Short, flat, and wooded
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Pros: The Lighthouse Christian Ministries course is a 9-holer that plays on the property of a church of the same name.
The nine holes are all short and run through the woods, with fully cleared but tight fairways with wood/brush on either side. The wood/brush is thick enough to be punishing but thin enough that it is still easy to find a disc. The pin placement is decent with a mix of LH, RH, and straight shots.
It is clear that the church or someone else is investing time and money into improving this course. The first time I played a few months ago, it had the rubber tee pads mentioned in previous reviews. When I played again yesterday there were nine freshly laid concrete tee pads. I have to say, I don't know much about the process of pouring concrete but these pads looked a little unusual. They were more "yellow" and porous-looking than I would have expected, resembling large slabs of tofu. I'm not sure if it is the type of concrete used or if that's just what brand new concrete looks like. Also some of the pads already had cracks or chunks missing, and one had a message carved into it by an opportunistic vandal prior to it fully setting. Still, these concrete pads are a vast improvement over the old slippery rubber pads.
As part of the improvements benches were also installed at the tees, and I think they cut down a few trees to make shots down some of the fairways a little easier. These are nice touches.
The tee signs are well made and nice looking, but more on this in the Cons section. There is a Bible verse on each tee sign as mentioned in previous reviews. The baskets are a little older but still in fine condition.
Cons: Other than the tight woods alongside each fairway there are no other challenges here to speak of. No water hazards, elevation, or guarded baskets. Very short holes.
There is a large kiosk at the front of the course with a course map on the back. How can this be a Con? The "map" is simply awful. It is basically a large metal plate with a stylized rough representation of each hole painted on. Each hole is shown as basically floating in space on the metal background with no other pick points like roads, buildings, etc. All nine holes are shown as parallel to one another, and the red dots (which I think are supposed to represent tees, not pins) are shown pointing in certain directions. In reality, the holes are not parallel and some go in different directions from what (I think) is indicated on the "map". The entrance road runs between many of the holes and this would be an obvious, easy feature to add a lot of clarity to the map. So I would call the map nice looking, but misleading/inaccurate. If someone printed out either of the maps currently posted here and tacked it on top of what is there, it would be a significant improvement.
The tee signs at each hole have a hole layout/path shown in a similar style. Again, I believe the red dots represent the tee pad and not the pin. Some of these seemed inaccurate too and I found myself walking up the fairway on each hole until I could see where the basket was. Hopefully redoing the overall and tee sign maps is another part of the improvement plan for this course. Some of the new concrete pads were oriented a little differently/a few feet away from where the old rubber pads were so that will change the distances and how the holes play a little bit (it isn't a significant course redesign though).
The course was pretty well beat in when I played, but Next Tee sign would be helpful especially when you have to cross the road.
Other Thoughts: With better maps/navigation I would give this course a 3.0. Beyond that, even with the recent improvements it is limited by the land available. This is definitely a family friendly/beginner friendly course. I feel that it was designed for these groups and I think to that end the designers did a nice job.
For more serious discers, it's worth trying out if you are local but even with the improvements here there are lots of more interesting options around.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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This Course Put My Memorization Skills To The Test!
Pros: The Lighthouse Christian Ministries course is set on the front property of the church. This area is lightly wooded and the undergrowth is light brush making it easy to find your discs. There is a large kiosk at the beginning. The front side has all the course's sponsers while the back side has a course map and and the rules of disc golf. The pads are small rubber ones with a front kick board. They are fine for this little pitch and putt. The baskets are new and most have a flag on top with hole number. The tee signs nice, little colored ones with hole #, distance and route.
In keeping with a Christian environment there is a white cross at hole # 1 and there is a bible verse on each tee sign post. I memorized each of these verses and am willing to take a quiz on them. Go ahead, ask me?
The course is basically a pitch and putt with three holes under 200' and rest between 200 and the 285' # 4 which is the only par 4 here. There's little in the way of trouble and Ace runs are everywhere. What I really like about this course is the designer knew his audience and designed the course with their enjoyment in mind. This course is perfect for the junior high youth group or families. It's also a great course to introduce that beginner to our game.
Cons: I find no problems here. It's perfect for the players it was designed for. It's mostly open and easy. # 8 is the most challenging hole here at 270' down a straight but tight fairway.
Other Thoughts: I like what they've done here. This course is an easy 3 for their intended purpose. I fell bad only giving it a 2 but it is just a simple pitch and putt. But it is a enjoyable little course and the Ace runs are a kick. Go for the Aces or try to shoot minus 9.
Please respect their values and reframe from any drugs or alcohol. Watch your language and work on those bible verses. Heaven knows, most of you players could use some spiritual guidance. Pray for tree love and a win against Ohio State.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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LCM ace runs
Aesthetic-- plays through the woods on the property of a church (I think). Crosses gravel roads (between holes) watch for cars.
Baskets--brand new and easily spotted with yellow flags on top (numbered)
Teepads-- rubber mats with kick strips, not great but adequate for what run up you need.
Routing and nav-- not bad, not great. A next tee sign or two would be helpful as the paths aren't really worn in yet
Teesigns-- as of now, just 4x4's with the hole number on them. There are a couple blind shots that could use a map.
Challenge-- completely a pitch and putt course. hole average has to be around 175' or so. 7 of the 9 holes are easily aceable. there are a couple of longer holes (300' ish) but they are straight shots with little in the way.
Risk v Reward-- none to speak of. you throw clean or you hit trees... not really a risk.
Amenities-- Although this is a very quick play, it would be nice to have a bench at some point. There was A garbage can on the course so pack in/out for the most part.
I understand this wasn't meant to be a champion caliber course so it's a nice little course for what it is.
please be respectful of the property. I have heard rumors of people burning out on the gravel parking lot and just being general douches. This course won't last long if that's how we treat it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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