When in Marshfield (Rome)
Pros: + Easy to find and located in a very well taken care of park.
+ Multiple teepads to provide variety and change in difficulty for each skill level. Teepads are concrete, although a little short.
+ A course map is displayed near hole #1 for navigation. Very nice!
+ Baskets appeared to be in good condition.
+ This course has everything you need in a disc golf course, for recreational and beginner players.
+ Extremely well maintained for no cost to the players!
+ Hole signage is sufficient and uniquely cut into wood.
+ The people I met at the course were very friendly and helpful; I was even invited to join a Tuesday night league.
Cons: - Lack of creative hole design reduces playability and increases boredom.
- No elevation or water.
- No real variation in shot selection. See basket, throw straight at basket.
Other Thoughts: I'm stuck at Fort McCoy for a little while and have been traveling to courses within a 2 hour drive. It took an hour to get here, but it isn't worth an hour drive. If you live or go to the Marshfield area often, then yes, you should stop in an play this course.
I started getting bored with the course by hole 4. There aren't many holes that require much more than a straight throw. I enjoy playing disc golf, so don't get me wrong, it satisfied that need. The course, however, did not leave me wanting to return for a second go.
If I were to choose a signature hole, it would have to be #12. It's a 345' dogleg left (Pro Teepad). The pin is tucked around and by tall trees and thick shrubbery, preventing any direct routes. The fairway is sprinkled with trees, but provides a 30' gap to throw your teeshot through. A very narrow (almost insignificant creekbed) runs through the fairway in the dogleg landing area. The approach/putt back toward the pin is then guarded by a thin row of trees, with openings to the left and the right. This hole requires accuracy and well placed throws. Good luck!
very fun, but usually busy course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 20 hole course in a very nice, multi use park. However the disc golf is completely seperated from the rest of the park activities, which is always nice. Two sets of concrete tees on all holes except 4B and 16B. The tee pads are still in very solid condition and are plenty big enough. Tee signs at all holes with hole #, basic hole layout, par and distance. Pro tees just have hole # and distance. The pro tees offer a good change in shot shaping on most holes. Hole 4 pro tee is the best in that its a downhill (slightly), wide open shot at the pin over a good sized, wide section of creek. Homemade baskets but they catch very well and definately get the job done. Trash buckets on most holes. Brand new, great restrooms right before hole 1. Nice big sign next to hole 1 with tons of useful course info on it. Very big parking lot, which is great since it gets very busy. Park is always well mowed and maintained. Navigation is a non factor here, the flow is super easy to figure out. Water hazards on a couple holes, which can be punishing too. They are still adding to the course as well. they removed a lot of brush and trees over the winter and added an alt pin placement on 16 last year i believe. Not too far from Marshfield (about 15 minutes) which has 2 solid courses. Almost impossible to lose a disc except in the water hazards. Pretty decent mix left, right and straight shots, though left turning shots outnumber the others. The bugs never are too bad or even bad at all here, which is surprising with the creek and river so close. It's free, with camping on site too. If camping here i'd imagine playing a glow round would be a blast. Practice basket with a putt 360 game right next to the parking lot too, always a nice touch.
Cons: This course tends to be very busy. Especially in the middle hours of the day. Closer to evening it usually thins out pretty nicely. I'd imagine early morning would be the same. Garbages tend to be pretty full due to the amount of traffic on this course. Not really any elevation changes on this course. You need to be cautious of the roads going through the park as its possible to smoke a car with an errant shot. Its only open from May 1st to October 31st. However i've gone when its closed. You just need to park on the road on the south side of the park and either walk to hole 1 or just start at either hole 12 or 15 and play the whole course that way. Hole 4B's tee pad is concrete but is about 4'x4',so any kind of run up is impossible. A run up on this hole isn't really required anyway so its not really a big deal at all. For expierienced players (or even me) the pars listed are way too high, so i play all threes here and still do well. Alternate pin placements would definately bump the rating up a half, possibly a whole as it would drastically alter the shot shaping. Hole 17's basket got mangled when they were removing trees last winter. they bent it back as best they could but its still a little funky looking.
