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Coulter, IA

Firebird DGC

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wolfhaley
Diamond level trusted reviewer
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Experience: 20.1 years 1054 played 623 reviews
1.00 star(s)

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 10, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

Firebird DGC is located in a small, multiuse park just minutes off of 35. The course is a quick play if travelling that route.

The baskets here are Chainstars. These were all in solid shape and catch well. One pin position per hole.

There are concrete tee pads on most of the holes. It may have been all of them, it was hard to tell with some of the missing signs. Speaking of signs, they're 4x4's. Some of them have signs with the hole number on them.

There are trees in play on the majority of the holes (6 out of 9).

The course is free to play and would seem to never be too busy, with other golfers at least.


Cons:

The design here is pretty horrendous. Hole 5 has you throwing, literally at/over a play ground. Not only that, but there's a pavillion in play too. And a slide. I understand that it's probably not too busy here. Doesn't excuse this design though.

Hole 1 throws across the outfield of a ball diamond. This one I don't really have a problem with designwise. Basically makes the first 4 holes unplayable if it is being used though.

The flow is pretty wonky the first time playing. It would have taken much longer to decipher without using Udisc.

The lines have clearly grown in quite a bit since it was installed. If they were ever cleared in the first place. Some crapshoot, poke and hope lines exist on certain holes. Holes 5,7 and 9 come to mind.


Other Thoughts:

This course is not good. It's too small and congested of a park to jam 9 baskets in. That's literally what was done here. This was the 3rd of 4 nine hole courses I played driving down to Des Moines on 35. This one was the worst of the four I'd have to say.

It's a quick play if you happen to be passing through, There's lots of options along this stretch. You'd be wise to try elsewhere.
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knobby325
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Experience: 9 years 326 played 248 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Shine has left

Reviewed: Played on:May 13, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Concrete tees (see cons)
-Baskets OK
-Quiet city park, upkeep of park is good
-I fixed the map

Cons:

-Small tees
-Tee signage minimal (and missing on #3 and #5)
-Hazards on many holes with ball field, playground, sidewalks, and streets in play
-Looks like no one had done any upkeep on DG course in a while

Other Thoughts:

Firebird DGC plays in a small town park in the middle of Coulter, IA. The park covers 2 square blocks with the course utilizing most of this space. The new #1 shoots from just south of the gravel road that divides the park, this is at the west end. It shoots across the ball field, so it is in play. #2, #3 and #4 work around the outside of that block, so sidewalks and city streets are in play. #5 shoots across the playground, across the #7 fairway, and across more sidewalks. Really the only holes to not have sidewalks in play are #8 and #9 playing the SW corner, but close enough to the street to have it in play. Seems like this was a decent idea to start, but things have been added to force some changes. The old #7 had to be taken out with a new building in the way and the course changed (hence the new map). The playground looks new, so it probably wasn't in the way originally. Was quiet with the exception of two guys mowing when I played, but any park activity could be dangerous to work around. Better signs, better tees, a less dangerous configuration would all add to this course. This course is only a handful of miles off of I35, but really not worth the stop unless you're bagging. I will drive on by the next time I'm in the area.
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mrbro855
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 10.7 years 368 played 105 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Why not?? Actually, why?? 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 6, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

There was a course there...
Close to interstate 35.
Small town, easy to find.
Concrete tee pads. enough obstacles to make it interesting. Was easy to follow once you realized it didn't match the map.
Did I say "there was a course there."?

Cons:

Map didn't match actual course (see below). Course is jammed into a multi use city park and numerous holes are bound by the city streets. Was empty on my visit, but can see potential problems with people trying to enjoy the park for quiet while discs are flying around them. Someone really wanted a course in there desperately. Did I say there was a course there??

Other Thoughts:

Actual course did not match up to map. Started on #1 where the tee pad was designated on the map. There was a tee pad there, but no marker. Wound through the first 4 holes and found the marker to where #1 had been moved.
The "new" number #1 throws across the ballfield rather than along side it.
Love playing and finding new courses, but left feeling really unsatisfied after this one.
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iblanchard
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 21.1 years 244 played 28 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Something to do on your drive 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 10, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Its very close to I35
-Baskets are very nice with hole number labeled on it (Which is needed because two baskets are close to each other)
-Not busy
-Holes 5-9 have enough trees to keep you honest.
-quick play

Cons:

-If they still use the baseball and soccer fields, which almost looked abandoned, it would make the first 3 holes unplayable during a game.
-Hole 5 and 9 have potential buildings as obstacles
-Hole 4 you have to throw across the park driveway

Other Thoughts:

This is more of a "why not?" course. If your driving through and feel like stopping why not stop. You wont walk away impressed but you also wont walk away regretting it either.
*hole 5 can be a little deceiving. You can see 3 reasonable baskets for the shot. Go for the middle one just to the left of the building.
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mndiscg
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 16.1 years 483 played 478 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Small but alright 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 26, 2010 Played the course:once

Pros:

-small town so traffic is probably going to be minimal
-very close to i-35
-plenty of ace runs
-holes 4-9 are reasonably wooded and somewhat challenging
-Baskets are nice
-4-9 have decent signs with map, par, and distance
-4-9 also have nice tees
-Neat, clean and quiet park overall
-Parking lot and bathrooms in the middle

Cons:

-Small!
-First three holes are open and pretty short, 3 is probably over 300 ft tho
-Tornado damage at the time of this review
-4-9 holes criss cross and would be dangerous with multiple groups playing
-If baseball field or play equipment has people on it they will be in the way
-1-3 aren't marked well
-Lots of bugs when I went

Other Thoughts:

This course is playable, nothing too exciting but is also not going to be the worst disc golf experience of your life. I'm going to say it's worth a stop if you have plenty of time but if you're on a schedule pass it by and play others.
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Gflap
Silver level trusted reviewer
Experience: 20.9 years 423 played 33 reviews
1.00 star(s)

Watch out for the merry-go-round 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 21, 2009 Played the course:once

Pros:

Course is only 2 miles east of I 35. Has chainstar baskets. Concrete tee pads.

Cons:

1st 3 holes go around a little league ball field-all straight holes with no obstacles. # 4's fairway includes a merry-go-round and a gazebo. The tee box is incorporated on the basketball court as is tee # 7. One of my drives landed on top of pavilion. Bathrooms were locked.

Other Thoughts:

Best time to play this course is when noone is in the park, otherwise park goers will me moving obstacles. Drive 15 miles north to play Prairie DCG as it is worth the drive.
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emerrill86
Experience: 2 played 2 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Small Town Course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 13, 2008 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Very nice park. Well kept up. Quiet. Concrete pads for all holes. Most holes had numbers and signs (except first 3 holes). Small two-block course but tricky on last 7 holes.

Cons:

Had hard time finding the first hole (northeast corner of park. Pad is straight south of hole) No signs on first 3 holes. No biggies tho. Nice park.

Other Thoughts:

I suggest playing this course twice. First to find the holes and get in the rhythm, then second time to see how good you are.
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