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Stoughton, WI

Kiwanis of Stoughton DGC

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Hammer_Time_1977
Experience: 6 played 6 reviews
3.50 star(s)

nice little nine holer

Reviewed: Played on:Feb 22, 2024 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

*it's free!
*if the front of the course is busy, it's very quick and easy to walk over and start on 3 or 6
*LOTS of interesting hole shapes (more on this below). This is not a long course, but they pack in quite a bit of interest, variety and challenge for such a small course.

Cons:

*can get fairly muddy
*very little in the way of any elevation change (very very slight uphill on 1, slight downhill on 4, and that's it).
*signage could be a bit better, but if you use UDisc, it's pretty manageable your first time through, and after that, navigation is easy
*the walk from 9 back to 1 (I usually play twice through) is a bit long, but in the grand scheme of things this is not such a big deal

Other Thoughts:

As mentioned above, this course forces players to make shot shapes that are not necessarily all that common, and virtually every hole has some kind of obstacle tree that you have to avoid, a gap you need to hit, guardian trees to contend with, or a tunnel you have to throw down.

On 1 most players will probably opt to drive to the right of the island of trees that is about 200 feet from the tee. There is a path over to the left (on the gravel road) if you can huck it more like 275, but if you throw to the left and only get out like 200-250, you have a LOT of trees between you and the pin and very few viable paths. And then even if you do manage to drive to the right of the island, there are a LOT of guardian trees between you and the basket, so this hole can easily become a bogey (or worse) for a lot of players right off the bat.

2 and 7 both have trees less than 50 feet in front of the tee that make a birdie essentially impossible if you hit them (and sometimes even ending with a par is challenging). 9 is somewhat similar, but a little easier to hit. But if you manage to avoid them, your chances of getting a par are very good, and on 7 and 9 birdies are even relatively easy if you hit the gap just right.

3 has a bend to the left about 165 feet off the tee and if you go into the rough / woods (especially to the left), getting a par is quite difficult.

6 is somewhat similar to 3, except even more difficult to hit. There is a very extreme dogleg left about 235 feet off the and if you end up a bit short, there is a terrible mess of small trees between you and the pin which is extremely difficult to navigate through. Sometimes you can go up and over with a tomahawk or thumber, but even that line is often obstructed if you're in the thick of it. Players who cannot consistently drive at least 235 are probably going to want to almost plan on a bogey on this hole, because if can't get up to that gap (and hopefully at least partway down the little tunnel to the green), the odds of ending with a three go way down.

4 is the first "tunnel hole," although in reality it's not terribly narrow. If you can hyzer flip a midrange to go straight, or even do a gentle rightward bank, you'll have a decent shot at birdieing this hole. Whatever you throw, you need to keep it pretty straight because the fairway is only maybe 30 feet wide.

5 is another tunnel of sorts, about as wide as 4, but the trick with this one is you really want to try to end up landing toward the right at the end of the "tunnel" before there is a stand of trees that separates the main fairway from the green area. End up too far to the left and your options for getting it up to the basket for a three are fairly limited. But thankfully this is a par 4, so you may still have a chance to save par.

8 is the most tunnely of the three tunnels. It's about a 200 ft shot down a narrow tunnel (again, maybe like 25-30 feet wide) that also contains a few obstacle trees, and then a very sharp dogleg right. If you can get to the end of the tunnel and not end up in thick rough, getting it up to the pin for a birdie (this is a par 4) is actually pretty feasible.
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Treeguy
Experience: 1 played 1 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Newly “maintained” drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 1, 2023 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Same layout but fairways and basket circles have been really cleaned up. Not as tight but still very challenging. Much easier to find that throw gone wrong.
New practice basket and 4 alternate basket placements by mid October.
Fun 9 hole course if you like to shape shots.

Cons:

9 holes but alternate basket placements will help. A couple areas are still kinda thick for that bad throw disc find but no where near what it used to be prior to Oct 2023.

