The extra nine helps!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: As the 52nd reviewer of this course, I'm not sure how much else there is to add, but I'll give my brief thoughts in any case.
+ 27 holes of disc golf on a well maintained property! The sheer volume of disc golf that you can play here bumps this course up from a 3.5 to a 4.0 in my eyes.
+ You can tell that the pay-to-play is utilized. The grass seems to be mowed frequently, the trash cans weren't overflowing, and the facilities on-site were clean. Benches are abundant and course equipment (tees, tee signs, baskets) are in good condition.
+ The flow is, for the most part, pretty logical. When there is confusion on where to go next (such as multiple paths), the disc golf path is usually mulched. This help guide us, as first-timers, through the course.
+ This area is solely dedicated to disc golf. There is no issue with having to watch out for other park-goers when throwing drives.
+ With 27 holes, there's a little bit of variety in lines that are required. You have your straight holes, your around an obstacle holes, and your dog legs to both directions. It felt to me like a very fair course where skill was valued over luck.
+ The island hole on the last nine is a really, really cool hole. Definitely the signature in my eyes. It's fair and fun.
Cons: - Lack of major elevation here made many of the holes feel monotonous. Even with 3 sets of pins and two tees, there isn't much variation in the holes. Often times the pins are within 30 feet of each other.
- The course, while long and manicured, felt boring. Truthfully, outside of the island hole, I didn't find myself looking forward to any holes during my second round here. I truthfully can't see myself coming back here.
- Mosquitos are god awful. I'm not deducting points off this course because of it, but just pointing it out. I layered myself in three different repellents and still got rocked.
Other Thoughts: All in all, one round here would suffice. It's a long round, but it's a pretty boring one. It's great, however, if you want to get away from it all and just immerse yourself in disc golf for a couple hours. I don't know if it's worth the $8 fee. I feel like there could be features added (like elevated baskets or something) that would make this course much more memorable and fun.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
First time, played the longs
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple tee pads, good use of land, well designed, easy to follow layout, well manicured. My first course that I played in Wisconsin. First thought that comes to mind is the beautiful use of boulders. Some of the greens I would call signature greens. Good mixture of left/right shots. Mostly long shots but I played all the long pads. Has bathrooms available close to halfway through the course. Also has up to 27 holes and a big parking lot.
Cons: Lack of elevation. At $8 seems overpriced in comparison to the local courses that I played the next day for $5. Could use some next tee arrow signs in some places.
Other Thoughts: Rewards smart play which is a bonus to me. The rough can be very punishing in some places. I think this is a very well balanced course. I didn't play the shorts but seemed like an extreme difference between playing the shorts and longs. If I was to only play one round here, the perfect layout would be a mixture of shorts and longs. Most of the shorts looked really short and the longs were really long. It could use more shots that are more inbetween. Didn't throw many mid ranges from the long pads and I throw a midrange close to 350' for point of reference.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun for out of towner
Pros: I was in town for a funeral and needed a pick me up. This course provided that for me! I played short pins and used my fairway driver for most of the drives. The long pins didn't seem more challenging, just required a longer throw. The course is well manicured and was easy to navigate.
My favorite hole was the island hole, but it was just an easy putter hyzer for birdie.
There was also a nice mix of sidearm and backhand throws. There really isn't any risk of losing your disc unless you really shank your throw.
I was the only one on the course which was nice also.
Cons: I played in the spring so the ground was wet, though it wasn't horrible. Not really the fault of the course, just bring an extra towel and good shoes.
Other Thoughts: If you're in town and want a straight forward course to boost your confidence, play here!!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
fun golf at a beautiful park
Pros: Very well maintained park and well marked tee signs. Big bonus that there are 3 pin placements and 2 sets of tee pads at each hole. Benches at a lot of holes, and when I wanted to sit I was able to. As someone new to Madison, I got lucky enough to play with some locals, but seems easy enough to navigate. Mach V baskets are dependable and catch well. Pretty beginner friendly from the red tee pads, and judging from where the blues were those add a decent amount of difficulty.
Cons: Not a lot of trouble to get into, at least the time of year I played. Would probably be a lot more challenging if all of the tall grass areas played OB, especially would make the last 9 a bit more interesting.
