Billings, MT 
Pioneer Park - Summer 9 Share
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Sweet 9 In A Nice, Green Park With Lots Of Elevation!

1    8/7/2016   8/7/2016
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1167  Reviewed: 1115  Exp: 39.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Pioneer Park summertime nine offers up lots of elevation changes. There is no such thing as a level hole here. The park is split in half by a small creek, which comes into play on holes 7 & 8.

The course starts right behind the Zimmerman building. There are no tee signs but navigation is fairly simple, and it seems like there are always other groups to follow. The concrete tee pads are trapezoid shaped and plenty big.

To score well here, you to first and foremost, be able to hit your line off the tee. Because every hole has multiple trees in play, avoiding them is the key. You might be able to roll under some of them but there is always a fair route.

Favorite hole: # 7

You tee off from a far corner of the park. The fairway is a natural looking (maybe 325 to the creek) slightly hysering throw. The basket sits maybe 50' past the creek. There is lots of bushes and trees lining the creek bank. Players with the better arms will put their drive over the creek. Us mere mortals, will probably lay up before the creek. The creek is small with little chance of losing your disc. It might be more dangerous other times of the year.
Cons: Everyone speaks of the crowds of players here. The course was busy today on a Sunday afternoon but presented no additional problems. You might want to avoid the busy times.

No signage. I prefer knowing the distance.

The holes are all similar distances, probably 280 to 400'. I would like to see at least nice little ACE run here.
Other Thoughts: A strong accurate arm is needed here. But that's probably true of most courses. Because there is almost no rough, other than the creek, it's pretty easy to recover from a poor tee shot. I think, because of the overall lack of danger here, beginners might also enjoy their round here. There are other more challenging courses close by, but I can certainly understand the popularity of Pioneer Park.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Worth a Quick Toss Around

5+    6/23/2015   6/25/2015
Review By: ThrowBot
Played: 64  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 11.4 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Nice "City Park" Atmosphere: Green Grass, Rolling Hills, Large/Older Trees, and a Small Creek that can come into play on a number of holes.
+ Two Pin Locations for each hole
+ Mix of mostly-open to heavily-wooded fairways.
+ Pretty fair from a Backhand vs. Forehand perspective. Good balance between Right-to-Left, straight, and Left-to-Right shots. (Often multiple options per hole.)
Cons: - Can get crowded, especially on days with nice weather. Mix of casual players can lead to long waits and some dangerous situations (i.e. getting thrown in on)
- Typical "Par 3" Course: all holes are reachable from the tee pad by an advanced player. Not many "golf shots" unless you've already messed the hole up.
- Lack of Signage
Other Thoughts: If it's your first time playing, you can show up at 5:30 pm on a sunny day and just follow the flow of other players to figure out the course.

If you want a faster pace of play, try to make it out earlier. (Ideally when school is in session!) Also, a little bit of precipitation and/or wind really keeps the casual folks out of the way. Montana weather is not always a bad thing!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Pretty Little Park, but Really Crowded

1    4/17/2014   4/17/2014
Review By: markmcc
Played: 188  Reviewed: 173  Exp: 5.6 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a typical park type course with lots of mowed grass, tall trees, and very little brush.

The course is on rolling terrain, so there is some element of up/down on many holes. Decent variety of hole lengths and enough trees to make you consider your line. Nice little creek cuts the course in half and adds an interesting element.

Good concrete teepads and baskets.
Cons: Incredibly crowded. I tried to play this course on a nice weekday afternoon in April, and almost gave up. There were easily 25 - 30 other folks playing, mostly teens. The amount of yelling, cursing, and throwing on other folks was amazing. Chaos, plain and simple.

This is not a large course so many of the holes are close enough together for poor driving to become an issue quickly.

Not a sign on the course, so you get to sort of feel your way along. I was able to watch others to get a sense of course navigation, but some folks were obviously playing whatever holes they were close to.
Other Thoughts: I only got a chance to try this course once, and would like to go back on a weekday morning before school lets out. It would still be an average park course, but would be much easier to play.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


5+    10/5/2011   6/5/2013
Review By: Caveman1829
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 7.3 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice use of elevation, scattered trees, and water.
-Nice concrete tee offs
-The course is situated away from other park features that attract walkers, kids, etc. so no people in the way.
Cons: -Can get very crowded
-Not marked well, but ask a local and you'll quickly pick up on the layout.
-Quick course, leaves you wanting to maybe even take a 2nd round of it
-The one creek has an undercurrent and will hide your disc so some digging may be necessary to get it out if you hit the water.
Other Thoughts: Time it to avoid the crowd and you'll love it. Great for all level of players. Nice mix of pars. Very family friendly, can definitely bring the dog or stroller.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Fun course in the middle of town

