4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course And a Challenge!
Pros: -Makes you use all of your discs
-All different kinds of shots
-Some very fun holes!
-Tee-pad are big and in nice shape
-Many slopes which will make for tough shots
-Very unique atmosphere being close to campus
-Cool path on the way to hole 16's Tee, made of beer bottle caps
-Close to ISU campus
-Shop at hole 1,10, and 18 with vending machines and discs
-Sand volleyball courts and tennis courts on site along with shelter and picnik accessories
-Beautiful views when sun sets
-Plenty of shade on front 9, back 9 more open
-No water hazards other than a small creek running through the middle but not much of a hassle to retrieve discs from.
Cons: -Very crowded!
-Tee Signs, baskets, and walkways are damaged due to high traffic
-Easy to get lost (can be easily fixed by asking one of the many other "Frolfers" around)
-No bathrooms on the course other than the shop
-Few holes repetitive and short (2,11,13)
-Beer bottles and trash are relevant
-No trash cans on the course other than the park at holes 1,10, and 18.
Other Thoughts: Overall a very fun and unique course. If you get lost, you can easily ask a friendly ISU local to help you find your way. Front 9 holes are more shaded and forested and Back 9 is more open and longer. I would definitely recommend this course for someone who is heading on a road trip up or down I-35. Great Course and much much fun!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
the carroll marty
Pros: This has been my home course for many years. And i love it. The front nine is pretty tech and difficult. Shorter on the front nine but in a good way. Lots of elevation changes. Back nine is a lot more open and easier. You will rack up a lot of deuces here.
Cons: Wish the holes were a little bit longer. Some ofof the Long tees could have been laid out a little better. Especially hole 5. Its just retarded.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Carroll Marty - Solid Course
Pros: -Great variety of shot types, distances, and elevation changes
-front 9 more wooded and technical, back 9 more open
-Great course for new players to start, but can be still challenging (especially from the long tees)
-usually nicely mowed and maintained
-pretty easy to navigate through the course even though some of the signs are missing/outdated (may be bias since I've played it so much)
Cons: -VERY CROWDED, being so close to ISU when the weather is nice during the school year it WILL almost always be busy, traffic usually starts to dies down a month or so into the summer. (late may, early june)
-Can start to get pretty easy for some advanced players from the shorts - play the long tees if your looking for a challenge and some fun drives.
-After rain it will tend to puddle up and be muddy (holes 3-7 especially)
Other Thoughts: Overall I love this course, probably the course i've played the most, since I live in ames, stable run is a great change up though
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Creative fairways lots of fun
Pros: Nice baskets and tee boxes, well maintained, sweet mix of shot types, well balanced between distance and accuracy shots
Cons: VERY CROWDED, basically every hole will have a group playing it and group waiting to play it during peak times like evenings and weekends,
Other Thoughts: lots of original and unique shot types here that make for a nice break from the typical disc course
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
So much potential but so much trash
Pros: - Nice course that makes use of elevation
- Nice bomb shots (1/16)
- More technical holes on the front 9
- Tee pads are all cement and in good condition
- Fairway was recently mowed
- The rough is somewhat forgiving so that you shouldn't have a tough time getting back on the fairway from an errant shot
- Restroom (port-o-potty), water and vending machines at the beginning (end) of 1 (18)
Cons: - Signs are in poor condition or are missing - basket location is deceiving and distances are not accurate
- Can be very muddy after a small rain or early in the year - mostly pertains to the front 9
- Can be very crowded late afternoon/early evening - early/mid morning is the best time to go to beat the crowds
- There is a lot of litter (beer cans in the rough and stuck on trees, and MANY broken bottles) - if it weren't for so much broken glass I'd add another star to the course but this is a safety issue that gets worse every year
- Some repetitiveness (2/11/13 come to mind)
- Less technical holes on the back 9 - mostly straight shots from the shorts and some trees to make for some different but boring lines from the longs
- Major erosion occurring throughout the course
Other Thoughts: - Favorite hole: 16 is a very beautiful bomb shot
- Least favorite hole: 2 - just a short, straight shot on the way to 3
Overall a course with some potential, especially from the longs. This course is lacking a lot of love and is being destroyed by the lack of care and by many of the "frolfers" who would rather treat the course as their personal trash can. It's sad to see so much garbage including broken glass 10' from a trash bin. Perhaps pay-to-play would help keep a lot of the trash chuckers off the course while also helping to restore the beauty that this course once had. This course plays to the beginner and somewhat to the intermediate players - advanced/pro will not be challenged by this course. Go to Stable Run DGC and enjoy the last bit of beauty that course has to offer before it gets trashed too.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A couple of drink machines up by the office. I was told you can purchase discs when open, though I didn't have time to confirm. A few sand volleyball courts on site. Playground equipment for the young ones. Porta potty by parking lot.
Main course kiosk by hole one, includes map and local tourney and league info. Two nice practice baskets to warm up on. Nice covered picnic table to help rest out of the sun or rain. A trash can or two up there also.
Dual tees for all but hole 4. Tee's were large concrete pads, with a nice brushed texture. This course really was completely different playing from the pro tees. Though some weren't much farther in distance, the looks were completely different. Play was much harder from the pro tees.
Several nice bridges over the creek, multiple stairs to assist in traversing the hills, both were greatly appreciated.
Generous amount of elevation used on the majority of the holes. Lots of shots down to the pin, and several shooting up, nice mix there. I found that the course also had a nice mix of left to right and right to left shots, so the course didn't favor either right or left hand players, regardless of throwing style.
Course was separated into two different loops. Hole 9 and 18 end near the parking lot. This was nice on a super hot day so you could grab more water. Also nice if you don't have enough time to play a full 18.
First 9 holes are mostly wooded, last 9 are mostly open, with one or two of each to mix it up. Several blind pins throughout. Creek came into play on a few holes, but never caused any problems.
Cons: Unfortunately, due to the heavy play on the course, there has been vandalism, and most of the tee signs are missing, written on, or just in disarray. Also from what I could tell from what signs were there, if you were playing pro, you had to walk up to the am tee to figure out what distance you were throwing.
I don't recall seeing any trashcans or benches throughout course other than at the start - end of the course.
Though the course seemed to be maintained really well, I do think that it could used a little love. The areas around the bridges and stairs could use a little trimming or attention, as the stairs had weeds growing up through them, not a big deal, just worth noting.
Only a few of the pins were numbered. I wouldn't have noted it, but some were and some weren't.
Other Thoughts: A couple of holes that I really enjoyed: Hole 1 was a great way to start the course, shooting on an elevated tee down to the pin at the bottom with the pin hidden to the right. Great roller hole too. Hole 12 (pro tee) starts within the woods, throws into the open, then the hole tightens up and the pin sits with a creek bed just behind it (hole 8 is similar, without the creek behind pin).
I think this is a good course to help develop a well rounded game, as this course has many features that cause you to have multiple throws and approaches in your bag. Overall, a really good and fair course to play. I enjoyed the elevation, enough that I would like to someday come back and play again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A good variety of holes to play, and flows really well from hole to hole. A creek runs through the course as well adding a little more challenge to some of the holes as well. If you don't like water,and getting muddy than it's probably not a plus, but I think it adds to the challenge on some of the holes, and gives the course character.
Cons: It can get slow when on nice days when there's a lot of people trafficking through this course. Especially on the nice days. Also the back 9 can be rather slow as well, since they're open/distance holes
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
4th course of the day
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.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of fun factor for me
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
-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.
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