towards. It's worst that the online map has the thinnest, palest font making the tool essentially helpless.
- Course is overly boring. I was spoiled by playing Idlewild earlier in the day. Still having a course with so little creativity made this a dull play.
- No benches or trash cans on the course itself. You do pass bathrooms, trash cans and picnic areas if you want to rest during one of your many long walks.
- Lots of other park activities interfere with the course. Throughout my round I came across: people in hammocks (holes #3 - 5); people picnicking in the woods, #3 - 5, families running around the baskets (#12 & 18).
Other Thoughts: Jacobson Park has a lot of great things to offer. It also has a disc golf course.
- I don't mind a course that has long transitions between holes. I'm accepting of mostly open layouts. Just don't combine two negatives.
- Don't overcompensate by making your wooded holes without fairways. See holes #2 & 6. Just saying.
- There is potential for a much better layout. It's never going to be great, but it could be better.
- Invest in some next tee markers/arrows on the long transitions. Another simple touch that would improve the player's experience.
- This course has a doppelganger. Just outside of Charlotte is Rotary Park. At least down here, people are honest about the course's flaws. They're in denial in Lexington, just like they are about their basketball program and its coach. Hey, there's my joke about the team.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Yakobson sounds Swedish
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice city park with single concrete tee and DisCatcher basket position on each hole. Decent tee signs. Course loops back to parking lot after 12 and 18.
Great use of the rolling park terrain and integration of variety of pine and hard wood types and open spaces into the course design. Shot makers course that has high fun factor allowing to air out some big shots that still require some technical line shaping.
Restrooms in parking lot.
Cons: Only one layout, which is advanced/pro, so this might be a little hard for beginners. Holes 7 and 8 tee signs are slightly different/old positions. Could use a few more next tee signs especially on the longer walks for first timers. More benches.
Drainage - quite muddy on holes 2 and 6 which were also my least favorite holes on the course. Not much seclusion from other golfers or park users with some potential interference issues on busy days.
Other Thoughts: Jacobson park, I don't know why I want to pronounce it Yakobson, but I digress, this course was a lot of fun and I had the course to myself except for the dog parkers and walkers on a beautiful spring afternoon. The current avg rating of 3.75 is spot on IMO, and I've teetered back and forth between giving it a 3.5 or 4 rating, but the cons talked me down little. Having said that I'd still highly recommend this course to most players!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well kept grounds and a very good mix of moderate to dense wooded areas with open fields and long fairways. Signs and maps are posted well and very descriptive. It's a challenging course that keeps you on your toes.
Cons: There are a few holes without signs and some tees are not in the best shape.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jacobson is a very long, fun, challenging course that borders on greatness, but does have a few serious flaws that knock it down a peg. I feel like I'm being overly generous with a 3.5 rating considering some of the flaws, but the fact is, this course is so high on the fun factor, I felt like a 3.0 would be too low.
+ If you like long courses where you can see how big -- or noodlely -- your arm is, Jacobson does not disappoint. Coming in at over 7,000 feet, with several holes topping out at 400-feet plus (and a couple much longer than that), you have plenty of opportunities to rip.
+ Great mix of long, open holes with some extremely tight and technical holes (some still pretty long). The variety is great here. Accuracy and creativity are rewarded. Missing the fairways punishes you.
+ The elevation is outstanding. The big, rolling hills set up perfectly for downhill shots where you can watch the disc fly forever. It's fantastic.
+ I really enjoy courses in the par 60-65 range. Jacobson is par 62 with eight par 4's and ten par 3's. To score well on the par 4's, your drives and upshots have to be accurate. There aren't many (or any) tweener holes where you can make a birdie in spite of a poor drive or upshot.
+ Aesthetically, this course is great. The park, overall, and the rolling hills of the course, in particular, are beautiful.
+ Good tees and baskets.
+ Good tee signs on most holes.
Cons: Despite the awesome fun factor, length, and challenge here, there are some major issues, some correctable and some not:
- Safety is always my most important factor in a course rating. Unfortunately, there are a couple of holes that are too close to parking lots and people. In particular, the extremely long, downhill, par 4 12th hole is parallel to a park road and parking lot for the dog park. An errant tee shot -- which isn't hard to do if you flip your disc trying to rip a long drive -- could easily hit a parked car or park-goer. Holes 15 and 18 are also too close to park roads and/or picnic shelters. I don't know how any of these holes can be fixed other than possibly creating a mando on 12 to force you to go way left away from the road.
- The underbrush here is really bad in areas. I played in the summer, so hopefully that's about as bad as it gets. Lots of thorns and high grass make the risk of disc loss pretty high on the wooded holes. Cleaning this up would make a huge difference. (Easier said than done, I know.)
