A walk in the Park
Pros: Beautiful park, the middle of Whitnall park area which is an extremely well maintained area.
First few holes are challenging enough as they take you through some heavily wooded area, but with enough room to make reasonable shots. I don't think anyone can play the first 9 unscathed (by trees). These are the shortest holes on the course.
#2 is hard to find if you have never been there but now that the paths between holes are well worn the rest of the course is easy to follow.
Multiple tees (hey, I'm old I play from the short tees, mostly for "3's" which make even the short holes difficult. Once out of the forest the holes are pretty much wide open, and very long (the longest, from the farthest tee, is 543 feet).
Hole maps are easy to follow (multiple possible pin placements).
Cons: It's a little difficult to find as the Park doesn't really have signs pointing to the course. Some nights there are leagues so the course is not available all the time (this is not inherently a bad thing unless you don't have the time. I hear the leagues are well enough attended).
Other Thoughts: A wonderful park to bike/gofl in, with limited traffic. Near the botanical gardens (very nice). The day we chose to play there were very few others out (Saturday at 11:00 a.m.). No real amenities or water that we could find (at leat none we would actually go into).
I'd go back. This is what Estabrook SHOULD be . . .
I still don't like the fee, hence the 3.5 and not a 4.0
We NEED more courses like this!!!
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -has about 6 of the coolest holes in the whole of the Milwaukee county parks department
-a testament to DG course design ingenuity
-wooded shots, open shots, tight gaps little bit elevation its got a little taste of everything really
-coolest tree ever
-coolest bomb over a river
-engaging and fun for all levels
-super high fun factor
Cons: really the only con is the limitations of the park itself, there's lots of open areas that must be utilized but i can't think of a better layout
before the redesign it was really boring bomb after boring bomb but now with the alternate tees and new layout the only thing boring is waiting for cars to pass so you can cross the street
-the only shame is that we can't get a few more courses like this one along the milwuakee county parkways i mean really, there are numerous places in wawautosa, west allis, milwuakee northwestside that could easily be turned into world class DG parks
Other Thoughts: when i played this course in the spring, i believe it had been just after all the work had been done and all the spring flowers where in bloom and the course was totally fresh and un-trampled. It was honestly one of the most beautiful disc golf experiences playing those tucked away holes 2-6 and a couple others that are tucked away. i really couldn't believe the improvement of this course from last year. i only played this course once last year because there was no reason to come back, it was totally blah other than the first few. after my initial round this spring with all its beauty and freshness i probably would have rated this course like four discs or four and a half discs. i was pretty stoked but after playing it a few times i realize, and appreciate the drastic improvement that was made but it kind of is what it is. if every hole was as cool as 1-6 this course would be fantastic! then it would be a four and a half rating. really i have fun on all the holes every time i go. it shouldn't be rated as high as browndeer or dretzka but it's ALMOST just as fun.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Hard Work Pays Off
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - First off, Todd Farnham has done some kick butt work here to get this course from a "meh" course to an absolute delight to play.
- Long and short tees on several holes making the course harder or easier to your likings.
- Mulitiple Pin placements on every hole makes it so that you might not see the same course too often.
- A lot of very tight wooded long fairways makes for even easy holes to be challenging.
- A very good mix of Long and Short.
- Concrete Tee Pads
Cons: - Tee Signs for now. The parks department is installing new tee signs so this will be fixed this summer.
- If you have never played the course before then getting to some of the holes may be a bit tricky since you have to cross a few roads and walk a little.
- Still has that just cut, fresh new course feel to it at times so some holes need a bit of time to be walked through before they start to open up
- Needs a parking lot
- Can be RHBH friendly at times. You are playing adjacent to a parkway and a majority of the time the road is on your right so the righty hyzer is favorable a lot of the time, but its gotten a lot better over the years.
Other Thoughts: - This course has really changed over the last two years and it is for the better. It is now a lot of fun to play and not just "another course"
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Root River Remixed
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: New long tee pads, fresh cut fairways that will still be very challenging when everything settles down from foot traffic, new hole designs/layouts, better usage of the acreage available, P2P MKE County Parks Department
Cons: Course needs a parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Thank you to all the hard work and dedication from the GLDGC, MAD, Milwaukee Count Parks Department, Todd Farnham and all the other volunteers who work their butts off to transform this course into one of the most challenging courses in Southeastern Wisconsin.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
root river 5/24/2015
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Regular and pro ties, mulch has taken care of any muddy spots, multi hole positions, and multiple water holes/elevation changes make it a really REALLY fun course
Cons: Needs a few directional signs for pro pads
Other Thoughts: Love this course! With the recent changes it's become Milwaukee's premier course. Great job guys!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
The Beauty and The Beast
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: "The Root" as I affectionately call it has come a long way since its ground breaking in the spring of 2013.
