An Excellent 9 Hole Course
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Pros: (3.005 Rating) A short technical course with a near infinite amount of layout options.
- RAW BEAUTY - Driving into the park I had a feeling it was going to be good. Once on the course, the layout didn't disappoint either. A nearly fully secluded heavily wooded course surrounded by an even heavier deep green foliage. Overall I scored the course a 3.75 out of 5, which is about as high as I'll score a course without a backdrop views, water, rocks or elevation features.
- UNIQUENESS - One the best I've seen for a 9 hole course. I've played 89 nine holers as of this review and this only the second time I've seen doglegs in both directions. Lots of shop shaping lines going all over the place, but also a frozen rope putter run on (4). Numerous deep well-defined pockets and several pinch point tree gaps to split. There are some things missing however. No water elements, no significant bomb-it plays and elevation is sub-par, see cons.
- TEES - Excellent tees. 5 feet by 12 feet with a tapper in the back to 8 feet wide. I wish every course had these beauties.
- NAVIGATION AND SIGNAGE - Not flawless, but good enough. The very well-done course map near tee (1) is key. Without it, I could see some extended wandering. The tee signage looks good too, but not having next tee noted on them was an error of omission. I don't recall any navigational cues between holes, but the pathways were kind-of intuitive. I also caught a tee signage error on hole (6) where the distance info is swapped.
- DUEL PINS AND TEES - IMO a two basket and two tee set-up will make any course better as long as everything is spelled out in the signage. With the WARP course, I thought the incorporation was executed well. The signage was done well enough, the baskets are generally well separated and most tees on the same hole offer unique lines. The baskets are also different styles with one being a DISCatcher and the other being a MachV powered coated a reddish orange.
- CHALLENGING - Considering there are 4 defined layouts, this is one of those pick your own challenge type courses. I personally played Back tees to Front baskets and found the difficultly to be a tweener between Recreational and Intermediate. I figure Back to Back is Intermediate level and Front to Front is upper Novice level.
- QUICK PLAY - I completed my round in 35 minutes. Figure 50 minutes for a twosome and 70 minutes for a foursome.
Cons: A nice course with few grievances.
- OVERGROWTH - Perhaps I caught a bad day, (August was 300% wetter than normal) but the fairway widths and fringes were a bit wild IMO. Several fairways had a single pass of a mower defining the fairway. Outside this the weeds and grasses were knee to waist high. I had a spotter on every hole and still spent several minutes searching for discs just a hair off line. I honestly didn't take off more than a tenth of a point for things like this, but I could see other reviewers being very displeased by the conditions that I had to deal with.
- NO BOMBERS - My main driver spent the entire round in the bag. Although I played Back tees to Front baskets, the looks I took towards the far baskets all still may have been unwise for the big driver play. On two of the par 4s I threw abbreviated putters to hit a landing zones and then threw another putter to get to the basket. I could see many Advanced bombers not liking this course.
- BASKET COLOR MIX UP - The course map and tee signs denote a yellow basket at the short position and a red/orange basket at the long position. On the course itself, the baskets are in reverse position on a couple holes. Thus, I shot at the wrong basket twice from tee.
- ELEVATION - Driving into the park I had a feeling that I was going to get some 30 foot ridge and valley shots. Not even close. Maybe hole (1) has 10 feet of change in it and that's about it.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - My mom came with and she planned on playing, but after she looked down fairway (1) she said no thank you and ended up only playing hole (7). Lots of tight fairways and as stated the overgrowth had gotten away a bit from the maintenance staff. I think the front to front baskets are best served for 800 rated players and higher.
Other Thoughts: WARP has the distinction of being my 300th milestone course. I was very fortunate to have my Mom come with me too, since many of the fairways were a touch overgrown and she went up fairway on several holes to serve as a spotter. As for the course itself, I was pleased and disappointed at the same time. For one thing, this is the third highest score I've given to a 9 fairway course. However, I was disappointed as I was expecting a touch more considering its current ranking. The shortness of the multi-play fairways was just not exiting for me. Not having one grip-it and rip-it line left something to be desired. I haven't played too many courses in this region, but I don't think WARP is destination level for those outside a 90 minute drive. It's a good course no doubt, but nothing like Zobel Park about a ½ hour away. Wilderness is another big name course that comes to mind, but I haven't played that one yet. Regardless, I'd still recommend checking this course out if traveling along US151. It's a beautiful course will well done features. It should definitely please the causal player that likes shorter technical courses.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Home course and I love it. While i have a shorter throw than more experienced players this course is not about the long throws. Knowing local lines does help, this is a fun course.
Great tee pads and 2 baskets on each hole.
Cons: A well rounded crop of skeeters will help show you the way around most of the summer. Tends to puddle a bit during rainy times and no shortage of buckthorn.
Other Thoughts: The local club takes good care of the course alternate tees and pins on each hole. The club does do a league run on Sun and has a Facebook page. Waupun Disc Golf Association. A few tourneys go on every year.
2 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Two teepads and permanent pin placements on every hole. Yields 36 unique holes that are always playable.
