6 Helpful / 0 Not
Takes ya back
Pros: Deming Park is a huge park with some gentle hills and old trees. The course here makes excellent use of the land on one edge of the park, without crossing walking trail or the road that loops through. It's easy to see from the road; you'll drive past the whole course and park at hole 1 on one end of the one-way loop.
What I really like about the course is the ample room you have. It plays in a loop on what is kind of narrow piece of land, but it hugs the woods for a while on your way down the loop, and only gets close to the road a couple times on the way back. The fairways are wide enough to be plenty fair, but you have to choose which way to navigate some big trees, hit the gaps way down the fairway, or make the dogleg sometimes. The only rough is the barriers of trees and overgrowth bushes that makes the boundary of the park. If you hyzer out early, or overthrow a basket, you may end up in it but otherwise there's no real risk of ever losing a disc.
There's plenty of up and down hill shots, but not so many you get tired of walking. It's a very natural flow that seems to create a balance where the hole is not just designed that way because of the elevation, but it's just a nice bonus.
The tee pads are concrete. A little small, but they get the job done. Same with the signs- not the prettiest, but they're informative and accurate. I think some holes may have had alternate tees put in, but I could have just been misreading, or misremembering. I'm not putting it in the cons though so don't really worry about it.
Cons: What I will put in the cons is the baskets. They are these lime green Chainstar-knock-offs. A few of my putts were just barely caught, and honestly I'm surprised I didn't get a ton of spit-throughs. They just look like they can't catch much.
This course seems to have been designed back in the day when everything was a 3. Some of the holes are easy 2's, some challenging 2's, and some very challenging 3's. Like, you need an accurate 450' drive for a 2. I don't mind the "all-par-3" courses, but i think this course would be a little better if they push the 'tweeners forwards or backwards for a clearer par 3 or 4.
Other Thoughts: There's nothing incredibly outstanding on this course, but also nothing that really stands out as a huge fault. I was very happy to pull over and play this course on my road trip, and honestly kind of want to do it again if I'm ever in the area. It was a fun course.
I also like courses like this, the ones that are clearly more aged in design, because they do carry a sense of the history of the sport and its evolution. If you watch disc golf now, you see courses with monster holes, epic shots, looong holes, OB, water hazards, elevated baskets, and all this extra stuff. I don't mind those when used to augment a course's playing experience, but this is the down-to-earth playing style the sport was planted in and grew out of. Deming Park is like the old wise man of disc golf, it's like playing an N64- yes, we have moved on and things have gotten cleaner, faster, prettier. But it just feels good to always have something old and familiar to go back to, and to remember how we started.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course makes you feel good about your game
Pros: Variety of throws required - get to use a lot of discs in your bag.
A few very interesting hole layouts.
Generous par ratings make you feel good about your game.
Good concrete pads.
Cons: A few holes lack signage.
Generous par ratings remind you that they were set 30 years ago.
Baskets are a bit oddly shaped - particularly on the top.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course. Definitely worth playing if you haven't.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
The highlight of my week long course bagging!
Pros: Rolling hills in an established mature park with mature trees.
Nice tee pads for their age.
Updated signage is nice even if it is just laminated pics.
Extremely easy to navigate.
There is some trouble to get into on the holes that border the woods.
Cons: A couple of signs were missing.
No wooded holes, just holes bordering woods.
Other Thoughts: I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this course. When I think of Terre Haute, I think flat. Plus, when people describe Terre Haute they say, "Between the college towns, Terre Haute and Bloomington had a war and Bloomington won." Well it looks like Terre Haute won the battle of disc golf courses!
For an older course, it seems to have been ahead of it's time. Kind of like the Mt. Airy of Indiana. This course was definitely the highlight of my road trip. Just wish it wasn't the 6th course I played today!
There's some trouble to get into with the holes bordering the woods and park roads, but it's a fairly forgiving course.
The area that holds water between 12 and 13 would be a nice place for a permanent pond!
The park seems to have plenty of room for another course that could really blow this one away!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Easy to follow the path from hole to hole
The baskets are in great condition
The baskets are placed in great spots
The tees are concrete and new
Very hard to lose a disc
Cons: The signs are dated
The course has been updated but the signs are the old ones
-some signs are missing
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
So Nice I Played It Twice
Pros: - Deming Park is a bustling downtown park in Terre Haute, IN. From the main entrance, take the road counter-clockwise around the park about 3/4's of the way. #1's teepad is located directly next to the road. I didn't see any obvious parking lots, so I just parked alongside the road (which seemed to be allowed). The course is a mix of open with a few semi-wooded holes thrown in on the edge of a small strip of woodland running the length of the course. There're plenty of trees here for line-shaping but lots of space with which to work around them as well.
