The St. Andrews of Cedar Rapids
Pros: Ease of access
Open fairways and clearly visible baskets from tees make this very beginner friendly, as well as providing more skilled players a chance to practice shots not normally taken
Considered the least favorite of many CR players, and as such, is almost never busy
You will occasionally see attractive joggers
Cons: Lack of consistent challenge from natural obstacles
Many holes feel repetitive
Wind can transform what many consider an under par course into an exercise in futility
Other Thoughts: I play and practice here a great deal due to it's proximity to home. I feel like it gets a lot of disdain from other CR players who say that it's too easy, and for those who can bomb, it probably is. For most amateurs like me, an under par score is something to shoot for, and attainable if you play consistently.
This time I mean it. "Wide Open"
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Pros: - Right next to a very nice sports complex.
- Walking trail, bathrooms, water, and playground.
- Very well groomed and maintained.
- Nice carved signs
- Dual pin placements (although most don't add any variety, just a little distance.)
- Nice, long concrete tee pads.
- #6 plays into a little grove of trees, on an elevated pin position.
- #16 is a longish hole, alongside a drainage creek, and across. Very cool.
Cons: - Wide open, not much variety. Most of the variety comes from distance, and whether the hole is uphill, downhill, or flat.
- Can get very windy out there.
- Plays alongside and across walking path much of the time, which isn't busy, but just something to be careful with.
Other Thoughts: - I hereby apologize to any other disc golf course that I have described as "wide open." Because this one truly is.
- I'm glad this park is here though, good for the sports complex and definitely the place to take your kids or straight up beginners. Probably never busy.
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Pros: Clean, well groomed course
Nice tee pads and baskets
Cons: Not a lot of trees or challenges. When I played, it was windy and I had to worry about hitting joggers because most of the course is designed within the confines of a jobbing/walking path
Other Thoughts: This would be a good course for beginners or anyone who wants to work on their driving and putting. Not recommended for those who enjoy a lot of tree cover and challenges.
Pros: Good for trying out all of your drivers in a wide open area.
Baskets, tee signs, and tee pads are in pristine condition.
Most holes (if not all) have variable pin placements. They all seem to have the typical "long placement" and "short placement" (i.e. they do not create entirely different shots).
No serious problems with hazards or poisonous plants.
Cons: Holes #3 and #4 intersect each other and make game play a bit confusing.
A lot of flat, long, barren holes make for a tedious and redundant round of disc golf.
Its usually windier here than any other course in the area because it is flat and barren.
A concrete walking path runs throughout the course... one can imagine the trouble that this might create.
Pros: Wide open. Good for the beginning players that went with me. Plenty of holes where you can just let it rip with plenty of distance.
Cons: So open it's a bit boring. Some baskets the walk to the next T box is lots longer than it needs to be with the space available to layout it.
Other Thoughts: Nice park
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Pros: Total distance, layout, pin location variance, elevation differences make many holes play a lot farther than their actual distance. Tall corn fields border the park, which is the perfect back drop for a course in Iowa. The course definitely has a lot of potential but is still very new (opened June 6 2008)
Cons: Very new so 95% of the course is very open/minimal small young trees which makes it pretty easy overall. Mother nature is not really an obstacle except along a creek that makes a natural northern boundary for the whole park. Both sides of the creek have very dense grass and bushes during the summer. The only real challenge on this course is the overall distance to pin, with the longest being 500 ft uphill on hole 9 at the farthest pin location.
Other Thoughts: (I live nearby and have played at least 50 maybe 75 rounds this season at this course as of July 30 2011) One other hazard at this course is a skinny stretch of DENSE tall grasses and shrubs/bushes that runs through the middle of the course. During the summer this area should definitely be avoided as it is pretty difficult to see discs and the area is kind of marsh-like or "swampy" in some spots. Overall I think this course is pretty cool and needs to be played a few times to be appreciated. Fast forward 15 or 20 years and this course will be somewhat comparable to Jones Park in Cedar Rapids, IA (minus the pond).
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Good for beginners, Horrible for Experienced
Pros: Wide open space, long holes (one is 500 ft), hard to lose discs
Cons: Extremely boring holes (tee off, go 300 ft forward x 18), sometimes confusing where to go
Other Thoughts: Good to take new people and try news discs, but not much more than that
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Pros: Wide open so dont worry about hitting any trees or not having an open shot. Well maintained course. A little creek runs through the course and thats kind of nice since theres no real mature trees yet.
