10 Helpful / 0 Not
A course brought back from the dead.
Pros: The course is very long, but the terrain is flat and the holes are mostly open. It is a great place to work on your long drives, as the course offers multiple routes to the hole and really does not punish an offline shot on most holes. Some key trees have been cut down on # 1 and # 6 that opened the hyzer route thrown over the road (saftey issue) but recently mandos have been installed to take the route over the road away. Also some OB areas have recently been installed by roping off some sections to help increase the challenge. The wind is usually blowing off the lake, creating an additional challenge. There are some very long concrete tee pads and benches to sit on at each hole. The teesigns are basic with just the distance, but the bolts are usually up to date with the current pin placements.
Cons: The course is not technically challenging. There are few obstacles that require you to use any variety of shots, and the terrain is flat. The result is that it plays much easier than its distance would suggest. That being said, it's looonnnggg. If you can't get a drive out there 350+ feet you are going to be in for a very long day.
The course is also is not well cared for. The parks department seems to have it on a "mow once every two years" rotation. It's a shame because when it is mowed it is a very pretty park.
The course is a great exposure for the sport as it is across the street from a very busy lake. Given that it is a good exposure point, the course should make the beginner-friendly red tees easier to find. They are there if you know where to look, but they are marked very poorly.
Other Thoughts: This was once a great course, but a major flood in 1993 killed most of the trees on the site. It sat for most of the 90's with only nine baskets in a state a disrepair. The course has had a renaissance of sorts in the last decade, as a new layout takes advantage of the distances you can get on a 40 acre site. The design is not as challenging as it was in 1990, but they have done a good job with the few trees that remain. There have been mandos and OB areas installed recently, so it appears that the folks who work on this course are still trying to improve it.
*UPDATE* It seems that budget cuts and politics will soon mean the end of this course. While it was never a great course after the '93 flood, it was a unique course for the area and will be missed.
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