Tillman Park - Where Scores turn to Scars
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Each hole has a variety of tees and pin placements; detailed tee-signs are located at all forty-seven tee-pads and clearly mark OB, water, etc. Die has been added to the tee-pads in order to clearly identify the pad and pin placements are denoted by a bolt in the tee-sign.
The tee-pads are appropriately sized and the finish provides adequate grip. Also, the tee-pads are placed a good distance away from the baskets. At no time, is a player in danger of being hit by a disc from the previous hole.
A majority of the holes are played through the woods, which allows players to avoid other patrons of the park.
Every hole requires the player to throw a technical shot off the tee and most holes require a technical approach. Par on most holes feels like a good score, which is a great change of pace from typical park courses.
See the 'Other Thoughts' section for hole descriptions.
Cons: The walk between holes one and two is approximately 600 feet, which feels longer than it needs to be. However, this may have been unavoidable due to the lacrosse and softball fields also located on the campus.
The walk between holes two and three is also lengthy. It may be easy to miss the path to hole three but after finishing hole two head west away from softball fields towards the woods and you will find it.
The park was originally a dumping site for the City; therefore, some of the fairways have some significant debris on them. I would not say this is a huge con but players should be mindful to watch their step due to the broken glass on some of the fairways.
If a player throws an errant drive on a couple of the holes, it could potentially fly into other players or patrons of the park. For example, hole 2 plays along two softball fields and bad drives seem to fly the direction of the outfield. Holes 10 and 12 utilize similar space; caution should be used when driving on these holes if there are other players present.
Hole 13 requires a big turnover for RHBH players off the tee. The basket/landing zone is located between a road and bike path. From the tee, you cannot see if anyone is using the path.
Other Thoughts: The parking lot for the Tillman Park Disc Golf Course is located at the intersection of Tillman Road and Hanna Street. Attached to the parking lot is a quality restroom facility, which appears to double as storage for the park.
There does not appear to be any spot to refill water near the restroom facility or throughout the course; however, there is a gas station located immediately across the street from the course parking lot if you need to grab some extra water or snacks.
The course practice basket is located south of the parking lot - near hole 1's tee. Currently, the course does not have a signage board or course map on site. If you are playing the course for the first time, it is highly recommended to download the course map from this site or try to play with a guide.
1 - Hole 1 provides the most open shot on the course and plays along the side of a large drainage swale. The basket is well-placed on top of the swale ridge, which makes for a fast and tricky green.
2 - Hole 2 is one of the three holes that allows players to really air one out off of the tee. The hole plays along two (2) softball fields on the left side of the fairway. The fence line acts as out of bounds and forces the players to play a controlled distance shot.
3 - Hole 3 is a technical forehand shot. This is the first hole on the course where Tillman really shows its teeth. Like many of the holes in the woods the fairway is fair and the rough is extremely dense.
4 - Hole 4 is a great par four that utilizes a sharp dogleg left. The basket is placed on top of a hill that has a severe slope - making it one of the trickiest greens on the course. It takes two perfect shots to get the birdie on this hole.
5 - Hole 5 is a very technical par three or four depending on which tee the player is throwing from. Near the basket is a large honeysuckle bush that blocks what appears to be decent drives or approaches.
6 - Depending on the tee, Hole 6 can be a must get birdie or challenging tight-tunnel shot.
7 - Hole 7 is a two-hundred-foot tunnel shot and feels like one of the must get birdies on the course. The basket is well-placed immediately prior to the ravine, which forces players to control the speed of their disc.
8 - Hole 8 is a challenging par four that forces players to throw (2) controlled shots to have a look for birdie.
9 - Hole 9 is without a doubt the signature hole on the course. The par four is a swooping dogleg left that requires two (2) perfect throws to get a look at birdie. From the tee, the player must throw a tight 300 ft hyzer and keep the disc in the fairway. If they are able to that, they must throw an approach over a 50-ft creek to reach the basket.
10 - Hole 10 is a big par four in the open that gives players the opportunity to let one fly after being in the woods for several holes. Do not be deceived though, this hole requires two (2) well placed throws to get the birdie.
11 - Hole 11 is a technical tunnel shot that requires a perfect drive to get a look for birdie.
12 - Hole 12 is a long-straight par four that requires a big drive and a technical approach. After the drive, players are required to throw over group of trees to get to the green, while staying shy of the OB road. Sticking with the theme of well-placed baskets and tricky greens.
13 - Hole 13 is a dogleg right par four that uses the road and bike path to shape the fairway. Due to the shape of the hole and location of the bike path, keep an eye out for pedestrians and ensure they are out of harm's way before teeing.
14 - Hole 14 is a technical par three that requires players to hit a gap approximately 150 feet off the tee while clearing the pond.
15 - Hole 15 plays over the creek and is another great tunnel shot. To access the green there are two options: (a) utilize the man-made stairs that go up the creek bank or (b) follow the path and access road to the basket.
16 - Depending on the tee, Hole 16 can be a must get birdie or challenging tight-tunnel shot.
17, 18, 19 - Holes 17, 18, and 19 are technical par fours and three great finishing holes and perhaps the most difficult stretch of holes on the course. The three holes are similar in nature. Each hole requires a technical shot off of the tee to a gap followed by a technical approach shot.
The Tillman Park Disc Golf Course appears to be a work in progress. Several tee-pads need poured, next tee-signs added, etc.. However, that being said this is one of the most challenging, fair, and fun courses that I have ever played.
