Pros: Nice park, decent variety of terrain, good baskets.
Cons: Navigation nightmare. Like others have said, the front 9 is decent and pretty easy to figure out. We couldn't find the tee box for 10, but ended up finding the basket after we skipped it. Even after finding the basket, it didn't make much sense. Terrible attempt at a woods hole. They should just take this basket out and relocate it for a practice basket.
Many missing signs. We eventually figured out where almost everything was supposed to be, but come on!! A sign telling you to take the sidewalk down the street to the 17th tee would have been helpful. Hole 18? or 9? seemed like an afterthought. Not sure where the tee was supposed to be for that one.
Other Thoughts: With some signs and a map at the 1st tee, this course could be a solid 4. Put some finishing touches on it and make it a decent course!! It wouldn't take much.
Five nice holes followed by an orientation nightmare
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice intermediate to advanced caliber course in a well maintained park. Offers a lot of challenge with great elevation changes, tight woods, and water in play on some holes. Disccatchers provide for easy visibility (provided you're aiming for the right one, more on that later). Has good hole variety and lefty-righty balance.
Cons: Once you get past the water shot on Hole 5, good luck finding your way around. Hole 6 is nowhere to be found. I eventually found Hole 7 back at the front of the park, but couldn't find the hole to get me back to it. Hole 9 also couldn't be found. I went into the trees and found a hole only to find out it was Hole 10. I could only find baskets, but no teepads on Holes 14 & 15. The only logical route that I could find for 14 put its path with a children's playground in the way. Hole 16 had its basket within feet of an irretrievable fence around the water tower. Again on Hole 17, no teepad. After 17, Hole 9 (or at least its basket) mysteriously reappears shooting downhill towards the pond, with Hole 18's teepad squarely in its line of fire. The metal tee signs (which disappear after Hole 8) while artistically cool, aren't of much help on showing the path of the hole as they only show the same stock image of a teepad, fairway and basket on each sign. How did a course that got off to such a nice start go so wrong?
Other Thoughts: Design wise, I could have graded this course a full disc higher, perhaps as high as a '4' if it weren't for the major orientation problems faced once you get to the back side of the pond. The much older, but less challenging Wildwood Park across town, and the excellent nearby Indian Hills CC courses have these figured out with proper signage and maps. I could forgive these indiscretions if it was a matter of the course being raw, but some of the things I'm talking about here are mentioned in the reviews of folks who reviewed this course two years ago. Hopefully the folks in Ottumwa who are blessed to have three nice courses in town will get this corrected soon. Until I see improvements, I can't honestly grade this any higher.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Challenging shots. Many of the holes take a mixture of throwing styles to obtain par. Fairly well maintained park.
Cons: Large pond plays a part in 3-4 holes. Discs can get lossed easily. One hole plays entirely in the deep trees. Another hole requires throwing across a very large ravine-encompassed by large trees.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pretty Good Course
Pros: Nice Concrete tee pads.
Nice open course you can let loose on it.
couple hard holes
Cons: Signs only on the front 9.
Hard to follow the last nine holes
Signs are not to easy to read.
If you can't drive 300' I wouldn't play here.
Other Thoughts: Nice course, might suggest playing the first nine the last nine are kinda hard to find.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: * well maintained course
* Concreat Tee Pads on 18 of 19 Holes
* Starting to add Tee signs
* Great use of land scape using Elavation, Trees, Water and fencing
* you will need to use all the shots you have in your arsonal (And then wish you had a few more)
* 3 Great Risk/Reward shots ( hole 4 beside pond, Hole 9 across pond, Hole 13 across revein.)
* bathrooms near hole 16 and at Tee of 17.
* able to fill water bottle at bathrooms
* Great use of all sections of this park
Cons: * No sign at start of course to tell players from out of town course layout.
* Signs on only 8 of the first 9 holes
* 3 Tees marked on Signs but only one tee pad.
* All course tee's are marked as par 3 (This can be fustrating for new and casual players, Advanced and pro players alredy play by 3's no need to mark on signs)
* Would like to see better signs (Hold a Turnament to raise funds for profesinal looking signs)
* long walk from 9 to 10 adding a hole in there would have helped
* No Concrete pad for 15 (Marked by orange Discraft flags that park users take making it hard to find the tee for 15
* poor layout on 18 and 19 (after making the shot down the hill for 18 you must walk back up the same hill for 19)
* Long walk from 19 to parking lot at start
Other Thoughts: This could be come a great course with the adition of sighns on all holes and adjust course pars for beginers. ( Advanced players know to play by 3's). This is by far the most challanging course in Ottumwa, but it is very slow in being completely finished. With all the pros and cons this course is still a must play for any advanced player and well worth travling to and by playing other Ottumwa courses can make a great day of Disc Golf.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very nice & Scenic park, nestled between 2 hills.
