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Be prepared for the water!
Pros: First off, this course has legitimate water concerns on a number of the first eight holes. Speaking of the water, hole 8 is the only true "island" hole I have ever seen. My wife tossed her Dragon into the water and had to go in and get it (more on that). There just is not another "lake" course I have ever played, and this alone makes it quite challenging. It was also even more challenging with the crowds during a baseball game going on which was only a fun as we didn't nail a car (almost) or a person which always makes you have a sigh of relief. The holes are plenty fun, and have some of the highest risk/reward shots you will be faced with in the game (*ahem*....hole 2). How small of a window are you willing to accept to try and shortcut the lake???
Cons: The water. And I understand the risk of a substantial body of water in play on a number of holes. Unfortunately, there was no wind when I was last there and that means even if you throw your floating disc out there, it's just going to sit there out in the water as it won't just wash up for you. You will now be faced with the choice of going for a swim. And going in the pond is NOT FUN as it is very mucky. Either bring a change of clothes or, at minimum, some sort of footwear to walk in the water. The navigation around the baseball diamond during a game was a bit harrowing....but we executed our shots well that night. However, if you were very unlucky, it could be a VERY embarrassing throw (and VERY dangerous). I had a bit of an issue finding some of the later holes.
Other Thoughts: Perhaps there are other, but I just have not had an opportunity to play a course where water was such a factor. The first time I went here, I didn't even throw a few shots until I had a better plan to deal with the water. This was the reason I purchased a Dragon disc so I could play this course with more confidence. The best advice I can give anyone who has not been here is to have a plan for how you want to deal with the water!!!! Hopefully it's not an issue for you, but you'll breathe easier if you bring a towel and a swimsuit. This course is worthy of a stop if you are going to Eau Claire or Marshfield as a destination or just going up or down 29 to Green Bay as it's not terribly far off the highway. There is also another course in Abbotsford that is about ten minutes away to do a quick leg stretch that you will most likely go right past first before you get to this course.
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Open the Doorchester and come on it
Pros: 1) Chainstar baskets with flags on top. While the flags are not necessary they are a nice touch.
2) This course has a lot of variety including some water shots. Water is something that is hard to come by on disc golf courses in our part of the country so anytime three holes can have water nearby is always exciting.
3) Flags in the ground help to identify the tees and help you figure out where to walk to the next tee.
4) Red granite tees are in pretty decent condition. They are approximately 4' x 6' in size. They are better than grass/dirt but not quite up to the par of concrete tees.
5) Good distance variation here from the short ace run holes to full distance drives to 1 that is a multi shot hole for most players.
6) Nice use of an island to create a shot that cannot come up short or go long . . . it looks tighter than it actually is because over-shooting is by far the safer miss. You then tee off of this island although the water is not in play (I sincerely hope no one has thrown into it).
7) Nice park with all sorts of other things going on
Cons: 1) Overall the course is very flat. There really is only one hole that goes downhill and then the couple of shots that go over the water have elevation change down to the water but back up to the ground (effectively making a net effect of no elevation change).
2) Difficult to navigate and they also have the tee flags all messed up indicating a 12 hole course on some of them throwing off the numbering of the holes. I got very confused for a few holes. It is also hard to know where the last 2 holes are because they are hardly visible from #10. I found them but only after some searching. Others that might not know it is 12 holes might never find #11 and 12.
3) The 2 final holes actually play through an area that is reserved for tent camping. It felt a little weird even playing over there because I could imagine what it is like when you throw through someone's morning breakfast cooking on the firepit.
4) Teesigns are lacking on this course and would help a lot in figuring out the layout.
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course aside from the navigational issues. It had some really fun shots. Throw in the water (I mean throw over the water) aspect and it steps up a notch. There are enough trees to create obstacles on some of the holes while others are left fairly open. It is simply put a nice mix of shots, foliage, obstacles, water, etc It sounds like a Lou Bega song about disc golf design features . . .A little bit of foliage all night long, a little bit of water in the sun, you get where I was going and I can't believe I actually explained it. The park is nice but I imagine it is a busy park in summer so please be careful not to hit anyone and be sure to be cordial and explain what it is you are doing out there.
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confusing, but pretty fun anyway.
Pros: Water involved on 3 holes, potentially 4 with a bad shot. Very nice baskets with about 3 foot poles atop with an orange flag with hole # on them. The "island" hole is a very nice design feature. Some decent distance involved though not to any extremes. A good stop on the way up to highbridge or sandy point too. Easy to find the park and its free. Won't interfere too much with other activities.
Cons: Layout was very confusing the first times. had to do quite a bit of walking. Theres a tee box right after five that i have no idea what its for but i used it to play #6 or else you have to walk a ways past #9s pin to get to #6s tee. Small gravel tees, not much better than grass. If they add some nice tee signs, a better map, and possibly next tee signs it would greatly help with the course flow.
Other Thoughts: I talked to the designer and he said they are considering adding more holes in a wooded section in the park near #11. Nothing amazing but i will definately play again when headed up to highbridge as its right off hwy 13. never busy i'd imagine as well. With a few tweaks to the layout for #6 and the possible addition of more wooded holes or water holes would bump the rating a bit, it is brand new. There is actually a nine hole course about 5 miles south in red arrow park in abbottsford. That has only 3 baskets but 9 tee areas. Not really worth a round though.
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