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Earl W. Brewer Park - White Share
Uploaded By: timg Hole #9 (Taken 7/2009)
3 / 404ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Tee

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 Mixing it up

1    3/18/2012   3/18/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.9 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The white loop plays like a mix of the blue and red courses. The first few holes play in the open prairie area with mowed fairways and minor elevation changes. One hole offers a fun little uphill shot with rollaway potential around the green, another has a longer shot over the top of the hill to a blind pin. The remainder of the holes play in a flat area with tall mature trees. These holes offer some distance variety and multiple lines on each shot. The signage is decent, with hole layout and distance, as well as showing which course the hole belongs to (helpful where the white and blue courses share space). The concrete tees are decent, and the baskets are old but serviceable.
Cons: There isn't a ton of challenge on this course, it's fairly short other than a couple holes, and there isn't any punishment for errant shots. A few holes play pretty close to one another, a potential safety risk especially with lots of inexperienced players on these courses. The lower area of the course can get pretty muddy and swampy, and seems to stay that way a while after any rain.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course fairly approachable, with reasonable lengths and no punishment for missed lines. More experienced players won't find much challenge or enough variety to test different line shaping skills. I liked the 4 courses sharing one parking lot, with options on what loops to play in which order.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Watch your disc

2-4    7/3/2011   12/2/2011
Review By: myhouseinthewoods
Played: 13  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 7.6 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: In this course, holes are good distances apart from each other
There is a place in the back where you can rest and take a look at a ton of bottlecaps that have been put into one of the post
A Bench which you can rest at lays around the middle of this course
Cons: Watch you disc, cause in alot of areas in this course you can lose your disc, in the beggining middle and end
Other Thoughts: One of the baskets may have been moved to a different location to prevent peoples disc getting lost.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 White Knight Amongest Strangers?

1    6/20/2011   6/20/2011
Review By: jarnson
Played: 27  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 7.7 Years
Pros: - Is a lot like Brewers Blue course, but has advantages over Blue, which include:
> A good variety between trees and field play
> Distance is a larger factor; Blue is shorter distances, mid-range
> Good obsticles involving trees and your path requires a more controlled throw
> Dry, the brush isn't too high, etc.
- Tees are cement, with signs that state the hole, map, distance and sporting a trash can
- Baskets are great condition, a few rusted
- Hole four is pretty cool, involves throwing to a basket on kind of a hill with a drop to the side [MEMORABLE THROW]
- Picnic tables at most of the first few holes
Cons: - Not to much that will make this course bad, only a few things:
>Brush is high right now, and if muddy, these two are probably the only factors, along with smokers and drinkers, that prevents this course from being a 5-disc rated course.
Other Thoughts: - Again, Brewer allows smoking and drinking, and is usually crowded, except Gold and this one, White.
- Bathrooms near the course

*NOTE: like Gold, this course requires control and a good aim for the first few holes, then once your in the trees, hyzer and anhyzer shots make up the rest.

 Better than Blue

1    6/15/2011   6/16/2011
Review By: Gyro
Played: 17  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 6.8 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A little more variety than the other courses. Some distance and plenty of trees.

Tee Pads - good
Signs - good
Baskets - poor
Cons: Lots of dirt from all the traffic it receives. Watch out for people on blue throwing at you.
Other Thoughts: If your in GR it is worth the stop, but the park is way to busy and the quality is not all that high to make it a destination.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/1/2011   5/1/2011
Review By: E-man
Played: 22  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 7.9 Years
Pros: For a 9-holer, this course has a decent mix of shots. It starts out with a couple long, open, but blind over the hill shots. Next, an uphill but short shot forces you to either side of a Y-shaped tree. Then its line shaping time as the rest are basically medium distance, wooded holes with some slight elevation changes. A couple of roll-away greens also keep it interesting. The course is dedicated to disc golf, which is a huge pro to me.

-Signs/pads: Basic signs on every hole with distances and what course/hole # you are playing to avoid confusion. Concrete tees are plenty long and in good shape.

