Northwood, IA 
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Course Sign Beside Hole #1 Tee



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2-4    1/14/2011   1/14/2011
Review By: Martin Dewgarita
Played: 1148  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 4.8 Years
This review was updated on 10/17/2011
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Pros: Amenities. Located in a park with playground, horseshoe pits, picnic shelter, a Pool/Waterslide is on the grounds, bathrooms and baseball fields, and a large parking area.

Baskets. All 18 holes had Chainstar baskets, all of them were in good shape, no alternate pin positions, though many local tournaments utilize several safari holes.

Signage. Marked with a plastic 4x4 post with a map of the hole, distance, next tee, and hole #.

Technical Variety. The course starts out (1-4) with relatively open holes with well placed mature trees, requiring relatively easy lines. Then the course dives into the woods (5-12) for several short (150'-250') tightly wooded technical holes that require accuracy and some simple line shaping. Then it finishes off with a few more relatively open holes (13-18).

Cons: Only one set of tees, natural tees are rough in several spots, this course could benefit from something more stable.

Navigation. Relatively intuitive, but easy to get turned around, even after playing it a couple of times. After hole 4, walk past the baseball fields upstream to the bridge, hole 5 tee is behind hole 14 tee in the woods across the river. Hole 7 is back out into the open area, but remember the tee immediately to the right of 6 basket as that's 8 tee. After hole 14, cross the bridge.

Short. Holes top out at maybe 350' (just a guess), there could be room for some longer holes.

Use of water. The course plays along the beautiful Shellrock River, but it never really comes into play (A shanked shot on hole 1 would be about the only concern), I would have liked to see some holes play across or nearer to the river as an added challenge.

Many of the holes are brand new and could use a bit of brushing to clear stumps and undergrowth.
Other Thoughts: A beautiful, fun, short, challenging course, definitely worth a play if you're in the area.

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