Nice 9 hole near Zurich
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Pros: Winterthur-Grüze is a well designed course in a highly dense populated area. The well maintained park is surrounded by high rise apartments, which are represented on the course map by the lines of black squares adjacent to the course. The paths throughout the park had a constant stream of traffic when I was there, but for the most part did not affect me except for 4 and 5.
The first hole has a mando that you won't notice until you look closely at the course map, which I didn't do so I ended up in the backyard of the apartments on my first drive. Yikes! There is no fence so you're up close to people sitting on their back porch. Fortunately my throw was on a good line to the basket so it wasn't too bad other than the fact I was out of bounds from the mando around the bushes to the right.
After reading a review I expected a water challenge on 9, but literally laughed out loud when I saw it. The only risk of ending up in this tiny pond (almost like a big puddle when I was there) is if you either have grip lock or you're a beginner just learning to throw a disc. It is a nice hole, however, since you are throwing from one mound to another mound where the basket is perched and there are some guardian trees.
Cons: Four and five fairways cross, which is bad enough, but it's even worse that one of the sidewalks with people on it is where they cross. I had to wait a few minutes here for pedestrians to pass, but felt this design flaw could be tolerated since much of the remainder of the course played well.
Other Thoughts: Most 9 hole courses in a busy park don't have the distance of 3 (433') and 6 (381'), yet both use the off-the-beaten-track areas well. If you're in the area and looking for a place to toss plastic at chains then this place is worth a stop and if you want to air it out with a big arm then 3 and 6 will allow you.
Although I like this little course I could not give it a "very good" or 3.5 so I settled on a "good" or 3.0. I do think it's better than a "decent/typical" course at 2.5, even though I'm sure these scores are a moving target among voters.
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Pros: Large Map on arrival, incase you haven't downloaded one already
Purpose built Gravel Tee's
Baskets well maintained
Warning signs along all paths to warn residents of flying discs
A great place to practice Risk/Reward golf.
Cons: If you are unlucky enough to venture into the bushes, be aware of the VERY thorny plants which border the course. I think acupuncture is actually more pleasant.
Other Thoughts: An extremely well laid out course, which was easy to follow and a joy to play.
The course winds its way around the park and leads its way up to the final hole, and elevated tee over water!
Hole 1: A dogleg left, but no cutting the corner as there is a Mando to avoid people throwing over the gardens or flats.
Hole 2: A dogleg right. You cannot see the basket from the tee, but check before you throw as there could be people sat having a picnic.
Hole 3: A long hole which hugs the edge of the field. The spikey bushes and other plants will swallow your disk if you give them the chance. I suggest you play out into the grass to give you a better chance of playing back to the basket. On my visit the basket was half encased in a bush, but im guessing it just hadn't been pruned for a while as the rest of the course was in superb condition.
Hole 4: OB right, paths and benches to avoid too. You have to be very accurate here to make your par.
Hole 5: Play from the tee, which is hidden in the trees. Basket is round the corner of the hedge (OB if crossed), in a large open area.
Hole 6: A new path has been added since the hole map was done. Basket is set high on the ridge, which can make your second shot tricky. Be aware of the sharp drop off behind the basket down to the lake!
Hole 7: A virtually straight hole, Basket is tucked in behind the final tree down the right.
Hole 8: Tee off from the line drawn on the path, (be aware this is about 30ft from where the hole map is). Basket is set on a very acute ridge. Any miss throw and you disk will roll away to the bottom.
Hole 9: From an elevated tee, you will throw over a pond to the left hand mound. The trees have been allowed to grow here which can make your shot choice difficult. No real route available where you can miss the lake out completely
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Pros: Fantastic hole design. #6 and #9 are very, very fun to play.
#6 is a 132 meter par 4 that plays to a little hill where the baskets on top.
But #9 steals the show as coolest hole in Zürich. It's an elevated tee that plays towards an elevated basket and in the middle of the two is a small pond with perfectly placed trees on both sides and one growing out the middle. It's fantastic. The design here is top notched and has a excellent variety of shots for only being nine holers. I was impressed and pleased!
The course has great baskets, great signs, a course map, and a yellow wooded line denoting the tee at all but one (#8) tees.
It also has a 4 basket 'warm-up area' about five minutes west of the first tee in the big sports complex.
Cons: This course was seriously going down as one of my favorite 9-holers ever until I got to the last three holes, which were completely and depressingly overgrown with grass. They're utterly hopeless to play without a spotter and even then it's a pain to walk through the 3 foot tall grass. The plus side is that the first 6 are in great condition.
Other Thoughts: This is a great nine holer in the area. I had a ton of fun here and it's absolutely worth checking out if you're in the area.
All course information is up-to-date as of 5/20/12!
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