7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Variety within the hole design
- Good distance variety
- Modest elevation changes
- Challenging with rewarding birdie opportunities
- Good risk reward opportunities
- Thick rough that punished shots, yet it was easy to locate your disc
- Required a variety of shots to score well
- Baskets were in solid condition
- Concrete tee pads that were in good shape
- Stellar tee signs on every hole
- Benches on a lot of holes to sit and rest
- Multiple pin placements to keep the course fresh
- Well kept course in a beautiful park.
- Good disc golf community
Cons: - Blind baskets difficult to play first time around
- Minor navigation issues
Other Thoughts: Dretzka is an awesome course that plays through woods and grassland. It has something for everybody, tight technical shots and longer bomber holes. It provides all types of players with the opportunity to score well. The hole design forces many different lines and types of shots. I used almost every disc in my bag. The wooded holes are especially fun because the thick rough punishes errant shots, yet it is not difficult to find your disc. I had the pleasure of playing a round with Mark, who maintains both Brown Deer and Dretzka and heads up the Great Lakes Disc Golf Club, and found that the upkeep of Dretzka is a result of his passion for the sport. It was a treat to play with someone so knowledgeable about the course and about the game.
My one suggestion that could improve this course is some sort of indicator on the tee signs as to what position the basket is in. It is not an issue on the visible baskets, because there are large PVC stops in the unused pin positions, but on the blind baskets it is sometimes necessary to walk the fairway to see what position the basket is in.
UPDATE: It has been brought to my knowledge that the locals have a system in which they use pins on the tee signs to mark the pin positions, but unfortunately people take those pins and ruin it for everyone. As I result I have bumped my rating up to 4.5/5.
Overall, Dretzka is a great course and worth a trip, especially with Brown Deer so close it could make for a great weekend or day of discin'.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Clean park, good tee pads, easy to find. Friendly locals. Ample parking. Not crowded.
Cons: A bit confusing to navigate, some hole overlap. Never found the 18+ holes. No water fountain.
Other Thoughts: A decent community park course. I was in the area and this course along with nearby Brown Deer were highly rated so I played both.
Dretska was easy to find, however the course itself has some navigation issues. With a bit of fairway overlap, it's easy to mix up which basket goes with which tee.
Some nice wooded technical holes; a bit too narrow for my taste but nothing too frustrating.
Minus the overlaps, the course was relatively easy to navigate. Friendly locals, moderately active course on a summer Saturday.
No water fountains and the nearby bathrooms were locked. Ample parking right by hole 1 tee.
Area players will like the course, however I didn't find it as compelling as the other reviewers. The fairway overlap mixed with the lack of elevation changes and a bit of repetitious back and forth left me wanting more.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course was well marked out. Baskets were easy too find and some were a welcome challenge. I would play there again.
Cons: There was lots of people there and had too let people play through more times than not. Also trash littered the area like a dump site. Wish people would treat it better wen they go.
Other Thoughts: I would have NO problem going back too it and playing again.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Uses a lot of the park
Has a winter course
Every Hole is unique
Easy to follow
Good variety of wooded on open holes
Tournaments almost every weekend
Cons: Crowded on weekends
A lot of litter
Could be muddy
During fall theres a lot of leaves where you can loose your disc under
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses I have ever played. I play it about 3-4 times a week, they change up the pins regularly, so it never get boring. Good place to practice long drives and some unique shots
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Dretzka is an excellent course with plenty of variety. Multiple tees and rotating pin placements provide for a ton of different looks and make this course accessible to a wide variety of players.
This course mixes wooded holes with open holes very well. At no point will you go through long stretches of tight wooded holes, or long open holes.. The course moves seamlessly back and forth between the two, which is something not many courses are able to do effectively.
The park itself is a beatiful place to play disc golf. Despite this being a multi-use park, there is a lot of land devoted to disc golf, and other activites never really come into play. There is a little elevation to work with and plenty of mature trees that are incorporated into the course nicely
The problem with a lot of large courses (18+ holes), are the inevitable throw away/filler type holes, but this course did not have this problem. Each hole is unique. This variety contributes to a high fun factor.
