Constantly improving gem
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wonderful course set in an out of the way park in Neenah.
Really nice concrete tee pads, that each have a foul line and run over area, which is a great feature that more courses should incorporate. This makes winter discing here much more pleasant, as well. 2 tee pads (blue/red) on each hole, with a Gold option on many, as well. These extra tees aren't just extra distance...nearly every one adds an extra wrinkle or completely different line to the hole.
Solid DGA baskets, in good repair. Did notice a little wobble on a couple cages, but nothing that will change the performance. 2 or 3 pin positions for every hole.
Nice molded plastic tee signs on every hole, at each tee pad. They're simple, but informative. The only thing that would help is a marker for which pin position is current.
A good variance in shots here. You'll get some straight, some left to right, and some right to left...even some OH's are forced in certain places. Shot shaping is required in some places to score well.
Upkeep is second to none. The open areas are extremely well groomed, fairways are well defined, and intended lines are well planned. The wooded fairways are extremely fair...not too open, but plenty of room for the Rec or Int player to have a chance to score well from hole to hole, yet still be rewarding enough for the better player, especially from the longer tees.
The rough here is made mostly of trees and bushes, but not dense overgrowth...so you almost have to try to lose a disc. This is a huge plus in my book. You're punished by bad shots, but not by losing plastic.
Cons: It's P2P ($3/day), which is pretty paltry for such a nice course. Some people just don't like P2P, though, so I always include it. If you don't pay, parks department personnel WILL come through and ask. The fine is $87.50, so pay your $3.
No real open bomber holes here...so if that's your favorite, you'll be disappointed. No real water in play, either...just a creek alongside a couple holes, that really shouldn't come into play.
While the park is wooded and should feel more secluded, the constantly running freight trains next to half the course is somewhat unnerving, especially if you happen to be mid swing during a train horn 50' away from you.
No elevation in play here, although to be honest, I barely notice it while playing.
Other Thoughts: While I'd like to give O'Hauser a 4.25, I'll bump it up knowing that it's just going to keep getting better. Every time I come here, I leave wanting to come back.
To me, this is the best course in the FDL-Appleton corridor. You'll need to be accurate (and in some cases long) to score well. Some holes look harder than they are, while some holes play tougher than they look. It will challenge you, without absolutely beating you down.
The park has baseball diamonds, tennis courts, walking trails, playgrounds...all the makings of a great family day. Restrooms by tee 1 (as well as the pay station), along with a porta potty in the middle of the course.
If you're in the area, you're doing yourself a disservice not playing here.
2 of 2 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.
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.
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