Pros: -Some rolling hills
-Water in play if it rains or after snow melts
-Nice park with other things to do; playgrounds, skate parks, baseball field, shelters
-Signs and numbered baskets make it pretty easy to find your way around.
-Holes 6 and 7 were by far the best on this course. They were longer, had many trees, and were even more challenging if you played the creek bed as OB.
-Chances at aces
-They have a league! That is surprising.
Cons: -The concrete pads are more dangerous than they are helpful. They are about 1x2 ft and raised off the ground a few inches. They are usually kind of slippery too.
-The next pad is right behing the last basket so you have to wait until people hole out and tee off.
-There is usually not many obstacles between the tee and basket until you are at the basket and I thought that was an annoying design attribute that was overused.
-The baskets are portable ones that are mounted. They don't catch as well as regular ones and kind of shake when you hit them.
-The park isn't very big so all the activities are crammed together. If it was busy you might have to watch out.
-A few times there were multiple baskets in sight and it was hard to know which one to aim at.
-The bathrooms are nasty!
Other Thoughts: Despite the obvious design and safety flaws, I still had fun at this course. I might stop back by and play again if I'm in the area but I wouldn't prioritize it.
Small town, small course, small review
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is very easy to figure out, because it's such a small area. Given the fact it was built on private donations in a small community, they did a pretty good job on it. Gives you plenty of practice at those mid-range shots, with little obstacles to overcome each hole.
Cons: The biggest problem is the 5th hole, as the line between the basket and tee crosses the edge of the outfield of the softball field. This can be an awkward hole if a game is going on. However, it's not the end of the world to skip it or play it different. I also agree that the concrete for the tee boxes is pointless, as they are far to small to be used for any kind of walk-up/run approach.
Other Thoughts: While others want to rip on this course because of the type of catcher chosen and such, you must know the reason for that. While they weren't the perfect choice, one must realize that this course was built on private donations because the small city doesn't have a budget to put something like that together for something that was new to the area. If you observe the baskets while playing, they are clearly marked with small plates that point out which area business donated the money towards the installation of that hole. The course was put together by some local business owners as activity for familes to enjoy within the community. It wasn't designed to be a professional world-class course. Please, be kind in regard to those responsible for building it. That being said, its still a fun course to play and build your mid-range shots around obstacles. The baskets are still in great condition and free of vandalism. The park is well-maintained when compared to others I've played at.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Course Design Gone Wrong - Possibility of Hitting Park Visitors
Pros: Innova Mini Disc Catchers - This is a plus but these are just minis which were not ment to be permanently installed in concrete which is what they did because they were too cheap to buy the full size catchers which are ment to be installed in the ground. I only put this as a positive because in their current condition they are like new which is better than I can say for some DGCs which have been heavily vandalized.
Cons: Were do I begin ...
The disc catchers were not manufactured to be permanent standing structures which would withstand the punishment they will receive from vandals or people who pull or lean on them accidentally. Because they have a small and simple wire base which was set in shallow concrete these catchers over time will fall over, be stolen, or destroyed as the concrete cracks or someone realizes they could be easily pulled out of the ground.
The teepads are a joke, they are more of a tripping hazard then they are for use. Even at a stand still some people would find it hard to remain on the pad or stand on them for a respectable drive. This was another example of poor planning and people looking more at the cost of installing the course than looking at making something that is functional.
The teepads are also right on top of the baskets which again was poor planning on the part of the course designer. If this course was more frequented it would cause people to be backed up while they were waiting for people to finish up teeing off before they could even begin the previous hole.
Some of the shots put you in bad positions where you are throwing over or way to near to playground equipment, a picnic shelter, and the skate park were people would be during warmer weather. This poor layout and complete lack of consideration will result in someone, possibly a child getting hit by a disc eventually.
Parking for this course is somewhat convenient while the course is not in use during colder weather but during warmer weather which is when it will be used more it is lacking because most people parking in the parking lot would be using the skate park located immediately next to the parking lot or the playground which is opposite of the skate park.
There are bathrooms which are more than can be said for other DGCs but it is closed most of the year so it can't be counted as a positive. If you need a bathroom there is a gas station across the street which is open all year round.
Some of the teepads are pointed the wrong direction at certain holes and in some cases are even directly pointed at another catcher altogether. I was really disappointed by this because it did result in a somewhat confusing expereince which ruined the game for my wife whom I took to what I thought would be a fun beginner course.
Other Thoughts: This course is a perfect example of what NOT to do that should be documented for other cities, towns, or state parks who are looking at installing a DGC. This park has a lot of potential for what could be a good beginner course to teach people the game of DGC or have a casual family game of disc golf but it has gone terribly wrong due to poor planning, going cheap on equipment, and a lack of a consultation with someone who plays disc golf and is a course designer. If they did consult with someone on designing this course either they did not heed the advice they were given or the person was not experienced enough at designing disc golf courses.
The City of Aurora would do well to remove this current course and start over with some help from a course designer who has experience in course design in small parks like the one it is currently located at. They might even do well to remove this current one and relocate it to the larger Streeter park which is located on Highway 34 - Q Street. This seems like a more logical location for a disc golf course.
The only saving grace for this park which kept me from assigning it a 0 was the fact that it is functional while no one else is using the park. While there are other people there using the playground or picnic shelter there is way to much of a risk of throwing a drive right at someone which would result in a bad name for disc golfers in general. I will be avoiding this course except to show someone how sometimes even the course designers can be a worse enemy to disc golf than vandals.
I struggle to think of a more poorly designed course than this one in central Nebraska. The one that was placed at Plum Creek in Lexington is up there but this one takes the crown of course design and park selection gone wrong.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Short and Sweet. A quick 9 holes if passing through town.
Amenities. Bathrooms, skate park, picnic shelter, water, and reasonable parking.
Nice baskets. Having baskets in a small park like this is always a nice opportunity to practice, a great place to practice the short game.
Ace/Birdie opportunity. Let the ace runs fly, every hole has potential.
Fun Pitch and putt. This course offered some decent variety of throws and some decent line shaping for a short pitch/putt course, I enjoyed a quick single disc round here, a roc treated me well. I enjoyed hole 7, through some low trees with a small water hazard crossing.
Navigation. After finding hole 1 (just outside of the Men's bathroom, the rest is extremely intuitive - the next tee is generally about 6 inches from the previous basket.
Decent use of water. Not much water on the course, but the small stream flowing through was used as well as it could be.
Not Crowded. I don't foresee this course getting much use.
Cons: Mini tee pad. I guess it's nice that there's cement tee pads, but they're about the cutest thing ever, like for miniature people or something. There's enough room to stand on them, but not near enough room for a run up, though I was able to run up and finish my throw on the cement pedestal (not that a run up is at all necessary at this course).
Other user areas. Hole 1 plays directly through some playground equipment, hole 3 plays directly through a shelter, which makes the course interesting, but rather dangerous if anybody was using these things.
Cramped. Baskets and tees generally share the same 5 foot radius.
Other Thoughts: If passing through town, a quick 9 holes is worthwhile, if passing by on the freeway, continue on, not worth the 3 miles out of the way.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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