First experience with Disc Golf
Pros: - 15 steps outside my dorm ;-)
- Uses the natural elevation and surrounding trees to provide a challenge on a small course
- Well marked tees make it clear where you are throwing.
- Bathrooms, water fountains, vending machines in Linc/Wash building right behind course
Cons: - Can be crowded with people walking through, laying out reading, etc.
- A/C Unit enclosure in play on hole 9 has eaten many a disc. If you lose the disc, you have to wait for maintenance to come out on to get it.
- Parking lot in play on hole 8, bad shots could hit cars
Other Thoughts: This course was my very first introduction to the sport of disc golf! Unfortunately, the course went in right before I graduated, but for a few months, it was very nice to step out of my door right onto the course. Well designed, the course plays a natural "valley" on campus and winds through existing trees to make for a challenging short course. When I was on campus, discs were available for rent at the Linc/Wash information desk with a student ID, making it a great course to bring someone new with to introduce the game. Recommended for anyone that finds themselves in Macomb with a few hours free.
Pros: Convenient location in the heart of campus. Enough trees and hills to provide a challenging course. Plenty of parking if you have a Q-lot sticker or are from out of town and don't plan on registering your license (in other words they can't issue city tickets so you don't have to pay WIU if you get one). Holes transition smooth and tee maps make navigation easy. Hole 9 meets back with hole 1, so you can begin your circuit anywhere. Lounge, restrooms, and vending close by in Lincoln Washington buildings (1st hole).
Cons: Only 9 holes and can be busy at certain times of day. Tees are made of cobblestone which are slippery when wet even from dew. There is a giant cooling unit to the right of the pin on 9th hole where many have lost discs. Parking lot imposes slightly on 8th hole. Watch for students who shortcut across course, you could hit them or they could steal your disc and dash or both. Only selective parking available.
Other Thoughts: Course is short enough to get two rounds in just over 30 minutes! (between class recreation)
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