8 Helpful / 0 Not
Arguably one of Iowa's finest
Pros: Has a nice out in the country feel to it, while still having the manicured aspect of a city course. Dual tees on most of the holes which can give lesser skilled players some relief of an otherwise long layout. I like how the flow transitions from open to wooden, back to open and then wooded again. Lots of parking available and actual restrooms at the first tee. Advanced/Pro level players will really enjoy the challenge from the nearly 8000' course from long tees.
Cons: Can be frustrating trying to find your way around if you're not familiar with the layout. At my last visit there was no map at the kiosk by hole #1. Some spots where the walk between holes is ridiculously long and you can get steered off course easily. Closed for part of the year. Undergrowth in the woods can be thick if you end up in there (hint: try not to end up in there). Woods can be dangerous, particularly if you get deep into them, as there are some steep drop offs. Poison ivy too. Couldn't get to Hole 9's long tee due to flooding. (The short tee is challenging enough though).
Other Thoughts: Quite possibly my favorite Des Moines area course, if not Iowa course. A trip to DSM simply isn't complete without a trip to "the Nut". Some locals might put Ewing Park above WR as their favorite, but I've found the placid nature of this very challenging course to be much more addicting, as I enjoy trying to keep my disc out of the various trouble spots. The wooded holes on the back nine can be esspecially brutal and punishing on you if you're not precise. I almost call the wooded areas here 'roach motels' for discs, as you can get into them very easily, but it may be hell getting them out. For all its challenge, there's very little elevation here and no water hazards. You can see the reservoir off to the right of Hole 3, but if you can put one in the drink, you're playing the wrong game.
This isn't a course you go to on your lunch break (although you could play around the first 3 holes if you wanted). Bring yourself some water or Gatorade and some snacks for this one as its going to take awhile, and unless you have someone spotting, expect some time looking for errant throws into the woods or tall grass. If its humid or there's been recent rain, bring the bug spray and long pants. Not far off of I-80/35 if you're passing through during the open months (May through September) and definitely worth the stop.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Best of the best
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.
- 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.
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.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Des Moines' country club
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.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Needs a map
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
best course in Des Moines
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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