Open and Hilly
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Pros: Plamann - Apple Creek is a beautiful course nestled in a park north of Appleton. Parking is available in a lot on the east side of the park near the lake. Hole 1's tee pad and hole 18's basket are both right next to this lot.
The course itself is mostly open and defined by clean cut grass lined with some light brush or woods. It's more open than many of the other courses in the area, but the trees that do come into play require you to think a little longer about how to play each hole.
Holes 1 thru 4 were a nice start to the course and offer a few different shots and angles. Holes 5 through 9 are pretty standard, open holes. From hole 10 on, the course is excellent.
My favorite hole was hole 13. It was a 391 foot extreme downhill shot that made my disc look like it was flying forever. Easily the most memorable hole on the course for me.
Hole 15 also stood out as the opposite of hole 13. This one goes back uphill 245 feet. A little noodle arm like me couldn't quite get it there, but I'm sure most players could do it without any issues.
All in all, a very scenic and peaceful round. There weren't many other players out there during my round.
Summary of pros:
- Well maintained park
- Easy parking
- Nice teepads
- Clearly defined fairways
- Significant elevation on some holes
- Beautiful scenery with lake and creeks
- Tee signs
- 9 hole course also on property
Cons: It was very muddy when I played my round. It looked like the park didn't drain very well. You might want to keep this in mind if playing after a storm or a few days after significant rain.
Some of the holes were confusing to me. The baskets didn't seem to match the signs at all. I had to walk ahead a few times to see where I was going, then return to the pad and throw. This is probably a non issue if you play with a local.
Other Thoughts: Plamann Park is another great course in the Appleton area. If you consider the additional 9 hole course, there are 27 holes of disc golf here waiting for you. I would add it to the list to play if you're visiting the area. Park in the lot on the east side of the park near the lake, and enjoy!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Excellent Parks Course
Pros: - Excellent use of elevation
- Good shot variety
- Concrete tee pads and baskets in good condition
- Additional 9-hole loop from the Meadowview 9 adds variety and makes for a great 27 holes
Cons: - Plays a bit short and straight, long tees would be great
- No helpful fairway geometry/pin location on tee signs
- Can be quite muddy after sustained rain
Other Thoughts: Plamann is a fantastic parks style course that is both accessible to beginners, and still fun and challenging to more experienced disc golfers. This course really shines in its use of elevation. Most of the holes have you throwing either uphill, downhill, or to a sloped green. This really helps make the course interesting and provides some risk/reward. There are definitely some lines you have to hit, but the course plays fairly straight and mostly open so bad shots are usually not severely punished. This is a fun course with some really interesting holes that won't beat you down. I enjoyed this course just as much in my first year playing disc golf as my 7th.
The length of the course makes it accessible to newer players as well. There are a handful of longer holes, but they mostly play downhill. Players with 300' of distance on their throws will have a chance to get a 2 on just about every hole besides 1 and 7. This is not a particularly challenging course, but it will still make you work for your birdies.
The equipment here is generally good. The concrete pads are plenty big, the baskets catch fine, and there are benches scattered throughout the course. However, while the tee signs give you the hole number and distance, they are pretty useless as far as telling you where the basket is. This is not always an issue, but there are a good number of blind shots, and it would be nice to have an idea of where to look before wandering up the fairway to find the basket.
This course is a bit hard for me to rate, on its own I probably give it around a 3.5-3.75 but the presence of the Meadowview course as an easily accessible additional 9-hole loop adds variety and some more good holes to an already great course, and bumps my rating up to 4. The Meadowview holes add some tighter lines and more sinister rough that contrast well with the more open lines at Apple Creek. There isn't much more distance on these holes, but the tighter lines add difficulty. It is quite easy to jump onto this extra loop at hole 2 after hole 11 on Apple Creek. Finishing Hole 1 of Meadowview puts you right back towards hole 12.
