Worth a play
Pros: -Variety of shots; some tight woods, some open, some hyzer, some anhyzer
-Water comes into play on a few holes
-Island hole can be intimidating at first but rewarding
-Plays fairly quickly
-Lots of high risk high reward shots
-Connects over to West Swinney
-Can be hard to navigate for new players to the course
-Water comes into play on a few holes (Put as negative because some players don't like water)
-No restrooms or trashcans
-Cul de sac invites people to park in the way of hole 3 (happens almost every time I am out there)
Other Thoughts: Course has a good mix of shots and can be very fun when you are having a good day. Can be frustrating when you are not. Very high risk high reward. Worth a play.
The ugly sister course
Pros: East Swinney has quite a few skilled shots.
-Some water utilized well
Cons: East Swinney is flooded almost every year for at least 2 months. Even after it floods, it is not a great course to play on. (Grass is ruined, smells bad, and usually tree or other land scaring damage)
With other options for courses in Ft. Wayne, and Swinney West not flooding near as bad, East Swinney gets the name as the "ugly sister".
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A river runs through it
Pros: *Awesome statue near hole 1's basket
*Several holes involving the St. Mary's River in different ways
*Good mix of distance
*A couple of wooded holes scattered in
*Older mature park like setting
*Next tee signs were very helpful
*Two pond shots- Hole 18 was like a "Tin Cup" hole. I played it safe and took a 4.
*A perfectly placed tree in the middle of hole 14's fairway. I hit it and kicked left thankfully.
Cons: *Tee signs could use updated
*A few teepads were real close to the previous basket.
*Not much elevation
*Very prone to flooding
*Lots of throwing over walking paths. Not a big deal in the winter though.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course on my road trip to Fort Wayne. Swinney Park was very beautiful and well taken care of.
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Pros: - Good layout.
- Mixture between tight and open shots.
- Mixture between long and short holes.
- Great condition.
Cons: - A few unrealistic holes.
- No bathrooms.
- No trashcans.
Other Thoughts: A very fun course. Beginners may want to skip the 3rd hole, as it is near 400' and over a pond.
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Pros: -Nice new wooded signs. A lot of work went into those.
-New teepads that are a few feet longer on the longer holes for a bigger runup.
- Very clean looking park
- Course shouldn't hold water as much West Swinney after a heavy rain
- Interesting basket placements, even an "island hole" on #5.
- Nice wooded holes along river (12 and 14)
- Directional signs pointing to next tee
Cons: - No trashcans. carry out what you carry in
- No restrooms
- Could use am tees on the pond holes 3 and 18 for the newer players.
- Holes 4,5 and 6 kinda got confusing all clumped together.
- Course map needs to be updated.
- Baskets could use updating on some holes
Other Thoughts: I liked this course better than West Swinney. It apprears to have been redesigned compared to the old pictures on the site.
Hole 9 now tees off across the path at the base of the bridge, not off the bridge as the course map says.
Hole 14 has dual tees. 330' from the long, 200' from the short.
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Course coming into its own
Pros: This is an aesthetically pleasing course that features a large pond that likes to eat wayward drives. A number of 400 ft holes allow you to really open up and let some rip. However, these rather open holes are also mixed with several more difficult technical holes which require both distance and placement. Variety is examined further with the addition of 2 wooded holes that are both difficult deuces (playing the long tee from 14) and provide a different look from the more open layout which defines the rest of the course. Many holes are also made more difficult with the use of OB which comes in the form of concrete paths, river, and pond. Nice buckets that provide a gentle resting spot for your putter. Get that driver hot on this course, stay away from the 4's, and any good pro will be happy with 8 down or better. If you enjoy a scenic course that is relatively light on foot traffic but will still be a nice challenge, east swinney should be on your wishlist.
Cons: This is a pretty good course without any glaring cons. Trash cans and drink supply would be a positive addition. You will have to walk a bit to find an open area to warm up your arm as many of the beginning holes either have the pond in play, or are too short to really throw the bomb you will need to score well.
Other Thoughts: This will be a very difficult course for newer players or those that cannot throw it long. However, the best part about this place is that there is another even more beautiful course (and a touch easier) right accross the jefferson street bridge literally within a short stroll from Swinney East. No wonder Ft. Wayne is seething with young talent.....these boys have two wonderful courses at Swinney park to cut their teeth on!
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Pros: The course plays through a flat park that's mostly flat and open with scattered small trees. There is wooded rough along the edges of the course, a few holes have baskets tucked into the edge of the woods for a little more challenge, and a couple play through the woods to mix things up a little bit. There is a pond in play on a couple holes, and the river comes into play on a few more for some fun risk/reward (I got the nose up on 18 and hyzered out into the lake...). There is some good length here, several holes where most players can air out a drive.