Other Thoughts:

Bran new old course. Looking forward to new practice basket and alternate basket placements.
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primedisc
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 12.1 years 33 played 20 reviews
3.00 star(s)

In a word: "tight" 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 18, 2020 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

- Concrete teepads, adequate signage
- Peaceful setting with lots of wildlife
- Challenging for a 9 hole
- Forces you to "set up" your shots and consider risk reward
- Good place to work on your tunnel shots
- Free
- Seems like it isn't usually very crowded.

Cons:

- This course is very, very tight on many holes. On most holes you need to hit a very specific line. That's not in and of itself a bad thing, but sometimes it feels like manufactured difficulty. And some of the hallways are ridiculously tight (especially in summer). On hole 9 for example, you can stand in the middle of the fairway with your arms outstretched and pretty much be touching both sides of the rough.
- There is some nasty thick rough if you don't hit your very specific line on a couple holes. There's definitely spots to lose a disc here.
- There were garbage cans at some holes but they were overflowing - haven't been emptied in a while.
- Some navigation issues, despite being a small course. Particularly going from hole 8 to teepad 9. Could use some signage there.
- Doesn't play in a loop and yes, there's a slight walk to/from the parking area. This is not a con to me, as I play disc golf as a way to get exercise in addition to having fun, so a <1/4 mile walk back from hole 9 is not a big deal but it is worth mentioning as it may be to some.

Other Thoughts:

I played this course twice in a row on a summer Saturday afternoon and there wasn't another disc golfer on the course the entire time (it was pretty hot, but still). Despite it being only a 9 holer, there is some real challenge here. This course is definitely accuracy > length. Sometimes that can be frustrating. The general consensus in this area is "play everything as a 3", especially if it's less than 300 ft like these holes, but there are two par 4s here that I would suggest playing as such. When you do that, it really forces you to actually play golf so to speak, instead of just chucking at the pin. Hole 8 for example, is one of those par 4s. As the crow flies (or maybe as the disc flies), it should be reachable for most players. The layout however, is a tight tunnel shot for approx. 250 ft before a sharp right turn for the last 40 feet or so to a guarded basket. It's almost impossible to 2 it, but it can be 3'd if you hit your lines. That's the fun of this course and where it is unique to other 9 holers. Dane County is really lacking in good 9 hole courses, and this is probably the best one I've played in the area. If it were less of a drive from the isthmus, I'd probably play it more. That's not to say it doesn't have some significant flaws, but it's a nice change from the other local courses and a good opportunity to improve your game (and get away from the crowds). It's probably better in the fall or winter than summer too. It's a solid 9 holer I would play again.
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VictorB
Experience: 18.8 years 95 played 14 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Good 9 hole course 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 9, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

Nice concrete teepads and signage was easy to read, and helped make the course easy to navigate the first time around. Holes weren't particularly long but most had a challenging technical aspect to them - hit a gap or shape a shot to get in range. Not the most difficult wooded course I've seen but it still demands that you stay in the fairway or you'll have a tough scramble. Pretty decent layout considering the small strip of land they had to use down in some marshlands.

For a small 9 hole course, there were plenty of places to sit and some basic amenities (porta potty, trash/recycling cans) which was nice to see. Overall the park seems well taken care of.

Cons:

9 holes without multiple pin placements or tees is a small knock. There's just not enough room for more tees, but some holes could use some clearing and could add different tees. I played it in early spring, so bugs weren't a problem, but could see it being a pretty significant issue in the summer months.

Hole 8 in particular has a very odd shape to it, short but straight fairway in the woods with a >90 degree right turn at the end. Not enough room to shape a good FH or BH shot down there to get a decent look at the basket. Makes the hole feel like it has a level of manufactured difficulty that the rest of the course doesn't have.

The parking lot is incredibly small, maybe fits 10 cars, and there is no signage for the course at all. Google maps took me farther up the street and I almost didn't play it because I didn't know if I was going to be able to find it. The walk from 9s basket to the parking lot is fairly long, but not awful by any means. Just make sure to wait on throwers since the holes cross the path 3 times.

Other Thoughts:

I enjoyed this course quite a bit for a basic 9 hole. Will likely play here a good amount in the winter, when all the other main parks are closed. Offers a much different look than Yahara Hills winter course, and the drive is about the same to me.