Other Thoughts: Very fun course overall, not especially hard but still a real good time. Out of all the courses in the area this is the easiest besides wildwood park in Marshfield which is probably why its always packed. I'd recommend a round or two here if you're in the area. This course is so much better than south park of wood county in basically every way. Out of the two i'd play north park ten out of ten times. If you think this place is busy don't bother playing south park. It's 12 holes and you have to skip a few when its warm out due to people everywhere. plus its filthy....and super crowded and apparently nobody lets you play through even if they have a group of 15 (not joking).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
I've got wood . . . county on my list!
Pros: 1) Nice park with many large mature trees to get in your way and force you to shape your shots.
2) Dual concrete tees are always a bonus on a course.
3) Small 4x4 wood posts with small signs indicating Hole #, Par, and distance, with a basic diagram of the hole shape.
4) Next tee arrow on the baskets to help you with navigation.
5) Large course sign at the first tee and a large designated parking area for disc golf.
6) Perfect Putt 360 is available as the practice basket near the first tee.
7) New bathrooms looked like they were not finished quite yet but would be a nice addition to this section of the park.
8) Alternate pins looked like they were available in a few areas, but I couldn't say for certain how many there were.
9) Excellent terrain for disc golf with slight rolling hills.
10) Awesome variety in shot shaping on this course making you work your disc both directions.
11) Awesome variety in the density of the foliage and also type of trees around.
12) Garbage cans (5 gallon pails) are available on most if not all tees. It helps to keep the garbage as long as people actually empty them.
Cons: 1) Pro tees on #4 and #13 are tough to find but they are there.
2) Brutal nobs on these homemade baskets . . . often times catching (and rejecting) a disc that would not normally be caught and kicked out. The nobs stick up about 1 inch and there is absolutely no need to have them there.
3) Sandy soil and spotty turf on this course leads to goofy footing from time to time and also the sand gets on the teepads making them slick and dangerous.
4) Lack of ground-cover is leading to erosion in spots.
Other Thoughts: This course was a lot of fun, it has nice variety, nice trees and scenery, nice shot selection needed, and is just a lot of fun to play. Wood county has their stuff together between here and South Park of Wood County (AKA WIllow Run).
I consider this on the high end of the 3.50 disc rating, but I couldn't give it the same rating as South Park.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Just fun Discin'
Pros: Uncrowded course, play at your own pace. Friendly to beginners.
Other Thoughts: I do not have designs of being an ultimate Discer, I go to enjoy myself with friends! With the inexpensive campsites in this park you can go for a weekend and play the course a few times. If you're lookin' for a weekend of peace and quiet with friends that includes discin' this is the place to go!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
best of the Tiffany's
Pros: Beautiful "piece of Americana" stone bridge on hole #12.
In more than 20 years of coming here; I have never found the course crowded. Don't know that I've ever seen more than five disc related cars in the lot.
I give North Park very high marks for seclusion.
Blue Heron micro brewery in town. (Closed on Sundays).
Dual tees all holes (I believe the long tees add another layer of toughness...though they are all nearly straight back from shorts. Lots of tight fairway shooting at North Wood course in general; and another 50+ foot from long tees; with an extra set of goal post trees to negotiate, indicates to me an added toughness level).
Tees are long roughed concrete. Longs marked by a short wooden post; shorts by a taller version.
Info routed into flat top of post. Basic, but effective.
Two extra holes (4b and 16b) have only one tee. 4b has creek behind pin; should you overshoot. Steep 15+ foot fall off to Yellow River.
River must be shot across on #16. Only @250 to clear, unless river is high. Water level sometimes gets near basket. Hole is still playable; just adds another 30 ft. to distance to clear.
Character of this course is a style that I find quite challenging. It's just a tad short, by modern standards...but coming in at 6,490 ft. (i.e. slightly over 6,000 for 18), is pretty strong. 2/3rds of the shots, require fairly tight lanes through trees.
Short tees still require tight style lanes; but make course much more "high scoring needed."
There are some fairly open holes as well....
Road can come into play on a few holes; we have always played this o.b. I would suggest you do the same.
There is a swimming area...an outlet of the Yellow River...that often has families swimming. It is removed from the disc course completely, but is available for other family members. (Unfortunately, at this time, end of August 2010, the swimming area is completely covered in algae and I don't think too many will want to be swimming in it!) Usually quite nice though.