This is a great disc golf complex, and could probably be listed as a single 27-hole course. The ability to easily play 9, 18, or 27 holes is great, and truly makes the total better than the sum of its parts. There is a lot of fun golf to be had here, and both beginners and experience golfers alike should check Plamann.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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My Very First Tournament Course
Pros: My first experiences with disc golf were with highly technical, hilly and heavily wooded courses in Madison (which remain, to me, what disc golf is all about).
This was not only my first tournament course, but it was the first course I saw that looked and felt somewhat like the ball golf courses I grew up playing as a member of my HS team.
It's also one of the very few that is well designed, flows well, and has enough foliage as obstacles to make for interesting and challenging golf.
There is a good mix of long and short holes. There is very little in the way of extreme elevation change, but what little elevation there is is used to great effect (mostly by putting holes on side slopes, which can trick a player in terms of distance, and especially in terms of angle of release, as much as straightforward up and down).
The greens are exceptionally well guarded on the longer holes, offering the challenge of the hero shot to try for a long deuce, a risk that might not lead to reward and cause a player to bogie instead.
Cons: While the carved tee signs appear quite beautiful, they don't really give any idea of the true shape of the hole nor where the vegetation is located. They are largely ineffectual.
A few of the shorter holes on the back 9 could stand to have more protected greens and a design opportunity has been missed here to make for a more challenging championship caliber course (11, 12, 14 and 15 and possibly even 17 and 18).
Other Thoughts: I played this first in 1995 when it opened and I'd only been playing for a year. I finished 3rd in the advanced division and more than quintupled my entry fee in funny money.
Climo and Steady Ed were here, so it was probably the biggest thrill in my early discing career.
It's not among the best courses in WI, but I will always think of it fondly.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fun course to play with a good mix of Long and short holes. Great use of space.
Cons: The basket locations are not mapped out. If you have never played before it is hard to figure out where the baskets are.
Other Thoughts: Good course for begginers and experienced players alike.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Just played 27 different holes on this course, so I am confused as to why it is listed as 18 holes. Loved the course, clean, challenging but not a killer. It is my girlfriend's favorite course because it is relatively bug free and beautiful.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good mix of long and short shots throughout. Rolling hills with varied shots favoring forehand and backhand throwers. Had the feel of a ball golf course, basically being that it was well maintained and contained unique features for a disc golf experience.
Cons: Signs looked nice, but were not very practical. It was hard to see or understand the shot ahead. Some shots could have been more challenging, but that is a variable for different golfers.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun, relaxing round
Pros: Plamann 18 is a very serene course set in a very well kept city park, just outside of Appleton on the north side of town.
DGA baskets, all in good repair, and all caught very well. One pin placement per hole, although there are apparently different setups for tournaments.
Concrete tee pads on every hole. Plenty long enough, rectangular, and grippy. One tee position per hole.
The course has a nice mix of distances, from a 436' first hole, down to a 179' hole, and just about everything in between.
The course is FULL of rolling hills and elevation. This is probably the biggest theme of this course, and provides some difficulty. Hole 13 is an especially fun hole, 391' down a big ol' hill, with a creek behind it. Good stuff.
Lots of mature trees will punish errant drives. The fairways are generous on almost every hole, unless you hit one of these trees!
Navigation is pretty intuitive, with most tee pads near the last basket.
Cons: One tee/one pin position is kind of a drag. It's a fairly open park, and at least could use some variety.
It can get swampy here in the spring, especially on the early holes.
You do get the feel that a lot of the holes are either straight, or slightly left to right, which can be tough if you're not throwing particularly straight that day, or depend on a lot of hyzer shots.
There can be a lot of traffic here on nice days. Get there early, and it won't be a problem. Being a big, beautiful park, you also get some stray pedestrian traffic as well, especially around the back side.
Other Thoughts: Plamann is a really fun course for an Int player. It's one of those courses that I always feel like I left a few shots on the course. The lines are fun, and rewarding.
