11 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -multiple pin placements
-some pro tees add extra feet/angles
-pretty decent signage w/distance
-some ripper holes
-an extra nine hole loop
Cons: -multiple tee placements can't be seen on some holes without walking the hole
-extra nine holes not marked like 18
-some baskets hard to figure out unless you walk up to them to see the number
-not a lot of elevation change, but some.
Other Thoughts: This is a "go to" Milwaukee park for many people, but I just don't get. To me this is an average course with some pretty good signage and tees.
Definitely one of Milwaukee's longer courses where you can test your arm. Variety is ok. Quite a few tree tunnel shots which to me gets old fast.
Dretzka is a decent park, and like I said, some swear by it, but I just don't get it. If in the area I would much rather play Sussex or Parkside...BUT one should try this course, you may like it.
Dretzka during the winter creates a completely different layout for their baskets on terrain used by the regular golf course. This allows some great elevation change shots, including one down a small old ski hill. I actually prefer the winter layout to the regular summer layout. The winter course is extremely well maintained with rubber tee pads, signs, and paths usually already created in the snow. By far the best place to play in the winter in the Milwaukee area.
Ok...I finally get it and feel my previous review(still intact was wrong) Actually have had a blast playing this course of late. Def one for advanced players if playing from the pro tees. Technical/multiple pin placements. An extra nine holes across the road. Slight elevation changes here and there. I am bumping up my original 3.5 to a 4.0. A fun fun park to play and challenge you. Variety is pretty good, especially with the many multiple pin placements. Seems like the mecca of the local Milwaukee area players. It has for me as of late.
6/8/09 I love playing the pro tees here with other big arm throwers. There is a HIDDEN pro tee for 18 that none of us noticed and have never seen anyone throw from. it is out of the tree tunnel on 18 and to the right another 200 feet on a hill. It is basically all by itself and hidden back by the entrance to 17. It makes 18 into a 450+ monster throw.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Awesome having two sets of concrete tees on each hole, it adds a lot to the course. Gorgeous scenery, lots of pretty trees (especially at this time of the year). Really great mix of wooded and open, though it leans a bit more toward open. Lots of great trees as obstacles. A really massive course - it takes long enough to play the 18, but going the full 27 is a true endeavor. Alternate basket locations adds a lot of variety.
Cons: The course was really, REALLY crowded when we went to play there. I understand that, as the course is very popular. The tee markers take a little bit to get used to, and sometimes, it may be a bit hard to tell where the basket is given the multiple basket locations. The course can also get hard to follow at times, but it isn't that bad.
Other Thoughts: By the time we had played this course, we already played at Grafton and Brown Deer, so we were a bit exhausted. Still, this course was a real blast and would be enough to play on its own in a given day. The course was definitely tough - maybe not as tough as Brown Deer, but definitely comparable. Dretzka is an awesome course, and I definitely recommend it!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There are 2 - 4 different teepads per hole, giving all sorts of variety and challenge that vary per outing. There's a wonderful mix of wooded and open holes to keep the play fast, fun, and very interesting. The fact that there's an adjoining 9 holer (across the road from hole 10, I think...) adds even more variety and challenge to playing this park. Thankfully, there were NO water hazards.
Cons: I'm from Sycamore, in north central IL, and was up in Milwaukee for a bachelor party when I played this course for the first time ever. My bro-in-law and I were confused and didn't know where the first hole was, so we asked a buncha guys who were teeing off on 16. They told us where to go and also told us that some asshole stole the pin from hole 6. Apparently, this wasn't the first time this had happened, either, but suffice to say, one rotten apple ruins it for the rest of us.
I wish the 9 holer was marked; no distances or hole numbers are given. One can argue this a few different ways, but I'd like to at least know the distance to the pin (if I remember correctly there's one teepad per hole on the 9 holer). Maybe I'm just a nerd...
