3 Helpful / 4 Not
Best in the area!
Pros: Great mixture of all types of shots: short, wooded-finesse shots, long wooded, long and short opens, wooded elevation, open elevation... good risk/reward shots. This course will test your skills
Cons: Some heavy foliage provides a harsh hazard on some holes. No water near play
Other Thoughts: If you're in the North Liberty/Iowa City area, your top three choices for courses are this one, Turkey Creek, and Peninsula Park; this one is the best!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Mixture of partially open and wooded holes
Pros: A good mixture of partially open and wooded holes. Has a good amount of elevation changes and a healthy amount of variety of shots that make this course one of the better ones in the area. Well mowed fairways, teepads, benches, and flows well.
Cons: Could use a few longer holes and more significant elevation.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great Course with a lot of great holes...18 is one of the best finishing holes around. You can even take a dip in the res after your round.
Cons: A little muddy..but with all this rain...where isn't
Other Thoughts: Keep it up..This course gets better and better every time I play it!
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Course Looked Awesome
Pros: Good mix of elevation, open, and wooded holes
Cons: When muddy, can be slippery.
Other Thoughts: Just played this course for Weekend at the Rez tournament put on by Titan Disc Golf. The course looked amazing. The course was groom very well. USACE is responsible for for maintaining this course and does a pretty darn good job. Thanks Titan, Thanks USACE
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Another great course on the reservoir. Nice tee's. Some have landscaping blocks around many of the tee areas, to make sure the tee pads are nice and level. Signs were helpful. Course looks to be very well maintained, open fairways mowed nicely. Multiple pin placements available. I saw several other players and small group, but nothing that would hold up play. Nice variation of holes to keep it fair and reward you for good throws; ones that you will need to be played perfect to get a par, many that you have a chance for a birdie with a well placed throw, and several that if you get off the fairways, you will struggle to come back for a bogey. Wooded holes had nice tight fairways. Even on the open holes, it wasn't just a straight grip and rip, there are enough fully grow trees that you still had to have a good throw and pay attention to your lies. Elevation present, but nothing extreme, nice rolling hills. Plenty of benches through out to rest on.
Cons: Not a lot of bad here, so I am being really, really picky, most of it more just noting not really a Con. Can get some flooding around hole 3. I didn't see any standing water but 90% of the hole was mostly drying mud. Even though I commented on the tee's and areas around them above in the Pro's, some of the tee pads were covered with mud from runoff and erosion, though probably not an issue most of the time. Some of the tee signs were on the side of the tee pad towards the front, some were on side towards the back, and some straight behind tee pad. Not a big deal and it takes nothing away from play or course enjoyment, just worth noting as I thought it was unusual for their locations to be so random.
Other Thoughts: Several really nice holes that were a joy to play. 1 isn't as easy as it looks, as long as you can throw nice and level. 10 was my favorite. Looks like an open hole, yet the basket is tucked just inside the wooded area. If you get the distance and turn right, you'll be sitting great. 15 was interesting, as a right handed player with a weak forehand, throwing backhand on this hole, your disc fades with the hill, making your next shot difficult to get up the hill and around the tree. Don't take 16 for granted, unless you brought extra discs. Overall, I enjoyed playing course, and the beauty of the area is amazing. With so many great things to say, game play/fun was not as high for me as some other courses I have visited in the area, thus reflected in the rating. Again, there were some nice holes, but not many that just kept the excitment or wow factor all the way through. Though out of the way for most, it is well worth the trip and players will not be disappointed. Plan on playing Sugar Bottom and Turkey Creek for an amazing day of DG!!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Never busy, it is fairly far off of the beaten path, so not many people ever play this course. There are a variety of holes which keeps it interesting.
Cons: As, I said before, it's pretty far off of the beaten path. It is about a 20-30 minute drive from Iowa City. Thick woods around some of the holes can come into play and could make finding errant throws almost impossible. Some of the baskets are pretty banged up and need to be replaced.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is probably my favorite course in the Iowa City area. If you don't mind a little bit of a drive, you will be rewarded by not having to wait at all during play.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Two Thumbs Up
Pros: Technical course, with a nice use of elevation. Multiple pin locations, and cement tee pads. In the long position this course is tough and will challenge you. In the shorts it is still no walk in the park, though a couple ace runs exist.
Cons: It can get a bit wet after rains, hole 3 will occasionally flood. Some erosion around a few pins, but the local club is continually improving the course condition. Parking lot is in adjacent to hole 18.
Other Thoughts: It can get spontaneously busy when those beautiful summer days arrive. The club takes good care of the local courses.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course, quick to play
Pros: *Easy to find, close to Iowa City
*Course is easy to navigate with very good signage; most holes/routes visible off tee
*Quick play - i got in 2 rounds in 3 hours
*Very well maintained course - valid fairways are cut through the woods
*In a beautiful wooded setting next to a resevoir with a swimming beach .... i had no idea iowa had hilly areas with trees; reminiscent of north georgia hill country
*Very fun to play
*Holes have valid routes; good distances that are challenging but fair
*Multiple pin placements
*Cement pads; benches on many holes
Cons: *Par 3 recreational course, except for the long position on 18
*Gets really busy in the evening - not a con if you are looking for someone to play with though
*hole #3 floods. When I played, it was a super hard position (right) over water until 15' before the basket because of flood waters .... i parked it with a favorite roc, but chickened out on playing it in round 2
Other Thoughts: Great, fun to play course, one of the best I played on a recent trip through IL, IA & MO....surprised it isn't rated higher. Really nice setting is icing on the cake -- swimming within walking distance of the course, camping not much further, and Iowa City only 10 minutes away
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice mixture that rewards precision
Pros: Well kept course in a Corps of Engineers park alongside Coralville Lake. Numerous pin positions give the course a lot of different looks and can alter your strategy right from the teebox. Very challenging for its short length due to the dense foliage and elevation changes. A good mix of holes, and good transition with regards to elevation and foliage. You don't get all of something at once. Hole #16 is particularly bedazzling, (or aggrivating if you get off in the shule). Unlike its sister course Turkey Creek to the south, this one isn't as overcrowded with locals and casuals, so it is better suited for serious players and people who don't like to wait.
Cons: The shule can be unforgiving if you get into it. Baskets on the wooded holes and sometimes on 14 and 15 in the late afternoon can be hard to spot as they tend to blend in to the scenery. Some old school baskets have been retrofitted with an extra set of chains and catch a bit differently. The usual pitfalls of woodsy courses, poison ivy here and there, lots of mosquitos and other insects. Definitely bring bug spray.
Other Thoughts: Probably my favorite course in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids corridor. Sugar Bottom is almost twenty years old and has kept up well with the times. There's a couple of big arm holes here, but for the most part, control is what is going to net you a good score. Might be a little bit more than some casual players can handle with all the elevation and tons of places to lose a disc. Definitely worth the stop and pairs up well with Turkey Creek or one of the Cedar Rapids courses if you have time to play two.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: Great signs that marked the current basket location and direction to the next tee. Hole 18 is the highlight of the course. Great course for a beginner.
Cons: Lots of Poison Ivy. Some holes had some baskets that were a little sub-par. Some very bland holes with a couple of exceptions.
Other Thoughts: Use a spotter on some of the more wooded holes to save time.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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