This review is only for the 18 loop, but you can jump into the back 9 after hole 11 (start on hole 2) and it spins you right back to hole 12. Easy peasy.
We were informed that Plamann is one of the first 10 courses in Wisconsin, which was a surprise. It has definitely stood the test of time, and the length is surprising for such an old course. I have a blast every time I play here, and would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a round that isn't a beatdown, but isn't some wide open course.
Plamann is like Flip City's older sister. Flip City is the hot younger sister that everyone wants to get with....Plamann is the slightly older sister that's a bit easier to score on, but not quite as exciting. The ride will still be fun, though!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Plamann Course Review
Pros: It's a really long and well laid out course. Plenty of hills to throw up or down from. There is also an optional 9 holes off of the back 9.
Cons: The holes a too straight. They don't offer any type of obstacle to throw around or trees to maneuver through. It seems like every hole par is made for beginner throwers. Some holes could easily be made in 2, but has a par 4 listed.
Other Thoughts: If you're in the area, definitely check this place out. When its not busy, its a fun and a smooth course to play. The ground is normally good and not too swampy. Bugs aren't a huge nuisance, unless you get into the water and muddy areas.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Apple Creek 18 hole.
Pros: This course can be played by itself or you can jump onto the meadowview course after hole 11 to play the whole 27 hole loop. All holes have nice large, level concrete tees that are plenty grippy. The baskets are Mach 3's that are all in excellent shape and catch nicely. these also have the number plates on top of each which is always nice. There are signs at each tee that have a map of the hole, par, hole # and distance. The flow from hole to hole is very intuitive. the course was well mowed and maintained when we went. There are benches and trash cans all over throughout the course. There's a really good amount of elevation on this course. It's one of the major challenges on this course. There's a really solid mix of left, right and straight shots required here. It's a pretty well balanced course in this regard. Other than that it's moderately wooded with a number of holes being mostly open. There's a good mix of different distances on this course. It starts out with the longest hole at 463 feet on hole 1. The shortest is 179 feet on hole 11, however this is a blind uphill shot which makes up for the shortness here. All the holes have either wood chips or metal grating around each tee pad. Some have both. There's a great variety of different types of trees throughout the different sections of the course making it a very visually appealing course. The course is also free to play. They have a large board at the start of the course with any kind of disc related postings on it.
Cons: My main con here is the tee signs. The map of each hole layout is pretty much useless for first time players. It's basically just a blob that's supposed to be the fairway with a cartoony basket on top of the blob. It doesn't help at all in knowing where the basket is. The course is only open late spring to late fall. It's always nice seeing courses being open year round but there's plenty of other courses nearby that stay up all year. Also the drainage can apparently get pretty bad here. Everything was good as far as that when we went, however it was late October. Something to remember if you go in the spring or after any rain. In order to jump onto the 9 hole loop you need to cross the road after hole 11. You'll see hole 12 to your left and hole 2 of Meadowview to your right. It's just easier to start on hole 2 of Meadowview and finish with hole 1 which will bring you right back to hole 12 to finish the 27 hole loop. I can see why hole 1 is where it is just a little confusing for first time players. There's only one set of tee and basket locations here. It would be nice if at least they had multiple pin locations on such an otherwise real solid course.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a plenty fun course that would make for a fun day of disc golf by itself or combined with any of the many other nearby courses. I gave it a 3.5 because it is very good. There's just nothing that really sticks out to make it super memorable. It's just a real solid well designed course. I'd definitely check this one out if you're in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Elevation, Some big distance holes.
Cons: Wasps and Bees! Not going to lie, after going into anaphylactic shock years ago the amount of potential near death experiences made the course particularly challenging for me. :)
Besides a few holes, it seemed the majority of holes were shorter with not much variety in technical difficulty.
Other Thoughts: Over-all one of the better kept courses I've been to. Garbage disposal options were stellar!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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