11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Baskets and tee pads (concrete) are all in place and in good shape with only one missing tee sign (#12 as of 10/21).
Pretty easy to follow from one hole to the next until hole 12 (luckily hole 11 is near the hole 1 start of the course and one can check the map on the board to see where 12 and 13 are). Grass is usually cut and there's no overgrowth to interfere with play.
What little elevation there is at this park is used to the fullest possible extent (4-6, 12, 17 and 18).
For newbies, only hole 17 would possibly frustrate or scare them off. This is a great course to learn the game with very few places to lose a disc or need to develop an advanced shot.
Holes 3-6 and 8 make an outstanding series of holes with some undulation and trees.
If you play only to brag about hitting "aces", holes 13 and 16 are for you.
A large open field across the street from the parking lot can be used to toss your drivers and get in some practice (which I'd have noticed this earlier).
Cons: Length. Not really any long holes to really air it out (except maybe for 9). Some of the holes are ridiculously short (13 and 16).
Every hole seems to be straight with little more than a tree to throw around. Hole 7 is without any elevation, tree, or any other anything of interest whatsoever.
The exception to the lack of challenge would be hole 17 which errs too far the other way, throwing blindly over two rows of trees. Don't play without a spotter on this hole.
Course loses its flow after hole 11, with 12 and 13 not easy to find (especially if someone has taken the map off the info board).
Lots of trash on the course and no receptacles. Sometimes there will be people gathering at the picnic tables oblivious to the fact that they are in the middle of a course.
No restrooms or water fountains and the nearest convenience store isn't close.
The road which runs along the west side of the course is awfully close to the course. This is often distracting and annoying (and I'd be surprised if there haven't been a lot of cars hit driving by).
Other Thoughts: I seem to be out of step with the rest of Indianapolis about our city's twin courses. If you're coming from out of town to play, I strongly recommend playing both this course and Brookside as they are just a couple of miles apart between Sherman and Rural/Keystone. But if you only have time for one I seem to be the only person who'd recommend Brookside. Everyone I have ever played with here prefers this course (but this is my review, so fudge 'em).
I wish this course had some doglegs to work around. 18 is the only hole that seems to use the natural tree line in the traditional dogleg fashion. 16 is the only hole that is really buried in the "woods", but it is too short (even newbies can overshoot it teeing off with a putter).
The "culture" of this course is better than Brookside. This is where you are more likely to strike up a conversation with some like minded golfers and the locals who aren't DGers seem to understand that DG IS happening here. Outside of the occasional picnic table group mentioned above, non-DGers don't disturb this course much.
Not a nice neighborhood (lots of boarded up houses and folks milling about with nothing to do), but many churches have moved into the adjacent properties and a police station have improved this dramatically from years gone by.
Not sure why, but this course seems to be muddy and soft long after the last rain has fallen. In spite of this, the creek that runs through the north part of the course is always dry...in the 90's, this creek bed was the home of some snakes (but according to my buddy, they were more afraid of fat white guys than I was of them). I don't believe this is an issue any more (chalk one up for us fat white guys, I reckon).
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: the course is pretty fun. well layed out and allows for all sorts of different throws.
Cons: it is in a pretty ghetto area of town. i wouldnt play as an all female group if i were you. i would only play this course as a group. maybe i am a little sheltered living on the north side of indianapolis but the area seemed pretty sketchy to me. leave your jewlery and nice phones and wallets locked in your car out of sight.
Other Thoughts: be careful when you go down here. keep an eye out for strange activity. get your round in before it starts getting dark. oh and have a buddy spot for your disc on 17.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
A nice city park
Pros: It has nice tees and nice baskets. The park is very scenic and nice. I like playing a course like this because it makes me feel like I'm actually good at the game.
Cons: The course is not very challenging. It has some fun holes, but the mature trees don't come into play on most holes. It is somewhat challenging if you play it as all par 3's. It is sorta hard to out where the next holes are a couple of time. Hole 17 is just unacceptable. Every hole should have a fairway. I am not very serious about disc golf, but for me hole 17 is too goofy. You have 2 choices: 1. blindly throw it over trees, or 2. take 2 or 3 shots to slowly go around the trees and over the creek. Hole 17 definitely takes away from what could be a very good course.
Other Thoughts: Everyone I met at the park has been very nice and friendly. The park isn't suburbia, but it is a very nice city park. I feel very safe going there. People of all kinds are very friendly there.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A lot of pretty good holes.
Characteristic hole seemed to be 300' or so, some mature trees to dodge, little undergrowth, you can park it for a birdie but it's a pretty good shot if you do. There are a variety of holes, requiring different throws, in this general category.
Enjoyable, though no really great or signature holes.
Cons: Probably the neighborhood, not necessarily scary but not the best. I had a local guide; I would have probably been a little uncomfortable had I played it alone.
Hole 17 (?), only option is to throw over some tall trees. It's different, but I wonder how players who can't clear the trees play it?
Other Thoughts: Fun and I'd love to play it again. It might be a course I'd prefer to play when it's crowded, or with a group, instead of my usual solo round while traveling.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very nice course with a decent variety of possible shots. Early holes have some trees that need to be navigated then the course sort of opens up a bit to where you can let it out. Course is pretty well marked and is in decent shape.
Players that throw low will probably have a much better time than ones that bomb big. There's enough trees that keeping it low and straight will lead to some sub-par scores.
Cons: 17 is sort of a joke. It's not too bad when you're playing with others since you can watch where the other players disc are going. It's a blind shot over trees that also has to clear a stream bed. It's dry most of the time but it's another obstacle that makes this hole a disc loser.
