Has potential..needs work
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Pros: holes are challenging but not too difficult....perfect for pros and for beginners.
Cons: some holes were unplayable because of standing water from recent rains. i had trouble finding baskets so i often threw at spots where i thought the hole was. i also had trouble finding my way to the next hole (needs to be better marked).
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choose your own adventure through a nicely maintained wooded park
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Pros: The section of Lapping Park devoted to disc golf is a beautiful wooded area complete with a few winding creeks, decent elevation changes, old-growth trees, and very minimal undergrowth. It's moderately-to-heavily wooded and every hole has gaps you must hit to score well. Sloppy shots are rarely rewarded. Overall, it's a fine canvas for flinging the frisbees and the designer maximized all of the park's features.
The basics are all strong: good Prodigy T1 baskets, 2 concrete tees per hole (providing COMPLETELY DIFFERENT looks), navigational guides, 2 pin sleeves per hole, practice basket, bridges in the right spots (making this surprisingly cart friendly). The 2 9's loop back to the parking area. Course baggers can rejoice as it's only 5 minutes from the highway and can be played in as little as an hour depending on the layout you choose.
I'd generally describe Lapping as highly technical, however there are several different ways to play this course that greatly change the layouts, distances, and your score. This is my favorite part about playing this course. If you want a bruising technical challenge, you play the long/Gold tees. If you want a beginner-friendly yet still challenging for intermediate players, you play the short/Blue tees. There's also the Goldilocks "Green" layout that smartly chooses a best-of option between the Golds and Blues. As a 930ish rated player, I typically shoot in the high 40s in the Blues, the 50s in the Greens, and the 60s in the Golds. You can easily have a scoring difference of 20+ strokes depending on layout and I think that's an incredible testament to the variety Lapping provides.
Playing the behemoth Gold tees will give you the most technical challenge of any of the Louisville/Southern Indiana courses. The Par 4s and the Par 5s generally require placement/finesse drives to landing zones to get the ideal angle on the next shot.
The Blue tees still offer lots of challenge but several generous ace runs are sprinkled in to help most players get a stroke or two back .
The Green layout (see UDisc for specifics as they sometimes change) gives you the best of both worlds and is my personal favorite layout.
Cons: The tee signs can be confusing as they were installed prior to the final design tweaking. This doesn't affect navigation but some distances are currently inaccurate and some sign posts are not next to the current tee location.
Time to nitpick on minor gripes: hole 3 gold has one skinny tree in the middle that brings luck into the equation on an otherwise fantastic hole. I'm not a fan of removing trees but this one really needs to disappear. Hole 18 gold tee shot is brutally tough and forces a short layup to get to the blue tee. Maybe some 1000 rated players can figure out a reliable line to clear the tall ledge halfway down the fairway but the rest of us are probably pulling out the putter or mid and hoping to get 175ft to a clearing. Maybe this is a Pro for some. It's a Con for me. And beware, hole 9 gold tee area is on a sketchy hillside.
After big rains, the creeks will rise and can make disc retrieval very difficult on 6, 9, 11, and 18. The Blue layout mitigates most of the creek danger.
Other Thoughts: I'm thrilled to have this course within a 20 minute drive from my home. The "choose your own adventure" aspect is the best quality of Lapping and I love it. Only have time for 9? You have the well balanced 2 9's to choose from (both loop back and each have some tough Par 4/5s). Want an incredible challenge? Play the Golds. Want a quick round that challenges your short game? Play the Blues. Want a little of everything? Play the Greens.
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