Solid INT course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Scenic shorter course based in a city park, with many other amenities, including a REALLY nice beer garden across the parking lot from hole 1. Every course should be so lucky as to have a dang beer garden.
Nice concrete tee pad at each hole. Plenty long enough and solid.
Silver DGA baskets, all of which are in good repair and catch well. Powder coated, colored baskets would be awesome here....
Lots of mature trees offer nice obstacles and force particular lines on several holes.
Multiple pin placements are nice, and offer some cool different looks on some holes.
Tee signs are solid. Distances for each pin placement, and a screw in the actual position, which is a great touch.
Navigation is relatively simple, with the exception of the transfer from 12 to 13. It's a long walk, and not all that intuitive. Head down the path, over the bridge, and take the path to the right, and you'll be back on track.
Cons: No real elevation in place here. A couple slight dropoffs on a few holes, but nothing major.
The traffic here can be a bit much. Being right in the middle of the city (and next to a university), it can get very busy.
A lot of the course is on the shorter side...but that's not necessarily always the worst thing, especially as a complement to Brown Deer and Dretzka.
Other Thoughts: This isn't an overly tough course, but I always have fun playing here. There's a lot of ace runs and some interesting shots. A beginner up to an Int player can have a lot of fun here. Advanced players would probably be good after one round.
I love a day of Dretzka, Brown Deer and Estrabrook. They're three courses that complement each other quite well. Estabrook on its own is still a fun time, though, and not too far from Art Smart's Dart Mart and Juggling Emporium (on Brady), which is a great local disc vendor.
I'd love to give this a 3.25...but alas, not an option. Worth a spin if you're in the area!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Initial thoughts on Estabrook
Pros: Challenging course with a few hidden baskets. Quite a bit of variation from hole to hole, and an overall consistently thought provoking course to a first time visitor.
Cons: The course layout was confusing at a couple points in time. Make sure you bring a map or have a guide if it's your first time. Additionally, be sure to be willing to wait a bit to tee off. It appears there is quite a variation of skill level when it comes to the players who call this their home course.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed Estabrook a lot. It was a nice contrast to my home course, Valley View. There's only one hole you really need an arm for. Other than that, its a very good course to practice your short game on. I will definitely be getting out to shoot another round there sometime this summer!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great course for most skill levels. Estabrook has served as my home course for the last few years, and I find it great for developing my game. The holes are fairly straightforward, there is brand spankin' new hole signage with current pin placement, there's a decent variety of holes, the tracked-out woods make discs pretty easy to find, and a BEER GARDEN conveniently off of hole #18! Great starter course, I have many friends addicted to the sport thanks to this course.
Cons: Holes max out at ~350 feet, so not great for power throwers. Also, not much for elevation besides a few ravines. It gets really busy on weekends and nice summer evenings. Usually I don't have any issue with other people playing, but there are always a few bad eggs leaving bottles, cans, burning cigarette butts, etc. There are plenty of garbage cans, so it's not super hard to pick up after the litterers.
Other Thoughts: A great home course, and a great place to get friends into disc golf. A good variety of holes, but not something to write home about. Can be played in just over an hour on off-peak times, so it can serve as a "lunch-break course."
Also, due to its proximity to UWM and the north shore suburbs, there tends to be a big bro crowd. Not necessarily an issue, but expect lots of dudes with a single tie-dye high speed driver, flip flops, and vape pens. They are kinda on the slower end when it comes to playing, but they are friendly enough.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Fun for all skill levels
Able to play all year(for the most part)
Bob Bawden as the course pro
New pin placements added for more challenge
GLDGC helps maintain the course
Cons: Can get very busy with the UW-Milwaukee kids during the spring and summer
Other Thoughts: I love the course and wish that I could play it more often.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - Easy access to park when coming from any direction
- Two practice baskets about 40' apart from each other: makes for a fun way to warm up at different distances
- Brand new tee signs with accurate distances and wood chips thanks to Robert Bawden, GLDGC, MAD and other volunteers
- Great course for all skill levels due to variety of shots and distances
- Great course for working on shorter technical holes with short doglegs, tunnel shots, low ceilings, wide open, banked and some blind shots.
- Lefty friendly
- Has warning signs for other park goers to be aware of discs flying in the air, I think it's helped prevent any accidents
- Constant improvements being done to the course with landscaping, pin placements and tee pads!
- Usually baskets are up during the winter!
