Black River Falls, WI 
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Uploaded By: sunshay Hole #4 (Taken 6/2007)
3 / 120ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #4 Tee

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 Tons of potential with a little work could be good!

1    12/18/2009   12/23/2009
Review By: harr0140
Played: 976  Reviewed: 480  Exp: 9.1 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Has one short ace run hole (#4) which is adds to peoples enjoyment of the course.

2) Serious potential on this property. This is a pro for the property but cannot affect the course rating. The wooded part of this course is simply some excellent property, I just think the holes need some tweaking slightly to avoid crossing fairways and such. It might be a better 6 hole course than a 9 hole course, but there is a stigma that is associated with less than 9 holes I guess.

3) Excellent variety in foliage and plant material. First you start out in the open with a couple trees in your way. Then you throw #2 down into the woods. Half of the hole is wooded the first half being open. #3-8 are all completely wooded, and #9 is open all the way to the last 50' of the hole where the basket is tucked inside of the woodline (but it isn't as dense as the rest of the holes).

4) Variety in elevation here is key to making this course fun and challenging. #1 is he only totally flat hole, #2, 6 and 9 drop down just slightly around the baskets. #3 goes slightly uphill with a fallaway on one side of the fairway, #4 is just a short level ace run and 5, 7, and 8 go up or down the large hill. All in all this adds to the enjoyment because the shots required are very different, in fact I would say not a single hole on this course feels like any other hole. Monotony would kill the rating of this course.

5) Course uses a small piece of property in a small town fairly well, and while I do feel the layout could use some tweaking it certainly crammed a lot of disc golf into a small property.
Cons: 1) Short and narrow (3x3) framed tees. Someone told me these were asphalt, but I couldnt tell under the snow. The shortness is a negative because there is no chance of a runup, YOU MUST STAND STILL AND THROW. This course doesnt need a lot of long powerful drives, but forcing you to stand still really alters the approach and can throw off anyones game when they are so used to the runup.

2) On the 2nd hole the garbage is sortof in the fairway 75' off the tee. I doubt many people will hit it because it is off to the side of the fairway, but it can draw your attention to it anyways.

3) Single chain baskets catch horribly. Bounceouts and spit throughs are plentiful. Baskets are also very tall in general. The 4th basket has also seen some damage either from falling branches, or vandalism.

4) Layout is a little confusing in that there are no tee signs and you can see a lot of baskets and square tees. If the tees wee rectangluar it would be easier to see what direction the tee goes. There also is a switchback on #3 where you have to walk back up the fairway of #2 to get to the third tee. There are also crossing fairway #2 crossed #9, #6 crosses 7 and 8, and #3 also crosses #8. This wouldnt normally be a problem as I doubht this course sees a lot of traffic but on a day with multiple groups in the park could lead to some issues. The first basket is located dangerously close to the playground equipment where an errant throw could take out some little kid, and that is the last thing we want.

5) The wooded holes are fairly clean on the ground, but it is a lot of unhealthy and scrub trees and shrubs. This can lead to a poor looking property and a lot of branches and limbs that will fall out of the trees.

6) Tees are not shovelled in winter, I played about 10 days after we had gotten 10 inches of snow in this area, so there arent any diehards out there. Not a big deal, but worth a mention.

7) Apparently it is wet and buggy in summer, something I did not have to deal with in winter, so this is something that I can see would detract from the course at a different time of year. Plus it is near a water treatment facility!
Other Thoughts: All in all this course didnt have my expectations to high. And although the amenities arent that nice, I could still have a lot of fun on this course. There are some truly challenging holes and a lot of different types of shots on this course. The elevation and the tight fairways contibute to this. Overall the course may be lower than a 1.5, but I had enough fun playing it I would be back. I also do feel like the .5 disc rating that came before me has it wrong. I know it is opinion, but I just feel like there is more fun to be had here than they apparently had. Don't expect anything great, but in the end I think the term passable is a better representation than poor! I had a lot of fun despite the layout and teepad issues, plus I had only one bad putt that I felt should have stayed in.

Warning: This review was written after I played the course in the snow. I was the first person to play it since the 10" snowfall 10 days earlier. Keep in mind I cannot comment on the conditioning of the grounds or the turf. The wooded area if covered in leaves or mulch is probably in fine condition, although I could see some possible issues from the erosion and compaction around some of the baskets on the hills. I also could imagine this being a lot worse when it is wet from rain. If anything I have assumed here is incorrect please send me a message and I can correct it. These thoughts are only assumptions based upon what I was able to see on this course.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 very old school

2-4    7/27/2009   7/27/2009
Review By: tallpaul
Played: 887  Reviewed: 137  Exp: 29.7 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: One of the oldest courses in the state. VERY old time charm it's only asset. That, and the fact that the annual Jerry Garcia Gathering (enter this and see who's there this year), is located nearby.
Cons: Not only are baskets single chained with a large diameter center pole; which kicks out good putts; but they are all high in relation to ground. Tee pads ARE tiny. Bring bug spray; most holes in fairly wet woodsy area.
Other Thoughts: Try and see how low you can score; I DARE ya. You'll end up playing this course three times to attempt to keep enough in the baskets to write one good score in your record book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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