7 Helpful / 0 Not
Not Much "Wow" Factor, But a Good Overall Course
Pros: 1. Good use of terrain. While mostly flat, the designer(s) tried to use as many of the trees and bushes as possible. The wooded holes are definitely technical/finesse ones, and even the really open holes utilize tree lines to make you think twice about bombing a big hyzer.
2. Clean and quiet. A huge difference from Baird Creek in East Green Bay. It's good to play a secluded course where most of the patrons seem to be environmentally conscious and just a decent crowd. I didn't see much litter (there's always SOME), but then again I didn't see a lot of trash cans, so people are mindful of the pack-in/pack-out tradition.
3. Dual tees on most holes. The long tees don't necessarily change the feel of the holes (most of them are just straight back from the shorts, essentially giving you the same hole + 50-80 feet), but it's always a nice option to have some longer tees.
4. Maintenance. I probably would have rated this course an entire disc less if I was basing my rating on the first few times I was out here. The rough at those times was absolutely terrible (we're talking neck-high in a lot of spots), and the wooded holes needed a LOT of work. Fortunately, that work has been put in, and it shows.
5. Nice color tee signs with distances and hole maps. Some of the shorter blind holes in the woods may still require you to scout ahead a bit for a solid visual of the basket, but there's only one pin placement per hole, and the signs accurately reflect whether you're going straight, left, or right.
Cons: 1. Not as balanced as far as shot types required. Most of the shorter holes cater to RHFH/LHBH types.
2. Tee pads. I don't mind dirt, and for the most part they are pretty even, but the tees are marked with red and blue 4x4s that carry a real risk of tripping you up on your follow-through (a few stick up an inch or more!). I shouldn't have to worry about injuring myself on a tee...going exploring for my botched shot in some rugged terrain containing thorns, poison ivy, and holes in the ground maybe, but not on the tee.
3. Tee signs need updating. The one that comes to mind is #6, listed as 310/410, with a basket about 280' in front of you...#7 also is listed as 195/295, yet plays much longer, so maybe these holes have been swapped? Memory fails me here...
4. Pretty bland overall. The only hole out here that's truly unique out here is #11, perched on the left side of a 12-foot-high dirt mound, where most people's second shot will need to be placed accurately or will miss the mound completely or roll away. Everything else is pretty lackluster.
Other Thoughts: Despite my cons making it sound like this course isn't worth it, it's a welcome change from the other GB-area courses. It seems like more work goes into Pinecrest every time I'm out here, so I'm looking forward to seeing more improvements and maybe the addition of some unique landscaping to give the course a much-needed wow factor. My biggest issue is with the tees (I can deal with lefty hole after lefty hole after lefty hole so long as I'm not hitting my ankle on a giant piece of lumber). A manmade water hazard on one of the long bomber holes would be an IMMENSE improvement (there is a "creek," if it qualifies as such, near 16 and 17, but when you smell it you'll realize why the designers opted out of putting this nasty water in play). A solid course overall, and I haven't encountered the crowds of douchebags you'll run into repeatedly at Baird Creek.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lots of nice updates going into this course. The woods are in the middle of a major cleanup, all the tees are smoothed out with paint on the 4x4 boards, and the pins are all surrounded by new mulch. Some "next hole" signs are in place. Best of all, there are finally some real bridges up over the creek!
The past several seasons have seen the fairways kept up much better than when it first opened, but even the rough has seen regular trimming lately, which is good for finding errant discs.
Cons: Even with the cleanup in the woods, there's still the problem of low ground, especially around hole 13 and the path to 17 (both near the creek)...maybe that's in the works though.
Tees are nicely packed, but concrete or at least packed gravel would really help, especially in the spring.
Not really the course's fault - I think there's enough barrels, but LOT's of garbage (wrappers, cups,bottles) especially by the tees.
Other Thoughts: More often that not, I'd skip 13-16...that's finally changing. Much thanks to the crew doing the upgrades!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
just a walk in the park
Pros: Several long open holes.great for power drives .Some fairways are well defined by the edge of the woods.. great mix of holes. no major climbs and hills
Cons: yes the rough can get very high and the back woods can be a bit tight.
Other Thoughts: this park is a great adventure and a wonderful alternative to triangle park.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice mix of long, medium and short holes. A few challenging but fair wooded holes in the back 9. The course is mostly flat but there are some minor elevation changes on some of holes and one pin is on a good size mound to help keep things interesting.
A lot of the course is wide open but the surrounding wooded area and tree lines are used strategically on some of the open holes to punish shots that lack control.
There are long and short tees on nearly every hole making the course more appealing to players of varying skill levels. The tees are marked by painted wooden markers in the ground.
Navigating the course is very easy. I believe the only long walk is from 16 to 17.
Cons: More than half the course is wide open. Only the fairways are mowed so the grass and weeds continue to grow all year and can get waist high late in the year making it very difficult to find shots that miss the fairway.
The dirt tees are starting to erode slightly making the ground uneven. The distance on a few of the tee signs is way off.
Finding the long pads on some holes is a bit difficult.
There isn't a lot of shot variety here, most all the holes are straight or hyzer shots. A couple of the wooded holes force a turnover shot.
Like many other courses, this one plays in some low lying areas that can accumulate water if it's rained recently.
Other Thoughts: The fairways are sufficiently wide for a more seasoned player and I enjoyed the challenge the rough presented. However, I could not recommend this course to a newer player when the rough is tall, they'd spend more time looking for discs than they would throwing them.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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