1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: -good use of natural elevation to make the course interesting and fun to play, some of the holes like #6 have nice elevation changes that make the course awesome
-good mix of open and wooded holes, as well as different distances
-good cement tee off pads, many holes have two different tee pads
-There are stairs and walkways to make the changes in elevation easier to climb
-Many interesting shots that make you want to keep playing.
Cons: -after it rains it can be quite muddy
-There are some holes that go along the river and those open up chances to lose a disc.
Other Thoughts: Fantastic Course, I would recommend playing it if you get a chance.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Neat Central IA gem
Pros: Good intermediate to novice level course that more advanced players won't get bored by. Good logical flow. Dual tees on every hole give players more adaptability in picking how much challenge they want. Good mix of open and wooded. Open area holes fairways are defined by a thin line of tall grass between holes (you can make going outside of these OB to add challenge). My favorite holes on this course were 8 and 12 which you shoot from one wooded area, out into the open, across to another wooded area.
Cons: If you like some long bomb holes, well, this ain't the course for you, as it is relatively short. The longest shot in the park is a 425' downhill tunnel hole. Course can be a mud pit in spots after a hard rain. The wooded section on 3-7 is particularly bad (definitely use the stairs provided). Very popular and gets crowded in the afternoons by mostly rec players, so expect some wait time. Pretty as it is, doesn't really have that wow factor. Hole signs are deteriorating.
Other Thoughts: A lot of places would be happy to have a course like Carol Marty in town. Due to its length and being in the vicinity of much longer, more challenging courses to the south probably doesn't get the cred it deserves. I wouldn't go to Ames just to play this, but I'd definitely play it again if I were passing through Ames. A good choice if you're in central Iowa and find the monster Des Moines courses a bit overwhelming.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Good, fun course
Pros: Has a wide variety of tee shots. Has a good amount of tight holes, also has some open holes that challenge players focus. Easy enough to always have a fun round. Easy to find course.
Cons: Too many short holes. Really no hole where you can let loose your longest drives. Course not updated enough. High concentration of bad players/hooligans. Often able to get near -10 under par on my own.
Other Thoughts: Overall I enjoy playing this course. While it is very easy and often crowded, it is still fun to play and satisfaction is easy to attain for players of all levels.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Is fun to play with lots of people
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.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Good Local Course
Pros: -Multiple tee pads
-2 practice baskets
-Easy layout to follow
-Beginner friendly from short tees
-Long tees usually offer a lot tougher shot/line at the pin
-A good amount of elevation change
-Nice staircases make the elevation change manageable
-Course is usually well maintained-i.e. grass mowed
-Drinking fountain/ beverage machines by hole 18
-2 volleyball courts and a playground in the park
Cons: -The course is often crowded during the school year. If you play during this time of year, come in the morning or plan on a lot of waiting.
-A lot of littering from college students that is tough to keep clean during the school year.
-The front nine can get pretty muddy after some heavy rain
-There aren't really any holes to drive for distance (Maybe 1 or 2 holes 400 feet or longer)
-The course isn't too challenging from the shorts
Other Thoughts: -There is usually one portapotty near the parking lot.
-If you have to decide between this course and Stable Run in Ames, then I would suggest checking out Stable run because it has multiple tee pads, multiple pin locations, and is more challenging. However, this course is more scenic.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good variation of good technical holes where you are weaving between trees and then some very open holes with that are moderately long. Tee boxes are cement and most holes have an advanced tee box placement for a pretty good challenge. All holes can be played as par 3's. Several holes are great potential aces (especially 10). Good elevation change and no hole is terrible to play. Baskets in pretty good condition and you go past a drinking fountain twice during the round. Good practice pin to warm up at.
Cons: Signs aren't in the best condition and it can get very very busy during nice days. All of the hole are concentrated in one area in the middle. Because of all the people playing a lot of trash accumulates. All the holes are good, but they aren't mindblowingly memorable.
Other Thoughts: Hole 16 is a very awesome hole to play, very scenic and nice looking hole.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice mix of open, semi-open, and wooded holes, with a suprising amount of elevation involved.
Plenty of different looks involved, and no bad holes.
Probably best suited for average players like myself; not terribly challenging for top players.
A pretty and scenic course.
Cons: None to speak of. Doesn't have great holes to lift it's rating any higher, but all fun.
Other Thoughts: I played on a summer weekday and had the course pretty much to myself, so not sure about the crowding issues others raised.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course offers a variety of challenging shots with fairways cutting from right to left and vice versa. An interesting note is that there is a ton of elevation changes throughout the course. Both #1 and #18 have large amounts of elevation change. Holes play both out in the open and back through the woods.
Cons: The course seemed to be marked somewhat poorley. For my first time playing it, some tees were confusing to try to find. There is also a stream that runs behind and next to a few of the holes making for a muddy trip if you go down in the water. Also it seemed very busy which made the pace a little slower having to wait on other groups on every single hole.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and Sweet
Pros: Two tees from all but three of the holes. The shorter tees offer a pretty relaxing and enjoyable round, while the long tees present a good challenge.
A great use of the existing elevation, mostly for some great downhill drives, but a few good uphill ones as well.
Unless it has rained a lot recently, the water hazards (a creek running through the course) is usually low enough that you won't loose your disc.
A pretty good mix of shots, though mostly open with only a couple technical, wooded shots.
There are trash cans every couple holes or so.
There are a couple of drink vending machines and a portable toilet here.
Cons: The course isn't overly challenging after a few plays for more advanced players, though the long tees will keep it pretty interesting for awhile.
Litter has become more of a problem recently as more ISU students take up disc golfing. Even though there are trash cans people still throw cans on the ground and hang them in trees. Broken bottles also show up frequently.
With the increased popularity the course is also crowded on nice, sunny afternoons by fair-weather-golfers. If you make it out before noon you shouldn't have too much trouble, but waiting at tees is common in the afternoon, especially while ISU is in session.
Other Thoughts: I consider this my home course and I tried to be fairly objective in my description of it. I would have rated it a 4 if not for the crowding and quality of courses around the Des Moines area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
favorite course yet
Pros: Nice changes in elevation
Some open holes and some with lots of trees, great variety
Multiple paths for many holes
Amature tees are relatively easy (I have birdied all but 9)
Pro tees add a nice challenging element, still very fun to play
Cons: Unless you know where some of the holes are, its tough to know where to go (particularly from 3 to 4)
Not all holes are labeled.
Lots of traffic, usually have a long wait during the school year (I've never played during the summer when school is out)
Other Thoughts: This is an amazing course. Great range of shots can be used. Some good distance shots as well as multiple technical shots that weave through trees. I have only played 4 courses but this one is by far the best and I have talked to other people who have played all over the state and feel the same way. Great for all skill levels
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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