There seems to be quite a bit of land at this park that isn't utilized, and they could likely expand to 18 fairly easily - even if it leaves a long walk back to the disguised parking area.
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Stardoggy
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Premium Member
Experience: 12.9 years 1010 played 214 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Fun little spin...once you find it. 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 22, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

9 hole course set back along a walking trail in Stoughton, WI.

Chainstar baskets, all mounted well, and in good repair. One position per hole. Several of the placements were in nicely tucked spots, and helped quite a bit with the difficulty factor.

Concrete tees, one per hole. These were very nice, long, and grippy. Well done. Don't pay any mind to the pictures on the site; they are definitely concrete now. One tee per hole.

The course isn't long (longest hole is 335'), but it's quite technical. Nearly every shot has some sort of tree barrier, and several are rather tight tunnel type shots. Some nice forced lines, which are rewarding 2's when played well.

Decent tee signs, with all the information you'd need. Navigation was a breeze, once you find the course. More on that below.

Cons:

This course isn't very easy to find if you don't know where you're going. If you use the nav coordinates on the site, it'll have you driving up and down the adjacent (sort of) street. Where you actually need to be is a parking lot at the end of Amundson Rd., but unfortunately, it barely looks like a parking lot. There is no real sign of a course nearby. Park, head down the trail, and don't freak when it takes a while. You'll get there.

Some potential safety hazards with a walking trail/dog area nearby, but if you're aware of your surroundings, it shouldn't be a problem.

No elevation here whatsoever.

There are some spots that hold water here, especially holes 4 and 5. Hole 5 actually has a long raised walkway to get past it.

Other Thoughts:

While this isn't the most difficult course in the area, it's a pretty darn fun little spin. I wouldn't go out of my way to play it again, but I'm glad I was able to get here. If you're in the area, you can definitely do worse than a couple rounds here.
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Spike Hyzer 23
Experience: 30.9 years 92 played 88 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Nice 9 Hole Track 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Apr 11, 2015 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Densely wooded and full of highly technical shots and deceiving distances for what appears to be a short course. It's not the very best of the local 9 hole courses--simply because some have recently been installed that are outrageously challenging--but it's a nice place to visit early in the season when everything else is closed in the Madison area. It is vastly under rated by those who have caused the average to be near 2.5
The holes themselves are interesting and a technical challenge and you can play 3 in an hour because there is little walking between holes.

Cons:

It's absolutely flat and it's a bit too near to the hiking trail that people use for nature walks. There is a great deal of unexplored land that could be used to create 18 holes with a possible redesign of the existing holes.
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ElementZ
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 15.2 years 212 played 200 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Nice round to get away. 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 18, 2015 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

It was so wonderful to come out of hibernation and start the new season in Stoughton. After a long, cold winter, it felt great to throw!

Stoughton's a fun, quick round. Even though the holes are all relatively short, the birdies are not a given. Every hole has a challenge that makes getting the 2 difficult and rewarding.

My favorite thing about playing here in spring is that even though there is dense woods/plants which is probably unbearable in fall and summer, it was super easy to find my discs in the rough.

Another big plus is that it's free and is maintained pretty well. It was fairly clean and the equipment was in good shape. It's a typical course by most metrics.

Cons:

I didn't like that the course goes in, out, in, out, etc... for all nine holes and the last hole is quite a walk away from the first. It makes playing multiple rounds pretty annoying. That being said, it would have been tricky to design it such that 9 ends by 1 given the land.

The holes did seem a little repetitive. There was no "air it out" hole or signature "wow" hole.

Other Thoughts:

Stoughton was my first "new course" of the year. It was a fun one to play to get the blood pumping and to get totally re-hooked on the game.

While I don't think I'll come back, it was fun to check this one off the list and to have fun throwing.

Additionally, there's a fun path that's about 1.5 miles long that my girlfriend walked while I was playing that was a pretty nice bonus.
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GageWhite23
Experience: 11.2 years 30 played 5 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Stoughton Kiwanis Disc Golf Course Review 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 21, 2015 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Very fun Course to play a couple of rounds at. They are currently working on construction to put 18 holes into the course and will mostly likely be ready by the 2016 season. Course is a very tough course to play at with very narrow fairways and tee boxes going into and out of the dense woods. The course usually stays pretty well maintained with a walking path going through it. If you like dogleg bends then this is the course for you with this course having multiple holes with a dogleg bend in them.Very hard course but if you can play good at this course you can play good at about any course.