- The park also offers fishing, a dog park and not to mention a BEER GARDEN
Cons: - Can get crowded at certain times with Shorewood High School and UW-Milwaukee being so close
- Not the best course for big arm, air shots
Other Thoughts: - This course has a lot of potential to be expanded or added on to. It is very well liked in the Milwaukee area which is evident by the amount of players that golf here. This course offers challenging and fun layouts which draws a good following from the local disc golf community of all skill levels. Very popular for smaller events and leagues.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Great selection of holes; a few long, some short, and some challenging holes in between
-The new tee signs are an amazing addtition to the course (best tee signs i've seen)
-Each hole has multiple pin positions, with some challenging sports, making it challenging for most players
-The new course pro has done great things to the course this year, and will continue to improve the course
Cons: -The course runs along a somewhat busy road, so be careful to not hit any cars!
-There is usually trash on the ground, so make sure to pick up any trash if you see it
Other Thoughts: Overall, the course has great tee pads and tee signs, has multiple pin positions for each hole, making most holes challenging. If your in the area, you should definitely play Estabrook.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very clean course, new tee signs, awesome concrete tee pads, regular course maintenance, multiple pin locations, dual practice baskets, and more, such as a beer garden!!
This is a fun shorter course to play with putters, midranges and fairway drivers. Lots of work done since the course opened a few years ago, but more so this year with the new tee signs and new additional pin placements.
Cons: It can get busy at this course because of how short it is and it being beginner friendly. It's also around the corner from UW Milwaukee, so there's lots of college students playing, especially during summer.
Other Thoughts: I liked the 'old' course pro better, but the new course pro is just as dedicated to keeping this course one of the nicer and cleaner ones around the city. I hear more plans for the course are always in the works.
This is NOT Brown Deer, so don't expect it to be. Too many people's reviews of Estabrook are complaints because they say it's short or too easy or it's all flat. Look, this course uses the land that was given to disc golf very well. Don't believe all the negative reviews and go throw it for yourself.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: New Tee signs, Cleaned up fairways, Multiple pin placements.
Other Thoughts: This course is under new "management" and has grown leaps and bounds. All the work being put into it is easy to see. The new tee signs and cleaned up fairways make it look so clean and makes the course more inviting to play. People should remember to clean up after themselves and help keep the course looking nice. Its worth playing, as the course isn't too hard for newbies to keep the disc on the fairway and its also great for more experienced players to work on their accuracy with the difficulty of some holes.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Great Park, Great Course
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: - Very good mix of hyzer, straight and anhyzer shots
- The course is set in a pretty high traffic park in Milwaukee County and Disc Golf has made the park even more popular.
- It uses the land that it was given so well
- Multiple pin positions for every hole make it so that you rearly see the same course twice.
- Even the shortest holes are still technicle enough to make them not a gimme birdie.
- There are a lot of shorter holes but also a few longer holes mixed in there.
- Updated Constantly
- Well Maintained
- Beer Garden
Cons: - Probably the highest trafficed course in the Milwaukee area, so if you are looking for a quick round this might not be the course for you.
- Located close to the UWM Campus and because of this you do see a lot of bigger groups, and one disc chuckers.
Other Thoughts: - If you are looking for a fun course to play with a couple of buddies aznd have a nice relaxing time then this course is something that you should look into.
Also make sure to hit up the Beer Garden
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Hole 2 is pretty cool. You start about 50 feet away from a wooded tunnel that leads to the pin on a sharp turn to the left, about another 200 feet away. Its always fun to play holes with some shape to them instead of just - ahem - straight forward ones.
-The tees are nice and big.
Cons: -Holes are all really short and repetitive. If you are going to have short holes, at least make them technical. It feels like every hole is just a straight ahead shot through some minor trees, or into some pocket of bushes. I think 15 and 17 are the only holes where you can air it out (still kind of a stretch) and both are directly next to a busy road.
-The signs are terrible. Its literally just written in sharpie. And they don't help at all besides letting you know what hole you are at. For all the roads and paths you have to cross/backtrack across, you'd figure there would be something better set up.
-There are a lot of areas under trees and near bushes that always get muddy when it rains. I went in May and there was about 4 inches of standing water in about a 20 foot radius around the pin on hole 18.
-A few of the pins are right on the edges of either large bodies of water or steep drop offs. You can't tell that they are there unless you have played there before or if you walk to the pin first. And, I know, I know, "It adds to the challenge." No, no it doesn't. Not here at least. There are a lot of courses that make good use of OB areas and it just seems unnecessary here.
-Like noted above, the whole course is pretty much directly next to a relatively busy road. Not only that, but there is a busy path that goes right through it. I've nearly got hit from bikers not saying anything coming up behind.
-Its usually pretty busy.
Other Thoughts: In all honesty, the course plays like someone took one of there portable practice pins and set it up at the park during a picnic. It just doesn't feel like a legit course. If you are visiting from a different area, SKIP THIS COURSE. Go play Brown Deer and Dretzka.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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