Milwaukee's Forgotten Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Basics: New, updated signage, concrete teepads on every hole, and decent baskets that do their job. Multiple pin locations on most holes. Rolling hills throughout the course give you some decent elevation changes.
Couple of memorable holes - #12 is a long fairway with danger on both sides (a creek on one side and a lot of trees on the other), and two fun pin locations - one is right next to the creek bank, and one is tucked behind a small grove of pines. #17 is a picturesque run under a mature tree canopy.
Suitably beginner friendly - the average length of a hole here isn't particularly short, but most holes are pretty forgiving on off-target tee shots. Disc golf traffic is also pretty low here on average, so if you want to empty your bag and treat some of these longer holes as a driving range, this is a good place to do it.
Bonus: Only Milwaukee County Parks course that stays open year round. Early spring rolls around, and you can still shoot here!
Cons: Not much variety: There are some cool holes here that take advantage of terrain features such as #4, #12, #17 and are interesting, but much of the rest of the course is WIDE open. Multiple holes here are located in wide open fields with zero obstacles.
Make sure to memorize the map or have it on your phone, because there are a handful of really wonky transitions. #7 -> #8 is a lengthy backtrack that can put you in the line of fire from an errant shot from #2's tee, #12 -> #13 is a hike across the creek and past a bunch of other park uses, and #17 -> #18 forces you either to jump across the creek, or wander over to a road so you can cross said creek.
Though often pretty light on the disc golf traffic, this park hosts MANY other uses - for example: baseball, walking trails, playgrounds, and is a popular picnic spot, so be cognizant of other park users.
Neighborhood - this has been talked about, but Dineen Park is simply not in the best of neighborhoods. Speaking as a former resident of this part of town, it's not so bad that you should be fearful of your safety, but an earlier reviewer's "not necessarily gunshot ghetto, but car theft ghetto" is pretty apt. I wouldn't leave anything valuable in your car, leave it unlocked, or be around after dark here.
Other Thoughts: Dineen, like other Milwaukee County Parks courses, is pay to play. By itself, this course probably isn't worth the $5 entry fee, but the fee does give you the right to play any other county parks course that day, so if you combine it with a spin at one or more of the other courses, or if you have the annual county parks pass ($40), the P2P thing shouldn't be a dealbreaker.
Overall, this is a perfectly cromulent disc golf course, and it's really nice that Dineen offers a place to shoot in early spring when most other area course baskets have been pulled from the ground, but it's nothing to go out of your way for. Other nearby courses are simply better.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Open and wonky.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 18 hole course in the heart of not-so-nice Milwaukee.
DGA baskets, all in good repair, and caught well. Many holes have multiple pin positions.
Concrete tee pads, all in good repair. Grippy, and plenty of size. One tee per hole.
There's some nice variety in distances here, and plenty of opportunities to air it out. Some rolling hills help to keep things a bit interesting.
Nice signage, with the same sign layout as other Milwaukee P2P courses.
Some nice mature trees in some spots, that help to at least make things kind of interesting. The course is well manicured, as well.
Cons: Boring. Open. These are two words most people might use to describe this course. Most holes are just open shots, where wind will probably be your worst enemy if it's blowing. There's just not much to work with here, unfortunately.
Navigation here is bad, but you'll have that when you've basically got tees and baskets in a large field. There's no real flow here, so you can spend just as much time trying to figure out where to go as you will throwing.
P2P. $5/day. Seriously, this is a bad place to have to throw cash at. The ONLY saving grace is that the daily pass is also good at other Milwaukee courses, namely Brown Deer and Dretzka.
This course is in a very sketchy part of town. I pulled into the parking lot around 7am, and there was already a sketchy car just sitting and idling in the parking lot (full of guys that were NOT disc golfers). I knew the neighborhood, and it caused me to not play this course for a long time.
Other Thoughts: This is a very average course, with below average navigation, and a solid chance of getting you shot or stabbed. On top of all that, the golf is quite boring, save for a few holes.
I don't say this about many courses, but this is honestly a place I'd advise people NOT go to. There's too many good options in the Milwaukee area to deal with this place. Save yourself $5 and a possible trip to the emergency room and play somewhere else.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Gets a bad rap
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Long distance shots
-Safari golf heaven
-Tee pads, baskets and sings in good shape
-Low traffic course so there's never a rush
-Well maintained, trimmed grass cut branches
-open all year
Cons: -GOOSE CRAP!!! and lots of it by the pond
-sketchy neighborhood compared to other DG parks
-sometimes other park users are oblivious to DG
-the WIND. not totally a con but it can be a completely windless day and you get to Dineen and its windy. its a giant wind tunnel.
-watch out for golf balls!
