The definition of prairie golf
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Pros: Riggs is a very open, very prairie course on the edge of Ripon, right on Highway 23. Plenty of parking right next to the road.
Nice DGA baskets, in good repair. No issues here.
Nice variety in distance. Everything from a 114' ace run to 450+ holes will let you use different discs, if nothing else. Nice bomber type holes abound.
The fairways are usually well manicured, and the fairways are wide and generous.
Really nice color tee signs that cover all your bases.
What elevation there is here, is used nicely.
Cons: Gravel tee pads are the pits in general, and these are somewhat subpar, even for gravel. Big bummer when you're trying to throw 400'+.
The rough here is ROUGH. If you throw a disc deep in this stuff (at least when it's full grown), good luck finding it.
There isn't really a hint of obstacles here, other than tall grass and wind. The wind, especially, will make you think twice about what you're going to throw.
Other Thoughts: This is about as ho-hum as a course is going to get. A certain degree of accuracy IS needed here, but mostly because of the fear factor of having to search for your disc in the unrelenting prairie grass.
For what the land offers, they've done a decent job. Fairways are mowed in turning lines, at least, which is nice.
The fairways are wide enough that this wouldn't be a horrible place to bring a beginner (assuming they don't throw too far), as there's really nothing blocking you from the basket on most of the holes.
Not a destination, but a course to bag on your way somewhere else, for sure.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Average prairie 18 holer
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Pros: It's 18 holes. The mach 5 baskets are in good shape and catch nicely. Tee pads are gravel and are somewhat slick. I prefer just grass pads over gravel anyday. The signs are very nice. They have a colorful basic hole layout map with hole #, par and distances on them. All signs were present as well. Fairways were well mowed when i was there.Theres a good variety of different distances on this course. They range from 114 feet on hole eighteen to 478 feet on hole 8. The wind makes for the biggest challenge on this course by far. The short wooded tunnel shot on 18 feels out of place compared to the rest of the course but offers an easy ace opportunity to finish the round. Theres a very nice course map right at the begining of the course near hole 1. This is always nice to have, especially on 18 hole courses. Even without the map, navigation is not a problem at all. Course wouldn't seem to be too busy ever which is nice.
Cons: Hole number 1 is a blind dogleg right. I would recommend a spotter on this hole. We found a disc in the rough and spent about ten or fifteen minutes looking for my throw. The rough on the whole course is just ridiculous. Even on straight on shots you will spend time searching for discs even if you thought you saw where it landed. There just isn't much variety due to the land. Theres not much you can do on these prairie courses. Again the gravel tees are dangerous if you do any kind of run up.
Other Thoughts: Overall if you are in the area its worth a visit for one round. However these open prairie courses just don't offer much challenge. I gave it a 2.5 which may be a little generous. With it being 18 holes i felt it was at least decent. Nothing special about it though. Just a typical prairie course.
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Not my style
Pros: The course plays through an open prairie. There are some minor elevation changes that add a little bit of variety, and make a couple of the greens have some rollaway potential. The first hole brings an old barn into play for a fun blind anhyzer shot, and the last hole is a tight little tunnel shot offering one place on the course where you really have to hit a specific line. The holes have a pretty good mix of lengths, with several reachable holes and some that let you open up and throw a full drive. There is a course map by the parking area, and the flow of the course is quite easy once you start with mowed paths connecting each hole. The hole signs have hole layout and distance, and a next tee marker.
Cons: This course has 17 holes of my absolute least favorite kind of golf - mowed fairways through tall prairie grass. That kind of rough adds frustration and wastes time and plastic without adding any difficulty to shots from off the fairway. As this type of course goes, the elevation helps keep things a little more interesting, but it just gets really old. The tees are awful, the gravel is not level and shifts underfoot. They're actually worse than natural tees and make footing pretty treacherous when using a sunup for the longer holes.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will likely be frustrated here. The rough eats plastic, and the openness of the land means wind makes it even more difficult to stay on the fairways. More experienced players might like the shot placement challenges, and there are some chances to test your accuracy on some longer shots. Others (including me) will find this type of course more frustrating than interesting.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Riggs Park is the better of the two courses currently in Ripon. Many of the holes have interesting elevation changes. The park is mowed weekly so the fairways as well as the paths between holes are well kept and make the course easy to follow. There is a mowed path from the parking lot to the beginning of the 9th hole which makes playing only 9 holes or just the back 9 easy. The course has markers at each tee to show some of the hidden baskets.
Cons: On a windy day, the course can be rather challenging and you may spend a while looking for your discs in the tall grass. The only real obstacle on this course is the tall grass since the course is very sparse when it comes to trees. The loose gravel tee boxes can be frustrating at times while some tee boxes are uneven.
