3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course meanders over and around ponds, through the woods, along marshes, and over nicely landscaped areas in a part of the campus that appears to be used for very little else. Contrary to other reviews, I found the mowing and manicuring to be great (it was Labor Day, presumably right before classes resume).
There was a great variety to the holes, and you kept coming back to areas throughout the round. For instance, holes 1-3, 9-10, and 17 play along the ponds. Holes 4, 7-8, and 13-16 play through the wood.
Among the better features is an expensive option that few courses spring for: multiple baskets per hole. While I didn't play the black baskets, they do add some distance and challenge to the course for the more advanced player. The best black basket placements add a full extra throw to the hole. Hole 1 requires good placement at the edge of the woods near the gold basket before negotiating some tricky trees before the green.
I really enjoyed the use of water here. If you played here frequently, you'd probably lose a disc, but it would be on a really bad throw. There were no unrealistic water carries, and as I recall the holes generally had a bail-out route for anyone who really can't throw 200 feet.
Among my favorite holes:
Hole 6 threw from an elevated tee pad over the marshy waterway to a basket tucked away in a clearing next to the woods. Nice left-to-right challenge.
Hole 7 was a long wooded hole finishing on a basket on a mound.
Hole 9 was a fun shot across the pond to a basket on an incline on the other side. It was reachable by a putter, but there is some danger if you miss your putt and roll away.
Cons: While the chances of a lost disc were low when I was there, a few placed could have used some weedwhacking. In particular, hole 4 had tall weeds on the green.
Navigation wasn't bad, but I did consult the map a lot. It was pretty common to finish a hole and then see several paths going in different directions. A few more "next tee" signs would be useful.
The course isn't completely flat, but there isn't a lot of elevation.
Again, while I didn't play the black baskets, on too many of the holes it appeared they were only adding 60-70 feet to the hole but not really changing the way the hole played at all. Hole 9 was the silliest example. The gold basket is (according to the site, although it looked shorter) 263 feet from the tee, and the black basket is maybe 30 feet farther. Maybe there wasn't enough room to work with.
Other Thoughts: My rating for a course usually ends up being lower than the overall course rating (due to homer reviews and people who haven't played a lot of courses). So it was really refreshing to play a course that I feel strongly is underrated. I almost didn't come to play here because of the 2.73 rating. Hogwash. This is a much better course than that. It reminds me a lot of the course I have played more than any other (on a different community college course): Iowa Western's Treasure Cove. I never tired of that course, and to me this course is an excellent option for anyone from fairly experience recreational player to established advanced player (in other words, over 80% of the playing population).
I had a fun time here, and I plan to return.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Under-appreciated course is fun to play
Pros: -Balanced design with variety of open holes, tight wooded holes, variety of skills/shots needed
-Pretty location with large ponds, large open greens, forest backdrop
-Concrete tees (some need more backfilling through)
-Challenging design with tight woods, over/close-to the water shots, open shots to protected baskets, elevated baskets, elevated tees
-Very low traffic - mostly run into other disc golfers, I see maybe one or two pedestrians every other time I play there
-Free to play, free to park
-Restaurant and bar in the parking lot
Cons: -Wooded areas tend to stay wet well into the season
-Buggy in the woods in warm weather
-Poison ivy throughout wooded areas
-Highway noise on holes 11 and 12
-Basic signage needs upgrading
-Longish walk from 17 to 18, basically unmarked
-Can be hard to find for those unfamiliar/out of town
-Several tees need backfilling
Other Thoughts: This course is still in development - 16 was scrapped due to water/swamping and a new 4 was added. So the numbers on the google map for this course currently do not match the actual course after hole 3. It deserves better than a 2.5 rating - the proximity to water seems to turn a lot of people away, but unless you make a big mistake or poor judgement, you really shouldn't lose discs. I only lose a disc to the ponds once in a while, and always because I grip-locked off the tee. Personally I think this is one of the most fun courses to play in the area - there are no holes that I dread, and it rewards smart shots, even if they aren't executed perfectly. I disagree that this course isn't for beginners - except for the over-the-pond shot on 9 (which is only about 220 feet to safely land), all holes are playable by newbies.
TL;DR: This course is fun to play - ignore the current low rating!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
play it safe
Pros: This is a great challenge with some woods and some tricky lane shots. The pond gives this course a leg up on most as far as difficulty level... it comes into play on a few holes from having to shoot next to it to having to shoot over it.
Cons: only thing i dont like about this course is potential to lose a disc... but hey! the only way you get better is taking a few risk and making a few mistakes.
Other Thoughts: i dont think this course gets the love that it deserves from fellow disc golfers... dont give it a bad review just because you had one bad round or because your too affraid to throw over water....... sissy!!!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - description: recently redesigned course that has water in play on many holes. hole 1 starts by the esl building, with parking around back.
- tees and signs: concrete tees are now in!
- hole designs: great variety. holes next to water, over water left to right and right to left, straight over water, baskets near water. water water and more water. for me, the water doesn't get old, but keeps the pressure on. some reviews have said that the new holes on the back 9 aren't that great, but they're now cleaned up and i think they're far better than the old holes. likewise, the front 9 holes are much improved. for many holes on the front 9, either the baskets are in new locations, holes are lengthened, or tees are moved.
- favorite holes: hole 1 gives you two fairways divided by a column of trees and rocks leading to the basket with a safe path to the left and a go-for-it fairway over water to the right. hole 8 is 257 feet long and has you tee off from under a tree all the way over the pond to the basket on the side of the hill.
- flow: white arrows at nearly every hole.
- difficulty: hard. difficulty comes primarily from risk of disc loss/o.b.
- uniqueness: nothing else like it in rochester, adding to the resume of our local courses.
Cons: - signs: currently no signs
- brush on back 9 off the fairway: i would advise having a spotter on many of these holes. not likely you'll lose a disc, but you'll lose time
- disc loss to water: discs that float are awesome. play conservatively. one friend brought a golf ball retriever which could extend and was useful (better than trying to find a long stick).
Other Thoughts: - again, spotters make rounds go great
- not beginner friendly
- mcc has always been wet in the spring time. Should be playable by June most years.
- new back 9 were extremely overgrown at one point, but grass/plants have now been cut/trimmed
- give mcc a chance! it's getting there
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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