The best in the Fox River Valley!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a few minutes off Hwy 10 or Hwy 41 in Menasha. It's $3 a day per person and there are annual single and two person passes available as well. You can see where the money to play goes to on this course. I was very impressed with this place. There are 3 sets of tee pads on half the holes with the other half having 2 sets. The reds are the shorts, blues are longs and the golds are advanced/Tournament tees. These are set up very nicely, making shots from each different tee seem very different from one another. There is definitely a drastic difference from the reds to golds. The tee pads themselves were all in awesome shape. they are large, level and grip very well. They also have a painted foul line on the front of each tee which I don't recall ever seeing before anywhere else. The tee signs are on 4"x4" posts by each tee. The signs have all the info you need. They have a basic hole layout with all the tee and pin locations shown, hole #, distances for each in feet and meters and par. The baskets are Mach 3's with number plates on top that are in great shape and catch superbly. There are wood chips throughout the course on fairways and walking paths between holes. There are multiple benches and garbages throughout the course and restrooms at the proshop and even a port o potty near the middle. There is a small creek that comes into play on a couple holes as well. The flow of the course is easy to follow and they provide very nice maps at the pay box with a scorecard on the back also. There's good variety here from tightly wooded to more open holes with none being just wide open. There is also a pro shop there too. I'm not sure what their hours are though. The course is open year round which is always a plus.
Cons: The course is mostly flat. Some elevation would really add more challenge but with the land available they did an outstanding job. I can imagine the bugs could be an issue in the summer but that goes without saying in Wisconsin. Other than that I can't come up with anything else.
Other Thoughts: This was the best out of the 8 courses I played near Appleton. I would highly recommend playing a few rounds at O'Hauser if you're anywhere nearby. This is a great, great tournament level course that will not disappoint serious disc golfers. The best nearby besides Rollin Ridge.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Redo is better than original
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I really like what they have done with the new lay-out. There are alot of difficult shots but also shorter holes mixed in too. Now that it is pay to play its nice not having the trash all over and maintained very well. Its nice having 3 tee pads at every hole. Definitely worth stopping to play.
Cons: Not alot of benches and alot of the ones that are there are placed in really weird positions and some even RIGHT next to the tee pad
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
New O'Hauser park is a must play.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Multiple location concrete tee's.
Multiple Mach 3 pin locations.
Challenging narrows to long open fields.
Benches at tee locations.
Garbage and recycling throughout the course.
Well groomed and maintained.
Proshop on grounds.
Score cards with layout map and pencil's provided.
Cons: Not much elevation change.
Some of the heavier wooded area's need a little clearing.
3 dollars to play all day or 25 for a season pass.
Other Thoughts: Since the new course has been put in, I have been going at least once a week. This is one of my new favorite local spots to throw for an afternoon.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
New and improved O'Hauser? Or just different
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) 3 sets of tees to choose from based on your skill level.
2) multiple pin locations to keep the variety available on this course.
3) Pay to Play which some consider to be a negative, while I think it will onlymake the course better.
4) Stamped concrete with a fault line on the end.
5) Nice mach baskets with the # plates facing the tees.
6) Nice signs with distance, pay, and a nice looking map of the hole.
7) Plenty of garbage cans around the place to drop of your garbage.
8) Benches available for those long rounds.
9) There is a pretty good variety of hole types from open, to moderately wooded to tightly wooded. This is also one of my favorite things to find on a course even though I prefer tightly wooded courses.
10) Elevated green on #8 adds a little bit of variety to the standard disc golf green.
11) Very nice perennial and plant garden on #8. It was kindof unexpected but it should mostly be out of play so it won't get damaged. I wonder how much effort will be put into keeping it looking nice though when there are other pressing disc golf needs. I hope it looks good long term!
12) Moderate distance variation with 200s, 300's, and 400's.
13) Lots of woodchips used to create paths and landing areas and green areas.
14) Pro shop located on site, although I do not know the hours it is open.
15) A little water in play but moreso in the springtime.
Cons: 1) I played the forward tees with my wife. I am a 900 rated player and she is about 700 rated. I would say the forward tees are not good for either player. Perhaps the best suitable player rating would be around 800. There just seemed to be some strange shots for both of us. She was frustrated because it seemed to be too difficult to execute some shots and I felt I was overexcuting some shots.
I will wait to address the rest of the tees until I play them, but I would expect the middle tees to be more suitable for me.
2) Compaction is a problem in many spots on this course and therefore erosion will be a factor too although the course is fairly flat.
3) Lack of much elevation change on the entire course. Not a design problem, just a factor of the land available.
4) The trees on this course are mostly weak and scrawny, plus lot off buckthorn creating contrived fairways. I wish all buckthorn could be removed and let the natural beauty of the course take over. I am sure they will work on the buckthorn, but it is a long battle.
5) A bit dangerous on the open holes on the east side of the park. A couple of fairways lanes cross very close to others.
6) A little luck reliance on some holes in my opinion. Some gaps that are crazy impossible to hit and lots of little trees scattered to knock down what might have been a decent shot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
One of a Kind
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good signage, tee pads, upkeep. Only course in with true par 4 holes in the Greater Fox Valley. Nice to not be playing deuce or die for once.
Cons: Super punishing rough that comes with a new course. There's a few tees/landing zones that qualify as NAGS (not a disc golf shot).
