Solid Course, Confusing Posted Par
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Pros: Marinette City Park offers a variety of shots from thinly wooded such as #1, #14, #15, and #17, Tunnel shots on #3, #4, #11, #12, and #16, fairly open holes on #7, #8, and #9, and significant elevation change on uphill #2 and downhill #8 and #12. Some of the holes such as #7 and #8 finish left, while some such as #10 and #15 finish right, requiring golfers to be able to throw a variety of shots in order to score well on this course.
Some specific hole notes:
#8 is always fun because it's a 400 ft wide open downhill shot. Watching your disc travel towards the basket on this hole is quite a thrill!
#11 has a very steep drop off on the left side, eventually into a creek. This tends to be the hole where people lose their discs.
Hole #16 in my opinion is by far the most difficult on the course, being 380ft with a thin fairway between VERY thick forest. The tunnel through the woods holes reward accuracy over power, but this hole takes it to the extreme. If you get outside the fairway, your disc is almost guaranteed to stop traveling forward because of all the pine trees, and you'll most likely have to use a stroke just to throw back into the fairway. Hole 16 is posted as a par 3, but the best I've ever shot on this hole is a 4. In fact, I've never seen anyone par this hole (though I'm sure it's been done.)
The course is safe, easy to find, easy to get to, and is in town. The designers did a great job utilizing a limited amount of space to make a solid 18 hole course. The tee pads are nice, and the signs are consistent and helpful. There is a helpful "next tee" sign after #10 and I believe one between #7 and #8 as well.
Cons: The tee pads are a little short. I end up starting behind the tee pad on most of drives here, and still occasionally will run out of room and not follow through completely. The tee pad on #5 has some permanent bike treads from someone riding through it as it was drying. This is irritating in that the tee pad is uneven and puddles of water always form in the shallow spots.
The sign on #14 is too close to the front right edge of the tee pad. As a primarily RHBH thrower, I'm always afraid I will hit my hand on this signpost. Further more, there is a tree about 10 feet away almost directly in front of the tee box. Between the sign post and this tree, players are forced to throw in a tight space. I'm all for adding difficulty to a course, but not of this sort. Moving the post on #14 would help tremendously.
Some of the posted pars here make no sense. #1 is 286 feet with a clear line and is listed as a par 4. Hole #4 is a generous par 5 at 350+ through the woods (though I could see maybe calling this a par 4.) Hole #6 is just over 300ft fairly open and is a par 4. Then #16, an insanely difficult hole, is a par 3. My guess is that the confusing par choices is a remnant from when this was 9-hole course Some of the generous pars on the front make up for the difficulty on the back. I usually end up ignoring the posted pars for my own edification and end up playing everything as a par 3 except #16.
Bugs are thick in the summer, and the area leading up to the pin on #8 (long downhill shot) often has standing water everywhere.
Other Thoughts: This is a city park that people use. Be sure to watch out for pedestrians and cars, as a street and sidewalk run through the course. People occasionally will park here to eat lunch and take a smoke break or things of that nature. I once threw an errant shot #1 when I should have waited for someone to walk past. If you hooked an errant shot on #6, you could potentially throw into a playground area with young children. If you are afforded the opportunity to play this pleasant course, please be mindful of nonplayers.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The best around by far
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Pros: The course is now 18 holes set in a pretty much disc golf exclusive park right in town. The baskets are Discatcher's that were all in very good shape and caught well. The Tees are all nice, level concrete that gripped nicely. There's a good amount of elevation changes throughout the course. Hole 2 is a fun uphill shot. Hole 8 is an awesome downhill bomber that let's you just rip it.Hole 12 is a narrow, downhill tunnel shot that requires a solid shot. The flow of the course is very intuitive except a couple spots. The walk from 7 to 8 can be confusing at first. Just look south up the sled hill and that's where the tee is. Most notably though is after hole 13 you have to walk down the hill past hole 1's tee and across the road to find 14. The tee signs are pretty basic but serve their purpose. They are present at EVERY hole and all have hole #, par, distance and a basic hole diagram. The designers did a fantastic job utilizing the park space here to make a well rounded, fun yet not just pitch and putt course. There are many types of shots here that will test all skill levels to some extent. The park was well maintained and very clean. The course is permanent and is free to play which are both bonuses. It wouldn't seem to be too crowded ever so you can toss a few rounds relatively quickly here.
Cons: The tee pads are on the smallish side but are by far better than nothing and do work just fine though, just worth mentioning. The few longer walks from hole to hole can be a bit confusing for first timers. Nothing too major, and I pretty much covered those above anyway. Only one set of tees and pins for each hole. A few of the holes seem kind of like filler (Holes 3, 7 & 9) but they set up some really great holes (4 & 8) so it really balances out. Again, like almost every WI course the bugs can get nasty but just bring bug spray and it's a non issue. My biggest con by far though is the location of the tee signs. they are located right by the front right corner of the tee pad which for RHBH throwers like me is a real pain. I have too line up on the far left edge of the pad and ended up having a few bad releases worrying about cracking my hand on the signs. Either have them a few feet away from the tee or better yet a few feet from the back corner of the tee. This is a serious irritant for me, and it doesn't feel good actually hitting the sign (I've done it before) on your follow through.
Other Thoughts: This is by far the best course within about an hour (I haven't played Pioneer trails in Escanaba yet), that I have played at least. This is a very well designed course. I was surprised how much fun it was after playing Coleman and Peshtigo right before this one. I feel this more a 3.75 than a 3.5 but that's not an option so I opted on the lower end due to single tee and pin set ups and the couple "connector" type holes. Very fun course though.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: A challenging course that weaves through the forest and utilizes the hills.
Hole 1 is a challenging shot through the trees where you need to hit your line.
Hole 2 is a shot that is on a hill where a water tower used to be. It is a deceiving hole.
Hole 4 is a beautiful and long tunnel shot. This hole will eat beginners up.
Hole 5 is a sharp left dog leg, but has a thumber line over the trees for righties.
Hole 6 is over some small hills and is out of view from the tee box.
Hole 7 is a 615 ft shot down hill and across a field that is maintained. The walk here can become wet as it is a bog-like area.
Hole 8 is a big hyzer for a righty and a perfect thumber for a lefty - easy hole for advanced players but adds a twist for beginners.
Hole 9- from the tee pad there is a solid tree-line to your right and open to the left, interesting hole.
Cons: Tee boxes NEED to be concrete. They were supposed to be crushed limestone but realistically it is big white garden rocks.
Signs need to be put up.
Hole three is a 100 some odd foot shot that could be better if basket is slightly moved.
Other Thoughts: This course was brought to the city council in June and put up in August. The tee pads and signs should be put up next summer, especially since the money is allocated for it.
The course will be kept up in winter and snow shoes will be up for rent from the city if people wanted to use them.
Alternate tee pads could be implemented next summer to make it an 18 hole course.
Course is free and still maintained.
If you play here in the summer, make sure you play hole 4 when the sun sets. The orange "glow" at the end of the beautiful tunnel is breath-taking.
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