fun rec course, if the grass is mowed
Pros: -beautiful landscape between the N. Platte River and the Riverside campground, with a great view of Scottsbluff National Monument
-lots of large, mature trees
-fun rec layout with mostly shorter holes but a few longer ones to lean into a driver a bit
-lots of easy holes but lots of well-placed trees too, and the longer holes are well done
-many holes with multiple routes to the basket
-Mach baskets are in good condition
-natural pads are mostly in good condition
-plenty of parking
-kiosk at hole 1 with maps/scorecards in the mailbox
-there were actually maps/scorecards in the mailbox
Cons: -a few pads are not level or large enough, 12 and 16 i think were the worst
-the grass off the fairway is tough for disc retrieval; after reading some of the prior reviews, i feel lucky the grass was only 1-2' high in most places
-park roads, pedestrian paths, and campgrounds are all very close by many of the fairways; use caution
-it looks like the course can flood easily, the area on holes 3-7 looks particularly susceptible but the whole course sits in low lying areas
-i found the course really easy to navigate with the map but i could see how it could be more difficult when the grass is taller
Other Thoughts: Pioneer Legends DGC in Riverside Park makes the most of some pretty cool land. The course plays through an area between the campground to the north and after a park road, the North Platte River to the south. There is a great view of Scottsbluff National Monument beyond the river. There are lots of large mature trees throughout and many are used to great effect on several holes.
I was pleasantly surprised to find maps with a scorecard on the back in the mailbox at hole 1. I was able to easily navigate with the map. The baskets are in great condition and the natural pads are mostly pretty good. A few, holes 12 and 16 in particular, were uneven or very short. The red gravel mentioned by past reviewers is long gone; they are dirt.
Holes 3-7 play through a low, marshy area. I was lucky it was dry when I play this summer. The fairways are mowed into the grass which apparently can get extremely tall. It was 2' at most when I played but past reviews describe nightmare conditions. Hole 3-7 were among my least favorite. Holes 2 and 8 are in the same section and I really like the fairway on hole 8. There's a tree directly in line with the basket so you can take the left or right line to the basket and either way there are other trees to deal with to make the green.
This was my favorite part about the course. There are just enough trees to keep it interesting and many are used really well to create challenging holes with options. Holes 1 and 9-18 play near the park road and have lots of clusters of 1-3 large trees throughout that area, except 13, 15, & 18 which are pretty open. I really liked holes 9, 11, & 16. They are a bit longer with well-placed trees and multiple routes. Hole 14 was also a cool spike hyzer.
I haven't played them all but from the looks of it this has to be the best course in the NE panhandle. There's a great variety of lines and distances that's accessible to beginners and fun for experienced players. It's definitely worth stopping to play if you're passing through or stopping here and camping if you're on a longer trip. If you're a disc golfer living in the panhandle and you haven't played here, you definitely should! That said, a fun round here is totally contingent on the grass being in reasonable condition. It could be rough otherwise.
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Good For A Pit Stop While Driving Across Nebraska But Comes With Warning Label-You May Be Here A While Searching For Your Lost Discs!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Just finding the course is this huge park us tricky. The park has everything including a zoo, fishing lakes, summer camp facilities and anything that any other park has. The course has a very, typical useless course information at the beginning. It also has a mailbox for maps and amazingly enough, there were actually course maps in there. My absolute favorite thing about this course is the way cool tee sign posts. They are gnarled, unique looking tree stumps with one place where a small tee sign is fastened on. The tee pads are natural with boards on the side. Most were very serviceable but 2-3 were pretty rough, # 12 comes to mind. The baskets are about shiniest DGA models I've ever seen.
Even with the helpful map, navigation was dicey. I found myself constantly walking up and around trying to locate tee pads.
Holes 1 & 2 play across a field, then 3 to 7 enter the swampy area with mowed fairways and tall, tall grass (like 6-8' tall). I don't know if this is elephant grass, swamp grass or prairie grass but it's way over my head in places. I spent 15 minutes hunting for a disc in it. There were two college guys, beginner types, and their round was taking them forever as they couldn't throw anything straight. I felt sorry for them.
I did enjoy the variety of hole lengths, ranging from 135' up to 445'.
Cons: The tall grass just off the fairways is a major problem. It could wreck most anyone's round.
The course is difficult to navigate, even with the map.
Natural pads were mostly OK but a couple needed work. Weeds growing up in several. How much play does this course get?
Several walkouts are fairly long.
The area where holes 2-7 play are in a marshy land which must get pretty saturated during some times of the year.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure why this course didn't excite me more? I think by the time I got through the swampy area with the high grass, I was pretty well tuned out. I had spent valuable time hunting for a disc in the swamps. I had spent valuable time walking about trying to find different holes. I was just ready to be done with this course and move on down the road. That's not exactly a glowing endorsement for this course, is it?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Beautiful area, disappointing course
Pros: Trees coverage provided some nice shade, local players friendly, nice baskets, unique markers at each tee gave the course its own identity. Shorter holes make for a nicer experience for novice players such as the ones we met while there.
Cons: Played hole 1 and 2 simply enough and then got lost looking for hole 3. Had to walk a ways after wandering about for approx 10 minutes before a local player came around and happened to have a map they'd gotten at previous visit. Stick to the back 9 as the front 9 is not maintained and you will be playing in a marshland.
