3 Helpful / 0 Not
Cool layout, bring your machete
Pros: Good variable skill course that meanders through a wooded area at the ISU campus. Dual tees and dual baskets on most of the holes. (The short baskets for the most part have a red frame, the longer ones have a silver one). Good tight, technical challenge on the front nine, with some longer back nine holes with pins that are blind from the tee, but for the most part, the shorter length shouldn't overwhelm rec players.
Cons: The undergrowth here has to be one of the worst that I've ever seen. You definitely need to keep an eye on your throws. If you get an errant shot (or even a good one that picks the wrong place to land), expect to be looking for it for awhile. I am told during other parts of the year, its not so bad. The dual baskets (not a common thing around here), may confuse players not used to seeing them.
Other Thoughts: Definitely the more challenging of the two Ames courses. I thankfully had the assistance of a local player who gave me the tour and had enough sense to bring a machete to whack away at the vines which were present. If not for that, this thing would have ate me up. A good play, but I would really advise first timers here to walk the course before they play it, especially if its looking wooley, if anything, to find which basket you want to aim at. A bit hard to locate, but its right in the center of town and worth the stop.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
My Kind of Course
Pros: -Dual tees on most holes
-Good amount of parking
-Bathroom right before entering the course
-Detailed signs on every hole
-Easy to follow layout even if you haven't been here before
-2 baskets on each hole, red and yellow, make it so you can play so many variations of each hole. You can play 4 variations of most holes.
-Good mix of open and wooded holes although no holes are completely open. There is also a good amount of trees to make it challenging but not impossible.
-Clean course even with lack of garbage cans
-Not a lot of elevation but the few holes that have it use it well
-Good variations in distance; some nice medium range ace runs and some real long bombs especially if you play long tee and long basket
-Good locals, also a league that plays here or at Carroll Marty on the South Side of town
-Practice basket located to the left of hole ones tee box or after hole 18 long pin
Cons: -Can be flooded since it's right on the river
-A little chance to lose a disc in the river or woods
-Not many garbage cans, I saw just one
-Can be crowded when the course is in good condition, especially since a large university is here.
-Not a lot of elevation, only 2 holes use it much
-Buggy, muggy and overgrown at times in the summer, fall would probably be the best time to play here
Other Thoughts: I prefer this rougher, shorter type of course to the longer, more country club type of course like Walnut Ridge in Des Moines. This course and the other one in Ames are about similar quality and both highly enjoyable. Ames is right on I-35 so these two courses are a must stop!
Update as of 2 years after review: Stopped again and played the course when not flooded. It was still a lot of fun but I've played a lot of great courses since then. I realized that 4.5 was a little high. The front 9, when well maintained is certainly a 4.5 quality course but the back 9, even when maintained, is probably a 3.5. This is one of those legendary old courses that will always be good but it doesn't quite compete with the new courses and all they have to offer.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Iowa State University Course
Pros: Nice Mixture of Long and Short
Great combination of tight, narrow holes and wide open holes.
Cons: Can be muddy at times, some holes seem to run together.
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course. Great for beginners learning the sport, but also challenging for experienced disc golfers as well
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Variable and Challenging Course
Pros: Has many different tee and pin options to play. Has decent maps to follow. Decent mixture of long and short holes.
Cons: Can be very tight at times. Very few open holes. Most open hole is also 700+ feet. Can get very muggy and uncomfortable in the summer. Especially bad when it is overgrown.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is alright. It is a little tight and tedious for my taste. But if you focus you can do well. I mostly play it for intramurals, which I managed to win still. It is definitely the more challenging course in Ames.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
This is an awesome course
Pros: This course has four different course all in one. It ranges from easy to really hard. Its possible to get a hole in one on.
Cons: There is a lot vegetation, which makes it easy to loose discs if your not careful. There is a lot of people who play it so it can be slow to play.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite course i have played in Iowa. The course makes you choose your shot carefully.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course sports two pins and two tees on most holes. Every hole has except 2 of them have at least one or the other. It may not matter as much to a visitor but this keeps the course interesting for locals who play it a lot.
The course is much less frequently used by the college recreational players, making it not nearly as crowded and allowing groups to play more and wait less.
The course will test you for all different types of shots. Between different sets of tees and baskets you will see FH, BH, long bombs, short drives, tunnel shots, turnovers, etc. Many holes allow you to take different lines to the basket based on your risk/reward comfort level. Most of the long holes still require control on your drives as well.
There is a practice basket tucked off to the right of hole one behind eighteen's long pin.
Cons: While it does provide variety, it definitely favors RHFH and LHBH over all.
If there is a lot of rain the river can come up and swallow a couple holes, occasionally leaving some tees buried in sand/dirt.
Elevation...it is almost nonexistent here.
Other Thoughts: There is a pretty wide variety of holes to play. The front nine is mostly tighter fairways with trees to negotiate. The back nine opens and lengthens up, but there are still several old growth trees to bring a challenge.
Construction is done as of now, and the broken basket was replaced.
This course definitely brings a harder challenge than the other course in Ames.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple tees and multiple pins make this course great for miss matching rounds for any level of player. Good variety of short and longs and challenges to BH, FH, OH players. Lots of mature trees and other plant-life to play around or through. Good signage for tees. Tucked away and more discouraging to rec. players rounds move faster because of less traffic than Carroll Marty (the other Ames course.) Close to ISU's campus.
Cons: During heavy to moderate rain the course becomes a bit swampy. During spring and summer the course plant-life gets a little out of control. More elevation change would be nice.
Other Thoughts: Great course for a challenge especially from long to long tee. Makes great use of the land. Good course to make you think about and execute your shots. And unlike prior reviews the basket on #17 has been fixed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course offers several different tees and pins at nearly every single hole. This makes playing the course time after time again a new experience with new challenges and obstacles. The flow of the holes is pretty well laid out but a few of them are a little harder to find if this is your first time playing the course. Also the location is just past the railroad tracks in Ames making it fairly close for college students to come play in their spare time,
Cons: The layout of the course is overall pretty flat. The few elevation changes that are there are not very drastic allowing for most of the holes to have straight shots in at the pin areas. Also another complaint is the construction that is going on next to the last 2 holes of the course. The 17th basket is completely bent up and can not be shot into because a truck ran over it and it had not been replaced in a while according to a friend that has played here for a few years, Hole 18 is a swamp with standing water and mud due to all the construction so bring an old pair of shoes if you want to play this course. Overall pretty fun but I have played much more challenging courses.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: 2 tees and pins on most holes creates a great variety of ways to play the course. Lots of trees and options on shots. Tight and technical front nine, longer and more open back nine. However, still plenty of obstacles on the back nine to make you think about your shots. Almost no waiting compared to the other course in town.
Cons: Not much elevation change at all. A lot of trees can create a very frustrating day if your having bad luck. The course gets really overgrown in the late summer/fall and it can become difficult to find your disc if it goes off the fairways.
Other Thoughts: The more disc golf I play, the more I like this course. When I played this course last year i really did not like it because it was just too difficult for me. But now I am much better and enjoy the challenge. Don't give up on the course after you play it just once or twice. Try a few different tee/pin combos and find what is right for you.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Not so good anymore
Pros: This course has multiple basket and tee pads so you can mix and match a round however you want.
Cons: After the redesign of the course, it is no longer that great of a course.
Other Thoughts: I would skip this one and head over to Gateway Hills.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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