When in Lincoln...
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The course is relatively open, with decently well placed mature trees lining the fairways. The mix of holes does require a variety of shot shapes, and the holes run toward the long more than short.
Cons: The length is a huge issue. There are just far too many holes that are completely out of reach for the low Am players and older players. It's just not a lot of fun to throw the same length drives and approaches over and over for pars.
There are only one set of tees.
There isn't a great deal of elevation, which is made up for by the good design, however, there are some tees that are completely unfair and offer only single options.
Other Thoughts: Here's the breakdown to illustrate its repetitiveness:
14 holes 320-395'
6 holes 270-300'
2 holes over 400'
5 holes under 250'
So, 16 of the 27 holes are out of range of a player who throws 300. That player will also struggle with the 5 holes that are in the 270-300 range because they are just technical enough that accuracy is key and deuces will be rare.
For those players, that leaves only 5 real birdie holes, and those are also technical and difficult.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
3 courses in 1
Pros: Great opportunity to mix it up with 3 groups of 9 holes; each group has a little bit of a different course feel. Some holes really let you throw it far.
Good use of trees to create some challenging throws, but not heavily wooded to where you should have troubles losing discs.
Park is quite nice. There are no roads going through the park, so the traffic is limited to minimal foot traffic.
It doesn't seem to get overly busy and there are enough holes there that players would likely be spread out. Fairways typically don't cross each other.
There are some decent elevation changes with the hills, but no cliffs or anything real dramatic.
Cons: It looks like the mowing might be a little sporadic. There were wind rows of grass clumps the day we played, making me think the grass might get a little high at times if they wait a while between mowings.
Some signs were missing, which made it a bit of a challenge to find some tees since this was our first time. A few of the signs seemed a little confusing (maybe they contained too much info on them to make them quick to read). A local told us a couple baskets were missing and/or moved because of recent construction. Prior to learning that, we thought we were losing our sanity wandering around trying to figure things out. Otherwise, most holes are in place and it plays pretty well. A couple of the fairways and baskets are rather close to private property, which could be an issue if you are new or if you sometimes have really errant tee offs. You can easily adjust your shot to play away from the borders to be safe; there is plenty of room.
Other Thoughts: This course has that golf course type of feel. If you like those courses, you'll likely enjoy playing this one. I really enjoyed the idea of being able to pick whichever 9 holes you felt like playing that day, from a little shorter and shaded, to really open and long, or the middle group of 9, which is a bit in between.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A lot of potential
Pros: 27 holes is really nice. It's good how you start small on the front 9 and build up. You really could just start at 10 and have a great round.
Nice concrete tee pads.
Good use of the land. The holes flow pretty logically. I could pretty much guess or see where the next tee was when standing at the basket.
On a day that's not too windy it would be kind of hard to lose a disc. But I still managed to, so...
Cons: Tee signs probably used to be great. Now there are many that are missing or inaccurate. Mostly, you can see where you're throwing but not always. Another nice addition would be the little arrows under the basket pointing to the next tee.
Late in the day there are all kinds of bugs swarming around the ditch. You really don't want to go down there.
I got used to the traffic noise eventually but the park is tucked in where two interstates meet so there is a lot of noise.
Some flags or bright paint on the baskets would be nice. Worn gray baskets can be hard to spot when you don't know where you're looking -- and the move them around sometimes.
They seem to be doing some work right now at the far end with plowing going on in several fairways. But you can only assume this will be a temporary con.
Other Thoughts: I liked this course a lot. I think I caught it at an off time -- grass was high, no basket at 12, major landscaping happening.
I'd call this course more fun than challenging. And that's good.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -27 holes (see below), as has been already noted, you can play variations of 9 or 18 that loop fairly well to the parking lot.
-Cement tees of adequate size
-Old but solid baskets
-Close to I-80 and even closer to I-180 so it is easy to find without driving all over Lincoln
-Multiple tees and basket locations to switch it up.
-Much needed elevation on a few holes including the big downhill throw.
-The creek is a bit of a hazzard
Cons: -27 holes is great if you are playing an awesome pay to play where every hole is a different challenge but there isn't enough variety here for that.
-Signage is lacking and on open courses like this one with lots of baskets it is hard to know which one you are supposed to throw at. Bad flow.
-This is one of two courses in a large college town. I imagine it is quite busy during the nicer months. Not busy at all on my Saturday morning in February.
-Some holes are super short and easy. Like overthrow with Aviar at half power easy.
