East Moline, IL 
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 Fun and tough 9er

1    4/10/2010   4/28/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course starts in a nice little multi-use park, then plays into a wooded and hilly area and around a small pond. A couple holes have a sharp elevation change which adds some fun factor and some great challenge. A few of the other pins are set close to drop offs and thick rough, making for some great risk/reward opportunities and tough punishment for errant shots.

The pond comes into play on a couple holes, and adds even more great risk to the course. For me, the signature hole on the course was the one shooting down a steep wooded tunnel then across the pond with water to catch short shots and an ob road beyond, just a fun hole that plays some mind games with you.

The course had nice discatchers in great shape. The tees were concrete and were plenty large with some texture. The tee signs were descriptive and made the course easy to follow and navigate.
Cons: I don't often say this, but the alternate pin positions on this course were a bit disappointing. Not only was it not clear on the tee signs which positions the pins were in which made it so that you had to walk ahead on a few blind holes to see where the basket was, but they were also a let down compared to the long positions. They were in a mix of long and short settings when I played, but I checked out where the short and long placements were on all the holes. On nearly all of them, the longs were challenging and fun, with lots of variety, but the shorts were much easier and had lots of straight shots with a lot less challenge and risk. I didn't see the long tees mentioned on the course page, if they're there they aren't well marked.

A few of the hilly fairways were quite muddy despite no recent rain, which made them a little treacherous and pretty messy. The beginning and end of the course are pretty boring in the flat open part of the park, and play too close to playgrounds and picnic areas for safety.
Other Thoughts: This course has more challenge and variety than most of the 9 hole courses I've played, and a couple really fun holes that make it worth a stop if you're in the area. Beginners will find the course tough, but the water carry has a safe route around it and the rough is punitive but not too terribly disc hungry. More experienced players will enjoy several of the holes here, especially if they're in the long positions, though there are a few throw away holes that are a bit boring.

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