Hidden Gem with no Competition
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Pros: -Concrete Tees
-Decent Layout, easy to follow
-Good Mix of open/wooded, long/short
-Mixture of lines needed to shape around trees
-Park Upkeep is excellent
-Good amount of trash cans / some picnic tables
Cons: -Minimal elevation
-Low areas can get soggy (#5 was on an island one time I played)
-Can get buggy at times
-No pars listed
Other Thoughts: The Baty DGC is located on the eastern side of Monticello, IA. With really no courses in a 10-15 miles radius, this one stands out as an excellent course. There are a good amount of different lines to work throughout with some left to right, some right to left, some with choices. There is a more wooded area in the middle of this area giving some tunnel shots and some brush to work around. You will use many different discs in your bag to accomplish a good score here. Elevation is minimal, but the use of the vegetation makes for a decent challenge. Did play once in wet conditions, #5 was in the middle of a large puddle and it was very buggy. The other times I have played, conditions were excellent. Being a lone course in the area does make it a little more attractive, but I will generally play if in the area. A hidden gem with enjoyable rounds to give. I will play again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Nice-sized concrete tee pads, all in outstanding condition (not cracked/broken, clean, not matted down with leaves, grass or mud).
+ Excellent signage on every tee pad, easy to read
+ Baskets all in great condition, believe every hole has permanent alternate locations to change things up.
+ Well-maintained grounds work (mowing, trimming)
+ Good variety of technical demands (a few holes that scream forehand, a few built for backhands, most with options for both).
+ 50/50 mix on holes that are open and those that have a tunnel/window of some sort - again, nice variety of technical demands.
+ Plenty of shade for really hot/sunny days
+ Easy access from the highway (directions on finding this course are spot on - turn in at the Pizza Ranch and go to the back, you will find a large gray pavillion - course starts right there).
+ Play was very quick, only saw 1 other group the entire round.
Cons: - Last few holes are quite open and, if you have any type of good Midwestern summer wind, they are borderline unplayable. Probably not fair to ding the course for the weather, but it was the final impression we had of the course.
- For those who can really bomb it, this is not a course you can come out and just expect to crush every hole. (not sure this is a con, but I wanted to note there are only a couple holes where you can cut totally loose).
- If you don't normally do so, please remember to bring your own water/drinks - there is no fountain or hose outlet available (not one that we noticed, at least).
Other Thoughts: We drove all the way out there to play someplace new, frankly expecting it to be somewhat of a "blah" experience. Well, we were surprised at the course, the layout, the condition and the overall experience. Would I drive there to play it again (remembering we have 8-10 other quality courses within the same drive time)? Yes and probably soon.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Good 18 hole course
Pros: - large concrete tee pads
- good mix of holes, some tighter and technical, some longer where you can open up the arm
- variety of lines and shot shapes needed
- trash cans at every tee
- good course for intermediate players...enough obstacles and rough, but not overly punishing
- layout is pretty easy to navigate
Cons: - there's a course map at the beginning, but no distance or pars on the signs at each tee
- course is an 18 hole loop, so hole 9 is out in the middle, not looping back to 1. so, if you want to play nine holes, you have a hike back to your car or need to cut over to 17 from 7.
Other Thoughts: Really like this course - it's fun to play. There's enough rough, trees and underbrush to penalize errant throws without making it so penal that its frustrating. Also well maintained and in good shape.
The only game around (seriously, check the map!)
Pros: 1) well-maintained, clean course. Everything is still new. Fairways are mowed and manicured. While the rough is indeed very rough, it is easy to avoid
2) A great course to learn the game! Most beginner courses tend to allow any shot you want, but this one will force you to choose, though none of the shots are overly difficult
3)As someone mentioned, the flow is great and the course makes great use of a small space. In general, I think the designers did a great job.
Cons: 1) For anyone who has been playing awhile, the course will not present much in the way of challenge and many of the holes will be repetitive. Some of the slight hole variations may be more noticeable for the newer players they were designed for, but for me it definitely felt like "Buzzz, hyzer line. Next hole: Buzzz, slightly sharper hyzer line. Next hole: Buzzz, slightly flatter, longer hyzer line." This felt like about half the holes. Half of the remaining holes were repetitive midrange anhyzer shots (or forehands) and there were about 4-5 holes that required something different.
2)Hole 9 felt pretty awkward. Also hole 15 has a power line that cuts directly across the fairway 12-15' off the ground. It WILL get hit sooner or later.
3)No distances on the tee signs (I had no idea how much I relied on them until playing here!) To be fair, the distances are posted on the course map next to hole 1.
Other Thoughts: It's hard to know how to rate courses like this. It seems like on DGCR a lot of times we are rating the difficulty of a course rather than its quality. I settled on 3/5, but a more accurate description than "good" would be "an excellent course for newer players".
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Great New Course
Pros: Great course for the area, and a great course for beginners and intermediate players. A good mix of simple open shots and difficult or blind shots. Brand new concrete tee pads and garbage cans on every hole. The course is less than a year old and there is something new, different or improved every time I go there.
Cons: There is nothing too difficult or challenging on this course. It could use a couple more challenging holes to offset the overly easy holes. Needs Tee markers with distances and pars.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for the area, it's definitely worth stopping at.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Work in progress
Pros: Concrete pads on all holes.
Trash cans on all holes.
Great course for beginners and intermediate level players.
Cons: No tee signs yet.
Hard to know which basket to shoot at without signs because some are blind shots.
Tee pads are a bit short for the bomber holes.
The rough is too high and can make finding a disc hard but does not add to the difficulty.
Too many open holes that have nothing in the way.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a fun and nice course. It is worth a stop if you are passing by. It should be a short fun round and really close to highway 151.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Looking for a fun course, then you will not be disappointed, if you stop in here for a quick round. Has a good mix of easy hole and some challenging holes for all levels.
Cons: Course is in process of putting in tee pads, has a map at beginning with course layout but individual holes need distance and direction for holes.
Other Thoughts: Able to air out your shots with not too much restrictions. Course was built in 2014 and has already had many updates in just 1 year. Also with course being newer it is never busy for a quick round
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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