4 Helpful / 0 Not
Has concrete tee pads for all tees
Has nice tee signs with locations of the various basket placements
Has many benches throughout course
Has multiple basket placements for all holes
Has next tee signs posted throughout - easy to navigate
More open than wooded fairways with most holes having changes in elevations - which will be fun to the casual player
Water comes into play on some of the holes but they aren't really a factor in losing a disc
Has two loops of the front and back nines
Safety issues - course has a few holes that play near the road and playground
Course design and flow could use improvement as there are some moderately long walks between some holes
Course can get crowded at times as it's popular with parkgoers and players
This a nice, challenging multi-use 18 hole city course in Atlantic that I enjoyed playing on a rainy Friday afternoon. I probably would have had more fun if it wasn't raining on the day I played. First thing that surprised me was that the course had varying elevations. The elevations and the mature trees scattered throughout the course reminded me to keep my drives in control from the concrete tee pads. There is nice artwork on the tee signs but it would probably be better if there was some kind of basket placement indicator on them. There are three par 4s but I felt that hole #4 was the only legit one while the other two fell into the easy par 4/hard par 3 category. This is a well-maintained course and I can see how this course can get crowded with other players and parkgoers. Some of the holes play fairly close to the park's amenities and roads so that potentially can cause some concern in safety and delays depending on how busy the park is. Some holes had some moderately long walks in between but they weren't that bad. Other than that, it's an excellent course to play. If you're in this area, I highly recommend playing this course as it's a fun one to play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 16 Not
Pros: Well taken care of, good course for locals I suppose. Cement tee pads.
Cons: Crowded, other people in the park made it difficult to play. Basket locations always seem to be the same. Other people using the park. Rude
Other Thoughts: Too many park users in the course flow.
0 of 16 people found this review helpful.
My favorite place to play around
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: challenging pin placement - they have a basket on top of a stump. might be hard to get your disc out if you are short
they move baskets often
fun course to play
well layed out
Cons: nothing i can think of
Once in a while there are people in the way in parts of the park
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Home of the Coca Cola Classic!
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Multiple tee pads, multiple pin settings which are moved often. Water and restrooms in multiple areas.
A mature city park with mature trees. Two holes (6&7) are in full timber with lots of punishment for errant shots.
Two holes (14&15) have water hazards (a small creek)
Long bomber shots will be found on a few holes. 4 & 12 come to mind first. Along with hole 10 and its OB road
The course is well designed, with a lot of thought and continued hard work put into it, to make it one of the best courses in Iowa!
Cons: It's a popular public park and a lot of events are held there.
Other Thoughts: Some folks have complained about a need for more trash cans There are trashcans on holes 1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. You may have to keep an eye out for them but they're there.
Atlantic Disc Golf League holds organized league rounds. Look them up on Facebook
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Worth the drive
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 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 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.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 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 4 people found this review helpful.
13 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.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
8 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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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