Cons:

Course takes a very long time to dry out after a rainfall with the course almost being like a bowl. The woods can also be a challenge in the fact of how dense they are. The course could really be improved if some of the trees got cleared out but other than that the course is a fun course to play at.

Other Thoughts:

If you are playing in the summer or when it is very humid out bring your bug spray to keep the bugs off of you with the course just being yards from the Yahara River. another huge tip that people usually dont think about but bring your Bright Colored disc! They will make it easier to see if the disc goes off of the course into the woods. Thanks for reading!
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wolfhaley
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 20.2 years 1068 played 641 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Brutal rough but pretty solid 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 9, 2014 Played the course:once

Pros:

The course is set up in a pretty nice little quiet park. A walking trail is the only thing that can potentially come into play. This isn't really an issue without an absolutely terrible shot though. The baskets are chainstars. These are all in great shape and catch nicely. The tee pads are rubber mats. These are better than nothing for the most part. The signs have a basic hole diagram, hole #, par and distance. The flow of the course is pretty easy to follow, once you find the first hole. They have a bunch of wood chips laid down throughout the course to help keep things from getting too swampy. There are some tough lines to hit on a number of holes, and the rough is pretty nasty so you really want to stay on the fairway. They have a number of trash cans and benches throughout too.

Cons:

The rough is pretty imposing here. If you end up off the fairway you'll likely be searching for awhile. Using a spotter is recommended if possible. Rubber mats can get pretty slick if they get dirt on them causing a slipping hazard. A few are kind of breaking apart in spots too. The bugs can get really nasty too. Nothing unusual, just bring bug spray. There's a long walk to hole 1 and an even longer walk back to the parking lot.

Other Thoughts:

Nothing too amazing here, but it is a fun little 9 if you're nearby. There are better courses in Madtown if you're around here like Hiestand or Elver. This is better then most city park nines though.
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murphy0105
Experience: 14 years 10 played 5 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Great Spring Course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Feb 23, 2014 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Techical holes and tunnel shots a few longer holes but for the most part a shorter course. It's open year round so that's nice too.

Cons:

Heavily wooded and lots of water/mud. Lots of critters in the spring and early summer including Snakes and Ground bees. Also a walking path through several holes.

Other Thoughts:

Because this is one of the only year-round courses around I play mostly out of shear desperation. It does hone the more technical skills prior to the good courses opening which is why i give it a good rating.
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puttlikeablowfly
Experience: 24 years 139 played 17 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Stough-ton of fun 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 9, 2013 Played the course:once

Pros:

+ Nice tee signs and frequent benches
+ Chainstars are in good shape.
+ Rubber tee pads in generally good shape ... a few lumpy spots
+ For nine holes in a relatively small area, there is decent variety of hole lengths (175-335)
+ Nice mix of lefty and righty-friendly shots
+ Quite a few tunnel shots where accuracy is at a premium. Poor shots will be punished.
+ Every hole has either a tight tee shot or entrance to the green, or both. No holes are completely wide open.
+ Many tee shots are blind (good for those who like the challenge)
+ On the longer holes, those not going for it still have to make an accurate layup to have a clean second shot at the basket
+ Boardwalk to help avoid the soggy spots on #5
+ Some opportunities for interesting safari holes ... could make some par 4s or even 5s in and out of the woods.

Cons:

- Pretty flat course
- Woods are pretty thick, and I imagine the rough would be punishing with full foliage
- Many tee shots are blind, and some holes are close together. Could be some safety issues, but I don't imagine this course is frequently crowded.
- Not sure what I think of hole #6. Even a well-executed shot to the right leaves almost no shot at a deuce. Best bet to go at the basket just seems to be throwing high and crashing it into the tree above and behind the basket, and hope it falls down.
- A couple of the tee signs were too close to the tee pads. #9 was bad, especially for this LHBH who needs to hug the left side of the tee to have a reasonable line. I was worried about whacking my hand on the follow through. Although, looking at the pictures, that tee pad may have been moved after the sign was installed.
- Only single tee pads and basket locations per hole, except for a shorter tee on #5.

