Tale of Two Halves
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a well kept course that plays by a lake for a few holes and the back 9 plays through a moderately wooded area.
There are both short and moderate length holes here and there were a few benches too.
There is water threat (a con for some) and the back 9 uses the trees to their fullest.
The tee pads are ample allowing for a good run up.
Other amenities here like pavilions and a playground, as well as the lake.
Cons: My main beef with this course was the long walks between some of the holes which slowed the flow of the game down a bit. The transition from 4's basket to 5's tee, 9's basket to 10's tee, and 15's basket to 16's tee were some that come to mind.
Some of the signage is starting to fade or has been vandalized.
Some players could lose a disc on the water holes(risk/reward for other players). And the wind could be a factor on the front 9 which will affect your throws.
Other Thoughts: This is still a pretty solid course. I liked the fact that there were a few water shots and a couple of holes where you had the opportunity to run the chains. The back nine is more my style with the trees and the technical shots that must be shaped. It appears that the back 9 gets more traffic than the front 9, at least this was the case when I played. I saw several players starting on 10 and finishing on 18 and repeating the cycle. Maybe they didn't want to lose a disc in the lake or maybe they just preferred the more tree lined holes?
My favorite hole here was #9. I liked the little creek that guarded the basket especially after the downhill shot from the tee.
If you are in the area this one is worth the play. There is a shot here for just about every player with every type of skill level.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Wind and water
Pros: The course is set in a nice park along Lake Hastings, and the scenery is pretty good, with some trails and bridges intersecting parts of the lake. The front half of the course plays pretty close to the lake in an area with some trees and bushes interspersed. The back half plays across the street through a rectangular section filled with mid-growth trees (I'm guessing 20-30 years old; point being the trees aren't super thick and have branches maybe 10 feet off the ground). These trees provide plenty obstacles to keep you honest, but you won't necessarily be punished for every bad shot.
There is not much rough on the course, other than along one edge of the back 9.
Tee signs are decent. They are just small plates on small posts but show the distance and basket location. I did not have a map, but navigation was not too difficult, especially on the back 9.
A couple holes had some fun design. I like #9's shot to an "island green" across a drainage creek (it's not really an island), and #10 calls for a good turnover shot with an approach to the basket nestled among some trees.
Cons: There are no alternate tees or pin positions here, so the way you play it is apparently the only way you can play it. I think they do put in some temporary positions for tournaments.
My major beef with the course was the way the holes along the water were designed. One hole (#3?) was just a 200 foot across a corner of the lake. Problem is, the hole plays to the northwest. In Nebraska, if there is any wind, it's almost always coming from the west, so there isn't necessarily an easy shot if it's windy. The next hole played along the shore and required a shot to stay in the 50-foot strip between the walking path and the water (again, facing northwest). This may not be a concern all the time, but when I played the wind was howling over 40mph. I lost a disc on hole 3 and didn't even throw from the tee on 4. This isn't the most rec-friendly course, although you'd be fine on most holes.
I can only recall two holes that had any elevation change. It's a pretty flat park.
Other Thoughts: The types of holes here are a little similar to Seymour in Omaha and Roper in Lincoln, but with less elevation and more water. It's worth a look if you're close by.
By the way, to get here you need to drive through a bunch of residential neighborhoods on North Shore Drive, so it's not obvious from the highway that you're heading toward a park.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Hastings Can Be Proud
Pros: This course was just ok for me. It is well maintained for sure. The holes on the front 9 are fairly straight with not a lot of trouble, with 3 exceptions. Hole 3 is over the lake and the pin is right next to the lake. Hole 4 is right along the lake and hole 9 has a 15' wide creek in a short distance in front of the pin. I realy liked #9. The backside has lots of trees and will give you a few ways to look at approaching the tee shot. The cement tee pads are nice and long and the baskets are in great shape. Not an overly busy park, which is always a plus!
Cons: There really wasn't too much wrong with this course, except the fun factor just just OK for me. Number 7 was missing its sign. No restrooms and hardly any trashcans. There was a message board there, but it did not have much information.
Other Thoughts: I suppose you will have to take my rating based mostly on the Fun Factor. It is a nice course, but it just didn't overly excite me. The terrain was so different between the front and backsides that it was like playing 2 different 9-hole courses. I actually enjoyed working the trees more on the backside. Hastings can be proud of their 18-hole course and it was in really nice shape the day I was there..
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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