4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is one of the prettiest park courses that I've played. It is built on and around a large hillside that is covered with huge mature trees. There are a couple of small creeks along the base of the hill that come into play on several holes.
Quite a variety of hole lengths from 186' to 550' (from the blue tees) gives you everything from short "touch" shots out to full power drives. While all of the holes have trees to navigate, only a couple are what I would describe as tightly wooded. Much of the interest on these holes come from the uphill, downhill, and sidehill orientations of the fairways.
Hole 6 is the one of the tight wooded holes. From the blue tee is is about 100' straight ahead to a hard right turn into a narrow fairway. From there more tight woods to the pin on the left. Very tricky hole. And Hole 7 is a nice tight tunnel drive over a creek to the pin on the opposite side.
Outstanding concrete tee pads are large and level, with good texture. Many are boxed in on two or three sides because of the sloping ground, and look just about erosion-proof. Benches on many of the pads as well. Really nice job by whoever put these in. For all but a couple of holes there are two pads, labels "Rec" and "Pro".
Generally two or three basket positions for each hole, with some good variety. For the creek holes one position is on the near side of the creek, with a second on the far side, presenting very different looks.
Excellent tee signs at each pad location. Good visual diagram of the hole along with the usual hole number, par, and distances to each pin. No tagging or vandalism of the signs which speaks well of the local teens.
Paved parking lot with restrooms and a large pavilion near Hole 1. Course is set up a two, 9-hole loops so you return to the parking area mid-round.
Cons: This is an outstanding course and it is hard to come up with cons.
The only thing that detracts from it for me are that many of the holes are clear enough that even an early tree hit doesn't necessarily mean a bogie. A deflected drive will generally land in an area that gives you a reasonable approach to the basket. So you would expect advanced players to birdie many of these holes regularly.
Other Thoughts: For a small town in Western Iowa, it is amazing that they've got this course. After your round check out the "Pizza Ranch" in town. Really good food.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Worth the drive
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well maintained, some woods and some long down hill throws. Just a great course. The only reason it's not a 5 for me is only because it's an hour drive from Omaha. The course is put together well and there is a lot of pride the locals take in making it great. Very clean, you can drink in the park so there's no worry of police ticketing you. A great place to camp as well for some night golf!
Cons: It's a long drive from Omaha and that's it!
Other Thoughts: Just don't leave your disc in the basket up a hill.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: If you read mashnut's review entitled "fun elevation", he hit the nail on the head. If you live with in 100 miles of this course get in your car and go play it. I played it during the week and we had the course to ourselves.
Near the first tee and practice basket is a golf course sign that was stocked with score cards and course maps to help with locating basket placement.
Hole 12 was a great hole to play with a huge drop off across a large open field. Having to contend with the winds at altitude and getting the disk in the right direction across the open field was fun.
Cons: I have to really dig to find fault with this course. It would be nice to see some sort of marking on the tee box signs telling me what the current placement of the basket is. A few tees had me going out to scout out basket placement.
The majority of the course does not have under brush. If more under brush was present to make you pay more for wild throws then this course would be perfect. If you have a bad release you can normally find your way around and not loose par.
Other Thoughts: The multiple tee boxes and basket locations make this course great. The park offers many other things to do besides disk golf, bring the family. Even if this park is a long drive have your tent there are camp sights beside the park for use. You must go out of the way and play this course. I will be back many times in the coming years.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Noobs' Eye View.
Pros: Course is Technical,But not too tech.Great use of elevation. Multiple options on nearly every Basket. Great set-up to spend a day. Very nice Picnic sites to take breaks or lunch, Multiple Flush toilets. What more do you want?
Cons: On a Busy park day, it could get crowded. Could use 2 more trashcan. No Real Complaints.
Other Thoughts: Would recomend to any level player.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a beautifully kept park with grassy fairways and mature trees. Most of the holes have enough trees to keep things interesting, but enough space to offer some different routes. You might have to get creative if you miss your lines, but there are chances to recover with little underbrush on the majority of the course. A couple holes play a little tighter with more rough, offering some chances to get into trouble with an errant shot.
Elevation comes into play on nearly every hole. Many have moderate hills that add some challenge and variety, you have to know how your discs will fly with elevation changes to be successful here. There are a couple big downhill bombs where you'll want to empty your bag, it's always fun to watch discs fly off elevated tee pads.
The amenities here are very nice. Most holes have two tees, all are large concrete pads with good texture. Many have retaining walls to prevent erosion and direct water away from the tees. There are good signs at both sets of tees with distances and hole layouts along with directions to the next tee. There are 2-3 pin placements on each hole, changing things up and adding some extra variety.
Cons: The multiple placements are nice, and are designed well to provide different challenges. That said, I find it a little frustrating when current pin placements aren't noted on the tee signs or course kiosk, it adds extra scouting to figure out how long the hole is and where to throw and means the nice signs are less useful.
There isn't a whole lot of punishment here for bad shots, you can almost always recover for par if you throw an errant drive. There are a few holes that feel like fillers, short and not very interesting. Several holes have potential conflicts with other park uses and the park road, on a nice day there could definitely be some safety issues.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course fairly approachable, especially from the short tees. It's not too long, and definitely isn't so punishing that it would frustrate less accurate throwers. More experienced players will find some fun shots and some great elevation, but not quite enough punishment to make it a top level challenge.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Best Course in Iowa?
Pros: -Dual tees on most holes. There is a significant difference between the two sets of tees and many holes feel like a whole different hole.
-Big trees fill out the park area of the course and they are at a good density and placement. There are a few holes that have more trees like 5-7. 6 is the only true wooded hole.
