6 Helpful / 0 Not
nearly perfect for its type
Pros: Two broomed tees, per hole, with colored lines; designating tee skill level. Footage stenciled on each tee (I happen to get 50% credit for the painting work.) Signs on short tees.
Visually and quality appealing; red powder coated DGA baskets.
Couple of elevated tees from longs.
This is a fine example of a middle school course. From long tees; there is enough to make you feel you've played an actual course; just barely.
I only play here once or twice a year. But, I know of at least one high level advanced player (top 30 when advanced worlds was, most recently, in Wisconsin); who came here often; (for a couple of years); to work on his upshot game and make ace runs/long deuces. I believe he hit nearly 30 aces, during this period.
Can jog thru this one in very short time.
Cons: Of course that segways into the con: this course is short. (Nearly every hole requires a bit of line shaping; and trees are used as much as possible; but, you only need to bring your putter and perhaps one mid or driver).
Usual school course restrictions.
Other Thoughts: Parking here is odd; and most will probably park by the water tower; on the street. You can park in the school lot; by tee 1; but, it's a bit difficult figuring how to get there.
I've only seen a couple of other courses where you're this close to the cities' water tower. Our seven man group joked consideraly about trying to throw a disc high enough to even reach the bubble portion of tower; much less put one on top. No one gave it a try though.
We played the course as par two; of which I had eight (with a four also); to win, out of a seven man group (-7). Smashed chains on #9; which is always fun (didn't stay; it was left side).
Grignon Park, Kaukauna Jr. DGC, Kimberly High School (frontwards and then backwards), and Telulah Park, makes for a fun route of "checking courses off the list;" and there are others not too distant.
You probably won't want to return here; once you've played it once; but, it is in the midst of a fun scoring type day; and can be combined with some good courses.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
C- = Class of the field….for elementary schools
Pros: Of about 10-15 elementary/middle schools I have played, this ranks at the top. This course is well suited for elementary gym class AND it introduces some concepts of DG that many school courses don't. I love to see these elementary courses as I have 3 elementary ages kids myself. But unfortunately due to the purpose of this site, I need to rate 'em like I see 'em and my low grade does not do justice to the happiness in my heart this course gives me!
What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 9 hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C-
(Slightly below average in this area. The reason for this is that very few of the holes have any sort of trouble early in the fairway that will ever turn a bad drive into a bogey. There are a few bonus points in this category since several holes give you choices on what route to take and what throw to make….which is what real golf is all about.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I'm a Blue level player (950ish skill) who throws 300' accurately, 360' max. == C
(Surprisingly this course has some longer holes with enough shot shaping required that when you park it you actually feel like you have accomplished something.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == C
(Certainly not wooded, the use of available trees to make you throw a variety of shots is really quite good for an small, simple and flat course. It is about average for 9-holers…..which makes it one of the very top school courses out there since most of these courses simply are not on property where this can be accomplished.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == C-
(Below average for all courses, but above average for school courses. Nice grass, nice neighborhood, nice trees. Overall it's a quiet location for being in a town, but it is in no way secluded.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == NA (But, if any elementary aged kid can complete the longer holes on this course in one throw…..I want to meet them and get their signature!)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Awesome beginner course
Pros: First of all, this course is just about perfectly designed for middle school aged kids to try the game. It's a reasonable length for younger kids, with really short tees for trying it out, and short tees for kids who start to get it and are ready for a little more challenge. There are enough trees to encourage trying some different shots, and to keep it from just being 9 of the same short hole.
Both sets of tees are nice concrete pads in good shape. There are tee signs at the shorter set with hole diagram and length from both tees, and the hole number and distance are stenciled on the long tee. The baskets are in great shape, and the red looks nice and unique. The grounds were well taken care of, with no trash or vandalism.
Cons: For anyone other than a middle school kid, the course is short and very easy, so I can't rate it much higher when I rank it in my full list of courses played. Even from the longer set of tees, there is one hole that justifies a midrange shot, the rest are ace runs with your putter (I hit chains 3 times during my round from the longer set of tees with just a wizard, and I'm not very good). A few of the long tees are simply straight back from the short tees, though for the most part the design tries to get a little different shot from the two tees for a little more variety. When parking on the street you have to start in the middle of the course as the first hole starts up by the school, not a big deal, just something to know so you don't go wandering around looking for the first tee.
Other Thoughts: I love seeing school courses that expose kids and the community to the sport, especially ones that are so perfectly designed for their target audience. I hate giving such a low rating to such a nice beginner course, but try to remain consistent in my ratings. Beginners will find some challenges to shape different lines here, and very reasonable lengths. More experienced players won't find much challenge, but might enjoy running every hole for the ace and getting some approach practice.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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