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Pros: I must start with the fact that this course is in New Zealand. That, in itself, is awesome. The new course layout offers a different challenge on each hole. Only one flat shot and that is over water, the rest are up or down a steep hill. The course is nicely groomed, and easy to follow. The trees aren't a huge problem if you mind the wind. Vineyard background makes for a spectacular round.
Cons: Like all of New Zealand, there are no tee pads. A lot of local players wear cleats to still get the grip a tee pad offers. Additionally, the brush is pretty hairy. While you don't have to worry about, ticks, spiders, or snakes, there are several very prickly bushes. Some suggest that you take your shirt off before going in, because the thorns are so sharp they cut through your shirt and will stick to you.
Other Thoughts: In conclusion, great place to play, dynamic course, nice place to throw.
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Pros: Nice park. Has 23 baskets and two courses laid out.
Good use of hills. Quite a lot of elevation change and sloping pin placement. This made what is a relatively open course still challenging. For a relatively short course, it was still fun and entertaining mid-range practice.
Beautiful rugby field. I wish we had something like that in kansas city.
Cons: Course is rather difficult to navigate.
I'm attaching a map of the course. I was using it constantly.
The short course tees are nominally marked with wood ties in the ground, but they were overgrown, hard to find, and sometimes missing. Some tees marked on the map no longer seem possible with the new growth of plants.
The long course is not marked at all. It might have been fun to guess at tee pads, but I wasn't in the mood.
No trash cans. no benches.
Beware of the brush. There's not a lot of it, and if it hadn't been for the wind, it wouldn't have been a factor, but it's the thickest I've ever seen.
Other Thoughts: Between a return ferry ticket and a bus pass, I spent $44 (nz) getting to this course. If this course were in kansas city, I wouldn't play here, and even though this is the only course with baskets within miles, I don't know if it was worth it. I would have had as much fun going to an object course in aukland and making up my own targets.
What I should have done was call a local. I expected to run into someone else on the course, but I don't think anyone plays this course.
UPDATE: I played a second time, and I did run into some locals. Two great guys (Seip and Paul) who live on the island and play all the time. Very nice and friendly. We played a few marked holes together, and then we just made up our own. It was a hell of a lot of fun. They also told me that there is a private basketed course in aukland that's been set up by a N.Z. PDGA pro. It's apparently open to play if you get in touch. There's a link to the new zealand disc golf website where contact information is provided. The locals were great, and changed my opinion of this course.
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