1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great diversity of shots to be found here, not tilted to a RH or LH player. A challenging course that will make you think about how to attack each and every hole. The course is very well kept and the elevation changes keep you on your toes. Plenty of distance here and not too many easy 3's. Enough OB and rough to keep the round interesting but nothing that can't be strategically avoided.
Cons: Can be a long walk up and down those hills.
Hole 3's pro pad tends to get covered in eroding soil.
Navigation can be tricky for the first timer.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of my favorites in the state, and I've played over 130 in Iowa. In the autumn season you can't find a more beautiful place to throw.
I lived in O-town while attending school, playing plenty of DG along the way, and this is hands down the best course in the area.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
The City of Bridges
1 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: The beauty of the course is evident almost immediately after the easy deuce hole to start, as you must cross the pond and fountain on the 2nd and 3rd holes (the latter featuring an exceptional protected green and deceptive distance).
A couple of open holes follow, the 5th having deceptive slope and elevation, and you're on your way to one of the best disc golf experiences in IA.
The 11th is one of my favorite short technical holes in the world, exceptionally difficult even as it favors a lefty, and the 12th has one of my favorite protected greens on a reachable downhill.
13 is risk or reward: you'll get a birdie, go too far, or plunk it in the pond, all choices a result of a huge tree not far from the tee that forces your hand. 14 gives the bombers some, and 15 is a short lefty anhyzer downhill that's fun for everyone.
Cons: Few cons. The stretch of 5-7 doesn't offer much challenge in the way of obstacles, but the course ramps up the difficulty later. The two finishing holes are a little short for the end of a course, which should offer risk and reward for players to make a come back in a match.
Other than that, it's a great place!
Other Thoughts: The Jesuits left this land and its triple bell tower to the community, and it became a Community College. Known as the city of bridges, Ottumwans manufactured portable bridges for WWII (one crosses some water on the course).
1 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very beautiful college campus. Very well maintained. Nice blend of challenging shots and both backhand/forehand shots. Signs well marked with pin placements, easy to follow.
Cons: Large ponds in various locations as well as wooded areas can pose a problem with losing discs.
Requires yearly $5 tag to play (available in book shop or from campus security).
Can take quite some time to complete a round depending on how many hazards you fall to.
Other Thoughts: Overall a very beautiful and challenging course. Would be a very frustrating course for beginners to play. My 2nd favorite course in the Ottumwa area(Wildwood is #1).
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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