3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has nice usage of mature trees. There are also many attractive flower trees located all over campus. They're currently blooming and they smell sweeter than any flowers I've smelled in my entire life.
There's also decent variation for a 9 hole course. Holes #5, #7, #8, and #9 all make good use of elevation change. #5 is a fairly steep uphill shot. #7 is a distance shot over a long sloping hill, near the top. #8 is a rather creative shot... it requires a medium anhyzer (rhbh). Its a short but tight shot up a small slope; you must avoid hitting a thick squad of trees and a small house on the right side of the fairway in order to park a birdie. Hole #9 is a "valley" shot next to the lake.
Cons: This course is very confusing for a newcomer. The tee pads are mulch so they don't stand out as much as concrete. There are no tee signs. A lot of tee pads are right next to the basket where the previous hole finished, with a few big exceptions however. After hole #5, I wasn't quite sure where to go and I spent a minute or two glancing around before I spotted the next tee pad. After hole #6 I was COMPLETELY lost. Its very unclear where to go for hole #7. TIP: Continue straight from tee pad-basket path, down steep hill to the street corner at the bottom of the hill. The tee pad for #7 is located there on the corner underneath a pod of trees. Hole #8 is a little tricky to find but not terrible.
There are too many people. Hardly anyone else was playing but students, joggers, and faculty members were traveling the concrete paths that wind throughout the first 6 holes. The majority of holes also play near fairly busy roads and houses. A griplock or early release could easily end up hitting a car or house.
Oh yeah... and concrete in the fairway or anywhere near the fairway is a big negative. I absolutely hate scuffing my discs up and ruining them, and nothing does it better than concrete.
The first 3 holes are pretty much the same.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Charming College Campus Course
Pros: Setting is on a small college campus with 1st 4 holes in front of school buildings on a hillside with road OB to the left on each hole. DGA mach 5 baskets. Mature trees used creatively as obstacles on each side of fairway. Moderate elevation changes throughout.
Cons: Difficult to locate teepads as there are no tee signs. When I played there was about 4 to 5 inches of snow. There may have been markings in the ground however they were not visible. Fortunately, I had a map printed from this site which made it easy to guess where each teepad was placed. Sidewalk pedestrian traffic could be an issue on some holes. Some buildings come into play on hole 6 and 8. !st 4 holes are very similar.
Other Thoughts: Overall, the round here was very enjoyable as the holes range in distance from 217 to 352 feet with interesting lines to the baskets. Favorite hole for me was #8 the shortest hole uphill with a huge cedar tree on right and the BACO house to the right of the pin with trees guarding the left approach. Cornell College is about 1 mile north of US 30 12 miles east of Cedar Rapids.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great 9 holes
Pros: Located on the Cornell Campus surrounded by giant trees and wonders about the old campus buildings makes for a unique and enjoyable experience. Baskets are brand new Mach 5's, so no problems with those. Good mix of left and right shots. Trees come into play on a majority of the holes. No straight shots here. Mainly hilly with few holes that are flat. Basket placement was well thought out, requiring a few different types of shots. Good flow from one hole to the next. A quiet, relaxing environment.
Cons: No teesigns or markings that I could see, though the map that you can print out is excellently drawn. Since it wonders throughout the campus, be prepared to wait for others as the walk about. A couple of the holes go next to buildings so watch out, especially on number 8 where a building is right on the fairway. There is a slight walk between 6 and 7 that takes away from the flow a little bit. Most holes seem to be fairly close in length.
Other Thoughts: This course because of it's setting makes it feel very different, but in a good way. Enough of a challenge for the pro level player, but would also work for a beginner. One of the best 9 hole courses I have played and would love to come back here again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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