The baskets are spiderwebs in good shape, these one of my favorite baskets and catch great. There are good concrete tees for every hole, plenty of space and a good surface to throw from. Having two courses in the same park is always a plus, you can play them separately or play one big 36 hole loop.
Cons: The course gets pretty repetitive, too many of the holes are basically open field shots with just a few small trees to avoid. This means you're not pushed to throw different shots and different lines, most holes have a relatively open hyzer line. Too many holes have walking paths in play, they don't seem to be all that heavily used, but it could be a safety issue and can chew up your discs.
The tee signs are just laminated bits of paper stapled to the wooden tee posts. The ones that are still there only have hole number and distance, pretty basic. Many are missing, which makes navigation even more tricky when you can't tell what tee number you're standing on. A few holes require backtracking to get to the next tee and others have a few tees around that could be the next hole. Without a map or a guide you'll do some extra walking to make sure you're shooting the right hole.
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty basic open field course with a few nice holes bringing water into play. It's worth a play together with the West course, but on it's own it's nothing special. Beginners will find it a little long, and the water could be a little intimidating to players with less control. More experienced players won't find variety or different challenges here to test different parts of their game.
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Pros: East Swinney is a fun course with water in play on about half the holes. There are a few holes where it's a big factor, but the rest I think it's just there to get in your head. There's also OB in the form of sidewalk in play on a few holes as well.
The course uses the land pretty well and there's a nice variety of shots and lengths here.
Hole 18 is definitely the signature hole on the course and easily my favorite. It's 520 with the basket on the other side of the pond about 15 feet from the water. It dares the big arms to try and go for it, and everyone else has a challenging placement shot on their first two throws around the water to see how close you can get to the pin and avoid the water. Great par 4 hole to end on!
Cons: Most of the holes are wide open with few if any trees in the way to punish a bad shot. I noticed a lot of small saplings that have been planted here. I know it doesn't help the course right now, but it's great to see that the course will be more difficult in years to come.
Navigation is a serious issue your first time here. After the third hole, the two closest tee pads to you are not for the next hole. After hole 10 there's a long walk to hole 11. After hole 11 there's another tee pad very close to the basket but that's for hole 13. It seems so obvious it SHOULD be the next hole that I'd already thrown and was at the basket before I realized I'd skipped a hole. So I walked back and found that you had to back track after 11 to find 12. I stopped to play here on a whim otherwise I would have had the map with me. That was a serious mistake I was made to regret.
Hole 17. I know it's only 200 feet long and they're trying to use basket placement to make it more difficult and add risk/reward. But the problem is the river is 20 feet behind and slightly left of the basket (which isn't a problem), but 5 feet behind the basket it starts going downhill. Behind and right of the basket is a thick bush that was literally 2 to 2.5 feet from the basket. I don't mind OB or obstacles close to the basket, but this is a bid ridiculous IMHO.
It sounds like there used to be a bridge you teed off on hole 9. It's not there anymore so understandably there isn't a teepad or sign for this hole.
The course is almost completely flat.
Other Thoughts: Other than the navigation issues, I really enjoyed this course and the challenge the OB water presented on some of the holes. I feel like the designer did a good job with what he had to work, but when it comes down to it, the course is still mostly open and is in desperate need of some "next tee" signs.
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Up to date review.
Pros: Course has really come along.
As stated in other reviews some cons were brought up but changes have been made to improve the course:
- No more old baskets. All baskets are now Spiders made by Al Pier.
- The hole that used the Bridge as a tee has been moved and plays alot easier.
- Cement tee pads on almost every hole.
- Grass has been getting consistently mowed.
Now to my personal review.
I love this course. It has a lot of challenging shots that alot of other courses in Fort Wayne do not.
There are some short holes and some bomb holes. Righty holes and lefty holes. Forehands and thumbers/tommahawks.
Also this is one of the less busy courses in our area. Not as many casuals as Shoaff or West Swinney.
Cons: Water comes into play. A few holes still need cement pads.
Other Thoughts: Over all it is a nice challenging course.
Less traffic makes it more peaceful to play.
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Tough and Fun
Pros: Lots of different types of holes. Tight woods, long open, water risk, hyzers, anhyzers. Mostly concrete pads. Never busy.
Cons: Hard to navigate. Needs some signs and finish all the tee pads. Also could use some trash cans. Park is made for river overflow so sometimes gets pretty wet.
Other Thoughts: Tough course as anything under par is a successful round. This side and the west side are together the best park in the area by far. Have to risk losing discs in water and going o.b. on many holes. Works on alot of different shots. Really fun. Keeps getting better. Need to make signs for sure. Hole 9 keeps changing but this course is my favorite in town.
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