Potential 4 star course!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course starts out with some nice holes. 1 is a deuce or die scenario, 2 has an elevated basket reminiscent of Turkey Hill (MD) or Winthrop. Hole 3 was a wooded tunnel shot. Then the excitement slows down.
Some elevation changes, back 9 more wooded than front 9 and the excitement begins to build again.
good variety of shots. Hole 17 was a fun ending hole.
Another 18 hole course on site with lots of other activities for non-disc golfers
Cons: Hole 18 had 2 pins with in 30 feet of the parking lot or road. Very bad location.
My biggest problem was multiple pin positions with no idea where you were throwing. No indicator on tee signs.
EDIT: I have been told there is a bolt system to denote pin position. I wish I would have noticed it.
Long walk from 7 to 8. 600+ feet it wouldn't be so bad if you didn't walk directly down #3 fairway. It takes 2 1/2 minutes to walk it.
Other Thoughts: If I remove hole 18 and only review the first 17 holes this course would easily be a 4+
(I have raised the review based on the new information about the bolt system that I somehow missed)
My family loved the area. The fossil gorge, parks, and other recreation would have kept them busy enough were I could have played Sugar Bottom if I was not under a time constriction.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Challenging yet Fun
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very well maintained, everything was marked decent. Great use of terrain to give a nice mixture of open and wooded shots. Some good elevation changes. Really enjoyed some of the tight wooded shots. Was able to get through 18 in just under an hour.
Cons: I really do not have any cons, really enjoyed the course
Other Thoughts: Look forward to coming back and playing again.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Some great land for disc golf, and for the most part it is dedicated to disc golf.
- Great signage, the same as over at Sugar Bottom.
- Good concrete tee pads.
- Multiple pin placements for each hole, indicated by a bolt in the tee sign.
- Good variation in lengths, depending on the pin placement.
- Some good elevation on the course, mainly on a few holes in the back nine.
- #3 is the first wooded hole, and boy is it a doozy. Fantastic lines, and two main pin placements, one across a little gulley, and the other sort of at the top of it.
- #5 has a great window to be hit about 150 feet off of the tee, where it opens up to a variety of pin placements out in the open. The last times I've played it has definitely been more overgrown that when I've played in years past.
- #10 is the signature hole for me, great downhill hole on the spine of a little ridge. A few pin placements here, the best being on a little putting green of grass, often illuminated by some stray sun beams peeking through. Fantastic.
- #13 is a shorter, but very difficult straight-away wooded hole. Only a few lines to be had, and if you miss and go right, you will be rolling down a 30 foot bank to small drainage creek below, with plenty of growth to lose a disc in.
- #17 is another memorable over a small gulley. Not particularly hard, but certainly scenic. Decent log steps and stairs in place, although some have certainly deteriorated over time.
Cons: - Sometimes very busy, as it is a pretty popular course.
- Navigation can be a minor issue, but it is mostly not a problem.
- Some graffiti, trash, and beer cans around some of the holes, as it attracts a lot of college-aged players.
- Definitely buggy any time that I've played it in the spring to early summer.
- #1 and #2 are fine opening holes, but they're just that. Open.
- Not too many penalties for bad shots, other than coming up short by hitting trees. #13 is really the lone exception
Other Thoughts: - This course is a fantastic challenge for rec and intermediate players, while still being worthwhile for more experienced players.
- The front nine is more open, while the back is in general more wooded.
- Wonderful complement to Sugar Bottom, nearby, definitely worth playing as part of a day of disc golf.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Solid course. Lots of different types of shots. It has a very nice use of the terrain around the camp grounds. Liked holes 3, 10, and 13. Especially hole 10 from the alternate placement. The wooded holes were all pretty awesome. Had fun playing this course. Nicely kept. Bathrooms and water fountain were key.
Cons: There was a few holes that kind of impeaded on other holes. The tee pads were pretty much in other fairways. Also hole 18 was too close to the parking area pretty easy to hit someones car.
