City Park Disc Golf Done Right
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple tee pads/basket locations for most holes, so there's a ton of replay value.
The signage is excellent. The basket locations and distances are shown, as well as the general direction of the next hole. Most of the holes with 2 tee pads have a sign for both tee pads.
Plenty of variety. There are a lot of open fairways, but several holes that require accuracy and make you think about line choice. It's not treacherous enough that a bad shot could easily cost you a disc, but there are a few places on the course where you can get in trouble if you miss the fairway.
Good amount of elevation change. Holes 10 and 12 provide some really nice downhill shots.
Beautiful park that usually isn't too crowded if there isn't a tournament going on.
Cons: As some others have pointed out, the signs don't tell you which basket placement is being used. This isn't an issue on most holes, but there are a few that you'll need to scout out beforehand.
Other Thoughts: I played this course the weekend after the Coca-Cola Classic on a Saturday, and it wasn't crowded at all. There were only a couple other small groups on the course at the same time as us. The course is over an hour away from both Des Moines and Omaha, so while the course gets a lot of players from both cities during tournaments, I think it's far enough out of the way that it doesn't have a lot of people from those areas who play it on a regular basis.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Bathrooms open during summer
- Palatable water from fountains
- Great Hole layout
- Multiple hole locations
- Pro and Rec Tees
- Concrete Tee boxes
- Some Benches
- Great location in town
- Frequently not busy
Cons: - Could be more trash bins (on weekends if you having a few beers you end up holding on to cans for multiple holes before you come to a bin)
- This course is a long one some holes have a good walk to the next tee
- Timber on the front nine can be punishing if you have a bad drive.
- Around hole 13 and 14 are usually city operated equipment that doesn't get moved frequently
Other Thoughts: Great course. Not a quick one but is really worth a play though if you are in the area. Lots of mature trees on the course as it is in an older park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Has concrete tee pads for all tees
Has nice tee signs with locations of the various basket placements
Has many benches throughout course
Has multiple basket placements for all holes
Has next tee signs posted throughout - easy to navigate
More open than wooded fairways with most holes having changes in elevations - which will be fun to the casual player
Water comes into play on some of the holes but they aren't really a factor in losing a disc
Has two loops of the front and back nines
Safety issues - course has a few holes that play near the road and playground
Course design and flow could use improvement as there are some moderately long walks between some holes
Course can get crowded at times as it's popular with parkgoers and players
This a nice, challenging multi-use 18 hole city course in Atlantic that I enjoyed playing on a rainy Friday afternoon. I probably would have had more fun if it wasn't raining on the day I played. First thing that surprised me was that the course had varying elevations. The elevations and the mature trees scattered throughout the course reminded me to keep my drives in control from the concrete tee pads. There is nice artwork on the tee signs but it would probably be better if there was some kind of basket placement indicator on them. There are three par 4s but I felt that hole #4 was the only legit one while the other two fell into the easy par 4/hard par 3 category. This is a well-maintained course and I can see how this course can get crowded with other players and parkgoers. Some of the holes play fairly close to the park's amenities and roads so that potentially can cause some concern in safety and delays depending on how busy the park is. Some holes had some moderately long walks in between but they weren't that bad. Other than that, it's an excellent course to play. If you're in this area, I highly recommend playing this course as it's a fun one to play.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a beautifully kept park with grassy fairways and mature trees. Most of the holes have enough trees to keep things interesting, but enough space to offer some different routes. You might have to get creative if you miss your lines, but there are chances to recover with little underbrush on the majority of the course. A couple holes play a little tighter with more rough, offering some chances to get into trouble with an errant shot.
Elevation comes into play on nearly every hole. Many have moderate hills that add some challenge and variety, you have to know how your discs will fly with elevation changes to be successful here. There are a couple big downhill bombs where you'll want to empty your bag, it's always fun to watch discs fly off elevated tee pads.
The amenities here are very nice. Most holes have two tees, all are large concrete pads with good texture. Many have retaining walls to prevent erosion and direct water away from the tees. There are good signs at both sets of tees with distances and hole layouts along with directions to the next tee. There are 2-3 pin placements on each hole, changing things up and adding some extra variety.
Cons: The multiple placements are nice, and are designed well to provide different challenges. That said, I find it a little frustrating when current pin placements aren't noted on the tee signs or course kiosk, it adds extra scouting to figure out how long the hole is and where to throw and means the nice signs are less useful.
There isn't a whole lot of punishment here for bad shots, you can almost always recover for par if you throw an errant drive. There are a few holes that feel like fillers, short and not very interesting. Several holes have potential conflicts with other park uses and the park road, on a nice day there could definitely be some safety issues.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course fairly approachable, especially from the short tees. It's not too long, and definitely isn't so punishing that it would frustrate less accurate throwers. More experienced players will find some fun shots and some great elevation, but not quite enough punishment to make it a top level challenge.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Extremely nice teepads/signs
- A lot of benches
- Good balance of holes (Hyzer, Anny, Straight, long, short, finesse, power, etc)
- Pro/Am tees with a few shared
- Well maintained in a beautiful park
- Good for any level of skill. Am/pro tees offer a noticible change in difficulty
Cons: - A lot of walking in between holes, some back tracking.
- Took us a little bit to find tee pads being our first time.
Other Thoughts: We made a stop on the way from council bluffs to des moines and all agreed it was a very nice course. We were messing around for the most part and shot +5 +7 +7. If you went and played serious you could easily shoot underpar. Really nice course, id definitely suggest it to people. I've met the head of the course if you will, at a few tournaments and hes a really good guy. He and Mike Wulbeker (Spelling?) are really putting in work to bring disc golf to western Iowa.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Pros: The holes have two tee pads, a "pro" pad and a "rec" pad. Each hole also has two (and sometimes three) pin positions, although only one basket is in use at any given time. The signage, which is some of the best I've seen, shows the distances, various pin positions, pars, and where the next tee is. The course wasn't bad to navigate, and you don't need a map (although there is one near the first hole). The front nine plays through a very nice area of mature trees with some low-hanging branches, so you often will have to throw low and flat. They aren't overly tight, though, with the exception of the 6th hole. The second half is slightly less wooded but has a couple holes (14 and 15) with some great risk/reward where you probably need to thread a small window to get a birdie. Hole 12 is a fun cliff shot. One of the pictures shows this hole, although the picture doesn't do it justice. Since it is a public park, it is well taken care of. There are a couple holes just under 200 feet, but they are all either pretty wooded or uphill. Most of the holes are 225-350 feet, as I recall. This place has some nice elevation. Two other cool holes: The first hole has the basket blocked by a playground ladder, so you have to throw through it or around it. Cool idea. And the 6th hole has a short but narrow fairway from the pro pad to the rec pad that requires some precise placement to play the dogleg to the basket.
Cons: You don't have the park to yourself. There was a Boy Scout gathering near the first hole, but they weren't really in the way. However, I couldn't tee off on #13...because there was a wedding in the fairway! You'll probably have most of the course to yourself, but there is real potential to have other park users in the way on #1, 10, 13, and 14. The course also had more players on it than I expected considering how new it is. That's great that it's already a success, but hopefully it doesn't end up getting crowded. Finally, some of the pro tee pads were just farther back but didn't give a really different look to the hole.
Other Thoughts: I drove here to check it out from Omaha. It is well worth the drive for a refreshing course. Parks like this are ideal locations for courses, and towns would do well to use some of their park dead space for courses. I'll be back.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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