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.
Good Park, Fun Course
5 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
6 of 6 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.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
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.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Great selection of holes; a few long, some short, and some challenging holes in between
-The new tee signs are an amazing addtition to the course (best tee signs i've seen)
-Each hole has multiple pin positions, with some challenging sports, making it challenging for most players
-The new course pro has done great things to the course this year, and will continue to improve the course
Cons: -The course runs along a somewhat busy road, so be careful to not hit any cars!
-There is usually trash on the ground, so make sure to pick up any trash if you see it
Other Thoughts: Overall, the course has great tee pads and tee signs, has multiple pin positions for each hole, making most holes challenging. If your in the area, you should definitely play Estabrook.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course, but not world class
Pros: Estabrook Park is a massive park, and the disc golf course is a perfect addition to it. I enjoyed my round thanks to the following aspects of the course:
*Great hole design with all but one hole bringing multiple tree obstacles into play
*Hole 2 was a very cool tunnel created by some funky trees
*Appropriately sized and poured concrete tees.
*Multiple pin placements
Cons: This course will never be host to a high caliber tournament because it simply does not have enough distance challenge to do so. An experienced player will probably not take out his/her drivers. This really is the only con of the course.
Other Thoughts: Though Estabrook is not a world class course like its neighbors Brown Deer and Dretzka, it is a great "League Course" and a chance for experienced players to get a great score after some tricky drives. In short, most of the holes at Estabrook would be like the easier ones at a high caliber course. They're not easy deuce holes, but scoring a two is possible on every hole. If you're road tripping to Dretzka and Brown Deer, make sure to include this quick course in your plans.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Each hole is different
Cons: Not the greatest area
Really hard to follow and you have to walk a ways to each hole
Other Thoughts: Fun, a lot of walking, and real confusing. I would print off a map if you have never been there before
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 3 Not
This course will be popular!
Pros: This course is busy and so it is increasingly hard to lose a disc here. It is very Valley View-esque with a lot of short technical holes but enough variety to keep someone who's been playing for 7 years occupied as well.
I never had to throw very hard to reach the holes which meant I could play this course several times in concession.
Cons: It is a short course, ideally it would be nice to see some more variety in distance and elevation changes.
Also, even though the tee "pads" were dry for me both times I played, I can imagine how muddy they can get and concrete tee pads or at least woodchips would make a great difference.
Other Thoughts: Overall I will play this course often as it is now the closest course to me near Milwaukee. It doesn't come close to Dretzka which is longer and great for advanced players, but it does compare well to valley view which is great for beginners.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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