Other Thoughts:

I don't know why it took me so long to play this course, being so close to Madison. I had fun and will definitely be back. I'll be interested to see how it looks with full foliage. Unless you have to search for a disc, it is a quick nine.
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Jukeshoe
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 14.8 years 316 played 268 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Good Beginner/Casual/Putter-Only Course 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 29, 2012 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

- Located in a small densely-wooded suburban park, KSDGC starts in a grassy open area and then wends in and out of the thick woods. Most holes require throwing either from the woods out into the open, or from the open into the woods. Several fairly tight gaps require some precision while remaining largely accessible to beginners due to the relatively short hole lengths.
- A decent balance between straight-, right, and left, although only two holes actually require anhyzer shots.
- A couple of nice wooded greens add a nice touch.
- Accessible. Great for beginners, one disc rounds, or a quick play. Offers a taste of some wooded technicality and punishment while remaining fairly easy for all levels of play.
- Great signage, and good rubber mats at each tee. Solid baskets and an intuitive flow make this course feel well executed.

Cons:

- Most of the holes are the same sort of thing. Flat, in and out of the woods. Nothing wrong with that, and the designers certainly did a good job of executing it all, but still pretty repetitive.
- Little variety in hole length adds to the repetition.

Other Thoughts:

- Certainly worth a quick play if in the area, and a valuable option for entry level or casual players. Also a prime candidate for stroller golf, for any with little ones.
- Native prairie areas add some interesting natural elements while doubling as OB areas.
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CapnInsanoMJF
Experience: 13.2 years 31 played 2 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Hidden Gem 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Sep 16, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

Very challenging. Fun place to try some trick shots.
Foliage isn't too thick, easy to find your discs.
9 holes that use the landscape as best as possible.

Cons:

Pedestrian traffic, can be annoying, but it's really not bad at all.
Bugs. Bring bug spray.
Hidden, kind of hard to find, but definatly worth it!

Other Thoughts:

I loved this course. The holes were short, but challenging, and they command a lot of control from your drives. Tees and signs are very nice, and the course was well manicured. I was on a road trip to play courses in Madison, and I used this course as a warm up before going to Elver Park. I will definatly do it again.
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notapro
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 20.9 years 570 played 284 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Beginner/Intermediate 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 25, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

- Course is set right by a nature trail, with some open prairie area and some dense forest. There is a walking path on the prairie side, which looked to be pretty busy. Pedestrian conflict a definite possibility.
- Biggest pro at the course is the forested shots. Almost every single shot involves shooting into, out of, or through some thick, rough woods with tricky lines. There are multiple blind shots into the woods with sharp hyzers once inside, a few tunnel shots that end up finishing right, and some extremely tight windows to hit throughout. Shot placement is very, very important, as well as shaping lines. Good variety overall. These woods also provide for some tough basket placements, guarded by trees or other foliage. Tall grass outside of the forest for even more challenge. Blind shots all over at this course.
- Some slight elevation changes here - in general, shots into the woods are slightly downhill, and those coming out are slightly uphill. Definitely noticeable on a few holes, for some fun and difficulty.
- Rock base on basket #4 is a cool feature. Seems like somebody cared about this course, both from the design and little things like that.
- Good variety in hole length, with three over 300'. There wasn't that much room to work with here, it seems, but they managed to get a few longer ones.
- Great signage, good teepads and baskets. Navigation pretty easy, one spot in the woods is a little tricky.

Cons:

- There is definitely a lack of space at this course. A lot of the fairways are very close to each other; with some blind baskets, discs could be flying all over here. This also results in some pretty short holes; overall it is not a long course by any means.
- Layout is a little odd here, it's a bit of a walk to tee #1, then you zig-zag away from the parking lot, so the walk from #9 back to the parking lot is even longer. Just another side effect of the tight spaces.

