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Dutch disc golf!
Pros: Concrete tee pads, good tee signs, excellent virtual map on the internet. Good variety of shot types, although there are really only 2 holes which it is possible to 2 if you can't throw ~350 feet (hard to do the exact conversion, all of the distances are in meters, but even the shorter holes are usually over 100 meters, which is almost 330 ft. The course has a bunch of water in play and a bunch of OB, which is a pro for me since I am more of a placement player than a bomber. This course sort of reminds me of Winthrop in its difficulty and use of OB to make the course much harder. If you happen to see any locals while playing they tend to be pretty friendly. Drinking and smoking on the course are okay, and there are plenty of trash cans, although the Dutch don't seem to use them. Nice scenery with the course situated next to a lake.
Cons: *UPDATE* Lots of stinging nettles in the summer months. Almost half of the course is unplayable on a nice summer day because of picnicers. Chains missing on #13 and #14, and half gone on #11. Some fairways are overgrown, and #16 is now a big dirt/mud field because of a recent concert.* Almost no elevation change, just one hole you throw from the top of a hill with some pretty phallic sculptures on it. Very muddy, and standing water in some places depending on how much rain and how little sun there has been. The park is pretty crowded and the course plays right through walking paths, so you have to be careful. Most of the pedestrians are friendly though and tend to be interested in the sport. Some people have no idea what it is so sometimes they get in the way, for example a fisherman had parked his scooter on one of the teepads and didn't seem inclined to move it. If you can't throw 350+ there are very few birdie chances, but the ubiquitous OB keeps the middle distance holes from being "tweeners."
Other Thoughts: *UPDATE* I had to lower my score to a 3.5, mostly due to lack of maintenance (see cons). Despite what another reviewer said, I find most of the park-goers are cool and even sometimes interested about DG, but if you throw near someone's children or something silly like that you could see why some might get mad (I have seen it happen). Still a good course, but could use some love from the parks department and local DGers (shame on us).* This course is very fun to play, and as the first course in Amsterdam it does a good job of getting the public curious about the sport, I even had a couple of old ladies ask me about DG when I was playing once. The duck flies at midnight, obviously. It is pretty easy to get to the course by tram but a little difficult to find the first hole once you get there, so if you plan on playing send me a message and I can meet you there or at least give you some pointers. All in all, I am happy to call this my new home course.
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Fun Course / Very Diverse Holes
Pros: Wide Open Park - Far enough out of the City Center to avoid strolling tourists
Huge Variety of Styles from Long Bomber Fairways to Tight Wooded Drives to Tricky Water Hazards
Good Set Up - Very Clear Signage for Tee Boxes and Pins.
Cons: Good signage, but still can be tricky to navigate the first time through.. a couple rounds and its a breeze though.
A few shots have some mean water hazards!
Holland wind can be rough and adds to the challenge.
So far not too much foot traffic, but have a feeling could be a lot of pedestrians camped out in the fields during summer.
Other Thoughts: Really fun course.
The mandatory shots and out of bounds can make it a very difficult course...but play without following them too strictly and it will still be challenging but much more friendly toward the novice player.
The water on Hole 3 took TWO of my discs in a row, so beware the water!!!! (14 could get you if your not careful too)
Hole 09 is a monster at 722 feet. That and a few others you get a chance to really Bomb it, but a lot of it is a finesse course with a sold variety of styles.
Overall a really fun course, challenging for the seasoned player, and fun for the beginner as well. Play it if you get the chance!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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