Other Thoughts: I was really disappointed to find no map at the huge sign announcing the name of the course at the entrance to hole 1. There were no indicators at baskets/tees to signify where the next tee would be. The front 9 was severely overgrown; hole 4 was literally nothing but waist high grass with only the tee pad being mowed. I may not be the best but I am nowhere near being a beginner and I can definitely tell that this course needs serious attention before I will consider playing it again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice natural setting. Prairie grasses, large mature trees, N Platte River.
-Right behind the Zoo
-Lots of other stuff to do nearby if you are traveling with non-discers
-Views of Scott's Bluff Monument
-Signs are good
-Most holes have multiple lines that you can take with a few challenges in the way.
-This course probably isn't overly crowded
-Lots of ace runs!
Cons: -Can flood
-Dirt tees, can be a little dusty and loose underfoot.
-Some longer walks between baskets and tees.
-Could lose a disc in a few places if it gets overgrown
-Overall length is on the shorter side and the hole length is pretty standard. Not a ton of variance.
Other Thoughts: -A few of the older reviews are mostly irrelevant as the course is indeed 18 holes now.
-This course is easily the best in the panhandle but that isn't saying much.
-I had an enjoyable experience at this course. It was about the right level of difficulty for me to go for lots of birds and aces without it being boring. I didn't spend any time looking for discs or avoiding poison ivy. It was a nice casual round and I woudn't mind returning.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Stop By and Play A Round
Pros: Course layout was decent. Once I figured out the direction that the holes went. The second hole tee box is not the closest to the 1st holes basket. We had our dog out on the course and she could run free. I think that if you have an animal that can behave then no one would ever complain on this course.
Cons: Most holes play near the gravel road that leads to the other park attractions. It was winter time so traffic was minimal, but I still found myself near the roadways often.
Other Thoughts: I would love to see this course extended to 18 holes and go down along the rivers edge. That would make for a very nice backdrop to game play.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is the best course that I have played in the panhandle of Nebraska and from what I have heard it is only going to get better. About a month ago the group I was playing with ran into the Superintendent of Scottsbluff Rec. and Parks and he said they are planning on constructing 9 more holes in 2011. It is already a great disc golf atmosphere along the North Platte River with a great view of Scottsbluff National Monument and doesn't even feel like you are within city limits. Best of all for me is that nobody seems to mind that I let my dog run freely while I play.
Cons: They have two pin locations for each hole but I have never seen them moved around. Some holes can become partially under water when the river and ground waters are high although that seems to be my dogs favorite part about it. I might have to take my own rake out there and level off the tee pads.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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DG Course in my hometown
Pros: A nice disc golf course with well maintained fairways and decent challenges. On almost every hole there are trees or telephone poles to navigate around. The course is rather open due to its location in a park and access roads running through, but a lot of time and care has gone into the management of this course. I played it a year after the first reviewer and it had only improved. Signs with hole locations are posted at every hole, scorecards and pencils are available at the first tee, and the zoo staff can provide map with the course location and layout. Tee boxes are not concrete, still red gravel.
Crowds are definitely not a problem here, as we were the only ones on the course the first time and one other group the second time.
The first tee is located across the road from the pool/water park and kid's camp with ample parking.
Cons: Holes are a bit short, but challenging. Rough can be very rough as there is tall grass in several places, in one instance 5-7 foot reeds growing on the left side of the fairway on hole three, with heavy underbrush. Almost lost a disc in there.
On a couple of holes you have a lengthy walk to the next tee, but each hole is marked well and easy to find. Really, though, those are the only downsides.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised when I played Pioneer Legends. When I'd heard that Scottsbluff had a disc golf course, I was excited because I'd grown up in western Nebraska, but was expecting a course similar to Yellowstone where the holes are not marked and you're basically throwing at trees or boulders. Imagine my surprise when I saw the signs, actual chain basket holes, and cut fairways. It was really a great experience for me, but alas, I was home on three weeks' leave and didn't get to play as much as I would have liked.
I highly recommend playing this course if you ever find yourself in western Nebraska or disc golfing across the U.S.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Right behind the zoo!
Pros: Well constructed tee box areas with red gravel, the nebdisc website says concrete, but I think they are mistaken. I played it only a few weeks after they opened it, so anything is possible. Each teebox has a nice four foot tall decorative log placed next to it for maps and information, there was nothing on the log faces when I was there but I got the impression that there would soon be map information on them. The course has very convenient parking because the first tee is located right behind the parking lot for a local swimming pool or rec center.
I stopped at the Zoo to ask for directions and the lady working there was very helpful, she told me that they have loner discs available too. As a big fan of disc golf courses in natural settings, this course did not disappoint. It is populated with huge old cottonwood trees, the sort you would find in the plains near a river. The first three holes are short but the course lengthens up in the end. I would say that this is a good course for all skill types with a slant toward beginners.
Cons: There are some multi use danger areas, near parking and playgrounds. The back portion of the course has a hole the runs close to the RV park. I did not have a map and was a little bit confused at some point in the middle. I shared the course with about thirty eight-year-old boys who were out there for some function and they were super polite and helpful. The course only has nine holes, but there is room for expansion.
Other Thoughts: When I played the course was only a few weeks old. By a stroke of luck I read about its grand opening on their newspaper's website. It was close to 100 degrees and, I drank so much water that I worried I was overdoing it. I took many pictures of this course and they are all sadly somehow lost in the digital world. This course is still (as of today) unlisted at the PDGA directory (Who needs that anymore? Right?). I Guess for now we'll just have to be a DGCR user to be hip tho the panhandle's newest course. I wonder which community in western Nebraska will be the first to have 18 holes.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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