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
3 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.
3 of 3 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
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.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set on the large grounds of this college campus, plenty of space for all the holes. Some of the course is a little close to a few roads, and the last few are near a sidewalk by a building. Shouldn't be any interference though.
- Holes are split between prairie and forest, with a few in between. Tall grass and scraggly trees are used to shape fairways in the front portion; some are pretty simple like #1 and #4. Others are tighter like #7 and #16. Wooded holes include some very tight shots, like #6, and more open ones like #14 and #15. A very good range of length and difficulty overall, there are short and long holes both in and out of the woods, tight and open. #10 is a nice 440' bomber from the longs.
- All in all, a good range of hole lengths. Most of the holes in the woods are par 3 design, from either set of tees, ranging from low to high 200'. Bombers out in the open with four over 350', with hazards to worry about.
- Hazards include some water on the right of #10, some nasty jail on #6 and #7, and dense woods in the forest. A very elevated basket on #4 demands an accurate upshot/drive to avoid racking up the putts.
- A few holes have noticeable elevation changes, like a good, long downhill on #10, a super elevated tee on #5, and some slight ups and downs here and there. Helps to add some fun to the course.
- Great signs, tees, and baskets. Navigation is pretty easy, especially with a map. Biggest key is walking across the road to #12.
Cons: - Some holes out in the prairie are pretty straightforward, and don't need a whole lot of line shaping - especially from the shorts. The longs do a good job of forcing some lines, but nothing too crazy overall. Staying out of the grass or avoiding some trees here or there is the key.
- As a whole, the course itself is pretty flat, with a few exceptions. A few holes have a good change, but the majority are slight if anything. Just the flat terrain, can't be helped really.
Other Thoughts: - A very well balanced course, with holes in, out, and next to the woods. Good mix of lines inside the forest, with some pretty tricky ones. Some nice, longer holes out in the open that need some basic lines. While nothing here is extremely exciting, and a lot of it is mostly flat, it is a good challenge with fun. More advanced players will be able to carve it up, everyone else should have to work for good scores.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Rethinking my college choice
Pros: -This course has sweet diversity in its types of hole. With the beginning starting out more open in fields of tall grass with some trees, it progresses into shorter, more wooded holes. Tons of variety in this course.
-It has some sweet special holes. Hole 4's basket is elevated on a small hill of rocks (which make a painful noise when you smack them off the tee or longer upshot!) Hole 5 has an awesome elevated pro tee about 14' up on a raised wooden deck. Of the courses I've played I haven't seen anything like this.
-Almost all the holes have pro tees that serve in not only adding length, but difficulty. Several holes give the illusion of a route, only to punish shots slightly off the intended line.
-Good risk/reward for this whole course.
-I didn't get to play the alternate pin positions, but several showed different feels for the holes.
-The flow of this course is great, super easy to follow. And the signs here are also very good.
Cons: -Some of the beginning holes only have tall grass as the rough, which really isn't too punishing. More experienced players probably won't have too many challenges throughout.
-This course can feel repetitive, straight shots off the tee will get you by on most holes.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a fun course, nothing too exceptional, but it does everything well. It's a good time, well worth the stop if you're in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very good course set on some beautiful prairie land with several holes playing through wooded areas. Tight fairways and punishing OB add significant challenge and punishment on most shots.
The course's strongest aspect is the gorgeous land it plays through. The grass fairways were well manicured, and the tall grass OB adds a scenic touch (until you have to dig through it on a bad drive). Most holes have trees at various points on or along the fairway that require some line shaping to avoid.
This course had three really unique holes: #4 throws at an elevated basket surrounded by large rocks, #5 throws from an elevated tee, something I've never seen before, that felt like throwing off a balcony... this adds tree branches as obstacles. Don't even bother with the short tee on this hole, even if you're a beginner. The tee shot from the long tee on #16 was probably my favorite of the course. The shot basically requires you to drive through a window cut out of a large bush.
The signs here are very good... both tees had a sign with the distance for each pin location. The baskets are all in good shape, and the tees pads are excellent. Several holes had benches as well.
Cons: While consistently challenging, the course started to feel repetitive. Many of the prairie shots are straight, or have only slight angles to account for. Those who can keep it straight off the tee may get bored, and those who can't will get frustrated. Because of that, this isn't an ideal course for new players. There is also a lot of potential for lost discs here. Additionally, due to the open nature of the course and area as a whole, it seems like wind will usually be a factor here.
