4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gorgeous, well-groomed wooded setting. I can't think of a nicer place to play disc golf at. Lots of benches along the course, and even brooms to clear the tee pads (!) on most if not all of the holes. Tee pads themselves have all been installed at this point, and they're awesome: more than large enough, and they provide good grip in a range of conditions. They continued to provide excellent footing even after a light rain halfway through our round.
Elevation is used very well: besides the extremism of 6, it's integrated well enough to factor in and influence the shot without taking over and dominating the experience of the hole. Arbitrary/pervasive threat of roll-aways is not a concern, which is an achievement with this much change in elevation. Hole length is similarly varied in a successful manner.
Basket placement seems particularly well done, creating an emphasis on approach shots as much as drives. Many of the holes are defined by their overall experience rather than a single shot, which is a plus, and the holes are parred to reflect this. While an errant drive will surely punish you, the longer length of many holes often allows you to redeem yourself on your upshots (which I did at several points, including an absurd anny approach shot from down in the creek bed on 9 to save par).
There's a great flow from one hole to the next. Never a doubt as to where the next tee is.
The practice basket at the course entrance is a welcome, thoughtful touch.
The yellow-rimmed DISCatcher baskets help in spotting the basket in the woods.
Benches allow you to enjoy the scenery and rest a bit.
The proximity to the airport makes this course a convenient destination for those traveling through.
Most memorable moments: near-ace on 2, the welcome openness of 7 after the preceding woodedness (loved its pin placement in the copse of young trees, too), and 9's long gradual climb into the woods.
Cons: One of the drawbacks of such a consistently tightly wooded course in my mind is that the lines are so strongly defined. This reduces the room for creativity and shot variation on a single hole. With only nine holes, it gets harder to establish a sense of variety: the open sections are so few that they become lost amidst the predominant woodedness. I feel that the tightness of the lines coupled with the low number of holes really constricted my shot selection: I basically had only one choice of disc/shot to throw on most holes, and there weren't enough holes to allow for a wide variety of lines over the course of the round. This detracts from the mental game which I find to be such an integral part of the sport. Expanding the course to 18 holes and throwing in a few with multiple possible routes would go a long way to bumping this course from good to great.
Alternate pin positions would be a great way to increase replayability.
There's a serious lack of amenities: no bathrooms or access to water. We came prepared and were fine, but I imagine no bathrooms could be a problem for some.
Other Thoughts: I found this to be a difficult course to rate. The holes range from solid to superb, the setting is beautiful, and the equipment (tee pads, baskets, etc) is top notch. However, the lack of amenities and shot flexibility and the brevity are all major detractors for me. In the end, I feel like the negatives keep this course from maximizing its substantial potential. Adding a back 9 could elevate it to among the region's must-visit destinations, providing an intermediary between Moraine to the north and Orange Crush to the south. As it stands, however, it's well worth the visit for a quick and enjoyable 9.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has a nice tight technical layout. It is one of the more challenging courses in the area. You encounter many tunnel shots and a fair bit of distance on holes that do not force you into tunnels, which presents a lot of variety. The course seemed well balanced between right, straight, and left turns. To me, a number of holes really stand out as gems.
Number 1 is a nice lazy hyzer tunnel left that if you hit just right with a driver can really give you some birdie rewards for your effort.
Number 3 let's you drive up through some well placed trees, again rewarding a strong shot.
Number 5 gives you a nice 300 ft tunnel to drive down that really rewards a very accurate shot.
Number 7 is a nice break from tunnels, letting you air out a big driver for some distance.
Number 8 gives you a 260ish ace run down a tunnel that is very exhilarating. With the bushy backdrop behind the hole, you can really power a shot into there and it can't really travel too far by if you over throw it.
Cons: Having just 9 holes is always a con, especially when they are this good. It just leaves you wanting more and feeling disappointed. With 18, this course would be a major destination, like the big three in the area (deer lakes, knob hill, moraine).
A number of tees need to be leveled. Hole 2 and 8 both have down hill tilting tees that seem to cause shots to come out way too low. Be aware of this if you throw and adjust for a high shot. Hole 4's tee needs to be leveled side-side as it is on quite an angle.