-garbage but since P2P it has gotten a lot better and there are DG groups that come out and clean up sometimes too.
-NOT A NIGHT GOLF COURSE!!!. in fact i suggest you finish your round before dark, not trying to scare anyone but lets be real.
Other Thoughts: this course has been upgraded slightly by the new P2P this year just in that it seems like its cleaner and generally better maintained than previously. This course is 5 mins from my house and i play it a lot but i got fed up with all the nasty garbage last year and vowed that i was done playing dineen cause it was just gross but i've since been back this year and it is way cleaner.
i thought someone needed to do a new review of this park because all the reviews are negative and things have changed for the better at dineen. It has it's advantages, you can really work on your craft there because its always deserted and you can shoot lots of discs. of course it doesnt compare to dretzka or brown deer but it has it's positives. This course needs to be redesigned like what they did to Root river this last year. that course was almost as bland as Dineen and now i find root river to be a blast to play.
it's WAY better than before.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Just needs work
Pros: the course and its holes are well designed. nice wide open holes with some distance to them!
Cons: lets just say carry a knife on you. its pretty ghetto but to be real what part of milwaukee isnt! there is alot of trash that needs picking up and there are no tee signs so fidnig where to go can be a pain!
Other Thoughts: never not play a course because of its rating because truth be told my home courses rating is 1 and i love it always try before you buy
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Played 3 times in 3 years
Pros: I think that the variation in elevation and wooded shots is really nice. This course is a little longer but more so since there is a lot of walking.
Another plus is that it is not over played and not busy.
Cons: It's not very busy, and there's a reason: This course is not in a great neighborhood and not very well up-kept. A lot of long grass to walk through.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Long and open
Pros: The course plays through a large grassy park with rolling hills throughout. The elevation is brough into play on almost all the holes to keep things a little more interesting. There are a couple longer downhill holes where you get to rip a long drive and watch it fly. Most of the holes are pretty open with scattered trees and clumps of brush to avoid. Some of these brushy areas are just in the right spots to catch a disc and turn a decent drive into a tough par save.
There are a couple shorter holes, requiring some mid and putter shots, and several good long holes where you can really throw a drive. Most of the holes fall in between the extremes, but still at the long end compared to most courses. There are a few holes that force a particular line, and there's decent balance on these between right and left turning shots.
There are concrete tee pads on all holes, and posts with at least the hole number and distance. There is a practice basket near the first tee with some terrain around it so you can practice more than just flat putts. The baskets are in great shape and catch well.
Cons: The navigation on this course is pretty bad in spots. There are a handful of long walks that are not well marked, so your first visit there you may end up doing some wandering to find your way around. A couple holes require walks back up the previous fairway to get to the next tee which can cause backups and safety issues on a crowded day. There were a few non-players having picnics right in the middle of some of the fairways on the later holes, and they weren't at all interested in hearing that they were in a dangerous spot.
The course gets a little boring, it doesn't require much line shaping, and only a few holes really make you hit any sort of shot placement to be successful. Too much of the course is just open and long, which makes for a good place to practice drives, but not necessarily a really fun place to play disc golf. Because it's so open, you're really exposed on a hot day, bring lots of water. Much of the grass is getting overrun by weeds, which grow quickly and make the course look a little scraggly, and can be tall enough to occasionally hide discs in the middle of the fairway.
Other Thoughts: This course is a good place to work on your distance, but not the most fun or varied course in the area. Beginners will find it very long, and more experienced players won't find much variety or any real challenges beyond pure length. This isn't one to necessarily avoid in the Milwaukee area, but I wouldn't put it at the top of your list. Check out a piece of DGCR history at nearby Kops Park for Harr's sake. :)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played this course, and to be honest, I was underwhelmed, but its not a BAD course. The concrete tees and baskets were in good shape. Almost all the tees have a post next to them with hole number, par, and sometimes a vague arrow or direction to the next tee written on them in sharpie.
A mostly wide open course, with some gradual elevation changes in play. This course tends toward the long side, which is not surprising if it was converted from a ball golf course. I suppose this open course would be good if you wanted to practice driving, but the strong winds make even that tough.
This course has one or two signature holes of sorts. Hole six plays with the small river on your left, and the basket sandwiched down a narrow avenue between the bushy bank and a grove of mature trees. Its probably the most technical shot on this course, but a straight throw could yield a birdie here. Most of the other holes, you have a clear, unobstructed view of the basket, maybe with a few trees along the sides of the fairway, but plenty of fudge room to throw any number of shots. Though few holes here are technical in the least, the longer distance and wind on this course make it challenging to get deuces in most places unless you rip a really good drive off. The par 4s and 5s are some of the most open holes, and don't seem significantly longer than the par 3 holes, so they are good chances for birdies if you can putt in the wind.