Other Thoughts: There's a lot of very wooded dogleg or placement shots throughout the course. Even on good drives I found my second shot to most commonly be a leaning forehand roller.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
New and IMPROVED O'Hauser
Pros: • Tough-as-nails, but fair, course layout
• Outstanding teepads
• 3 tees on most holes provide good variety and test of skills
• Unique attributes like rock walls, memorial garden, etc. add special touches
• Tests all shots you can imagine
• Parking, pro shop open most days, bathrooms, scorecards, pencils
Cons: • No elevation and very little water in play, but what can you do? The land is the land, right?
• New layout is "young," and needs a couple years to improve even more
• Some drives are blind, so first-timers may have a longer round
• Could be frustrating for beginners due to difficulty
Other Thoughts: To go from a free public course to pay-to-play takes a special effort, indeed. Kudos to Rich Martin and all the volunteers for the hard work. This course was always the most enjoyable in the Fox Valley, yet has now vaulted into the top five in the state. Get out there and enjoy!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The redesign of O'hauser will excite some and upset others. Some excellent, challenging holes have been added: 3 Blue Tee, 5 Gold Tee, 6 Gold, 9 Blue/Gold, 12 Gold, 15 Gold. Multiple pin placements is a plus. Legitimate par 4's and 5 depending on the pin positions. Update 8/26: New green on hole nine creates a great, straight drive to the pin from the blue and gold. New fairway on hole 16 gives a good risk/reward from the gold and blue tees.
Cons: Lots of righting anyhyzers off of the tee.(1, 3gold, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) Doesn't make them bad, but I throw the same disc on many of these drives. Some Gold tees very hard.(1, 3, 10, 11, 14, 16) Missing long, tight driving hole that doesn't require some type of turn or slide. Seems like most tee shot needs to angle off the tee or late during the drive to find the landing spot. Blind holes due to desire to make the shots harder. (1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18)
Other Thoughts: Course needs a lot of play to break in the new holes. Penalty for missing fairway is extreme, but it will get easier. Some holes stand alone as great holes. Longer pin positions will make some holes legitimate par 4 or par 5. (1, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12) I don't think this course makes a good first impression but it will grow on people as they play it more. Rating for just pros would be a 4, but because it is so hard for any other skill level, I lowered it to a 3. Update 8/26: Course is setup with pins in many of the longer positions. Definitely a huge challenge
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a very hard review for me because I loved the old O'Hauser so much and it hurts me to see what has happened to the course.
There are still some pros though.
-The course does very nice. There are lots of woodchips down, fancy baskets with circles of rocks around them, nice looking signs on the pads, etc
-There are multiple pin locations and multiple pads to shoot from
-The pads are color coated
-The course is clean for now
-There are a few good holes
-A disc vendor is on site on almost a daily basis
-Pay to play to help fund the course and to keep it looking nice
Cons: Honestly the con is the design of the course. I am not one of those people that think a course is good just because it is hard. I look at more than that.
-There are numerous holes that require you to just shoot and pray as their is either no line or the line is so small that it is unrealistic to hit the gap
-There are numerous holes that require you to throw a shot that is not possible with our current technology
-There was an attempt at placement shot golf done on a few holes, but they blocked the line needed to make that placement shot
-Almost every hole is an anhyzer (courses need variety)
-I missed several gold pads and had to replay the hole because they are not in an obvious spot
-The signs only show the pad your are throwing from and the ones in front on the picture so finding longer pads was more difficult
-And this isn't course design, but the teepads were not brushed for some reason so they are going to be extremely slippery when wet.
Other Thoughts: Basically the facility has everything you would want for a course with signs, multiple pads and pin locations, shop, clean, but the course design is just not up to par with the rest of it. I feel like it was designed by someone who does not even play the game and there are way too many holes that are either entirely luck based or just dumb. Very upsetting to me as I thought the old O'Hauser was a 4 and it did not have the niceness of this one.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
O'Hauser Park DGC
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Gigantic tee pads, you will not be accidentally running off of these.
2) Concrete pads, nice and grippy.
3) Tee pads are color coded; red pads are colored red, blue pads are silver (color didn't take well i guess) and gold pads are gold, along with an Appleton Area Disc Golf Club (AADGC) stamp in the front of them.
3) Multiple pin placements and tees.
4) Tons of variety, hole shapes and distances. There's some big bombers (5, 7, and 12 from blues or golds), there's some short ace runs (most holes from the reds and 2 and 4 from the blues). From the reds 3 holes play LHBH, 10 play straight, 4 play RHBH, and hole 11 plays as an S shape. From the blues 6 play LHBH, 5 play straight, 4 play RHBH, and holes 6, 11, and 18 play as an S shape. And out of the 9 gold tees 5 play LHBH, 2 play straight and 2 play RHBH. You will need every shot in your bag, except maybe a roller, to shoot well here.
5) Most of the fairways in the woods are covered with wood chips; the course should never be muddy in these areas due to this.
6) A few elevated baskets with some really nice looking rock walls and 'greens'.
7) Course is nice and clean, and will hopefully stay this way as time passes
Cons: 1) Benches are few and far in between, but there are quite a few places to sit (on big rocks and such) on most holes without benches.
2) Same thing with trash cans as there is with the benches, but it's not that hard to carry your own trash. Shouldn't have a problem with liter bugs anyway since the course is pay to play.
Other Thoughts: This is one amazing course. Thanks to Rich Martin for designing this awesome course, and to the AADGC for putting all of their time and effort into making this the premiere course in the Fox Cities. This course is filled with great holes, and hard holes at that. Hole 11 definitely makes a run for first place as the hardest hole in the Fox Valley. This is a very tough course, but, for the most part, very fair. If you're playing from the blues or golds and can score par go ahead and pat yourself on the back, you have done well for this course. If you are anywhere near this course you need to stop by and play it, like I said before, it is an amazing course and must be played if you are in the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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