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Northwood, IA

Northwood DGC

2.425(based on 6 reviews)
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knobby325
Gold level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 9 years 326 played 248 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Not what I expected

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

Pros:

-Concrete Pads, mostly
-Baskets OK
-Nice Park

Cons:

-Road in play on many holes
-Holes 7-12 in mostly unplayable marshy area
-Strange routing in areas
-Bathroom building in middle of #18 fairway
-Signage mostly faded

Other Thoughts:

Northwood DGC plays in Swensrud and Hurd Parks on the western edge of Northwood, IA. From a look at the attached pictures, it appears that this was a 9 hole course increased to 18. Frankly, it should have stayed the 9. The original holes are OK. The road is in play, a baseball field is in play, the river could even be in play (slightly). The added holes are mostly a mess. A new #2 was added, it's OK. The current 7-12 (all added) are in a marshy area. This was mostly unplayable on my round. There are wood pallets down some of the "fairways" to walk along showing that this is a normal to be wet. The new #17 and #18 are a strange configuration at the end of the run with a restroom building in the middle of the #18 fairway. Roads are in play on #1, #2, #3, #14, #15, #16, #17 and #18. Looks like the original 9 would have played #1, #3, #4, #5, #6, #13, #14, #15, #16. Honestly, revert to this or something similar. With 6 holes unplayable at times and the strange ending of #17 and #18, this would be better as a 9 or 10 (the added #2 was OK, but road in play). Fix the signage, too, for an added rating. I was disappointed in the effort, and after seeing the pics of the the original 9, would have liked it much better that way. Lovely parks with the river winding through and a couple of cool bridges, but would only recommend playing the 9 (or 10). I probably won't play again.
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owenrae
Experience: 144 played 8 reviews
2.50 star(s)

flat flat flat 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 7, 2015 Played the course:once

Pros:

Concrete tee pads.

Cons:

A couple holes throw around or near a baseball field, playground equipment and picnic areas. While I played the course a truck parked within 10 feet on the far side of hole 17, Another truck parked right in the path of the 18th fairway (truck was hit).

Other Thoughts:

This course is very flat. Multiple holes in the woods are very tight with lots of brush right off the fairway. I'm not really a fan of totally flat courses and I was not impressed with this one. It is good for what it is but I wouldn't travel far to play it again.
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bils247
Experience: 11 years 54 played 11 reviews
3.00 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 1, 2013 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

In a nicely kept city park
Not much for park traffic most days
Secluded from town
A nice variety of shots are required

Cons:

Navigation in the wooded area can be tricky
No latitudinal changes to speak of
Some shots require throwing near people or autos

Other Thoughts:

I will be back to play again soon, right in my buddies back yard......worth a stop if you are in the area.
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DjKilliQuik
Experience: 22 years 57 played 17 reviews
3.00 star(s)

hometown course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 16, 2012 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

I have a soft spot for this course since its my hometown course. A couple of my buddies and i helped design the first 9 hole course. I like most of the new 9 holes. Especially holes 7 and 10 im still close with the guys who remodled it and the grass is growing in nicely on those holes. A very nice park with a lot of stuff to do. The disc golf course fits in very nicely here

Cons:

I would have given this course a lot better rating. But living down by des moines i get to play a lot of world class courses so this course is good not great. Very flat. A lot of the holes are pretty short. The shell rock has been known to eat up a lot of discs. I know cement tee pads are the way next year i think. Im spoiled by cement pads and the dirt - grass tee pads can be kind of annoying especially after it rains. Because there is a lot of stuff down there. It can get kind of crouded with civilians. Might have to skip some holes because cars are parked right in front of tee pads. Hole 8 is annoying as well needs to be reworked a bit

Other Thoughts:

Mark, alan, mitchell and others that have helped with the renovations. You have done a great job making this course one of the best in the area.
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Martin Dewgarita
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 14.6 years 1600 played 95 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Technical Fun 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Jan 14, 2011 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Amenities. Located in a park with playground, horseshoe pits, picnic shelter, a Pool/Waterslide is on the grounds, bathrooms and baseball fields, and a large parking area.

Baskets. All 18 holes had Chainstar baskets, all of them were in good shape, no alternate pin positions, though many local tournaments utilize several safari holes.

Signage. Marked with a plastic 4x4 post with a map of the hole, distance, next tee, and hole #.

Technical Variety. The course starts out (1-4) with relatively open holes with well placed mature trees, requiring relatively easy lines. Then the course dives into the woods (5-12) for several short (150'-250') tightly wooded technical holes that require accuracy and some simple line shaping. Then it finishes off with a few more relatively open holes (13-18).

Cons:

Only one set of tees, natural tees are rough in several spots, this course could benefit from something more stable.

Navigation. Relatively intuitive, but easy to get turned around, even after playing it a couple of times. After hole 4, walk past the baseball fields upstream to the bridge, hole 5 tee is behind hole 14 tee in the woods across the river. Hole 7 is back out into the open area, but remember the tee immediately to the right of 6 basket as that's 8 tee. After hole 14, cross the bridge.

Short. Holes top out at maybe 350' (just a guess), there could be room for some longer holes.

Use of water. The course plays along the beautiful Shellrock River, but it never really comes into play (A shanked shot on hole 1 would be about the only concern), I would have liked to see some holes play across or nearer to the river as an added challenge.

Many of the holes are brand new and could use a bit of brushing to clear stumps and undergrowth.

Other Thoughts:

A beautiful, fun, short, challenging course, definitely worth a play if you're in the area.
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xharkx
Experience: 15.2 years 13 played 5 reviews
1.00 star(s)

Northwood DGC review. 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 4, 2010 Played the course:once

Pros:

It has nice baskets. A few different ways to get into the park.

Cons:

First off I am pretty sure this park has suffered extensive flood damage, so I am not going to harp on it for that.

I found it very hard to find holes. Walk from 1 basket to 2 is around 100 yards with no sign or arrow pointing you in the right direction. This becomes an ongoing problem throughout the course. We couldn't even find hole number 8? Maybe it got taken away in a flood?

Teepads are ankle breakers. I threw from the sides of them.

Other Thoughts:

This course has potential, however it REALLY needs some arrows at the end of holes telling you which way to walk. Or maybe a course map on the first hole so you can see which ways to go.
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