Great Small Town Beginner Course
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Pros: Beginner to lower intermediate level course set in a busy multi-use park in a small town. Park is very clean and relatively quiet.
Baskets - 9 very grippy DGA baskets. These are painted silver and blue. They caught great. Hole numbers on basket.
Tees - 1 (somewhat) natural hole per tee. Tees are marked with a large wooden post.
Signs - Wooden posts at each hole lists distance, pro par, and amateur par.
Variety - Mature trees throughout the course create lines and provide the challenges. There are enough trees to make this a difficult course for a beginner. Intermediate to advanced will not have difficulty on 1-7. Holes 1-6 are between 190-240 feet. Hole 7 is an ace run. Holes 8 and 9 are both much longer and difficult than the rest of the course that border a hill with a large water hazard on top. Hole 8 has a nature preserve and a walking path to add challenge. 2 blind shots - 3 and 9. No truly open holes. Obstacles on every hole. 6, 8, and 9 are the holes that stand out the most.
Easy to navigate. Once you know where to start, this course flows great. Longest walks are 4-5 and 7 to 8. After basket for 7, cross the parking lot towards the hill.
Restrooms, benches, and trash cans on site. Very clean park.
Also, playground on site for children.
Only course in the immediate area and under 5 minutes from the highway. Easy to get to. Signs will point you to the park.
Food and beverage options near highway if you need it.
Cons: This isn't really a con, but only wooden signs mark the hole. You can tee on either side of it. If course was played more, tees would be worn into ground.
Course was squeezed into the park. However, there is enough room to add a 2nd tee for each hole (another wooden post). 8 and 9 could use a shorter tee. Do not really go with the distance and difficulty of the rest of the course.
No signs when you enter park that point you to the start of the course. I found it based on the map on this website. Thank you to whomever added it.
Next hole signs would help on 5 and 7.
No nearby courses to compliment this course (there are a few within 30 minutes but not the same difficulty level).
Other Thoughts: There really is nothing wrong with this course. It is a starter course in a small town. Added tees/more distinct tees, a map, and better signs would improve this course, especially for first time players. 9 more wooden posts and a few extra signs should not cost more than $150.
I played this course with my wife and she absolutely loved it. Although no longer a beginner, she absolutely loved the course. It was the right difficulty level for her. We have been wanting to play it every time we go to Cincinnati but for the first time, weather allowed us to play. I would recommend it if passing through and looking for a quick play (less than 30 min to play) or a beginner in the area.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Smile and Wave Boys
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great beginner style course. It definitely favors forearm play early on with holes 2,3,4 and 5 having forearm/anhyzer routes.
-GREAT baskets. Probably the best I've ever seen
-Plenty of parking
-Easy to navigate
-Great for beginners and quick play for veterans
-Pretty hard to loose a disc, but still possible.
Cons: 3 big things: Difficulty, Traffic and Flooding
-This is a really easy course through 7 holes. 8 and 9 are challenging in comparison, but don't make up for the first 7. If you want any easy stop or a place to learn to play, this course is great. If you want something challenging, it will let you down.
-The park is beautiful-full play ground, baseball field, pavilions, etc. Definitely have to keep your head on a swivel for walkers and other people in the park, especially around holes 6 and 8.
-When it rains, it makes this course a watery wasteland, particularity hole 7-9. Bring the boots or just skip all together. You'll have water about an inch above your ankles.
Other Thoughts: Take this course for what it's worth. The park and town did a great job of making an interesting layout. It tries to play around other busy areas but struggles on a few holes.
Overall: An enjoyable play, and a quick stop for travelers.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Well, best baskets Iíve seen, anyway
Pros: They've added a nine hole course in southeastern Indiana, and they've spared no expense in installing some of the nicest baskets I've played on so far. These are DGA Mach V's painted in a really sharp looking metallic blue. They're beautiful and catch great. Situated in an established park with mature trees, good maintenance, incredible playgrounds, a nice baseball diamond, shelters, tennis and basketball courts, and crisscrossing paths and driveways, the new course is an interesting addition.
The disc golf play itself tends to slightly favor left to right lines, but there are options on most holes to get creative. Hole distances were somewhat limited by the space available, but six are between 192 and 234 feet, and the last three go 141', 332', and 404'. So for the most part, the distances and the difficulty are geared toward casual to Recreational players. For the traveling disc golfer who needs a fix halfway between Cincinnati and Indianapolis (I know, you can't go more than an hour between getting your fix?), there's now a course just a few minutes off of I-74.
The lack of big distance and difficulty on this course probably won't attract more advanced players, but beginners to casual and even Recreational level players will have fun with it. If you do visit to try this course out, hole 1 begins just north of the baseball field's first base dugout, and the course loops clockwise around the park. I've added a course map here on dgcr for navigation.
Cons: There are some safety concerns you MUST consider when playing this course. The very first hole plays directly over a piece of playground equipment, the second is better (though errant throws may go right at the park shelter there), but the third aims directly at a small 'house'. Step to your left to locate the blind basket position and try not to hit the building (I was unsuccessful in my first effort at that). Four and five are OK, six repeats the concern of two, and seven angles right at the tennis court chain link fence. Even if they 'mando' it to the reservoir side, eight will still have folks gunning high speed stuff down the walking path to get around the fenced in 'preserve' (nine seems fine for safety). Other than 8 & 9, hole distances are relatively short, so the course will attract beginners, who will be more prone to errant throws, tree kicks, and unexpected results (more likely than not, using high speed drivers). With such a nice, extremely busy park, the odds of non-players eventually getting hit is unfortunately high.
Teepads are presently natural grass, and marked only by a temporary sign on a small wooden stake. The seventh sign is already missing. I'm guessing, with the basket investment the parks department made, permanent tees and signage are likely in the works.
Other Thoughts: BUT they've invested in some really good baskets. If, at some point, Batesville decides to take this idea to the next level, I hope they consult an experienced course designer, and consider land where great baskets like these can be the safely situated near, but not as much in potential conflict with, other activities.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Beginner course in small, crowded, busy park
Pros: Hole 9 is awesome!
Brand new Mach V's painted blue to match Batesville's school colors.
No chance of losing a disc unless you take the anhyzer route near the lake on hole 8. Did see one thrown in the lake on 9.
Course can be played quickly. Good for beginners to get hooked on the game.
Really nice wooden tee signs have been added.
Cons: First off, this park is extremely busy and crowded with not much room for extra activities. I don't see many holes being playable during warm weather.
No teepads. Tee Ruts should appear soon.
Hole 1 has a merry-go-round in the fairway. One of those really fast old-school merry-go-rounds! If a new player gets a hold of a drive they could be putting from someone's porch across the street.
Hole 2 has a shelter in firing range and an old building with windows that won't be lasting long.
Hole 3 is a sidearm hole around an old building, but the best route is over the top of that building. Don't see those old windows lasting too long!
Hole 4 & 5 are similar holes with 5 being a more extreme anhyzer.
Hole 6's route (not sure if this was the intention) is a big hyzer right in front of another shelter with picnic benches. There is also a birdhouse on a post right in the middle of the fairway.
Hole 7's basket is two feet from the fenced-in tennis court. Just bank it off the fence for your easy deuce.
Hole 8 has two choices: A long hyzer shot along the walking path OR a giant anhyzer over the levee and that walking path! Either way you go your throwing down busy walking paths dodging people. The middle is a fenced off natural habitat that will get destroyed by players retrieving their errant shots.
Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, the awesome wooden tee signs really makes this course permanent.
Better than not having a course. Just be mindful of other park patrons. Especially watch for walkers on hole 8!
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