-Elevation is the key to this course. Almost every hole is altered somewhat by this course. That became evident early on in this round when hole 3 was short but steep uphill. I also liked the view of the basket between the V even though it is nearly impossible to get to the basket through there. The next hole is around 600 feet but you can reach the basket with a good toss because it is the perfect amount of downhill for monster throws.
-Multiple pin locations for most of the holes
-Great risk/reward shots from the tees and the greens. The elevation helps with this.
-A map and scorecards at the beginning help out navigation as does the amazing signage on every hole. Each sign tells you the direction to walk to find the next tee and it is easy for most of them.
-A few places to buy discs in Atlantic. Walmart usually has Pro and Dx while the other place has more premium plastic.
-Have a tournament at least once a year here.
-The tees are giant and trapezoid shaped and are great.
-While the trees weren't thick enough to make you pick a certain line, they were thick enough to punish you if you messed up on the line you did choose.
Cons: -You may have to watch out for other park users. This park is probably one of the few public parks in Atlantic. I could see it becoming busy.
-You could lose a disc in the woods on a few holes. The elevation makes it tricky to judge some shots and the underbrush is thick if you throw it in there.
-Bugs can be bad on the few wooded holes but are otherwise not bad.
Other Thoughts: I knew this course had a high rating but I wasn't sure what to expect. I also knew this course was a city park which usually limits how great a course can be. This course took down those limits. I had a great time and a great challenge playing here. I would highly recommend this course and while I haven't played all the top courses in this state, this is my favorite so far.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Top Notch In Course In Western Iowa
Pros: This is a beautiful piece of work here. This course has everything you would want in a disc golf course. This course has dramatic elevation changes with some beautiful uphill and downhill shots with a good variety of left and right shots and some short and long shots. There is plenty of birdie opertunities on this course and a really nice cliff shot on hole #12 that is really fun to play. Trees are a big factor when playing this course adding shade and great challenge on most holes. The baskets are well placed very well, adding great challenge to most holes. This course has multiple concrete tee pads and pin positions for a beginner or more advanced player. The signs are really nice and provide you with all hole information and also direct you to the next tee. The park is very clean and well maintained with restrooms on sight. The course does not seem to get real crowded, so you will most likely have the whole course to yourself.
Cons: The park could get crowded with other park users and there might be an event going on under the covered structure. I didn't see any trashcans on the course so a few would be nice to help keep the course clean.
Other Thoughts: This is a must play course if you are in the area. This course will leave you wanting more after you play a round here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Extremely nice teepads/signs
- A lot of benches
- Good balance of holes (Hyzer, Anny, Straight, long, short, finesse, power, etc)
- Pro/Am tees with a few shared
- Well maintained in a beautiful park
- Good for any level of skill. Am/pro tees offer a noticible change in difficulty
Cons: - A lot of walking in between holes, some back tracking.
- Took us a little bit to find tee pads being our first time.
Other Thoughts: We made a stop on the way from council bluffs to des moines and all agreed it was a very nice course. We were messing around for the most part and shot +5 +7 +7. If you went and played serious you could easily shoot underpar. Really nice course, id definitely suggest it to people. I've met the head of the course if you will, at a few tournaments and hes a really good guy. He and Mike Wulbeker (Spelling?) are really putting in work to bring disc golf to western Iowa.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Pros: The holes have two tee pads, a "pro" pad and a "rec" pad. Each hole also has two (and sometimes three) pin positions, although only one basket is in use at any given time. The signage, which is some of the best I've seen, shows the distances, various pin positions, pars, and where the next tee is. The course wasn't bad to navigate, and you don't need a map (although there is one near the first hole). The front nine plays through a very nice area of mature trees with some low-hanging branches, so you often will have to throw low and flat. They aren't overly tight, though, with the exception of the 6th hole. The second half is slightly less wooded but has a couple holes (14 and 15) with some great risk/reward where you probably need to thread a small window to get a birdie. Hole 12 is a fun cliff shot. One of the pictures shows this hole, although the picture doesn't do it justice. Since it is a public park, it is well taken care of. There are a couple holes just under 200 feet, but they are all either pretty wooded or uphill. Most of the holes are 225-350 feet, as I recall. This place has some nice elevation. Two other cool holes: The first hole has the basket blocked by a playground ladder, so you have to throw through it or around it. Cool idea. And the 6th hole has a short but narrow fairway from the pro pad to the rec pad that requires some precise placement to play the dogleg to the basket.
Cons: You don't have the park to yourself. There was a Boy Scout gathering near the first hole, but they weren't really in the way. However, I couldn't tee off on #13…because there was a wedding in the fairway! You'll probably have most of the course to yourself, but there is real potential to have other park users in the way on #1, 10, 13, and 14. The course also had more players on it than I expected considering how new it is. That's great that it's already a success, but hopefully it doesn't end up getting crowded. Finally, some of the pro tee pads were just farther back but didn't give a really different look to the hole.
Other Thoughts: I drove here to check it out from Omaha. It is well worth the drive for a refreshing course. Parks like this are ideal locations for courses, and towns would do well to use some of their park dead space for courses. I'll be back.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Great, Diverse course
Pros: Course was changed this spring! One new hole and a much better overall flow to the course. Multiple choices on most holes for both righties and lefties, great variety of distance on the holes as well. Multiple pin locations will keep the course changing and fresh. More than enough trash cans (I counted 9) on the course keeps things clean. Park is extremely well maintained, making it enjoyable to play at any time throughout the discing season.
Cons: Sometimes there will be other things going on in the park and people will be in the shelters.
Other Thoughts: Slight water hazard, but it is a shallow creek and discs can easily be retrieved. Well placed branches and vines (on hole 7 especially) give this course character that is tough to beat. Worth the drive for anyone in the area.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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