Fair balance of shots.
Ring of trees surrounding a few pins; forcing straddle, or other inventive putts.
Lots of camp sites just across the river from the course. Very nice added feature.
Cons: Course is flat. (I will add that I find it to be the height of design skill, to make a fun, and challenging course with only this available.) So, it lacks a bit in the wonderful terrain department.
Home made baskets. These catch quite well; but, are a hair weak compared to main factory models.
Other Thoughts: This course was erected in 1993. Mr. Dave Tiffany created what I consider his best course in the Marshfield area. (I enjoy North Wood as much as the designs in the Stevens Point area; i.e. Standing Rocks and Yulga; both of which I like a great deal.) (Mr. Tiffany is also responsible for, at least; Wildwood Park, and Braem Park). Originally, the short tees were primarily as they are now. He has updated with the longer tee set; the extra two holes, and some pins moving deeper in recent years. #16 was the newest deep pin I saw this trip.
This course is not knock your socks off amazing, and is awfully flat. It is a good old school design though. I have come here, usually more than once yearly, for 20+ years, and at all times of year. I have enjoyed myself each and every time. (If you come in the winter; the park gate out front is closed, go down Richfield Road and you can park on the road, near hole #15, and walk in.)
North Park is not quite in the same class; but similar to Sinnissippi Park, Sterling, IL, or Rogers Lakewood in Valparaiso IN (except that Rogers has turrible schule that is not found here). Design for O'Hauser Park, Menasha, WI is also similar style. All of these are some of my favorite "old school" courses. This is probably the only one of the bunch that only gets a three rating. It's not as tough as O'Hauser (especially the upcoming 2011 design) and the homemade baskets and pure flatness, put it behind the other members of this group a little.
Regarding other courses in the area: Braem is a shorter and more wooded course. Wildwood is a course originally designed for lids; but not as easy as you would think. Both, worth one visit, Braem may bring you back again, if you like the wooded style....
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun park course
Pros: The course plays through a large flat park that seemed to be mostly disc golf exclusive. The majority of the holes play through scattered trees, with defined fairways. A few holes are a little thicker, with some brushy rough, and a few holes play a little more open with only a few trees to avoid. A small creek comes into play on a couple holes for a little bit of a water hazard without any risk of losing your disc.
The fairways are pretty well defined, and force some different shots throughout the course. It felt like an ok mix of left and right turning holes, and I found myself using a few different types of shots. There are definitely some ace runs here, and one hole that is longer and lets you pull a good drive.
There are two tees on many of the holes, both with good concrete tees. The short tees have signage with hole number and distance, and the long tees have small numbered posts. The baskets are in decent shape and caught pretty well. The fairways were mowed, and there was no trash or vandalism when I played.
Cons: The idea of multiple tees is great, but unfortunately not all that well executed in this case. Nearly all of the long tees are straight back from the short tees, rarely changing the type of shot, and not adding enough distance to make a really big difference. Even from the long tees, most of this course is reachable with a putter or occasionally a midrange, with only two long tees that had me reaching for anything longer than a roc.
There is no elevation in the park, and with lots of similar distances the course starts to feel very similar after a few holes. There just isn't enough distance or variety to make the course all that interesting or difficult. The signage is old and rather worn, with several holes being pretty unreadable. Luckily the course has decent flow so the signage isn't as important, or this would be an even bigger issue.
Other Thoughts: This is a decent little course, and worth a stop for a quick round if you're passing by but not worth driving too far out of your way for. If you do stop here, pick one set of tees, or just pick the one that looks more fun on each hole, they're not different enough to warrant playing both. Beginners will find this course quite accessible, with little chance of losing discs and lots of holes that are a good length for newer players. More experienced players will get some good putter practice through the trees, but there's just not enough difficulty or variety here to make it a must play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A NIce Time in a Pretty Place
Pros: This course was easy to navigate; there is a large map of the course at the start, and tee-signs and "next tee" arrows on most of the baskets. You can see discernible fairways for most of the holes. Eighteen holes, plus two "bonus" holes at 4 and 16.
Well maintained baskets and concrete tees (two for most holes), and alternate pin placement on select holes. Waste baskets are present at most tees, and the course was overall very clean.
