Better than NW Park
Pros: -A surprising amount of trees for a SD course
-Clearly marked teeing areas
-A nice park but the course avoids most of the other activities pretty well. There was a bathroom, playground, basketball, ball fields, lots of parking.
-Not really any chances to lose discs here
-Some ace runs, nothing too easy though.
-The trees do make you hit some lines.
-Decent course for beginners.
-Info at the first tee to aid navigation, it is good to have on the first time through since some of the baskets are crowded together.
Cons: -One basket was damaged and slightly lopsided. These baskets were at the old course in town so they aren't new.
-No tees, just poles in the ground with a number on them. This is fine for now but with any use they will get eroded and have mud potential.
-No signage and the course is pretty crammed in there so it is easy to confuse one basket for another on the out and back layout. It is sorted out and pretty easy by your second time through but it could be annoying on your first time.
-Not a lot of variety in hole distance. At least it wasn't all overly long or overly short holes though.
-It wouldn't be good to have too many people on the course at once as you might get thrown on if you are coming back and they are going out or vice-versa. Some of the baskets are pretty crammed in there.
Other Thoughts: In my opinion, this course is better than the NW Park course. That course didn't have many trees and often got fairly windy. Lake Madison still is better but that costs money to get in to and I wouldn't recommend paying just to play the course. If you were going to do other things in the park then I would recommend it. Overall, the Madison area is pretty bad for disc golfing and I wouldn't recommend going to far out of your way to play it unless you are a course bagger. I was heading to Brookings from the West so it was easy to fit it into my trip.
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Pros: There is a box at the first tee with course maps/scorecards, so it is easy to find your way around. Layout avoids more heavily used parts of the park, so limited chance of "adverse" interaction with other users.
Cons: No variety to speak of. Holes are all pretty shortand unimaginative.
Other Thoughts: A very plain, vanilla out-and-back layout, with limited challenges. A putter and a mid-range will cover everything. The old Northwest Park course was more interesting and challenging. If you are in Madison, skip this course and go to the one at Lake Herman State Park.
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