Pella, IA

Roberts Creek State Park

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2.175(based on 6 reviews)
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knobby325
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Experience: 8.7 years 323 played 248 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Fading Away

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 30, 2022 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

-Baskets OK (see cons)
-Concrete pads
-Signage OK (one step above DGA Peel n Stick (TM))
-Mixture of open, technical

Cons:

-Basket #8 missing
-#5, #6 and #7 can be not playable or lots of water at times

Other Thoughts:

Robert's Creek State Park hosts a passable DGC along the north shore of Lake Red Rock near Pella, IA. The course was decent at one time, but lack of any upkeep has had it fall into missing pieces. The #8 basket, which at one time was just dug up and sitting along the trail and now is missing all together. The course is also subject to the rise and fall of Lake Red Rock. When the lake is high, #5 and #6 become unplayable, with #7 tee potentially being underwater. With even a medium rise, #6 becomes a hole with a water hazard in the middle. The rest of the course is OK, a mix of somewhat narrow trails through the trees and more open through a grassy meadow shots. Late season has some pretty tall rough along the edges of the latter. They do keep the fairways mowed, but other than that, really no upkeep. The signage near #1 seems to state this is the "front 9", not sure if plans even still exist for a "back 9", but there is space along the south of this campground loop or to the east. Honestly, I'd move it all to one of these areas to take out the flooding aspect and replace at least the #8 basket. OK to bag, OK to play if you're camping at the site, but otherwise, I'd skip this one. I'll probably not play again.
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northernfrolfer
Experience: 14.9 years 8 played 8 reviews
3.00 star(s)

tight fairways 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 12, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

-well maintained
-good baskets
-not too difficult but still is challenging

Cons:

-no exact parking lot
-got lost between 8 and 9 eventually found 9 but it would've been nice to have a sign to show you where you are going

Other Thoughts:

overall it is a nice course with a handful of holes that make you contemplate your shots. It allows you to play in a nicely secluded woods area before playing along the side of the river. Definitely, will play again when I come back down for the nationals.
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atomtan
Experience: 25.9 years 2 played 1 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Nothing to write home about 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 17, 2013 Played the course:once

Pros:

It's an excellent place to go if you're trying to work on tighter flight control of your discs.
It has a nice view for visitors to the area.
I would play this course to limber myself up at the beginning of the season.

Cons:

The only Con that sticks out for me are the ticks. Today I picked off 2 or 3 at every hole. They are not only in the rough but also along the fairways.
On a day like today I wouldn't have been comfortable wearing long pants and long sleeves. But doing so would be advised.

Other Thoughts:

The holes along the lake had some pretty surprising wind. The weeds make for a good wind break, but if your disc gets above them it will go on a pretty wild ride.
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holein1
Experience: 15.2 years 129 played 6 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Good course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 19, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

I like the concrete pads. The baskets are good. Signs are pretty good. The course flows well.

Cons:

It's not my favorite setting due to all the weeds; they get very thick during summer days. The pathways to the holes are very small. It was a little hard for me to find the course at first.

Other Thoughts:

It wasn't my favorite course. Maybe someone else will like it more than I did. If your close I suggest you go, its frisbee golf, I wouldn't suggest traveling long distances for this small 9 hole course.
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cydisc
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Experience: 27.8 years 257 played 84 reviews
2.00 star(s)

A new use for an old facility 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 25, 2008 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Newish baskets.
-Logical flow
-Descriptive signs
-concrete tees

Cons:

-A bit unimaginative layout
-Very tall rough along narrow fairways
-a single set of tees and baskets.

Other Thoughts:

The course is located at what appears to be an old beach area. There are old beachhouse/shower buildings set back from the old beach area that is now overgrown with weeds and grass. The course actually is carved out of the tall grass on the periphery of the waterfront area. The course ducks in and out of medium-to-large trees.

A single set of tees and permanent basket placements limit options for playing the course, or modifying for different types of players. It's not a championship caliber course to be sure, but it fills a need for courses in this part of the state. Unfortunately, the type of player it's geared toward, the recreational player, will likely be frustrated by having to continuously search for errant discs in the tall rough.
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Clue
Experience: 29.9 years 109 played 11 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Just Another 9 Holes 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 15, 2009 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Tees and signs are fine. It flows fine. Baskets are good. It plays alongside a nice little lake and is in a nice park. They've also beat back some of the brush that made a couple fairways a little too tight.

Cons:

There's nothing particularly wrong. It's relatively short and all par 3s. The rough alongside the holes is just that....rough, so you'll be punished for some misses.

Other Thoughts:

Completely unremarkable course. It's your classic small town 9-hole that somebody who clearly had no idea what they were doing designed.
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