Good Course Gone Bad
Pros: ~ 18 hole layout
~ Nice mix of long, short, open, and technical holes
~ Scenic Course
~ Tee Signage and Mach II Baskets
Cons: ~ Natural tees; front and sides framed with RR ties
~ Poor layout
~ Gimmicky lines
~ Unforgiving schule
~ No restrooms, benched, trash cans or course map
Other Thoughts: The course starts off nice with 3 good holes, but then goes downhill. The prairie area the course goes through is just ridiculous, I searched on a lot of holes, never losing a disc, however I got absolutely tore up from them. On a plus side these holes do teach you to play smart golf, but with the distances they have you should be rewarded with a wider green/fairway if you can throw that far.
With some loving this course could be really nice, but it currently has a very poor design. Some of the tees are on top of the pins. There are also a number of holes that are complete boomerangs, ranging from 200 to 300 ft, with 10 feet tall prairies on both sides of the fairway. I had to pitch out off the tee on all 3 to card a 3, you should never have to pitch out off the tee, especially on holes of this length. If you don't pitch out you are throwing up a blind prayer that you are hoping you can find. The wooded holes and greens are also lacking in the maintenance department. One of them throwing through a ropes course and a few others have about 10ft wide greens. The course is worth a visit once a lot of work can be done, but for now the design and layout makes for a rather unenjoyable round.
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A Must Play in NE Iowa
Pros: Definitely a must play if you are in the northeast Iowa area, the nicest course around. A full 18 hole course with a variety of terrain ranging from 500+ ft open prairie drives to tight doglegs to tiny fairways going through very wooded areas. Mostly flat with a few hilly shots right at the beginning. Signage is accurate. Plays through a prairie and through a wooded ropes course. Par is challenging, only par 3s and par 4s. Good baskets.
Cons: The course seemed as if it hasn't been used for a bit, the grass was very thick. The prairie area that borders the long holes is easy to loose a disc in. The tees are grass and are sometimes right next to the last hole's basket. At some spots the baskets are bunched together and it can be unclear where to be throwing or the basket you should be throwing at is actually hidden in the woods and you can end up throwing at the wrong one, but once you play the course again it should be clear. One basket had a tree fallen in front of it.
We made a trip to play this course on 9/26/09 and hole 2 is not there. They have replaced it with a tennis court. They destroyed a great course and it doesn't seem as if they are fixing it anytime soon.
Other Thoughts: If its your first time playing here, make sure you are tossing at the right basket, spend time to check so you don't end up throwing at the wrong basket, which is very easy at times. Hole 5(I think) and hole 18 are both 500+ ft par 4s open drives, very fun to play.
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