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Lake Mills, IA

Oakwood Park

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knobby325
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Experience: 9 years 326 played 248 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Quick 9 around a packed park

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

Pros:

-Baskets good
-Full map at each tee
-Quick play

Cons:

-Natural tees (a couple of wood toe kicks remain)
-Lots of hazards with other park activities
-Minimal elevation
-#6/#7 fairways cross
-Strange transitions

Other Thoughts:

Oakwood Park hosts a reasonable DGC in the southern part of Lake Mills, IA. A busy park that is located just south of the local school. There is a pool, playground, sand volleyball, basketball courts, skate park, baseball field, and even a small concrete stage all in the city park. #3 has the playground in the middle. #4 has the sand volleyball court in its path. #5, #6 and #7 play in an open field, but anything going on at the stage would fill that up. #8 tees just behind the fence for home plate on the baseball field with the basket being out in dead center. Either a layup around the fence or a good up and over is required here (I went up and over) #9 shoots along the back of the baseball diamond, although no obstacles are in play. #8 and #9 are unavailable during games. I was lucky to have only the playground in use on my round, but I imagine on a busy weekend, play could be iffy. I still enjoyed my round here, but it's not a destination. I'm not sure what could be changed to address the hazards, just watch out for other activities. A course to get some play on if you lived in the area, but I probably won't play here again.
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iblanchard
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Experience: 21.1 years 244 played 28 reviews
2.00 star(s)

short course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 21, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

Good maps at the holes that also tell distance and where the next hole is.
Holes were in good shape.
Easy to follow.

Cons:

Grass tees
Very short course (hole 1 is considered a par 2)
It wasnt a problem because I went early enough in the morning, but I think some holes would be unplayable if the park was busy.
Not a fan of hole 8 which requires you to throw over a 10 foot fence that is about 10 yards from the tee.
8 had a unreadible damaged sign and 9's map was missing

Other Thoughts:

This would be a great course for a beginner who hasnt developed distance yet.
It would also be good for an advanced player who wanted to work on their midrange.
I think they made the best out of this small park.
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Martin Dewgarita
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Experience: 14.6 years 1600 played 95 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Decent quick 9 holes 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 22, 2010 Played the course:once

Pros:

Variety. For a pitch and putt course, there was a reasonable amount of trees and other objects (like a water tower or a fence) strategically placed throughout the course to provide an adequate challenge, the most interesting of which was a 10 foot fence immediately in front of 8 tee.

Signage. A map of the entire course and of the particular hole is provided at the start of each hole making navigation relatively straightforward. It took me a few moments to find hole 3 basket (just to the left of the water park entrance) and hole 4 tee (across the parking lot from the water park) and hole 8 tee (back across the entrance road for the water park).

Well maintained. Very clean park, well mowed and well kept, makes it impossible to lose a disc and is a relatively nice looking park.

Ace Runs. Nearly every hole has an ace opportunity and at least a chance to birdie.

Nice Baskets and level tee areas.

Amenities. Bathrooms and a large parking area at the beginning, with plenty of shade to park in. A water park is available for a quick swim after you work up a sweat through the round.

Not crowded. I had the entire course to myself, and don't foresee this course gathering huge crowds.

Cons:

Short. Hole 8 provided the only length to the course at ~350', every other hole was quite short.

Though the course had a decent variety in shots, the majority of the holes were open (4-7 and 9).

Hole 3. I skipped this hole because it plays directly through the entrance area for the water park, there was people going in and out constantly, along with a pile of bicycles, I wasn't about to hit a kid, this is a ridiculous layout for this hole when the water park is open.

Hole 8, I rather enjoyed the challenge but could be considered gimmicky with a 10 foot fence immediately in front of the tee box (this fences off the ball park, if anybody was playing ball there, holes 8 and 9 would have to be skipped).

Holes 4-7 are criss crossed through a wide open field providing minimal variety, and a close quarters number of holes, if there were many others playing it could get dangerous.

Other Thoughts:

A decent pitch and putt course, worth the stop if you're in the area, I wouldn't go out of the way for this course.
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