Pros: -Good tees and baskets
-well maintained park
-Good variety of different throws in the woods and open
-Good variety of short and long holes
-Good use of change in elevation
Cons: -Park was packed the day we went
-holes 10 and 11 were closed because discs were hurting the trees
-The walk between holes 7 and 8 was very long and kind of confusing (we had to ask for help)
-On holes 2 and 18 the basket was raised up and it made putting on those holes a little weird, however, this does add a little variety so not all bad.
Other Thoughts: Worth the play if you are in the area!
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a park that has some hilly woods in the middle. Seems like a very busy place, with some park benches here and there. Could definitely see the need to wait on park-goers.
- About half of the holes here are set in the middle part of the park, which contains lots of trees and some good elevation changes. #3 is a little valley shot, #5 is uphill with a tight right turn at the end, #7 is a nice, long RHBH anny line that slopes slight left. #10, #11, #13-#17 are in the denser woods, with fairways smattered with trees and dangerous rollaways on one or both sides of the fairway. Missing the trees is important to keep from ending up in trouble.
- Holes outside of the woods are more clear, with individual trees to worry about. Nothing too troublesome. #1 has a bit of a low ceiling off the tee, #6 is a sharp blind hyzer, and #9 plays downhill. Each one has a little bit of character to stand out.
- As mentioned earlier, the decent elevation changes help to keep the course interesting. Some tough uphill shots in the woods, sloping fairways, and some dangerous greens. The elevated basket on #2 is a nice touch.
- Good baskets, signage, and pads. Layout is weird, you have to loop around the forest after #8. Not too bad. At least one pro tee; the rest are hidden or something!
Cons: - Front couple of holes, and #9, are jammed into a little space. Heads up at all times over here, seriously. #2 and #9 are almost overlapping.
- Holes out in the open don't have much in the way of hazards, any semi-accurate drive will be just fine to get a par.
- Forested holes have very similar lines, or at least a very similar feel. There are plenty of ways to get to the basket, you just have to avoid hitting the trees. A few obvious routes, but nothing is forced really.
Other Thoughts: - Course is a good mix of good forest holes, and decent holes out in the open. The elevation changes definitely help to add fun and challenge, and there are some longer holes mixed in as well. Hazardous areas add more difficulty as well, especially getting off the fairways in the woods. Still, better suited for beginner and intermediate players more than advanced ones.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Beware of the trees
Pros: Decent baskets and tee pads, lots of difficult and challenging shots, lots of fun, varied terrain, good exercise,
Cons: Lots of trees, a handful of holes are literally just throw and pray, impossible with all the skill in the world to be able to intentionally miss all the trees, you can get lucky but nobody is THAT good, but it also keeps and even playing field so could be considered a pro, can get muddy and crowded
Other Thoughts: pretty much THE place to play in the Iowa City area, very popular, fun place overall, great scenery and environment with the Lake being so close
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
fun and chalenging
Pros: good variation in holes (distance, cover/open, doglegs etc) easy to navigate.
Cons: back nine can be exhausting (hills) if you are not used to them. a few holes have elevation drop offs at the treeline which can lead to lost discs if you catch a bad anhyzer.
Other Thoughts: fun course! highly recommended. i regularly took my dog and could keep him off leash without problem (pretty sure it's not allowed though). good privacy, the layout of the course means that you and your group will feel like you have the whole place to your self.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Enjoyable, Fun Course
Pros: Relatively easy course. Open and short front nine, tight and short back nine. A good mixture of short and long holes. Easy to find course close to Iowa City.
Cons: Can be muddy after rain. Can also be very crowded by low-level players. Some rounds can take a very long time. Can be very muggy at times.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an enjoyable course. As long as it is uncrowded, you can have a quick, enjoyable round. Decent ace chances mixed with longer, more open holes. A must play in the Iowa City area.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very convenient location close to University of Iowa, most of the holes are fairly easy and almost all skills levels can feel comfortable playing there.
Cons: Almost always crowded, so if you don't like waiting you might want to go somewhere else or play at odd times. Some of the tees are old and cracked, #8 is too long, and #12 is way too short...I figured they would just compensate for that, I guess not. Also, some of the pin positions have never been changed, and erosion could be a problem in some spots.
Other Thoughts: I may be a little biased since I played this course almost exclusively for 4 years going to Iowa, but it is a classic easy college course in my mind, and I will always cherish it.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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