10 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Variety of Challenges
Pros: Primarily disc golf. Some of the holes approached other user areas, an errant shot could end up in the road, but for the most part disc golf is the only activity this area is used for.
Well maintained. The locals do a great job of maintaining this course, keeping the fairways clear, tee pads swept (cleared in winter), and picking up trash, and there was a trash can provided on nearly every hole (some of these were overflowing and could use to be emptied).
Local Scene. Local leagues and tournaments available, if you hang out at hole 1 a local will probably show up and be happy to show you around.
Variety. Good variety of distances and technical variety with few legitimate ace runs, most of the time you have to work for your birdies, and even some "true par 4" holes exist. Most holes were tight, technical, and challenging with an occasional open hole to relieve the frustration that's sure to build.
Baskets. All baskets are in good condition (no practice basket).
Tees. Concrete tees were mostly level and in good condition (one tee pad was significantly uphill, and one was too short).
Signage. Most holes had signs with accurate dist, hole # and a map of the hole. (some new holes were just put in and were missing signage).
Scenery. A very nice wooded park had a "going for a hike" feel.
Access. Just off the freeway, easy to get to.
Cons: The other park amenities are not immediately accessible from the parking area if you need a restroom, playground, or basketball court.
Navigation. Not exactly straightforward, keep an eye out for the large blue garbage cans, they can usually point the way, or get a local to guide you.
Not exactly beginner friendly. As a beginner this course could be overly frustrating with several long technical holes.
(several minor cons were mentioned alongside of the pros)
Other Thoughts: My recommendation for the course to hit if you only have time for one in the area, compliments the other area courses well and the Cedar Rapids area is a great DG destination area, a good weekend could be had playing here.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun, tight, technical
Pros: While not terribly long, Shaver Park still has the ability to manhandle even the best of players. Most fairways are quite technical and require precision but at the same time, there are a lot of birdies out there for the taking! Off the tee, you'll find a lot of variety in terms of shot selection and even a few open holes in the front to get warmed up for the woods on. This isn't really a course that you will figure out the first time around so expect to learn a few things the first couple of trips here. Even on good rounds you'll likely find yourself in a tough place or two and will need to rely on some creative saves to maintain a good score. After you figure out some of the lines, the course really opens up. The course also plays pretty well for most skill ranges (except perhaps beginners) and a mixed group of pros and ams will probably all find some enjoyment on the course.
This course also plays as a great complement to the other courses in the area which don't have quite as high of a technical factor.
Cons: I would say that this is really not the best course to bring newer disc golfers out to. The extremely tight woods and somewhat longer hole lengths are going to prove a bit frustrating at times. I'd recommend Jones Park for the up-and-comer to figure out disc flights on a more forgiving course a bit before hitting up Shaver.
Other Thoughts: It is a bit sad to hear all of the problems associated with garbage - I used to frequent Shaver back in 2004-2005 and it was almost always empty with very little garbage. Hopefully those new trash cans a previous reviewer mentioned will help with the litter problem.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Multiuse park: playground equipment, basketball court, sand volleyball court on site. Bathrooms available when "in-season". New pro shop just next to entrance of the park.
Great, creative tee sign posts, which look like they were made from old wooden poles or logs with cutouts for the hole info which was detailed very nicely with maps. Natural benches and logs around the park to relax on. Several trash receptacles throughout.
Very wooded course for the most part, a few holes that are open, but definitely a wooded course. The trees were so dense on most of the course, that there wasn't much heavy thick overgrowth to swallow your discs. Those same trees also made most of the course shady, which is nice on hot humid days.
Lots of elevation which was utilized quite well through the park, many times leaving the pins just above drop offs adding to the pucker factor. Many blind pins, some due to elevation, some to the dense woods and brush.
A few holes play over a creek, but you can see the bottom of it, so you shouldn't have any issues retrieving discs if you land in it.
Great variations of holes not only in length, but also in dominate hand. You will need to be able to throw left to right AND right to left to get some good scores here.
Cons: Small parking lot. I wasn't aware I'd be throwing @ my vehicle on hole 18, just remember to park on the other side of the restrooms.
Only one navigationflow issue, being on hole 15, having to walk back through a third of the fairway to get to tee on 16. It's manageable, just wanted to note it.
Still saw an excess of trash throughout. Even though many people have invested lots of voluntary time into updating and maintaining park, some people still don't care and can't wait a hole or two to deposit their beer cans and bottles.
