Nice weekday course
Pros: -The park is always in good shape and looks nice.
-Easy to find. Any GPS can take you straight to Jackson Park, as it's in the middle of town.
-This course is great if you just want to get a quick round in before/after work, or whatever else takes up your life.
-The creek creates a nice atmosphere of being out in nature while being in town.
-There's a decent amount of parking, and there are city maintained facilities on course.
-A great place to teach someone the sport, but challenging enough to still be fun for advanced players.
-If you need an aircraft carrier deck to tee off from, you're in luck.
-Really sweet old trees and good use of a flood plain.
Cons: -Can be very busy on weekends/evenings due to population of Rapid and multipurpose location. Watch for Peds.
-Jackson Blvd. is a main road. There are few holes that border it, but can be lots of loud-ish traffic at times.
-So.... many.... pin placements. Unless you play here all the time, it can be a challenge to figure out which one is in use.
-No elevation changes. Thats just how the land is, so I can't complain to much.
Other Thoughts: I give it 3.5 mainly because of the high amount of traffic through and bordering the park. Not that Rapid is a big city, I just prefer less populated areas.
For me, the amount of pin options on many holes and sign style make the course a bit difficult to navigate and locate the basket.
If you're able to play during the workday, do it.
If not, weekends are OK.
Just look before you throw and don't expect to rush through your round.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Whole Lotta' Pin Positions...
Pros: This course plays across large areas of mowed grass and through scattered mature trees. A couple of small creeks and a larger one add interest to many of the holes.
Holes 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 15 and 17 all have pin positions that can bring water into play. Some are close enough that a slightly long drive will land you in the water.
Hole 12 requires a drive into fairly narrow tunnel to a guarded pin. This was the tightest hole on the course.
Level concrete teepads, with good texture. Five holes have a second longer pad, which add 40' - 75' to the holes. Simple fiberglass signs which show the pin positions, but little else.
Holes have 2 - 5 different pin positions, some of which change the hole dramatically. In many cases the distance change isn't significant, but the line varies considerably.
Course navigation is pretty simple, though you need to know that Hole 2 is across the road from Hole 1. Having a copy of the map helps.
Cons: No elevation change on the course.
Even though there are quite a few large trees on the course, most lines to the basket are practically unobstructed. With the wide spacing of the trees even a tree hit doesn't necessarily add a stroke.
With the numerous pin positions and no indicator at the tee you may find yourself wondering which basket to throw to. For example, baskets for Holes 7 and 13 overlap each other enough that I threw to the wrong basket my first time.
Other Thoughts: Good parking area, and a decent porta-potty near the first tee. Practice basket near the first tee.
It was dead calm the day that I played. I imagine that wind would make things considerably more difficult.
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Pros: Course was developed by two guys, one a lefty and the other a righty. Because of this there a wonderful mix of hyzer, anhyzer, and straight shots. Course had plenty of challenging holes. It's fairly centrally located and easy to find. Really fun practice pin as well.
Cons: Wind was a factor for me, however, it added to the challenge. The biggest downfall for this coarse would have to be that it is relatively short. They did a marvelous job with the space they had but I found myself playing with my mid-ranges more often than not.
Other Thoughts: A must if you are in the area. Local players are really nice. Beware the wind and the river.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Needs more hills... still fun!
Pros: -I like the blue baskets, a nice touch
-Dual tees on many holes
-Multiple and very different pin placements on every hole. Every time you come here it could be a different round! I don't know how often they are rotated.
-Creek comes into play a lot and it would be fairly hard to retrieve a disc now, it is flowing fast.
-No easy holes, the short ones have guarded baskets or a hazzard nearby. Many risk/reward drives and approaches. There are still a few ace runs if you hit the right line.
-Some kind of open holes at the start to some reasonably wooded holes in the middle and back into the open for the end. A very good mix. There are a good amount of trees, no luck holes with too many trees and no wide open holes.
-Course flows well. Map at the start and each tee has maps of the hole and a direction of the next tee box.
-Tees are fairly large and concrete
-This course is pretty long, especially on the longer layouts.
Cons: -There are hills everywhere around except at this park! Playing in Rapid City in the Middle of the Black Hills I expected more hills.
-Could lose discs in the creek
-Could be pretty busy.
-Most holes are relatively open and not many shots are forced here.
-Not a lot of other cons
Other Thoughts: This is a fun and challenging course in Rapid City. There are other good courses in the Black Hills too. If you are on vacation visiting Crazy Horse/Mt Rushmore/Deadwood then this is a good stop.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Loved this course
Pros: Variety of holes, some short some long, some open some technical. Nice park, not to crowded. Good signage.
Cons: Not really that I can think of, more bathrooms would be nice.
Other Thoughts: A very pleasant surprise. Me and my 3 sons went up to Mt Rushmore for the day and stopped by here after lunch. A very fun round, lots of risk v.s. rewards. Some very interesting holes with water right behind the hole that makes you take a second thought before your throw. Would recommend to anyone to play if in the area.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I forgot to take the map to Jackson park that I had printed out before this trip, and did not need it. To my pleasure, this park has maps on the signage of every hole and also displays the next tee box, so I was never lost. About half of the course has two tee pads, and just about every hole has three pin placements. The trees are nice and mature and there is a good variety of them. The course is bordered by a river and has a small creek runs though it. Some of the shorter holes placed the baskets only feet from the river making you think twice about going for it. Jackson Park is so clean, I never once saw a spec of trash anywhere. It feels like a park course because of how well manicured everything is but as far as I could tell the course was not sharing space with some other function. I get the feeling that because of the many trees and the scenery that Jackson Park could be a wonderful wintertime course.
Cons: The only restroom I saw was a portapotty. This course is very flat. I might be a little picky here but it seems to me like its lacking a signature hole.
Other Thoughts: I've wanted to play Jackson Park for a very long time. I was not disappointed. I got lucky that on the day I was visiting the wind was more tame than usual.
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