0 Helpful / 4 Not
Beloit Disc golf
Pros: I think this is one of the nicest 'park' courses around. Nice big trees, flows nice, easy to navigate.
Cons: It's a 'park' type course. starting to show some wear, signage, baskets, tees, etc.
Park is used by picnic'ers
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, open, simple
Pros: - Well thought out for the amount of space provided.
- Cement tees (always a plus)
- Descriptions of where the baskets were on tee signs (the ones still there, anyway)
- Beautiful park scenery tucked away in the city
- Practice basket
- A good novice/practice course.
Cons: - Surrounded on most sides by fenced in areas, like a tennis court or residential property
- Since it's in a city park, there are a few benches, a shelter and a playground which could interfere with play if people are occupying them.
- Fairly simple, not many challenging opportunities
- High grass in some spots
- 9 hole
Other Thoughts: This isn't a bad course, but it isn't by any means fantastic. There are some fair drives required here and there, along with a couple of bends around trees but the course won't be too much to handle for someone with a bit of experience.
The pin placement is nice for most holes, but going from tee to tee and figuring out which target can be a little confusing - most baskets aren't too clearly marked, however the tees have the hole number marked on the cement, which helps.
The tee signs which are still up are useful, but it would be nice if tee 1's sign was still marked - we got the practice basket confused with hole 1 (It also didn't help that the tee sign said 133 or so feet, which was written in marker. Kinda short for a hole, yeah?).
The baskets were in pretty decent condition, though I noticed a bit of rusting on the interior chains of basket 9. Being secured in the ground with cement is a nice touch, especially for a city park's course.
If you're in the area and looking for a new place to go through, it won't hurt to check the place out and get a nice feel for how you're progressing - It's a simple course that doesn't demand much, so for more experienced players, this course should be a breeze. Just be careful of anyone in the shelter/playground area. And lock your car doors, the neighborhood seems a bit shady.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Practice Course
Pros: Great for beginners. My mom and dad want to learn to play and this is a great course for them. Its also a good course for anyone just wanting to have fun and is in the area.
Cons: The layout is confusing but after you play it once its easy to remember. If there is a lot of people at the park in the pavilion I would recommend not playing very aggressive.
Other Thoughts: Good small course in town. Wouldn't recommend traveling to play it but if you live in the area and want to practice its a nice course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of big trees and is very well maintained. I did not see any trash. The only times I have played this course. There has been no one else in the park, which is nice because you can play a couple of rounds in about in hour. This is what I would consider a practice course. I had just gotten some new discs and wanted to mess around with them. This course is the place to do that.
Baskets are in relatively good shape and all the tee pads are great.
Cons: Not a very long or difficult course. This is not a course for someone who wants to be challenged but is like a said, a great practice course.
Tee Signs are in rough shape. The first time I play. I had a hard time figuring where to go after I was done with one hole.
Other Thoughts: Would have never stopped if my girlfriend was not a Beloit College alum. If your are looking for something to do in town. Bring a couple discs with you and stop by, its not gonna hurt. If you aren't having fun after awhile. Well its only 9 holes or a short walk to your car.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
It is what it is
Pros: the course in a well maintained park with mature trees that does the best it can with the space that is available. The concrete tee pads are very nice, as are the signs that are available. There is a decent mix of hole lengths for a noodle arm like I myself have.
This course is very beginner friendly if no one is on the playground equipment and such. A great place to work on mids and putters.
Cons: this is not a course for advanced players or anyone looking for a challenge. Though the course does a decent job of using the trees to create what they can on holes, there just aren't enough to present any type of fun when repeating a round there.
Navigation here is a pain and made me take way longer than should have been reasonable. Between the crossing fairways, missing signs, and randomly numbered baskets, it get pretty frustrating rather quickly.
There are too many places where throwing at or near a playground or pavilion is what you need to do. One hole has a basket about 20 feet from a tennis court.
Other Thoughts: I had business in town or else I would never have stopped. If I ever play here again, it will by accident as there is no reason to ever come here multiple times unless you a local.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
9 Holes Dr. George W. Hilliard Park, Beloit, WI Frisbee Golf Course
Pros: Although only 9 holes this course is spaced out well. They recently cut out much of the brush along the sides of the course. All par 3's. Never too busy so you can get in a nice quick game.
