Great Play after a long flight
3 Helpful / 0 Not
-Nice Tee Pads
-Helpful tee signs
-Unique homemade baskets mixed in with some DISCatchers, homemade baskets don't catch great, but they still get most putts.
-Fairways are nice grass, the course is on a city park in Amsterdam, so it is pretty well maintained.
-Good tree use, Hole 4 especially.
-The map helps a ton, not that the course is hard to navigate, but the map makes it really easy, especially if you're a little brain dead from an international flight.
-Water is used well as an obstacle as it should be in a park with canals. The water is super icky, but that just makes it more of an obstacle I guess.
-A couple benches which are sturdy and relatively new, but I wouldn't really want to sit on them because of the garbage.
-Some nice open long holes and some shorter technical ones, excellent mix of forehand and backhand.
-Rough is super tricky, lots of stinging nettles, and tons of garbage.
-Unsurprisingly, there is not much opportunity for elevation at this course, there are a few mounds that could have enhanced play, but they are left unused. TIP: on hole 9 throw from the top of the sculpture mound, it is way cooler than the actual tee.
-Paths from hole to hole are decent, but almost every single hole plays across or next to popular bike paths. Hole 4's fairway is a bike path.
-This course feels sketchy, there is a lot of graffiti, and tons of garbage everywhere.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Full 18 holes
- good baskets
- a couple of the holes had over water shots that were fun
Cons: - not clearly marked (we ended up missing a hole and being unclear as to which basket to target)
- locals seemed oblivious to the sport and were definitely an obstruction
- some repetitive/redundant holes; poor layout
Other Thoughts: When we played the center of the course was all torn up as in no turf or grass, just dirt. Kind of tilled like they were going to put something in. Not sure if that will affect the course's future or not. It kind of sucked for our round though, hence the poor review.
Also, beware the stinging nettles in the springtime. Seriously a force of nature to contend with.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
amateur on Holiday
Pros: Beautiful Park, Great use of what terrain and vegetation they had. Tee Pads are concrete (little short for some but not me). Great signage. The baskets are not like any I have seen it the State but they caught well (when I would hit them). The had a nice mix of right to left and left to right. I can see why they it reviews as the best course in the Netherlands. Did I mention it is a beautiful park.
Cons: a couple of very short holes. Some nettles. I played in Oct so cool and damp. Not lots of people in the park but I could see it could be a problem in warmer weather. You play near a LOT of bike and walking paths, plus i could see it being a hot picnic spot.
Other Thoughts: This is my first course outside the USA. I might not have rated it as high for a US course but it was too much fun to play here not to give it a good review. Plus it is a good course. As an FYI for any of the locals there is or was a Gateway Wizard Putter in the water on hole #3! You are welcome. Let me know if you find it. firstname.lastname@example.org
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 baskets, 18 plaques to guide you hole by hole, a course map by hole one, Good range of different play style holes (wide open, left/right dogleg, tight tree lines, short and long holes)
Cons: Playing at the end of march we had little to no interference or hold ups with people in the park however it makes sense that the park would fill up in summer months as it is a beautiful park. Being that my home base for disc golf is California I am more than used to dealing with heavy foot traffic/people sitting in fairways none of which effected my round.
Other Thoughts: so glad to have a good course to play during my week stay, a bit of a walk from the city center ~3 miles. But doable in about 30 or 45 minutes depending on your pace.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Sloterpark is thankfully no longer under construction - the grounds crew and tournament people have been clearing some of the nettles, etc as well, making it more accessible and comfortable.
Cons: Can be difficult to wait for walkers to get out of the way! But this is true for lots of courses.
Other Thoughts: All 18 tee boxes are back their original state and there are PDGA events being played here now, positive future for this course - Goed Zo.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Bad Day To go.
Pros: - Tee signs these are good, everyone is pretty easy to tell where to go and they tell you where the next tee pad is.
Shot Verity - there is a ton of stuff all round to shot, and play different, Hole seven has a U shape hole, water, trees, open.