Teepads are excellent-large concrete trapezoids.
The kiosk and signage throughout the course is aesthetic and informative.
Garbage cans help to keep the course clean.
Alternate teepads and pin placements don't just add length, but also sculpt different lines.
Hole 1 is a scenic starting hole that offers two distinct lines.
Hole 5, long to long, is an epic 480 ft par 4 that requires a well placed forehand or turnover (right hand) followed by a TIGHT tunnel-shot. I would say it is the signature hole. From short to long, hole 5 plays as a gold level par 3. The hole is tight and a slight turnover shot, and at 350 ft, most discers will have to club up to a fairway driver.
Hole 9, long to long, is a double dogleg par 4 that forces a backhand drive followed by a forehand approach for any shot at a birdie 3.
Fairways are well defined to the point that an Adv-Pro player, on their A game, could play any of the 9 hole layouts without hitting a tree. There are no unfair trees in the middle of a fairway.
From the shortest to longest layout, this nine hole course spans a massive difficulty differential. Short to short, the course could be used for an ace-race. Long to long, the course is "blue" level difficulty, requiring the player to throw a variety of shots.
Cons: Only 9 holes! There is a lot more land to be utilized in the park, so hopefully the course expands to 18 holes in the near future.
The course skirts wetlands, which leads to very buggy summers.
In the summer, the course has a lot of undesirable undergrowth, burrs, thistle, and the like.
Despite having longer holes, the course lacks a true "power" shot. I didn't rip on anything faster than a teebird (RHBH) on any of the holes.
Whenever you have multiple pins and teepads on every hole, you are almost bound to come up with certain combinations that just don't work. This is prevalent at Dretzka in Milwaukee and also true of a few holes on the Waupun course. It is too hard to hit the "local" line from the long pad on hole 2. Hole 6 to the long placement from either teepad plays like a tweener hole. If the basket was pushed back another 150 ft, it would make an excellent par 4. The short pad on 9 has a sneaky spike hyzer route to the short basket, but I don't see any fair line to the long basket besides maybe a ridiculous overhand shot. That being said, there are four possible combinations on every hole, so you can always mix and match to find a hole that suits your fancy.
Other Thoughts: This course has an assiduous and passionate disc golf club. The club has fostered a gem from a course that started in a rough and overgrown woods. I live 2 hr from the course and play it around once a year. Each time I am impressed by new improvements.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Great technical course
Pros: 2 pins and 2 tee pads per hole
Great use of what little elevation there is
Only course in the area that requires controlled technical shots
Very wooded which means no wind
Cons: Spring time makes the course very wet
Puddles around tee pads and baskets on 7&8
Mosquitos are bad in the summer
Other Thoughts: I would consider this an A-tier tournament worthy course if it had a full set of 18 holes similar to the 9 that are already there
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Tee pads are excellent size shape and surface texture are perfect
Two pads and two baskets per hole make 4 tons of different course selections make 4 tons of different course selections
Cons: The course has some puddles in spring
Other Thoughts: The course is very God for such a small town I think it's better than a lot of big town courses that put a lot more money into them if you have time you have to play it.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great tech course
Pros: -two pins on every hole (hole 4 is in the works)
-red and blue pads offer 2 unique looks on most holes
-a great mix of anny and hyzer shots
-superb tee pads
-9 mach 5 pins
-signs are detailed and accurate
-lots of ace runs
Cons: -signs are only on the short pads (signs for the . long tees are being planned)
-very little elevation
-no long bomb holes
-rough can be unforgiving at times
Other Thoughts: I first played this course right after it was first opened and I have to say that it has come a very long way. Over the last few years it has really grown on me and it's now one of my favorites. This is a very technical course so it really favors the control player vs. the hulk arm. It is probably the best course for a windy day that I've ever played. Ive been out there on days where there was 30 mph winds and it due to the fact that 95% of the course is in the woods it doesn't effect your disc at all. Over all I would highly recommend this course. As far as 9 holers go, it doesn't get much better.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and technical
Pros: Not really a "thinking mans" course as there is to many random tree hitting. More like which of the hundred trees will I TRY to miss. Fun course with many alternative shots. I WOULD have given this a 4.0 but a couple CONS (see below).
But 7 holes are wonderful with an assortment of left/right/straight shots and trouble everywhere.
It's a short course so put the driver in the bag.
I won't repeat what others have said. Sort of redundant but a course you really should check out and is evolving with more and more use. The group that is in charge of the course have the shit together for sure!
Cons: OK - It's so much easier to point out a few flaws but don't take it like I dislike the course. I've designed a number of virtual ball golf courses in SIM Golf and when the SIMS start finding short cuts that is a problem because the course is not being played as designed.
There are a couple holes where players with course knowledge go off course and I think this is a design flaw. Both offending holes are hard HARD doglegs which make no sense to me as you are almost forced to go off course or make weirdo right angle 70 foot shots.
The problem is that if you were there alone for the 1st time you would never know to make those "through the woods" blind shots on #2 and #9.
Those are the only design flaws but seriously, this course could have 36 different layouts with the number of permanent tees and baskets. Well done.
