shortish to medium and technical
Pros: I really love Estabrook. It's got a lot of things going for it:
-20 holes total at the moment. 21 in the winter.
-2 practice baskets.
-great mix of backhand and forehand shots
-at least 3 positions for the pin on every hole, meaning a wide variety of layouts to play. In all shorts it's a technical somewhat pitch and putt that you wouldn't need anything more than a midrange for. In all longs, you might need to bust out some drivers, as some of the shots will be over 300'.
-low canopy pretty much all the time. Means you really have to focus on hitting lines and staying low in your shots. Some holes are a bit more open, but in general, the canopy forces players to dial in their release height.
-good signage. Tee signs are decent in terms of the hole layout, though almost never a blind hole so that's not too important. But, they have distance displayed, which is helpful. Holes 19 and 20 needs signs. This year they have also added 'next tee' signs in the few spots it get's confusing for new players, so that is nice.
-tricky holes. A few holes border the river or a ravine, so a shank will put you into trouble big time. Adds another element to the mix.
-the park is great. There is a beer garden at the end of it during the summer, so that's awesome.
-two long pads now in play at hole 1 and hole 6. Great addition to both. Hole 6 can now play fairly long. Hole 1 from longs when the pin is in the right spot is a beast. 400' dead straight tunnel with canopy, and rough rough rough on the sides. Don't play without a spotter.
Cons: -some holes could be longer. It's generally a shorter course.
-people will walk through the course all the time, as it runs through a park with walking paths, soccer fields, etc. So, be patient and keep an eye out for the uninitiated.
-some holes are a bit tight to other teepads, so be aware of other players.
-can be very busy during weekends or on nice days.
-lots of holes are right next to the road that runs through the park. watch for cars before throwing!
-could use new baskets eventually...probably the only park in MKE without new ones at the moment (dineen don't count).
Other Thoughts: Your MKE disc golf pass grants you the right to drink beer in the park (if you are over 21). No glass though! No dogs either! There's a dog park for that.
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Pros: my home course. It is not as easy as it looks, but, mostly it's all about the '3's (with the occasional '2').
This is an excellent course to learn on. The holes are changed frequently, they are well marked and well measured. The park is well maintained, and the course itself begins and ends at a Biergarten!
Cons: Should be free, like any public course . . . . and the sheriff's deputies are there quite often. Also, it is very much over used. Apparently there are pokemon sites around 6 . . . .this being the city, you don't need a pokeball to hit something that is not supposed to be there. I play every day . . . . . '3's ARE the goal for those of us who don't take things too seriously
Other Thoughts: Can't wait to play this one in the Fall. It has a good mix of long and (more often) short holes.
Sept 1. I play this course almost every day,
yes the markers are good and clear (and unique). The grass is cut and some of the holes are moved around. HOWEVER, the understory of thick, thorned, tangled vine,
piles of sticks are needlessly kept intact.
As this is a County park (which charges) I simply understand that the "maintenance" crews do as little as possible. For someone who has played it enough I know to avoid the rough (particularly at this time of year) at all costs. For others . . . . it clearly isn't worht the 5$, biergarten or no bier garten.
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Good Park, Fun Course
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Pros: I love the tee signs. Uses a bolt to mark the position of the basket from the tee on the pictogram with distances marked.
Very well maintained park and course. A lot of hard work from the course pro and numerous volunteers really shows a strong DG community in Milwaukee.
Concrete teepads, multiple pin positions on each hole that vary your shot selection as well as distance.
Beginner friendly with enough fun/challenge to satisfy most intermediate and advanced level players.
Uses available elevation and existing park elements well.
Close proximity to Aliota's Pub for a post round beer/lunch.
Bier Garten across the parking lot from hole 1.
Cons: Some graffiti and small amounts of trash but there are trash cans at every teepad so it isn't hard to pick up. Most players use the facilities as intended.
Some non-disc golf traffic from soccer players (who don't speak English) and don't know of or understand that there is a course within the park even with signs displaying that there is a tournament in progress in multiple locations.
Other Thoughts: Good overall course that uses the available landscape well.
Played in the Estabrook Open yesterday and also one other practice round the weekend before and had a great time during both outings.
Haven't made it to Brown Deer yet but I could see a day starting at Estabrook and moving through Brown Deer and on to Dretzka being a blast as they are all fairly close to one another.
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Very nice park, fun golf
Pros: The first impressions of Estabrook are very good. You'll dive in to a very well maintained park with a lot of family and social activity going on. At the parking lot, there's an excellent beer garden on one side and hole 1 across the street on the other side! There's also a practice basket on the opposite end of the parking lot (across the driveway from the 18th basket). Right away, this just feels like a good place to be.
The course flows well, with one exception, but I'll get to that later. The first time we played, we were able to navigate easily through the course. It plays through a nice mix of open fairways with use of mature trees for obstacles and the occasional tunnel shot. Aesthetically, I really enjoyed this park, because of the way they preserved a lot of the trees and worked the course around them.
The first side of the course (1-8) are all short, but you get some good usage of obstacles and tight shots to make sure it's not just hyzer to the hole every time.
9-11 are all blind shots to the basket (if 10 and 11 are down the hill).
By hole 13, you start to get a little more distance that will separate the skills levels of the group out a bit more on the score card.
All of the teepads are concrete. The signs have the pin position marked with a bolt to indicate placement. It's a great sign system that I hope is adopted by Brown Deer, too!
For an INT level golfer, this is a very nice course to work on some new discs or break some discs in. You can grab a handful and be confident that you have enough. You can take your hole bag and work on different shots, too, as we found multiple lines on many of the holes that kept things very interesting.