Park - The Park is beautiful and easy to find if the bridge isn't closed off for it.
baskets- They have baskets and are in pretty good condition.
Cons: Construction - It seems construction is always happening here. When I went the bridge you would normally cross was closed, an I missed hole 1-3 and 17-18 as they were unable to get to without swimming.
The Park - it seems people just chill in the fairways here and don't really like it if you ask them to move. So I had to skip a few holes because of this.
Other Thoughts: Honestly it was super hard for me to find this place, I took tram 14 to the Sloterpark exit, and when i started walking towards the sport center the bridge afterwords (which I think is where you go) was closed to construction, so I had to keep walking and get to hole 4 where I started.
It seems like construction is always happening here, and also if it's a nice sunny day people will be hanging out in the fairway.
If you are with a non disc golfer, there is a swimming area off the exit and what seemed to be a petting zoo across the street, which will help.
I think I would of rated this course a little bit higher if there weren't so many people sitting in the fairways un willing to move, and construction always there as it seems to be by other reviews. The course is great, I would say the best bet is to get there early to avoid people.
I was staying in central Amsterdam and it was about a 28 minute tram ride.
If you do not like my review, please give me what I can improve to help. Thanks!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Variety and nice use of space
Pros: Creative layout (e.g.#2 is like an island with paths OB)
Variety of shots given terrain
Water holes (3, 17)
Nice park aesthetics (not just because there's a DG course therefor signage
Nice custom baskets
People in park very friendly when they figured out what we were doing with the discs.
A hill in Holland #9!!
Cute bunnies on several holes
Clearly thought out design
Cons: It's a multi-use park so many fairways and throwing lanes overlap with pedestrian and bike paths as well as grassy areas here people are lying around. One basket had a bike leaning against it.
Two of the baskets had single trash items in them. It was clear people didn't know what these things were. While we saw three other folders there during our round, I imagine it does not have a lot of DG traffic.
Construction during waterlogged areas on 11, 13.
Other Thoughts: Maybe there are some efforts already, but I would recommend some public clinics or demonstrations to invite park goers to learn about the sport.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Wish I had more time!!
Pros: I loved this course! I wish I had more time to play another round.
My favorite thing about this course is the risk/reward it offers. Holes 3 & 17 over the water are tremendously fun. While #3 really isn't that long, you have to trust that your disc will hyzer back and it's adrenaline pumping. It's pretty easy to get your disc back as long as you're semi-close to the side.
There's a great diversity of shots. There's long and short, right/left, up and down.
The park is in good condition and the home made baskets are fantastic.
Cons: This course shares the park with many other things...so there is a lot of foot traffic. When I was there, I couldn't play a few of the holes because there was a carnival/fair going on on one side and two of the later holes were under construction.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course in the Netherlands, hands down. Unfortunately I only had time to play one round here, but I would definitely had played another had a had the chance. The signs are great and the tees are adequate. It's a very challenging and enjoyable round. I recommend it!!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
A lot of potential, but an ultimate disappointment
Pros: Sloterpark is a beautiful park located about 3.5 miles from Amsterdam Centraal station on the Slotermeer lake. The park is easy to get to via public transit (tram 7 or 14), and would also be an easy bike ride thanks to Amsterdam's bike infrastructure. There is also ample parking in the Sloterparkbad sports complex which is right next to the park.
The baskets here are mostly in great shape and the custom basket tops give the course a unique flair. Tees are 3 slabs of concrete or marked on the walking path. Tee signs are comprehensive showing a map of the hole, par info, distance in meters, marked OB and mando, and also a smaller map that shows where surrounding tees/baskets are in relation to the present hole. There are also at least two complete course maps; one at the front of course and one by the 12th basket. The park is kept very clean and the grass is kept short.
