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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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: This course offers alot of line shaping and technical placement on some holes along the river/ponds, very nice variety of shots needed on this course to hit a nice score, a few holes have nice spider-web baskets, concrete tee's on majority of the holes
Cons: some of the baskets are the orignal 1980's baskets, they still are spiderweb type but the chains are ALL rusted and the baskets are about twice the diameter of a normal basket.
Duck poo----EVERYWHERE (but thats expected when water is in play on almost every hole) OB gets a little tricky when they use paths and other man-made objects! Course flow isn't one of the best, would be nice to either print a map off with OB rules, or find a local and tag along with him/her!
Other Thoughts: Overall this course was a blast to play! I especially enjoy hole 9 (I think) where you tee off of a bridge, yes ladies and gents, A BRIDGE! It was very confusing to walk this course at times because they have a few (what seemed like "added" holes) in the woods, I believe there were 3 wooded holes on the west side of the course (when standing in the parking lot looking away from the street)
--TD said they normally let the grass grow kind of wild on this course but since it was a tournament we had special conditions and they mowed it for us...so I can't really comment on regular course conditions!
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Cosmetic touch-ups would help
Pros: This course offers a decent variety of holes, ranging from short to long, dogleg lefts and rights, over water, next to the river, in the open, in the woods. Some tees are conrete and there are a few really nice spider baskets. The park is well maintained.
Cons: Navigating can be difficult and confusing (especially for a first timer), only temporary tee signage (some tees were informationless), some natural tees, trash cans are sparse, some old rickety baskets.
Other Thoughts: A challenging course is made more challenging by using sidewalks, rivers, and a pond as OB. One unique hole (5) requires a drive to land in the island (of the surrounding sidewalks), otherwise a penalty stroke is to be taken and a putt for par from a designated spot within the island. The river comes into play on multiple holes and the pond on 2 holes.
The variety of holes is definiltely a plus to this course. Short dogleg holes, short straight holes, long bombing holes and long doglegs. There are two wooded holes, one short and the other a bit longer (250'ish). This variety of holes will make you pull multiple shots out of your bag.
I've enjoyed this course thoroughly, but a few cosmetic touches would help tremendously. Permant tee signs would be a plus as well as replacing a few baskets and making all 18 tees concrete pads. Navigation signs will also help a great amount; the holes do not play in the order that you would think they would.
Being that this course is only across the river from West Swinney, one should definitley play it. Just be prepared to lose a disc to the pond or river or the thick brush next to the river. It would definitely be advantagous to play with a local.
Edit*****The old rickety baskets have been replaced by new baskets making the course aesthetically more pleasing.
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