Better than nothing
Pros: - The course was easy to find and very close to downtown and the airport, which is great for someone who travels.
- All the people I ran into were extremely friendly and helped me navigate the course.
- Holes 10, 13 and 14 are interesting holes with the use of the hill.
- Scorecards with maps are available right by hole 1.
- Having a full 18 is nice
Cons: - There are no tee pads, just dusty dirt patches. Some have a block to mark off the end of the tee pad, but most don't.
- There are also no signs which make navigating, even with the score card/map difficult.
- Holes are mostly open and straight shots making it easy to get to with decent drive.
- Holes are poorly laid out, with a lot of walking and you need to cross 15 and 16 to get to 7.
- Lacks obstacles to make it challenging
Other Thoughts: Maybe I'm too picky with my courses, but this wouldn't be a course I would play regularly if I had other options. With that being said though, having this course in the city is better than nothing at all for visitors like me.
Toon Town DG
Pros: By the #1 tee there is a huge sign that shows the layout of this course. This DG course is a great one for a person starting this sport! Any player with a good foundation of play can nail par on almost every basket. Basket #10 is just unreal sitting on a stair stepped ledge hidden behind trees and shrubs. I'd take that basket set up back home any day! Basket #13 was a challenge throwing up a steep hill at a basket that is on the steep edge. Basket #14 was a huge rush. You are chucking off a monster hill down to the basket. It sure is awesome seeing a disc that you let fly go forever down to the rest of the DG course. Great walking all around.
Cons: The tee pads were nothing but dirt patches. For a park this nice you would expect all the tee pads to be up to snuff. There were a number of much older baskets. I was told by local guys that the old baskets were donated just to get this course off the ground and going. The baskets to catch the discs in are larger then a modern one (that is not a bad thing) HOWEVER if your disc goes at just the right angle it is very possible for it to go thru the basket and drop on to the ground or go thru the side of the basket and in. That needs to be fixed. Another thing about these old baskets is that at some point someone re-chained them and used a heavier chain then a regulation basket. This causes two problems. 1) With the heavier chain your disc can glance off the chain and fly past the basket. The chain should absorb the disc. 2) The heavier chain does not drape like the lighter chain thus the target is not as "puffy" as a regulation basket. HOWEVER a pro to this is your shots will get better by playing with these baskets in this shape as you will be forced to hit the chain head on. I think by installing new lighter chain and also making them a double layered system would improve the performance of these older nets.
Other Thoughts: The swirling winds around the hill makes all the shots tricky! You just can't depend on the wind to be there. That can be very frustrating!
Good parking is everywhere and the course is easy to find as it is right in town.
As this is the first DG course in Saskatoon I understand the pains of the local guys and fighting local government in getting any kind of funding to improve this course. Keep pushing guys!!!
Please don't let any of my Cons chase you away from a round on this course.! This is well worth going to play and if it were much closer to my home I'd make the trip to play it many times a year.
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Diefenbaker Park DGC
Pros: Lots of opportunities for folks with medium arms (250' - 300') to air it out without too many obstacles.
The elevation change holes (10, 13 & 14) are very fun. Putting on 13 at the top of the hill is scary for fear of missing and seeing your disc roll way down the hill.
Cons: You need a course map to find the tees. The old signage from the 9 hole course is still up and conflicts with the 18 hole layout, which is confusing. Real tee pads would be great. Pro tees would be great for folks with bigger arms since the course is pretty wide open.
This course is poorly laid out in terms of having a lot of distance from baskets to the next tee.
Other Thoughts: Although there are some guardian trees by most of the baskets, this course requires very little finesse. Little need for big right-to-left or left-to-right shots. I only drive about 275' on my best drives and can reach or almost reach most of the baskets from the tee with a straight shot using my driver.
The course slightly favors left-hand backhand players.
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Putting on the prairies
Pros: Innova Baskets, distinct holes with treed knolls and bluff lines, 2 large elevation change holes
up hill ledge and down hill tiers
Cons: all par 3 holes, grass tee boxes, limited garbage cans
Other Thoughts: first course in Saskatoon, lots of holes with (i dare you to go for the pin locations,
most targets are close to heavily treed areas,
a few holes are designed at accuracy or bust
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