Good design, with a mix of left- and right- turning holes, and open and wooded fairways. Well thought-out design, with minimal changes to the environment. Not too crowded, and minimal cross-use by other park users (Tenacious' review noted grills and picnic tables on the fairway in some places, this was not the case when I played today. I could see this being a problem if the park was heavily visited one day - the course is not isolated from other public use).
Many of the wooded holes have several tight but defined lines, and this offers a nice balance to the wide open fairways mentioned in the "cons" below.
A beautiful park, with lots of opportunities to see wildlife. Fun factor is high - I had a really good time here.
Cons: Another course where disc golf is "fit in" to an already existing park, and with minimal permission to change the environment. I know this is reality and don't have a problem with it - the more courses the better - but this course lacks the "feel" of a designed and realized course independent of other activity.
Tee-signs were present and accurate for direction, but will need to be replaced soon as they are clearly very old (see the photos page). Distances listed are not necessarily accurate - but this could be me, I didn't bring my tape measure.
Holes are generally short to medium length, no long holes on the course. Several of the fairways are wide open, though the baskets on these holes are cleverly protected, often requiring a third shot.
Other Thoughts: I have a great time at this course - it's a ways from me so I've only played it twice - it's got a good recreational feel, and its in a beautiful, secluded park forested largely by pine.
To me, the highlight of the course is hole 4, with offers the only real elevation change on the course. You are throwing down a mild incline about 250' in a forest of pine, which protects the basket from a straight shot. You can choose a left path over green grass running along a creek, or try a right path tight through the trees. Either way standing on the tee you want to forget you're playing golf for a minute and just enjoy the scene.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
One of My Favorite Courses
Pros: Beautiful park, great setting, quiet. This is a very peaceful place to play and there's lots of space. Rude or inconsiderate players are usually not a problem although you do run across some once in a while.
Cons: Can be very wet in the spring and after rain. Some baskets may be hard to see.
Other Thoughts: North Wood County is a fantastic place to play out in the middle of the country and is definately worth the drive. Mostly everything is marked very clearly and the course is pleasant to get around on.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth the trip
Pros: A wide variety of shots are required; two sets of tees; difficulty gap between pro tees and regular tees is significant; concrete tee pads; course is generally easy to follow; poor shots are punished but your disc will generally be easy to find; nice area; some creative hole designs; risk/reward scenarios are found on most holes; nice tee posts list hole number, distance, and contain a basic map; first tee is easy to find since the parking lot is clearly marked
Cons: There are a couple holes that are bordering on being completely obstacle-free (mainly from the regular tees, however); baskets don't have any color highlighting and can be hard to see; you may occasionally have trouble deciding which basket you need to shoot for; some pro tees are hard to find; some pro-tee shots cross other fairways; small streams may be hard to spot; park visitors may get in your way (we noticed picnic tables and grills in some fairways); no elevation
Other Thoughts: We had a great time at North Park. We started by playing a round from the regular/short tees and enjoyed ourselves. This course won't give you that feeling of 'haven't I played this hole before?' because it provides a wide variety of challenges. The regular tees will provide plenty of fun, but this course is really meant to be played from the pro tees.
Some of the holes from the pro tees are excellent - there isn't much additional distance, but this set of tees was really well thought out. Most shots from the pro tees will require decision making. The ability to execute a nice S-curve with your driver, both forehand and backhand, is a must on some holes to even start thinking about a birdie. Distance control is also regularly demanded.
This course is better than 'good - 3.0' because it goes the extra mile with maintenance, a thoughtful course design, and variety. I don't know who designed the course, but it was a disc golfer that knows the game and realizes how to create large but fair challenges.
This course isn't quite 'excellent - 4.0' because there are some (although just a couple from the pro tees) holes that don't require much skill, there aren't any holes that require real power to hit par (over 500'), it's a bit short on space for its size, and while I'm sure the designer wanted it to be used exclusively for disc golf, it seems that the public may get in your way during nice weekend days
This course is one we'll remember from the road trip to Central Wisconsin. North Park is a very good course - 3.5.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: 18 holes with 2 extra holes. Nicely groomed course. Good mix of open and wooded holes. Good pro tee locations. Located on campground.
Cons: Not a lot of elevation changes.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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