Land of the Prairie Dogs
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Schaefer DGC plays across some open, dusty land next to an athletic complex that features some very nice sports fields and an ice arena. The course is short for the most part, but features some nice concrete pads and baskets that catch well and haven't been vandalized. Nearly every hole is an ace run, but a frequent crosswind provides the occasional bit of excitement. Beginners will find this a fine layout to learn accuracy, while still providing the forgiveness of an open space.
Prairie dogs overrun the course space and provide a bit of entertainment throughout your round. Watching them scamper to and fro is good for a laugh at the very least.
Cons: Prairie dogs are fun to watch, but their holes can be a hazard if you're not paying attention. Watch your step. Other safety concerns include baskets way too close to pads (Holes 3 & 7) and frequent hyzers into the parking lot lining Hole 1. Expect to hear a lot of heads up calls when it's busy.
Vandalism runs rampant here, as most tee signs are destroyed or heavily tagged. Trash can be frequently found at teepads, and players like to stuff cans and bottles into prairie dog holes.
In the afternoons the course is overrun with one disc wonders and mob golf. Expect delays and watch out for off target throws.
The course design is severely limited by the space, but still isn't very thrilling. Every hole is a straight ahead point and shoot, with about half the baskets semi-protected by an obstacle. Even when you have time to play the routing more than twice, you probably won't want to, as it gets old pretty quick.
Other Thoughts: I played Schaefer because it was very close to my hotel and a good way to kill time before and after work. One could argue that it would be a good course for beginners, but Schaefer introduces them more to the common problems with DG (safety issues, vandalism, poor design) than the golf itself. Unless the location is convenient, this course is probably worth skipping.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
a.k.a The Prairie Dog Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 9 hole course with excellent concrete tees and good baskets. A decent place to take somebody for their very first time as the holes aren't too long and are mostly wide open.
It is a good course for beginners or a quick round, easy to find discs with little chance to lose them.
Maybe the best thing about this course was that there were prairie dogs everywhere. I realize these things are probably considered pests, but for somebody who had never seen one in person, it was kind of neat to see these things running around everywhere!
Cons: Not all that challenging, very flat, not many obstacles. Tee signs were just wood posts that looked worn and old, some were missing, making it a little confusing as to which tee was what. (#6 tee was over by the fence to the right of #5 basket. #9 tee was down to walking path way to the left almost hidden just past some landscaping.)
Not aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Mostly dirt brown land with dead trees used to make artificial obstacles rather than green grass and live trees. (in contrast the parking lot is shared with a beautiful green soccer field and the most manicured little league baseball stadium I have ever seen.)
Other Thoughts: Even for beginners, this course seems uninteresting, especially after you play a time or two you will want to start playing elsewhere. I only played here because it was close to the Steady Ed designed Ken Caryl course which is more of what a beginner course should be.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good for first time players and putting practice.
Cons: Growing popularity with the younger crowd, they play in groups of 10. Trash gets left all around and there's several trash cans on course.
Just a barren field with baskets
Go elsewhere if you have the option.
Other Thoughts: I basically live across the street so I play here more than I would like, but it's nice to work on new shots and putting practice.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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