Fun and clean 18 holes in Beaver Dam
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: All in all, this was an enjoyable round of disc golf. I got the feeling that every hole here was better than the last (aka the most fun holes are at the end). That said, the first few holes weren't extraordinary, so don't get your hopes up.
The course is well maintained. Trash wasn't an issue, the grass is mowed, there were trash bins available directly at the parking lot, etc.
The course flows well. Despite there not being a published course map (as of now), navigation was pretty straight forward with the exception of having to cross the parking lot after #5.
The closing hole, #18, is a 400 foot downhill shot that overlooks the whole park and the lake. It was a great way to finish an overall satisfactory round.
I think this would be a great course to introduce beginners to the sport. There's no long rough or substantial water hazards and the holes are, for the most part, rather short.
There are two sets of tees, but I think most people who play here would agree that they don't add very much value (except for maybe 2 or 3 holes).
In terms of course equipment, concrete tees all always appreciated. Baskets are in fine shape. There are tee signs at every hole (except #15 was missing). A course map before hole #1 would be a great addition.
Cons: Not too challenging. I would expect an advanced or pro level player to have at least as many 2s as they do 3 or 4s.
No bomb holes. The longest hole, from the long tees, comes in at exactly 400 feet (#11), and this hole is essentially wide open.
If there was a tournament here, I think a redesign could go a long way in making this a challenging and desirable course. The opportunity and landscape is definitely there, but the designer definitely leaned towards beginner friendly.
Other Thoughts: All in all, it was a fun round and a great course to bag on an early spring day. Will I ever come back? No, probably not. That said, if I lived in Beaver Dam, this would be a great home course and a park I'd probably visit once a week. I think it was a great addition the to community and a great way to introduce players to our sport.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Very nice course but not perfect
Pros: Well kept park with multiple tees for all but the last 4 holes. Several of the tees actually change the shot entirely with the difference in placement.
Though this is Crystal Lake disc golf course the lake never comes into play until maybe hole 18, and that's only a maybe. This is both a negative and a positive to this course.
The baskets are in good shape and catch well.
The tees are plenty long enough, something I've discovered recently is a problem at a lot of courses. A short tee really is a detriment to any course.
Signs up at the short tees are nice but nothing special and they don't always give the truest sense of the hole but do give you a good idea of what you are facing.
It is easy to navigate even the first time with only hole 15 causing trouble as there is no tee sign at all so I was unsure if there was another tee pad located anywhere.
Plenty of trash cans and well cleaned park.
Cons: For some reason there is a 6 foot diameter blacktop circle around a number of baskets. This is quite annoying as it causes discs to skip away and can also scuff up and damage your discs. Its not on every hole and as such does not become a detriment to the course but is a negative.
Some of the multiple tees are simply a second tee 10 to 20 feet behind, really unnecessary as even then the shot is under 300ft in most cases. But still there are several tees where the second tee is welcomed as it does give the hole an entirely new feel.
There are a couple holes that run right next to the road and an errant shot could hit a passing car so you have to watch for that.
Fairly open shots throughout, not always a negative but not exactly a positive either.
Other Thoughts: Not exactly a difficult course to play, but not simplistic either as a lower level player will find quite a bit of challenge in most of the holes.
Of the last 4 holes without a second tee holes 15 and 18 could easily have had a second tee installed, both would make for a completely different shot and add to this courses appeal.
In all worth the play and I will be going back.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Clean park, has the feel of a real golf course. Ace hole opportunities, which may be a con for players desiring longer, more challenging holes. Mix of trees and open space, although the park was mostly open, but the occasional tree to have to bend around was challenging enough for us.Great scenery.
Cons: Mostly short baskets, being pretty basic layout. It being a park does create the challenge of interfering with other peoples plans, and can be dangerous.
Other Thoughts: Saw my first Ace on hole one!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: There is some challenge to the pro tees and length on one hole (though it is a boring hole that you either can or can't reach and should never bogie). Not a huge amount of obstacles, but enough to make you shape a shot on occasion.
Cons: It's a multi use park and there are people to contend with at times.
It won't offer much of a challenge, even from the pro tees, to anyone who can throw over 400.
The worst shot doubles was won with a -18 one year.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Crystal Lake is a solid pitch n putt type course set in a beautiful, scenic park with some elevation and a little water. What it lacks in difficulty, it makes up for with fun factor.
Solid catching (albeit older) DGA baskets.
Two concrete tee pads on almost all holes (hole 9 is the only one with one),plenty long enough for most players. The shorts tees are great for beginners, as most are pretty straight forward shots, with most offering several lines to the basket.
Tee signs at every hole (at the shorts only), with distance and line.
Elevation comes into play on several holes, with a sledding hill shot on 18. Rollaway putts are possibly on a couple holes.
Cons: This course isn't the biggest test of skill. Many holes are straight ahead shots without a lot of intrigue. While the course does have long tee pads, many of them solely add distance (and not all that much in many cases).
The baskets are held in place by a big mound of asphalt. Hate this. Not only is it an eyesore, but it has the potential to really chew up your discs.
