Fun spin that won't kick your butt...
Pros: One of two courses on the UW-Parkside college campus, with this being the more technical of the two.
Concrete tees on each hole, with most having two full tee pads. Plenty long, wide and grippy, and nearly all in very good shape. At first glance some of these seem to just add distance, but a lot of the time they'll make you change up your method of attack.
DGA baskets on each hole, all in decent enough shape. Mounted well, and most holes have multiple pin placements, most of which add a nice wrinkle to the hole. A couple of cool pin placements, with some tricky roll-away possibilities.
There's a decent mix of holes here, although the variety is somewhat set in clumps of holes. You'll go from open to wooded, and back to open. In general, you never get a repetitive feeling playing here, though.
Nice variation in distances, especially if you play the longs. You go from some 200'-ish holes all the way to some 400'+ holes, with a couple of them being more open, for those that like to air it out.
The wooded sections are well done. Nice, fair lines, with several having an over the top option, if that's your game.
For as little elevation as there is here, it doesn't "feel" extremely flat, which is nice. What they have, they use well.
Cons: There's really not a ton of cons here. For the land they have, they've built a darn fun course. The short tees play pretty easy.
Water likes to collect here, especially on the first few holes. Spring rounds can leave you with some pretty wet feet.
With it being on a college campus, there are a few shots that could run across walking paths. Be aware of your surroundings!
Other Thoughts: This is just a nice little course that is well taken care of. You'll use a lot of your bag playing here. I wouldn't call it a destination, but you're surely not going to be sad if you decide to spin a round or two here. It's a great course to introduce beginners to the sport (which is fantastic on a college campus), yet still offers enough from the longs to have some appeal to the more advanced player. If it were a bit closer to me, I'd definitely play it more often.
In an area without a ton of great options (but it's definitely getting better!), this is a solid spot to throw some frisbees.
A Gem in SE WI
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The first few holes are a bit open and not the most challenging, but the course shows its more mature aspect soon after, and the elevated green on #4 is a delight. The 6th and 7th are technical marvels that favor a lefty or a righty forehand. 10 shows a moderate increase in length with mature trees for force you into a shot you may not prefer.
There is balance between right, left and straight, much of the course is technical, and there are some open holes. The distance is fair and demanding throughout. The course flows well and there are no issues with being on the campus and having any people or outside obstacles to contend with.
Cons: It's pretty flat, but that is more than made up for by the largely technical design elements.
Other Thoughts: There's a great brewpub nearby and you can have lunch and tip a few before returning to challenge yourself further.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great Racine / Kenosha option
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: UW-Parkside has been my go-to home course since around 2002 / 2003. There have been some changes over this time, but for the most part, the school has allowed the course to occupy some great land and make it available to the public. Thanks UW-P for putting this out there! For a very long time, this was the only place we could play without driving a good distance from home.
-Most of the holes have long and short pads. I believe #11 and 12 don't officially have 2 pads, but you may see some evidences of different tee locations being used by local players.
-Tee signs are on all the holes and will give you a general idea of the hole layout. They are good signs, though not all of the info reflects the distance changes that have been made on some holes.
- The teepads are a great size. They are plenty long to take a full approach on the concrete pads. They are wide enough to allow your approach from a variety of angles, but still narrow enough to force you to choose a good line.
- This isn't necessarily a super-tough course, but it will force you to use a variety of throws. This makes it very enjoyable for practice, casual, or competitive rounds.
- The course is very well maintained and basket positions get switched up enough to keep things interesting.
- #1 - 5 are open prairie holes. The fairways are shaped by surrounding prairie grass, for the most part. In the middle of summer, it's very wise to play it safe and avoid getting lost in the thick grass!
#6-#9 play in the woods and force some tighter lines. These are some of my favorite holes, as you'll be choosing your line and committing to it. They don't require a lot of power, but definitely control.
#10-11 open up a bit, but still force you to pick a line along the fairway or around trees and bushes.#10 in the long position will challenge you with a slightly elevated tee that forces you to choose a line that you like. None of these lines are too wide and forgiving!
#12-15 are back in the woods and have some nice variety of shots available.
#16-18 open up again, but don't just give you easy hyzer-to-the-basket open field routes.
Cons: When it's rainy, the course can get kind of sloppy on some of the holes. There's really nothing that could be done about this, but if it's been wet, wear shoes that can get muddy.
Being one of the more popular locations in the area and at a university, the course can draw mob-round players. This isn't an issue most of the time, but worth mentioning. I've never seen a group force a solo or 2-3 player group wait for them,
Other Thoughts: When you arrive at the campus, park in the lot at the NW corner of the intersection of Inner Loop Rd and University Dr. Cross back over the roads to the SE to start on hole #1. You'll drive past this hole if you enter the course from Wood Rd.
