Popular, Underrated, Fun
Pros: Overall score; 3.4
Tee pads (3/5); Rough, gravel tee pads provided good traction. Some tee pads seemed a little too short, however. Pro and Amateur tee pads allow for two different levels of challenge.
Baskets (3/5); The baskets were old Mach 3's. Silver/gray in color, with a piece of orange tape that's supposed to help. At times, they were difficult to spot among the background of heavy woods. The baskets seemed to be in good conditions, and chains caught well despite aging. They were also numbered, which helps to clear up any tee-basket confusion.
Layout/Design (4/5); The design of the course was very fun. The tree placement and unique fairways provided a large variety of shots that the course would've otherwise lacked. There's hardly any elevation and no water hazards. A couple holes intersect a little too much, creating a slight "FORE!" hazard. Each hole has an easily identifiable fairway, whether its extremely tight or wide, its easily identifiable. Tee signs note pro or am and show a picture of the hole, distance, and number. Next tee signs could definitely help navigation! Thankfully, the park was packed, so I was able to follow other groups.
Scenery/Surroundings (2/5); Like I said, the park was packed. I don't know if this is usual, but the course appears to be very popular in the Waterloo area. A group of 10 was playing, but they allowed me to play through as soon as I caught up. No eye-popping views, but the fall colors make this course very pretty in October. I didn't notice any trash cans, benches, or other amenities. I did, however, notice the resulting amount of trash. Not terrible, but not good at all.
Likeliness to Return (5/5); This course is extremely easy to find. I didn't have an address for my GPS, but I spotted the course immediately after taking the Evansdale exit off I-380. I had a surprising amount of fun, and I felt good after playing. This is a great place to work on my finesse game. I feel that this course cares about disc golf. There's just a true sense of what disc golf is supposed to be about in the atmosphere. It's hard to describe, perhaps you will experience it for yourself!
Cons: ^^Read above^^
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Fun and Challenging
Pros: Amenities. Large park with a ball field, a small shelter, a bathroom, and ample parking.
Variety. A very enjoyable variety of holes, ranging from relatively open (1,16,18) 500'+ bombs to a variety of shorter technical holes requiring differing shot selection and some placement shots, a good balance of open and technical holes.
Elevation. What little elevation this park has to offer is used quite well, with some interesting pin placement and a long bomb off the top of the dike to finish off the round.
Birdie Opportunities. The good balance of distance and technical shots provide some ace runs, but typically you have to work for the birdies, and a 2 on the card was rewarding.
Beginner/Advance Friendly. The long/short tee pads are set up well that it's quite challenging from the longs and a beginner wouldn't be overly frustrated by playing the shorts, would be a great place to learn the game and work on improving shots.
Tees. Dual concrete tee pads were mostly level and in good shape.
Local Scene. Appears to be quite a few locals that enjoy this course, a weekly league and an occasional tournament.
Scenery. A nice mostly wooded park feels quite secluded for being so near the city.
Access. The first 2 holes play along the entrance ramp to the freeway, can't get much easier to access than that.
Cons: Navigation. I had to do some wandering around to find the correct tee pads, I'll attempt to clear some of that up: Hole 1 long tee pad is very near the entrance to the park. Hole 2 is then up towards the fence, hole 2 basket is a sharp dogleg into the woods. Hole 4 basket is a dogleg left (the basket straight ahead is #15, remember that). Hole 5 basket is straight ahead past and to the right of #15. #10 long tee is in the woods. #12 is a dogleg left into the woods. Hole 14 is not the basket you can see from the tee (you already played to that basket), it is much shorter on top of a small hill to the left. #16 is tucked into the woods after a long open fairway, keep your eye out for it it's easy to go past.
Signage. Upkeep must not be a priority for this park, many of the tee signs are missing, those that do exist have distance, hole # and a map of the hole, typically if there was a sign it could be found at the short tee. More updated signage would eliminate some of the confusion. Some directional signage would also be helpful.
Map/Scorecard. An empty box that said scorecards existed, I don't know if this is ever filled any more.
Dangerous parking. It seems that most DGers park near the shelter, that's where I parked, even a good throw off the long pad of hole 1 could come dangerously close to these vehicles, park at your own risk I guess, or higher up in the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Waterloo, IA is a decent DG destination city, a good full day of disc golf is to be had here with Deerwood being near the top of my list of courses to hit in the area (if you only have time for one course, you can't miss Exchange).
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