Course flow is great on the 18 holer, and on the 9-holer, just not between the two (more on this in a second).
The dual tees are huge and in fantastic conditon. The signs get the job done, and there are benches and garbage cans everywhere.
Cons: From an outsider's perspective, it seems like this should either be listed as two separate courses, or it should be modified to form a more unified single course. The bonus 9 are numbered 1-9 and do not have any obvious flow with the main 18-holer. We ended up playing the 9-holer as a warm up, then played the 18-hole course (I wouldn't recommend this... way too much walking). To me it would make more sense to implement a 1A, 2A, 3A..., type numbering system for the bonus 9 with some adjustments to the flow of the 18 hole to make it a more obvious where to hop on to the extra 9. As of now it's just kind of there to figure out for yourself, but it seemed like everybody else knew what was going on, so I guess if it ain't broke...
All holes are above average, but there is no signature hole. Not really a huge con, but this is what keeps this course at a 4, and not higher.
When we played most of the pins were at their shortest placements. This kind of sucked for us, but I understand the pins are rotated often, so that didn't affect my rating.
Other Thoughts: There were a lot of people on the course when I played, but we never got stuck behind any groups, so contrary to many other reviews, I found that the crowds here weren't too bad.
You can't really go wrong with Dretzka. It's accessible to a wide range of players, presents some great variety, and is located in a very nice park. Brown Deer DGC is a few miles down the street, so if this course is too easy for you, go there for a little more challenge.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Fun Course
Pros: -27 holes; you have to love the bonus nine.
-Multiple pin placements
-Multiple tee pads
-Some of the best signs I have ever seen.
-Garbage cans and benches are on about every other hole
-Very little litter
- The pins are changed up all the time so you play a whole different game here all the time
-Some holes have thumbtacks to show what pin placement it is currently on.
-Very easy course to navigate.
-The baskets are pretty old but they still catch your disc just fine.
-Great concrete tee pads
Cons: -This course is so nice that it is often crowded
-Some holes don't have a thumbtack on the sign so you don't know what pin placement you are shooting for.
-If you are playing the pro tees you have to walk up to the normal tee to read the sign and then walk back to the pro tee.
Other Thoughts: This course is VERY crowded unless if you go early in the morning. Everyone always says that there is not a good way to play the bonus nine but there is. After you complete hole 11 you can head over to the bonus nine and play those holes. After that just go back to hole 12 and continue with the original 18. Bring lots of bug spray. This is a very fun course to play in the Milwaukee area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Some well guarded pins. Some decent drives. Back tees available. Concrete pads, good baskets. Heard some complaints about litter, didn't notice much when I went. Excellent signage. Pin placement variety, could probably shoot this course many times and not get bored with so many possibilities. Some pretty challenging routes.
Cons: Too short, could only use the boss once and it still went too far. Not much elevation change. Will play the back tees next time. Pin placement can be a con as well. My buddy I shot with told me we were shooting for blah blah and when in reality were actually shooting for somewhere else. Can be a little confusing. Just run up and check were the pin is or ask someone.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Just plain FUN
Pros: --Great mixture of holes
--27 holes is always a plus
--Garbage cans throughout the course
--Not a substantial amount of elevation, but the designer definately used what they had
--Really good location - surrounded by a number of above-average courses and its in a good area
--The new 9 includes some very difficult/short holes that you will love or hate based on tree-love
--Many different pin placements and they are changed frequently
--Has a very well-attended league-night
--Multiple blind holes are challenging and fun
--Pro teepads provide a challenging alternative
--Benches strewn through courses
--Possibly the best signs I've come across
------They're not just pretty photoshopped laminated printouts
--Pin locations are marked on the signs with a tack
Cons: --Can get very crowded during primetime
--Some benches are vandalized/broken
--No water hazards
--Not really any holes that would make your jaw drop
--Its littered pretty bad due to the types of people that come here and the amount of traffic the course sees
--Lots of people just come here to drink while they play
Other Thoughts: I really love playing this course during the day when there aren't as many people out playing. I would give this course a 3.75 if I had the option, but the great location and the fun-factor will bump it up to a 4. Milwaukee is a great destination for disc golf with Brown Deer and Dretzka so close to eachother. There are also other great courses in the area.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of fun
Pros: The course plays in a disc golf dedicated and scenic park. There is a great mix of more open grassy fairways, park style holes with scattered trees, and wooded holes with thick woods and brush to punish an errant drive. These are mixed up throughout the round, so the course never gets repetitive. The elevation changes available aren't huge, but they're used well in the design to add some more variety and challenge.
