We Are Legion
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very challenging course that utilizes the moderate to heavy foliage and the slope very well. A good mix of distances and shot shapes. The 3rd hole is my favorite, but the 5th has a guarded green in the sense that roll aways are possible. The 9th is an amazing blind shot, and the 10th is one of the trickiest greens I've ever approached. The 14th may be an open green, but deciding on a line from that short tee will befuddle the best golfers. The beauty of the 20th over the creek would be a signature hole most anywhere.
Cons: The layout isn't very good and it's difficult to follow the course. It's not very well kept and had a huge trash problem when I was there. Lost discs are a huge possibility in some places. Tee pads and signs are poor and many are missing.
Other Thoughts: This is an example of a fairly open place that utilizes its space and the existing trees well. Course designers take note at what can be achieved with a little thought and planning that goes beyond simply wanting long holes (the few long ones here are also not very good).
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: many hole types: wooded, hilly, open fields, nice tee pads and baskets, some creative holes involve power line towers, #20 hole is a nice throw from under a tower and over a stream to the basket
Cons: hard to navigate, I wasn't able to determine what holes were still in play, or under construction
Other Thoughts: would play again
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Above average course
Pros: Great elevation, mixture of open and wooded holes, multiple pin placements. It has variety of types of shots with a few holes approaching 400 ft, but not enough variety to make it a great course. teepads and benches on every hole with a few pro pads.
Cons: It could use next tee signs and a few longer holes. A few of the holes have tight fairways, though most of them are partially open.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Silken Wings of Cavemen
Pros: Amenities. Large city park with a variety of activities, Shelter, Bathrooms, and ample parking.
Variety. A wide variety of shots required here, with several types of tight technical shots required, several relatively open hole, with a strong balance between the two.
Water. The river comes into play on a few holes and provides a worthy challenge, though deep in some places, it was clear enough that you could get your disc back with a retriever pretty easily, or you may need to go for a swim if you want your plastic back from the water.
Elevation. Several holes had good use of significant elevation adding to the challenge.
Local Scene. Lots of friendly locals, clubs, leagues, and occasional tournaments can add to the experience of locals.
Well Maintained. The locals typically work hard to keep the course looking good and clean, the city itself doesn't do much to maintain the course. The result is a relatively well kept course that is a bit rough around the edges and could use a walkthrough with a garbage bag.
Distances. A good balance of challenging distance with an occasional ace run, most holes are reachable in one if you can hit your line, if you can card a 2 on most holes it's quite rewarding.
Beginner Friendly. I wouldn't necessarily suggest this course to an absolute beginner with some longer technical holes and water, but in all it would be an ok place to learn the game and practice lines.
Tees. Concrete tees were mostly level and in good shape, with some of the holes having dual tee pads (some were slightly rough and uneven).
Cons: Other User areas. The biggest concern was the walking path that winds through the course, it had a constant flow of people that I often had to wait for. I'd bet it gets crowded out there during the warmer months, and the river probably draws fishermen, just be careful out there.
Signage. Some holes had signs showing the hole distance and number, several holes were missing the signs though.
Navigation. I'd have to believe I would have had a tough time finding my way through this course without a guide, there wasn't any directional signage and the lack of tee signs makes it difficult. Find a map or a local to show you around as it gets confusing in places.
Rough. Some of the holes had some deep thick rough that it may be a pain to retrieve discs from, or maybe impossible to find the discs.
Other Thoughts: In all an enjoyable round, if you're in the area and have already played Shaver, looking for another to play, I'd hit this one. More open and shorter than Shaver, but much of the same flavor.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - as far as a variety of hole designs go, legion is about as good as you're going to get in the cedar rapids/marion area. nice, long shots (but not stupid-long) on every hole provides a challenging, but manageable setup
- stretches of wooded holes, open shots, and throws along/over water
- decently challenging course with few "gimme" holes. an acceptable course for experienced players and a challenge for intermediates and beginners
- makes use of natural layout of land well, ducking through bends and twists in the forest to create a rather enjoyable hike
- lots of places to stop and chief...er, rest in the quiet shade.
- the most challenging course in the cedar rapids/marion area, not for the faint of arm. often host to tournaments
- teepads and baskets in decent shape
Cons: - minor flooding problems near the home stretch after periods of sustained precipitation
- an awful, overgrown hole that eats discs (hole #7 "the taj mahal", "the blind hole"). i highly recommend skipping this hole because the thicket is very difficult to find discs in, even with a spotter. if anything, throw a clunker on this one you dont mind losing. you cant see the basket from the teepad, at all. most of the time you wont even see where you land.
- mosquitoes can get a bit thick sometimes near the holes that run along stretches of the river
- not kept in very good shape, holes missing or under construction most of the time. lots of garbage, vandalism. signs are okay, but not the best
- doesn't really flow very well, every time we go we always end up skipping a hole or two somehow and not being able to find it. a bit difficult to navigate
Other Thoughts: bring a variety of discs, this course will present you with a variety of looks (at least in comparison to the other courses in the area). worth at least a play if you are passing through the cedar rapids/marion area.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Changes in Elevation, Wooded Areas and Wide open spaces, Good Variety of length, Usually not very busy.
Cons: Hole 9 is considered unplayable in the summer by some because of the foliage (not me!).
Other Thoughts: Gas station near by that sells beer and hot dogs!
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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