Cons: Missing information on the tees,
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Odd little park
Pros: The course plays through a small flat park with mature trees and no underbrush. The fairways were grassy, and were reasonably well taken care of. There are nice concrete tees on all the holes that are big enough for a good run-up and had good surfaces to tee from. Most of the baskets were in good shape, especially considering their age. There is a nice practice area with a basket and marked distances for putting.
There is a mix of lengths, from shorter ace run holes to some longer air it out shots that still must go around and through the scattered trees, making for some good variety for a little 9 hole course. There are multiple lines on most holes making it pretty fair to a right or left handed player. A couple holes have fences or tennis courts as ob areas adding a little challenge. Locals have marked out an alternate 9 that looked more challenging and had some good shots,
I like when I can see how the locals play and play that layout myself without a guide.
Cons: There are lots of safety issues here. Many holes play near or over pavilions, picnic areas and playgrounds. There are also a lot of places where fairways overlap or the path from basket to next tee takes you across other fairways. A few holes throw directly over another tee. There were no other people playing when I played, making some of these issues less important, but if there are multiple groups playing keep an eye out.
The tee signs were in pretty sad shape. 2 of the 9 still had readable info, the rest were in some state of disrepair or just missing altogether. We were able to figure the course out by the sharpied markings on the blank signs and by the occasional numbered basket, but it took some wandering to get the layout right. One basket had broken chains, and several others were starting to rust enough that they looked ready to break.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course for newer players, with some variety and some challenge but no chance of losing a disc or any really frustrating holes. For more experienced players, this won't present too many challenges other than the couple longer holes, though the alternate layout is a little more difficult and interesting.
If you're passing through, it's not a bad place for a quick round, otherwise there are better courses around with a lot more challenge and variety, and better scenery.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Old school tight little 9 holer
Pros: 1) Cement tee pads are always positive. It kindof surprises me, that this course had them just because of how small the course is, the limited use I expect it gets, although it is the only course in Beloit. Teepads are trapezoidal giving you a 4 foot wide area for your plant foot.
2) Nice descriptive signs where applicable. 3 or 4 of them however are just blank white and have been sharpied with a supposed alternate hole to make an 18 hole course. One sign is missing and an entire sign and sign post is missing on another hole.
3) Has a nice little area for a practice basket with stones set for a practice putting game.
4) Excellent design for the small property. The course uses the mature trees to the fullest extent creating some different lines for different people.
5) Nice exposure to the sport for a small industrial economically challenged city.
6) Very beginner friendly because of how short it is and how almost impossible it would be to lose a disc.
Cons: 1) Confusing layout, also made more difficult because some of the baskets have #'s signs and some do not. It is made even more difficult because the "alternate 9" that someone invented throwing from 1 tee to 3 basket, 7 tee to practice basket, etc etc etc is written on some of the signs that have no original hole layout on the sign to begin with.
I know it would be easy for the locals who play regularly to figure it out, but as a firsttimer I got lost twice. I am not an idiot believe it or not and it is sortof embarrassing it happened twice on a property that cant be more than a couple acres with 10 baskets!
2) Missing tee signs and a handful of blank tee signs.
3) Not sure about the neighborhood, but dont be too worried about your car . . . you are no more than a long destroyer throw from your car anyways, and you can always see it.
4) As others have said a couple of the baskets and tees are awfully close to the pavillion area and picnic tables, so if crowded with other activities, those hole might be tough to play. I can also imagine playing the "alternate 9" would be near impossible. If there were other disc golfers it would be for sure not playable.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to give this course a lower grade because of the layout and tee signs issues, but realized it would only have been trouble the first time through the course. There are some pretty decent holes on the course because of the use of the mature trees. All in all it was an average course. It mixed it up pretty well with shot requirements which is always good.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Short But Decent
Pros: A lot of course for such a small area. A few tricky holes that make it fun.
Cons: The course is very short and not very tough. Parking on the street kinda sucks, but it could be worse. There is a pavilion in the park that a few of the holes are close to and made me kinda nervous to throw towards due to the large party that was going on.
Other Thoughts: The course is worth playing if you're in the area like I was, but I wouldn't travel to play it.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
C+ = average 9 holer
Pros: This course is crammed into a very small piece of land. Major kudos to the designer for milking every ounce of potential to make several very interesting holes!
What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C-
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B-
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == C
5) Bonus points for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (125 18-hole, 64 9-hole as of mid 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I can add anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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