2-4    6/29/2011   1/7/2013
Review By: windsurf17
Played: 15  Reviewed: 10
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This isn't a destination course, but it's fun if you are in Billings and want to golf. I bet it gets crowded now and then.
Cons: I only play when I'm in the area visiting family. I've played mostly summer mornings. There are a couple of holes that I worry about clobbering someone on a run or walk. I had to skip holes where there were other park users using. It's their park too, so I don't have any issue with that, other than there may be times when the round will be a tad staccato.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    7/25/2012   7/31/2012
Review By: toucan2306
Played: 52  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 7.3 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -Enough trees to make it tricky
-Distance was not the only factor for scores here.
-Course is away from the rest of the park making it lest crowded.
Cons: -There was not a single sign on the whole course.
-Followed a local crowd to lead us through.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course as a quick 9 on the way home for the night. I would play it again if I find myself in Billings.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Diamond X Warm Up Course

1    10/9/2011   10/11/2011
Review By: sillybizz
Played: 241  Reviewed: 230  Exp: 14.5 Years
This review was updated on 4/19/2014
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pioneer Park is a course built in a nice city park with small rolling hills, perfectly green grass and a two foot wide stream running through. The course plays up, down and around the hills with lots of low ceiling throws. There are a number of holes out here that are fairly challenging par three holes for intermediate players and a couple of shorter ones as well. This is a good place to practice rollers and skip shots depending on the condition of the grass but when I was there it was green and not too long. Lots of little hills both up and down to add some flavor to an otherwise vanilla set up. The course is easy to find and navigate, just look for the cement tee pads and all but one of the baskets are visible from the pads, even with out tee signs or a map it is easy to find your way
Cons: The course was a little bland with little obstacles and the same kind of shot on most of the holes. Since everything is low ceiling the easiest/best way to get to the hole is a roller and after throwing five or six in a row it gets a little boring. Also since so many holes are so similar once you master one of these holes you have mastered the course. A RHBH thrower on this course really has nothing to worry about and will never be forced into throwing a FH.
Other Thoughts: We used this as a warm up to the big boy that is Diamond X. We left pretty early in the morning from Bozeman so it was nice to get the body warmed up in the morning before we went out and started climbing. Overall nothing special here but it is beginner and family friendly. You're playing Diamond X so you might as well stop in here and bag a quick nine hole course while you're at it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Lazy Summer 9

1    9/6/2011   9/8/2011
Review By: DiSCRoCKeR
Played: 138  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 17.6 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nicely manicured city park. Good cement tees. This course plays pretty quick with a round lasting about 30 - 40 minutes. Beginner friendly.
Cons: No tee signs. Most of the holes feel as though not a lot of thought went into the design/layout. It's almost impossible to have a bad round as every hole is easily attainable in 2 or 3 strokes. No multiple pin placements or alternate tees.
Other Thoughts: A decent course if you're looking for a quick round with not a lot of challenge. The winter 9 hole is a bit more fun and definitely better than the summer 9.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Enjoyable Time

5+    7/7/2011   7/7/2011
Review By: djjeremiahj
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 10.5 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Grassy Layout. Set in the middle of a city park. Uses Natural terrain to create challenging holes. Very nice residents - very friendly and willing to be impromptu course guides.

(On the day i played)
No short or gimme holes.
Decent balance of FH & BH shots. - Each hole could be played either way, but some did present easier lines with one or the other.
Concrete teeboxes.
Challenging for players of all levels.
Cons: No course markings. - No distance markings, no direction markings.
(On day i played)
All holes threw 300' or longer.
9 holes.
Other Thoughts: Very nice course and "ambassador" to the sport for the surrounding community. The layout was in a slightly open park space. The only course sign mentioned that there were alternate pin positions. The course, at first was a bit tricky to figure out, but after playing once, (and with the help of a local player) it was quite easy to figure out. It's a compact course and i played quickly in 35-40 minutes.

On the day i played -
Holes can be played either BH or FH (i did both), but -
BH - All were very long lines that felt closer to 400' (or better) than 300'. The option was either a laser straight 325'+ line through a tiny window, some crazy almost 400' hyzer, or a "shoot through the trees and pray. " - Very technical, long and advanced as a BH course. I saw no extreme hyzer/hook holes. Long straight controlled discs (with turnover capacity) would have been best on the day i played. (SL, TL, Buzzz)
FH - I played with a local who threw FH and it was a lot easier. In fact, it almost seemed a bit too easy. The FH lines are open, long, but absolutely do-able. They also throw a lot shorter and feel more like 300'-350' shots. (A full array of FH shots was beneficial on the day i played - turnover, long & straight finish, hyzer/hook)

Be careful of wind - it will be there the day you play.

In short, this is a fun course and worth playing if you are in the area playing Diamond-X. It's a compact, fast layout that after the first round or 2, you will get it dialed in very quickly. Outside of errant shots off trees, i cant say that i needed a full arsenal of mids and/or approach. Most guys i saw, and played with only carried 2 drivers. (I carried 5). Very playable with a "traveler's bag" of 3 discs.
If you are in the area (or anywhere within 500' miles) Diamond-X in the same area is a must! This course is sufficient, but not necessarily worth a special trip. But if you are passing through, it's worth the 45 minutes (to play atleast one time around the 9).

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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