The hallway out of hole 4 needs some work to open it up a bit more. As a right handed player, it is somewhere between a standing under stable mid and an anhyzer putter. When you step up to a 742 foot par five, it is a disappointing thing to not be able to at least step into a throw.
Other Thoughts: Hole number 6 is just weird, memorable, but weird.
Add 9 more holes and make a few minor tweaks to a few tees and you are sitting on a nice tournament course.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The first and last holes are right near the parking lot. The signs throughout the course are great and it is easy to go from one hole to the next. The rubber tee pad on hole 1 ( need to install 8 more).
Cons: The tee pads for the rest of the holes were awful. They were very short and awkward. The gravel inside made me feel unsure as I was running up if i was going to slip or not.
Other Thoughts: This course can get frustrating at the beginning because the window to drive through is very tight and hard to hit, but if you do get through you will be rewarded. Would be an even better course if somehow 9 more holes could be added but very solid with the 9 that are in place. Do not go to the left on hole 9 because i threw my disc into a 6 foot deep river bed thing and it was awful down there so try and stay in the middle or to the right.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is well designed. There is quite a bit of elevation change on this piece of land, but the design uses it well. Most steep uphills are walks between holes, leaving flats, gradual uphills, and downhills for the golf shots. The course is a 9 hole loop leaving you finish near the start (although about 20' lower). There is a good balance of tight placement shots and open shots, but an emphasis is placed on accuracy over distance. There is an appreciable difference in playing experience between the white and red tees. The park seems well cared for, but sees little use. The course offers some very fun and challenging holes. Navigation is rather easy with next hole arrow signs (after the 5th hole, turn left along the walking path, 6 will be on your right after a short walk).
Cons: The teeboxes are small and gravel-filled with landscape timber borders. The gravel is often displaced leaving a trip hazard. The rough is punishing in the spring through fall, so keep it in the fairway. Bugs and other nasties are prevalent in season. The course can be very wet in places well after any precipitation (5, 6, 8, and 9 especially).
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 - from the whites your first shot of the day will be a tight woods placement shot; from the reds its a lot closer and a bit more open. The fairway lists lazily to the left through the woods and slightly uphill to the basket. Beware of the rollaways at the basket! It should be a birdie start if you don't get greedy.
Hole 2 - from the whites it is a line-shaper through the narrow-ish up and down alley to the green where the woods open up; from the reds it is again a shorter shot on an easier line.
Hole 3 - from the whites there is a gap to hit, then some trees downrange to navigate to set yourself up for the approach; from the reds you can think about splitting those trees and going for the green. The basket is tucked in the woods.
Hole 4 - This is my favorite hole that I have played to date. From the whites it is a tight drive initially into an open field (if you click a tree here you are in for a long hole); from the reds you tee at the start of the open field. Either your drive or your approach needs to be well placed as the hole dives and turns hard to the right while entering the woods. And I'm talking dark in the middle of a summer day kind of woods. From there, it is a tight but straight woods line to the basket. A bogey feels like an accomplishment to me on this hole, from either tee.
Hole 5 - from both tees it is a gradual downhill tight-ish but straight line to the basket with trouble on both sides. Feeling confident?
Hole 6 - Another beauty! The white tee is on the path past the red tee box. From the whites it is a downhill drive with a sharp left at the bottom; from the reds it is a straight downhill drive. The hole then turns up and to the right all the way to the basket. There is again trouble on either side. And if you play RHBH like I do, be sure your anhyser approach shot has room to flatten out, or prepare to putt from the woods after your approach rolls.
Hole 7 - From either tee it is an open field drive so let it rip. The basket is tucked into a grove of trees with a couple of alleys into it, or try the aerial approach.
Hole 8 - From either tee it is a downhill open-ish drive into the woods. If you try the ace run, prepare for a long return putt.
Hole 9 - From either tee is is an open gradually uphill drive with woods to the right and a stream to the left. Outcroppings of tree groves and overhanging branches make the stroll up the fairway interesting. The wind always seems to be into you; couple that with the gradual uphill and it seems longer than its listed length. Hit the gap of trees at the top of the fairway, and have your approach fade hard to the basket.
There are a few breath-robbing climbs - from 1 basket to 2 tee, and from 9 basket to the parking area.
The park has a gravel walking trail throughout with benches, but no real other amenities including bathrooms.
