Secluded gem just outside of Milwaukee
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: When you drive in, you know you're in for a treat. It's a public course that's be designed well and you can see there's a lot of attention to detail, here.
- Practice basket between hole 1 and the parking lot.
- Donation box, if you want to support their efforts, but not currently P2P.
- 2 large and level teepads on every hole.
- 2 pin positions for each hole, one basket installed in either position.
- Baskets were easy to spot (bright red) and were in perfect condition.
- Large garbage cans throughout the course. Very little trash anywhere.
- The course does not interfere with any of the other park features.
I would have liked to have played both short and long positions, so I'll be back to play the shorts in the near future. The quality of the course design here is really what makes this great. You play uphill, downhill, and along the hill on the first 7 holes of the course. Much of the rest of the course has you playing risk/reward golf with the river coming into play either through the hole, behind the basket, or along the side of the hole. Where they could have made the river your main obstacle, they used it to enhance the experience while still forcing you to choose your lines through the woods. There are very few holes that I would call open, here, and if they are "open", there's still an element of hitting a gap or playing something other than an open-field hyzer shot.
Cons: Nothing that I can think of. The only thing keeping this from being a perfect course is the amenities that are nice to have, but aren't feasible out here, like a pro-shop, indoor bathrooms, etc...
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Secluded park, course is set through the woods and none of the other park features will interfere with your play
-Small town that's far enough away from everything else that I doubt this course would be considered busy minus weekends hosting tournaments
-Bright red powdercoated baksets that caught really well
-Two pin positions and two sets of teepads for each hole which give you a unique look at the hole from both. Tons of shot variety here.
-Large, trapezoidal concrete teepads. Very grippy and I really like the shape of these.
-Though they aren't permanent tee signs, the ones that are there are very clear to read and understand. Made first time navigation very easy
-Very good use of elevation on the front nine
-Beautiful. No better word to describe the scenery on some of these holes. The basket placements in relation to the trees, creek, etc just makes for a great course to look at
Cons: -Still very new fairways in places and trip hazards abound
-Rough is extremely rough on a few holes. Trees that were cleared from fairways were piled in the rough making it even tougher to find your disc if you took a bad tree kick, grip lock, let loose early, etc.
Other Thoughts: Not very beginner friendly overall. That being said, most players will love the challenge this course provides. There are tons of shot variety and plenty of obstacles to conquer. And I think that should be your mental state before playing this course because you will need to be on top of your game to score well. No slacking here.
This course will definitely be in my top 5 local courses to show friends that visit from out of town.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
easily four disc rating
4 Helpful / 1 Not
variety in pin placement
variety in terrain
natural tee pads and some concrete tee pads
multiple lanes to shape shots on most holes
awesome benches on some of the holes
course is constantly improving
Cons: lots of trip hazards on the back nine
signs on the back nine
teepads on the back nine
basically the back nine is newer so
it needs to be finished and beat in a little more
bugs were horrible in some spots.
pretty good hike
Other Thoughts: this course is a world class place to play disc golf. its got all the shots you love, all the shots to challenge you and all the distance to make you feel like you've worked for your score. It's also got all the obstacles to drive you crazy and send you into fits. the new back nine are just simply amazing. a winding creek and bog marsh on multiple holes makes you feel like your playing disc golf in another world. by far the best course within 40 mins of milwaukee. this course is for sure not for the beginner or faint of heart. this course is pretty great all around and has a special place in my heart. a four disc course at the very minimum. most of the other reviews for this course are old from when it was just a nine hole course so the rating should be higher(so i am inflating my rating slightly, solid four disc course for sure).
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There are obstacles on every hole and the challenges are a lot of fun.
Cons: Course is in its infancy and needs a lot of work yet.
