3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete tee's in good condition, most will allow for a good run up on the long holes.
-Great use of the elevation in the park.
-There are a few fun shots for all skill levels.
-Garbage cans all over and very little garbage on course.
-Use's all areas of a beautiful park, lots of heathly grass stands of trees to play around
-park is well maintained and offers a variety of activities.
Cons: -Some holes are alil bland, wide open rips with just the wind to contend with.
-Navigation can be alittle tricky at a few holes on the first run thru, but most are easy to find.
-what signs remain are basic and don't provide much info you cant already see.
-Pond and crowds can be an issue.
-Course closes often for other activities
Other Thoughts: Not a bad course, just nothing here to really "wow" you into wanting to play more and more. I enjoyed the long opening holes, but for the most part you dont have to think, just grip and rip. After a few of these types of holes you move into the forest for 2 very nice technical shots, but then you cross back into the "no thought throws". This course could really use some new signs and alil love from the locals to make it shine. With all the other courses in the Milwaukee area its hard to recommend to a traveler but if your in the area, and the course isnt closed, stop in for a round and enjoy!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Long holes
Every hole is different
Takes up most of the park
Easy to find
Cons: Easy to loose disc on the first hole into the pond
Crowded, so sometimes long waits
Other Thoughts: Its a nice park, its usually windy, and its a park to have a good couple hours to play
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great elevation
-Concrete tee pads
-Garbage cans at all holes
-Baskets catch well
-Mix of wooded shots and open bomber shots
Cons: -Tee signs are missing on almost all of the holes
-Pretty much all shots are straight ahead
-Most holes don't really have the "wow" factor
-The wooded shots are not very challenging because the trees are planted in lines
-The village can close down the course whenever they want during the year.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid Beginner Course
Pros: -elevation changes, several uphill, downhill, and valley shots
-well-maintained (except tee signs, see below), and beautiful park. short grass lends well to rollers on #2, 3, and 4.
-good-sized grippy concrete pads
-good variety in length, from 200' dinkers up to 550' bombs
-great terrain for disc golf
-fun and quick birdie course
Cons: -tee signs are either missing or vandalized on most of the holes
-a little too open, only 5 holes have trees as significant obstacles
-basket placement is very simple (see below)
-mostly straight shots, only 1 forced hyzer (#7), and no forced anhyzer holes
-course is pulled in the winter/fall season, and is closed randomly due to other park district activities
-confusing the first time out. I remember not being able to find #3 or #4 quickly.
Other Thoughts: I played this course extensively a few years ago, and I really enjoy it still. It's a fun course, though not the most challenging in the area (Brown Deer and Dretzka are better for challenge, by far). One big issue with the course is in it's design. Only a few holes really use the land in the best way. On several holes (#2, #8, #12, #14, #15, #17, #18), the basket is placed in a very flat and easy location, when there are plenty of other spots that could really add some interest to the holes, and make the greens a little more challenging. I think a smart redesign of the course would really elevate this course to be 4-stars at a minimum. For example, #18 is a flat 300' shot with only one big tree just left of the basket. A cleverer design could use the steep downhill just past the tree, to create some interest with the putt looking downhill.
That said, the course is still fun to play, even though it's very much a deuce-or-die course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
"Fun" use of the land
Pros: --GREAT ELEVATION
--Even number of ace runs, tight holes, and big bombers
--Garbage cans on almost all holes
--Great concrete tee pads
--Surrounded by great courses
--Disc golf equipment right across the street at Ace Hardware
--Multiple holes that push you to throw as hard as you can with allowing you to reach them as well
--Great use of the property because so much of the park isn't used for disc golf
--Hole 1's water hazard is the perfect size and distance to provide a serious factor
--The signs that are present are of relatively high quality
--Bubbler (Wisconsin word for water fountain) located by hole 16 is cold and refreshing
--Fairways are always groomed nicely
Cons: --Many of the signs are stolen
--Practice basket is vacant in order to replace hole 8's stolen basket
--Due to other events at this park, the course is closed down many different weekends throughout the summer
-------Some of the events that close the whole course down are only on hole 3 and it is unnecessary
--Course can be quite littered at times despite the vast amount of garbages
--Not enough obstacles on most of the holes (limited to the land they were given)
--Traversing through the course for the first time would be quite confusing on a few of the holes
---------Hole 2 --> 3
---------Hole 3 --> 4
---------Hole 16 --> 17
--Softball practice can interfere on hole 4
Other Thoughts: This is the course that I learned on and have played it hundreds of times. I have a lot of love and respect for this course, but couldn't rate it higher than a 3. It has a good amount of cons to combat its pros.
I think the main reason why this course will stand out and be worth the trip is the large holes with outstanding elevation changes. They may not have many obstacles other than the pond on hole 1, but I love being able to whip my disc down a large hill. This helps feed the addiction factor to this course.
The ace run holes have just enough obstacles and elevation to keep them from being called filler.
Signature holes include: Hole 1, 3, 5, 16, 17
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and challenging
Pros: -Good mix of hole types. Most are pretty open, but the basket is usually guarded by bushes or trees. A few holes in the woods, while short, will test your accuracy. A couple of downhill holes, as well as a few uphill holes.
