Pros: NIce baskets
Large tee boxes
Well manicured park
A lot of variety in hole length
Cons: Intersecting walking path can cause delays with park-goers
Tee signs do not indicate pin position
Kids/families can be hazards on busy days
Other Thoughts: Freeman is a fun course. If you live within 30-45min, it's worth the drive to play a round or two at least. I don't think it's as great of a course as many of the reviews here indicate, though. Definitely the best course in the area, but not a great course. The local club should really work on updating the tee signs in order to have the multiple pins indicated. There is one hole that has a laminated print-out with the information, but it isn't very useful. I'd agree with other reviewers that said to have a map of the course handy on your first visit. I do however disagree that there are any extraordinarily long walks within holes. Just my opinion though.
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Eastern Idaho Gem
Pros: • Beautiful well-groomed park setting with mature trees and a nice little stream running through the park.
• Nice views of the Snake River on a few holes.
• Good basket placements that require moderate accuracy.
• Decent mix of holes lengths and balance between hyzer and anny throws.
• Some decent use of elevation.
Cons: • Too many long holes for my liking. I would have liked 2-3 more short and technical holes.
• There were a few unnecessarily long walks between holes, especially from #16 basket to #17 tee.
• Tee signs are placed perpendicular to the tee pad instead of at the head of the pad. This confused me and I almost threw the wrong direction a couple of times. The pictures on a few holes weren't accurate as to basket location.
• I really wish this course (in fact, ALL COURSES) had "Next Tee" arrows on each basket. I got turned around on navigation several times. I would print a map before you go.
• Watch out for the disc-eating Spruce trees. The Spruce trees are pretty, but absolutely swallow discs.
Other Thoughts: I had been looking forward to playing this course for a while. It is a good course, but not quite as good as advertised. My favorite holes were 1-8. They play close to the pretty little stream that runs through the park. There were too many long holes on the back side for me, although #10 was an interesting downhill hole with a few trees to dodge as well as OB behind the basket. #12 was a Pro/Con hole for me. I wish the tee wasn't placed back down the hill from basket 11. It could have been a really nice, short downhill shot to a hidden basket with OB behind. It's still an interesting hole where you have to actually throw past the hole and to the left, then throw a reverse approach/putt into a tight gap in the trees. The course is definitely worth playing if you're in Idaho Falls.
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Freeman Park DGC - A well done public park course
Pros: I've played this course a couple of times now, during different times of the year. Each time I've played it, the course was in good condition and appears to be well taken care of. I really enjoyed playing across the stream and of course being close to the Snake river.
- The grass is in excellent condition, which is unusual for me to see coming from the Arizona desert.
- The tee pads are concrete and in good condition.
- Each tee pad has a sign, with some basic hole information.
- Hole lengths vary throughout the course; Some are short and some are long.
- The course has a decent variety of shots needed and is a lot of fun to play.
- Hole 1 and 10 are both near the parking lot, making it easy to play 9 holes if you don't have time for a full 18.
Cons: Generally speaking, I like this course a lot. I do have a couple of minor issues.
- The tee pad signs aren't very accurate and sometimes seem wrong on the basket location.
- Finding the next tee pad can be difficult without a map.
Other Thoughts: I really like this course and hope to play here every time I'm in the area. It's a full size course, which includes a couple of par 4's. I think it's laid out well and it's in a really nice park. I have a couple of minor complaints about the course but really, I'm just being picky.
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Pros: Course is very green and pretty. A good mix of shots for the most part.
Cons: Hard to follow, tee signs not accurate, sprinklers on in the late mornings makes it hard to play multiple holes! People traveling from out of town will find this difficult to navigate if never played or no access to maps.
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variety defines this course
Pros: The first 9 on the course mostly requires shorter, technical shots. You have to cross a creek or come dangerously close to it several times. Plenty of shots require you to go around or under trees.
The second half of the course opens up with some longer distance holes and some more open fairways.
Each half of the course begins and ends near the parking lot, so it's easy to play a quick half game. A group of guys from the office go play 9 holes during lunch.
Many of the pins have 2 locations and the park moves some of them every week or so, making the course different all the time.
Cons: signs are inaccurate with redesign and multiple pin locations.
Some of the tees are a bit of a walk from the previous pin. Bring a map if you've never been before. It can be tricky to find out where to go next.
I wish the variety was a bit more mixed in between the front and back half. It almost seems like 2 different courses the way things change completely in the middle. Mixing a few longer holes on the front and some more technical holes on the back would make the course better I think.