Other Thoughts: Holes 1-7 are well developed and fairly easy to navigate. Hole 8 is across the road. For this hole walk east to the bridge if the basket was in the short position or walk west to a narrow bridge if it is in the long position. Tee for 9 is east of the long basket position for 8. Walk out of the woods after hole #9, Tee for #10 is outside the woods to the east by the big tree. After hole 10 continue walking along ridge. Cross over the creek to get to 11 tee. The long tee is off to left after you cross the bridge and there is a path to the right to the short tee.. Basket for 11 is to the west. After 11 go east to tee for 12. Basket on 12 is at the edge of the creek. If you go past it you will end up in the creek. Go east after 12 to get to #13 tee. 13(going west) is shorter and has a lot of trees that will need to be selectively removed. Tee for hole 14 is east of the 13 basket and is the longest hole (500 ft. or so) on the course. After 14 walk out of the woods to the east. (Ignore the short tee for 17 on your left.) Tee for 15 is past the power lines. Go west after 15 to find the tee for 16. After 16 walk west out of the woods and the signs will direct you to the long and short tees. After 17 walk across the bridge and go east to the 18 tee. This review was only written to help with navigation. BE CAREFUL TO LOOK DOWN WHEN YOU ARE WALKING THE COURSE. THERE ARE MANY TRIP HAZARDS RIGHT NOW.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very challenging 9 hole course. The designers have put in a lot of work with close attention to detail. There are dual concrete teepads on most holes. The teepads are trapezoidal similar to nearby Tendick but about half the size (I feel that Tendick's are too big and these are just right). Wooden retaining walls have been created on a couple of the holes which should prevent erosion and run off. Hole 1 plays across a small valley and into a conglomerate of apple trees, approximately 300 feet from the short tee. There are two cows and a bull over a fence about 30 yards to the right which are very intimidating. Holes 2-6 play across the side of a hill. There isn't a lot of distance variation between the short and long tees but they are spaced apart which creates a lot of variety. Hole 2 is a 300 foot hyzer across the side of the hill with a 10 foot gap immediately in front of the teebox followed by scattered trees at about 220 feet and all the way to the pin. Hole 3 is a steep down hill with two pin placements... one pin is around 230 feet down hill and to the right. The other is about 290 feet at the bottom of the hill and to the left. Currently there is only one teepad but it appears that they have plans for a second teepad shorter and to the left. Hole 4 plays back up the hill, approximately 240 feet from the short. Trees are about 40 feet apart but branches extend on both sides making a tighter gap, especially on a higher line. There is brush 15 feet in front of the pin and thick brush to the left and right. Hole 5 is a slightly down hill tunnel shot with creepy sideways trees that create a low ceiling. You need a strong and accurate sidearm to birdie this hole. Hole 6 plays through the woods across the side of the hill approximately 250 feet from the short. There is a trench that guards the basket which is slightly uphill and to the right... a mid thrown on a slight anyhzyer works well on this hole. Hole 7 has a tight gap for a RHBH throw with a large bush and a tall tree 40 feet from teepad and thick trees / brush to the right. A good sidearm is the best option on this hole... it is wide open once past the initial obstacles in front of the teepad but the basket is 370 feet from the tee and surrounded by thick brush. The teepads for hole 8 are out in the open but the basket is tucked into the woods. It's around 250 feet from the short tee... a big hyzer into the trees is the safest route but there is also a small gap directly towards the basket. Hole 9 is the longest hole, around 380 feet from the short and fairly open. The basket is on a mound and tucked behind a few trees.
Cons: Currently only 9 holes but plans are in place to add an additional 9. There is open land with soccer fields near the course with wooded land on the opposite side. It would be neat to have the additional set of 9 holes in that wooded area but I am not sure if that is a possibility. I don't see the space available where they have the current 9 holes.
*edit - I guess there is additional land to the west and plenty of room for 9 additional baskets across the road from #7.
Other Thoughts: The temporary tee signs are nicely done... I don't think they list distance but they are accurate. There are benches and trash cans on some of the holes. A practice basket is located near the parking lot. There is some tall grass on a few of the holes but paths have been cut in those areas making it much easier to locate discs. This course is a true challenge for advanced players and still a lot of fun for recreational players. If the final 9 holes are as good as the initial 9, this will easily be a 4.5 star course.
01.03.17 - Rating updated from 3.5 to 4.5
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Slow and steady
Great elevation usage.
Red Kingpin baskets, which are sexy.
Perfect warmup for Tendick.
It's in Fredonia!
At least there's a port-a-potty.
Cons: Kind of tough to walk - on the side of a hill for most of it, but the paths are getting better
Current signs are temporary and have no distances, but will be replaced when all 18 holes are in.
No water or bathrooms (there is a port-a-potty though)
Other Thoughts: For most of my life I lived not a mile from where this course is, but they put it in only a year before I moved. When I still lived there, I hated this course. It was nearly impossible to walk, and some of the drives you had to make were just absurd. Since I moved, I come back to Freetown every month or two, and every time I come here, it is better. All the updates that GooB talks about below I have seen round by round, and each time the course is more enjoyable. I envision a day where this could be a 4-rated 9 holer. There's a couple holes that you get to air it out, and a bunch of very tight windows through the woods.
There's a strange little teepee like structure by the tee of hole 6, and I cannot figure out if it was made by the course designers or children from the nearby apartments.
Update: There is a plan in place to add 9 more baskets to this course, at which point the permanent tee signs will arrive.
The curent 9 now have 2 tee pads for all holes (except 6), some of which give you a completely different line, and some that just add a bit more distance. They really never stop improving this place.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Work in progress
Pros: This course is a work in progress. Alot of thought is going into making it tough but fair. This review is more to let people know what is going on with and what is planned for the course.
