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Pros: - Course is set on the same land as a 9 hole ball golf course, so there is definitely a chance for interference there! At least nothing else is going on there, I suppose.
- Disc golf takes advantage of trees and woods to make things interesting, as much as possible. There a lot of low ceiling shots off the tee, especially from the golds, like on #3, #4, #13, and a wall of trees to go under or way over on #8. Large, mature trees are used as obstacles as well, like a wall of tall trees on #14, a gap off the tee on #15 and by the basket on #10 and #18. These are in play no matter what type of shot is used.
- Bigger clumps are trees are also used to force a line off the tee, like a RHBH anny shot from #6 and #9, some hyzers from #10, #11, and #13, and some flex shots or flick shots here and there. Some places have denser woods or bushes to capture errant shots as well.
- There some spots with minor elevation changes, like the downhill shot on #1, #11, and a slightly elevated tee on #17. Also a blind shot over a hump and through a gap on #15.
- Excellent variety of hole lengths here, especially with three different sets of tees to choose from. The gold layout provides lots of distance, with TWO holes over 900', one nearly at 700', two over 500', and two more over 400'. And for the most part, they are not mindless open holes; there is some line shaping and hazardous spots, like a golf green on #18 and #2, and trees by the baskets. Multiple basket positions add even more variety.
- Good signs with all distances listed, tees well marked with posts, and good baskets with hole number clearly marked. Navigation is easy with multiple arrows on the previous basket pointing to all three of the next tees. Natural teepads are OK, though some of the golds are getting worn down to dirt.
Cons: - Obvious con here is the presence of a golf course on-site. They have the right-of-way, and the disc golf is definitely a secondary operation. I was lucky enough to play during a thunderstorm, so I had the course to myself.
- Some pretty open land when playing by the ball golf fairways, as ball golfers usually don't care for trees in the middle of their fairways. This just means it is more of a park style course in many spots.
- There are some valleys and similar areas that aren't really used that much, only on #11. It might have messed up the flow, but it was painful to walk around the hilly terrain.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, a pretty fun course that has a wide variety of hole types. There are some pretty straightforward hyzers and anhyzers, some very low ceiling shots, some nasty clumps of trees off the tee and by the baskets, some shorties and some very long bombers. If I played here regularly I would HAVE to learn a roller to get some extra D, and sneak past some of the tighter areas. A great course for beginners, and the gold tees should be a challenge to almost every skill level.
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Pros: -Pin numbers on baskets really helped for my first time, nice idea
-Not too much rough to deal with at all
-Great course for "big" arms, specifically from Gold tees
-Tough to get birdies: Long Holes and Very windy up by airport, so when you do nail drives, your 20 foot putt is that much more difficult
Cons: -No elevation changes at all, really
-Windy as hell
-Not too much rough to deal with
--Tough to get birdies: Long Holes and Very windy up by airport, so when you do nail drives, your 20 foot putt is that much more difficult
Other Thoughts: Like I rated it, it is a good course, pretty challenging and deep..just kind of blah.....took me an hour and 20 minutes to play by myself from the Gold Tees, so even though it's long, you can get in and out pretty quick....I live very close to it and considering some of the other courses in the area, I would say I might play here 2-3 times a year. So, not mind blowing by any means.
From here on out I leave the amount of time it takes me to play courses in my review...I find that to be one of the most useful tools for someone like me, who likes to try new places or go to old, "if I have an extra hr or two" to drop in.
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Can disc golf and ball golf get along?
Pros: The course runs along across and through a 9-hole ball golf course next to the airport along the Mississippi River. It is a pay course, so you expect certain amenities, and this has them. There are garbage cans and porta potties along the course, but are part of the ball golf tee areas. Course has signs marking par and distance for 3 different tees: short, long, and championship. By championship, I mean it. This course has some serious length. All told this course is about 8,500 feet. Not only is it long, but some serious potential to be windy because of the pretty flat terrain it sits on. The course itself offers a wide variety of shots, turning left, right, and several straight. You will mostly be throwing longer shots here. Not many holes shorter than 300ft, but 5 Mando's require some careful shaping to stay in play. Because it is a part of a ball golf course, the grass is well mowed. Baskets are nice and new, as this course has only been open about 2 days as of this review.
Also a neat offer, you can rent a power cart for the round for $8 in the clubhouse. If you play more than one round, think about it.
Cons: Oh boy where do I start. First, when I say it plays on a ball golf course, i mean ON the course. You will share many fairways. Several tee area's are directly in front of the ball golf tees. You have to watch ahead of you to not hit ball golfers, and behind you to not get hit. We teed off along with a foursome of golfers. They were often in the way of our throws from hole 1 to about 5. They got a little in front of us, and the ball group behind played slow, so we found a nice pocket. But I imagine this will not always be the case.
Tee "areas" are all grass. On one hole you get to throw from the cartpath. Tees are flat and maintained, but all grass.
It is long. Seriously long. If you do not throw over 300', you will have a tough time staying around par here.
The map from the clubhouse is necessary. Several times we had to stop and refer to the map to figure out both where the next tee starts and where you are throwing to. Some holes are tough to find the pin because they are 700+ feet.
Oh did I mention you have to share the course with ball golfers?
The course plays VERY flat. Almost no elevation change at all. Some very minor mounds but no real adjustment for up or downhill.
Many holes MUST be played low. Because you are cutting back and forth across a golf course, there are several distinct lines of trees which must be avoided. Often feels like you are "fighting" against the design of a golf course, rather than a uniquely designed "disc" course
Other Thoughts: All in all, this course it not bad. It made for an enjoyable day of disc golf. You can see where money went into this course in order to justify charging for it. Very nicely made scorecards, map provided (and was essential). Nice signs, manicured grass. On it's own merit, a course worth trying. It offers a unique challenge compared to other courses in the area, and a good mix of left and right shots. That said, there are too many cons to bring me back soon. Grass tee pads, ball golfers on the course, lack of elevation or technical shots, not a real risk/reward course, and the abundance of other excellent courses in the area turn this into a VERY occasional visit on the course circuit for my group
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