Great 9 hole course!
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Pros: Most nine hole courses seem to get a bad rep in disc golf. I never quite understood that. I've played some 9 hole courses that were great... heck even some 6 hole courses that were great. So today I decided to swing over to Pierce Park in Appleton to see what it had going for it... and let me tell you... this little park is a gem!
First off the park is your typical multi-use city park with a pavilion, sports fields, running trails, etc. This one has quite a large parking lot, but I guess that's to go with the large pavilion. The course is lined on one side by a railroad that drops off down a large hill... more on that in a second. Hole one is located in the back corner of the parking lot opposite the pavilion.
The course itself was mostly between 200-350 feet on each hole. What surprised me the most was the technicality of each hole. Trees force you to take certain routes and it's not just a grip it and rip it course. The baskets were all certainly reachable but none of them were a simple shot.
The first few holes wind clockwise around the park perimeter road, so your FH game would work well here. The left side of these holes is lined with that railroad slope I was talking about earlier. I skied a hyzer into there and spent a few minutes going up and down the hill until I found my disc.
Once you get into the back section of course (I think it was hole 6 and 7), you're in for a treat. Hole 6 throws down into a huge valley that you can't see from the tee box. Hole 7 throws back up the side of this valley. It's a GREAT use of the natural terrain out here.
All in all the round was very enjoyable!
- Easy parking
- Park and equipment in great shape
- Easy layout to follow
- Great use of land available and elevation
- Quick round
Cons: First off, the tee boxes are literally right next to the previous hole's targets. I mean within 10 feet. It started to get a little crowded out there but I never felt unsafe in any way though.
The tee pads themselves were natural and worn in. There's not a clear line or edge to them.
Just 9 holes... this park is big enough where I could see a few more targets going in. Maybe it's in the long term plans, or maybe it used to be longer, but it's definitely possible.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a great little course. It's definitely worth a spin if you're in Appleton. I was surprised with how busy it was on a Wednesday afternoon. There were probably 5 or 6 different cards playing on the 9 hole course. I heard most people play it twice to get 18 holes in, and I bet you could do it all in less than an hour.
Come check it out!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Watch Your Back...
Pros: - Pierce Park plays through a nice city park in downtown Appleton. The course wends its way around some other park activities, including some benches located in the fairways, and occasionally conflicts with a large pavilion area to the left of #9's otherwise wide-open fairway. The hilly park contains scrubby woodland in areas and huge old trees dot the grassy areas, providing shade in the summer.
- Great use of the available elevation. This is the only course I've ever seen where (on two holes no less!) your disc can go left of the fairway, hit some woods, roll down a bluff, and immediately over a train track at the bottom. I didn't get to witness this myself, but the potential is there. I was slightly disappointed I didn't get to see one of my bad shots horrifically punished by passing locomotive. I guess I'm sick like that.
Hole #'s 5 and 6 use elevation to the utmost potential. #5 is a blind downhill shot requiring the slightest anny (RHBH). Throw without touch and you risk being in fairly thick woods on both sides of the green. #6 is a short uphill throw with a great pin placement. Rollaways are a major threat to the left side of the green. This is a great ace run that fairly punishes overzealous attempts.
- Good use of the large mature trees throughout the course. From hole #1 and on, the course makes the most of creating various lines through the massive oaks. #9 is really the only truly open hole.
Cons: - Wow-o-wow are the tees ever so close to the previous holes' baskets. With the available room, there is absolutely NO good reason for the close proximity of basket and tee. This is a major safety hazard. To compound matters, the tees are natural. This means that there are now long, rutted-out strips of dirt well past the (poorly) designated tee spots because players have moved up to avoid being hit from behind. Out of the 200+ courses I've seen, this is by far the most glaring example of hazardously cramped layout. My rating reflects the high level of danger.
- #9 throws over a park road past an often busy pavilion for no real discernably good reason.
Other Thoughts: - According to my local guide (Thanks Paulie!), this course used to be an epic lid layout back in the day. I was shown one or two of the old holes; in the context of lids, some of the old design would seem to greatly surpass a lot of the current layout in terms of challenge and interest.
- This course gives off a nice enough vibe. Hit it up at non-peak times to avoid getting blasted on the noggin from behind and enjoy the round. It's not going to change your views of disc golf or blow your mind but it's an imminently playable layout with enough going for it to bear repeat visits.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Very fun 9 holer!
Pros: 9 hole course set in Pierce park, which is full of mature trees, and some nice elevation.
DGA baskets, all in decent repair, and caught well. More below on these. One pin position per hole.
Effective use of the terrain here. From the steep drop off on the left of hole 2, to the long downhill drop on hole 5, there's some nice shots to be had. A pretty solid use of all the old hardwood trees in the park, as well.
