Johnston, IA 
Walnut Ridge Share
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 Solid Course

5+    4/20/2009   6/15/2009
Review By: jdggna
Played: 23  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 10.2 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A wide variety of shots. Everything from short to long, left to right, open to narrow.
All quality holes; no simple 200 foot, wide open, straight shots.
This course will challenge most disc golfers to hit par, but if played safe there isn't too much risk for new players.
Much less traffic on the course than other metro courses.
There are restrooms on the course as well.
It has been well maintained every time that I have been there.
Cons: Poison Ivy: I've never gotten it here, but I always wear jeans just in case.
The location of the next pin isn't always obvious, even to people who have played the course once or twice.
Other Thoughts: The time it takes to play could be a concern to some, but it isn't to overwhelming (about 2.5 hours if you're off the fairway a lot)
Try to find a map as the next tee is a several hundred feet away is some cases.
Make sure you follow the small path towards the lake after hole 3. Its truly a great view.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Best of the best

5+    3/5/2009   3/11/2009
Review By: SpikeHyzer
Played: 63  Reviewed: 30  Exp: 13.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has it all.
- Cement tee pads
- Multiple tee pads
- Long holes
- Short holes
- Par 3's, 4's & 5's
- Open holes
- Wooded holes
- Water does kind of come into play on one hole.
- Restrooms
- Vending Machines
- Practice Basket
- Plenty of parking
Cons: Close for 3-4 months of the year. You can walk into this course if you want while it is closed. Signage could be a little bit better.
Other Thoughts: Walnut and Pickard are the two best courses in the Des Moines Metro area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 The nut

2-4    3/1/2009   3/2/2009
Review By: arowan21
Played: 48  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 13.9 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Challenging, Lots a different shots required, Woods and more open holes, Decently taken care of.
Cons: Can be confusing at first. Closed for a good chunk of the year. A couple of blind pins and missing tee signs make for a lot of guessing.
Other Thoughts: The tunnel shot is one of the best holes in all of disc golf.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Des Moines' country club

5+    10/15/2008   10/30/2008
Review By: cydisc
Played: 172  Reviewed: 62  Exp: 20 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple large concrete tees for each hole. Some holes have alternate sleeves. Good interpretive signage. Good flow to the course. Some multi-shot (par 4) holes available. Good mix of L/R, R/L and straight holes. Good use of available elevation. Ample parking. Clean restrooms both at the parking lot and mid-way through the course. Water hydrants at several tees. Not usually very busy. Very scenic park with no conflicts with other park facilities.
Cons: Is closed during the off-season, roughly 3 months. Snack and drink vending is fairly distant from the course (more than a 3 mile drive to nearest convenience store). The drink machines mentioned by another reviewer are no longer there. Some of the signs are in odd positions relative to the tee, so that you might think you have to throw in the opposite direction. Watch for poison ivy.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the crown jewels of the Des Moines scene. It has a country club feel due to the somewhat remote location and lack of hordes of players that you will find at the in-city courses. There is plenty of challenge yet it's very enjoyable to play.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Needs a map

1    9/7/2008   9/22/2008
Review By: Greg Layton
Played: 143  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 8.2 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great restroom and facilities near the beginning of the course. Ample picnic tables to rest at
- Two tees and two pin positions for each hole.
- Alternates between wooded and open quite well.
- Practice basket.
Cons: - Quite a few missing signs.
- Heavy rough in some areas can be tough to find a disc in.
- This is a very large park and the disc golf course utilizes all of it. Expect long walks between holes and also expect to not always know where you're going. If a local could draw up arrows that point you from the basket towards the next hole or for Y intersections where you aren't sure which path to take this would be a much better course.
Other Thoughts: - It's a scenic course with dedicated land for disc golfers that presents plenty of challenges but the navigational issues take this from an excellent course to merely a very good one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    8/10/2008   9/9/2008
Review By: maeittreim
Played: 40  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 8 Years
This review was updated on 6/1/2009
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: This is a fun course with lots of obstacles for players. Some open holes with some back through the challenging woods. Make sure to keep an eye on the disc so you do not loose them. Must play course.
Cons: Its Iowa, so in the winter time like most Mid-west states its a tough one to play.
Other Thoughts: Definitely put it on the must do list.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome course

3/25/2008   3/25/2008
Review By: garublador
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 12.1 Years
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Challening course with all types of shots required, very good amenities, pop machines on site, well groomed, exellent mix of wooded and "park setting" holes.
Cons: Thick brush off the fairways, closes early in fall and opens late in spring.
Other Thoughts: It's a "must play" during a visit to Des Moines.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Great Times

7/31/2007   8/16/2007
Review By: ACurry916
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Beutifaly laid out course! great eleavation changes and a combonation of Lefts and Rights along with tight holes and open holes!
Cons: nothing really to complain about
Other Thoughts: Play it!

1 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 best course in Des Moines

6/13/2007   6/13/2007
Review By: gdl17921
Played: 11  Reviewed: 2
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Variety of shots, multiple pins, elevation changes, lots of lefty dream holes--but not too many to deter our righty buds from disliking this gem.
Cons: Park gate closes during winter months. You can still park at the gate and walk into the park, (maybe 1/4 mile) best to start on hole 8, the first hole you'll see. walking in.
Other Thoughts: This is a must play if you're traveling through Iowa.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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