Cons: Very flat so if theres any wind its a little harder. Everything runs nice but at the end of hole 8 you have to walk around the creek to get to 9 and 10 then you walk back around to 11. We got lost there cuz the tee for 11 is right next to hole 8. So dont go with the flow of the course at that time or youll mess a couple holes.
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Let er rip.
Pros: Amenities. Shelter, Bathroom, Parking, Playground. Next door to a sports complex.
Primarily Disc Golf. You may have to wait for an occasional walker on the path, but shouldn't have to really worry about other users.
Tees. One set of concrete tee pads are level and in good shape.
Ace/Birdie opportunities. If you can throw 300 feet accurately (and can you putt?) you should be able to score well, none of the holes are overly short so a birdie is relatively rewarding.
Navigation. Simple to follow, pay attention to what hole you're on though, I accidentally skipped a few holes and had to go back and play them.
Map/Scorecards. A map is provided at the start at the information kiosk if you're worried about getting lost. A box was provided for scorecards, but it was empty.
Baskets. All were in good condition and most had multiple positions.
Elevation/water. The little elevation and water that exists keep things at least slightly interesting.
Access. Just off the freeway for a quick 18 holes.
Clean. Very well manicured park was clean and kept in good condition.
9 hole loops. If you only have time for 9 holes, the course flows back to the vehicle after 9 holes.
Beginner friendly. Relatively impossible to lose a disc and wide open shots make this an ok place to practice drives, upshots, and putts without having to worry about hitting a specific line. Though I think If I had learned at this course I would have thought this game was kind of dumb.
Cons: Variety. My biggest gripe is that this course is boring, I could accomplish almost the same thing with a practice basket in an open field throwing at it 18 times from 200-400 feet. Holes 5 and 6 are a little more interesting, with 6 being on top of a hill guarded by trees, this course needs more holes like that.
Scenery. You get a view of the highway and a wide open manicured park, not very scenic.
(with only two cons you might ask why such a low rating? The rating is based mostly on variety and enjoyment/replayability factor, I probably will not return to this course)
Other Thoughts: If open unobstructed courses is your thing you'll love this course, if you prefer more of a technical challenge I'd head to one of the many other local courses.
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Pros: New park, almost felt unused, maintained incredibly well. Multiuse park, walking path in and around, playground equipment for the little ones, shelter available. Nice looking tee signs. Concrete tee pads. Great place to bring newbie's. Very few chances to lose a disc. Fun park if you prefer to do nothing but throw medium to long drives, then putt. Multiple pin locations available. Really nice bridge structure on 16.
Cons: Very open park. Even though there wasn't much wind in the area, park was so open that it was very gusty; no tree's to slow down the gusts. Lack of available shade on most of the course, unless you walk off to the side and hide under a tree next to edge of park.
Have to say, game play was boring due to the lack of obstacles. I do like an occasional open hole, but this became very repetitive. Holes 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 are basically the same hole. A little back tracking after you hole out on 3, you sort of walk back up near the fairway of 3 to get to the tee box of 4. Tee signs were confusing, I think the areas representing bush rows were not correct, and the tee pads pointed differently than noted, just made it difficult to figure out which pin location you were trying to throw at.
Other Thoughts: Well, this will never be a wooded course, but that's not how the designers wanted it, and that is totally fine. There is nothing wrong with an open course, but this one did become a bit repetitive. Mostly flat, however there are some slight elevation changes (more like simple inclines). There is a small stream running through the center of the park, which is the lowest elevation. If you're throwing towards it, you'd be throwing slightly downhill, away from it, just the opposite.
By far, hole 6 was the best. Though a short hole, you throw from an open area, into a protected pin. The area protecting the pin is a "U" shaped group of trees around a small hill or at one time pile of dirt. 16 and 17 were fun also, that was mostly due to that being by the stream and there was vegetation and trees around, so a break from the openness of the rest of the park. Hole # 9 was more difficult than it looked. 500ft up a slight incline, making it play quite a bit longer. I think that once the saplings grow a little, and maybe the planting of more trees would make this park much more enjoyable. With that said, it was fun to see how close I could get to each basket on my drives. Lots of chances for 2's.
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