Navigation was pretty simple. Tees were marked with large 4x4's, with hole number and distance on them. Basic, but effective. Most baskets were easy to find.
Nice distance on most holes. We were surprised a little by this, and it forces you to think out some of your shots. For the most part, this is NOT a grip it and rip it type of course. You'll have to plan out a few of your shots here.
Cons: Natural tee pads. One tee pad per hole. Most of them had tree roots going through them, although they were long enough that you could easily find a smooth spot for running up. I would imagine these get quite sloppy after rain, though.
There was quite a bit of traffic when we were there on a Saturday afternoon, and most of it was one disc chuckers. We were thrown on more than a couple times, and I was actually surprised there wasn't a confrontation about it. This isn't the nicest part of town, so buyer beware.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this was a surprisingly fun course that offered some interesting lines and shot possibilities. If I lived closer, I'd definitely play it a few more times.
Plenty of parking, and the park offers other normal park amenities. There was also a large pavilion being built when we were there.
Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun and great mix of elevation
Pros: Great use of elevation and the surrounding area. I really like the baskets. They seem to really like my discs. #6 is one of the best holes around the Appleton area. Fun blind, downhill shot.
Cons: Tees are really close to the previous baskets. Tees are mud/dirt. Lots of people all the time which isn't that big a deal but it can get busy.
Other Thoughts: I was there one day when a family was having a party in the pavilion which is about 75-100ft from the 18th fwy. A discer was walking up to the basket and a group of young guys walked up to the discer and just popped him in the mouth. A brawl erupted and the racial slurs that were thrown toward the discer, white, was incredible. Worst reverse racism I have ever seen/hear. I don't play here when there is any party going on here. Just not worth it. I hope this doesn't turn people off to this place but I thought I should tell people to look out for a little black on white crime.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Better than you'd expect
Pros: There are large wood posts with the hole number on them at each tee pad. I believe 7's sign was missing and 6's sign was at 7's pad. However the flow of the course is very easy and you should have no problem finding the next tee. You'll see the tee pads from a ways away because they are huge grassless patches next to the posts. There's a good amount of distances here. The shortest hole is the uphill shot on #6 at 191 feet. The longest is #4 at 387 feet. Also there are some very fun up and downhill shots. Number 6 is an uphill shot and 5 is a blind downhill shot where staying on the fairway is key. The baskets are in good condition. They're Mach 3's and catch just fine. There are restrooms near hole 8 though they were locked in late October. The course doesn't seem to interfere with other park activities.
Cons: The dirt tees can be pretty slick and I'd imagine they can get swampy and wet after rains. Also they pull the baskets during the winter. This would definitely be a fun course to play in the winter. Hole 6's tee area is right next to hole 5's basket and since 5's basket is blind from the pin this could be a bit dangerous. I don't recall seeing any garbages on the course.
Other Thoughts: This is actually a very fun course. I was surprised how much fun I had here. It's nothing overly amazing but it is a good little course to throw a few quick rounds. There's also a number of other courses nearby to make for a good day of discing.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Quick but fun
Pros: Nice layout, easy to navigate. Good variety of length of holes. Park is unkept really well. Not a lot of danger or loosing discs.
Cons: Only 9 holes. Tee boxes are level but not concrete.
Other Thoughts: If you like throwing between trees, a majority of this course will be fun for you. With limited danger areas you can feel free to let loose and still find your errant throws.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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For a quick 9
Mach 3 baskets.
Nice use of small terrain.
Cons: Dirt pads.
Park bums on hole 3.
Other Thoughts: Good use of a small parcel of land for a 9 hole course. The only course in the area that you may have to wait to throw a shot due to people not giving a shit that their on a disc golf course. Hole 9.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Good Warm Up
Pros: -Tees nicely marked, with the exception of hole 6, which appears to have disappeared, but the ground tee pads give it away.
-Baskets are numbered and correctly faced
-Wooded areas can make for interesting shot angles
Cons: -Dirt Tee Pads
-No directional maps pointing towards the basket can leave you guessing if you haven't played here before.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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The Underappreciated Appleton Course
Pros: 1) Nice park setting. There is a huge pavilion to have a picnic between rounds . . . and why not play a bunch fo rounds since it goes so quickly.
2) Mach baskets in good shape witht he number plates facing the tees which is always helpful.
3) Very nice map at the beginning of Hole #1 so you get the general flow of the course from the start. It isn't hard to find your way however because the posts are visible from the previous basket.
4) Nice variety in shot shaping. Not only are the holes balanced but you can throw multiple lines on many of the holes. Pick your spot and execute and you might be in line for a duece.
5) Nice mature oak trees and hardwoods. I love this aspect of so many courses, but this course has more trees and much closer together to force more defined and tighter lines. You better be accurate!