Great concrete tee pads, awesome Baskets.
#1 Is The Beauty, several large trees to avoid while hitting a hole shot in the woods, to a Basket placement that utilizes a raised base of a willow tree.
Rad Placement very creative, course takes on some more woods after this an opens up at #6 again. On #9 you are tempted to hyzer another hole shot into the woods. 10 has a woods placement and then you are at "The Beast" which requires just a 220 ft hyzer into woods and a lil annhyzer of 200 ft down a very very narrow fairway, #11 comes in at 423 ft, awesome tough hole that will challenge anyone. #13 is the signature hole up a large mound, beware the rolling disc as you can get stuck with a double bogey or worse here.
course is clean and well maintained, light disc traffic unless you are hitting it at peak times. The Root is known for its ever present deer meandering the grounds and eating deer things like grass and popcorn.
this course utilizes the woods 50% of the time as nine of the holes are in woods.great course thats only getting better with two other new placements coming real soon utilizing the root river, with dare I say an Island green?
Play it now while its still a sleepy course
Cons: some people are too lazy to pack it in and pack it out so it could use an extra trash can or two.
The signage isnt the best, and no map up. It can be very wet after large amounts of rain but not too muddy
Other Thoughts: Great challenging course, thats both fun for the rec discer and pro types alike, natural beauty
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
So very bland...
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: 18 hole course that plays up and down the side of the Root River Parkway.
Concrete tee pads on every hole. Grippy and in good repair, put could be a touch wider.
Nice Chainstar baskets, in good repair and caught well. No problems here. Most holes had 2 pin positions.
A few decent wooded holes at the beginning, and a few holes with good distance to let you open up a bit.
Cons: After the first few holes, this course becomes pretty darn bland. Everything is pretty much wide open, with very little in the way of obstacles. There are some roots, but the actual river doesn't come into play.
Most holes run right next to a somewhat busy road...which probably isn't ideal, especially for those without a lot of control. I get that they used the land available...but maybe it's not the best spot for a course.
Very little elevation....everything is pretty much flat.
Other Thoughts: This course is about as dull as it gets. The changes in distance, and the few wooded holes at the beginning, are the only saving grace. It IS an 18 hole course, so there are worse things in the world, I suppose.
I wouldn't go out of my way to play this course again, especially with courses like Dretzka and Brown Deer in town. Baggable, but really not much replay factor here.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Lots of walking
Pros: 18 holes of disc golf in a nice city park. There are a couple fun shots in the woods, though they are short. Grass was pretty short and the rough wasn't too bad on most of the holes. Cement tee pads. Benches on most of the holes. Good course to bring new players to.
Cons: Course has boring wide open shot after boring wide open shot. Lots of long walks between holes, some might be necessary because of the land but others are because of poor design, like the walk from 15 to 16. Lots of interaction with the roads that run though the park.
Other Thoughts: I wasn't expecting much having read other reviews. What I didn't realize was how little fun the course would be. At points it feels like you are spending more time walking to the next tee then disc golfing. The land here isn't that bad but the course design just isn't that good.
I don't plan to play this course again.
Also, the distances listed on the hole info page on here aren't accurate.
Chances of losing a disc are pretty low, there are a few holes with thick rough and some bushes that could hide your disc. 15 is probably the only place you get near water.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: holes 2,3, and 4 in the woods. Enjoy them because the rest of the course is wide open, down one side of the road and back the other.
Cons: -Limited hole variation.
-No trash cans (on the DG course. maybe in the park but I didn't see any)
-no elevation change
-the worst layout ever... you go down one side of the road and come back on the other.
-too short for a decent thrower.
-75% of the time you are next to the road.
-the river NEVER comes into play
-every hole on the back 9 is identical
Other Thoughts: This course is a joke. Worst layout I have ever played, no hole or shot variation.
I could have just as much fun throwing in my backyard as I did at this course. No way this course deserves a 2.8 rating (9/9/14)
There is a river along one side of the road but it never comes into play.
If you are looking for a real course in the Milwaukee area go to Browndeer or Dretzka, this coarse certainly doesn't qualify.
1 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun course with varied shot types and hole layouts.
Usually not crowded.
A lot of brush has been cleared away allowing easier navigating and locating of discs that missed their mark.
Cons: Only 2 pin positions per hole and they don't get changed very often.
Some holes on the back 9 get a little repetitive.
Need more garbage cans. (This shouldn't be a problem but some people are litter bugs.)
Cars/bikers/joggers can get distracting while teeing off on a few holes.
Other Thoughts: This course has come a long way since its inaugural year in 2013. I have high hopes it will continue to evolve and become one of the better courses in the area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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