- There's are really long walks in between a couple of holes, particularly holes 6 and 7. You need to have a course map to navigate this part of the course as well as later, from hole 12 to 13. Some Next Tee signs would be nice.
Other Thoughts: I played two courses in Lexington, Veterans (which is ranked in the top 25 in Kentucky on DGCR) and Jacobson, which is rated higher, but doesn't have enough reviews to get on the Top Courses list. Jacobson was way better. From that small sample size, if your time is limited in Lexington, play Jacobson.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
A Walk in the Park
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jacobson Disk Golf Course is a moderately challenging course that is definitely worth playing. It's a long course with more than a few opportunities to throw big shots, but dips in and out of the woods a few times to demand controlled shaping of lines.
The setting is absolutely gorgeous. Lush, green rolling hills, tight tunnels through the woods, a stand of pines that feels open and constrained at the same time.
There are eight par fours on the course, with most of them being legitimate fours. One or two are probably just a bit under four.
There are concrete tee pads on every hole and signs on most (missing signs possibly due to vandalism, as there is evidence of missing signs). The signs that exist are well marked and show the direction to the next tee pad (and you'll want to make note of that information).
Cons: This course is located in a beautiful park, and as a result it is very heavily used. This isn't a problem on most holes, but I did have to modify my shot selection in a couple of situations due to other park users.
Better indications of directions to the next tee pad would be helpful in a couple of situations where there are long walks.
Most of the holes felt fair, even if difficult at times. The exception would be hole number seven, which didn't seem to have a real line that I could find. You can't see the basket of the tee, there are two mandos, followed by lots of small trees with no clear path to the basket.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this course and would recommend it to anyone how finds themselves near Lexington. If you've got a big arm, you'll appreciate the long fairways. If you've got good control, you'll love the opportunity to shape some challenging shots through the woods.
I would have rated the course more highly if there hadn't been so many non-disc golfers on a few of the fairways. It wasn't the worst problem, but it did detract from the overall experience.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jacobson Park DGC plays long, it is a par 62 with eight par 4's. While some would not list this as a pro, I like it in this instance. They are legit par 4 holes, but played right, they can be tamed. My only regret is I didn't play them right. Ok, some of the par 3's gave me trouble, too.
As far as tees, baskets, and signs go, Jacobson is doing just fine. Great signs leave little doubt what's going on when you step into the box.
And when it comes to natural features that are common to really good courses, it has most of them. Weather flat or on slope, wooded or mostly open, long or short, it is all there. The thing I liked is the consistently tough but not impossible fairways. No gimmies, but always rewarding great throws and a solid short game.
You see the variations of the park terrain right away. Hole one is long, but it is a par 4, and really has a lot of airspace to use, with woods to the left and scattered trees on the right. A nice warm up hole, but I came out of the gate with 2 bad throws, a missed putt and a bogey.
Move on to hole 2, also long, also par 4, but this time over the stream and through the woods. These woods are fairly thick, but there is a clear line to hit the landing zone for a clear approach. Result another 2 putt bogey.
Hole 3, par 4 again, playing through mature pines planted on a grid. This gives a long drive in an alley that has a low ceiling and may be 30' wide. Not easy, and I missed another putt, but at least I put a par on my card.
And this continues. A couple more in the piney plot, back into the woods, little more open, little more woods, and back into the great wide open for most of the final
I thought 4 and 5 were good fun. 4 is shorter, but once again set amongst the tall pines. Stay off the lumber and you should do well. I bonked, 3 over. Hole 5 is the longest hole, and was my best of the day. It has scattered trees that leave plenty of room if you stay middle to left side. Unfortunately I turned the driver solidly to the right, back into the pine grid of death,and astoundingly carried without contact until it hit the ground. So I got nice distance, but was left with a tricky shot out of the trees back to the fairway, and still a long way to go. Same disc, same shot, this time on purpose though. Darned if it didn't work, leaving me a 25' putt for bird, and I made it! My only good putt of the round.
I quickly surrendered the gains on hole 6, sadly. That kind of a day. Shorter hole through the woods that curves to the right. Another 2 putt bogey, back to 4 over.
I'll spare you detailed accounts of each hole, but I did manage another birdie at hole 9, a more open par 4. I also double bogeyed the shortest hole, with a 5 on hole 13. UGH! Birdie the longest, and botch the shortest terribly.
What I like about this is a course that will frustrate you, but not leave you feeling defeated. Most of my overs were the result of bad putting, and I know I could score much better after a few more reps. Even with a poor day with the putter, was really enjoying the different looks from one hole to the next.
