6 Helpful / 1 Not
Amazing Terrain, Great Creek OB risk, but 2 throwaway holes!!
Pros: Terrain. Once you get back to the woods, you drop off toward the creek, playing twoards a pin right on the edge on hole 2. Then you cross the creek and things get really interesting with the creek very much in play. A few holes offer up the creek as the main fairway, with safer bailout options available, but not easier. This is a great forceful risk vs reward situation - risk throwing over the creek for the easier shot, or risk taking the tight and difficult route to avoid the creek!
Greens are often terraced and/or placed near the creek edge. These risky locations make you think hard about your putting skils before rifling away.
The creek as OB is plenty enough to deal with on more than half of the holes. The others (besides throwaway 1 & 9) have sharp elevation bordering their edges that can cause discs to roll into the creek, and tight tree lined and tree framed airways that can kick a disc into the creek.
Cons: To start off, it's a niner. It only has one tee and one pin (but appeared to have multiple pin options if I remember the signs correctly). And as a niner, holes 1 and 9 are throwaways! hole 1 throws from the parking lot, across an open volleyball area, into a pin near a few trees. Then hole 9 does about the opposite but forces you to throw back into and across volleyball nets. Sure, you could play it as OB, but with the amazing terrain, get all 9 holes back in the hills along the creek!
Not a lot of variety. We're talking about tight wooded holes, some sharp elevation (but not really used like at Brickyard), and not a lot of varied distances.
If all holes were back in the woods along the creek, if there were multiple tees (no concrete needed, just level crushed stone), and if there were multiple pins on each hole, this course could be even more amazing than brickyard. Plus it's only $1 to play and right at a bar and grill.
Signs didn't really identify if across the creek was OB. Playing this way would make it more interesting and tough. Especialy if you were required to cross the creek on #7 in order to be in bounds. This would require people playing the creek 'airway' to actually make it to the green or back into the main fairway.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun play. Not exactly the greatest or most fundamental design, but fun. It's a good round with buddies where you can egg each other on to 'go for it' and laugh when they miss or cheer when they make it!
I would come back here, but only after playing brickyard. It was very unique, but seemed to me to be very roughly put together, not entirely varied/balanced, and the 2 throwaway holes were amazingly disappointing.
It costs $1 to play, better than $5 at axledog which was lackluster anyway.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Wet, Wooded & Technical
Pros: Fun course with lots of water and woods that make you think about your shot. This course is very well maintained and nicely landscaped. Locaded behind the Pioneer Bar with great food and entertainment. The $1 cost is well worth it. This course is short but what it lacks in length it makes up for in technicality. Lams creek runs right through the middle of the couse and it comes into play on four of the nine holes. Lots of risk and reward oppertunities. Very well marked with great signage and nice baskets. Night putting course that looks like fun. Nice variety of big and small trees to throw around. The layout of this course is well thought out and the use of elevation and water is amazing.
One of the only semi open holes 175ft. in an open feild. Once you get closer to the basket big oak trees come into play and they protect the pin very well.
Here you have a choice of going right or left around and island of trees. The lanes are tight and if you throw off the fairway it may be hard to get a three. The pin is right next to the creek so an elevator approch shot is requiered to shop you disc from going in the water.
This hole plays on the side of a very steep hill on the right with the creek on the left. Watch out for you disk rolling into the water. It is also thickly wooded making par a good score.
Here is the first big risk reward shot! The clearest line to the pin is an anhyzer over the creek but if you don't make it you disk will be wet. Thr pin is right next to the water again and if you go for it you have a chance at an ace. The safe rought is a hyzer through the woods its longer but you won't loose a stroke to the water. Be carefull when approching the pin because like I said it is right next to the water.
Up shot through thick woods. This is a hard hole because there are very few windows to throw through. If you don't hit a tree you will have a chance at bridie the pin is on a steep hill so make that putt or your disk might roll away.
Risk reward again! This time its a hyzer over the water to the pin. This is the second longest hole so you had better put some on it or you will be in the creek. The safe rought is a slight anhyzer through thick trees out to a piont, then you have to shoot over thr creek to an elevated pin. A three is a great score here but if you took the risk and made it you have a good chance at a two. Signature Hole!
No more water unless you really throw a bad shot. Hyzer around some trees and you should have a chance for two. The pin is open here and you can get a shot back with a well placed drive.
Up hill anhyzer! Put some power on this one because the pin is elevated again and if you don't make it up will have a big up shot to try for a par. Great hole for forehand throwers.
This is much like hole one excepte the opposite. Thick trees right in front of the tee then if you mack it out open feild. There is a couple of vallyball nets in the middle of the field that are an interesting obstical to play around.
This course is great for working accuracy. Challanging but not long. FUN FUN FUN!!!
Cons: Some of the tees are not cement yet but it is a new course and I am sure they will all be soon. There is also some erosion issues that are in the prosses of being fixed. Some of the holes can be very muddy after a big rain but its not that bad. This course may be hard for a beginer because of all the water. Even floating discs can be lost because the creek mooves fairly fast.
Other Thoughts: There are a lot of good course around here! It can make for a Challanging & fun day.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: this is a great course!!! i love the elevation changes. its a tight course which makes you have to control your shots more, not very long holes but difficult none the less. the creek is what makes this course stand out, i love the over the water shots and just beging in hte woods hearing the creek as you play...
Cons: needs a little work, but its still a new course, some of the holes need errioson control to make them a little easier to walk.