- Rolling elevation throughout the course gives this old-school park a lot to work with, and mostly it's put to great use. Most holes have some sort of up or down, often smartly incorporated with large trees to force certain shots that aren't possible using just elevation or just trees. Hole #2, with its short downhill low-ceiling trouble-behind the pin shot, is a perfect example. The low branches and short downhill nature really make you stop and think about shot selection here. #18 is another shot that effectively uses trees and hillside in conjunction with each other.
- Decent enough amenities. Old-school but effective signage. Dual pin positions. Benches added to a few of the more nature-y spots. Concrete tee pads in fine shape.
- Good, but not great, mix of distances. Enough length here for more experienced players to not get completely bored, but nothing in the 500'+ range. This is park-style, collect "Dem" birdies golf.
Cons: - The signage could get updated to reflect the dual pin positions, and a few tee signs were missing entirely, but it really didn't detract much (if at all) from my rounds here. The flow is pretty obvious in most instances, with only one or two areas where brief confusion might pop up.
- Not much to object to here, really, other than the missing signage. Everything felt really well maintained, the grass was freshly mown, and the course was fun and engaging without ever really kicking the "awesome factor" into overdrive or anything.
Other Thoughts: - I liked Deming Park more than I thought I would, which typically seems to be the case whenever I play old-school 80's courses. This course does hold up well, though, for modern golf as well as for putter- or mid-only rounds. I had a busy day of course bagging scheduled and Deming was first up to bat. I enjoyed myself so much I ended up circling around and playing a second round. I wanted to take another stab at several of the holes (I'm looking at you, #2...) I thought were easy-peasy but ended up botching first time around.
-Public service announcement: the fuzz pulled the "slow roll-by" past me no less than 5 times during my two (fairly briskly paced) rounds here. Apparently even white, middle class, mid-30's dudes look suspicious in Terre Haute.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Deming Park is a nice "public" park course that really reminds me of Bradley Park in Peoria, Illinois. Its easy to play (though when I played the course it was 100 degrees) and the chance of losing a disc is very low. I would classify the course as an easy course for an advanced level player and a good course for a new player to get started. Here are my pros:
1) It seems that more and more of the new courses being put in the ground are super challenging gold level courses: this is not one of those courses. This course had some age to it (apparently its been here for 30 years) and I was okay with that. Sometimes its fun to just come out to the course and play a quick round and not worry about looking for discs or being crushed by a long par 5 in the woods. Deming Park has a feel of the "oldie" disc golf courses, where the typical course was in a public park and didn't even flirt with the woods. Its a nice, easy play.
2) Rolling Hills: This course actually has some nice elevation. There's a couple downhill shots and there's a nice uphill shot on hole 11 (which I aced!). The elevation definitely adds some "intrigue" to the shortness of the holes.
3) Course Features: The signs are very descriptive and show the lines of the hole and everything you need to know. The pads were nice and concrete and the baskets caught well.
4) Multi-Use Park: This park is actually a very nice park and not just used for disc golf. That's okay, because the park had some nice features outside of disc golf. It contains an arboretum, gardens, playgrounds, pool, lakes, and gazebos with concrete floors.
5) The trees in this park were truly stunning. They were majestic and old and really provided the main obstacles the course featured. The trees also had massive branches which over arched into most of the fairways, causing a lot of low ceiling shots.
5B) Design: Going along with that last point, the design of this course is actually really strong considering the land that was available to the designer and the fact that it was designed so many years ago. As stated above, the main thing this course has going for it are the trees and the hills and both are great obstacles. The HUGE trees and branches (like Lord of the Rings "Ent" trees huge) force some very specific shots and a lot of low-ceiling shots.
6) Even though the course is fairly short (right around 5000 feet) there were actually a few places where you could air out a disc. Holes 12 and 13 were over 400 feet and really required a long drive to get near the basket. In particular, hole 12 was a lot of fun to throw as this was a neat downhill shot.
7) Ace opportunities: Who doesn't like to have a chance at some aces? I actually hit an ace and hit another basket dead center in the same round. I like hard and challenging but if a course is going to be easy I like the opportunity for an ace. 6 holes were 250 feet and under so there were some great chances.
8) Navigation: This course was very easy to get around. I had no issues getting from hole to hole!
Cons: Just a few cons on this course:
1) Back in the 1980's it seemed that courses were designed with a RHBH hyzer shot in mind. This course is no different. This course heavily favors that shot.
2) Alternate Pins: I like alternate pins but I feel they should always be marked on the sign. Its as simple as having a screw on the sign next to the pin and then putting a washer on the specific screw for each position. That's just a suggestion but would help out of towners.
3) Some of the holes became a bit too repetitive for me. Maybe it was because of the over-abundance of low ceiling shots or the reliance on the RHBH hyzer shot but it did feel a little repetitive.
