Ames, IA 
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 4th course of the day

1    3/15/2011   3/16/2011
Review By: Earl Harbo
Played: 20  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10.6 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is very well maintained with several small water hazards and lots of big hills to throw off of. Favorite part of this course was defiantly the elevated tee pads with various distances depending on the hole. Tomahawks will be your best friend through many of the shots. Overall a nice mix of open, semi, and wooded shots. If anyone is in the Des Moines area this should defiantly be one of your top picks if trying to choose a course. Look over the pictures and you wont be disappointed.
Cons: Plenty of out of bounds opportunities, if you play OB.
Other Thoughts: This was the 4th course we played on March 15th in the epic Des Moines area Frolf outing. Congrats Larry, -1, first time played. No clue how he threw so many tomahawks after playing for 8 hours.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Lots of fun factor for me

1    6/28/2010   7/27/2010
Review By: mndiscg
Played: 365  Reviewed: 358  Exp: 9.4 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Good use of elevation on a lot of holes
-Creek comes into play on a few holes too
-Nice landscaping, stairs, ledges, woodchips that make this course more fun and more visually appealing- this looks like it is going to improve in the near future
-Nice baskets
-Nice tees
-Good mix of open and wooded holes. Wooded holes are not too wooded, perfect amount in my opinion
-Many holes turn right or left or have severe elevation changes- only a few open shots
-A decent variation in distance- elevation changes distances too so it seems even more varied.
-There were some really cool holes. I can't remember which ones they were. Hole one was at the top of the hill and the hole is off to the left. Hole 6 I think is also at the top of the hill but in the woods and has cool stairs all the way down. There are two holes later that go up steep hills and into woods. Another hill throws off a platform towards a hole at the bottom of the hill.
-No two holes are the same.
-Good parking, bathrooms, sand volleyball courts, playground

Cons: -Signs are in bad shape on most holes; either faded or missing.
-Can be muddy in the woods
-Can be very busy, especially when Stable Run/ISU is under water as it has been most of spring and summer
-Flow can be a bit confusing if you haven't been here before.
-Can be hot/humid/buggy in the summer
-Course could use a little trash cleanup and maintenance.
Other Thoughts: -One of two good courses in Ames, definitely worth a stop. Fall or Spring are the best times to play. Avoid weekends and evenings when the college students are going to be playing, can get crowded.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Gateway Hills

1    10/2/2011   7/22/2010
Review By: jwetter
Played: 96  Reviewed: 30
This review was updated on 10/3/2011
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: -good use of natural elevation to make the course interesting and fun to play, some of the holes like #6 have nice elevation changes that make the course awesome
-good mix of open and wooded holes, as well as different distances
-good cement tee off pads, many holes have two different tee pads
-There are stairs and walkways to make the changes in elevation easier to climb
-Many interesting shots that make you want to keep playing.
Cons: -after it rains it can be quite muddy
-There are some holes that go along the river and those open up chances to lose a disc.
Other Thoughts: Fantastic Course, I would recommend playing it if you get a chance.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Neat Central IA gem

1    6/8/2010   7/6/2010
Review By: scarpfish
Played: 346  Reviewed: 100  Exp: 14.3 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good intermediate to novice level course that more advanced players won't get bored by. Good logical flow. Dual tees on every hole give players more adaptability in picking how much challenge they want. Good mix of open and wooded. Open area holes fairways are defined by a thin line of tall grass between holes (you can make going outside of these OB to add challenge). My favorite holes on this course were 8 and 12 which you shoot from one wooded area, out into the open, across to another wooded area.
Cons: If you like some long bomb holes, well, this ain't the course for you, as it is relatively short. The longest shot in the park is a 425' downhill tunnel hole. Course can be a mud pit in spots after a hard rain. The wooded section on 3-7 is particularly bad (definitely use the stairs provided). Very popular and gets crowded in the afternoons by mostly rec players, so expect some wait time. Pretty as it is, doesn't really have that wow factor. Hole signs are deteriorating.
Other Thoughts: A lot of places would be happy to have a course like Carol Marty in town. Due to its length and being in the vicinity of much longer, more challenging courses to the south probably doesn't get the cred it deserves. I wouldn't go to Ames just to play this, but I'd definitely play it again if I were passing through Ames. A good choice if you're in central Iowa and find the monster Des Moines courses a bit overwhelming.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Good, fun course

