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 Crying Over Toppled Rainbows

1    4/14/2011   4/14/2011
Review By: Martin Dewgarita
Played: 1148  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 4.7 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A pure beginners course, short with little variety and decent elevation on some shots.

Amenities. Large city park with shelters, playground, bathrooms, and ball fields nearby.

Beginner Friendly. Impossible to lose a disc, would be an ok place to work on some basic short distance drives and upshots, if you're looking to practice distance or more technical lines, find somewhere else.

Ace runs. If you're looking for a course to load up on aces, or to play as many holes as you can in a day, this might be a good place to hang out.

Primarily disc golf. No other users seemed to come into play here.

Tees. Natural tees suit this course fine, anything else would be overkill. A small plate on the toeboard shows hole number and distance to the pin.

Baskets. Very nice red, white, and blue Disccatchers on each hole, no alternate pin placements or practice basket available.

Navigation. Very easy, every tee pad can be found feet from the previous basket.
Cons: Short. Holes range from 50 to 250, great for players to work on approach shots, no big distance shots on this one.

Variety. There is no technical variety really, a couple small trees come into play and elevation keeps things slightly interesting.

No map or scorecard provided (Not that it would be necessary).
Other Thoughts: Not worth the play unless you're looking for a very quick 9 hole course to bag.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 For the Beginners

5+    10/20/2010   10/20/2010
Review By: japetus
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Set in Gordon Moore Park which is one of the most nicely maintained parks in the area. Course is at a part of the park that is rarely used. The grass is always very well maintained.
Cons: Natural grass tee pads are literally 5 feet behind the previous basket. Hole 4 is far too short to actually be a disc golf hole. Basket placement could be more challenging.
Other Thoughts: Much has been said about how short this course is but I have to say...there is potential here to do something on a bigger scale. There is lots of unused land, hills...I predict in the future this course is redesigned to be more challenging. For instance...

Hole 2: Basket could be moved to the left back further behind the tree for a more challenging shot, also moving it away from Hole 3 tee.

Hole 4: just put it down further in the field, off to the right. It's far too short of a shot.

Hole 6: Move it further back up the hill, at least by 40 feet.

Hole 9: Move the basket further to the right for a harder, low ceiling shot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 begginers paradise

1    10/7/2010   10/7/2010
Review By: joy4all
Played: 59  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 5.5 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The holes are easy to follow. Nice rolling hills to play on to learn altitude change shots. Very few tress stand in the way. Natural tees with bricks for marker lines. Under the care of the Alton Parks so its well maintained.
Cons: This is a par 3 all the way so ignore the markers stating theyre higher par numbers. Park has not posted signs once entering that lead you to the disc course. so enter park go pass stop sign straight past rose garden and its midway through parking lot on left starts hole 1.
Other Thoughts: stretch the course and play tee pad 1 to basket 2 and so on until you cycle a total of 9 holes. yes its easy to do this on this course which stretches the course 300-500 ft holes

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Way too short

1    10/3/2010   10/4/2010
Review By: ilmcgee
Played: 7  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10.3 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A very well kept park with nice brick work for the natural tees. Baskets had nice pattern, tops rotated between red, white, and blue. Holes do flow well with teeboxes for next hole within 20 ft.
Cons: This is a very short course, the longest hole is just over 300 ft., most are in the 175 to 200 ft. range. Also it has just the nine holes. There are no signs as well, making it very confusing to find the starting point.
Other Thoughts: This course plays an opposite theme to nearby Roxana. This course focus mainly elevation change than obstacles. There is plenty of room at this park to stretch out this course. Other guys there did have a way of stretching out the course, they played from one tee to the next hole. So from tee 1 to hole 2, tee 3 to hole 4 and so on. This seem to really lengthen the course and mix up the shots needed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Putter course

5+    9/10/2010   9/17/2010
Review By: Sharkbite
Played: 64  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 13.2 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Only need a putter maybe a mid range if you want to ace run the longer holes (300 feet) . Good for families
Cons: Tie pads go up and down hills instead of finding a flat area. Super short and ridiculous pars. Tee boxes for next hole are 3 feet from baskets LOL SOmeones going to get hit
Other Thoughts: The course was set up by a kid to get his eagle badge. Which is great but he needed to get some input from someone about course design.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Fun rec course