4) While I do tend to thoroughly enjoy playing "fun and easy" courses, its tough for me to rate that kind of course anywhere above a 4. If the course doesn't have a lot of challenge I can certainly still enjoy the course but if a course is too easy then I do tend to downgrade the rating a little bit. I definitely would not say that for this course but the challenge factor is lower here. Its just over 5000 feet with no wooded holes so one certainly shouldn't come here expecting to play Highbridge Gold or Iron Hill.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a solid city course with some nice rolling hills and well placed trees. In my opinion its probably somewhere between a 3 and 3.25. If I was coming through town I would definitely play this course again. This course is a "Good" course that offered some fun holes.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes in a 'user" friendly fashion
Nice park setting, and has a "stroller friendly' strip
Well maintained too, no "disc fearing" spots.
Some elevations, and mature trees, good use of the landscape.
Cons: None, that I can think of...:) I guess just like any course, expansion, and a make over with the sports progression could happen...
Other Thoughts: For people who don't like my reviews. play this course. Its a great example for its location. Excellent = course does not have to be over technically designed to frustrate players...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: New baskets! Well marked. The layout is great, natural play no searching required for play. Open holes and tree paths offer challenges for beginners and the experienced. One of the nicest parks I've played in. Up and down shots through rolling hills. Mature trees offering great shade, most of the course is shaded.
Cons: Distance is a little off and some holes do not have signs or the signs are old and hard to read. The park is great and some ppl are usually in the way at some place or another. Lots of ppl play but usually let you play through.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
The hills of indiana are alive with the sounds of chains
Pros: Variety of shots - The first hole is a nice shot on to the side of a hill. The second hole goes way down hill to a basket that is protected by a gigantic tree and a thick woods behind the hole. There are sharp, tight turns that demand accuracy and wide open shots. Long, incredibly tight wooded holes along side short, wide open, hilly holes that punish ill placed shots.
Tee pads - All of them seemed to be in very good shape and were surrounded by mulch and/or dirt to ensure that you didn't fall off of the end and break an ankle. Some might complain that these pads were too long, but it felt good to me.
Layout - Intuitive, natural layout that led you from one hole to the next without having to guess where you were going. There wasn't any point during my three rounds there that I was wondering where I was off to next.
Signage - Good job marking the distance of both pin locations as well as the big terrain in play. Though I found some of the distances to be a little off, most of them were spot on and in place.
Cons: Baskets - I can't be sure, but I think that I counted five different kinds of baskets on this course. Of the 18 holes, I would venture to say that half of them had "good baskets". Hole 1's basket is terrible. Very shallow and the chains are laying right against the pole. There was another hole, I want to say it was #7, where your disc could literally fall through the bottom of the basket. Some of the baskets that sat on the hills were not level. How do I know? Because all of the chains leaned to one side of the target! Fixing these issues would bump this course up another half point at least for me.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course with a great club running the place. The park is beautiful and the DG course really uses the terrain well.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Great park course
Pros: Beautiful park with nice rolling hills and mature trees. It's very well maintained even after a few days of rain. Even though this park has a good amount of other activities, the disc golf course stays in it's own area. This is not a rinky-dink park course though.
This is a fairly difficult course. The distances are somewhat deceiving. Most of the holes are in the 200-300ft range, but what makes this course difficult are the obstacles and low canopy on many of the holes. This course certainly requires a your entire bag of shots - hyzers, anhyzers, mid-range, long bombs. The mature trees in the fairways and the tree line on the outskirts really shape the holes. The trees aren't your only obstacles - the rolling hills provide some fun problems.
As far as logistics - the tee pads are nice, level cement; the baskets are nice and new; there are a couple places go use the restroom and drink from a water fountain. No benches but there are plenty of trash receptacles. Tee signs show course par, distance to the basket and a rough diagram as to where the basket is located. The course was busy but they were friendly people. Being a stones throw from Rose Holman and Indiana State, I'm not surprised.
While I've only played one set of basket placements, I saw many of the alternates. They all looked to drastically alter the play of the hole.
Cons: Some of the holes seem crammed into one spot. Holes 5, 6, and 7 are all very close. I think the designer (while I do like the layout) could have used the land a little wiser than this. After all, there is plenty of space in this park.
The first time out, it was difficult to grasp the layout of the blind holes. The only reason this is a con is because of the vague tee-signs. They don't change the tee signs based on the alternate tees either.
Being a park course means that the scenery is fairly limited. Sure the mature trees and elevation changes provide some variety, but there was a point where it seemed repetitive - throw from the tee towards some large trees.
Watch out for those mosquitoes in the woods during the summer months. Also, those squirrels aren't scared of anything - including you.
Other Thoughts: This would be a pretty good course to take a beginner. They are able to learn while more experienced players can still enjoy the challenge of this course.
I think my review conflicts in some ways with some of the other reviews. Obviously I can only write from my own perspective.
It was difficult to think of drastic oversights that would really drag this course's score down. It's a nice, clean, well-thought out course. I drove an hour from Bloomington and was a little jealous of the people who live much closer as a result of this course. I will definitely be back to play this course. Like LeVar Burton, don't take my word for it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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