Other Thoughts: This is a fun park to play! If it wasn't 2 hours+ away, I'd be there each Saturday! If you're in SE WI then you must make it a point to play Dretzka a few times over.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
A course that morphs
Pros: Pros that apply to all 27 holes: the course will force you to use shots you're not comfortable with in order to score well; most holes require thought and innovation off the tee; benches; concrete tee pads; easy to follow; creative hole design that makes good use of the available terrain; heavy use has naturally cleared out the ground in the trees to make finding your disc easy; some tee shots have multiple paths to the pin with choice that is clearly best; well maintained; practice basket available; parking is available in multiple areas - this allows you to start at a variety of holes if the 1st has a large group; nice park setting
Pros that only apply to the original 18 holes: with dual tees and several pin placements (up to 4 per hole), you will have a different experience every time you visit; the pin placements on some holes are so varied that the choice of tee shot may completely change depending on the basket location; nice signs at each tee that show obstacles, pin placements, and distances depending on tee+basket combination (up to 4*2 = 8 per hole)
Cons: Cons that count against the score: no long holes except maybe the 16th from the pro tees; the level of difficulty is adequate but not substantial enough to rate this course at the level of perfection; there is no indication at the tee as to which basket location is used on a given day, forcing you to sometimes run ahead and look; the 'new' 9 holes, while good, are not at the same level as the original 18 - generally quite short, no variation in tees or baskets, no signs, and sometimes not as well thought out; you can't play 9 holes on the original course and end up back at your car
Cons that don't count against the score: busier than most courses; for some reason, the course often attracts very large groups that play together - regularly 8 or more people will be in one group and don't have great etiquette; finding the start of the new 9 holes is nearly impossible without some assistance, as it's not marked
Other Thoughts: Dretzka is a ton of fun. The level of joy that this course can provide is close to perfection - unless you go very often, you will have a new experience most times you visit. I've been there about 5 times this year and I believe the pins have moved each time.
An example of the variety this course can offer is the 6th hole. This hole has you teeing off to gap in the brush about 40 feet wide that is about 100 feet out. From there, the hole goes down a small hill and opens up a bit more until you're about 250 feet away from the tee. From there are doglegs to both the left and the right. The pin placements vary from the base of the hill, 50 feet behind the base of the hill, dogleg back right, and dogleg back right. The hole is not completely symmetrical so each pin placement really makes for an entirely different experience.
Like other courses I've reviewed as excellent, the cons of Dretzka are not terribly significant but disallow me from rating this course as perfect. This course is really close to being a 4.5/5 in my book, but the difficulty level just isn't close enough to perfection. If Brown Deer had the variety of Dretzka or Dretzka had the difficulty of Brown Deer, Milwaukee would have a 4.5/5 course.
Dretzka joins Brown Deer as a 'must' in the Milwaukee area. These two courses alone warrant a trip out to Milwaukee.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Lots of variety. Long holes, short holes, woods, hills, etc. No tall grass or thick woods. You can find a stray shot quick. Park is used alot so the woods is trampled and open to finding discs. Cement driving pads for different levels of skill, amatuer or pro distances.
Cons: Alot of people use the course so you could be rushed or stuck behind a slow group.
Other Thoughts: Great location and fun to play.
4 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 5 Not
27 Holes of Goodness!
Pros: Two parks: one 18 holes, one 9, and are easily both integrated into eachother for 27 holes of pure bliss. A very scenic course, well maintained, with a nice mixture of shots.
Cons: No cons whatsoever. This is my favorite park because of its versatility and visual appeal.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking to integrate both courses into the same game, which I reccomend, simply cross the road after hole 11, play the 9 holes there which will lead you back accross the street where you'll find hole 12. A very smooth transition.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: good mix of wooded and open long & short.. Some long pads a fun course tougher than it looks..Ha!
Cons: did see any water at course, may have over looked
Other Thoughts: Visit this park two nice courses, lots of good golf!
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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