1    9/6/2010   9/9/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 815  Reviewed: 749  Exp: 12.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a small corner of a large multi-use park. The disc golf area doesn't conflict with any other park uses. The fairways are really nice grass with a few scattered mature trees, a couple holes have a low ceiling or enough of an obstacle to force something other than a simple hyzer. The elevation available is used well here. The red, white and blue baskets are in great shape, and the layout of the course is easy to follow. The grounds are impeccably maintained, with no trash or vandalism and some of the nicest grass I've seen on a course.
Cons: This course is short and pretty open. More than half the holes are straight ahead with really minor obstacles in play. It doesn't force too man different shots, and doesn't have much length at all. The tees are natural and marked only at ground level. They're very close to the previous basket which helps find them, but also makes it a safety concern if multiple people are playing the course. Many of the tees are on slopes, making for awkward footing on your drives.
Other Thoughts: This course is clearly intended for beginners, and to that end it's a great course. The lengths are shorter but varied, and a few holes will push new players to try some different shots. More experienced players won't find much challenge or variety here, though there are awesome safari options with the baskets basically in a big oval and all visible from most places on the course. Don't go out of your way for this one, but it's a nice warm up for Rockspring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  Good Beginner Course

1    8/20/2010   8/22/2010
Review By: iPlay
Played: 31  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 13.2 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course was obviously designed with beginners in mind. It is in a nice open field with very few obstructions.
There is virtually no way to lose a disc with the current layout
It is in the back end of the park, so the area, including parking and the pavilion to the right of the 1st tee, are only utilized by disc golfers and those walking the wooded nature trail.
All tees are very close to the previous hole, so it makes for a quick 9 if you don't have a lot of time.
Cons: No trash cans or benches anywhere on the course to rest or discard trash.
The tee boxes are only marked by small plaques in the ground, and there is no sign directing you to the first tee (it's right by the basket for 9)
Not challenging at all for the experienced player, due to the high par scores. Dumb down each par by 1 to make it fairly challenging. It seems the pars are more related to the distances than any other factor.
Other Thoughts: Something I am doing in all of my reviews is a description of each particular hole. Here is Gordon Moore park as of 8/20/2010:

Hole 1: 75 yards, open field with one tree to the left of the basket (par 4)

Hole 2: 80 yards, across a short valley with no obstructions (par 4)

Hole 3: 77 yards, pin between two trees about 10 yards from the basket (par 4)

Hole 4: 40 yards, slightly downhill with no obstructions (par 3)

Hole 5: 110 yards, open field with 1 tree just to the left of the pin (par 5)

Hole 6: 65 yards, uphill with 2 trees to the right of the pin at the top of the hill (par 4)

Hole 7: 68 yards, 1 tree to go around directly between the tee and pin (par 4)

Hole 8: 50 yards, 1 tree halfway between tee and pin directly in the path (par 3)

Hole 9: 100 yards, par 5, straight shot with 2 trees on the left border of the path (par 5)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 LOTS of Potential

1    8/15/2010   8/16/2010
Review By: REDARMY
Played: 32  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 6.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful park setting. Between the rolling hills, freshly mowed grass, nicely trimmed trees, and the lake around the backside (which doesn't come into play, yet), this park has the potential to become EPIC.

Brand-spankin' new Innova Discatchers.

Bathrooms/water available behind the first tee.

Plenty of parking.

Pin locations make very good use of the available obstacles and hills, and the layout flows very well.

Moderate to strong winds can seriously fubar your shots, even though the holes are so short. (222' average)

Park is relatively out of the way, and all of the other typical park activities are all in other areas, so traffic is non-existent.
Cons: ...Which is a good thing because this park contains one SERIOUS design flaw: all of the tees are 15-20 feet behind or to the side of the previous pin. It makes them easy to find sure, but should the place start generating even modest traffic, queues will build at pins, and/or lots of noses will be busted by throwers from the previous pin being impatient. A horrendous design flaw that i'm sure the city will fix very quickly once they realize the potential dangers/liability concerns.

None of the expected DG perks (trashcans, benches, kiosk with scorecards, etc.), but then again, the course is only 2 weeks old.

No tee posts (pads w/hole info are marked off by stones in the ground) which isn't a problem for holes 2-9 since the pads are so close to the previous pin, but something in the park signage to point you towards 1's pad would be nice.

Pars were determined with kids in mind (as the course was designed by and built for cub/boy scouts), so anyone above novice should ignore the par markings and just play it as par 3.
Other Thoughts: The local who showed myself and my friend around (thank you Lane) told us that the tees in the current layout will be moved farther away from the pins to remove the danger noted above.

More promising though, is that the park has a TON of unused space south of the current layout, and it is rumored the city is considering putting a full 18 in back there.

If that 18 looks anything like the current 9, it'll be a place to travel to for sure.

For now, it's just a place to bring the kids to or a way for anyone above novice to finish out a day of golfing at Rockspring/Roxana/Woodland Chains.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


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