Pros: -The land is excellent for a disc golf course. Vast, scenic, hilly, wooded, etc.
-Not played very much. It is not at all uncommon to have the place to yourself.
-Lots and lots of blind shots
-Requires a tremendous variety of shots
-No simple 2s from the long tees. The three holes that are easiest to birdie are 3,6, and 7...and all three are blind. The amateur tees are obviously a lot easier, but even they make you work for it
-Excellent use of elevation throughout
-The course really forces you to be accurate, more than most. The forest borders a majority of the fairways, and it is thick. If you throw more than 5' into it, it WILL cost you a shot to get out. There are also a lot of sharp doglegs so if you miss a landing zone, you won't have an angle to the pin.
-The am and pro tees honestly play like two different courses. By playing both, it feels like you're getting a 2-for-1 deal.
-Great opportunity for scoring variability throughout the entire course.
Some of the better holes:
15Pro: From a ledge throwing across a wooded valley. Very, very cool shot. From the tee it looks like there isn't a reliable line to the pin, but there is. if you find it, the hole can easily be deuced.
15Am: Like 15Pro but a shorter shot with a tighter window
8Pro: A side-winding par 4. Can be done in 3 with two great shots and a putt, but it has probably given more 6s than 3s in its time.
2Pro: Forces a classic risk/reward dilemma for RHBH. Can be deuced with a perfect shot. Or...not so much.
12Am: A steep, downhill, blind, left-to-right finesse shot. If you miss two feet high, you'll end up 100 feet long.
Cons: -Two of the teepads haven't been put in. Both are on holes that can get muddy after rain.
-The big knock on the course is the lack of maintenance. The fairways are mowed, but the prairie grass just off the fairways is not. During the height of summer, it gets VERY thick and will swallow up any errant discs. The 3 wooded holes aren't maintained at all, and while 16 and 17 are still alright (if a little messy), 15 becomes badly overgrown with nettles; I don't play 15 long between May-September.
-For a course as good as this one, there are some clunky holes:
17Pro is awkward. You tee off with a short pitch into a TINY blind landing zone for the privilege of a narrow 220' tunnel shot. 17Am is a much better hole.
13Pro has a fairway turn that approaches 90% (as does 1Pro, actually), making it pretty much impossible to birdie. I wish the hole was lengthened by 100-150' to turn it into a true par 4.
Other Thoughts: Man, if the city of Clinton would just maintain the place a little better...
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Great Elevation and Upkeep
Pros: The course has a great variety of types of shots with great elevation. That alone describes the course very well. More specifically, it is a more challenging partially open type of course, big shots over and around trees is possible, and this course includes longer holes 500+ with pro pads. One could almost consider it a championship course.
Cons: There are only a few tight fairways, though it's moderately open drives were designed very well. Too bad it's the only good course in this area.
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Got to Play
Pros: Great course. Layout was easy to follow. This course puts all your skills to the test. With blind tee shots, left and right doglegs. And 15 and 16 is a blast in the woods.
Cons: Only two things about this course that disappointed me. First was finding out after I played that there were scorecards on the back of the map display at the beginning of the course. The second was that the hole for #2 was almost unplayable due to recent storm damage.
Other Thoughts: This is a course that everyone should put on their must play list. I know that I will be making a return trip when ever I am back in the area.
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