Crystal Lake, IA 
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Uploaded By: Martin Dewgarita Hole #1 (Taken 6/2010)
3 / 321ft. Par / Distance:
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 A Unique Disc Golf Experience

1    6/22/2010   6/23/2010
Review By: Martin Dewgarita
Played: 1267  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 8 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Character. The Custom CatCHING baskets on this course may be a bit gimmicky and out of the ordinary, don't expect your standard pdga baskets. Expect a unique experience with the added challenge of a directional basket. Each hole has a name, and I'm sure a story behind the name. The unique baskets add a certain variety - 5 holes have a traditional looking basket, while 2 have a "center chain fence" above a basket and 2 are directional cages. (see photos for a visual).

Amenities. A campground offers camp sites, bathrooms, cabins for rent, picnic shelter and a lake view compliment the disc golf experience, plenty of parking is available.

Map/Scorecard. Provided at hole one, navigation using the map is relatively straightforward.

Elevation. What elevation there is is utilized well.

Challenge. The many trees peppering the course offer a solid challenge, though often times it feels as if there is no real line to the basket, rather getting through the trees is only luck.

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

Well maintained. The park is routinely mowed and well kept, losing a disc shouldn't be a problem (unless you toss one in the swamp on hole 9).
Cons: Gimmicky. The unique character can be overshadowed by the gimmicks, the worst offender is hole 9, despite being 500 feet long, the directional cage faces away from the tee with 3 large guardian trees making it quite difficult to gain access to the basket.

Navigation. Baskets are a bit crowded in places, and the map can be hard to read - I ended up throwing at the wrong basket a few times. Hole 3 is straight ahead in the open (the basket on the right) the other nearby basket is hole 8. Hole 7 is a long drive over the top of the trees following the road.

Variety. Most holes are pretty similar (less the unique baskets) throw straight forward, avoid the trees (though some have more or less trees.

Water. The lake provides a nice view throughout the course, but could have been utilized somewhat, the water never comes into play. The low swampy area is somewhat of a threat on hole 9.
Other Thoughts: A fun unique experience, almost worth a visit just to experience the character this course has to offer, but I personally wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

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