8 Helpful / 1 Not
best of the Tiffany's
Pros: Beautiful "piece of Americana" stone bridge on hole #12.
In more than 20 years of coming here; I have never found the course crowded. Don't know that I've ever seen more than five disc related cars in the lot.
I give North Park very high marks for seclusion.
Blue Heron micro brewery in town. (Closed on Sundays).
Dual tees all holes (I believe the long tees add another layer of toughness...though they are all nearly straight back from shorts. Lots of tight fairway shooting at North Wood course in general; and another 50+ foot from long tees; with an extra set of goal post trees to negotiate, indicates to me an added toughness level).
Tees are long roughed concrete. Longs marked by a short wooden post; shorts by a taller version.
Info routed into flat top of post. Basic, but effective.
Two extra holes (4b and 16b) have only one tee. 4b has creek behind pin; should you overshoot. Steep 15+ foot fall off to Yellow River.
River must be shot across on #16. Only @250 to clear, unless river is high. Water level sometimes gets near basket. Hole is still playable; just adds another 30 ft. to distance to clear.
Character of this course is a style that I find quite challenging. It's just a tad short, by modern standards...but coming in at 6,490 ft. (i.e. slightly over 6,000 for 18), is pretty strong. 2/3rds of the shots, require fairly tight lanes through trees.
Short tees still require tight style lanes; but make course much more "high scoring needed."
There are some fairly open holes as well....
Road can come into play on a few holes; we have always played this o.b. I would suggest you do the same.
There is a swimming area...an outlet of the Yellow River...that often has families swimming. It is removed from the disc course completely, but is available for other family members. (Unfortunately, at this time, end of August 2010, the swimming area is completely covered in algae and I don't think too many will want to be swimming in it!) Usually quite nice though.
Fair balance of shots.
Ring of trees surrounding a few pins; forcing straddle, or other inventive putts.
Lots of camp sites just across the river from the course. Very nice added feature.
Cons: Course is flat. (I will add that I find it to be the height of design skill, to make a fun, and challenging course with only this available.) So, it lacks a bit in the wonderful terrain department.
Home made baskets. These catch quite well; but, are a hair weak compared to main factory models.
Other Thoughts: This course was erected in 1993. Mr. Dave Tiffany created what I consider his best course in the Marshfield area. (I enjoy North Wood as much as the designs in the Stevens Point area; i.e. Standing Rocks and Yulga; both of which I like a great deal.) (Mr. Tiffany is also responsible for, at least; Wildwood Park, and Braem Park). Originally, the short tees were primarily as they are now. He has updated with the longer tee set; the extra two holes, and some pins moving deeper in recent years. #16 was the newest deep pin I saw this trip.
This course is not knock your socks off amazing, and is awfully flat. It is a good old school design though. I have come here, usually more than once yearly, for 20+ years, and at all times of year. I have enjoyed myself each and every time. (If you come in the winter; the park gate out front is closed, go down Richfield Road and you can park on the road, near hole #15, and walk in.)
North Park is not quite in the same class; but similar to Sinnissippi Park, Sterling, IL, or Rogers Lakewood in Valparaiso IN (except that Rogers has turrible schule that is not found here). Design for O'Hauser Park, Menasha, WI is also similar style. All of these are some of my favorite "old school" courses. This is probably the only one of the bunch that only gets a three rating. It's not as tough as O'Hauser (especially the upcoming 2011 design) and the homemade baskets and pure flatness, put it behind the other members of this group a little.
Regarding other courses in the area: Braem is a shorter and more wooded course. Wildwood is a course originally designed for lids; but not as easy as you would think. Both, worth one visit, Braem may bring you back again, if you like the wooded style....
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun park course
Pros: The course plays through a large flat park that seemed to be mostly disc golf exclusive. The majority of the holes play through scattered trees, with defined fairways. A few holes are a little thicker, with some brushy rough, and a few holes play a little more open with only a few trees to avoid. A small creek comes into play on a couple holes for a little bit of a water hazard without any risk of losing your disc.
The fairways are pretty well defined, and force some different shots throughout the course. It felt like an ok mix of left and right turning holes, and I found myself using a few different types of shots. There are definitely some ace runs here, and one hole that is longer and lets you pull a good drive.
There are two tees on many of the holes, both with good concrete tees. The short tees have signage with hole number and distance, and the long tees have small numbered posts. The baskets are in decent shape and caught pretty well. The fairways were mowed, and there was no trash or vandalism when I played.
Cons: The idea of multiple tees is great, but unfortunately not all that well executed in this case. Nearly all of the long tees are straight back from the short tees, rarely changing the type of shot, and not adding enough distance to make a really big difference. Even from the long tees, most of this course is reachable with a putter or occasionally a midrange, with only two long tees that had me reaching for anything longer than a roc.
There is no elevation in the park, and with lots of similar distances the course starts to feel very similar after a few holes. There just isn't enough distance or variety to make the course all that interesting or difficult. The signage is old and rather worn, with several holes being pretty unreadable. Luckily the course has decent flow so the signage isn't as important, or this would be an even bigger issue.
Other Thoughts: This is a decent little course, and worth a stop for a quick round if you're passing by but not worth driving too far out of your way for. If you do stop here, pick one set of tees, or just pick the one that looks more fun on each hole, they're not different enough to warrant playing both. Beginners will find this course quite accessible, with little chance of losing discs and lots of holes that are a good length for newer players. More experienced players will get some good putter practice through the trees, but there's just not enough difficulty or variety here to make it a must play.
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