-Concrete Tee's, Alt Pins, Tee signs with distance.
-Bathrooms (Only on the Back 9)
-Excellent Pin Placements.
-The front 9 has a rolling hill layout, where if you fall short of the basket, you'll find yourself playing up a steep hill. The slopes and hills make their own risk/reward.
-The park is very well maintained!
-Great use of terrain. Course plays along the side the hills, tight wooded shots, one canyon shot and 2 water shots.
-Rolling hills really add to the diffiulty here.
-19 is a cool down hill "Let'r Fly" shot
-Beginners might be intimidated by this course, but they could opt out of playing the more risky holes.
-Multiple Risk/Reward shots. …one of which is over the dam of the pond. The other being a canyon shot over a dense wooded area.
-Plays in,around and over the woods. (Be mindful of Poison Ivy, Sumac, Oak, etc...)
-The Penn & Jeff Drug Town is just down the street and offers an excellent selection of Discs. As well as food and drinks (Less than a mile from the course)
Cons: -No Course Map, or Scorecards. No Tee signs on the Back 9
-The lack of a map can make this course difficult to navigate. (Mainly on the back 9)
-Long walk Back to up a steep hill to the Parking lot from 19's basket.
-#15 is still missing a teepad
-Once you finish 17, you walk back up the hill towards the cabin, then throw down the hill to 18's basket near the bank of the pond, walk back up the hill again, to 19 teepad (Near 17 basket, and throw down the hill to 19's pin placement requires you to walk down a steep hill, then walk back up the hill in order to play 19.
-Plays around a playground (but it's spaced out enough where interactions shouldn't be a problem, but never the less… Look before you drive)
-Mountain Bike course has been installed. They claim it won't interfere, but the paths do cross a few times
-Deer Hunting is allowed in this park, so it might behoove one to invest in that Hunter Safety Orange vest. …I'm just sayin! ; )
Other Thoughts: It's great to see a park from my childhood install a great Disc Golf course. I had a great time at this course, and I can't wait to return and play it again! Bring your energy, because you will be playing up, down, and along the sides of hills. You will get a work out! For the most part, this course is in a "less populated" part of the park, so interactions should be minimal. (Exception: The 2 holes that around the outer perimeter of the playground.) Whether you are throwing across the pond, or driving up an angled hill, you will be challenged. Every hole at Memorial park comes with its own challenge. Memorial Park should be able to challenge players from all abilities. You will need to consider your strategy for each hole.
Because this course is still considered "In development" there are some missing elements that are keeping this course from being a 4.5 star course. I spoke to someone recently that said that they are working on getting Tee signs made, as well as a course map. They also said there are more plans in store for Memorial Park DGC the people that are behind this course are very passionate about it, and they want to see it become a successful course. I will say that they are off to a good start!
You can print off the scorecards from this site. (Hole info tab, then scroll to the bottom) Do not let the cons turn you off from this course. It is well worth your trip, and you will not be disappointed. Remember, this is a young course, and there are big plans for Memorial Park DGC. The addition of this course has now given Ottumwa the opportunity to offer 3 great courses in this town.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent use of mature trees as obstacles with holes of varying lengths. Large concrete tee pads. Elevation change throughout. Small pond in play on 3 holes. #9 is a 260 foot hole you must drive 220 to clear water even then your disc can roll back as the green is slanted toward the pond. Diverse shots needed throughout for drives and approaches. No termites (casuals) when I played on a beautiful fall day.
Cons: No tee signs yet. No concrete tee pads on 10 and 15. Could not find 14s tee pad. Odd place for hole 18 as you have to backtrack to tee 19. Holes 14 thru 16 are close to playground area.
Other Thoughts: Fun course in that for the most part every hole is different. Fairly nice flow even without tee signs. Enjoyed hole # 11 with blind basket behind hill and trees. #13 with water tower in back drop is very cool. Beware of deer hunters on course as there is a sign upon entering park that warns park goers of this. With this course in town, Ottumwa is becoming a great disc golf destination.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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