Cons: Young course, not very beat in.
Other Thoughts: 3/13/17
All holes have 2 Tees and 2 basket positions! A ton of the debris from cutting the course in has been burned. Bridges are in but still need some work.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Now a top notch 18 holer
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Located in a small uncrowded park where the course won't interfere with other activities. They do an excellent job using the hillside and woods to make for a surprisingly challenging round. There were homemade wood signs by every tee with hole #, a hand drawn directional to the pin and shot shape needed and distance. There also were a number of next tee signs to guide you between holes as there are a few longer walks. Very nice brand new red powdercoated baskets that catch well. There is also a practice basket right before hole one which is always nice. Awesome variety for a nine holer, with great uphill and downhill bombs and left, straight and right turning shots. A very well rounded course in this regard. UPDATE: The course is now 18 holes. The back 9 has water in play on the majority of holes adding a way bigger risk factor. the holes new holes are just as challenging as the original layout. This course has so much potential. It's already probably just outside the top 10 in WI. But if they keep up the excellent improvements this is going to be a gem.
Cons: The tee pads are rough. The ones on the hillside are not level and although it was dry when we went I would imagine they get very muddy after rain. The signs serve their purpose but i could see these getting stolen or broken which would make the course impossible to play if you were new to it. A few holes on the hillside have basically no real path to the basket, you just got to throw and hope it somehow gets through. I was confused as to where to start as there is no signs. When pulling into the parking lot you will see a basket to your right. This is the practice basket with hole 1 being just northeast of the practice basket throwing up the hill.
Other Thoughts: All in all this was one of the more challenging nines I've played. It's still a relatively new course so maybe they'll trim some trees, add concrete or gravel tees, and upgrade the signage. This is why i gave it a 2.5 instead of a 3. Not worth a long trip just for this, but with Tendick Nature Park about ten minutes away in Saukville it makes for a fun day of discing. UPDATE: The course has now been expanded to 18 holes and is substantially better. I've already bumped the rating up by 1 and with there eventually going to be concrete tees on all holes and new signs coming after that It would get bumped up to a 4 if not 4.5. Very challenging, very well designed course. I'll be back even though I live quite a ways away.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A good start
Pros: 1)Decent distance holes
2)Baskets are easily visible
3)Hole 3 is a nice down hill shot
4)Hole 5 is a tricky blind shot
5)Hole 7 is a straigh way
Cons: 1)Some of the ground is rough from the course being newly made.
2)They have pretty basic signs for the holes.
3)Hole 1 has a lot of thorns so watch out.
Other Thoughts: They cleaned up the course a bit so its not as rough. The course is decent i think for being made on such short notice. They also left it open at the end for a possible 18 hole course some day. Overall i thought i was an okay course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Nice red powder coated baskets really stand out in the fall and wintertime, but might be hard to see when everything is green.
2) Concrete tees throughout now . . .makes the course so much more playable and enjoyable.
3) Nice variety in elevation. This is a nice variety of elevation change and isn't just straight up and straight down.
4) Density of the foliage here is diverse. There are a couple fairly open holes, there are a couple with open fairways but baskets tucked into the woods or protected wooded areas, along with a couple of tight densely wooded holes. Then the back 9 . . . just flat out kicks you when you are down!
5) The challenge on this course will come from multiple things. The wind will be a factor on many of the holes as the baskets are more exposed than some of the fairways. The elevation will alter hole distances significantly on a couple of the holes. The tightly wooded fairways have plenty of places to knock you down and force a challenging upshot. The dense underbrush will most certainly become something you need to be concerned with because if you get in it, you might not have an easy way out. All in all good variety and good challenge. You also need to be able to work your disc all directions and at varying heights too.
Cons: 1) Course is incomplete in its clearing at this point. I expect this work to be completed and I will immediately update my review to reflect it has been completed. There are quite of few trees and scrub that likely should be removed in order to create executable shots and fair recoveries.
2) The ground in the fairways is really uneven. There are pockets all over the place that could lead to tripping or ankle injuries. These areas could be taken care of easily with a brush hog to remove the vines, stumps, etc and help level out the ground.
3) Not beginner friendly really because of the tighter dense fairways. Now I see the vision with this course . . . it is Intermediate and above challenge, probably closer to Advanced level. Short tees help . . . but don't make it playable by all skill levels.
Other Thoughts: All in all a beatdown you will want to play over and over and over. So many epic signature holes can be found here with unique hole designs. Some of the trees still need to come out for fair executable throws to be rewarded . . . but I know its a whole lot easier to cut down trees later than it is to put more in to fill in the gaps and create more defined lanes!!!
Thanks Bertraam Brothers!!!!!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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