This course was very well-designed. It describes a complete loop that will take you right back to where you started. The distances are varied, the front and back 9 are well balanced, and there was a nice balance between open field and more wooded holes. There is a lot of challenge here due to crazy OBs, mandos on 6 and 9, mature trees, tough curves and two terrifying throws across a small section of the lake (3 and 17). Other stand out holes include 9, a 700 ft+ bomb off of a large hill with a very cool sculpture on it, 10, which is a very challenging tunnel shot through the trees, 2 which is probably the tightest in/out of bounds situation you'll ever play, and the blind curve on 7. The locals seemed to at least tolerate the fact that I was playing there.
Cons: OK, now for the bad stuff. The biggest disappointment for me here was that many holes were not playable when I was there (4 February 2013). A tree had fallen on the tee box for 3, which meant that too much could have gone wrong throwing across the water. 9 was an absolute disaster as the first 300-400 feet of fairway were completely flooded. While this is probably only an issue during the winter, the summer may provide a different set of problems since heavy park use may also make this hole unplayable. Park construction took holes 11-14 out of commission as well.
The course also was very much in conflict with activities of other users of the park. There were throws over park benches, lots of danger to joggers and walkers on the paths, and I can imagine that many fairways are also optimal BBQ locations.
The course map was also a bit confusing and probably not 100% accurate. The water holes could be cons, especially for beginners because they are very risky and there is virtually no possibility of retrieving your disc if it goes in the drink. The tees also don't afford much in the way of a good run-up, especially the ones on the path as well as 9, which is the longest hole on the course. This is especially a problem because most of the holes here are on the longer side of things.
Other Thoughts: Amsterdam's very damp climate will probably mean that you're playing on wet, muddy grass most of the time. Waterproof shoes are highly recommended and if you have a waterproof disc bag it's probably great especially if you play with a camera, phone, or other electronic devices in your bag.
This is definitely a course worth seeking out (a quick skim through all the Dutch courses on this site likely make it the best course in the Netherlands), but you shouldn't come with very high expectations. It would likely make for a great tournament course if the park was closed to the public and conditions were perfect. It has all the elements of a great course with a few very unfortunate circumstantial elements that made my experience less than enjoyable. I would definitely come back hoping for a better experience if I'm ever in Amsterdam again, but my first time was quite disappointing here. Should I return, this review will certainly get an update.
NB: This review is solely based on my own objective experience. Just because I had a bad experience here doesn't mean you will. 1.5 = Passable and I'm sticking to it.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A quality course
Pros: Great variety all way around. Long and wide open to short and technical. Lots of OB and water to add to the challenge and the fun. Be careful of the old fisherman to the right of basket number 3.
2 kiosks, 1 at each end of the park so you could start anywhere. The layout is intuitive and utilizes the park's features well.
Every hole had a well marked tee area except we never found one for number 9. The tee signs had excellent hole info. Some teepads are large concrete pavers, some are asphalt.
The baskets are homemade, very sturdy and the chains had a distinctive loud ring when you banged the chains.
Although only a permanent course for only a couple years many of the people in this multi use park had an idea of what we were doing. Sitting at park benches near baskets people were nonplussed when some plastic came their way.
Easy to get to. Tram 7 & 14 stop there as their last stop. Only 20 minutes from the Leidseplein, the heart of Amsterdam if you ask me.
You can get a scorecard and buy a disc or 2 from the large aquatic center just outside the park and not far from the first tee. They only have a 4 different Discraft discs in D plastic and they aren't cheap.
Cons: Play early, this park gets a lot of use. You may have to wait for dog walkers, stroller pushers, bike riders and meandering old folks.
There is some vandalism. The chains on number 13's and 14's baskets were stolen. However the rest of the basket was there making the holes playable.
Other Thoughts: This is fine a course as any I've played.
There are nesting herons in the pines at number 10 at this time of year. These normally silent birds are quite loud and are quite reminiscent of pterodactyls. Don't stand pondering your throw at the 10th teebox; there is a heron nest right above and you could get a huge unwelcome surprise.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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