Nice 9 Hole Track
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Pros: Densely wooded and full of highly technical shots and deceiving distances for what appears to be a short course. It's not the very best of the local 9 hole courses--simply because some have recently been installed that are outrageously challenging--but it's a nice place to visit early in the season when everything else is closed in the Madison area. It is vastly under rated by those who have caused the average to be near 2.5
The holes themselves are interesting and a technical challenge and you can play 3 in an hour because there is little walking between holes.
Cons: It's absolutely flat and it's a bit too near to the hiking trail that people use for nature walks. There is a great deal of unexplored land that could be used to create 18 holes with a possible redesign of the existing holes.
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Nice round to get away.
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Pros: It was so wonderful to come out of hibernation and start the new season in Stoughton. After a long, cold winter, it felt great to throw!
Stoughton's a fun, quick round. Even though the holes are all relatively short, the birdies are not a given. Every hole has a challenge that makes getting the 2 difficult and rewarding.
My favorite thing about playing here in spring is that even though there is dense woods/plants which is probably unbearable in fall and summer, it was super easy to find my discs in the rough.
Another big plus is that it's free and is maintained pretty well. It was fairly clean and the equipment was in good shape. It's a typical course by most metrics.
Cons: I didn't like that the course goes in, out, in, out, etc... for all nine holes and the last hole is quite a walk away from the first. It makes playing multiple rounds pretty annoying. That being said, it would have been tricky to design it such that 9 ends by 1 given the land.
The holes did seem a little repetitive. There was no "air it out" hole or signature "wow" hole.
Other Thoughts: Stoughton was my first "new course" of the year. It was a fun one to play to get the blood pumping and to get totally re-hooked on the game.
While I don't think I'll come back, it was fun to check this one off the list and to have fun throwing.
Additionally, there's a fun path that's about 1.5 miles long that my girlfriend walked while I was playing that was a pretty nice bonus.
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Stoughton Kiwanis Disc Golf Course Review
Pros: Very fun Course to play a couple of rounds at. They are currently working on construction to put 18 holes into the course and will mostly likely be ready by the 2016 season. Course is a very tough course to play at with very narrow fairways and tee boxes going into and out of the dense woods. The course usually stays pretty well maintained with a walking path going through it. If you like dogleg bends then this is the course for you with this course having multiple holes with a dogleg bend in them.Very hard course but if you can play good at this course you can play good at about any course.
Cons: Course takes a very long time to dry out after a rainfall with the course almost being like a bowl. The woods can also be a challenge in the fact of how dense they are. The course could really be improved if some of the trees got cleared out but other than that the course is a fun course to play at.
Other Thoughts: If you are playing in the summer or when it is very humid out bring your bug spray to keep the bugs off of you with the course just being yards from the Yahara River. another huge tip that people usually dont think about but bring your Bright Colored disc! They will make it easier to see if the disc goes off of the course into the woods. Thanks for reading!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Brutal rough but pretty solid
Pros: The course is set up in a pretty nice little quiet park. A walking trail is the only thing that can potentially come into play. This isn't really an issue without an absolutely terrible shot though. The baskets are chainstars. These are all in great shape and catch nicely. The tee pads are rubber mats. These are better than nothing for the most part. The signs have a basic hole diagram, hole #, par and distance. The flow of the course is pretty easy to follow, once you find the first hole. They have a bunch of wood chips laid down throughout the course to help keep things from getting too swampy. There are some tough lines to hit on a number of holes, and the rough is pretty nasty so you really want to stay on the fairway. They have a number of trash cans and benches throughout too.
Cons: The rough is pretty imposing here. If you end up off the fairway you'll likely be searching for awhile. Using a spotter is recommended if possible. Rubber mats can get pretty slick if they get dirt on them causing a slipping hazard. A few are kind of breaking apart in spots too. The bugs can get really nasty too. Nothing unusual, just bring bug spray. There's a long walk to hole 1 and an even longer walk back to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Nothing too amazing here, but it is a fun little 9 if you're nearby. There are better courses in Madtown if you're around here like Hiestand or Elver. This is better then most city park nines though.
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Great Spring Course
Pros: Techical holes and tunnel shots a few longer holes but for the most part a shorter course. It's open year round so that's nice too.
Cons: Heavily wooded and lots of water/mud. Lots of critters in the spring and early summer including Snakes and Ground bees. Also a walking path through several holes.
Other Thoughts: Because this is one of the only year-round courses around I play mostly out of shear desperation. It does hone the more technical skills prior to the good courses opening which is why i give it a good rating.
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Stough-ton of fun
Pros: + Nice tee signs and frequent benches
+ Chainstars are in good shape.
+ Rubber tee pads in generally good shape ... a few lumpy spots
+ For nine holes in a relatively small area, there is decent variety of hole lengths (175-335)
+ Nice mix of lefty and righty-friendly shots
+ Quite a few tunnel shots where accuracy is at a premium. Poor shots will be punished.
+ Every hole has either a tight tee shot or entrance to the green, or both. No holes are completely wide open.
+ Many tee shots are blind (good for those who like the challenge)
+ On the longer holes, those not going for it still have to make an accurate layup to have a clean second shot at the basket
+ Boardwalk to help avoid the soggy spots on #5
+ Some opportunities for interesting safari holes ... could make some par 4s or even 5s in and out of the woods.
Cons: - Pretty flat course
- Woods are pretty thick, and I imagine the rough would be punishing with full foliage
- Many tee shots are blind, and some holes are close together. Could be some safety issues, but I don't imagine this course is frequently crowded.