The entrance to the park and the course is well marked from the road, but it is back behind the municipal vehicle maintenance building (it may seem like you are not in the right place on your first visit).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Two tee locations per hole, with excellent signs at each. Multiple pin positions. Baskets in great shape. Practice basket. Good "next tee" signs. Shady with "pretty" undergrowth (lots of ferns, vice weeds). Very nice variety in length, elevation, and turning requirements.
The framed tee locations are filled with small crushed stone which was a bit uneven in places. A spotter would be quite useful on some holes!
The first two holes challenge your short-n-wooded technique, first with a lefty, then with a righty. Three-n-four stretch you out a bit, starting and ending in woods, gentle/multiple turns along the way, with a scattered-tree meadow to cross up (3) then down (4) to reach the guarded baskets. Five (and very similar number eight) are short, tight (trees and brush), slightly downhill touch shots. Seven is initially a wide open bomb, but basket guarded by small clusters of hardwoods - do you look for a way through, or go up-n-over? Nine is very long, very straight, slightly up-slope, periodically narrowing, finally reaching a basket tucked a bit into the woods.
Favourite hole: #6. From both positions but especially from the longs, was the most fun - steep downhill through a fair throwing lane but dense trees on each side, then a left turn (subtle from short-tee, very sharp from long tee) to a bit of open space, then back uphill an right to a basket protected by a few trees - have to be "just right" hitting initial lane, when/degree of left turn, then next turn, or you'll find plenty of trouble..
Very solid course - wish it had nine more baskets!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This 9 hole course offers alot of variety. There are completely wooded holes and some that are fairly wide open (and a combination of both).
For a 9 hole course there is some variety in Holes distances, from short 200' down hill holes to a nice long 750' finishing hole.
Very nice new Discatcher baskets.
Very nice Signage through out the course. easy to find every hole except #1 (look at the course map at the entrace first).
Great use of the available elevation without having any killer all up hill holes.
This course is also very well maintained and I think the #7 Green is one of the prettiest I have seen in a while that does not have water near it.
Cons: The Tee boxes are just too short. I don't feel I take an exceptionally long run up but I was off the back on every hole.
Also the crushed gravel tee's need to be compacted down. You can sink your planting foot 3-4 inches into the gravel. (The tees are still well maintained)
Not a Con as much as a wish, but it would be nice to have some of the brush along side the wooded fairways to be thinned some. An example is hole #5 on the right hand side is some scary deep shule.
Other Thoughts: Hole #1 a nice 354 ft. RHBH hyzer along a nice tunnel.
Hole #2 a 256ft gentle anny through and alley of trees over a slight gully.
Hole #3 407 mostly open Hyzer. Slight rise and trees are sporadic but effect your angles.
Hole #4 743 ft. soul killer. First shot into a open field, second shot into small bottle neck going into woods, (have to land in the openening there are no short cuts and it doglegs right after it enters the woods), 3rd shot up tunnel to pin. That is the way it is supposed to work but get ready for 5's through 10's if you can't make the entrance accurately. I am not a fan of Hole #4 because it did me dirty twice, but it is beautifully designed hole that requires distance and rewards accuracy and touch.
Hole #5 302 ft. steep downhill shot straight to the basket. Avoid getting off the fairway since the rough can be nasty.
Hole #6 They need to come up with a cool name like "Mr. Toads Wild Ride" or something along those lines for this crazy hole. 439 ft. with a dramatic downhill changing to dramatic uphill S curve. Very fun to play.
Hole #7 523 ft wide open bomber hole, with a very pretty green that is surrounded by smallish trees amongst long grass.
Hole #8 268 ft steep down hill hole that is similar to hole #5 but has a few more obstructions if you cannot keep you disc low. Easy to go long on so be careful.
Hole #9 755 ft is a very straight forward par 5 requiring 3 good long throws with the basket tucked in nice clearing. The fairway is straight and clear and you absolutely do not want to get into the rough on either side.
This course is new, really new, so it has not been "broken in" yet. I think that when it has had a year for the dirt spots from clearing brush and trees to be covered by grass and for some more paths to the basket develop from use this will be a great 9 hole course. For a 9 hole to offer such elevation and distance is quite remarkable.
Even though its only 9 holes this course can tire you out becuase of the steep slopes on some of the holes and walks between others. Bring good shoes and water.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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