5+    5/6/2010   5/10/2010
Review By: chelseahawk3
Played: 28  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 15.4 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Has a wide variety of tee shots. Has a good amount of tight holes, also has some open holes that challenge players focus. Easy enough to always have a fun round. Easy to find course.
Cons: Too many short holes. Really no hole where you can let loose your longest drives. Course not updated enough. High concentration of bad players/hooligans. Often able to get near -10 under par on my own.
Other Thoughts: Overall I enjoy playing this course. While it is very easy and often crowded, it is still fun to play and satisfaction is easy to attain for players of all levels.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Is fun to play with lots of people

5+    5/4/2010   5/6/2010
Review By: Caligolfer
Played: 18  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This course has many different holes for many different type of throwers. It also has some hole in one holes.
Cons: This course can be hard for beginners. There also some holes with water on them.
Other Thoughts: Hole number 6 and 16 are two of my favorite holes that i have played. They are both downhill longer shots.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Good Local Course

5+    9/8/2009   9/8/2009
Review By: Airfishey
Played: 87  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 12.4 Years
This review was updated on 5/12/2010
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Multiple tee pads
-2 practice baskets
-Easy layout to follow
-Beginner friendly from short tees
-Long tees usually offer a lot tougher shot/line at the pin
-A good amount of elevation change
-Nice staircases make the elevation change manageable
-Course is usually well maintained-i.e. grass mowed
-Drinking fountain/ beverage machines by hole 18
-2 volleyball courts and a playground in the park
Cons: -The course is often crowded during the school year. If you play during this time of year, come in the morning or plan on a lot of waiting.
-A lot of littering from college students that is tough to keep clean during the school year.
-The front nine can get pretty muddy after some heavy rain
-There aren't really any holes to drive for distance (Maybe 1 or 2 holes 400 feet or longer)
-The course isn't too challenging from the shorts
Other Thoughts: -There is usually one portapotty near the parking lot.
-If you have to decide between this course and Stable Run in Ames, then I would suggest checking out Stable run because it has multiple tee pads, multiple pin locations, and is more challenging. However, this course is more scenic.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Solid Course

2-4    9/6/2009   9/6/2009
Review By: DunbarTrout
Played: 14  Reviewed: 12
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good variation of good technical holes where you are weaving between trees and then some very open holes with that are moderately long. Tee boxes are cement and most holes have an advanced tee box placement for a pretty good challenge. All holes can be played as par 3's. Several holes are great potential aces (especially 10). Good elevation change and no hole is terrible to play. Baskets in pretty good condition and you go past a drinking fountain twice during the round. Good practice pin to warm up at.
Cons: Signs aren't in the best condition and it can get very very busy during nice days. All of the hole are concentrated in one area in the middle. Because of all the people playing a lot of trash accumulates. All the holes are good, but they aren't mindblowingly memorable.
Other Thoughts: Hole 16 is a very awesome hole to play, very scenic and nice looking hole.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Solid, fun

1    8/18/2003   8/18/2009
Review By: DavidSauls
Played: 124  Reviewed: 64  Exp: 22.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice mix of open, semi-open, and wooded holes, with a suprising amount of elevation involved.

Plenty of different looks involved, and no bad holes.

Probably best suited for average players like myself; not terribly challenging for top players.

A pretty and scenic course.
Cons: None to speak of. Doesn't have great holes to lift it's rating any higher, but all fun.
Other Thoughts: I played on a summer weekday and had the course pretty much to myself, so not sure about the crowding issues others raised.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 

1    6/6/2009   6/19/2009
Review By: maeittreim
Played: 43  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 9.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course offers a variety of challenging shots with fairways cutting from right to left and vice versa. An interesting note is that there is a ton of elevation changes throughout the course. Both #1 and #18 have large amounts of elevation change. Holes play both out in the open and back through the woods.
Cons: The course seemed to be marked somewhat poorley. For my first time playing it, some tees were confusing to try to find. There is also a stream that runs behind and next to a few of the holes making for a muddy trip if you go down in the water. Also it seemed very busy which made the pace a little slower having to wait on other groups on every single hole.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


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