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.
Two Thumbs Up
0 Helpful / 5 Not
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 / 9 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 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Iowa City Advanced course
Pros: Awesome 18 hole course the goes in and out of the woods and was very well planned. Great parking facilities and a nice porta-potty right on the grounds after you park. Hilly and nice all around. May be a little long for more social players (bringing girls along) but a great course otherwise. Signage good and proximity to a reservoir make this course one of the best. The 18th is a special one - let 'em boom to try and get close in 3 for a nice birdie on the way out.
Cons: Again, a little long for the girls and for novices.
Other Thoughts: Outstanding course - Turkey Creek is closer to IC and more social, but this makes for a better sober choice if you're playing with bros competitively.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Fun course with a pretty good layout. Definitely tests your ability to throw straight on a fair bit of holes. Hole 18 is one that you want to empty your bag on just because it is fun to launch some booming drives.
Cons: Baskets are suspect. That's about it.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth a play if you are in the IC/CR area.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
This course has it all. Awesome!
Pros: A very beautiful piece of land that this course is on. Drive through the park and park by the beach. Hole one is right there. Kiosik with information on it. All aspects of your game will be tested here for sure! Great mix of holes! Open long holes to very tight, heavily wooded holes. Sharp doglegs left and right. Elvation is significant on this course to add to the challenge. Every hole is very unique from the one before. Each hole I come to I smile at the beauty of the great design but quickly have to contemplate just what shot to use. Forehand, backhand, hyzer, anhyzer, overhead, rollers, you name it, you need to pull that throw out of your arsenal. Hole 10 is my favorite, throw a nice hyzer way up over the trees and hope it tucks in to the heavily gaurded basket in the woods. In the fall the scenery is beautiful.
Cons: Can have some trash around, though there are trash cans on many of the holes.Mosquitos are an issue in the summer months as well as flooding from the res. Bring the bug spray. Watch out for the weeds, they can hide your disc and make your skin pay if you run into any ivy. Course is right next to the lake and flooding issues can foce closure of the park at times.
Other Thoughts: The course I learned on. One of my favorites in the area. Certianly enjoy the challenge and fun of playing here. Very popular course with the more experienced players in the area. It can be very popular, especially in the fall and on the weekends, but it is that way for a reason. This is one of the best courses I have played! Without a doubt a must play if you are in the area.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: It has decent elevation changes, the right balance of distance, techical, and hole shots. The challenge is very balanced. It has great signs, tee boxes, and kept up well. It also has decent parking and facilities.
Cons: Hole 3 can be unplayable if flood waters are present.
Other Thoughts: I consider this the best course I've played.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Watch out for high water
Pros: Nice length and you need to use all your shots. The holes in the woods are open enough that you need some skills and not just dumb luck to get through.
Cons: When the water is hign some of the holes are unplayable.
Other Thoughts: Lots of wildlife.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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