Other Thoughts:

- Well, as much as this course lacks length, it makes up for it in difficulty. Some of those shots into the forest are extremely tight, with curved finishes, and the shots in the forest are tunnels. Even the shots out of the forest require some aim off the tee and placement to avoid the tall grass outside. You will want to try for the deuce on every hole, but a bad shot can easily make saving par a real challenge.
- Great course for beginners to learn the fundamentals of staying in the fairway, and even for more experienced players to work on line shaping and accuracy. But, if you aren't a fan of tough approach shots, this probably won't be super exciting.
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mashnut
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 22.3 years 831 played 777 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Some nice shots 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 7, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

The course plays on a narrow strip of land that's partially wooded and partially open. Most of the holes either play from the open into a wooded tunnel, or tee off inside the woods to a mostly open pin placement. This makes for a nice variety of shots, and the rough is thick enough that you'll pay for missing your line.

There is some distance variety with a couple holes most players will at least pull out a fairway driver on. You'll need some different shots to score well here, with left and right turning holes of various shapes keeping things interesting. There are good tee signs with hole number and distance with a map of the hole, and the course flow is pretty easy to follow.

Cons:

There's a pretty long walk to the first tee, and the course plays away from the parking area for an even longer walk back (and a walk even to get back to the first tee if you want to play another round). The walking path is in play on a few holes, a potential safety issue if it gets much use. The rubber tees are lumpy and falling apart.

Other Thoughts:

The course has some fun shots, but it isn't all that challenging. It's short, so players with a reasonable skill set will have deuce opportunities if they can accurately shape lines. Newer players might find the rough a little thick on the more wooded holes, but overall it's not a bad place to learn with shorter but interesting shots.
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Tradisc
Experience: 16.1 years 37 played 4 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Great 9 hole 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 20, 2010 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Challenging
Great flow
Nice tunnel shots
Rubber tee pads (better than nothing)
Not very busy

Cons:

Long walk from parking lot to #1 and #9 back to parking lot.
Only 9 holes.
Can be wet at times dues to being right next to a lake/marsh.
Bugs.

Other Thoughts:

This is a really fun and challenging 9 hole that is worth the time if you are in the area.
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harr0140
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 15.5 years 1508 played 480 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Challenging little 9 holer 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 11, 2010 Played the course:once

Pros:

1) Course is set back down a walkpath so it isn't out in the open somewhere. Privacy on this course is nice because it is far enough from buildings and streets.

2) Nice Mach baskets with # plates facing the tees. Baskets also have some flags on top helping to find the basket on a few of the holes.

3) Nice tee signs with Hole #, distance and out of play areas marked. #4 tee sign even makes you aware of the osprey nest out on the telephone pole in the wetland area.

4) Benches on most or every hole is a nice touch despite this course never being crowded or slow I bet. Sometimes it is just nice to sit down and tabulate scores or take a quick rest.

5) Rubber teepads in pretty good condition. A little lumpy in spots and a couple of them are breaking apart, but they are some of the better rubber tees I have played on.

6) I like the touch of having #4 basket (a slightly downhill shot) a little higher and a pile of small cobbles at the base of the pole. I like this because it brings the wetland and Red Twigged Dogwood backdrop into play. It is a true risk reward becuase if you gun for the ace run you may end up with a tamahawk or thumber over the shrubs. Personally I will always lay up short to try and secure the birdie rather than gun for an ace, but the option is there on this hole.

7) There is a rain shelter and what appears to be a spot for a portopotty at the first tee which is nice. It does indicate on #1 tee a practice basket, but I did not see one, nor did I see a sleeve for one either.

8) Nice use of the wooded areas where you either shoot into a tunnel in the woods or out of a tunnel into the open. It was well designed and forces you to excute specific lines on many of the holes.

9) Nice variety of shot shaping, some hyzers, a couple annys, and a few straight away. One big s curve shot also on #5. There is an alternate tee on #5 also which really make the shot execution tough.

Cons:

1) Course might remain wet long into the spring because of how a couple of the holes were carved into wetland areas. It was wet in 2 spots (#5 fairway was nearly unwalkable without getting wet), and Hole #8 also had a pretty wet area around the basket and also up the last 50-100' of fairway.

2) Course length is pretty short. I cannot fault the course for it but I do prefer a little more distance on the courses. They did however apparently max out the distance on this course as they probably ran out of property.