There is a good balance here of right and left turning holes (or there was in the pin settings I played), so it worked a lot of different shots and seemed fair to righties and lefties. There was also a good mix of lengths, with a nice range from ace runs to good long holes where you can throw a real drive.
There are multiple pin positions on every hole (3-5 on most of the oriiginal 18), and they looked like they would really change up how the holes played. If the pins are always set in a well-balanced mix and they are moved often (I hear they are), it's awesome to have that kind of variety at a single course. There are good concrete tees that have enough room and a nice texture, with dual pads on most of the original 18 and single tees on the newer 9. There are pretty good tee signs with all tee and pin locations and distances. The baskets were showing some signs of aging, but still caught ok.
Cons: I love the variety of the different pin locations, but I would have liked better markers for where they were at the time. A few were marked with thumbtacks in the sign, but many were not marked at all so there was a lot of scouting required to know where to throw with many blind holes. The signs are only at one set of tees, so you have to do some extra walking if you like to see the sign before you throw from the other pad.
The new 9 doesn't feel quite as finished and worn in as the original 18, with less pin placements and only single tees. It's also not necessarily clear how to play the full 27 hole round when you're paying the course, we missed the extra 9 and had to drive over and play it after finishing 18.
The course was a little crowded with large groups more interested in beer and goofing off than actually playing but not willing to let other groups play through, so it ended up being a pretty slow round.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course with a lot of variety and some good challenges. I definitely recommend Dretzka if you're in the Milwaukee area, especially in combination with nearby Brown Deer. It's accessible for newer players with a shorter set of tees and plenty of more open holes, though it does have some length and some tightly wooded holes. More experienced players won't be really tested on most of the course, but it's a fun round with some really nice holes and lots of variety.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
great old school challenge
Pros: *Great mix of shots needed to do well
*Variety- not just hole or shot variety but also week to week. Every hole (except #7 with only 2 placements ) has 3+ pin positions, the majority have 4, hole #18 has 5 placements.
*Great lakes disc golf club - Dretzka wouldn't have a course without the GLDGC as well as several other courses around. They do an excellent job of moving baskets weekly and keeping the course fresh to play over and over. Club members also clean up trash often, helping to keep this very busy course clean.
*In its most common setups this course is technical and challenging with 2-4 holes even big arms can let loose on.. from the short tees. Long tees add extra length and challenge to most holes.
*option to play 27 or 18
*quality concrete tees throughout.
*nice handmade signs with a thumbtack used to mark basket placement on certain holes.
*This is Wisconsin, weather conditions almost always adds challenge especially wind because its difficult to judge on most holes.
*Many great players call this course home. Locals have a great wealth if disc golf knowledge.
Cons: *New nine pretty far from parking lot and there really isn't a good way to play just nine on the original course.
*Often played by large groups more interested in partying than discing.
*No free beer.
*Hole #4 short position is nothing more than a long putt. Kind of dumb imo.
*Ghosts have been seen here, course may be haunted.
Other Thoughts: *My review focuses on the original 18 since many locals don't play the new nine as much anyway. Although its a nice addition. Overall the new nine is slightly less challenging with less basket placements and no pro tees but newer/nicer baskets. Now I digress..
*Dretzka is the course of a thousand faces, literally. You could come here once per month for years and never play exactly the same layout twice- except the original, almost all long setup used for many tourneys.
*One of the best things about this course is the gldgc, I can't emphasize this enough. There has been a very strong disc golf community centered at this course for a long time. Come to Tues. night leagues and you'll be welcomed regardless of skill level and meet some great players, even Barry Schultz makes an appearance every now and then. *Milwaukee plays host to one of the original.. if not the original ice bowl tournament, "The Big Freeze" 22 years and counting. *This course is a true classic and a great example of old school design.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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