Giving this course a 4.5 is a no-brainer and only has the potential to get better. If you are interested in challenging your skills, then you should definitely check out Tillman.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Next Level Disc Golf
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Tillman Park is an elite championship level course. It will test your strategy, endurance, patience, skill and at times your will. This is not the course for you if you enjoy park-style disc golf, but it is the course for you if you like a nice mix of technical and open shots that will challenge all of your shot making abilities and help you develop new ones. The terrain is breathtaking. Some examples would be the vista from 6 Blue, looking down on the fairways from the hill greens on 4 and 7, or the upshots on 9 and 19.
Cons: A round can take a long time. Play the white tees if you want to be done in less than 2 hours. It is pretty easy to lose discs, but the community of die-hard enthusiasts that play Tillman regularly are great at returning marked discs. Regarding the trash, that's a temporary issue stemming from the fact that this site was a city dump. It is very minimal, you will not see trash on most of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Ink your discs and utilize spotters out there.
This will never be a park-style disc golf course. So if that's what you want it to be, our local club is pouring tons of investment into Shoaff Park across town to make it the elite park-style course of the region.
Please participate in cleaning up the trash. If you see some litter, grab it. All hands on deck and we can make this place even better.
Regarding the criticism of the location of hole 1. I do agree with that, but you can just play hole 10 as hole 1 and hole 9 is an epic finisher. I think that hole 1 is hole 1 because in the future this course can be used for A-Tier or even NT tournaments with tee-time start rather than shotgun. The facilities and parking near the official hole 1 require that this be called hole 1. Admittedly, this causes some logistical issues.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Potential but not there yet
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Challenging course
-Variety of shots, elevation, and lengths
-Hole 9 across the creek is wonderful
-Lots of pin positions and multiple tee pads per hole
-Some fairways are mulched
-For being in the woods, mosquitoes actually aren't bad
-Tee pads that are in are nice
-Has potential to be a good course
Cons: -Trash. Literal explosions of trash as your disc hits the ground on some holes
-Very tight fairways, which would be fine if the rough wasn't a jungle full of poison ivy and thorns
-Stumps, trash, and uneven ground cause lots of tripping
-Can be hard to navigate for new players to the course
-Uses busy road as an OB
-Lots of little things in the middle of lines that take an otherwise "good" shot and send you into the jungle (fairways need cleaned up)
Other Thoughts: This course has a ton of potential. Can't wait till the trash and fairways are cleaned up. Let's not pretend this course is finished and deserves an unrealistic score. It may get there and I hope it does, but it is not there yet.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This course has a variety of holes. Everything from tight wooded to long bomber. Lots of technical shots that use the terrain to the max. Both right and left hooking shots. If you need to improve your game, this is the course to play.
Cons: The rough is thick. But this is also a great motivator to keep it in the fairway. There is a lot of trash on the course. However this is due to the park's previous use and continues to improve every week since the local club has taken over.
Other Thoughts: This course is still young and will only get better with more foot traffic. This is one of my top 5 favorite courses.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: - Challenging hole lengths from long tees.
- Creative hole layouts
- Multiple tee and pin placements
- Wooded and open holes
Cons: - Trash (it was built on an old landfill so it's really no surprise and will take time to completely clean.)
Other Thoughts: Once this course is 100% complete it will definitely be Fort Wayne's best course, right now it's a lot of fun and something different compared to the other courses in the area. Bring water and a spotter to watch your throws on the tougher holes.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: I'm truly torn on this one, It's new, and may have potential, but it's not there yet. I will update the review as it progresses. "Championship caliber layout" is disingenuous and the reason for the review.
-Not on the best side of town (will have rando's walking in there which is odd to come across), but is patrolled by local PD and often has a cop sitting in the center parking lot.
-Multiple Tee's white/red/blue (quite a few of the red/blue share the same T pad)
-The holes that have been mulched look good (baskets are kind of low/short in height now)
-New signs that look good, although a few show green/fairways that aren't actually accurate. (Maybe they will be there in the future?)
The Best part is half my Con's will disappear when the course is actually finished/polished/ and proven to be up-kept (weeds were already 3-4" coming straight up down the center on a few of the fairways)
Cons: -Extremely uneven and non leveled fairways. (3-4' mounds of dirt and holes down some of the fairway that need leveled)
-Absurdly tight fairways at times, which is made worse by the overgrown weeds on the edge of the fairways.
-Trash, your disc will literally kick up trash when it hits the ground on a few of the holes.
-Uses a very busy roadway as an OB line, and places at least one of the baskets along the roadway as an obstacle, which is around a blind corner.
-There was an extra basket in the field at 10 & 12 which caused confusion. (there during multiple trips)
-Some of the mando's take a 30' fairway and turn it into a 20' tunnel for no reason (hole 18). Adds difficulty to an already difficult course.
-Quite a few T pads still unpoured as of Early July, which is actually worse than not having concrete T pads because the forms are still in-place hindering play.
-Old recycled hardware (baskets aren't in the best shape), Chain Star baskets
-Some backtracking/distance between a few of the baskets and the next hole
Other Thoughts: It doesn't play around the parking lot in the middle of the course, it begins with a single hole (hole 1) that is way offset from the others. Odd to have a 19 hole course when hole 1 is so disjointed. We are talking an 1/8th of a mile measured on google maps, between an active baseball and soccer field.
If you are coming from out of town print a map first, otherwise you will get lost.
Also local club is up in arms and encouraging 5 star reviews for their unfinished course. Again i will UPDATE this review when the course is finished, but they are being extremely disingenuous at this point in time.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Top course in 200mi
Pros: • Range of layouts from recreational to professional
• Unique holes with water, elevation, tunnels, doglegs and more
• Multiple pin locations for flexible layouts
• Fair for backhands and forehands
• Rewards traditional golf play
Cons: • Still unpolished, with any new course it needs foot traffic to wear in the fairways.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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