2 Helpful / 1 Not
Play this course!
Pros: Amenities like the Apple Creek 18. (See my review) Meadowview adds tight technical holes to the more open Apple Creek 18. This added difficulty makes the posted pars close to correct!
Cons: Thick shule makes it easy to lose discs. Most of my critisms of the Apple Creek 18 apply here. Signage, crowding, and basket visibility all could be improved. Hole lengths and pars are somewhat better, but would benefit from a reassessment.
Other Thoughts: This course will benefit from more play, and it complements the other 18.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Plamann Greatest Hits
Pros: Like the 18, this course has all nice (new) concrete pads, good baskets and ornate signs with hole distance and par in addition to a hole map.
This course plays on a rolling hills in a mix of prairie, woods, and field with scattered mature trees.
The locals told me beforehand that this 9 was harder than the 18 holes on the main course. Yeah right, I thought. Turns out, they were telling the truth.
This is like a souped up version of the old 18. The tree routes are tighter, and fairways a bit narrower, and the hyzers more extreme. At least half the baskets on this bunch at blind off the tee, usually around a sharp curve uphill or downhill.
The first few holes of this course weave through the scattered trees of the more open area, for a variety of lines and canopy shots, but its once you venture into the woods/prairie area that this course kicks it up a notch. The rough is long grass, with several strategically placed trees to constrict your lines and make shot placement important, if you want to land on the mowed fairways.
The course throws some interesting challenges at you in here. On one hole, you are constricted off the tee by two bushy pine trees, which you are forced to throw between before emerging into the fairway, which winds and curves over a hill. It makes it awkward to drive, since you have to bend it just to get one towards the basket.
Another hole has two trees framing the sides of the fairway, followed by a a large wide tree what occupies the center of the fairway, creating a chokepoint, beyond which the basket is on a downhill slope for a tricky putt.
This 9-hole loop is more interesting, and more difficult than the 18 hole it sits next to, because it throws a few more tricks at you, and is less forgiving. This course is (3.25), Better than Good, almost Very Good.
Cons: Unfortunately, this course also shares some of the same glaring flaws as its more mature big brother, specifically the ridiculous hole maps. They look cool, but do a terrible job telling you the hole layout. Unfortunately, in this case, with less open obvious shots than the 18, good hole maps are even more important, and this shortcoming is that much more annoying.
But thats a dead horse. Though this course offers 3 very good holes, the rest are just solid. Comparing it to other 9 holers I've rated higher, it doesnt stack up, so I can't quite call it very good, but this course isnt quite Very Good.
Other Thoughts: You can play this course with the 18 holes for a loop of 27 very easily. After hole 12, you will see the tee for hole 2 of this 9 on the right. start there, and just play hole 1 after 9. It'll spit you right back next to Tee 13 to resume the main course.
On the holes with long grass, its a good idea to have a spotter, as discs can get lost in the long stuff.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Meadowview 9 is nice addition to the regular 18; they're great for those looking for a little extra challenge. The fairways are quite narrow, and require good accuracy if you don't want to end up in thick rough.
Cons: The first and last bits of the course are rather open and have little elevation change. The thick rough along the fairways is notorious for eating discs.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good course if you're looking for a decent challenge, or if you want to work on your accuracy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
just as nice as original 18
Pros: A beautiful continuation of original 18. As other reviewers have expressed, the rough isrougher here than on the original. This keeps the number of players down. Plaman can be a very crowded course. However, when the main course is full to bursting, you can usually come here and play with a little breathing room.
Hole #8 (usually played as #7;as you begin on #2 if coming from original layout); is type of hole not often seen anymore....I don't know why? Requires a @280 ft. tall ess or a roller to reach. #9 is a wide anheiser (rhbh), that while not long; is fairly tough wide swing for rhbh; or a good shot to work on forehand (for rhbh).
Cons: Keep a good eye on your plastic. Fairly narrow mowed fairways with tall grass, bushes, and trees on both sides.
Other Thoughts: Benches and trash cans are plentiful as in the rest of the park.
From original course....after playing #11, walk to #12 tee; and just to left of it, will be tee for #2, Meadowview course. Begin here, to play full 27 hole course....finishing on what is labeled #1. This is due to the fact that you can park at the back lot to play Meadowview only. Follow park road around park, and park by big pavilion after coming up the big hill; if you want to only play Meadowview; or begin play here.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete tees, descriptive tee signs
Cons: some extremely narrow fairways on a few holes
Other Thoughts: This is an interesting 9 holes that can be played separately or as an add-on to the 18-hole Apple Creek course at Plamann Park (you will encounter the 1st tee roughly mid-way through your round while playing Apple Creek). Many of the holes are similar in nature to the Apple Creek course, a bit hilly with mature trees scattered throughout a wide-open mowed grassy area but there are a few holes in the middle of the round that are cut through some tall grasses and evergreen trees. These holes are easy enough to play except that there is a high likelihood to lose a disc or two in the tall grass due to the very narrow mowed trail through the grass.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Fun, short course.
Pros: Some good challenges on this nine-holer. Lots of ace opportunities. Beautiful park district property with baseball, petting zoo, etc.
Cons: Lots of ace opportunities. Not open in Winter.
Other Thoughts: Playing by yourself can be tricky when you spend a lot of time looking for discs.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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