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Hole #13 Tee

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 Solid Course

2-4    9/6/2009   9/6/2009
Review By: DunbarTrout
Played: 13  Reviewed: 11
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.

 Solid, fun

1    8/18/2003   8/18/2009
Review By: DavidSauls
Played: 117  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 19.8 Years
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.


1    6/6/2009   6/19/2009
Review By: maeittreim
Played: 29  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 6.9 Years
1 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Short and Sweet

5+    6/13/2009   6/15/2009
Review By: jdggna
Played: 23  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 9.1 Years
This review was updated on 3/30/2010
2 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 favorite course yet

1    5/2/2009   5/2/2009
Review By: safg
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
This review was updated on 7/2/2011
1 Helpful / 1 Not
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.


5+    3/13/2009   3/21/2009
Review By: Conler Milrad
Played: 119  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 7.9 Years
This review was updated on 9/21/2009
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Easy to figure out. Easy/relaxing from the Am tees, and Chalanging from the Pro tees. Elevation changes a lot. Well Maintained
Cons: Garbage, and lack of garbage cans. Last year there was almost 1 for every hole. They seemed to dissapear in the winter. Rec players in big groups who don't seem to know the words "play thru". High traffic. Pathways so worn/traveled that grass will most likely never grow. Hole 1,17, and 18 are used as sledding hills in the winter. Signs are minimal, and the signs that are there don't provide much info.
Other Thoughts: I play this course at least 100 times a year. If you play before noon you can for the most part have the course to yourself.

1 of 1 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.

 A campus gem

5+    10/23/2008   10/24/2008
Review By: cydisc
Played: 170  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 18.9 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lots of elevation. Water in play on several holes. Multiple concrete tees. Good balance of uphill, downhill, L/R, R/L and straight holes. Solid Mach III baskets. *Two* practice baskets.
Cons: A bit on the short side as all holes are reachable, even from the long tees. Litter tends to be a problem, especially when ISU is in session. While there are many holes with alternate pins, they are not moved because the sleeves are bent, locks jammed, etc...
Other Thoughts: This is easily the busiest course in the area. A nice Spring Saturday afternoon will force a minimum 20 minute wait at the tee. Large groups are the norm.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 A must play if in the area

5+    6/3/2005   6/3/2008
Review By: smyith
Played: 134  Reviewed: 63  Exp: 13.5 Years
This review was updated on 4/15/2010
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Great land use
- Fun technical shots
- Good mix of open and wooded holes
- Although there is alot of traffic it moves relatively fast
- Easy to follow
- Stairs on the steep hills was a nice addition
- Creek was well used. only punishes really bad shots
- Tee signs nice and informative
- Rough isnt too bad
Cons: - Pro tees for the most part were kinda lame. Either they were just longer or the gave you a shot with a bunch of trees immediately.
- More trash cans would be nice
- Only a few benches here and there
Other Thoughts: This course is in a steep creek valley with a large mature forest. Although the holes are on the shorter side they are technical and fun. Shot placement is a necessity, the steep hills can be punishing and cause roll-aways. Many of the baskets are nicely tucked into protective spots. The rough is not too bad and you can easily find your arrant shots.
Stable Run is just down the road, both courses are a must play in m book. I played the two of them religiously when I went to ISU and never got tired of them.

Favorite hole #12 - A straight 250'ish shot at a basket that is sitting only 10-15' before the creek. The first 90% of the fairway is wide open, after that it quickly narrows down to a 15' wide gap between several skinny trees. To the left there is several other much smaller gaps and the right is well guarded be a bush. The bank drops about 5' immediately after the gap openning down to the basket. The creek flows behind it and all around the leftside there are guarding/backstop trees. The ideal throw is dead straight shot that goes just over the top of the bank. Something not too fast so it comes to rest quickly.

2 of 3 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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