Must play in Des moines
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a great woods course that forces you to throw straight. I was surprised with the 4 par 4 and 1 par 5 type holes that require placement and good shots to get a good score.
Cons: Confusing layout in a couple spots with a lack of signage.
Off of the highway 8 miles.
Other Thoughts: Was going to pass on this one on my trip, very glad I made time to play it!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Well maintained course. Immaculate, really.
- Bathrooms halfway through the course around #13.
- No trash cans, take out what you bring in.
- Huge tee concrete tee pads, 4' x 15'.
- Dual tees.
- Good signage at each tee with distance and shot line.
- Last third of this course is much different from the beginning. Old, mature trees, rolling hills, and prairie grass. Very nice but still challenging, unlike the front 2/3 of the course.
- Water in play on #13 if you lose a shot long, and #14 if you lose a drive left.
- #18 nice window shot from the back tee.
Cons: - This is not "wooded" disc golf. This is "French hedgerow-lined" disc golf. Not really many obstacles in the middle of fairways, but what makes you shape your line is a 15 foot wide fairways.
- When you do miss, there's not even room to stand when you miss, let alone find your disc.
- Course flow mostly ok, but not the most intuitive from 12-13, and 15-16.
- No warm up basket, or space.
- No course map, or any sort of sign to show where there course starts, except seeing #1 tee pad.
- Very long walk from #18 basket back to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: - I implore you to never take a beginner to this course. They will straight up quit the sport.
- I'm definitely a rec player, but this course is very unfair, and has a very low fun factor. Sure, you could plod along the first 12 holes 75-100 ft at a time, but that's really not fun, or why anyone plays the sport. Just overly punishing for missing your line.
- Love 13-18. Just a shame that you have to contend with 1-12 to get to them.
- This course is worth a stop, just be ready to be cut down at the knees!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice technical course
Pros: The course is cut through dense forest with cedars and nice brush. It's thick enough off the fairways that you'll pay for missing your line but there are some opportunities for creative recovery shots. There is a pretty good mix of hole shapes, the layout forces a balance of left and right turning shots.
From the longs, there's a nice mix of shorter reachable holes and a few that allow you to throw a longer drive. A couple are open enough to let you rip one, the rest will punish you for trying to bite off too much at once. The shorts are a nice alternative for newer players, and still have some nice variety without quite as much challenge. The concrete tees are in nice shape, and the tee signs have hole length for all tee and pin combinations.
Cons: The alternate pin positions are a nice touch to add variety, but the signs don't indicate which position is in use. There are a handful of blind shots, so not knowing where to throw can add some extra walking to scout the course. The walk back to the car after the last hole, and without the course map you might not immediately figure out where to go. There are a couple holes that feel a little repetitive, the shorter holes all run together a little with similar lengths and basic hole shapes.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the short tees approachable, with reasonable lengths but tough rough. More experienced players will find nice challenges from many of the long tees, you'll need a pretty good mix of skills to score well and shaping 250-300' lines is key. I would definitely recommend a stop here if you're in the area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very challenging course. Lots elevation changes on the back 9. Very manageable on the back 9 short and very hilly. I like that they switch up the long and short tee pads and catchers.
Cons: The beast was a little rediculous. Could have cleared out alot of the holes a little more. There is a lot of really low ceilings. Too low.
Other Thoughts: Be prepared to throw a lot of straight tunnel shots. You will use your buzz a lot
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Tight & Technical
Pros: Challenge -The course is a great challenge and really forces you to hit lines and keep the disc in the fairway. The long tees provide a hefty challenge for even the seasoned pro.
Tee's - The tee pads are in great shape and there are two per hole. They have a great texture, and when we played the course it was raining and we didn't loose our footing once.
Fairways - The fairways are grass and appear to be nice a mowed. As long as you stay in the fairway you should have no problem with losing discs.
Design - The course flows really well and it is easy to follow. At times it seems like you are in a hedge maze as the fairways are nice, short grass and they are boarded by a wall of trees/shrubs. The paths and holes are clearly marked.
Cons: Tee Signs - The tee signs are very vague and don't provide much information. Many times a straight line is shown from the tee to the disc, even though the fairway may dogleg right or left.
Rough - I am all for punishing bad shots, but the rough here is pretty ridiculous. If you go off the fairway at all (and most fairways are no more than 10 yards wide) you are going to be spending a lot of time looking for your disc. A 2 or 3 could easily turn into a 5 or 6 if you go off the fairway.
Short Tees - The short tees are very easy, most are under 300 ft. I understand that public courses have to accommodate all skill levels, but they are easy even for most rec players.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a pretty solid course. Even though the course moves around a large lake, water doesn't really come into play. It is kind of out of the way, but if you want to work on your short game or work on the technical aspect this is the course for you.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
ALL HAIL HYPNO-TOAD
Pros: course is very technical, i think the worlds were partly held here in whatever year it was. couple bombs from the longs, shorts were 8-10 strokes easier, some very nice holes on the back nine along the lake
Cons: the rough is very young and treacherous- dumpster shots may be necessary - rude cross country skiers are common
Other Thoughts: its pretty nice
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Both beginner and advanced player friendly. Offers a good mix of long and short with left, right and straight shots to challenge your game.
Cons: Easy to loose a disc in the underbrush in the wooded sections, a good cleaning of that would greatly improve playability. Possibly changing the last few holes to get you closer to your starting point.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course but recently we have had bad experiences playing, slow play or multiple disc play as well as not so friendly " Read Drunk" players. While patience is a virtue mine was wearing very thin on those days.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Decent, tiring course
Pros: Has decent tees and pads. Has signs on most holes. Has some scenic holes with decent longer holes.
Cons: Some holes can be quite tight. Some holes cut directly out of dense forest. Which means that if you don't drive straight you may be screwed. A few holes close to a sharp cliff and lake.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course can be discouraging. Not enough short holes. Too many long, tight holes. There are also some blind holes without signs, which makes it very hard to find the hole.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good baskets, multiple tees, very challenging tight fairways, Nice scenery, mix of short and long, Accuracy is the name of the game on this course!
Cons: Walk back to car after 18, no trash cans, very dense bushes
Other Thoughts: You either throw a great round or you just get beat down. Stay on the fairway as lots of poison ivy and sumac.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
When Being Dense Is Good
Pros: Dense woods make this a great little course. Accuracy is the key here. There is water, lots of trees, and some great pin placements, all with left and right shots. Some of the early holes were rather similar, but this place has some real nice looking holes. The lake plays right next to a couple of them. This course is rather clean and well maintained. Navigation is fairly easy here. Concrete pads and tee signs are on each hole. Bathrooms and water fountains were at the end of hole #12.
Cons: No par was listed, but the par 3 on each hole is close enough for this course. The tee signs did have footage but that was about it. Most of the holes on this course are under 300 feet so not much variance. There was lots of Poison Ivy, Sumac and so forth. There is kind of a long walk from #18 back to the #1 parking lot. There were no trashcans, so you have to haul your trash out.
Other Thoughts: The fun factor for this course was very decent. The difficulty but fair holes made for a great round. I would certainly play this course again. It is a bit of a drive from Des Moines, IA, but I would say it is worth it.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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