Pros: -nice concrete pads and signs at each tee
-baskets in good condition
-the trees mentioned by previous reviewers have grown to a good size, they are legitimate obstacles now
-mostly longer shots, you can air out some bombs here
-plenty of parking across the street
-lamps caged in chicken wire on top of each basket for night golf, the bulbs are tied to the tee signs
Cons: -apart from the first 4 holes and hole 8, the course is mostly wide open
-the first 3 holes are the same: start in the open, throw a hyzer to a blind basket in the tree line
-hole 4 has a strangely placed patch of trees in the middle of the fairway
-seems like the course needs redesigning now that the trees have grown in
-biking/walking path runs through the middle of the park
Other Thoughts: Deer Run Park is a simple park that is mostly open but with a line of evergreens on either side of the front half of the course. The first 3 holes have tees in the open playing to baskets tucked into the left tree line. Hole 4 has a weird patch of trees in the middle of the fairway. Holes 5-7 are pretty wide open. Hole 8 plays across the other line of trees in the park and the basket is tucked between 2 rows of trees. Hole 9 plays back toward the start and has the walking path in play most of the way down.
The course was designed long, presumably to make up for the lack of any obstacles when the course was first put in the ground. Now that the trees have grown in this course could really use a redesign to better take advantage of how the trees have shaped the fairways. Even the holes that do have trees are not very interesting, not very challenging, and are fluky in terms of good shots being punished with no putt.
I had never seen a night golf setup like the one here. Each basket has a lamp on top surrounded by chicken wire to protect them from flying discs. The bulb for each one is tied to the tee signs. Cool idea!
If you're traveling on I-80 then the Optimist course in Ogallala is a better option to stop and get a quick round in. This course is takes longer to play and is not as fun unless you just like ripping big drives. Locals and course baggers only.
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Pros: Close attention is given to this course. The grass was freshly moved and there was no litter to be found. Tee pads are medium sized. The course signs are accurate and helpful as well as easy to spot.
Cons: Houses line two sides of this park. Any arrant disc may collide with several of the very nice houses in Sidney. The course has no hills, which is indicative of the area, but it creates a sameness for all the holes. A couple holes have great tree obstacles, and the rest try to incorporate the trees. The worst part about this course is what you expect from courses in open plains, and that is wind. There were 40 mph gusts when I played, and it seems there is always wind in western NE. This is, by far, the worst part.
Other Thoughts: This course is good, but what holds it back are things that cannot be changed. First, the size of the trees can only be changed by time, because at the moment they cause no challenge, and secondly the wind, and well that will never change.
Since this is the only one of about 5 courses in the panhandle, it is a good stop if you need a break, but I would not recommend going out of your way for it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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new car smell
Pros: Right now there is nine holes lined with baby trees and there isn't much scenery unless a good looking rollerblading chick makes her way down the bike path. I'm sure you will be shocked to learn that there is corn, and wind. As a Disc Golf tourist, I totally appreciated the fact that there is a course in Nebraska that has a corn field as part of its out of bounds. Corn is the type of local flavor I love on a frolf trip. The baskets and pads are in great shape, so new that it smells like new car.
Cons: The park is new, and the course is also new, therefore the trees are babies. There is really not much challenge unless the wind kicks up.
Other Thoughts: I played the course during its official grand opening and have not been back. I am very keen on discovering how things evolve in the future.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Short and soon to be sweet
Pros: Great for beginners, most shots are dead ahead, very few obstacles to avoid yet out-of-bounds on every hole.
Cons: No Elevation change with very few young trees. Often challenging with strong winds.
Other Thoughts: Course shares park with walking trail. More trees are being planted and in 5 years will be of sufficient size as to make this an excellent technical course.
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