8 Helpful / 3 Not
Rolling Prairie Terrain with some trees
Pros: 1) Beginner friendly, yet has enough challenges to keep a good player interested. The first 5 holes are in wide open prairies. They have mowed fairways and taller rough on the outside of the fairway but it would be tough to lose your disc there.
2) Has a decent variety in distance. No really short holes which is nice, I think every hole is at least 200-225' or so. Closing hole is about 500', and when I played it was dead into the wind.
3) Nice use of terrain and elevation changes. #9 is a pretty awesome hole putting you at the top of a large peak throwing out of the woods over a valley to a basket halfway up the hill on the other side of the valley (not a huge dropoff, but it is significant).
4) Uses the perimteter woods on quite a few hole, despite the open fairway has the baskets tucked around corners, some allowing for a small entrance to the basket.
5) Nice baskets and a post by every tee.
Cons: 1) Long walk from 18 back to the parking lot, and if you played all 18 even still a further walk back to where the paybox is by the first hole. Not a big deal but it does feel strange.
2) Not enough challenge on the prairie areas. I would like to see a handful of trees planted in there to help to make it a little more difficult. I played with the designer of the course and he said they have planted hundred and hundres of trees but they mow over them every year when they mow the prairie area down.
3) Teepads are generally ok, but a handful of them are worn down to gravel/dirt with no alternative but to throw from those areas. Would be nasty if wet (but it is the Kettle Moraine area so it probably never gets wet.
4) The rough areas don't really change how you play the hole, just throw righ at the basket and cut down some distance.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course quite a bit. It was extremely windy and a little chilly when I played it, and that adds tot he challenge of this course. I worked at the golf course 1 block east of this course for like 4 years and it was always windy there. It is one of the higher points in Washington County so the wind always whips through there.
Kindof surprised the county charges for this usage of this course. The designer said the money collected goes directly to improvements like hopefully concrete teepads sometime. It is a good course for throwing some long bombs, and doesn;t require a whole lot of accurate midrange shots. Throw the drive where you need to and have a putt for birdie.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Good driving practice
Pros: Mowed fairways; distances labeled; decent elevation changes for SE Wisconsin; two cool holes (9 and 13); I'm *assuming* it never gets busy - we didn't see a soul, but it was from 9-11 on a Sunday morning; very nice looking area
Cons: On too many holes, the only penalty for a poor drive is trying to find it in the tall grass; there are NO real obstacles on several holes (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 18) and very few on all others except 9 and 13; the course gets very monotonous at several points; the grass and weeds just off the fairway are leafy and gobble up discs away from your sight - this cost our group a LOT of time today; pay to play;
grass tees; long walks between many tees; walk from 18 back to the first tee (and your car) is a full 5 minutes; insect activity is higher than most courses
Other Thoughts: When our group of 4 first walked though some brush and laid eyes on the first few holes of the course, we were excited. It wasn't like any course any of us had seen before - it looks like a golf course! Fairways were cut out of higher grass in various shapes and there were even some hills to enjoy.
Then we started playing. A couple of us hit the first fairway and a couple of us missed - surely the ones that hit were in better shape, right? Well, yes and no. We were in better shape in the sense that we could find our discs easily while the others took a long time, but we had no advantage in terms of scoring. Basically, on this course, a miss that goes 300 feet is almost always better for scoring than a perfect shot that goes 250. Yes, the 250 feels better and looks nicer, but not landing on the fairway generally doesn't inhibit your ability to throw a perfectly balanced and uninterrupted second shot. You may as well just throw it as hard as you can on most holes and not worry about anything other than finding your disc. You'll need the distance too - you'll be using your driver quite a bit.
Given the above issue, we weren't quite as excited - but this is still an awesome course, right? I mean... it looks so cool! So we played on with a positive attitude.
The 6th hole really gave us hope - an uphill dogleg right with an actual obstacle blocking a straight path to the hole. (It's still easy to avoid.) We played it, we enjoyed it more than the others, and we moved on to the 7th hole. Back to the same thing. It was a downhill shot that let you get some great distance, but there was again no real challenge. The 8th was similar.
The 9th hole, if any, is the course's signature hole. There were enough trees in your way off the tee to make you think but not too many to be unfair. After the trees there wasn't really much to contend with but the fairway sloped down and to the right and then back up and slightly to the left. Just a very nice looking hole. Still, if you can dodge the trees (not difficult) you're pretty much golden for the remainder. Three very boring holes followed.
The 13th hole is awesome for one reason - my first hole-in-one!! It's downhill with a very narrow fairway and dozens of small trees on either side nearly the whole way. Anything other than a very straight throw will be punished - a good hole. Even though it requires the most precision, it's still the easiest hole-in-one on the course due to the distance being under 200 feet.
Holes 14-16 require some accuracy but their obstacles are still easily avoided. Hole 17 and 18 were long and boring.
A good course should require you to avoid obstacles to throw a good disc - this course only did that a couple of times. The one plus side of a course with basically no obstacles is that they're good for a beginner, right? Not this course - a novice will be looking for their disc over and over again all day and will feel the course is much too long.
The reason this review has been lengthy is that it's hard to get over the way how this course looks at first glance. My friends agree with me, once you get over that, there just isn't much there.
If you want to go for a nice walk in a pretty area, this may be a reason to play here. Another reason may be if you want to use your driver a lot - just keep your eye on exactly where your disc lands! If you want to play a round of disc golf that forces you to play reasonably well to be rewarded, which what disc golf is all about, you need to go somewhere else.
A rating of 2.0 is 'average.' To me, an average course needs to present more than just a few risk/reward type of shots. This course doesn't. If this rating scale was 1-5, a 1.5 would be pretty much near abysmal. Since it's 0-5, I feel a 1.5 is appropriate - just under average. If it didn't look so nice I'd almost have to consider going lower. This review in no way factored in the $4/person cost.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Hidden and rarely used
Pros: Long holes. Open fields to tight shots through trees. Massive up and down hill shots. Rarely used course. Never rushed by other groups. On occasion you can find other peoples lost discs in high grass or woods.
Cons: High grass makes bad throws even worse. Prickly weeds in tall grass, ugly dandilions, and thorn bushes in woods. Poison Ivy, itch weed, can make you day worse. Mosquitoes can drive you nuts anytime of day here.
Other Thoughts: Challenging distances and directions of holes can make for fun for experienced levels. Yet tall weeds and thorny bushes can delay the game when you misplace a drive.
People please pick up your garbage on course. Lots of litter out there. Aluminum cans are worth 3 cents a piece, I made $2 picking up cans as I played the other day.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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