It's a shame the water doesn't come into play more often. Just one complete water carry would be fantastic.
Other Thoughts: This is a great place for a casual round, especially with beginners or kids. The park itself has picnic areas, playgrounds, sledding (winter, of course), a beach and plenty of space aside from the course for activities.
While this course won't challenge advanced players, having ace runs all day isn't always the worst thing, either.
The park is almost always well manicured and just wonderful looking. Worth a spin if you're close, for sure.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid, accessible course.
Pros: - Great flow. You can almost lose yourself on this course. It seems to move seamlessly from hole to hole. No long walks between holes, No guessing where to go next.
- Very well maintained. My favorite thing about these park courses is that there's minimal vandalism. The course is respected by park users and players alike. older baskets still look brand new. The course is always mowed and looking pretty.
- Very easy navigation. Out-of-towners will appreciate how easy it is to find the next hole, on every hole. No need for a map.
- Ace runs! everyone loves a shot at an ace, and there's a plenty of them here.
- Baskets, 'crete pads, and signs. It's a full service course. The tee pads are well done, the baskets are Mach 3's with plenty of ching, and the signage is adequate and accurate.
- Nice location. Play a round, then go swim at the beach, then jog the exercise course, then go eat at one of the numerous eateries close by. This is a great place to bring the family.
- Competitive. This course has tournament written all over it. There's no real bottleneck holes, and a 90-degree penninsula out in the lake around hole 3-4 would make a temp-hole that even top pros would drool over.
- Loner-no-more. I think I've played this course alone maybe twice, and I frequent this course. There's always people playing it, and I've never been turned away if I want to join a group. The locals are quite friendly.
- Parking. There's a nice, big, central parking lot. I've never NOT been able to park here.
Cons: - Bathroom access. There's 1 port-a-potty. Gotta pee? Find a tree. And in a busy park, hope you don't mind being watched.
- Repetitive. 8 or 9, maybe even 10 holes are all about the same. Straight mid range shot sets up a deuce more often than not. Not a ton of variety.
- No pets. I take my dog with me a LOT. This park does not allow pets. This is always a con in my mind.
- "Pro Tees" not so pro. For the most part, the Pro tees don't add any challenge to the holes. Most of them are the same shot, just 30-40 feet longer. To me, an alternate tee should add a new dynamic to the hole, such as an obstacle or a totally different shot angle.
- You might get wet. 18 is a downhill hole where most people will throw a driver. Sail your drive 10 feet long and you will be swimming to get your disc back.
Other Thoughts: This was my first course played when I moved to the area, and my most frequently played since. It's a busy, fun course that anyone can enjoy in the middle of a very nice park. This is an ideal course for beginners, intermediate players, leagues, outings, and tournaments. It's the kind of course that you can play a quickie round or play all freaking day. This is a great "has it all" course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Great beginner course
Pros: - Variety of shots
- Some elevation changes to play with
- A little water in play
- The water from the old style well pump is *delicious*
- Tees are in good shape
- Frequent garbage cans make for a pretty clean course
- Well maintained
Cons: - Pretty open for most holes
- More experienced players won't find it challenging
- Goose droppings are EVERYWHERE along the water. Sometimes the pro pads get a bit nasty. So watch where you step.
Other Thoughts: A great beginner course. Nice and open while they learn the game. Scenic, nice breeze blows through on hot days. Trees that you have to skip around add a bit of variety, and the long lefty hole is a great spot to work on your forehand if you are normally a RHBH player.
Great course overall, but intermediate or advanced players might get bored.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Fun to mix it up from the rec tees to the pro tees. some of the tees are long and test your skills others you need to place your shot. mix of hazzards also a practice putting basket. Great Tee pads
Cons: hard to find the first hole if you havent played there. goose poop all over some tees
Other Thoughts: Got an ace on 7 from pro tees, fun tees to play from and unload.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Nice rolling hills. Water isn't much of a factor in the holes but provides a nice atmosphere. Pro tees add quite a bit of distance to most holes. Lots of trash cans and recycling bins.
Cons: Relatively short course but still plenty of fun. A little hard to navigate some of the holes.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Short Holes, Nice Course
Pros: -Concrete Recreational and Pro tees are a nice touch.
-Good obstacles, and good overall use of trees, water and landscape at Crystal Lake Park.
-Park is well maintained and the fairway grass was nice and short when played.
-Good hole signage
-Hole 18 is a fun hole to drain your bag of drivers and try to hit an ace (I birdied it).
Cons: -Holes are a bit short, so you don't get to air out your drives a lot.
-Getting from Hole 1 to Tee 2 can be a bit challenging for first timers (same with Hole 9 to Tee 10).
-Even with Pro tees, the course was more of a beginners' course, which I guess isn't necessarily a con.
Other Thoughts: Although it's a fairly short 18 hole course, I found it overall to be fun to play (I scored par over 18).
My 8 year old son loved the course because it was very challenging for him and he could still manage a par or two over 18 holes.
I will definitely be back to play in the coming months.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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