-Seating areas/trash cans: There are a few well placed picnic tables/railroad ties to rest at. Most, if not all, tees have a small trash bucket by them and this course is surprisingly clean (not perfectly) for its proximity to GR and the traffic it sees.

Hole 1 has two pin placements, long and short. I think the long adds around 200ft to the hole which is maybe 350ft in the short (guestimations). It seems like its in the long position most of the summer.

Two practice baskets on site that are set up kind of like a horseshoe pit.
Cons: -Busy, busy, busy: Brewer in general seems to be where everyone in Southern GR is playing. Evenings and weekends are always crowded, and some appear to use the course more for social gathering than disc golf. The white and blue courses are generally the busiest.

-Danger!: Some holes are very close to others in the way they play back and forth through the woods. With the frequent large crowds, there is an ever present danger of discs flying in from all angles. The yells of "fore!" are in no short supply here.

-Baskets: Some baskets are not in very good shape, either being rusty or having seemingly extra large holes between chains.

-Dirt/roots: Half the fairways have sparse grass and some annoying roots to deal with.

The rough, which is just really tall grass, can be aggravating when looking for discs on any type of day.
Other Thoughts: Brewer White is a fun, balanced course. Not big on the difficulty factor, but it is enjoyable to play. Avoiding peak times can make it more enjoyable. Anyone in the GR area should check out Brewer Park, as it has four different 9-hole courses on site. Another section of the park has soccer fields, a playground, and spaces for a picnic/gathering. Spinski's disc golf pro shop is just a few miles away near the intersection of 76th & Division.

 Starts in open, goes into woods for finish.

5+    11/17/2010   11/17/2010
Review By: Terry C
Played: 53  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 20.8 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Hole 1 and 2 have you throwing over big hills to blind pins, each have good distance required to park it, about 400' each.
-Hole 3 is a fun little hyser around a split tree, deuces are expected on this hole but you can bogey if not careful.
-Hole 4 is the first taking you out of the open and into the woods. The rest of the holes are average, they each will force you to pick a line and go for it, everything is deucable and aces are common on lots of these holes in the woods.
-tee pads are cement, in good shape
-Most teepads have signs, ratty and old but signs none the less.
Cons: -A tight course in the woods, watch out for errant drives from other holes!!
-Pretty simple course, not many challenges.
-The woods is all dirt, after rain its muddy and pretty nasty, water builds up on the outer edges of the course, shank a drive and you might be walking in 2 feet of mud water to retrieve it.
-lots of stumps and ruts in the woods section, can be a walking hazard and annoying if your disc bounces off from one of them while skipping or rolling it.
Other Thoughts: Another average 9 hole course at Brewer park. Nothing special, if you come here play all 36 hols to get the whole experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


5+    3/25/2011   9/11/2010
Review By: rshrevo
Played: 40  Reviewed: 33  Exp: 21.7 Years
This review was updated on 3/25/2011
Pros: nice variety of technical wooded shots with the long drive shots. keeps you trying to figure what shot would work best for your next shot. good use of elevation changes. some holes you can shoot really nice for a chance at birdie.
Cons: need to keep an eye out for errant discs since a couple of holes come close to holes on the Blue course.
Other Thoughts: overall i like to play this course a lot. not really too busy since most are playing blue anyway. right now the basket for hole 1 has been moved to just over the hill not behind the trees on the other side of the hill.