The wooded holes were alright, but nothing memorable. Especially compared to some of the great shots in the open, prairie areas. Due to the rotating pins, we had to walk the fairway on a couple of these wooded shots to find the basket. It would've been helpful if there had been some orange paint/tape, or a flag on these baskets so they were easier to see through all the trees.
For big arms who like to rip it off the tee, there isn't much room here. This is a course that favors accuracy over power
Other Thoughts: This course was a great challenge for me, and my personal experience was fantastic, but for the sake of writing a helpful review for everybody, the length, difficulty, and variety may not appeal to all. I think beginners will find it too difficult and advanced players will find it too easy.
Despite that, I would highly recommend checking out this course regardless of your skill level. The scenery is great, and this course is very well taken care of. For those in the Chicago area, this course is worth a drive up to.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Thick, but Fun
Pros: - Gorgeous half-wooded, half-open course with incredibly thick shule throughout. The natural beauty of the course itself was fairly stunning in places, although that beauty often came with the added risk of losing a disc or two in the sometimes impenetrable rough.
- Outstanding long/short concrete tee placements, including an elevated wooden "deck" style tee on #4.
- Outstanding use of elevation including raised baskets perched atop rocks.
- Outstanding risk/reward. The thickness of the rough greatly encourages taking a conservative approach, and severly but fairly punishes wayward shots.
- Several "thread-the-needle" style holes. Long tee placements increase the difficulty on such holes.
- Alternative pin placements add variety.
- Accurate signs prevent any issues with getting lost. Great flow.
- Free, clean, upkept very well. Trashcans (albeit small) at every hole.
Cons: - Although not incredibly difficult for most experienced players, this course might be intimidating for some beginners due to the rough.
- Insects, poison ivy, and a bit of mud.
Other Thoughts: -I played this course mid-transit between Milwaukee and Chicago. I was pleasantly surprised at not only the stunning mid-Western half-prairie/ half-wooded natural beauty, but also the great variety this course challenges you with. The long tees are outstanding.
- Seriously. In the summer, this course is THICK. Groups of roving disc golfers united in the common purpose of finding wayward discs in the impossibly thick vegetation during my round.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Lots of variety
Pros: The course plays in an area of a college campus that is almost completely devoted to disc golf. The course occasionally comes close to roads and paths, but for the most part feels pretty isolated. There isn't a lot of elevation, but the variety of types of holes mostly makes up for this. There's a great mix of open holes where the wind is the main challenge, and tight wooded holes where accuracy counts.
There are various different lengths of holes, from ace runs to some where if you brave the wind you can air it out a little, especially from the back pads. Depending on the pin settings, there is a great variety of left and right turning shots that force you to use many different shots to score well. Many holes offer different lines that all offer different types of risk/reward decisions, and I like this kind of mental challenge on a course.
There are multiple pin positions on just about every hole on the main 18, and it looked like they often completely changed the hole. There were also dual pads on most of the holes, both nice concrete, and with their own tee signs. The signs were nice, with all the distances and layouts to the various alternate placements.
The area was very well taken care of, with no trash around, and nicely mowed fairways through the prairie grass areas of the course. A lot of work has obviously gone into this course, and it shows. The elevated pin and tee were some really cool added features that gave this course a little something special.
Cons: I'm not a huge fan of prairie grass rough, and there are some holes here where the main risk is losing your disc in tall grass. It doesn't really punish bad shots by costing you strokes, just time and possibly plastic. At least the course isn't all made up of the prairie type holes, but the hole design of just throwing straight ahead and working to stay out of the tall grass doesn't appeal to me.
The last time I played, there were some navigation issues, but apparently that has been resolved with better signage now. Some of the long or super-long tees were overgrown and didn't feel as well maintained, or perhaps just not as well used.
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun to play, and offers something for every kind of player. It's worth the drive to play if you get the chance, though it seems like your best bet is to go on a weekend when parking is easier and classes won't be in session. I think it's awesome that a college campus has such a fantastic course exposing so many people to the sport.
Newer players will likely be frustrated by the difficulty of the course, though the distances are pretty reasonable from the short tees. More experienced players will have fun shooting for birdies from the short tees, and will find some fun challenges from the longs.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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