Best in Holland
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Pros: Full 18 holes with as much variety as one can expect here in the Netherlands.
Easy to access from Rotterdam Centraal via bus #38. Get off at Breukelsbrug/Van Nelle (or something like that) and walk back across the bridge to the park. #1 is just north of the train tracks...
Very good signage with a map of the course next to the tee for #1.
#17 is under the train tracks, right down the middle of concrete pylons. A straight shot if you can make it, definitely a different kind of hole.
Baskets were fine, though one of them was leaning pretty badly.
Cons: The nettles are insane. Make sure you wear pants or at least high socks.
Three pins are used twice, only one water hole... but for the Netherlands this is as good as it gets.
As others have noted, the tees are pretty lame.
The course doesn't seem to be maintained much.
Other Thoughts: Regarding the complaints about dogs...
There is a dog shelter/training center here which is why so many people are walking pit bulls here. These people are saints in my opinion and worthy of our respect.
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Good variety of shots and some water in play
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Pros: - Baskets are really high quality
- Signage is really good. Distance, Mandos, and next tee were marked on just about every sign
- Good mix of short and long shots. Lots of OB's marked on the tee signs so play those if you want an added challenge
- Close to the city center
- Windy (both a pro and a con as no two rounds will be the same)
Cons: - Short tee pads
- Lots of dog walkers. There must be a Dog boarding company near by as it was a lot of walkers that didn't seem to know the dogs very well so they were more unpredictable. Prepare to wait for a bit.
- Flow of the course could definitely be better. Re-using baskets on 3 separate occasions. The worst one is 5 an 6 as you play to the same basket and it is just a lot of walking. I feel like 6 could easily have played across the water more to a different basket.
Other Thoughts: As an American who just moved on Raleigh NC where there are 20-30 courses within 30 min, I was pleasantly surprised with this course. It offers some challenging holes without being too gimmicky. It's also just a short bike ride from where I live so that's really convenient. I look forward to frequenting this course on a regular basis.
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Disc Golf in Rotterdam!
Pros: This course has a few things that make it unique in my eyes.
*It's in the Netherlands!
*Good variety of shots. #17 through the stone pillars supporting the railroad, #6 over the pond, #14 is a tight fairway through the woods, #12 is the long-open bomber hole, etc... This course seems to have one of every shot.
*The homemade baskets are more than adequate.
On top of those, there's a course map and detailed signs on the tees. I was very happy with the playable and variety of shots on this course. And #18's basket is right by #1's tee. Woo!
Roel Langerak constantly fighting for the #1 course in Netherlands spot with Sloterpark in Amsterdam. Unfortunately I only got a chance to play in Rotterdam, but it was worth the trip.
Cons: Since the sport is so young, people are oblivious to where the fairways are and will often just sit there and think I'm checking them out when I'm actually just trying to get them to move...
As mentioned before by simpletwist, the tees are slightly smaller than what I would consider adequate.
The only thing holding this course back from being a solid 3.5 is the awkward flow on some of the holes and use of a single basket on two holes (which happens 3 times, I believe).
Other Thoughts: This is definitely in the top 3 courses in the Netherlands as of now. I'd say it's worth it to come over here and check it out, even if it's just to say you've disc golf'd in the Netherlands. Also, thanks to MattK for taking pictures of the course!! You can really get a feel for the course from the pictures.
Completely unrelated to the course, I took a train from Germany and the landscape in the Netherlands is awesome. I've never seen so many small streams and lakes and ponds. It's a very watery country and I love it!
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Worth the trip
Pros: Almost 4000 miles from home! For the most part the course was well laid out with a variety of open and wooded holes. Some trees have been removed so a few holes in the middle were completely open. Although the baskets are homemade, they are more than adequate and well built. There are some very tight tunnel holes, including number 17 which is completely under an elevated railway. The concrete pillars supporting the bridge serve to create the tunnel. Most of the holes average out at about 250f t, but there is one over 400 ft and the longest, a Par 4, is 571 ft. There is one tee shot over a pond, number 6, but that pond can come into play on 2 other holes. No waiting to play! we were the only disc golfers on the course. There is a large metal sign outlining the course, great for first time users.
Cons: A very popular multi use park. We did play mid week in not the best of weather conditions so that may be why three were no other golfers. But there were plenty of dog walkers, kids, and other park users. They did not seem to know what we were doing. So be careful and mindful of these other park users. Most of the tee pads were concrete and very small, less than half the size of what I'm used to seeing in the states. Other than the sign in the beginning detailing the entire course there is no markings to indicate where the next tee is. Number 5 was difficult to find. Several holes share a basket and I'm not a big fan of this. In at least one case you have to backtrack to tee off for the next hole.
Other Thoughts: Beware of the bushes on I believe 9 & 10. They are low and should be easy to negotiate. But if you are short on 9, or long on 10 these very, very thick evergreen shrubs can swallow up a disc.
It was difficult to rate this course objectively. It was just too cool to play in so foreign a country.
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Roel Langerak Park
Pros: Close to Central Station.This course has 2 maps about the course in the park so you can't (really) miss any holes.You need all types of shots so that is a plus. Good beginners course with one hole throwing over water(about 150 feet).The holes are average 250 feet but it can be windy at times. Toilet close by + coffee or something else.Beautiful girls walk in the park....
Cons: It's a public park so when it is warm,there will be a lot of people doing the bbq thing. In the summer it's best to play in the morning.Shitty chains!!! People camp out on the Tee-pads...sometimes people are agressive when you ask them to move.to much ob.
To much dog doodoo at times
Other Thoughts: I play here all the time and just love the course mainly because it is the only decent one around. I love the fact that it is most of the time windy and there is enough ob, so you have to be focused.
They made the course harder with even more OB and mando's. Hole 2 now has a mando. Those 2 big trees close by the basket(on the left side). Hole 7 has now a lot of young trees planted on the whole right side. Hole 8 has a double mando on the right about 240 from the tee. Those pesky plants are all gone luckily as well.Hole 8 is now a par 4. The path that crosses hole 9 is now also OB. Hole 11 has a one tree mando. You have to pass it on the left. Hole 15 has a double mando on the left(2 big trees) and hole 18 also has a double mando(2 big trees on the right).
It made the course a lot of tougher.
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