Appleton, WI 
Plamann Apple Creek 18 Share
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5 / 463ft.   3 / 463ft. Par / Distance:
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 Well designed, fairly long, and challenging.

1    11/7/2009   11/14/2009
Review By: harr0140
Played: 839  Reviewed: 478  Exp: 6.2 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Nice large concrete tees are always a plus especially on courses with longer holes.

2) Signage is attractive and shows distances.

3) Very nice park and the disc golf section is completely removed from the rest of the park which is always a plus to not have to worry about bystanders and walkers and such.

4) Rolling terrain including some larger uphills and a couple slight downhillers. One long downhill hole is almost like a skihill shot. About 400' and reachable for anyone that normally throws about 275-300'. Creek behind the basket and a patch of wooded area on the left of the green.

5) Erosion mats around some of the teeboxes is helpful for preventing erosion, and also helps to retain turf in these areas. (See #2 negatives for what went wrong).

6) Nice basket placements to add to the challenge of this course. There are some nice hills that the baskets are perched on at least 3 or 4 holes.

7) The use of the mature trees in this park is well done to help force you to pick specific lines rather than just running and gunning.

8) Plenty of garbage baskets and benches on most tees (if not all).

9) Nice variety of hole shapes, shots required, terrain is ranging from flat to gently rolling to a bomb downhill, even a couple up slight uphillers. Hyzer and anhyzers are needed on this course, or sidearm and backhand. If you have all 4 you will play better than most on this course.
Cons: 1) Course could use a sign on #4 green to show you to cross the bridge. There is another path that could confuse some people in that area.

2) Some of the teepads could use some mulch installed or more of the plastic mesh to prevent erosion. The mats didnt seem to be working as well as other places I have seent his feature (specifically i can remember Bryant Lake in MN). The mats work for preventing the erosion, but the grass seems to be sturggling to grow through this stuff. I have a feeling the ground was compact, and they wanted to try this out, put it in but never corrected the soil issue so the new grass just cannot establish.

3) Basket on #5 seems low and is missing an inner ring (other than that the baskets seemed to be in fine shape.

4) Baskets are tough to see especially on some of the blindholes.

5) Apple Creek is only a backdrop on a few holes and it never comes into play. You cross over the bridge after #4 and then play alongside the creek, but again it is really not in play. It is a nice feature I would have liked to see incorporated intot he design.
Other Thoughts: All in all this was a very enjoyable course. I loved the first hole and I even got a 3 on it with a simple little approach to underneath the basket. It uses the rolling terrain very well and includes quite a few S shots which are always fun to try and execute. It can be challenging in spots, but there are still some birdie holes out there and I consider this a huge plus. The course has some decent length on many holes and has some shorter ones too. The range is from 179' up to 463' which is avesome to see. COurses where every hole is between 180-230 get kindof repetetive. This course forces you to use many different discs for different shots and to hit specific gaps.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Falling just short

1    10/21/2009   10/23/2009
Review By: tick
Played: 187  Reviewed: 16  Exp: 15.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
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

5+    4/11/2009   9/11/2009
Review By: superberry
Played: 171  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 16.9 Years
This review was updated on 10/21/2013
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.

 Awesome course to play

5+    8/9/2009   8/15/2009
Review By: wheelz25
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 6.7 Years
This review was updated on 9/6/2009
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great tees and baskets. Long Holes and short holes alike. Challenging and scenic. Good for beginners and pros.
Cons: 4th hole blind tee shot easy to lose discs
Other Thoughts: Excellent condition. I enjoy almost every hole. This course is great for long drivers. There are many elevation changes and trees that make excellent hazards. Make sure you keep your tee shot low on the 4th and 11th holes and watch your disc if you don't. These holes can be very dangerous!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Chuck it N Go

1    6/13/2009   6/22/2009
Review By: Texconsinite
Played: 127  Reviewed: 78  Exp: 7.2 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

 Great Place

1    5/16/2009   6/5/2009
Review By: kaitm22
Played: 6  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 6.8 Years
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great course.
Beautiful park, with nice variety of holes.
Cons: Be prepared for a hike.
I have encoutered some real jerks here, and when you have to wait to play a hole with rude people the game becomes consederably less fun.
Other Thoughts: Nice place to play, go on a weekday during schooltime so it wont be so packed.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.


5+    6/5/2007   5/31/2009
Review By: fretgod321
Played: 25  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 8.8 Years
This review was updated on 4/19/2011
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course was the first course I ever played, and continued to be my main course until I moved out of the area.

This course is amazing. The designers really utilized the lanscape to its advantage. The course has a variety of elevation changes on the holes, There are a few holes that you drive uphill and others that drive downhill, one being a long bomb downhill. Another downhill hole features a blind shot at the basket. Some holes also play downhill and dogleg to the right, requiring a long anhyzer throw (RHBH here). There are thrashcans at every hole, and benches at most. All of the tees on the course are cement. As an added bonus, you can take a side trek after hole 11 and play the meadowview 9 course that is also in the park. Aesthetically, the park is beautiful. It is taken care of very well. Each hole also features very nice tee signs.
Cons: The only annoying thing about the park is that it gets very busy during the summer and late spring, right after school lets out. Sometimes there will be over three groups waiting at the first tee. This course also has the tendency to attract a very large number of rec players who are not the most courteous people. They sometimes will throw in on you while you are still playing a hole without a second thought.
Other Thoughts: Overall, plamann is one of the nicest and well-kept public courses i have played in the area. It offers a good balance of difficulty for new players and experienced players alike.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Ground zero, the course that got me hooked

5+    10/27/2008   5/27/2009
Review By: Snowdog
Played: 25  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 21.9 Years
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Beautiful well maintained course..yes play all 27 holes...yes YOU CAN DO IT..lots of variety, power drives off of concrete launch pads, great line drives as well as tricky anhyser shots, great place to learn a forehand shot. well groomed course, beautiful place to learn and gives you a professional challenge even for the most experienced
Cons: I cant think of any cons except it can get busy, so keep an eye on your disc, I have had it picked up and taken while it was still in play
Other Thoughts: I have played a few different courses and if you live in green bay and Wisconsin it is worth the drive to expand you disc golf course horizons

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.


1    4/24/2009   4/28/2009
Review By: mojo2090
Played: 14  Reviewed: 5
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -long
-large hole variety
-good signage
-elevation changes
-easy to find
-concrete tees
Cons: -nothing really
-very busy
-windy course
-can get muddy
Other Thoughts: one of the best in wisconsin.
nice sized parking lot

2 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Plaman of Plenty

5+    4/10/2008   12/24/2008
Review By: Stashride
Played: 20  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 18.8 Years
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful well maintained course..27 holes overall at the park..A Plethora of Disc golf shots are needed..Great use of Elevation and challenging pin placements..Very aesthetically pleasing with serene streams and bridges..Plays alot of different ways with varying weather..Inclines, declines, hyzers, annies, length, aceholes, trees & very clean and earthy..truely alot to offer..
Cons: Some days It get pretty Windy out here..Dont miss to the left on the 1st hole if you want to keep your disc..Hit your fairways or youll spend some time searching through some thick brush
Other Thoughts: Clear your schedule if you are going to come to Plaman because youre not going to want to leave..Play the extra nine and use the trash cans!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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