Oh - dare I say - mosquitoes. I did not see any but that kind of environment is mosquito friendly.
Other Thoughts: this is the 4th year for the course and it is evolving and will get better and better with age. It will open up with more traffic tromping around and the people in charge understand what is needed.
NOT your cookie cutter course and is fun and challenging from a technical stand point - bad shots are penalized but still playable. I don't anybody as ever having a boring round which is key to fun. Well done
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Designer Response by: Awol
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We appreciate the review!
As with any course, the locals will find their own paths, regardless of design.
No local route on the course is without it's dangers, and all but the highest level of player will be taking a risk on the local route(s). Ask any of the locals, they will tell you about the time they ended up with a Bogey or Double Bogey instead because they hit a branch and then they were fighting back through to the fairway / basket.
Pros: There are two sets of tee pads on each hole except hole 4. These are all level, grippy and nicely sized. There are also two baskets on each hole except hole 4. This is only the second course I've seen with 2 pads and 2 baskets other than Brickyard in Menominee. This really makes a course so much better with the vast amount of options on each hole. The signs here are top notch. There are very large with an awesome detailed map on each short tee pad. It shows the location of each tee and both basket locations as well as distances for all set ups and the par. The course is heavily wooded making for a challenging round. The baskets are yellow and orange and really stick out in the thick woods. The course is free and up year round which both are bonuses. there are also campsites right by the course which would be cool to play some night rounds.
Cons: When we went there were numerous spots with standing water up to 6 inches deep in places. Hole 9 is a ridiculous dogleg left that is basically impossible to par from the long set up. The rough is pretty brutal on most holes so make sure you really watch where your throw went. I also would think the bugs would be bad in the summer months. though theres nothing they can do about this.
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice course that is worth playing if you're anywhere in the area. I really wish more courses had the 2 basket/2 tee set up. This really ups the fun factor. I'd recommend this course over any nearby course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: Awol
Thanks for the review!
Unfortunately the area around 7 & 9 are the lowest points in a pretty large area, so it can collect water after a big rainfall. (3 1/2" of rain in the last week!)
By Sunday's league at noon it was still wet, but playable. I expect by Tuesday it will be damp, but walkable in almost all of the course again.
Quick edit - and in regards to 9, it is a par 4. One to the corner, one out to the open area, one approach, and one putt. It isn't easy, but if all we wanted was easy, we would have left the baskets over in Tanner Park!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Nothing special but not bad.
Pros: It's a nice wooded course with plenty of tight shots and right doglegs throughout. There was a challenge factor there for my first time playing the course even though the holes seem fairly easy once learned.
Two tee's for each hole and two possible pin locations give this 9 hole course quite a bit of variety.
Though there is quite a bit of rough if you miss the fairway, it was still fairly easy to find your disc. But that could also be a result of it being fall and not as thick as earlier in the year.
Cons: Only one pin and it's not always in the same location throughout the course. It switches between red and yellow quite a bit, with no marking at the tee as to which location it's in. Not a problem other than there are many blind tee shots so you have to walk the hole first to find out which pin its in.
Though there are two tees only the closest tee to the basket has a sign at it. Not too bad but for a couple tees it would be very nice to have one at both locations.
There are no markings at the basket pointing you to the next hole, only on the tee sign. Backwards from what would be most convenient. Even with that finding the next tee wasn't that difficult.
My only true 100% downside to this course are the baskets. They are Innova disc catcher, i believe. Having never played with single chain baskets before it amazed me how much less they caught, and how much more spring is in them to toss your disc back, than with the mach 3 and 5 baskets I've played on at other courses. In just the 18 holes I played so far I've already had 3 puts pushed off that would have caught on the double chain baskets.
Other Thoughts: Although this was a fun course it was not fun enough to make my list of favorites. I would play it again sure but I would not go out of my way to make sure I went there regularly.
January 9th update: the people in charge of this course setup seem to be very hands on and open to suggestions. It is a very big upside for this course. Making me reconsider my visitation frequency of this course, and going more often to give better constructive comments both good and bad.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: Awol
Thanks for the review, we appreciate the feedback!
We put the next tee signs (and some OB/Mando) up on the problematic holes in late September, probably a week or two after you had played! Still a work in progress. Basket notation is our Winter project and will be coming next Spring.
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Great afternoon in the woods
Pros: Beautiful location in the back woods of Waupun. Don't show up with sandals because you will be trekking through the woods! Good variation of long straight, short bendy, and all else in between in just 9 holes. Surrounding park area is a great place to spend all day, especially with the upcoming aquatic center that is opening soon. Each hole has two concrete tee pads that are very nice. Signage is also very visually appealing and easy to follow.
Cons: Not the easiest beginner course, but I'm a beginner and didn't lose any discs, so it's not that hard but be prepared to do a little disc hunting if you can't throw straight like me.
The woods isn't a place for pansies, but there are a lot of prickly plants and burrs if you go off course. And the woods have bugs.
Other Thoughts: Bring a few beers, there's plenty of trash cans around too!
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