Worth the drive
Pros: + Plenty of parking.
+ Well-maintained grounds
+ Good tee pads (concrete) and baskets
+ Mix of several runnable short holes and the rest were reasonable long holes (several legit grip-it/rip-it holes too)
+ Plenty of uphill, downhill, sidehill shotmaking required
+ Most holes were accepting of either FH or BH, though a couple were highly easier one way or the other (like that when course forces you a bit to have a decent FH or BH).
Cons: - No signage for next hole, so some minor hunting around required (we did suggest to the grounds maintenace guy they could paint a spoke on the basket to point to the next tee pad, he thought that was something they could do).
Other Thoughts: Franklin Park was on our way west as part of a DG weekend, but I would still recommend it as being worth the drive from the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City corridor.
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Pros: Well maintained
Baskets in fantastic condition (mach 3)
Great use of elevation
Small hazards (creek and tree's) requiring skill shots on a few holes
Cons: No Signs. Tee pads had hole number, par, and distance stenciled on them however many were pretty worn down.
Uneven or angled Tee pads poured above ground
Tee pads were also short and as they're poured above ground be careful not to slip off when throwing.
Other Thoughts: Over all this was a very fun course to throw. Beautiful scenery with mature tree's and the creek. Somebody takes fantastic care of the lawn out here as well. If you are in the area stop by and try her out.
Signs and a map would push my rating up another point.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Krankin at Franklin
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Pros: Awesome TURF
+ Concrete tee pads
+ Mach 3s
+ Great use of elevation changes.
+ Hole 15 beautiful downhill bomber shot.
+ Easy to navigate.
+ Hard to lose a disc. Only one real water hazard.
+ Clean restroom after hole 10.
+ Nice shelter after hole 10 for break time.
+ Never crowded
+ Beautiful park with majestic trees scattered across course.
+ Course loops back to parking lot after hole 7.
Peaceful & rarely busy this park has something for everyone. Long short wide narrow and all in between . Though a little short for big arms there are still 4 or 5 holes to fire the big gun.
Cons: A few jagged edges but overall very beautiful.
- Short concrete tee pads play above ground with 3 or 4 inch lip so take care.
- Though signage is non existence course navigation is a breeze. See course map in links tab.
Other Thoughts: Off the beaten path with small town feel. The whole posse gets excited when we pull into Belle plaine. Don't bypass this great course.
Go have a birdie fest. It's a blast!!!
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0 Helpful / 1 Not
A decent fast playing city park
Pros: Mildly rolling fairways (slight elevation changes) with mature trees
Almost no rough
Creek running through presents only a minor hazard with unlikely loss of disc unless it is very high
Mach 3 baskets with numbers
Good use of space with very short walks between tees
Nearly all fairways to basket visible from the tees for safety purposes in seeing other park users
Cons: No practice basket - but a couple of baskets are very near the parking lot with good visibility of their respective tees
No tee signs or distances - paint stenciled hole numbers and pars on the pads
Other Thoughts: Flow is logical, but with no signs it would be a good idea to have a map printed or pulled up on your phone
WYSIWYG forgiving holes without need for much shaping, shot variety, or extreme distance to score well
Would be a great course to introduce a new player
Well worth the stop if in the area especially as it can be played very fast
Perhaps worth the extra country drive time and avoidance of I-80 between Cedar Rapids and Des Moines once
-My 2.5 might look low too some, but it is a truly nice city park.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Solid Course, Play If Traveling Through the Area
Pros: Good tee pads
Very well maintained
Fun to play
Easy to Navigate
Nice mix of short, medium, and long holes
Just the right amount of trees for a really fun round
You can score on this course
Other Thoughts: If you are traveling through the area you should stop and play this course.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course flows very well and is easy to navigate, but a map wouldn't hurt for first timers. The course utilizes the land perfectly and makes great use of the elevation and a creek that runs through.
Hardly anyone is ever playing this course! Its well maintained, and they frequently change pin positions to keep the course interesting. More often than not, I'm the only person (group) playing this course.
Par 3's, 4's, and a 5 are included and marked on the tee pads. I always like to see that someone took the time to denote pars for the holes, rather than just call them all 3's.
Cons: Sometimes there are kids playing on equipment that comes near play on one hole (#12).
The pars marked on the tee pads are fading.
No tee signs
Other Thoughts: Holes #1 and #2 are on the other side (south) of the parking lot near the pool. They seem to be separated from the rest of the park/course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very well kept grass. Big park with a pool, playground and baseball diamond (although that has nothing to do with the disc golf course). The only good this course has going for it is the beauty of the park.
Cons: This course lacks any sort of challenge. Every hole is wide open with very few trees to force the shape of your shot. The whole course is built around a large hill at the park. It reminds me a lot of Jones in Cedar Rapids. It is very wide open to the point that you can see any hole from any other hole (I would consider this lightly wooded). Each hole may have a tree or two but they mostly do not affect your shot or present any sort of challenge.
There are no maps, just hole number and par written on the tee pads. First timers at this course will likely have trouble navigating to the next hole as there is nothing to direct you to it. The pars are much too lenient for such a wide open course (if par 2 existed, this course should have it).
Other Thoughts: The waterfall is anything but a waterfall. It's more like a drainage pipe for the cess-pool of creek water filling up in front of it.
All in All this course was not worth the drive out into the country as it presented no sort of challenge. Unless you live nearby, I would suggest skipping this course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
A Belle of a course
Pros: A large variety of shots needed.
Beautiful park with a creek running through.
You can jump on the course in many places.
More than one restroom, 3 if you include the pool facilities.
Not a lot of traffic on the course.
Cons: It plays LONG, both in terms of the holes and in the amount of walking needed.
Course set on a hill, lots of up and down.
The park is prone to flooding, the holes through the middle of the course can be VERY wet.
Other Thoughts: Although you can jump on in a variety of spots, don't miss holes 1&2 which are across the parking lot of the pool. Playing across the creek and then crossing at the dam is pretty cool. Steer clear of the large spruce coming down the hill, they are known to eat discs!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: *On site bathroom
*Water hazards with no fear of losing disc
*Well taken care of lawn
*Doesn't have alot of people playing there very often
Cons: *Some of the par #s are a little short making you think you are batter than you are
*People like to picnic right in your way at times
Other Thoughts: All in all, pretty fun course
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Belle Plaine IA, Franklin Park DG
Pros: -18 hole course
-basket locations make a challenge
-creek changes the game
-people are friendly
-new pool at top of the park
-parking spots in good position
Cons: -no hole stats or distance
Other Thoughts: I thought this course was very well put together. The creek and hills give it originality. Fun to play on nice warm summer days. After a game you can take a dip in the towns new aquadic center.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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