Ames, IA 
Gateway Hills Park (Carroll Marty DGC) Share
Uploaded By: scarpfish Hole #5 (Taken 6/2010)
3 / 185ft.   3 / 146ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #5 Pro Tee

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 awesome hill usage

2-4    11/21/2012   11/21/2012
Review By: therealpursuit
Played: 7  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 20.6 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: challenging concrete pro tees. no easy birdies no hole is impossible to birdie, though. very steep hills to throw up and down. 9 ends right by 10 and the parking lot. very cool locals. wooden steps, variant winds (some holes in valleys some on hills). picnic table and water fountain.
Cons: needs maps on signs, hole 3 is hard to find gotta go over a bridge hole 9 is up a steep hill from 8 chains(the path goes around the hill) 14 tee is back towards 13 tee
Other Thoughts: several possible signature holes going down very steep hills with narrow fairways or into openings. lots of man made stairs make the steep hills maneuverable. very well beaten paths.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Busy, but nice

1    8/21/2012   8/25/2012
Review By: DRuMiNFiNN15
Played: 10  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 6.9 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Nice variety of shots
-Nice paths/stairs to help making navigating the course easy
-Front nine ends back at start - easy to just play front 9 or back 9
Cons: -Really busy during fall/spring (located near college campus)
-Not too many long shots - mostly medium to short
Other Thoughts: A good course for a casual round if you can beat the crowds.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    5/4/2011   5/10/2011
Review By: ifdiscer
Played: 18  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 12.1 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good mix of short and long holes
Fun challenging course
Lots of up and down hills to get some distance for weaker arms
Cons: A few difficult holes for newbies
A couple of blind holes (pitch and pray you get close)
Very crowded on even less than desirable days to play
Other Thoughts: Had a great time, will play again soon

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 4th course of the day

1    3/15/2011   3/16/2011
Review By: Earl Harbo
Played: 19  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8.1 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is very well maintained with several small water hazards and lots of big hills to throw off of. Favorite part of this course was defiantly the elevated tee pads with various distances depending on the hole. Tomahawks will be your best friend through many of the shots. Overall a nice mix of open, semi, and wooded shots. If anyone is in the Des Moines area this should defiantly be one of your top picks if trying to choose a course. Look over the pictures and you wont be disappointed.
Cons: Plenty of out of bounds opportunities, if you play OB.
Other Thoughts: This was the 4th course we played on March 15th in the epic Des Moines area Frolf outing. Congrats Larry, -1, first time played. No clue how he threw so many tomahawks after playing for 8 hours.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Lots of fun factor for me

1    6/28/2010   7/27/2010
Review By: mndiscg
Played: 352  Reviewed: 345  Exp: 6.9 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Good use of elevation on a lot of holes
-Creek comes into play on a few holes too
-Nice landscaping, stairs, ledges, woodchips that make this course more fun and more visually appealing- this looks like it is going to improve in the near future
-Nice baskets
-Nice tees
-Good mix of open and wooded holes. Wooded holes are not too wooded, perfect amount in my opinion
-Many holes turn right or left or have severe elevation changes- only a few open shots
-A decent variation in distance- elevation changes distances too so it seems even more varied.
-There were some really cool holes. I can't remember which ones they were. Hole one was at the top of the hill and the hole is off to the left. Hole 6 I think is also at the top of the hill but in the woods and has cool stairs all the way down. There are two holes later that go up steep hills and into woods. Another hill throws off a platform towards a hole at the bottom of the hill.
-No two holes are the same.
-Good parking, bathrooms, sand volleyball courts, playground

Cons: -Signs are in bad shape on most holes; either faded or missing.
-Can be muddy in the woods
-Can be very busy, especially when Stable Run/ISU is under water as it has been most of spring and summer
-Flow can be a bit confusing if you haven't been here before.
-Can be hot/humid/buggy in the summer
-Course could use a little trash cleanup and maintenance.
Other Thoughts: -One of two good courses in Ames, definitely worth a stop. Fall or Spring are the best times to play. Avoid weekends and evenings when the college students are going to be playing, can get crowded.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Is fun to play with lots of people

5+    5/4/2010   5/6/2010
Review By: Caligolfer
Played: 18  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This course has many different holes for many different type of throwers. It also has some hole in one holes.
Cons: This course can be hard for beginners. There also some holes with water on them.
Other Thoughts: Hole number 6 and 16 are two of my favorite holes that i have played. They are both downhill longer shots.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Pleasantly Surprised

1    2/18/2009   2/18/2009
Review By: PDXDuck
Played: 19  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 16.8 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Long Concrete Tee Pads
Multiple Tee Pads & Pin Placements
Variety of Layouts & Terrain/Obstacles
Plenty of Elevation Change
Layout Signs For Most Holes
Course Flows Well
Satisfactory Number of Trash Cans
Cons: Could Use Additional Walkout Signage
No Benches (If you like/need that sort of thing)
Every Pin Wasn't Numbered
Would've Liked All Holes to Have Layout Signage
Other Thoughts: I was staying nearby on business and was pleasantly surprised just how enjoyable the course was. I expected flat and boring and got quite the opposite (didn't read info on this site first). I was able to figure out the walkout to the next hole most of the time, but there were a few times I had to "pathfind" a bit. Fortunately I was able to follow the beaten paths through the packed snow to get me back on track. Since I played in winter, half the course was covered in packed snow, including about a third of the tee pads. It's likely that some of these minor issues are non-existent come spring. This course is probably best for intermediate players and up. Some beginners may not enjoy themselves as much in the tight wooded and/or longer holes.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 First course

8/16/2006   8/16/2007
Review By: ACurry916
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great layout since it is on an old ball golf course! a mix of tight and open holes with lots of Elevations thru out the course!
Cons: During the school year there is a lot of college students playing which cause a wait at every hole.
Other Thoughts: Great course for pros and beginners alike!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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