3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Picnic Hills is a short but challenging wooded course set on top of a hill. There are two tees to cater to more players. The first hole has a big elevation change and there are a couple smaller elevation changes on a few other holes. With the exception of hole one, the course is completely wooded with defined fairways and on occasion, multiple routes to the basket. Hit your line and you'll score well here. For a 9 hole course, there's a good shot variety here with two holes forcing a turnover shot. The baskets are in great condition and colored blue which looks very nice.
Cons: The is a long walk from hole 1 to 2, from 8 to 9 and from 9 back to the parking lot. Some walks are marked very well but others weren't marked at all when I was here.
It looks like 3 holes have been added between holes 1 and 2. These added holes are nice fillers and help with the long walk from 1 to 2.
The tee areas are dirt. A couple of them were bad enough to make me tee off from behind or next to the tee.
Two holes, 3 and 4 I believe, have too many trees in the fairway for me to consider them fair.
The course is rather short. The longest two holes are 266 and 288 with the rest being under 250 feet.
Other Thoughts: The course is definitely fun and I enjoyed my round here, but the list of cons kept me from enjoying it more. The wooded fairways will be a fun challenging to rec golfers and this is a nice course to get new players into the game, but I wouldn't go out of your way to play here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
D+ = Disheveled Disrepair
Cons: It is a rare occasion that I run across a course that is abandoned and in such disrepair that I cannot look past it (has only happened once before in almost 300 courses played). But I did rate this about half a disc lower because of a missing basket (hole 1) and trees down across 2-3 fairways.
What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 9 hole courses (110 played):
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C
(Since the holes are shaped in such creative (funky) ways there is good punishment for not executing. But, as far a decision making things are pretty straight forward. And, the holes are short enough to where you can recover for par from pretty much any conceivable error.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me (I rate only from the long tees). I'm a Blue level player (950ish skill) who throws 300' accurately, 360' max. == C-
(With only two holes that take more than 75% power with a midrange, it is tough to garner much exhilaration from this course. But, the narrow and bendy fairways do indeed make things interesting on several holes.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B-
(This course is almost completely wooded and the only non-wooded hole (#1) is steeply uphill. There is fun variety in hole design - that is the strength of this course to be sure.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == C+
(For about half the course you are on a hill looking down over houses and a ballfield. I do feel alone and removed from society since I am above it all on that hill, but it is not the refreshing type of seclusion that charges up my batteries. The woods feel a little run down and are less beautiful than they could be if the fallen trees were removed.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == NA (0 bonus points for this)
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
No picnic here! but lots of potential.
Pros: 1) Course is pretty technical which I always consider to be a positive.
2) #1 isn't a great hole but it does use the massive elevation from the entrance to the course by the sign and makes you throw up a very large hill . . . the basket is tucked to the left after clearing the hill and a couple trees so its a tough shot to execute despite being pretty short.
3) Holes #2-9 are all in pretty densely wooded area. They force some different shots because of ceilings on a few holes and also because some of them are straight some go right to left and some left to right. Most of the turns aren't big but enough to force some thought into the throws rather than just how straight you can keep it.
4) Potential of this course to expand and get better is high. it is in a pretty small town but I would like to see an effort to make improvements to it. It is short and only 9 but I think better than Indian Creek. It's a cool park in a nice small town.
5) #5 is a great challenging hole. It is a downhiller right to left with lots of trees. I parked the shot and tanked a short short putt. It is a real challenge to get close to the basket.
6) Elevation was used well on hole #1, 5, 6, 7. There isn;t much more elevation change but the rest of the holes are more gently rolling fairways.
7) Dual tees although not beginner friendly will offer a different approach for more disc golf.
Cons: 1) Course has a confusing layout, some of the directional signs are missing making finding #2 from #1 very difficult . . . I ended up doing the Vita course somehow before I found hole #2.
2) Tees leave a lot to be desired because they are gravel (except #1 its dirt).
3) When I played there was a padlock on the chains on #9 which would certainly affect the catchability of that basket. Either someone vandalized it and though it was funny or one of the people in the olds folks home broke out and hid the evidence on the basket.