Also the course has some deceptive low spots that really don't look like it but can be pretty swampy even when the course for the most part is dry.
Other Thoughts: This is sort of my "home course" since I'm a firefighter that's stationed in the area. As others have stated Brightwood/Forrest Manor area ain't the best but it's not as bad as you would think. Last time I played there was a neighbor of the park over picking up trash in the park. I always play in the morning after I get off work and it's very nice. People out taking their morning walk, me throwing my discs :-)
Certainly don't let the neighborhood deter you from playing a really fun, diverse course.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Really cool park, very lush and green. Some sneaky lines to the basket, something new around every corner.
Thumbers forehand and hyzer bombs come in handy. Some friendly people at the church.
Cons: Where is 12?????Oh i found it......17? Wow?! Thanks for finding my black wraith bro.
Other Thoughts: If you play by the sign, you have some very generous par 4 and 5's. I'm assuming locals play par3.
Dude pulls up drunk in a Regal, like "Yo, lemme throw your frisbee!" We look at each other...We are visiting from Cali. Near oakland so this is looking familiar. I didn't want to meet Smith&Wesson
so we let him rip off a few discs towards the basket, after which he stumbles back to the awaiting pimp ride.
Hits play on the Petey Pablo remix and continues his day. Real nice guy.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Great variety of shots and distances
Cons: -Not a great part of town. The locals sometimes like to set off firecrackers...
-Don't even bother playing after a strong rain. The whole course turns into a swamp.
Other Thoughts: This is probably my favorite course in Indy. It's not far from my apartment, so I stop by frequently between classes. You also get a lot of variety depending on the time of year. I shot 11 under in the early spring, but have difficulty shooting 5 or 6 under with the leaves out. Hole 6 (par 3) probably gives me the most trouble. In general, the back nine is quite a bit easier than the front.
Also, try not to do what I did last month. I had a shot bounce off a tree, catch the wind, and land on the roof of a house (on hole 10 I believe). I had to lift my girlfriend up on my shoulders to get it down, and we got some pretty strange looks from the locals...
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
One of my favorites
Pros: Fun course! Holes and tee pads in good condition, tee signs give the essential info (where the hole is, how far away), holes out in the open have well-maintained grass, rolling hills and trees make for some interesting course layout
Cons: Confusion walking from some holes to next tee - could use some signage, gets pretty muddy/sloppy especially in the front 9 after a rain, the neighborhood is a little rough, but I've never felt unsafe or anything.
Other Thoughts: Fun course for both advanced players and beginners. A good course to take a beginner to - you won't get bored while you're teaching them.
The course map is found close by the first tee - I highly recommend taking a picture of it on your phone or printing out the one from this site (it's the same thing).
The first time both my buddy and I played, we ran into a local who plays the course a lot. He helped us find where some of the tricky holes/tees were (tee 4, hole 7, hole/tee 12, tee 13, hole 17, hole 18).
I wasn't sure whether to put hole 17 under "pro" or "con" - the hole is absurd! You have to throw it over some trees to lay it up in an open area, throw through a line of trees to get it near the hole, THEN putt . . . if you're lucky/good.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun course that uses the elevation and trees well. There's a nice variety of hyzer, straight and anhyzer shots here. The course is a little on the shorter side, but has a few long holes including one that's around 450. Overall, the signs and tee pads are in pretty good condition and definitely get the job done.
I think this is a good course for players of all skill levels. It's good for beginners because there are trees to deal with but very little rough or wooded areas. For the more advanced player, this course has lots of birdies opportunities and isn't real challenging but it still has a few tough holes and is fun to play. Hole 12 is one of my favorites, it's a long downhill hole with a road immediately to your left. It takes a very controlled shot to stay in bounds here. Hole 17 is very unique. There's a big downhill in front of you and you shoot over the tops of the trees.
Cons: There's a walk from 11 to 12 and another from 12 to 13. It wasn't difficult to find the next hole, but it wasn't obvious either. A couple signs would be a welcome addition here.
The neighborhood is a little rough but it seems much better than Brookside to me. Maybe that's because there's a police station visible from part of the course.
The course could use more trash cans, there has been a fair amount of litter when ever I've played there.
Other Thoughts: Brookside is just couple miles away and the two courses compliment each other well.
Last time I played here was when their Wednesday leagues were going on. The locals were very nice and great about letting faster groups play through.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
my 'home' course
Pros: long tee pads, home disc golf course for Indydiscgolf.com, mature trees, hole 17 is probably the signature hole for this course, pleny of variety of shots not only for RHBH but also flick players
Cons: lack of trashcans, course can sometimes be a little overgrown in spots, in the spring this course is very muddy after all rains, it does dry out by May and is fine all summer and fall.
This is my home course as I live only a few miles away in the Broadripple area. This course is very easy to get to from I-69 as well as 70, just a mile or so away from Brookeside Park to south, six or 7 miles from Sahms to the North, and 10 or so from Northwest Way park. Not the longest course in the world, but a decent challenge to beginners as well as more advanced players.
Within the last six months the www.indydiscgolf.com
club has done quite a bit of work on the course. Our new course maintainance / development person has stepped up and kicked ass - along with a few other people. As of today hole 17 along both sides of the creek has been cleared out for the most part. The tree across the creek on 17 is now an actually walkway. The pines on hole 1 have been trimmed at the bottom and cleaned up quite as well. The information board has been re-vamped and is actually usefull now. Check out our club.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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