Back 9 addition makes for a worthwhile stop
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Pros: This course has just recently expanded from a nice/cute 9-holer to a full 18 hole course. As of my latest playing, the back 9 was fully installed, aside from signage.
- Large concrete tee pads, in great shape.
- Multiple pin locations on some holes on the front 9.
- Front nine has decent signage. Although with many blind basket locations, it's tough to see which pin is in. With some short holes, it'd be easy to over-drive if you don't go take a peek.
- Nice baskets, catch well.
- Layout is pretty well explanatory, aside from some bind pin placements.
- Good mix of open and wooded shots, especially for what they had to work with. Front nine is in and around a dense stand of trees, with really no underbrush to speak of. Unless you miss very badly. Really well maintained. Back nine is more open, but still with great shot shapes required, and plenty of obstacles.
- Course has been well designed around and through the park, without much chance of interfering with other park activities. A great use of all the extra space in the park, unlike other parks where the course has been put into a similarly established park, and it conflicts with normal park activities.
- Fantastically maintained park with small bathrooms, shelter, gazebo, and a large sports complex for soccer and tennis. Baseball/softball fields across the lake, which really doesn't come into play on any holes, but is right by the course.
- Hole #7 & 8 provide some excellent chances for decision making as to what gap in which trees you want to play through. Decide correctly and then hit your line, otherwise you'll pay.
- Hole #10 is a very interesting one, with a wide open approach to a very tight tunnel through some pine trees. Great design - although the green ceiling is probably a little too low.
- Holes #13-16 all are across/along/through what appears to at one time to have been a creek bed. Great string of holes with some different shots.
Cons: - Front 9 does play a little short to my liking, but that has been remedied quite nicely by a longer back 9 that lets you air it out.
- Hole #3 last time I played was something like 110 feet, and although around a blind corner, was not in line with the rest of this course. Disappointing.
- Hole #10 does tee off right next to the main incoming road, and just a slightly wayward shot could have you hitting a car or having a disc run over, if one happens to drive through.
- Hole #12 looks to be a long par 5, but just in a wide open field. Hopefully once the area gets some rain and the grass grows, they can mow in a fairway that at least encourages some type of drive.
- Hole #18 is much the same as #12, a long, uphill hole to the end. Wide open, nothing going for it but the gentle hill. It passes by the large shelter, and although not too close, if anyone using the shelter is out in the grass for any sort of football/frisbee/yard-game activity, there could be some conflict. This hole kind of took away a nice, open, usable grass portion of the park.
Other Thoughts: It's pretty near both main highways passing by town, so it's any easy and worthwhile stop if you're passing through. A course that beginners can easily play, but that experienced players will find fun to play as well. I'm glad that SE Iowa has another good 18 hole course to play.
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Now an 18 hole course! Review updated!
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Pros: Beautiful, well maintained park. The walk through the park is a pleasant experience in it of itself.
Concrete Tees, Excellent Tee Signs with Maps, Distance, pin location, and 'Next Tee' arrow. (Tee Signs are in the works for the back nine, but not yet installed). Alt pins are now installed on the back 9.
The Front and back 9 figure 8 and play back to the parking lot; allowing for a quick round of 9 on either course.
The Front 9 is more technical and requires more accuracy with a long tunnel shot that throws through two rows of trees. Keep it straight!
The Back 9 is longer, requiring many second shot placements, turnovers at long distances, and one long distance bombing run that is longer than 600ft. *Accurate measurements have yet to be provided
Garbage cans throughout the course
Good balance of right and left handed shots. (Subject to pin position)
Beginner Friendly and challenging for the seasoned player
Rolling terrain, with sparse to medium woods and open field distance shots.
Healthy long Risk/Reward Tunnel shot down a fairway between two rows of trees.
On some of open field shots, you'll find you play upon guarded baskets. This is a great way to make a player consider their approach. Also, there is a grassy marsh area along some of the areas that play along some fairways.
Good navigation. Outside of a couple hang ups, the course is easy to follow. (First Time only)
Maximized use of land; Course plays out and back to the parking lot
Mostly segregated from the rest of the park, making interactions with other park users minimal. (Though still be careful. You could still stumble across someone walking around the park. It is a very nice place)
Conveniently located off 218. This makes for easy access for those that may be traveling
Is a multi-use park with other activities, including a ball golf driving range, walking trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. Also, there are fishing ponds.
Cons: A few fairways play alongside each other, going against each other. It should be easy to spot oncoming traffic, but an errant throw can easily end up in a neighboring fairway. Just be careful and watch where you are throwing.
and also watch where you are walking
The short pin positions can sometimes be too short. (Less than 200 feet) If only one or two are in the shorts, it can make for a fun Ace Run. If they have more than 2 in the shorts, it can get redundant. (Primarily between 2-6)
When you reach the 16th fairway, you start playing close to a playground/picnic area. Its far enough out, that you won't affect the playground area. It's close enough that sometimes you'll see park goers wandering around in the fairways 16 through 18. Look before you throw!
Temporary Issues that will be resolved in time
No Tee signs or have been setup on the Back 9. (This is because it's still fairly new. These should be installed in a matter of time)
Navigation for the Back 9 is difficult without a map. (First time issue only, and also only temporary)
Other Thoughts: I have really enjoyed playing here at East Lake! It's a fun course, with a healthy challenge! The addition of the Back 9 has made this a solid course! East Lake has a variety of different challenges, requiring the player to consider which disc to throw and how they will throw it. You will find Doglegs, turnover shots, long tunnel drives, all the way up to open field long distance runs. There is something for everyone, regardless of what level player you are.
They have already hosted a PDGA Sanctioned Tournament here, and it's definitely worth checking out. If one lives in one of the adjacent towns, then I'd say it's worth the drive over to check it out. Any further, then just schedule a stop when you happen to be driving through Mt Pleasant. There are plenty of potential road trips in SE Iowa that can take you through Mt Pleasant.
You won't need any special footwear or clothing here. You may want some liquid for the hotter days, since you'll be playing in some open fields. This course was really well designed. For the size of this course, and the challenge that it offers, the designers did a great job in covering all the bases and maximizing the potential of the land. For that I can say "Well done!".
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