- Not sure what I think of hole #6. Even a well-executed shot to the right leaves almost no shot at a deuce. Best bet to go at the basket just seems to be throwing high and crashing it into the tree above and behind the basket, and hope it falls down.
- A couple of the tee signs were too close to the tee pads. #9 was bad, especially for this LHBH who needs to hug the left side of the tee to have a reasonable line. I was worried about whacking my hand on the follow through. Although, looking at the pictures, that tee pad may have been moved after the sign was installed.
- Only single tee pads and basket locations per hole, except for a shorter tee on #5.
Other Thoughts: I don't know why it took me so long to play this course, being so close to Madison. I had fun and will definitely be back. I'll be interested to see how it looks with full foliage. Unless you have to search for a disc, it is a quick nine.
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Good Beginner/Casual/Putter-Only Course
Pros: - Located in a small densely-wooded suburban park, KSDGC starts in a grassy open area and then wends in and out of the thick woods. Most holes require throwing either from the woods out into the open, or from the open into the woods. Several fairly tight gaps require some precision while remaining largely accessible to beginners due to the relatively short hole lengths.
- A decent balance between straight-, right, and left, although only two holes actually require anhyzer shots.
- A couple of nice wooded greens add a nice touch.
- Accessible. Great for beginners, one disc rounds, or a quick play. Offers a taste of some wooded technicality and punishment while remaining fairly easy for all levels of play.
- Great signage, and good rubber mats at each tee. Solid baskets and an intuitive flow make this course feel well executed.
Cons: - Most of the holes are the same sort of thing. Flat, in and out of the woods. Nothing wrong with that, and the designers certainly did a good job of executing it all, but still pretty repetitive.
- Little variety in hole length adds to the repetition.
Other Thoughts: - Certainly worth a quick play if in the area, and a valuable option for entry level or casual players. Also a prime candidate for stroller golf, for any with little ones.
- Native prairie areas add some interesting natural elements while doubling as OB areas.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Very challenging. Fun place to try some trick shots.
Foliage isn't too thick, easy to find your discs.
9 holes that use the landscape as best as possible.
Cons: Pedestrian traffic, can be annoying, but it's really not bad at all.
Bugs. Bring bug spray.
Hidden, kind of hard to find, but definatly worth it!
Other Thoughts: I loved this course. The holes were short, but challenging, and they command a lot of control from your drives. Tees and signs are very nice, and the course was well manicured. I was on a road trip to play courses in Madison, and I used this course as a warm up before going to Elver Park. I will definatly do it again.
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Pros: - Course is set right by a nature trail, with some open prairie area and some dense forest. There is a walking path on the prairie side, which looked to be pretty busy. Pedestrian conflict a definite possibility.
- Biggest pro at the course is the forested shots. Almost every single shot involves shooting into, out of, or through some thick, rough woods with tricky lines. There are multiple blind shots into the woods with sharp hyzers once inside, a few tunnel shots that end up finishing right, and some extremely tight windows to hit throughout. Shot placement is very, very important, as well as shaping lines. Good variety overall. These woods also provide for some tough basket placements, guarded by trees or other foliage. Tall grass outside of the forest for even more challenge. Blind shots all over at this course.
- Some slight elevation changes here - in general, shots into the woods are slightly downhill, and those coming out are slightly uphill. Definitely noticeable on a few holes, for some fun and difficulty.
- Rock base on basket #4 is a cool feature. Seems like somebody cared about this course, both from the design and little things like that.
- Good variety in hole length, with three over 300'. There wasn't that much room to work with here, it seems, but they managed to get a few longer ones.
- Great signage, good teepads and baskets. Navigation pretty easy, one spot in the woods is a little tricky.
Cons: - There is definitely a lack of space at this course. A lot of the fairways are very close to each other; with some blind baskets, discs could be flying all over here. This also results in some pretty short holes; overall it is not a long course by any means.
- Layout is a little odd here, it's a bit of a walk to tee #1, then you zig-zag away from the parking lot, so the walk from #9 back to the parking lot is even longer. Just another side effect of the tight spaces.
Other Thoughts: - Well, as much as this course lacks length, it makes up for it in difficulty. Some of those shots into the forest are extremely tight, with curved finishes, and the shots in the forest are tunnels. Even the shots out of the forest require some aim off the tee and placement to avoid the tall grass outside. You will want to try for the deuce on every hole, but a bad shot can easily make saving par a real challenge.
- Great course for beginners to learn the fundamentals of staying in the fairway, and even for more experienced players to work on line shaping and accuracy. But, if you aren't a fan of tough approach shots, this probably won't be super exciting.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Some nice shots
Pros: The course plays on a narrow strip of land that's partially wooded and partially open. Most of the holes either play from the open into a wooded tunnel, or tee off inside the woods to a mostly open pin placement. This makes for a nice variety of shots, and the rough is thick enough that you'll pay for missing your line.
There is some distance variety with a couple holes most players will at least pull out a fairway driver on. You'll need some different shots to score well here, with left and right turning holes of various shapes keeping things interesting. There are good tee signs with hole number and distance with a map of the hole, and the course flow is pretty easy to follow.
Cons: There's a pretty long walk to the first tee, and the course plays away from the parking area for an even longer walk back (and a walk even to get back to the first tee if you want to play another round). The walking path is in play on a few holes, a potential safety issue if it gets much use. The rubber tees are lumpy and falling apart.
Other Thoughts: The course has some fun shots, but it isn't all that challenging. It's short, so players with a reasonable skill set will have deuce opportunities if they can accurately shape lines. Newer players might find the rough a little thick on the more wooded holes, but overall it's not a bad place to learn with shorter but interesting shots.
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