-Nice sized tee pads. I would like them to be a little wider, but the length in just fine.
-Signage WAS provided (I'll explain later), baskets are numbered on plate. Hole 8 (I believe) actually says Hole 19 though.
-Nice area, sharing the property with a church.
Cons: -Many of the holes play the same. Only a few holes have a 'wow' factor.
-Many signs are missing and/or badly damaged. At least 6 Holes have signs missing.
-Tee Signs are too close to the tee pad on some holes. I found myself being extra careful not to smash my hand into the sign or post.
-Don't fall of the front of the tee pads. A lot of the tees have pretty bad erosion on the front side,making it a wee bit dangerous.
-Course can randomly be closed by the Village.
-Course 'flow' isn't there. There are a few times you can get lost from going to the next tee.
It's not the greatest course around, but I have a fin time playing it. The missing or damaged signs baffle me, the course is right next to a church AND a police station. I would think vandalism would be at a minimum. To avoid driving all the way to the course only to find it closed, check out the website:
Just check the day you are going and go!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Practice but not fancy
Pros: This course has concrete tees on 17 of the holes (one was cleared for a new walking path). Baskets are numbered. Most holes do not have a tee sign, just a metal rod that it looks like a sign should attach to it, but is conspicuously missing. Vandalism, perhaps?
Trashcans at several holes. The only bathroom I could find by hole 1 was locked, so be mindful of that.
This park sports a wiiide variety of lengths. You will go from 350ft to 250, to 600ft holes, and back. However, despite the multiple longer holes on this course, it's surprisingly easy to score well, thanks to benevolent use of terrain. By this I mean that the long holes are mostly fairly level or downhill, so the length doesnt seem as bad. No nasty 500ft uphill tunnel shots. Big Brother this ain't, but it is quite a fun course to play.
This course is relatively open, but keeps it real. Even on the wooded holes, you are usually shooting from open areas into a patch of woods protecting the basket, thus there are generally several ways to attack it off the tee, often a more open curve route with late trouble as well as a more direct tunnel line. (vs Elver Park, where you are stuck playing the tunnel bc theres woods all around you)
At the same time, most of the "wooded" holes are more like Deming park: A cool hillside/valley/hilltop with scattered trees that all come into play. In fact, Hole 14 here is an uphill shot through a tree archway similar to Hole 5 at Deming: both short, yet surprising hard to deuce. This is indicative fo the types of challenges this course will throw at you most often.
There is really alot of cool terrain on this course in general, enough that it keeps the wide open holes fairly interesting as well. I may sound like a broken record as I've written this in seemingly every review lately, I am generally biased towards more heavily wooded courses, and this course has several holes with between 0 and 2 trees on each of them. However, I found that I didnt mind many of the open holes here, because the terrain alone is enough to keep them interesting, like the first few holes on Justin Trails Classic. Hole 2 here is a great example. Wide open, longer uphill (I know what I said, this is the only one) shot. The basket is blind over the hilltop, and every time I was so sure I overshot it on my second drive and rolled it down the backside of the hill. But the basket is tucked in the bottom of a 30 ft wide bowl, like a bunker on the baskside of the hill, so it catches shots and funnels them toward the basket. What a great way to make a long uphill hole a more manageable three. I love it!
On the wide open holes, the basket is always at least somewhat protected, with a few nearby trees behind it to snag errant throws or a bog beyond them. Also, one thing that is unique about this course is that for how wide open it is, there seems to be surprisingly little wind on the open holes. The edges of the large fields containing the more open holes are all lined with solid borders of tall bushy pines, and I believe this does a good job protecting from the wind. Also, the fact that is farther away from the lake, and not on a hilltop probably helps. However, open holes with no wind does make for a much nicer round.
It also makes this a great course to put a new disc through its paces on, as the lines you have to hit are mostly pretty open, and gives you a good chance to fine-tune technique during the round without suffering massive stroke penalties. You will get a variety of technical challenges, but nothing too tricky. Its great practice.
Overall its a surprisingly fun experience. I came to this park with fairly low expectations, and i was pleasantly surprised. It even starts off with a cool water hole, something the other milwaukee courses I've played to date all lack.
Cons: Navigation: The flow of the course is good in that the holes are all not too far from each other, and 18 ends by the parking lot and tee 1 for a nice loop.
However, finding the next hole is a real challenge in many, many spots. Fortunately, I attached myself to some locals who guided me, otherwise I would've been hopelessy turned around in spots. Here are some of the worse ones
(X-Y) How to get to tee Y from basket X
GUIDE TO NAVIGATION
2-3 --> Cut through the woods on your left
3-4 --> Cross the street and past the tennis courts. In the open next to line of pine trees.
6-7--> Between tennis court fence and road
8-9--> Across the road.
13-14--> Take the furthest trail on the left, past the park bench. Dirt tee to right of path.
You cant see the basket numbers clearly from the tee, and in some cases you will be able to see more than one basket, but in any event, the correct basket is the obvious one so don't stress.