-Could be windy, it is very open and in Nebraska
-Bike path is a hazzard, used frequently.
Other Thoughts: Lincoln is in desperate need of another quality course. This one is alright but is very old. I expected better with its 3.6 rating but there are a few sketchy 4 and 4.5 reviews bringing up the average. I played Tierra park and it was pleasant but all reports from the summer are that it is bad. Play Tierra in the winter and here in the summer.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Park is kept in great condition.
-The layout and flow of the course is really easy to follow and never confusing.
-Holes are mostly wide-open, so it's great for people new to the game or people who really want to work on their drives.
-Hole 3 is interesting in that you need to throw through a narrow group of trees off the tee and then hook to the right a ways.
Cons: -The course for the most part lacks any real technical holes. The trees on hole 7 that added a challenge to it were recently removed, thus making the hole much more boring.
-The back 18 are pretty much all the same in that you just have to throw far in the open.
Other Thoughts: Roper is overall a decent park to play at if you're just looking for a relaxing round of disc golf. It's a great course for new players as well because it isn't too technically demanding. The course does get quite busy during the summer months because on certain nights the local dg league plays there, but they have no problem letting you tee off while it is going on.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The front 9 is fairly short and simple, lots of ace opportunities. Nice maps for most of the holes. Always some people on the course but never too much of a wait.
Cons: Holes 10-27 are longer and a little more wide open than the front 9, which can lead to some problems when the wind is gusting, and, being in Nebraska, you can count on it being windy most of the time.
Other Thoughts: This course is much more enjoyable when the winds are calmer, so choose your timing carefully.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Nebraska's original disc course
Pros: It's got 27 holes, (that's like nine more!) yet still has two different loops to accomidate 18 hole rounds. Flows very well for the most part. Very friendly for casuals to learn on as most holes don't have a lot in the way of obstacles. Varied pin positions on each hole give players different looks. Board 'B' tees have been recently installed to give users more options. Elevation holes on the last nine are fun, even if they're devoid of obstacles for the most part.
Cons: Since the overgrowth at the only other course in town at Tierra Park can make it near unplayable during the summer, this is considered about the only place to go for casual players, so expect crowds on a nice afternoon. There are a few short holes that are purely Par 2, and make you want to say...that's it? Not much in the way of trees along most of the course. Maintainence along the creek has ruined Hole 17.
Other Thoughts: After 20 years MRP is still a fun course for the majority of disc golfers, although advanced level players would probably state that it is starting to show its age. Even the long downhill 666' bomb isn't terribly difficult.
Don't have time for 27 holes? You have two options here to play 18. Start at Hole 1 and after Hole 13 cross the creek to Hole 23 and resume, or you can start on Hole 10 and play through 27. The latter arrangement is a tad more challenging. Hole 17 used to be a knothole tee where you had to put it through a tunnel of trees over the creek. Maintainence has cut all those trees down, so if you're going to play that hole, you might want to just opt to make your own tee along the sidewalk than use the one provided for more challenge.
Unless you want to deal with the thick foliage at Tierra, this is about the only course in town, and its not far off of I-80, although figuring the route to the parking lot can be tricky. Worth a stop if you're passing through. Just don't expect anything spectacular.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Use of the Space
Pros: This is a nice place to practice your drives and rollers. There is no excuse for hitting any trees on about 2/3 of the holes. Many of the holes make up for this with decent distance. Signage is okay, although a couple are missing. They list distances to the various basket locations and show the best route to throw. It is a good course to bring a beginner to. They won't get frustrated, and you won't be bored with a nice 27-hole course with some nice elevation on a couple of them. Also, this course doesn't have the itchy undergrowth that detracts from some courses in the summertime.
Cons: Wind is a big factor here, especially on the hills, and you have to take it into account especially near the creek. It isn't always evident which basket position is being used, so when they aren't visible from the tee, you don't know where to throw. Errant throws can end up in the creek, but it's only a real risk on a couple holes where you are throwing toward the creek. The biggest con is that this place lacks any real challenge and rarely forces any creative shots.
Other Thoughts: Concrete tees on every hole are nice. There are B tees, although they are just planks of wood in the ground. The holes here don't have a ton of character. You could describe most of them as "That kind of long hole with just a couple trees." But that's being nit picky. This course is more than adequate for anyone in the area, and you'll get a nice workout. Towns would do well to make use of dead space with courses like this. I enjoy making the trip down to Lincoln from Omaha in the summer for a round or two.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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