Great Short Course
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Pros: I was invited to come play Madman's course yesterday for a small tournament. I didn't know what to expect from a small 18 hole in his backyard but was pleasantly surprised as to how unique and challenging this course is!
There are concrete pads made from pavers on every hole which is nice. Some could be a bit bigger for run ups but most of the holes don't require much run up so bigger pads would just be a luxury.
The hole variation on such a small area is amazing! Almost every hole is pretty short (under 250) but there is no shortage of challenges; tight windows, annies, spike hyzers, tunnel shots, forehand, backhand... it really has it all in a tight little package. Playing a course like this on a regular basis will really progress your game and force you to learn all those little touch shots you wish you had but never want to practice.
Because this is such a technical course and the long bomber shot has been almost eliminated, it is an awesome course for a variety of players and arm strengths. It really levels the playing field, which is something you don't find much. I probably wouldn't take a complete noob here right away as the sweet water holes and thick rough require some good control and having at least an idea of where your disc should have gone before it crashed down in the thick brush.
Cons: Cons... There really are not many when you take into account the size of the property and what kind of effort it must take to keep something like this up single handedly.
I mean could the tees be bigger? Sure, but they don't need to be.
Could the tees be more level? I suppose but you have to take that up with Mother Nature, not Madman.
Could a branch or two use a trim? Maybe but that's what makes this course so challenging, you are forced to throw a specific shot and often not the one you want.
Maybe the only real concern might be multiple holes using the same basket on blind holes. I don't know how you would make this course without using the baskets multiple times but in a couple spots I could see it being a problem for less experienced players. Thinking 6 and 12 or 2 and 8 maybe? Just keep your head up and be courteous and this issue can be eliminated.
I suppose it might be difficult to navigate the first few times around and a good map would be helpful. I played my first round with Madman so we didn't have any issues but I wasn't always sure where to go next. There are numbered tee signs at all the holes (with distances) and arrows near the pins to point you in the direction on the next hole so it shouldn't be a major problem. Also, if you just call Madman, he can help and probably will just come out and play with you if he has time.
Other Thoughts: I wish I lived closer because I would play this course religiously! If you can score well here you can score well anywhere. You wont find a better 18 hole course with multiple tee pads and multiple pin placements on less than 5 acres.
This is a grassroots type course so the fancy amenities may not be like some big private courses; say Sandy Point or Rolling Ridge. However, you can expect an awesome course with great variation, some elevation, short, long, water, outhouse, permanent baskets (some Mach Xs!), paver pads, secluded location, and a hell of a host. Remember to thank Madman for opening up his private course for our enjoyment!
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A fun homegrown course
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
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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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