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Mason City, IA

East Park

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3.255(based on 2 reviews)
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knobby325
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Experience: 9 years 326 played 248 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Nice, but lots of water 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 16, 2020 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Concrete tees
-Decent variety of holes
-Good map (online)
-9 Hole Loop (Can play either 9 independently)
-Mostly plays around other park activities

Cons:

-Missing some tee signs (#1,2,7 at least)
-Long throws over water (especially the Winnebago River)[#10]
-Not many benches or trash cans (may be more in summer)
-Pars are not realistic (all par 3?)

Other Thoughts:

East Park is a lovely course set in the north park of Mason City, IA. It plays around a large city park. Play is mostly away from other park activities. #5 plays across a stream near the basket, #7 plays across a pond, #9 plays across the stream again, #10 plays across the river. The pond and river shots are too long for novice players, recommend a drop at the other side. My discs took a drink on #5 and #9, but I was able to retrieve them. Some minor elevation changes, but mostly flat. Other than the water issues, a fine course for almost any skill level. The pars could due with being adjusted, all par 3s, whether 175' or 500'+. Would play again if in the area.
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Jtro
Experience: 19.1 years 8 played 4 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Family Fun 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 23, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

Tee's are nice length, but I start a little bit behind the pad for my run up.

There are a few stand out holes. I found hole 5 and 6 awesome in design. Hole 1 has a nice long turnover shot.

If you have a big arm this will be nice for you.

I like the water hazards and can navigate them easy enough. However a novice player needs to play safe. One hole plays across the Winnebago River and if I were new to the sport there is no way I would attempt it.

There are some bathrooms in this park.

In the summer this park gets busy, but the new course layout is much better so pedestrians are less of a factor. The other day someone was fishing on hole 7, so I skipped it. It's a park for everyone.

There are several parking lots so a player can start just about anywhere. I liked this and will use it in the future.

Big park with lots of other things to do, so make a day of it. Picnic tables, play grounds, shelters, tennis, basketball, fishing and biking.

Cons:

This should be fixed this season, but there are no signs at the moment. Course flow is good, but finding hole 7 was a challenge the first time there. When done with 6 head past the band shelter until you find the Tee.

On a really nice weekend the park fills up with pedestrians. One day on hole 5 i had to play it safe not to hit people siting on park benches. I don't mind, I walk around them.

Other Thoughts:

This course is really nice and want to thank the group that put the hard work into it. There is some challenge to it with some lengthy holes, but don't be intimidated by it.

If you are a rec player or new to the game, a couple holes may have to be modified at first. You need to be able to throw 200+ feet to get across the river. If you don't have that, then start across the river.
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