The 600 foot par 5 hole 12, known as "The Monster", is the exception to this, as it is longer and bit more challenging than the rest of the holes. There are actually some trees along the right, and the river along the left could be a factor if you strayed that way. The pin is up the hill to the right of those pine trees down at the end of the fairway along the river.
Also, the river is behind the downhill sloping fairway to basket 10, so I suppose an errant drive could end up there as well.
Overall, this course has some distance, and very few trees to hit, so if that's your thing, you'll like this course.
Cons: The flow on this course is jacked up, in several ways, the course is basically split between 3 clumps of terrain. Holes 1 and 2 start off by one of the parking lots, then play into a field area where holes 3-7 play. So far, so good, right? Well, now you have to walk from the far end of that field, all the way back to by hole 1 to get to holes 8-12. Then, you have to cross the river and walk back along a path to get to 13-17. Once you get there, holes 13 and 14 run parallel and in the same direction, so after 13 you have to walk back down 13's fairway, to tee 14.
After hole 17, you have to walk on the path all the way around to the road, and back, to the right side of the area where holes 13-15 are. While playing this course, I couldnt help but think that there must've been a way to lay this ocurse out that involved less walking btw holes.
This wouldn't be all that bad if there was some signage, but there's not a course map or tee signs, so its often hard to tell where the next hole is, and on some holes its hard to find the next basket. On hole 9, the practice basket is the one off to the right on the hillside, that looks like it could be the correct basket.
Most of the holes on this course are fairly boring due to being very open, and as long as you drive in the general direction of the basket, trees come into play on very few holes. The holes, especially the holes in the field by the lake, are totally open, plain jane let it rip holes.
This course, for the most part, lacks intrigue. The main challenge is wind. It seems like there was no effort to protect the baskets, as most of them are just out in wide open areas. In some cases, moving the basket 5 ft would put it at least behind one tree from the tee, and force players to somewhat shape their shots, and make many holes alot more memorable. Why they chose to keep them out in the open instead is beyond me.
Also, this course wraps around a sizable lake, which never comes into play, also a shame.
There are several areas down by the riverside which you have to walk by to get between holes (12-13) that have some trees and look like cool places for a few holes, preferable to some of the ones they currently have.
This isnt a bad course, but its just that if a course isnt really that great, then I would at least hope for it to be FTF and have good flow. Agnes Moffit in Houston is a good example. Flat as a pancake, dirt tees, mostly just scattered small trees. But it brings those trees into play, gives you a variety of holes, and has good flow, for a fun, if not outstanding or impressive experience. This course, on the other hand, has so many bland holes that they mostly blur together after about hole 4. Its an ok course, and the tees are dry and in pretty good shape, but the layout makes this near the bottom on my list of courses to go back to.
Other Thoughts: Since hole 18 doesnt really end near the parking lot where hole 1 starts, one way to cut down on your walking time is to park by the basketball courts (or were they tennis courts?) near holes 13-17, and start on hole 15, which is the tee pad with no marker post, that plays toward the river. 14 finishes in the trees just left of tee 15, so no long walk back to the car.
I would say this is a good beginner course because it requires little technique and there are few obstacles to hit, but frankly, I don't know too many beginners who can drive 300 ft. Personally, I would be more inclined to recommend beginners to play a shorter, fairly technical course where they can learn shot selection, and get some birdie opportunities to feel good about their game, instead of taking five shots to get within putting range, and the wind blowing their discs around. But that's just me.
Also, this course did not seem to be in the nicest of neighborhoods, and there was trash laying all over by the river and trees, which further affects the experience.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 13 Not
Pros: Good for working on distance because the holes are open and somewhat long. It is hard to loose a disc.
Cons: Many of the holes are boring holes. Not much variety. Tons of bird poop every where. Shady part of town.
1 of 14 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete tee pads; a few relatively challenging/interesting holes (2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, and 17); usually very few other players are usually out; a safe beginners course in that you are very unlikely to lose a disc or make frequent trips into the woods for mis-throws
Cons: Several very boring holes (most holes besides the ones I mention above are basically nothing between you and the basket, flat, and monotonous); goose droppings EVERYWHERE - avoid on a wet day!; grass is often outnumbered by weeds; somewhat unsafe neighborhood although I've had no problems; large groups often occupy areas that are very close to being in play
Other Thoughts: I've played this course about 5 times. It gets the job done, but just doesn't stack up to other courses in the area. Why have I played it 4 times since the first, you ask? It may be your best alternative on very busy days at other courses, tournies at other courses, or if you'd like to introduce someone to the game as I did this past round. I'm giving this course a 2.0 because its definition is 'average' and that's about what Dineen is.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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