Owen, WI 
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 A fun homegrown course

1    11/2/2013   11/4/2013
Review By: wolfhaley
Played: 252  Reviewed: 175  Exp: 13.2 Years
Pros: This course is located north of Owen only about a half hour north of Hwy 29. It's a very peaceful place to play in that it's along a dirt road out in the country. When we were there we seen maybe 2 vehicles drive by in about 3 hours. The courses owner Madman Martin is an awesome dude. He played both rounds with us which is helpful for first timers. He also explained all the different holes and what he's planning on doing in the future. There are 18 holes here using only seven baskets. The baskets are a mix of all different types. There are 2 homemade baskets and the other 5 are disccatchers and Machs (I think). There are tee pads on some of the holes with the others being just dirt/natural. The tees were all level and decent enough sized for the hole lengths here, though some would've been nicer if they were slightly larger/longer. They serve their purpose just fine here though. All the tees were marked with a small wood sign with the hole number on them. There's a large pond in the center of the course that is used very neatly. There are a number of shots over and right along the pond adding to the challenge. The rest of the course is sparsely wooded with pretty fair lines to the pins. For the most part the distances aren't real long but there's nothing real short either. Martin did an excellent job using the five acres here to put 18 holes in and not make it all feel the same. Pretty much every type of shot is required here too. There is only a little elevation here but it is incorporated, mostly on holes 1, 9 and 18. The course is set up all year. He has hand drawn maps next to the waivers on the wall of the shed to help with navigation.
Cons: We played in early November so all the grass wasn't nearly as high as it would be in summer. But I can see it being pretty tricky to find errant shots in quite a few areas. I can imagine the bugs would also be bad in the summer but it is Wisconsin so they're bad everywhere, so not really a con. The 2 homemade baskets didn't catch the greatest, however they did catch better than I thought they would just by looking at them. They only have one row of pretty heavy chains. Over time if enough people play here though hopefully he'll be able to add newer baskets for these. The hand drawn maps don't really help too much, they're kind of confusing.
Other Thoughts: I really had a blast playing this course with Martin. I'd highly recommend playing with him. He also really helps you with navigation. I only live 45 minutes away and I will definitely be back here. Don't expect it to be a city park type of course though, it is a homemade course. If you're in the area I'd recommend stopping in

 Madman Martin

1    7/28/2013   7/30/2013
Review By: harr0140
Played: 947  Reviewed: 480  Exp: 8.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Homegrown creativity at its finest here. Martin has been around the game for a while and he knows what makes for fun and challenging disc golf. The holes are short but still fun. The experience of playing with Martin is fun.

2) You need to have all sorts of shots here including some fun elevator type shots, spike hyzers, big turnovers, ace runs, water shots, etc etc etc . . . bring everything you have got to this course.

3) He has very simple signs next to each tee with Hole # and distance which will be helpful for anyone playing the course without him . . . I suggest playing it with him however to get the full experience of playing his course.

4) Variety is surprisingly pretty good for a small 5 acre parcel. He has a couple longer bomber holes, some real ace runs, water carries, tight fairways, elevator shots over some lower foliage,

5) Beginner friendly because most of the holes are under 200' with a few between 200-300 and only one over 300'. The holes still present some challenge to the beginner and even the avid player despite being on the short end of distance.

Cons: 1) The concrete steppers are not all 100% level with each other and seem to be a bit smaller than the teepads I am accustomed to. The concrete allows all weather play but when they are too small they become almost worse than grass would be.

2) The mixed baskets take some getting used to but they all seemed to catch just fine. He said he is putting every dollar he brings in towards new permanent style baskets which is a good plan but it will be a while until he can replace all of the baskets. I gave him a few bucks for me and my wife to say thanks and hopefully you consider giving him something for allowing you to play his course too.

3) There is a bit of tall grass and prairie that will eat up discs especially on some of the blind shots. I do not recommend playing alone and would definitely recommend playing with Martin since he knows the course.
Other Thoughts: Don't come here expecting the top notch private amenities that often accompany private course. Just come here with an open mind wanting to have some fun throwing discs. Imagine how much money it would cost him to put in all permanent baskets and tee pads . . . let alone maintain the mowing on this course. Thank him for opening his private land to others then give him a few dollars for his effort and tell your friends to come visit him.

Would I come back to this course? Yes . . . just keep in mind its all about having fun throwing discs and you should enjoy yourself too.

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