Other Thoughts: There are currently saplings planted. As these trees grow, wind will be reduced for some holes but will still be a major factor on others. Better tee boxes would be the best improvement to this course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Three big factors are put into play at this challenging course: length, elevation, and wind. The lack of trees forces you to play the wind. The new tee signs are great and the baskets are nice as well. New tee boxes are nice though made with somewhat loose red granite. #11 is a par 3 that drives right into a scenic hole location just barely into the woods while the par 3 #17 is just about the same, making the two have a tougher approach shot than the rest. If the course were to have a signature hole, it would be #18, the shortest, but maybe the most difficult par 3 in the area. A birdie shouldn't be hard with a straight tee shot through the line of trees on your right and the bushes on the left. A hyzer shot is also a possible option. The hole also gives an opportunity for an ace.
Cons: The course gets somewhat monotonous as you get further into it due to the fact that it's located in an open field. Tall grass on the sides of fairways makes it difficult to find errant shots so make sure you have a spotter or focus on where your disc landed. Loose gravel on tees makes tee shots somewhat difficult.
Other Thoughts: Great place to go if you're looking for a challenge. Porta-potty on the opposite side of barn from where you park, close to tee box on #2.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Another Prairie Style Course
Pros: 1) Nice new baskets.
2) UPDATE: NICE BRAND NEW TEE SIGN AT THE FIRST TEE AND VERY NICE TEE SIGNS AT EACH TEEBOX. THEY HAVE NICE PICTURES THAT ARE FAIRLY ACCURATE TO THE MOWED FAIRWAYS AND CERTAIN KEY TREES. THEY ALSO HAVE THE DISTANCE LISTED AS WELL AS THE NEXT TEE ARROW.
3) Flow through this course is pretty easy as the mowed fairway shows you your line. Then from the basket you can follow the mowed path to the next tee and so on and so forth.
4) Elevation changes and rolling prairie are the signature of this course. The wind is an added challenge because of the current setup of this course. Some of the holes go across the wind and some are into and some downwind.
5) Although inconsistant to the rest of the course is #18. It finishes with a 120' tunnel shot with a low ceiling. Get out your putter or mid range and throw at your ace!!!!
6) Some of the slopes around the greens or on the fairways may create a harder shot than you want. If you happen to land in the tall rough. You will have a hard time with a runup so get used to flat footed approaches.
Cons: 1) Loose gravel is horrible. It is better to tee off on the grassy areas. They are mounded and loose creating a hazardous situation. The gravel is too coarse and will never pack well because there isn't enough fine material in the mix. I would rather have seen some excavation done first so the gravel isn't higher than the soil. Then put in 1/4" traffic bond (crushed limestone) because it will pack pretty tight. Now if they use the gravel to pour concrete or asphalt they will also have to slope the soil around the tees. Better planning would have had excavation first then adding gravel. Those could always be upgraded to concrete whenever money was available. UPDATE: Gravel seems to have set fairly well . . . although a few of hem have little ruts or low spots, the gravel has compacted pretty well . . . so it seems like i played it right after the gravel was installed initially.
2) Not enough trees on the property. They have been putting some in to help define some of the fairways, but I wish they could have worked the course closer to the mature Oaks at the northend of the property just to have a little variety.
3) No water to speak of and no wooded holes only a couple baskets tucked underneath or slightly in front of large Oaks or Willows.
Other Thoughts: Normally I don't like the open prairie style courses, but this course has some real punishing rough. You really want to try and keep it on the fairways as opposed to taking the shortcuts on some of these holes. That makes this course better than expected. The wind also really contributes to the difficulty on this course. I can't think it would ever be calm out there because it is kind of set into a valley and has at least 1/2 mile of wide open prairie to its west (where the prevailing wind would come from).
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open but windy
Pros: One of two new courses in Ripon. Lots of elevation here, and if as windy as it was on day we played, forces wind decision making.
Signature holes; #16, @400 foot hole, requiring 300 foot shot to make edge of down slope to pin. Blind from tee.
#18: extremely cute @117 foot tunnel shot with very low ceiling. Ace run every time, but tough to keep disc high enough to go in. My throwing mate made a kneeling drive! He managed to get just past pin; but he's good at this difficult/kneeling shot.
No tee signs at present; but mowed fairways lead you to next tee with no trouble.
Good amount of moderate elevation. We played with windy conditions. Elevation and wind (which I believe is going to be in play here often) requires an extra level of skil, and may prove to be one of the more prominent features of this 18.
Lots of black eyed susans and what I believe is wild bergamot (similar to bee balm), amidst prarie grasses. (end of July)
Cons: Primarily a open field course. Little oaks planted, but it will be many years before they are mature.
Red stone/gravel tees are new and currently domed; probably prior to tamping or anticipating wear to levelness; or, perhaps they plan to flatten them level and pour cement on top. If they remain gravel, these tees, as with all such tees, will eventually be a spread out mass of stone with undetermined tee end; unless marked; which is rare.
High grass determines edge of most fairways. Therefore, spot/mentally mark you landings well.
Nothing really signature until the end. Even then, only moderately signature.
Other Thoughts: Two foot tall stone in middle on right side of field in front of parking area is near first tee. There is a raised mound of earth on that end of field as well. Opposite end of grassy area than hole #18 finish, if you see that first.
First tee shot is anheiser around red barn. Barn not really in play, but an interesting look all the same.
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