Other Thoughts: this is a very exceptional course located behind the tavern/resturant. the lighted putting baskets are a very nice added touch! with a little more work this course would be one of the best in the area!!!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is one of my absolute favorite 9 hole courses. It has great elevation with several steep holes, and some form of elevation on just about every hole to keep you on your toes. Two holes play over the creek if you dare, with the entire flight of the shot over water if you take the most open route, a great risk/reward decision with much tougher but drier routes through the trees. There is a great mix of left and right turning holes here, even though all the holes are pretty short you'll need to be creative with your shot selection.
The baskets are in great shape, and caught well. The tees were a mix of natural pads that were decently maintained, and some concrete pads. There were hole signs that did a nice job showing the hole layout and distance. The bar offers beers for your round, and call-ahead ordering for after, and has lots of other fun stuff to do including volleyball, horseshoes, and a stage for live music. There is also a short well-lit putting course with full sized baskets but very short lengths for a fun nighttime game, seemed like a really fun addition to the course.
Cons: There were a few holes that were very much throw-aways at the beginning and end of the course, including playing through the volleyball courts and very near some of the tables on the patio adding some safety issues as well. There is some thick rough that can eat discs, but it's not anything that makes the course unplayable. There are some erosion issues on the hills that can get quite muddy and slick.
Other Thoughts: This is a really fun place to play despite the filler holes, it could be even better with a little work fixing these. I love the atmosphere of the bar and the course, and the terrain and creek make for some very fun short holes that don't make you really notice the lack of distance. I definitely recommend a stop here, though it may be a little frustrating for some beginners and a little difficult to get around if you've spent much time at the bar beforehand with steep hills and some thin bridges over the creek.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course requires that you have total control over your drive. All holes are driveable. Not a course for mad-bombers.
Cons: If you are week in the legs, not the course for you. Some steep inclines.
Other Thoughts: Played this course for the first time this spring and loved it. Nobody else was out, I love a non-crowded course.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pio + Friends + Beer = Awesome
Pros: This course is in a beautiful area. I am a beginner, and while this course is a little tricky (watch out for the water hazards!)--and as I was in the water most of the day, it was lucky that there are convenient poles with hooks to retrieve your discs.
I found that it was fun and challenging...this is why I got into discing! To enjoy nature and everything/everyone around me! Without the steep hills and obstacles, this course would be boring and lose the interest in playing it multiple times. On top of it being only $1 to play, the bar allows you to bring drinks on course (purchased from The Pioneer)...you can even buy a whole six-pack that comes with an iced cooler pouch with a carabeener clip for your gear! Nice! I enjoyed drinking with friends and throwing a few...course was very clean and well-maintained. I would like to play this in the summer!
Cons: The only thing I can see is that the course maps at each hole need to be maintained. They were a little hard to read.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 20 Not
Pros: It's a course in an area where there isn't much to throw.
Cons: Way too rough. Very very hard to get around, definitly not for anyone but the very good players and billie goats.
Other Thoughts: Just don't go. It's not worth it to play if it was free let alone paying to play it. Sorry
1 of 21 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyon would have Loved this course
Pros: This is honestly my favorite nine holes I have ever played, and one of my favorite courses, period. Its very technical: full of tunnel shots through trees, over terrain, and around a river, usually all at the same time.
The course is owned by and starts out next to the memorable Pioneer Bar & Grill (yes, alcohol is most definitely allowed, provided you get it from them!)
It weaves through the beautiful, thick woods so typical of northwestern Wisconsin. Most of the course is on and around the steeply sloped banks of the crystal clear creek running through the woods behind the bar. Every hole is very unique like a signature hole at another course, if the signature hole had the most trees of any hole on the course.
The course is deceptive and technical. The ability to drive further than 300 ft will not help you AT ALL. Almost every tee shot is blind, and disc placement is key. when you look at the course par in relation to hole length, on hole 4 especially, its easy to say "ha, a 227 ft par 4, puh-leaze!" So did I, but after playing it you will understand that the pars are very justified. The hardest par 3 is Death Valley (hole 3), which is only 177 feet, but plays across the steep wooded hillside, halfway up. By steep I mean its hard to not slide down when you walk, across it, and the only flat landing zone is the basket itself. Awesome!
Nice raised gravel tee boxes, kept level by logs on all sides. Hole signs on the ground are marked on angle-cut slices of log. The whole course is in keeping with the rugged mystique of the bar. Very impressive. Baskets all look brand new, and are clearly numbered in black stencil.
Cons: Bring long pants and bug spray. The fairly long stuff covering the ground has little pricklers on them, and the bugs are hungry in the woods. The course is well maintained, but with no trimmed fairways. Naturally, this is understandable as it is too heavily wooded to push a mower through, and it would take forever to do it with a weedwhacker. THe trees are thick enough that the underbrush isnt too thick on the "fairways" but the rough is a bit longer.
Other Thoughts: The holes all are very aptly named, following the Pioneer theme. For example, hole 4 has three routes through the trees to get to the pin, and is aptly named The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Admittedly, when I played it I think I got more of the Ugly than the other two, but what can ya do.
I love this course, but like all 9 holer's, wish there was more of it. If the same insane genius who designed the current holes expanded it to 18, it would be like the best christmas present ever.
What a great idea, a fun, challenging course located at & owned by a bar and grill. Awesome. Grab a beer, play this course and you'll understand the true meaning of zen.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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