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Tiffin, IA

Tiffin Timbers

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wolfhaley
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Experience: 20.1 years 1039 played 606 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 8, 2023 Played the course:once

Pros:

Tiffin Timbers is quite the course. Definitely a unique one, that's for sure. The course plays along the walking trails on thin little strip of land. Only three of the nine holes actually involve the path, those being holes 6, 8 and 9. The course features generous fairways on the more open holes. Hole 7 is a tricky right bending shot through the woods. Definitely the toughest hole on the course.

The tees are just grass. That being said all the tee areas were in great shape. Nothing rutted out or even worn down in the slightest. Nothing special, well nothing at all really, but these are fine for a course like this.

There are tee signs on every hole. Big, bright metal signs that have a nice looking hole map, hole # and distance. More than sufficient. These basically just serve as markers for the tee area since most of the baskets are visible from the tee. Nice looking signs though.

The course is flat, free to play and permanent. The park itself was well maintained and very clean. The course starts and ends pretty close to the parking area too.

Cons:

Let's be honest. These baskets are terrible. They're some heavy chained, homemade marksman style contraptions. They don't catch very good, but they do make you focus on striping the pole. Even then the painted chains are so heavy that doing that isn't a given to get the putt to stick.

In addition to that, discs can fit through the bottom of the cage. Not everywhere in the cage but certain spots. My wife's tap-in from a couple feet away ended up on the ground. I have one fall through the bottom of the cage later in the round too.

Having the walking path that close is not ideal. If you use some common sense this shouldn't be an issue. The problem is not everyone seems to use or even possess common sense. It seems to be a very well used trail by the number of people we saw during the nine holes we played there.

The rough on hole 7 is awful. Not lose a disc awful, but thorny and filled with burning nettles awful. Don't ask me how I know.

Hole 5 is an impossible two as it is now. Unless you can throw a thumber over the tops of the trees.

Other Thoughts:

As awful as the baskets were, I have a weak spot for goofy targets and had a good time playing on them. As a one time thing at least. I probably wouldn't play here very often if I lived nearby. Not worth any kind of trip out of your way to play, but certainly worth a look if you're nearby. Even just for curiousities sake.
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knobby325
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Experience: 9 years 326 played 248 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Those Baskets....

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 12, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Baskets.... well, see other thoughts..
-Signage OK
-Decently wide fairways
-Easy to get to, just moments off I-80

Cons:

-Baskets.... well, see other thoughts..
-Natural tees
-Thick and tall grass on the right of #2 and #3
-Thick undergrowth if you get off the fairways
-Walking path in play on #8 and #9t
-Bit of a walk (about 1/5 mile) back to the lot, but it's a nice path

Other Thoughts:

Tiffin Timbers is a reasonable course located on the south end of Tiffin, IA. The first thing you will notice, right at the small parking lot, is an oversize version of the baskets on the course. Homemade baskets in the style of the Marskman baskets with a smaller top ring for a much more narrow set of chains to hit. The chain is heavy, so if you DO hit, it catches well. They are a little different, but overall were OK, didn't really affect my play here. The course winds through a flood plain of the neighboring creek, so it is very flat. A minor amount of elevation on #7 is all you get. I do agree that some holes favor a right fade, especially #1, #5, #6 and #7. #2 and #3 are wide open (but watch out for the tall grass along the right, especially in late summer, lost a good Thrasher in there). #8 and #9 are playing back towards the parking lot and along a walking path, very much in play. They also play along the creek, but it doesn't really come into play unless you are WAY left or long as it does show up behind both baskets. Overall, an OK place to grab a quick 9, right off the interstate, just west of Iowa City. Could even be used as a tune-up to The Farm or Peninsula. Check out the unique baskets but stay on the fairway. I might play this one again, if in the area.
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Surge5
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Experience: 9.9 years 170 played 168 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Uniquely Cheeky.

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 26, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

Tiffin hosts a tricky course that isn't going to play nice with your scorecard.  Sharp doglegs, looming OB, and those cheeky baskets.

The par 4s are the best holes on the course.  6, 7, and 9 are all rated a par 4 and it's fair.  Without the baskets being as they are the only par 4 would be hole 6 with its fairway that thins between four tricky trees with 175' still to go to the pin.  Best hole on the course.  9 is a straightaway that kinks left after about 400' with OB all the way down on the right.  Oh and there's a creek just 25ft behind the basket. The par 4s add an immense amount of quality to stand out from a standard city park 9er.

Tee signs with a fairly detailed and accurate hole map are at every tee.

Mowing is decent, tall grass is left pretty tall but not so tall that your disc is impossible to find.

Conveniently right off the highway and has plenty of parking for a small 9-hole.

Cons:

There are no tee pads to be found, and most of the course besides the first three holes play close to a walking trail.

The doglegs on holes 1 and 5 are too sharp to be able to birdie consistently, especially for a rhbh player.  4 of the 5 dogleg holes are left to right.  A little more balance would have been nice.

Holes 2-4 have no obstacles in the way and just feel like filler to get you to the good part of the course, 5-9.

Flat as can be.  A slight bit of elevation on hole 7 is the only shift this course boasts.

Other Thoughts:

You know what's coming here.  All 9 baskets are Marksman style with one small (maybe 6" diameter) ring of chains to hit.  On the positive side, despite showing some age, the chains are still in good shape and solid.  It seems like the chain used is a little thicker than most which helps to slow the disc if you do manage to hit.  On the downside, if you don't bullseye the hole your birdie putts are exponentially harder than a standard basket.  In the end, you should decide if this is a pro or con.  My opinion is that the baskets are a unique practice element, but not something I'd want to play a competitive round on.

In the end, Tiffin is a unique experience.  I recommend a stop.  It's definitely fun to run across and get to play a unique course like this, but if I was a local I would probably find myself playing other Coralville area courses.
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cmax25
Experience: 22.1 years 76 played 8 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Newly Installed Course along Rec Trail 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 10, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

New course in Tiffin located near the railroad tracks and recreational trail just south of town and north of interstate 80

The baskets feature different colors on each hole which makes them stand out. Blue, red, yellow were some of the colors I encountered. Baskets were modified to some degree, perhaps they were built by the park or another contractor to reduce costs.

Maps are present and they do a pretty good job of illustrating the hole design.

The holes offer a modest challenge for all skill levels of disc golfers, although they get to be a tand bland. There'e no elevation, it's all flat ground. There's no water hazards that come into play, mostly just line shaping through the woods and prairie grasses lining the course.

Cons:

Bugs tend to get bad in the evening and around standing water so they dampen the experence. Probably more of a spring, fall course as vegetation grows out of control where mowing has not taken place.

Likewise, the vegetation has grown out of control in areas that inhabit the forest. Such plants seem to be poisinous in nature like a large 4 leaved plant with white flowers. This plant is rampant throughout the last 3 holes and should be avoided at all costs.

Other Thoughts:

Tiffin really helped the town by installing a nice course like this. It takes literally 2 minutes to get there from the Interstate so you don't have to mess around trying to find the location, unlike the other disc golf course listed in the town, which is non-existant.

There are no signs indicating the location of the course, it's just a vacant gravel parking lot, so be aware when traveling in the area.

I would play the course again and I intend to the next time, I'm in the area. I would probably wear a pair of sweatpants to cover my legs from those nasty plants.

I will try to post pics of the course.
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