Cons: The flow of the course is great, with a few exceptions, as I stated earlier. Holes 6 and 7 run almost side-by-side. This is fine, unless you have someone playing on 7 that ends up to the left and then they're playing 7 from 6's fairway. Our first time out, we got a little mixed up, because the map is incorrect (as of May 2015). 10 and 11 are moved to the right of 9 across the path. Then when you move to 12, there are no signs telling you where to go until you've gotten there. The problem is that there are a couple of paths you could take to find 12 if you don't know the course. Yes, this is a first-time problem, but led to some walking in circles.
Other Thoughts: Despite couple of flow problems, which I explained more for your help than out of frustration, I really like this course. The amenities, the scenery, varied shots and distances, all make this a must-return to course. Add to that, you've got Brown Deer and Dretzka in a straight line up the road, you can have a fantastic full day of disc golf with just those three courses.
I gave this a 3.5, because you have a nice clean course in the middle of a city. It gets that.5 point boost for safety and extras on top of being a fun place to go.
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Pros: Lots of anyhyzer or hyzer-flip shots. Some elevation and good use of trees as obstacles. I like the layout and the close proximity of baskets to the next tee-pad.
Cons: Not too much to complain about here. For what it is and the area, it's a great course. Personally, for me, I would like to see one or two holes with more space and distance so I could really let some discs rip. My only issue with this course is I rarely get to break out a driver.
Other Thoughts: Will definitely be back!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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I love this course!
Pros: -A short but very technical course
-Definitely one of the cleanest and best maintained courses in the area.
-The nearby Beer Garden is a short walk away from 18 and is perfect for quenching that post round thirst.
Cons: -Can get very busy at times.
-The long walk from 11 to 12 can get you lost. Stick to the concrete trail and you'll see a sign for 12 on your right.
Other Thoughts: One of my favorites in the city.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid INT course
Pros: Scenic shorter course based in a city park, with many other amenities, including a REALLY nice beer garden across the parking lot from hole 1. Every course should be so lucky as to have a dang beer garden.
Nice concrete tee pad at each hole. Plenty long enough and solid.
Silver DGA baskets, all of which are in good repair and catch well. Powder coated, colored baskets would be awesome here....
Lots of mature trees offer nice obstacles and force particular lines on several holes.
Multiple pin placements are nice, and offer some cool different looks on some holes.
Tee signs are solid. Distances for each pin placement, and a screw in the actual position, which is a great touch.
Navigation is relatively simple, with the exception of the transfer from 12 to 13. It's a long walk, and not all that intuitive. Head down the path, over the bridge, and take the path to the right, and you'll be back on track.
Cons: No real elevation in place here. A couple slight dropoffs on a few holes, but nothing major.
The traffic here can be a bit much. Being right in the middle of the city (and next to a university), it can get very busy.
A lot of the course is on the shorter side...but that's not necessarily always the worst thing, especially as a complement to Brown Deer and Dretzka.
Other Thoughts: This isn't an overly tough course, but I always have fun playing here. There's a lot of ace runs and some interesting shots. A beginner up to an Int player can have a lot of fun here. Advanced players would probably be good after one round.
I love a day of Dretzka, Brown Deer and Estrabrook. They're three courses that complement each other quite well. Estabrook on its own is still a fun time, though, and not too far from Art Smart's Dart Mart and Juggling Emporium (on Brady), which is a great local disc vendor.
I'd love to give this a 3.25...but alas, not an option. Worth a spin if you're in the area!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Initial thoughts on Estabrook
Pros: Challenging course with a few hidden baskets. Quite a bit of variation from hole to hole, and an overall consistently thought provoking course to a first time visitor.
Cons: The course layout was confusing at a couple points in time. Make sure you bring a map or have a guide if it's your first time. Additionally, be sure to be willing to wait a bit to tee off. It appears there is quite a variation of skill level when it comes to the players who call this their home course.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed Estabrook a lot. It was a nice contrast to my home course, Valley View. There's only one hole you really need an arm for. Other than that, its a very good course to practice your short game on. I will definitely be getting out to shoot another round there sometime this summer!
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Pros: This is a great course for most skill levels. Estabrook has served as my home course for the last few years, and I find it great for developing my game. The holes are fairly straightforward, there is brand spankin' new hole signage with current pin placement, there's a decent variety of holes, the tracked-out woods make discs pretty easy to find, and a BEER GARDEN conveniently off of hole #18! Great starter course, I have many friends addicted to the sport thanks to this course.
Cons: Holes max out at ~350 feet, so not great for power throwers. Also, not much for elevation besides a few ravines. It gets really busy on weekends and nice summer evenings. Usually I don't have any issue with other people playing, but there are always a few bad eggs leaving bottles, cans, burning cigarette butts, etc. There are plenty of garbage cans, so it's not super hard to pick up after the litterers.
Other Thoughts: A great home course, and a great place to get friends into disc golf. A good variety of holes, but not something to write home about. Can be played in just over an hour on off-peak times, so it can serve as a "lunch-break course."
Also, due to its proximity to UWM and the north shore suburbs, there tends to be a big bro crowd. Not necessarily an issue, but expect lots of dudes with a single tie-dye high speed driver, flip flops, and vape pens. They are kinda on the slower end when it comes to playing, but they are friendly enough.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Fun for all skill levels
Able to play all year(for the most part)
Bob Bawden as the course pro
New pin placements added for more challenge
GLDGC helps maintain the course
Cons: Can get very busy with the UW-Milwaukee kids during the spring and summer
Other Thoughts: I love the course and wish that I could play it more often.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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