Other Thoughts: Course updated!! I recently played in a tourney here, and the layout and a few holes have changed. These changes have added to the challenge. They took a few holes and combined them, and added a couple more.
Most of the holes have many trees in the fairway, as well as the rough. You're gonna hit a tree or five, trust me. Just know that going in and you'll be fine. You're going to be using your putters and midrange discs a lot, again, the wooded holes are technical enough that you will need to toss mid way for a descent lie, and throw again to get pars, but there are a few lines through the trees if you're brave enough and willing to take a chance on playing from a ricocheted throw.
The enjoyment factor was very high for me. I really like the challenge this course brought, and the changes and updates only made them tougher. With that and the addition of a DG shop next to the course, I've changed my rating from 3.5 to 4.0. Great job to all that helped make the course what it is.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - emphasis on controlled, precise shots through difficult tree lines favors finesse players. a good technical course
- dense tree cover keeps most of the course cool during hot sun. also makes wind a near non-factor
- usually not very crowded (especially before 4 or 5).
- basket placements in relation to teepads provides a mix of holes that favor both orthodox throwers and southpaws
- teepads and baskets in good shape
- new garbage cans recently added, so 80% of the holes now have receptacles which should cut down on the litter
- always new lanes to discover, every time i play i end up with a look i've never had before. some of the holes give you a front door/back door approach option off the teepad, others are obviously intended for a nice big turn or a floaty glide through a clearing. a solid mix.
- lots of discs stuck in trees around baskets for you to collect and/or return
- serves the purpose of the local "woody" course in the cedar rapids area
- have yet to have a negative experience with another player i've met on the course, including stolen discs, basic etiquette breaches, and that sort of thing. that is, except for litterbugs.
- easy to navigate, both due to layout design and from pathways being made from people walking and eroding away dirt. was built by the same guys that build the great eastern iowa course Wildcat Bluff
- located in north eastern cedar rapids, very easy to get to from the city or interstate
- as of late fall of 2010, the course is undergoing changes including 2 new holes and 3 new placements
Cons: - foliage thick around fairways, squirrly throws usually have to be bushwhacked for. nettle and poison ivy patches create what i guess you could call "bunkers" near some greens
- lots of litter around teepads, mostly empty beer cans, despite garbage cans on most holes, plus things written with marker on some signs (not to the point where they aren't readable though) and vandalized benches/garbage cans
- a few holes are pretty much no fly zones all around the tee thanks to slews of both mature and young trees
- hole 13 has a sewage drain right in the middle of it, and sections of the fairway are almost always mucky almost every time i go
- the teepad on the seventh hole is on a very noticeable upward slope
- there is parking in the back at hole 15, but i see broken glass back there sometimes from people's windows getting broken out. probably better off parking up front near the entrance, but dont park too far from the bathrooms on that side of the lot: shanks from the 18th hole will nail your car
Other Thoughts: this course is currently undergoing some big changes and will soon be even more challenging to the player. litter is being cut down on, two
navigation: after hole 4, take a right and walk down the road. you will see the fifth tee to your right. the sixth is down the hill to the left of the basket for hole 5. after hole five, walk back across the road and you will see the path leading up to the seventh hole. after hole 15, the 16th hole is located down the hill to the right of the 15th, almost running parallel. every other hole should be easy to find for first timers, as paths have been walked into the forest.
oh yeah, and bring bug spray. i consider this somewhat of my "home course" as i play here most every day regardless of weather. if any dgcr members happen to be in the area and are interesting in playing the course/just having a casual round, i'd be more than happy to come out and shoot with you.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A Texan in Iowa.
Pros: It was a fun course, met up with two guys in the parking lot and they let me play with them. A third friend of theirs showed up and played as well. Sorry to the Iowa boys that I crushed, but it was great game!
- Beautiful course, huge elms, great green areas.
- Nice mix of elevation changes
- Nice variation on shot selection
- I can't remember what hole it was but the short hole where you play from the edge of the road to a little hill island and it's sloped on either side is quite a dandy, parked it right on the back side of the basket without it rolling down.
Enjoyed it, will play again next time I'm in Iowa.
Cons: - Trash overflowing in places.
- Very thick 'rough' off the fairways
- Can kind of get lost when you have to cross back across the road to move to the other holes.
- It was a sunny day when I went but had been rainy recently, kind of muddy but that is not a con, however, some fairways were not clear and could use some cleaning up, mowing, brush and leave collection as well.
