5 Helpful / 0 Not
Some fun holes and some boring ones
Pros: The course plays through a small park without too much interference with other park uses. There is some nice elevation in the wooded part of the park, and a couple holes in the beginning of the course that are a little more open and have some fun up and downhill shots (and a fun slide to get down to your disc on the first hole). About half of the course plays in more wooded areas with tight fairways and thick rough to punish errant shots. These holes have a couple nice right and left turning holes to make it a little more balanced.
There are good baskets that catch well and seem to be fairly new. There are basic hole signs that have some information on them and at least make it a little easier to find the tees.
Cons: The open part of the course is pretty boring, especially up on the flat area near the road. More holes in the woods and using the elevation would have made the course a lot more interesting. A couple of the holes in the woods need some branches trimmed to have good lines to the hole and take out some of the luck factor.
The tees are terrible, most are gravel and have spread and rutted out pretty badly. A couple are on slopes, making for even worse footing. Some have some wood that looks like it was intended to frame in the gravel, but now it's just in the way. The signs aren't in good shape, and don't tell you much information any more. There are some pretty long walks that are completely unmarked here, it's easy to skip a hole or get lost in the wooded section of the course with several trails that don't actually go anywhere disc golf related running through the course. There is a nice little stream, but it never comes into play.
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty mediocre course, ok for a round if you're in the area but not worth any extra driving to play. There are some interesting holes, but the wooded ones don't have enough length to really present much challenge, and the flat open holes really take away from the fun factor here. Beginners might find some of the rough a little thick, and could be frustrated by the navigation issues. More experienced players will only find a couple holes with any kind of real test.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pea Gravel boxes!
Pros: The land of the park (a large bowl like depression with a very nice creek running through) is very scenic and beautiful. Lots of potential here and unique features. However the general lack of use of these features falls flat. There is one hole that plays uphill from a creek which is almost picturesque but could still be better. The slide on number 1 is great for sliding down in the winter (you can ROCKET down it!). You get to rip a decent downhill throw on #1.
Cons: PEA GRAVEL TEE BOXES, FULLY FRAMED BY LUMBER! Okay, you slip and slide on the deep pea gravel as it teeing off in deep sand. You cannot stand on any edge of the tee pad, or approach from outside the pad because they are fully boxed in with lumber. You will be smashing your foot or knee on the front lumber board. These tees are probably the worst I have ever expereinced on any course. I hate them even more that concrete pads with highly eroded front edges that you fall off. Greens are tight and cramped but not necessarily risky in the woods. Most holes are far too short even when they utilize neat terrain, and could use redesign to introduce true skill required and risk versus reward opportunity. Holes that add length generally do not require any other specific skill or shot selection. This course could use a drastic redesign imo, and be nearly a 4 or 4.5. THE TEE PADS ARE BAD!!!!!!!!
Other Thoughts: Given what could be in this park (as a designer I think 18 are easily acheivable too), and how many more of the unique land and terrain features could be used, AND the HORRIFIC tee pads, this one is less than passable (Picnic Hill, Heritage Trails, and Indian Creek all rate better than Algoma). Another factor is that when you are in Algoma, you are SO CLOSE to one of the finest disc golf courses in WI - 27 holes at Winter Park in Kewaunee. Algoma is nothing more than a speed round (with dangerous tee footing) and a check off your list of completed courses.
UPDATE: relative to my other rankings, Algoma is better than the other 1-disc courses. The land itself is so unique that it is worth a try (especially the "back 6"). But those tee boxes are HORRID and they haven't changed. So, it is Passable considering Winter Park is so nearby.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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