The hole layouts are pretty obvious off the tee, so the lack of hole maps didn't bother me as much as not knowing the distance on the basket, or where to go for the next tee. The addition of just hole length markers and next tee signs would make a huge difference here.
Another area where this course annoys me is the paths between holes. Several times, the paths lead you up the fairway from the previous basket to get to the current tee. Thus, this is a risk of getting hit by the group in front of you, or at the very least, slow them down and be a general pain for them.
Every hole has one tee, one pin placement (except the hill hole). This is really too bad, as it hurts the replay value of the course, and they do have room to add more of both onto the existing holes. The course seemed pretty busy the whole time I was there, so its a shame that it hasn't gotten a little more of a facelift. But I've admittedly been spoiled by Dretzka's 4-5 pin placements and the wonderful job Mark does switching a few up every week.
Again, I didn't mind the open holes because they were mostly interesting, but I would've liked a little more intrigue aka wooded holes.
The course is good as it stands, but it would be nice to have long tees for some added challenge.
This is a good, fun course, but it hits alot of singles, even a few doubles. However, this course doesn't have those tricky home run-hitting holes that the great ones have in spades.I like it and enjoyed it, but it didn't impress or wow me much.
Other Thoughts: This course reminded me of Tendick up north. Both are courses out in the sticks, and both IMO have a similar style of a few interesting courses blended together into a mix that may be lesser than the sum of its parts. Here is where the similarities stop.
Tendick is like a Brown Deer/UW-Whitewater mix, with its variety of longer open holes and tight technical ones. Village Park is more akin to a Justin Trails Classic/Deming Park blend, with a touch of Token Creek, because it has really cool terrain on open holes, and scattered trees, as well as several loong holes.
I thought about giving this course a 2.5 for Decent, but the cool terrain on several holes won me over. Check out this course if you are in the area, but is it worth the drive from Milwaukee? Not while Dretzka, Parkside and Brown Deer are open.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
B = Better Than Average
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C-
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == C+ (many holes are too short to be rewarding and the longer holes are not long enough to make rewarding par 4's)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == C+
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B+
5) Bonus points for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == C-
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (125 18-hole, 64 9-hole as of mid 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage…if what I can add anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me….that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
a little more effort and...
Pros: -great variety of holes(rippers, small, technical)
-LARGE cement tees
-quality pin placements-quite beautiful, and the park is dedicated to disc golfing(mostly)
Cons: -HORRIBLE sign-age, if and when it exists
-awkward next hole locations unmarked
-one set of tees
-random events(such as a fireman's ball) can close the DG course. Check website
-one tee pad removed(hole15, I believe) due to a new bike path installed. Currently a dirt pad.
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite places to play a lengthy round in southeastern Wisconsin. This course has it all...LONG ripper holes for the big guns, short technical holes, and a lot of in betweens. Some of the better use of elevation changes in the area as well. What keeps this course from rising any higher than a 3.5 in my book is the complete lack sign-age, especially directing you to the next hole. More below.
Love this hole. Elevated drive, 400+, over standing water pond (spring especially.May be dry in hot summer as witnessed in pic). Such a great hole to start the course.
Rip away. Use the big arm on these. 2 has a neat pin placement slightly elevated and in a gully. HERE is where if you don't know where hole 3 is you will be completely confused. It is to the left through a small gap in the trees. A path might help you locate it, otherwise people end up inadvertently skipping to the back nine.
Some very neat and technical holes that run along a pine row and then into a grove of spaced hard wood trees. It may seem like a pray and poke scenario, but there are lines for the skilled players.
Diversity on elevation changes. Shorts, long, up, down. great use of the land. 16 is another elevated shot down at a basket that plays the backside of pond(area) that is in play on hole #1.
Finishing up in some massive oaks and rolling hills. The wind can come into play heavy on these holes as well as the branches that seem to guard many lines.
Overall, another park on the edge of being a 4, Signs, multiple tees, pin placements..simple things keep it from being such. BUT this course is a def play and high on my "must play" monthly list.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Good but not great
Pros: This is a mostly open course that features good use of elevation change. If there is any wind it really adds to the difficulty. The course has a clean look and is well maintained. There are bathrooms and a water fountain right on hole 1. Holes 1-3 are very long and are par 4+.These holes are made more challenging by the windy conditions on the course. There are several wooded holes to add some variety. Water does come into play if hole 1 is flooded.
Cons: This course is extremely open. This means on 70% of holes bad tee shots aren't punished. Even if you shank you still have a shot to get up and down. This leads to a deuce or die approach to this course. There is some variety with the wooded holes but the open holes have a similar feel because you can throw whatever shot you want. The course has a very exposed feel and police keep a close eye on disc golfers here. There isn't really much to do in the area, but it is easy to get to. There is only one set of tees and pin placements which takes away from replay value.
Other Thoughts: The highlight of this course are the rolling hills with the added difficulty of playing in the wind. This course is fun and there are some great holes on this course. Unfortunately, it is a little too straight forward to be a top level course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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