Fun park course
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a nicely groomed city park. A few spots play near woods and brush, adding some occasional opportunities for punishment on errant shots. Elevation comes into play on much of the course, with rolling hills throughout and a couple steeper shots. The hills are used well to add challenge and variety, especially on the last several holes.
Mature trees provide the main obstacles here, with a scattering throughout the park. There are enough that several holes force left and right turning shots. The grass was mowed short when I played and some holes have low ceilings, so rollers can come in handy here.
Dual concrete tees on most holes offer a good tee surface. The tee signs are solid, with signs at both holes with length and hole layout. The flow of the course is pretty easy to follow, and there's a map posted at the kiosk. Dual pin positions add some extra variety.
Cons: I always like to see dual pin placements, especially when they add variety of lines like many here do. It is frustrating to have to guess what pin position is in use though, this area doesn't seem to have any way of indicating that at the tee sign or the course kiosk. There are some safety issues, with the park road and picnic areas in play on some holes.
The course can feel a bit repetitive at times, with similar terrain and foliage throughout the course and only limited punishment for missing your line. Despite good use of the hills and trees, you can get away with a lot of hyzers here.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course challenging but approachable, especially from the short tees. There is some length, but nothing ridiculous, and lost discs are not an issue here. More experienced players will find some fun shots, but not too tough a test. This is a nice place for a low stress casual round in a pretty park.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Park Course
Pros: Design - The course is designed pretty well and uses most of the land available in the park. It caters mostly to the beginner/intermediate golfer as most holes, even from the long tees. The course flows well and it is generally pretty easy to find your way around. The design uses the elevation in the park pretty well.
Infrastructure - Two concrete tees for every hole and very nice, descriptive tee signs for each pad. Bathrooms were located in the park along with picnic tables and park benches. The park is very clean.
Location - Grandview is located in the middle of Des Moines and is close to hotels, food, shopping, etc. It is pretty close to the interstate as well and easy to find.
Cons: Challenge - Most golfers will find Grandview to be fun, but most pros and some advanced level golfers may find it to be a bit easy as there aren't many long holes. Bad shots aren't really punished in most cases. Even with a bad drive off the tee, most holes are pretty par-able.
Other Thoughts: If you are in the area, Grandview is worth a few hours of your time. The mix of elevation and trees, along with the clean tee boxes and signs make it a fun round. It is your standard park style golf with above average elevation. Definitely worth a try!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Where Des Moines goes to play
Pros: -Multiple concrete tees for each hole
-looping 9 design
-lots of shade
Cons: -a busy park with many conflicts
-#12 is fairly easy to put a drive across the road into someone's front yard or, better yet, into a car's windshield.
Other Thoughts: On the east side of Des Moines, this was the first course installed in the city proper and by far the most-played course in the metro. The course winds its way through rolling hills and mature trees. Predominantly par 3 holes, most can be reached by those who can throw 350'. #6 and #12 can be considered par 4s if thrown from long tee to long basket. Well balanced in hole lengths and shot shapes required. Some decision-making as some have more than one desirable route to the basket.
For the most part, the course keeps to itself, traveling along the outside edge of the park, but mid-way through the round will play close to some swings, a ball field and a large picnic shelter. On a busy summer weekend, you are likely to wait for kids to cross fairways from the shelter to the swings, or have to avoid throwing into a pickup game on the ball field.
Tees feature substantial concrete pads, 2 to a hole and nice, descriptive signs. Needs a system for indicating what position the basket is in as some are blind from the tee.
Overall, an enjoyable course to play. It is showing some wear and tear from constant foot traffic and some safety issues.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple tees and pins for most (if not all) holes.
The layout is pretty straight forward, as long as you remember to cross the road for a couple on the back nine. One person had played the course once before, and the only time our group was unsure where to go a man watching some kids playing softball directed us to the next hole.
The course is well maintained, with mostly grass around the holes and large mature trees creating challenges instead of saplings.
The holes themselves, while not the most difficult in the area, are not overly simple either. Most holes will provide a respectable challenge for novice/intermediate players, but advanced players should be able to par the course comfortably.
The small hills throughout the park were utilized very well in it's construction, especially on the back nine.
There are plenty of restrooms around the course, as well as a park shelter.
Cons: The difficulty will be an issue for people looking for a real challenge. Its a fun course, but advanced players will most likely be able to par it without too much trouble on their first attempt.
I can see how non-disc golfers could be an issue. It wasn't very bad the day I went, but there were some kids playing pretty close to a couple holes. If it was any busier (and I get the impression it gets that way from time to time) it could slow play down quite a bit.
Other Thoughts: Its a well maintained course that should be fun for novice and intermediate players. Advanced players won't find the course difficult, but if you feel like a relaxing, enjoyable 18, this would be a great course for it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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