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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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