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Falling just short
Pros: A beautiful well maintained park with great amenities. Concrete tees, Mach 3 baskets, trash receptacles, attractive and durable tee signs add up to a really nice walk iin the park. Interesting use of terrain makes for some really nice holes, and the flow is easy to follow. The 27 hole option is a big plus, as Meadowview adds tight technical holes to the more open Apple Creek 18.
Cons: The beautiful tee signs are almost useless. While they do list the distance to the basket, they do not show the shape of the hole or it's hazards, or even where to find the goal. Although the park's course information board calls the course "championship", the posted pars are a joke - appropriate only for casual and recreational players. They are close to correct for green level play, but are apparently not adjusted for elevation change or foliage density.
The baskets are difficult to see. The Mach 3's are plain galvanized without any orange focal point stickers, and the (real nice) top plate is dark green and light yellow, ie. camo! In combination with poor tee signs, finding baskets the first time through can be frustrating.
The proximity of many tees to the last goal is unsafe. While it makes the flow easy, this kind of crowding is bound to cause problems!
Too many holes fall into the "everybody gets a three" length. These are average difficulty holes that play at 300-425 feet.
Other Thoughts: This course has the venue to be really good, but it falls short. First shorten some of the stupid length holes - (move the tee on #14 forward by about 40 feet) Also moving other tees and goals further apart is a safety must. Find a 500' hole. Get useful signs, with realistic white level (advanced) pars.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Nicely manicured city park
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The surrounding area of the park is gorgeous. It is set in a mature city park with well mowed fairways, prairie grass meadows, large trees, and rolling terrain. The fact that you can play an additional loop of 9 holes (the Meadow View Course) is a plus. The course utilizes some of the rolling terrain and elevation very well.
Cons: Unfortunately there are no tigt woods here. Most of the park is open and a few holes are VERY open with no challenge at all. Holes 6-10 or 11 present some major crowding issues with baskets very close to tees and fairways parallel to each other. This part of the design is very poor. The course is heavily used and that leads to garbage and vandalism by the useless idiots who choose to do so. The tees are heavily eroded around the concrete pad. In addition to concrete being slippery when wet, the erosion causes approach problems when you fear you'll roll an ankle. Despite being called Apple Creek, the creek is never really in play for any type of true water hazard. While #13 (I think) is a long downhill shot, it doesn't exactly qualify as a huge downhill bomber.
Other Thoughts: Plamman is very scenic and a very sound course. If you are lucky enough to hit it on a slow day, you could enjoy yourself. However, the variety of play is just not there - no extreme woods, no extreme elevation, no unique terrain or features, and no water hazard. It is simply a better than average city park course. The option to play 27 makes it more appealing.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Chuck it N Go
Pros: Nice park, quite scenic. Nice tee pads with a well-made sign at each one. Around many teepads where it gets muddy, plastic grids are in place to prevent slippage.
This course provides a lot fo elevation change. It seems like every hole has either rolling terrain, or an uphill or downhill shot. Also has several blind curves around wide tree lanes for added intrigue.
This course does a good job forcing controlled D. You will want to throw for max-D due to the relatively nature of the holes (no trees in the middle of most fairways) but there are enough woods here to punish you for errant shots, as I found out the hard way on multiple holes.
Overall, this course is a good compromise. People who like open courses will like it here, but it takes enough control that players without big-D can still do well.
However, it still probably favors big arms more, since its not overall a terribly technical course.
One thing this course does really well is to mix it up a bit. No two holes are really the same, due to the varied terrain in play, and the mix of scattered trees and more wooded rough.
The rolling terrain here is a nice change from O'hauser's flat landscape, and compliments it nicely, as those two seem to be the main courses in the Appleton DG scene.
Cons: Frustrating tee signs. These signs are very nice on first glance, and tell hole yardage and par very well. However, the "tee perspective" hoel maps are totally worthless. Why make them this way? No ball or disc golf course I've ever seen does them this way, and for good reason. Here, you have to scout the hole despite the nice signs, since the map tells nothing. That's quite sad.
Though this park provides a variety of interesting challenges, nothing about it particularly jumps out at you. The holes are pretty fun, but its quite biased towards distance over accuracy, a bit too much for my liking. Most of the locals I've talked to prefer O'hauser and consider Plamann a quite easy course. I would tend to agree. Compared to O'hauser, this course is a walk in the park.
This course is full of solid, good holes, but doesn't rise to the level of greatness. Overall, its a solid course that's fun to play.
Other Thoughts: The course plays around a fenced-in swimming lake area, complete with sandy beaches, diving docks, and designated sections roped off for kids, adults, even a dog area. Very cool thing to see in the middle of a city, IMO way more fun than a neighborhood pool.
This is a fun, interesting course, worth checking out, but it really wont stun or amaze you like O'hauser does, which is why I'd go back to the latter before I return here.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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