6) Signposts are easy to find from the previous basket even if they arent helpful in figuring out the next hole.
7) Nice use of elevation on #5, 6, and 7. I really enjoyed Hole #5 as it is a shot I have never really had to throw before. It is a slight turnover down a massive hill with scrub right and left. I really enjoyed executing the shot and from where my disc ended up I am sure it was clost to an ace! #6 is a great hole up the hill with a real risky shot with your driver. It is up a big hill, with a really wore out area and a big hill to the left of the basket. #7 has the basket tucked along the edge of a woods that is about 30 feet above the bottom of a hill. You may not roll far in the woods but it still is a well placed basket with the risk of the elevation change short and to the right.
8) Good variety in distances. There is a short one about 190' but it plays uphill so the distance plays longer. There also is a long 350'+ downhill which plays much shorter, but there is even a good range of hole lengths on the flat ones from about 240'-350'. I like having upshots on some holes which forces solid play from all levels.
10) Look down to the Fox River would be nice in the fall. In season though there is plenty of foliage to blook your view. I also got a nice view of a train steaming up the hill.
9) Beginner friendly course because it is faiirly open. The only place you could lose a disc is left of a few holes (1, 2, and 3) or down in the #5 basket area in the woods. Even here the wooded areas are open enough to find your disc however. The rest is open enough to be easy to find your disc.
Cons: 1) Natural teepads are wore out completely. Bare soil, sand, gravel, and exposed roots are the basics of these teepads. When wet they would be horrible. At least they are flat though! Concrete is one of only a few missing things in this park. I would rate it about 1/2 point higher if it had concrete pads!
2) No real sign, just a signpost with a Hole # on it. I would like distance listed and a simple diagram at least.
3) Cross Country trail virtually follows the course. This wouldn't often be a problem, but the lines were freshly painted so right now might be a bad time of year for cross country interference.
4) Road is in play on Holes 1, 2, and 3. I am not sure if it was for maintenance or to get you to another parking area, but it was narrow and probably isn't used that frequently.
5) Signpost is missing for Hole #6 so I wasn't sure where to throw my tee shot from. I assumed it was the wore out area adjacent to #5 basket. The gravel in the ground was supsicious to me in that I assumed that is where the post used to be. Perhaps a recent flood (I saw the mud on the leaves along all of the plants on the edge of the woods on hole #5 and 6) caused a problem with the sign?
6) Dangerous in a couple places. #6 tee is just behind the basket on 5 and it already is a blind hole. The road coming into play could be a problem for walkers and cars. The cross country track could lead to issues on some of the blind holes.
7) No benches or garbage cans throughout this entire course unfortunately. Benches arent a big deal because the course can easily be played in 15-20 minutes alone so you really shouldnt need a seat. There are benches (not intended for the DG tee but still usable) off to the side of holes 1, 2, and 3, but nothing on the rest of the course.
Other Thoughts: Personally I think this course gets a bad rap. I know the tees arent the greatetst, there isn't any helpful info on the signs, there are a few danger areas, but you know what, I feel it has some solid disc golf holes. There is a nice variety on the course. There is good elevation use where posible (#5, 6, and 7). There is some risk/reward on a few of the baskets because if you hit the hardpan around the baskets you could be looking at a bad bad skip including some rollaways.
Evaluated on just disc golf this course would get a 3.5, but the amenities, teepads, and some safety issues take it down to a 2.5 in my opinion.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Quick 9 with some fun holes
Pros: The course plays through a multi-use park, but stays around the outside of the park so interference with other park users is minimal. A few holes near the end of the course have some fun little elevation changes that add a little more challenge and variety. Most holes play through scattered mature trees with multiple lines to the hole, with a good variety of hole lengths. The baskets are in good shape and catch well. The tees are level and have tall 4x4 posts marking them, making it easy to follow the course.
Cons: There are lots of safety concerns here. Every tee is right next to the previous basket, so you've got to be watching for people behind you if there are other groups on the course. The last hole plays over the park road, and several others play near the road, so you might have to wait on cars at times.
The tees are dirt, and have eroded and spread to the point that you don't know exactly where to throw from anymore. The tee posts don't have much information on them, many have the hole number and distance sharpied on, but that's it. There is some rough on the course, but most of it is on the left side of the holes because you're looping around the outside of the park, so you only have to worry about trouble on that side for the first half of the course. It's too bad there aren't more holes bringing the fun woods and hill into play, those are the best holes on the course. Hole 9 is a disappointing finish, with a wide open shot into the middle of a field.
Other Thoughts: This is a quick round, and not a terrible course. there are some nice holes here, and some good safari options. It's beginner friendly for the most part, though there is some length here. More experienced players will find some nice challenges here, but there are too many safety issues and repetitive holes to keep it interesting for very long.
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