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.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Nice Wooded Course
Pros: Very well maintained. A wooded course that is still easy to play. I typically don't like wooded courses, but this one was a lot of fun.
Cons: I was a little confused on some of the tee boxes. I was not sure exactly which tees where the red, blue, or whites. Some holes had both red and blue on two different tee boxes. Maybe I am just not used to it being displayed this way. Not really a con, but it made the round a little confusing.
Other Thoughts: Overall a very good course. It I am ever near the Chicago area again I plan on playing this course another time.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
One Not To Miss
Pros: The holes play distinct from on another. One or two of the tee locations are some of the most interesting I've shot from to date. And, if you can hit this course in the Spring everything is so frickin' green. Very, very nice. If you're in the area, don't miss this one.
Cons: Finding the fist tee can be a bit confusing. You'll want to circle all the way around the campus to the dorm area parking. You'll find the 1st tee and accompanying info board over a small rise directly beyound the parking area.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
I think I like school now!
Pros: Let's list the pro's:
-Such great variety
-EVERY shot tested
-many holes to just let your drives rip
-took nature and it's surroundings and used it perfectly
-clean and perfect signage
-great tees, both pro and am
-pro and am tees are truly pro and am
-unique holes, such as the elevated tee platform and the elevated rock basket
Cons: and the negatives, which ain't many:
-not a lot of elevation change
-the rough, is truly rough. Don't think I would play this course alone unless I was carrying thirty discs.
-I imagine during nice weather when school is in session, the last few holes might have human targets lounging about
Other Thoughts: Wow. Completely surprised at the quality and the beauty of this course. Had a blast today! My friends have played this course many times, and just started playing it again post reconstruction of the first three holes. Went down today and was blown away by a campus course! Long technical drives over marsh like brush, spotters a must. Long holes, short holes, wooded holes, open holes. It has everything and it is beautiful. The signs are top notch, the baskets perfect, and the unique quality to most holes superb. I'm not a fan of "gimick holes" but the two on the course play very cool. The elevated basket on the rocks really makes you think, and looks great...and the hole with the wooden porch like tee that is blocked by trees will make you think about your lines.
I can't say enough about this course. If I hadn't been playing the great Michigan courses over the summer and had only played this course, it would have gotten a 5....but in the grand scheme of things, a solid 4 is much deserved. Borders on a 4.5, but elevation is the only thing this course lacks. A must play without a doubt.
A local player alerted us to the extra nine holes behind the student health & counseling center across the road from main tee 1. Unless you know about these you will have a hard time finding it. Full 9 holes with pro baskets and marked ground tee pads. This 9 is tough, seriously. Some of the longest shots of the entire complex..downhill, across brush, creeks,etc..you will DEF need a spotter. Found three discs wile looking for ours. Do not miss playing this extra nine.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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