Depending on the season, the creek can be pretty deep, swift, and murky, so you may want to check the creek before playing the front nine. It's very easy to lose a disc when it is running fast, but the front 9 has some of my favorite holes.
Other Thoughts: The park can be very crowded on holidays and some weekends in the middle of summer. Don't plan on playing on the 4th of July as this park is a prime spot to watch the fireworks. Occasionally people are sitting under some of the trees on the course, but none have caused a problem for me before.
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In town, out of town
Pros: Shot variety is great.
In town, but almost has an out of town feel with great views.
Good use of elevation.
Multiple pin placements.
Difficult fairways/greens with O.B.
Holes 1,9,10,18 play nice traditional loops if you only have time to play 9, you're right back at the car.
Cons: Not many trees, but good use of those that were available.
Some holes played much to close or over walking paths.
Not clearly marked "To next tee"
Short tee pads
Other Thoughts: All in all, I enjoyed this course. I think during heavy park use, some holes could be dangerous with their proximity to the walking path, but there are simple design changes that could make this a non-issue. Was very glad to have a local while playing and if you don't have one, try to find a course map before venturing out.
Outside of the few questionable holes along the walking path, anyone who gets to call this their "home course" has it pretty well off from a proximity to town perspective.
Also nice that a 5 minute drive could put you in a place to pick up those things you might have forgot (water, snack, etc.)
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Great course but rated too high
Pros: Good variety of shots/ shot distances
Good signage/ easy flow of course
Mostly open course - difficult to lose discs even in the only water in the park
Liked the holes with the elevation changes.
Variable hole distances have something for beginer and advanced players. Additionally I liked the Variety of hyzer, annhyzer, and straight shots this course had to offer.
Well maintained park
Cons: Crowds at several holes unknowing they were on the course or in the line of fire.
Many cars parked near the roads complicate some holes
For the rating this course received before I think my expectation was a little too high . There isn't a whole lot wrong with this course, but it just doesn't have the local, signature holes that really sets a course apart from the average city park. Among city parks this one is great but after the round ended I wasn't exactly blown away.
Other Thoughts: This was an overall fun course to play. Haven't played the other courses in Idaho Falls but this appears to be the best one. The course does a good job with the space available in the park and I am a visiting Oegonian disc golfer so take my opinion with a grain of salt. The course is definitely worth stopping and playing a quick one. If i I lived in Idaho falls I would play this course all the time. Expect to have a good time but don't expect the best course you've ever played.
Something for everyone
Pros: Expansive city park
Cement tee boxes and good signage
A reasonable amount of up and down
Hole lengths vary from moderately short and highly technical holes to holes that are very long and favor brute-force players.
Normally not busy at all.
Some holes have water and require more accuracy.
Cons: There is a lot of open space, and most holes are not that technical. They tend to favor power players
Other Thoughts: A rapidly flowing stream/ditch comes into play on three holes in the front nine. The water flows fast enough that even though discs usually sink and stay on the bottom, they could be swept all the way to the Snake River and be lost for good. Be ready to run down and jump in the water after discs that go awry. This can be stressful for inexperienced/inaccurate players.
Rated too High
Pros: 1. Signs had map, par, distance
2. Beautiful park
3. Very calming relaxing course
4. Water fountains and bathrooms
5. Concrete tees
Cons: 1. Navigation was terrible
2. Lengthy holes
3. Not much variety
4. Tee pads could be a bit bigger
5. Walking path goes through a few holes
Other Thoughts: This course was good, however somewhat of a letdown because of such high reviews it had. This course was fun and relaxing, however not challenging or technical. The best holes were the first 7, after that they all just seemed the same, Long and boring. With that being said, I loved the first 7 holes. Throwing over and playing near the creek was a blast. These few holes were very unique and interesting enough for me to love this course. I saw some old posts where the holes used to be, wish I played it back then. Overall a good course, could be very good to excellent with some better holes, benches, or larger tees. But definitely a fun round and would recommend.
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Pros: -What caught my eye first was the wood signs that were very accurate with trees, trains, and water.
-Very open grass fields with trees making for some imaginitive shots.
-Distances vary for the long bombs to the tight shots.
-The creek makes for a great hazard but does not run the risk of losing a disc.
Cons: -The second time we played was on a Sunday afternoon, the park was a lot busier and shots had to be timed between crowds.
-There are some shady characters in the park, just keep your head up.
Other Thoughts: During a 15 hour drive we took the hour stop and played this course a second time. I found this course to be one of my favorite courses in the west coast so far. Just so many fun shots, long and short.
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