 my favorite here

1    8/27/2010   9/10/2010
Review By: tallpaul
Played: 887  Reviewed: 137  Exp: 29.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For our trip,I copied and pasted from a review here (landon77) that listed this as "the funnest of the courses here." I have to agree; though Gold is close.
Same nice concrete tees as all courses here.
Decent, aging signage. Decent flow.
Mixture: "rip it holes" #s1, 2, and 9; with shorter, wooded holes in the middle.
Actually, #9 is also wooded/technical; but is 404 feet; and is probably the signature hole of all 36 at Brewer.
#1 is not only long (558 ft.); but also plays uphill off the tee; making it play even longer. Finishes blind, down hill. (This basket moves to a short position at pertinent times of the year).
Two or three "signature type holes", you will remember if just visiting; or be excited to play; if a regular.
#4 is a nice risk/reward hole for only being 204 ft. Take the skinny line; or heiser (for rhbh)? Tough to park heiser, due to angles.
Wooded holes in general; offer a variety of lines and shots that are pretty decent; though short.
I'm adding this paragraph for my pros for all four of these: This is a 36 hole complex. I would give a 3 rating, for the complex as a whole. If you're there; you're going to more than likely play all four. All of the courses balance each other; and allow a number of styles of play.
White gives you more blending of two different styles than the other three offer.
Elevation used as well as property allows.
Cons: As with all courses here; quality bucket purists, may be upset. White, primarily features more aging, homemade baskets. Some baskets from major manufactures are finding their way here; slowly.
Terrain is just average.
We did not have issues; but seems that when on blue and white, you need to be aware of possible errant throws and may need to wait on those playing other holes.
Other Thoughts: We played this one as the third of the 4 niners. By now, longer holes are beginning to let you know Earl Brewer can mean business. Right away, on hole #1 (in long position), there's a decent chance you start over for the nine. Our local guide; announced that he was over par for the entire complex, during the last tourney he played in; and yet finished top three in Intermediate? In other words, longer style shots, makes scoring here tougher than one would like to think.
This is also a course where wind could make a huge difference; due to it's openness and length (especially if you were playing tall grass o.b. as format).
Gold level players will not want to stop here at all. For blue level; it's a question of, if in the area, there are 36 holes! Young players; learning the game; or recreational players; out for a fun day; should be thrilled with this complex. Those on the way to addiction, will like White, in particular.
In regards to the homemade baskets; I must say I, personally, applaud those who "got er done" in the old days and made courses happen for what funds were available. The entire Earl Brewer complex gets props from me for it's EARLINESS and make it happen attitude. The fact that they continually attempt to improve is also huge plus.
Having to give a rating on these individually is tough. Considering 3 is the highest I've given a niner; White doesn't live up to the better nines; thus the 2.5.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    6/30/2010   7/29/2010
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 305  Reviewed: 288  Exp: 7.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety--Good variety from long and open to more heavily wooded to upshots and downhills. Usage of a lot of different shots.

Not as busy--definitly not as busy as some of the other courses at Brewer. Blue is constantly busy, but the other three are almost deserted most days.

good flow--hard to get lost until the end where there is almost an overlap between the white and blue course.

9-holes--I personally like the fact that Brewers courses are only 9 holes. Every course has a different personality and it keeps you interested
Cons: I personally hate hole 1. Blind shot, 500+ feet over a hill, down to the bottom of a hill and on the backside of a clump of trees. bleh, there is no good way to even deuce this hole.

Old baskets, these baskets are at least ten to fifteen years old some are in a bit of rough shape.

Last few holes can be a bit wet.

And of course theres the constant complaints of white trash and just trash (as in litter) at Brewer.
Other Thoughts: probably the one course with two personalities at Brewer. It has more variety than any other course there. It's kind of nice to not have the "rough" of the open holes much on this one. can be a bear to find a disc.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    7/10/2010   7/16/2010
Review By: bsto318
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 7.7 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course had some tough holes, like #1, a throwing up the hill, and #2. I like how the course starts out kinda open with the first three holes, then you go into the woods. Nice course overall. Also liked how there were baskets and cement tee pads. That's always a nice touch.
Cons: Didn't like how long the grass was in both the rough and the fairways on the field holes, #'s 1-3. I understand rough is supposed to be tough, but c'mon, this was too long. Other than that and watching where you stepped when you got into the woods, not too many cons.
Other Thoughts: I'm a beginner at frolf, and I loved this course. I like a challenge, I know it's only gonna make me better, so I figure that if I'm gonna play might as well play a tougher course. To me this was tougher course because the distance on the first couple holes, and then into the woods. It got easier into the woods. I would play this again, but I'm gonna try to get to it when there isn't so many people. I've tried to play it twice, but have only been able to once, because the place was just too busy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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