Other Thoughts: Upgrades:
- Add trash cans every 3 holes or so.
- Clean park (possibly the local Disc Golf club can sponsor an event/tournament to do this)
- Very wooded possibly clearing some of the trees out or stripping them down from 6 feet to the ground to make it easier to see through the woods.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Not really a fan
Pros: *Nice wooded setting in a hilly forest
*Mostly private setting, dedicated to DG
*Close to downtown cedar rapids
*Variety of shots needed & good use of elevation
Cons: *Course is trashed. Like random beer bottles & cans EVERYWHERE -- around the teepad, in the fairway, in the shule where your tree-richocheted shot lands
*People have had a really heavy impact on the land ... i don't know if its the soil, the traffic or that the course has been around a while, but most of the fairways are pure dirt & erosion looks like a big issue on most of the holes that are on hills
*Most of the holes have fairway trees. several are so bad you may as well just throw and hope, b/c 70% chance you're going to hit a tree. no viable lines on many holes -- as in there is more luck than skill
*not fun to play - the luck factors gets frustrating (and boring)
*short; no multishot holes
*some of the teepads suck -- concrete aimed away from the hole & slanting at an angle up in the air
Other Thoughts: This was the least favorite of the 6 courses I played on a recent trip through IL & IA....and i generally like (and play well on) wooded courses. The place really was trashed as the other reviews have noted, both with litter and impact on the land (fragile soil?). I found most of the holes to be frustrating as they had no clear valid fairways. good shots would richochet off trees; bad shots would end up parked -- no risk/reward, high luck factor
I met some locals @ wildcat bluff after playing this who said that shaver was an acquired taste. i could see some appeal, but seems more like the setting than the course.
Why play this when you are only 25 minutes from wildcat bluff?
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Technical with distance. Shade over most holes in the summer. Easy to navigate.
Cons: Few garbage cans.
Other Thoughts: Technical and very wooded. Risk/Reward course. Find the right line and you can do well. A lot of elevation change.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Definitely makes you work at the shots. Not an easy course, so you have to try alot harder.
Cons: Lots of trees. The leaves make it really bad in the fall, use a BRIGHT disk for playing, even if it's not the best disk for the shot.
Other Thoughts: I learned to play on this course, so I'm partial. I've played all the other courses in the CR/Marion/North Liberty/Coralville area though and I always come back. It's definitely my favorite -- but I like a challenge.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
good for C.R. courses
Pros: A park that is pretty much just for disc golf now. Heavily wooded throughout the course. Line shaping abilities are needed here. As a more exerienced player, I enjoyed the technical requirements that this course has, a beginner won't. Large teesigns on most holes. Large cement teepads are big, flat and level. Baskets are in great shape with a couple of new ones throughout. Recent changes include new holes which actually add a fair amount of elevation to them, especially hole 7 that drops about 80 feet or more. Park is secluded so you don't have to worry about other park users.
Cons: Navigation is continues to be a big issue. Very confusing layout after some of the new holes are added. As is stands of 08/13/2012 the signs are messed up and you can easily get lost. However based on the recent improvements to this course, I can see this being changed as well, and hope. Next tee signs on the ground near the baskets would be of big help here. Trash is definately an issue as well. All the trash cans were overfilled and random beer bottles/cans throughout the course. Benches and teesigns are marked throughout as well.
Other Thoughts: This is definately the best course in Cedar Rapids area. Heavily wooded and hilly courses are my favorite and this is just that. The new holes really work well and are much fun to play. A few new benches and teepads are signs that this course is in the state of improvement. Unfortunately I don't live close by to play this on a regualr basis, but always look forward to coming back to Cedar Rapids to play this course. Will update this review in the future as this continues to transform into a better course. Update: lanscaping continues to improve, and the new holes are being broken in. The locals are working hard on this course. Still waiting to see all new signs and navigation aids though.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I love this course. I learned at this course and it rules. It's tough, but nice shots are real nice here. You can almost always find at least one good line through the trees. It's the definition of a risk/reward course. The fall is a tough time to play it though, I lost my first disc of the year there this week in an open fairway just cause of the leaves.
Cons: Some people aren't very good about carrying their trash out but that's about it. Some people complain about the parking and that the park closes in the fall but there is a back entrance that is always open.
Other Thoughts: I've played this course at least a hundred times and its a blast, if like courses in the woods you've gotta check it out.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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