Back and Better Than Ever!
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Pros: + Completely new layout utilizes the land available extremely well
+ Challenging enough to stimulate advanced players, yet not too overwhelming for newbies
* Distances are decent W/ a few challenging ace chances (17 not as challenging...)
+ Front 9 provides a wooded course feel, while the back 9 opens up to a mowed and well-maintained park course feel.
* Several mature (i.e. huge) trees come into play throughout the course
+ Great, large concrete tee pads
+ Baskets (Discraft Mach III) are in fairly good shape, with an exception or two
+ Requires a variety of shots, in fact a good roller can do wonders on the back 9 especially
+ Plays directly along the mighty Mississippi
Cons: - Often suffers from flooding and saturated conditions in the early spring and sometimes even through early summer (This year (2014) the course was unplayable from May until about mid-July. This year the flooding season was longer than normal, however.)
- The signs posted have not been updated (they are the original signs for the old layout - the front 9 is now where the back 9 used to be and vise versa)
- Trash laying at nearly every tee pad - although there are not trash cans at most holes, the root issue is lack of respect from certain players/groups
- No elevation change throughout the course
- No monster-long holes for bigger arms (the longest is 421 feet), however, only hole 17 is largely deemed a gimme deuce
- Still much debris (sticks, stumps etc.) on the front 9 that will hopefully be cleared out over time
- As is the case with most courses in the area (as opposed to northcentral WI) every hole has only one tee pad
Other Thoughts: Considering that a complete course redesign was necessary (resulting from the removal of over 400 Ash trees to prevent Emerald Ash Borer invasion) the new layout turned out great. In fact many who played the old course regularly believe the new layout to be significantly better. I never had the chance to play the old course in it's prime, but am more than content with the new course.
There are surprisingly few courses in the La Crosse area, so this course is a blessing for the frequent player. Rowe Park is fun, but very short; Justin Trails is great if you want to spend 5 hours playing a round; Twin Creeks is decent if not flooded; and Winona has a great course if one is willing to make the drive. Although Pettibone is not perfect, I am glad to have it nearby.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Perfect early fall day
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: •Big, beautiful concrete tee-pads.
•Variety: half tight, wooded fairways, half open with mature trees.
•Signs at every tee with map and distance.
•Beautiful setting near Mississippi River, views of downtown La Crosse.
Cons: •Lots of trash at every tee-pad.
•Map is all wrong. The course has been redesigned, but it's up to the user to figure that out. Many of the nice signs at tee pads are wrong as a result.
Other Thoughts: I can't complain too much about the shortcomings of Pettibone, it is such a beautiful spot. I enjoyed the variety this course offers, with short wooded holes on the front nine, to longer holes in a setting of randomly spaced, mature trees that offer some great shot shaping opportunities.
Overall it is a pretty easy course, which I don't mind. The wooded holes are short ... some are really short.
You will want to bring a variety of discs: I play LHBH exclusively, so I had my Saint for distance or fading shots, Underworld for left turns, of which there were a lot (this might be the first course I've played that favors right handers). I used a Pain for several shots that were too short for a driver but too long for a putter. A couple holes were short enough to drive with the Swan 2. The guy I played with is RHBH, and the Ace Race 2013 disc was money on this couse.
Overall, a very fun early fall afternoon of disc golf, and well worth a visit.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good basket layout, back 9 holes were nice to play and to see.
Cons: First 9 holes had stumps and debris due to it being a new course. Dont throw your disc in the woods due to the stinging nettle and the poison ivy. Once the first 9 holes are broken in and cleared of debris it will be much more enjoyable
Other Thoughts: Needs to be broken in (paths will be cleared, permanent garbages, stumps will be maintained)
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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