North Liberty, IA
Sugar Bottom Rec. Area Share
Uploaded By: scarpfish Hole #16 (Taken 6/2009)
3 / 327ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #16 Tee: Big trouble off the fairway in both directions



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excellent variety

5+    9/23/2012   10/24/2012
Review By: IHearChains
Played: 113  Reviewed: 17
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a very well-balanced course, in almost all respects. Densely wooded and scattered trees. Some short some long. Left, right, and straight holes. Uphill, downhill, and flat. Great variety.

Most holes, other than #10, have two or three basket positions and they are frequently moved. Only one set of tees, except for 14 which has a recently installed rubber pad for a long tee. There is OB road which is a factor on holes 17 and 18. A small creek (usually almost dry) can come into play on a couple of holes, and several holes have fairly thick rough so sometimes there is a reasonable penalty for going off the fairways. There are two legit par 4s (14 from the long tee and 18 in the two long basket positions) and two that might be borderline par 4 (9 and 16 in long positions) but its not hard to get 3s on these so some probably would consider them tweeners.

The disc golf area is segregated from the other park uses (which include hiking trails, a beach, a campground and a top-notch mountain biking trail network). Except for league nights or summer weekend afternoons, the course is not heavily used. Great location to get away from the daily stressors.

There is drinking water and bathrooms near hole 1, but they are seasonal.
Cons: The road into the course closes during winter. It's possible to hike in during the winter but round trip that adds a couple mile to your walking.

The quality of some baskets is suspect. Hole 3 is frequently wet when the reservoir is high, and sometimes closed due to flooding. Hole 2 has the most horrendous poison ivy patch (behind and left of basket) I have ever seen.

There are a few short holes that are heavily worn and need redesign IMO, but they are locked in by surrounding holes and a neighboring mountain bike trail, so I doubt much can be done about that.
Other Thoughts: Given the location near a network of coves of a big reservoir, it is regrettable that some of that land could not be used to create some more dramatic OB water hazards, but the water level is always changing and there are other park users in those areas so it is not really feasible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Sugar Bottom Rec. Area

1    6/15/2012   6/20/2012
Review By: jwetter
Played: 44  Reviewed: 30
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Well maintained park
-Good tees and baskets
-Easy to follow, the signage is good.
-Good variety of holes in and out of the woods
-Benches on almost every hole
-Multiple pin locations
-Quite challenging, especially 18
Cons: -Seemed like there were a lot of throws that cut hard to the right, but that may have had to do with the pin locations on the day that we played.
Other Thoughts: This park is worth the trip out there. I very much enjoyed it and would go play again!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Good Not Great

5+    4/14/2012   4/17/2012
Review By: HamNThemGoinHam
Played: 9  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 14.6 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well maintained with concrete pads and maps with alternate pin locations. Nice variety of wooded and open/hilly holes.
Cons: Some of the open holes seem to lack challenge in not only shot shape but length. Some holes have been known to flood in the past rendering them unplayable.
Other Thoughts: All around a nice course that can present a challenge but isn't too much for beginners at all.
Also there's something I like about courses ending with an extra long hole like 18 at Sugar Bottom, don't know what it is though...

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Nice recreational course

1    3/24/2012   4/16/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 747  Reviewed: 747  Exp: 12.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a disc golf exclusive area of a larger park. The course is nicely maintained, with benches, nice concrete tees, adequate signs and some nice landscaping work done around several of the tees. The course plays through a mix of grassy areas with mature trees and heavier woods. The open holes offer some longer shots including the 700'+ finishing shot, and has a few shots using some decent elevation changes to add some challenge.

The wooded holes have a nice variety of lines, with a decent balance of left and right turning holes. The rough is thick enough that errant shots are punished, with pitch outs as the best option in some areas. Multiple pin placements throughout the course seem like they would keep the course feeling fresh, they offer some different lines to hit and increase the replayability of the course. Navigation is pretty straightforward.
Cons: Several of the holes in the open play pretty close to one another, with lots of potential for errant shots to end up on other fairways. Hole 18 plays along a few other holes, and going for big distance increases the chance of spraying drives off into other groups. The park style shots aren't all that challenging other than a couple longer holes, the lines are pretty straightforward. The wooded shots offer fun lines but are similar lengths and mostly call for putter and mid shots from better players.
Other Thoughts: Beginners might find the wood holes punitive, though the distances are reasonable. More experienced players won't find too much of a test here, but it's an enjoyable course with a few really enjoyable shots. This is a great course to learn some new disc golf skills for newer players, and for a quick stress-free round for skilled throwers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Beginner/Intermediate

1    3/25/2012   4/3/2012
Review By: notapro
Played: 386  Reviewed: 279  Exp: 10.7 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a gigantic rec area, but it seems like no other activities would interfere with the disc golf. The park road runs by a few holes, but that's about it.
- Holes are pretty much split between a forested area and an open area with mature trees, with a few in between. The tighter ones are the shortest, but there are some fun lines to be found. A couple good RHBH anhyzer shots, and enough trees to punish errant shots. Elevation changes can play a big role, with sloping greens and hazardous ditches.
- The holes out of the woods have more length, and more noticeable elevation changes. Mature trees do a good job to force line shaping. #7-#10 play down, up, up, and down the hillside, which adds to the enjoyment. #17 is fun downhill/valley shot, and #18 is a true bomber hole; gently sloping downhill with a LONG pin placement around 700'.
- Some of the better holes are semi-wooded; clear fairways with big trouble. #3, #14, and #15 have rough on both sides of the fairway, with some shorter trees to get around. Good par 3's; definitely deucable but not too easy. #4 is longer, but more clear, #16 has a blind basket next to the woods.
- Good signage, teepads, and baskets. Flow can be a little weird, but there are signs to help.
Cons: - Layout here is a little cramped in some spots, especially in the open. Many holes play near or next to each other, it is definitely a good idea to keep an eye out for stray discs at all times.
- A lot of shorter holes here, especially in the woods. 6 of the holes are under 220', and aren't terribly tight. The longer holes are the most open as well, with a few exceptions.
- Holes out in the open are cut-and-dry, still enjoyable, but not too exciting.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, the course has good variety with the open and wooded holes. Enough elevation changes, and different lines, to keep the holes interesting from start to finish. Some tricky pin placements and places with nasty rough to provide some more challenge as well. Good course for beginners and experienced players alike, advanced players will be able to cruise through.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Best in the area!

1    3/11/2012   3/12/2012
Review By: Iowa420DG
Played: 120  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 3.1 Years
3 Helpful / 2 Not
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 5 people found this review helpful.

 Mixture of partially open and wooded holes

5+    9/7/2011   9/7/2011
Review By: wadeG
Played: 50  Reviewed: 9
1 Helpful / 9 Not
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.

 Fun

1    6/26/2011   6/29/2011
Review By: pdgamember
Played: 5  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10.1 Years
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.

  Course Looked Awesome

5+    6/26/2011   6/26/2011
Review By: titansnow
Played: 48  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 14.9 Years
0 Helpful / 8 Not
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.

 Nice course

1    8/14/2010   9/13/2010
Review By: lazy42
Played: 40  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 4.8 Years
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.

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