Other holes I really liked were 10 and 12. 10 is fairly simple, a nice short hole with mature trees on either side of the fairway. I mostly liked the way it was framed standing on the tee. 12 is long, and 95% open, until you get near the pin. It is on top of a hill, that slides quickly down the other side if you throw too far. I put a good hit on the drive, and another one on the approach.
Thought I was just right, and would be set up for an easy 3, but skipped past and had a comeback 40' up the hill.
18 is an interesting closer, as well. It plays up a steady slope, but the pin is atop a 10-12' tall mound, with the road to the left and clusters of trees on the right. Not long, but bad rolls and OB are a distinct possibility.
Cons: Some of the walks between holes are longish, and take an odd turn here and there. Most notably, between holes 6 and 7. If you walk to the walking path after 6, turn left and follow it around the bend. The tee for hole 7 is very near the tee for hole 10, so pay attention to avoid missing holes and backtracking.
There were several people on or near the course, that were not playing disc golf, and I had to wait as they wandered through. It was a Sunday afternoon, with really nice autumn weather, I guess I don't blame them.
A couple with two small kids followed me into the trees after my drive on hole 2, and were mulling around on hole 5 as I came back through.
An older couple walking and talking on the trail were under my line at 11, and moving very slowly, pausing every five steps to exchange a few words. I could have thrown a direct line, but I wanted the hyzer over the path, so I waited.
Then there was a dude taking pictures sitting in the middle of the fairway on hole 14. He did scoot over after a moment, only to stop again on 15, forcing me wait to throw that drive also.
Other Thoughts: I really liked Jacobson DGC, and left wanting more. I had a bad 3 putt on hole 15, and numerous other putts missed along the way. If I were able to clean up some of those, and replace a couple of errant drives and bad approaches, finishing under par is an attainable goal.
I did have a good time, and a few really good throws. Would love to return for another crack at this one. But I had to cover a lot of miles that day, and still wanted to get a round in Bowling Green, too.
Reminds me of Patriots Park in Georgia, a little bit. A very solid course, that will provide a good challenge to the average guy like me. And on a good day, and with a bit of luck, going under par is not just a dream.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great mix of everything!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jacobson Park is an extremely well-maintained park with a large diversity of terrain, elevation, distances, and shots. Baskets/tees/signs are all fairly new and in great condition. It truly has a little bit of everything! There's wide open bombs, tight woods, a field of evenly spaced trimmed up pine rows, open-then-tight holes, risk/reward pin placements. Each hole has personality. #2 is tough but fair, bridging the woods to the open, then into the pines. #3 is a beautiful straight shot through the pine rows. #7 is an Idlewild-tough par 4 that requires a well placed drive around a bend then threading the needle 100ft to the basket. #12 is a downhill 680 ft'r with a risky basket placement. #17 is a great open-to-tight downhill shot.
Cons: Navigation can be tough. There are several long walks between holes (especially between 6 and 7, 11 and 12)! Always be sure to note the "next tee" arrows on each tee sign. #6 is your poke-and-hope hole. It was a really tight 280ft'r that was so randomly dense that there didn't appear to be any line to the basket. If a few more trees were removed, this could be a fun one. You could also nitpick that a few holes were a little vanilla like 11, 14, 15, 16. They had more subtle challenges but weren't very creative. In the 2 times I've played, there were other park users hanging out in the pine rows near the fairways. However, the rest of the course seems devoted strictly to disc golf.
Other Thoughts: Despite a few vanilla holes and some lengthy marches to the next tee, Jacobson Park is a really nice play, especially considering the variety and the immaculate upkeep!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Jacobson Park DGC
Pros: -Beautiful park
-well maintained course and park
-nice course layout
-great length of fairways
-most tees are easily located as directions to next tees are illustrated at last tee. FYI this was missing at some tees
-great location to businesses and major thoroughfares
-elevation changes were moderate and was used to make play interesting
-several holes could be considered signature at other courses
Cons: -May be too long for beginner/can discourage beginning players
Other Thoughts: This is a great course in a beautiful park that makes for a nice outing.
I cannot wait to go back asap.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Concrete pads starting to be installed!
Pros: Beautiful park
Several unique holes
New Discatchers that are easy to see
Good mix of length and elevation
Cons: There are some weird walks where next tee signs would be helpful.
Hole 2's fairway was being used often as a walking path by non-disc golfers.
Lake never comes into play.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course. Gravel was being dumped into forms for concrete teepads as I was playing. The couple of long walks to next tees didn't bother me, because every hole was different. There are some very unique holes here. I really liked how it ended with a short uphill hole 18 on top of a mound for roll away misses. Easily the best course in Lexington.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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