The course is not pay-to-play, but it is pay-to-park. There are $2 day passes available from the University Police (East off of the round-about on Wood Rd, rather than West toward the course. You can also get a seasonal pass for $25. Some people opt to park at the soccer fields just south of the round-about and start on hole #6 or 8 and end on 5 or 7. If you do this, you'll have to walk across or around the two soccer fields to get to those holes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Varied layouts. Unexpected fun with elevated baskets and a whacky-fun deck elevated tee box. Feels like a bonus location that you wouldn't expect in Kenosha. Worth a stop!
Cons: signage is lacking. It's a little hard to figure out where to park and where #1 is.
Other Thoughts: fun course and a great asset for the school and community
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Definitely worth it!
Pros: I really like this course. The holes and tees are marked out fairly well. There are a wide variety of different kinds of shots. there are a few short holes, and some really long ones. They have some elevated tees, and elevated baskets. Wide fairways and narrow corridors. Not too tough for the beginner, or too easy for the pro.
Cons: There are a couple places where the signs pointing to the next hole could be clearer. I know we skipped a couple holes first time through without realizing it till later.
Other Thoughts: I wish I could go back here. I used to work in the area, and if I ever do again I will be stopping here.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: If you haven't banged out your first ace, this is the course it could be done at. Hole #5 has an awesome pro tee off of a 10' wooden structure.
Cons: If you haven't played here before its easy to get mixed up or even confused on where the next hole is.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun to be had
Pros: Very challenging wooded shots that require control and finesse. Long open bombers for the big arms. This course really is made for all skill levels. Half are open and the other half are in dense wooded areas where an errant throw could potentially be a bogey or worse. The longs tees are very challenging and have different looks than the short tees. Great use of elevated tee pads on a few holes to give some change. Also the elevated pin on 4 is really neat and can cause problems of roll outs.
Cons: The course could use some elevation, but does have some elevated tee pads and pins to help. There aren't many benches around so if it gets crowded, it could be a problem. Hole 2 and 3 are very close to each other and can cause some issues with errant drives.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I really liked this course from the long tees. It was very challenging, but had a lot of deuce opportunities. I think this course is very balanced and does a great job of changing it up from open to wooded to open to wooded to open.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: There are two sets of concrete tees here with good signage. The man made green on hole 4 is awesome. Check out the pictures. There are some good wooded holes here such as holes 6, 12,13, and 15. Hole 18 pretty much forces the roller which is unique.
Cons: A pretty short course with too many open holes. 18 ends pretty far from hole 1. It can be frustrating looking for discs in the tall prairie grass,
Other Thoughts: Don't bother playing the other course on campus, it is not worth your time.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
I miss the old Parkside
Pros: The course is located on the campus of UW Parkside. There are many holes that are in the open and lined with prairie grass. Some holes are lined with thick woods. The rest of the holes play in the woods. Most of the course is flat as a pancake.
The old holes have 2 very nice concrete tee pads. The newer holes have 1 nice concrete tee.
The baskets are good Mach 2's with chain upgrades.
2 pin positions on all the old holes. I don't play here often enough to know how often they are changed. They used to be changed often.
The tee signs are very good here.
If you play a round from the long and shorts there is pretty good diversity.
The mound green on hole #4 is very cool. It adds a ton of challenge.
The elevated tee on #5 is a great addition to a flat course.
Cons: The tee to #1 and #18 are very far apart. After making the trip there I always play 2 rounds. It's even a longer walk to get to the tee of the other course if you're playing both.
There are many open holes and the course is rather short now.
The carpet on the elevated tee #5 is pretty much gone.
During the week you have to check in and pay a couple of bucks for parking. If you don't you'll get nailed with a ticket.
Other Thoughts: I really miss the old parkside course :( . If you read some of the older reviews the course was a 4 to 4.5 disc course. Old holes #1 thru 4 are gone. Those were great. It also lost several really good wooded holes. The holes that were added don't come close to replacing the old ones. Current hole #1 is old #5. This used to be one of the best kept courses in WI. It's slowly fading away. Current hole #4 (mound hole) used to have a long tee 3rd tee pad in the woods that you'd have no idea is there now. It's overgrown and has been taken away by nature.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Prairie Open '12 Intermediate
Pros: - Some open shots over grassland that lets you actually use some of your fairway or distance drivers
- Some tight wooded holes that require finesse and touch
- Elevated tee pads and baskets add a little more difficulty but makes it more challenging for some players
- Well manicured course and good signage
- Course designed for all types of throws from the tee pads which plays for a versatile round
Cons: - Shorter holes may discourage those looking to dig a little deeper in their bag for distance throws
- Some holes are pretty muddy and have potential for bad mosquitoes once the spring/summer roll around
- Some of the signs appear to be inaccurate in their distance readings
- No mando's- some holes you could enforce them to make it a little bit harder
Other Thoughts: Loved the Prairie Open '12 on March 31st and April 1st this year- great sponsors and coordinators for the event. Both days had a great turn out including many Women and Junior Division players! Some holes had out of bounds but no mando's. I had a great time and look forward to playing this course when I'm in the area!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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