4) Course flows ok and is jammed into a pretty tight area in this section of the park. #1 is disjointed from the other 8 holes. It starts out near the road at the base of the hill and you throw up the hill towards the water tower. Then you walk past the water tower down the road and to the left road to the second hole and the other 8 holes are in this same section of he wooded area.
5) Distance on holes is way to similar. You will be throwing different discs because of the intended lines but the distances are all about the same and all relatively short.
6) Tees on #7 need special attention in the negatives. They are on a giant uphill and are not retained with anything. It is obvious they have washed out a handful of times by the gravel at the bottom of the hill towards #16 fairway. I would rather see washed out dirt here than gravel that you can't get a good footing on.
7) Not beginner friendly because of how tight the fairways are with all those small trees. Beginners would get frustrated for sure!
8) Course sign at the entrance lead me to believe the course might be gone. It had old old postngs and is so sun bleached out it looks abandoned.
9) Not much difference between the two tees in angle or difficulty. The difficulty of this course is in how dense the woods are.
Other Thoughts: I think this course is just a little outdated and could use some revamping. I like the wooded area the holes are set in and I also like the vita course track I ended up on (and it was overgrown so it obviously isnt maintained. I could see a handful more holes over there with just a little mowing and some more baskets. I am not sure if they could make some holes using hte hill going back down towards the ball fields but if they could this could be a great course!!! If the townspeople are reading this invite me up and I will give a free consultation on how to add some holes to this course I think I have some good ideas and trust me I spent a lot of time in this section of the park trying to find the second hole. I probably walked a half mile before realizing I wasn;t near where I needed to be! The holes that are there now are simply in need of some selective pruning and some concrete pads would make this course much better. Gravel tees are just horrible in my opinion.
I was a little creeped out by the nursing home or whatever it was to the west of holes 2-9. I could imagine some elderly peope walking into those woods on ocassion so be aware. If its a mental healht facility be even more careful.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
odd but technical
Pros: Wooded holes are tight and technical. They play along a nice wooded ridge with decent little elevation changes playing along or up and down it.
Tees are decently leveled crushed stone.
Most of the greens, being a 100% wooded course, are protected by some trees, but none are on or near risky elevation for fear of bad blow-by or rollaways.
Cons: The course flow is horrible, due mainly to having lost land/holes to sale and being forced out of other areas.
Signs are almost non-existent, making flow even more poor.
Many holes have just been thrown in because this used to be 18 holes with a great mix and variety, but as the land sold and opposition came in they lost holes and had to make due. Unfortunately it was a feable attempt.
There is no water here, no huge downhills, very few risky greens, and not a lot of challenging holes with any distance. It also lacks variety - all wooded.
This one is decent, but defintely passable given other courses in the area such as Winter Park, Silver Creek, or even fox vallley area. Often times you will find many oblivious idiots out there picking flowers or mushrooms right in the middle of your play. These are the "Friends of Picnic Hill" association. You can thank them for what has become of what used to be a pretty nice course.
That being said, the traffic at this course is pretty high. It's not secluded and you can't really lose yourself in a round with all the apartments and city noise just feet away.
Other Thoughts: Skip it and play some others in the area. This one has some nice short technical wooded holes, but not enough to draw more than a quick speed round. Go a bit north and play one of WI's best offerings, Winter Park, with all kinds of variety and incredible terrain, challenge, and beauty.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: If you ever feel the need to work on your wood shots.... This is the place to be. Instead of having all four basic disc golf food groups (wood/water/field/trick) this course designer decided to focus on the ever fun wood shot. I played this tournement in '07 (my only one ever played) and my first time playing through used the pro starts and got like a 5 over, then I used the amatuer starts for another circuit and got a 9 under, my Raven served me very well that day. I couldn't enter in my second score (which would have gotten me first place of course). It was a fun little course and I recommend to anyone just sort of driving though and wants a quick walk in the woods.
Cons: Very well made for a specialty course
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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