3) #4 tee is in danger of an errant drive from #2. Beware!

4) Walk path cuts across two or three of the holes, but fortunately it is right in front of the tees so you will always know if someone is heading your way on the path. Just be patient and let them pass and then line up your shot. Not a big deal, but I always like to have courses that don't create artificial destractions.

5) #9 tee is actually partially on the walk path going through the woods. I think they could have designed this one a little better to create less confusion, and cause less disturbance for the DGers and the walkers.

Other Thoughts:

Take the walk path fromt he parking lot until you see tee sign #1. Follow the fenceline down the path and turn the corner and there it is.

I did enjoy this course because it used the woods very effectively to make the course a challenge. I played well to shoot a -2 and a -1, but 4's would be very easy to do on a handful of the holes if you do not hit your gaps and clip a tree or two and shoot into the tough thick rough. It didn't seem to have that much rough when I played, but in season I bet the rough can be brutal and force you to just throw back to the fairway too.
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MooTaters
Experience: 14.9 years 7 played 4 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Good this time of year I guess 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Mar 13, 2010 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

It's a fun 9 hole course with some tight fairways. If it's late winter/early spring this is the only course open in the greater Madison area. If you need some practice on accuracy the wooded holes should help, but luckily it goes in and out so it's not all narrow fairway. Last time I went hole 9 had an interesting branch in the way that made it a pretty fun hole to throw.

Cons:

The narrow fairways can be bothersome especially the hole(can't remember which) where there's a tree dead center in the way. The fence on the right on hole 6 can eat up some griplock so be careful. There's no way around it so if you throw a disc behind it you'll have to climb it.

If they keep leaving it open year around, they are likely going to end up with some bad erosion problems. Though I think some of the flooding on certain holes will keep enough people away during the winter thaw.

Other Thoughts:

As of the time that I wrote this review this course was the only one close enough that was actually open. I still would have rather had a worse shot on hole 1 if it meant I wouldn't have fallen almost face first into the snow. Not just any snow, it was more of a layer of ice crystals that really hurt(luckily my hands caught my fall). And the rock in my way did bruise my shin.

It's not a bad course, it is fun to play and worth going to, but not worth going out of your way to play it.
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Kinnison
Experience: 4 played 1 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Local review 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 9, 2009 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

It is a short course, best for locals. Not many long holes. Has some very nice signage, benches, and regularly placed trash receptacles. Fairways are well maintained. Very quiet area near the Yahara river, very easy to listen for bird calls. Only worries are usually hikers, bikers, and maybe dog walkers along the east path on the course. Very friendly locals

Cons:

Being near a river, and in some marshland, some of the holes can be quite muddy after a rain, or when the water table is high. Almost guaranteed to get your feet wet on hole 6. Very narrow course when in the woods, with sharp narrow doglegs before getting into putting range. Long walk from hole 9 to hole 1.

Other Thoughts:

I wouldn't travel out of the way to play here, best part is that it is often ready very early in the season when you have an itch to play after a long winter, or live in the area and want to get int a quick 9
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andyman
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 18.2 years 159 played 16 reviews
2.50 star(s)

A trip to Stoughton 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Apr 18, 2009 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Tee pads had rubber mats placed on top of them. This was definitely an upgrade from the dirt tee pads that were there.

Nice signs at each tee that showed hole distance, map of hole, and location of next tee.

Fairways were very well kept.

There was a bench at each tee location as well as multiple trash cans located throughout the course.

Even though hole length is shorter, most holes offer challenges. Trees have been strategically left in the middle of the fairway to create a challenge.

Cons:

This course has only one pin location and tee pad on each hole, with the exception of a dual tee on hole 5.

When playing this course, my driver stayed in the bag on most holes. There were no holes that I needed to use a distance driver.

Other Thoughts:

It was dry when I played, I do not know if the rubber mats would be slippery when they are wet.

There was a practice basket there a few years ago when I first played this course, but it seems to be missing now.

Walking trails located in park as well.

After parking, walk 1/4 mile down path to first tee. 9th hole location is on the other end of the park. Follow walking path to get back to first tee/parking lot.
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