A diamond in the Evansdale rough
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- Location! Set right off the highway heading into or out of Waterloo, Deerwood couldn't be better placed for traveling golfers jonesing for a game with very little time on their hands and no GPS to speak of. You can literally see the baskets from the highway. A great stop and throw spot.
- Good teepads. All concrete, these pads provide really decent grip even in the slosh and snow that Iowa winters can sometimes deliver.
- Forgiving baskets. Although they seem to be old Mach IIs with a penchant for juryrigging, these baskets catch pretty well as long as you're at least marginally close to the intended target.
- Good use of space. Settled along the highway and nestled into a rarely-used parcel of land, this course seems to have been destined for a disc golf. There's open shots, tight lines in the woodlands, and even some elevation changes that add an extra bit of thought to your shots.
- Sweet layout. The play is fairly straightforward in that the next hole is relatively obvious. After you're done with #1, it's pretty easy to find #2 and so on. Not much ambiguity to this course. The dual tees provide some challenge too in that it's long enough (playing pro tees) to give experienced players a run for their money, but short enough (playing amateur tees) for beginners to keep them interested without frustrating them to tears.
- Amenities available. Casey's is just right across the street in case you wanted a bite to eat or a fashionable adult beverage before or after or during your round.
- Dirty. Not too many trash cans available at Deerwood, which obviously contributes to the garbage littered throughout the course. A few placed hither and thither might encourage golfers to deposit their refuse there rather than the fairway. Just sayin'. And it's not just a few cans left behind as an afterthought; it's literally Mount Trashmore at the gazebo that shrouds the starting point. If local players put in a little effort in clean up this would be an extremely attractive course for traveling chuckers, but as of this writing it could use a good walk-through with trash bags.
- Ambiguous signage. I know I said that it's a fairly straightforward course, but the problem lies elsewhere. The problem is that there's really no indication of where one is supposed to start. A little sign in the obtuse parking area would go a long way in helping people navigate the course.
- No topless Hooters girls frolicking along the #8 fairway.
All in all, Deerwood DGC is an awesome benefit to Evansdale and the Cedar Valley at large. It really does offer everything a disc golfer is looking for, regardless of skill level. If you're short on time and want a diet, watered-down, gluten-free version of Exchange Park but more of a challenge than the KOA or Valley View, Deerwood is your man.
In short, Deerwood is good local disc golf. It's not a destination course, but if you're on your way somewhere you could do a lot worse than this. It probably won't end up in your favorites, but I'd be a happy man to have a course like Deerwood in my hometown. Good stuff.
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my toughest course in town
Pros: all types of shots required here, lefts rts, straights and distance.
lots of obstacles on this course namely trees, also a con for beginners though.
rt off hyw 380/20 for quick access to those passing thru
Cons: tees could be better, some missing pars or signage. again beginners may find all trees to be a bit much.
not much elevation change
buggy but to be expected with amount of trees and river in the area
Other Thoughts: as ive only been playing for 2 yrs this is my hardest course in town. not being able to throw distance and having to lay up more is hard for me still and this course demands you do so. still a great course and one that will always be fun with all the tree hazards
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Deerwood local review
Pros: Pro and Am tees. The pro tees are concrete and newer. This course makes you think before your shots as there are multiple ways to approach almost every hole. Good variety of distance. If you enjoy wooded courses most of the holes are in the woods. Gas station within walking distance (about two city blocks) for refreshments.
Cons: Am tees are short and uneven in some spots. Missing signing. Some of the pro tees are hard to find for first time players. Bums like to tip over the trash cans looking for cans and leave everything strewn about. Also watch out for the bugs. Spray is a must and I always wear either shorts with knee socks or long pants. There is poison ivy. I play there ALL the time and only got it once when I just wore shorts. No bathrooms.
Other Thoughts: This next spring I plan on getting pictures and hole info up here.
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