Balance and Variety
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Located in a large multi-purpose public park, Maconaquah does a great job of incorporating the best of the park's terrain without interferring with other park activities. Above average variety in terms of elevation, water holes (a shallow creek wends its way throughout the course, coming into play nicely in several spots), distances and shot selection. A trio of unique holes (#'s 2, 12 and 18) stand out in my mind days after playing the course for the first time. Much of the course is moderately wooded, but a few longer holes are open, allowing for the bigger arms to let it rip.
- Great risk/reward. Between the OB water hazards (including an "island green" on 18) and drastic elevation changes (many holes slope downwards towards water), Maconaquah will keep even experienced discers on their toes throughout.
- Above average line-shaping potential exists on some of the more technical holes.
- Dual pin positions, although many don't seem to really change the look much, just add a bit of distance.
- The course loops back to the parking lot after hole #6.
Cons: - Unfortunately, a fair amount of trash was strewn throughout the course. Nothing a day of cleaning wouldn't fix, but it's sad to see such a fine course abused by litterbugs.
- Older baskets of dubious shape. Not terrible, but definitely below average.
- Confusing flow in a few places. No next tee signs where they are needed. Not much of an issue except for first-timers.
- One or two spots could cause safety issues for the mobility impaired (crossing the stream via treacherously wobbly rocks on the way from #12 to #13 in particualar stands out as dangerous).
Other Thoughts: - Overall, Maconaquah provides a great public course. The elevation and water help make it the best balanced and perhaps most rewarding course to play in the greater Peru area, with perhaps the exception of France Park in Logansport (a personal favorite).
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Crime and Punishment
The variety of the challenges you'll encounter.
Course looks worn and minimally maintained - tees, signs, baskets all appear to be steadily deteriorating.
Course is very unforgiving - errant or unlucky shots can be severely punished, as five holes bring water into play, and several baskets are located near very steep, tree-filled slopes - roll down one of them, and it'll be very difficult to work your way back towards the basket.
Course plays up, down, and across three hills, each with its own personality. Hill-A, providing holes 1-6, is thickly-populated with mid-sized trees, has the tightest lines, is a bit rolling, and twice brings the water into play. Hole-2 takes you up the hill, a long left-then-right turner, and hole-6 brings you steeply down the hill, needing a hard left at the end to avoid the creek straight ahead.
Hill-B hosts holes 7-12, with larger-but-more-scattered trees than hill-A. The elevation is gained by straight-up-the-slope number-8, and the next few holes are atop the plateau, fairly straight-n-short, but with the slope always looming nearby. Hole-12 takes you straight down the hill where the basket sits at the end of a gully - with the creek just scant feet behind!
Hill-C contains the largest trees, and is the most open/long. The first few holes take you gently up the slope, with thick woods on the left. Upon reaching the top, hole-15 is a nice challenge - straight for nearly 200', then needing a short-but-sharp right-then-left to reach the basket. The crew with me took turns unloading their bags on #16, which plays across the valley formed by the horseshoe-shaped ridge we were atop. Basket-18 is surrounded by water on three sides, with the rightside being the safest location. The distance from the tee to the water just in front of the basket is probably typical for most int-adv players, so can be quite intimidating.
Challenging course! Don't do the crime (poor/unlucky shot) if you can't do the time (scramble up steep tree-filled slopes, and/or go fishing for your discs). Spotter and/or creek-guarders recommended.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Way fun,lots of water!
Pros: This course is a blast and very scenic. Has a beautiful creek running through alot of elevation. There are alot of technical lines that push your talents. If your not on your game you can have a long day here. There is alot of O.B. but very fair because of the short lenghth of most holes. Very hilly with lots of ups and downs and tricky basket placements near water or sloped greens. There are signs but they are a little vandalized. I like the old baskets, they make u throw a good putt. All in all i was amazed at how beautiful this place was in the middle of nowhere. Its definitely worth a play along with pieradise. Has large concrete pads.
Cons: Trash and vandalizm. Its a free park and kids have not tooken care of it. It still doesnt take away from how pretty the landscape is.
Navigation is tricky, after 12 you have to go across the playground and up the hill for the last 7 holes. Also, finding the next hole takes a little time.
Hole #2 confuses me, im not sure how its played and its a horrible setup.
People will complain about the baskets mainly cause they cant throw a putter straight. I dont mind old baskets on a short course, it helps even out the challenge.
Other Thoughts: You have to play this course if your in the area. I played missisinnawa and pieradise and this is by far the most scenic. All the water and o.b. make this course super fun. I shot a 53 the first time through but there were many birdies i missed. Its one of the funnest courses i played. I just hope the locals start taking care of it. A great piece of land. Loved it
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Lots of elevation change, tight fairways and is very very pretty in the summertime. Easy to find all the holes, a pavilion for events. Water holes are very cool.
Cons: Only a couple spots to turn it loose and rip it. A couple holes are just kinda weird.
Other Thoughts: I lived about 2 miles south of the park on SR 19. It is a good solid course, not overly long but yet a little challenge. I wish I could get down to play it again soon.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very nice elevation changes and some really cool shots. e.g. tee box down to basket 50ft drop. Tee box to basket 50ft incline. Lots of trees on the front 9. Back 9 opens up a bit with some picturesque shots.
Cons: Baskets are very old and were not very well maintained. Fairways were not well keeped, lots of brush and poison oak and ivy as well as thorn bushes. Overall it seems to be lacking in care from both the club and park mgt.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course years ago and at that time it appeared to be slipping in they way of TLC, it has great potential some wonderful shots with lots of variety. Would love to see it upgraded. We drove 2 hours to play and was an ok experience. Used to be one of the great courses in my eyes back in the early 90's.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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