Well Maintained, Not So Well Designed
Pros: One of the only 18 hole courses around and probably the best maintained course in the area. It has a dedicated parking lot and is right on the campus of UWBC, WITC which means water and vending machines are close by.
The course it self is the longest one I've played, has a variety of par 3's and 4's and a few shorter 5's. The front 9 ends right back at the parking lot and plays relatively quickly. Over all it feels quite fair and as you begin throwing farther it becomes a very fun course for a beginner.
For the most part there is good signage and plenty of trash bins around.
Cons: The front 9 is flat and WIDE open and almost consistently windy. Half the holes are just point and shoot, with no real challenge to getting to the baskets at all.
The back 9 has much more variety due to changing elevations on a few of the holes and makes it a lot more fun. However one of the holes on the back runs along the baseball fields, which are in use quite often while the season is active. Do to all the vehicles parked around the hole, you almost always have to pass it. Also a bear showed up once... so there's that.
The back 9 ends a quarter mile away from the front of the course so you have to take a long walk to get back to your vehicle. It's entierly possible to miss hole 12 as it's a bit out of the way and there are no signs to indicate where it is. Most people just go strait to hole 13. When you finish 11. Walk across the street at the cross walk and then follow the diagonally mowed patch of grass headed north east. It will lead you to the sign for the next hole.
Finding 16 from 15's pin is also a bit difficult. Walk toward the closest building, keeping it's facing wall to your right and the pad will be just past the corner.
The pads them self are in poor shape. They just dirt patches, are often muddy and slippery. We generally throw from behind, or along side them.
Other Thoughts: It's a fun, but kind of boring course. The front nine in particularly is very strait forward, with only one or two holes that really require any thought to your drive. Most of the pars feel like they are gracious for the distances but it makes the course much easier for beginners. As a beginner myself it's fun to see my first rounds at 14 over drop down to even now after learning substantially more about the game. There is unfortunately just very little challenge to most of the holes other than "throw it far to get better than par". Technical players will find the course woefully lacking and distance throwers will be easily bored. Beginners will get the most out of this one.
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Pros: The course plays around large flat fields on a college campus with a few scattered trees. There is lots of length here, so you can open up and throw some long drives. A small hill comes into play on a couple holes, and it's used well to add a different challenge throwing up the hill then along the top. Many holes at least have some late trouble with the pin tucked behind a tree.
There are basic tee signs with hole distance and layout, and the flow of the course is pretty good so we had no issues following it. The baskets were in good shape and caught well. The grounds were well maintained, with recently mowed grass and no trash or vandalism.The course mostly stays away from other campus activities, so it should be playable most of the time.
Cons: With almost every hole long and open with no real trouble, this course gets pretty boring. Only a few holes are at all interesting, and they aren't enough to make up for the rest. The only real hazard on several holes is long grass if you throw way off line, and I'm not a fan of hazards that don't cost you a stroke and instead cost you time and possible plastic.
A couple holes in the middle of the course (I think 9 and 11) have crossing fairways which could be a safety issue if the course gets crowded. There is plenty of room here, I have no idea why the designer laid out these two holes this way. The tees are natural and many were rutted out making for poor tee surfaces.
Other Thoughts: I love seeing disc golf on college campuses, it's a great exposure point for the sport. Unfortunately, this one doesn't give a very good first impression to students trying out the sport. Experienced players will find it boring and not really a test of anything but distance. Newer players will find the length frustrating, and won't need to learn different shot shapes playing here. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to play here unless you're in the mood to practice your distance drives.
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