If you're hitting the fairways, which are pretty big, it feels like playing on a ball golf course. There was less technical challenge than I had expected, at least playing from red tees to blue pins. I think I found myself in a tough spot maybe once or twice over the entire round.
Other Thoughts: Pay to play courses are a new concept to me, since in Mid-Missouri they are all free to play. Course was definitely well maintained. Personally I'd like to see better signage at the baskets, like next hole indicators. It seems fairly intuitive to play and navigate but having number plates on the basket and indicators to where the next pin is at would be helpful, as I was faced with multiple trails a couple of times and was unsure where to go.
There also seems to be a lack of trash cans on the course, but that doesn't affect me as I always pack out what I pack in anyway. Course was nice and free of litter anyway, so probably not a big deal overall - I'd imagine the pay wall to play the course means that people are a bit more responsible when it comes to things like littering.
From the reds tee to blue pin, this course doesn't offer much challenge for a high advanced/low open rated player. I was able to shoot -7, with 2 bogies, and I felt like I played pretty average. I'd certainly like to play blue to blue to see what kind of challenge the course can offer at its best.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
My Real Home Course
Pros: I've surely played 2000 rounds here since it opened, and it is one of the most beautiful and well kept courses in the US. It has the look and feel of a ball golf course. There are some challenges and it is well laid out.
Cons: The course is utterly flat, has very little in the way of obstacles, and in tournaments uses the ludicrous painted lines and arbitrary OB in an attempt to compensate for that. It may well be the most played course in the city, but it ranks 3rd out of the 4.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
over priced repetitive course
Pros: Good distance
A bit of a challenge
Well maintained course
Cons: Over priced
no real challenge
Other Thoughts: This course is great if you live in the area and will play it .ore than 5 times in a season. Then you can get the season pass. This course felt like they had the extra space in the park and the county thought, "Let make a disc golf course amd see how much money we can get from this. There are so many better, pay to play, courses in Wisconsin that are cheeper than this course. And a lot more fun than this course. This course also seems to have no challenge in it. Each hole seems very similar to each other. Long and straight. This course is wel maintained and thw pads are well marked. It is a little confusing to find the next hole but with a little common sense ir is pretty easy. I dont think that I will come back to this course unless the price dropps.
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great course. Mostly open with a few wooded holes. Perfectly maintained course. The island hole on the extra 9 is a blast to play.
Cons: At 8 dollars a round, the course is slightly pricey, but worth it none the less.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -A beautiful 27 hole course- definitely worth the season pass for residents as well as the day pass for visitors. It is a must-play in the Madison area!
-The holes vary widely in composition, technicality, and distance. There are short holes, long holes, holes through the woods, holes in the open, and lots of changes in elevation. There are a lot of very, very interesting holes that require technical prowess to par or bogie, but are still not punishing for beginners. The best part of this course, in my opinion, is that each hole has its own character, and no one feels like the play of another (on the first 18).
-Two tee positions and three pin positions.
Cons: -The last nine holes (excluding the island hole) are a little repetitive, and at this point the players with less endurance feel like dipping out. But, on the bright side, the front 18 end at the parking lot and it is easy to leave without playing the full 27 if you feel so inclined.
-No water hazards, if you're into that sort of thing.
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun for people of all experience levels and I adore going here.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Great overall course
Pros: Appeals to all skills levels with two sets of teepads and three different hole locations on each hole. Plenty of holes are very open and forgiving, and the holes that utilize the trees don't have too many in the fairways. Garbage cans at every hole and a bench every few holes. Overall a very clean and deliberate course with no other park entities coming into play.
Cons: There aren't many negative things you can say about this course. A lot of the holes are pretty open, so some may say that it's a little boring, but I think the overall appearance and challenge of the course is solid. Also, the last 9 holes (19-27) are a little longer than the rest of the course, especially if you play the pro tees.
Other Thoughts: I'm happy to pay to play at the two county courses near Madison. These courses offer more solitude and a clean, spacious feel compared to the city courses.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Token Creek is an immaculate course that has the maintenance crew of a public golf course. I played on a Friday a few weeks ago (middle of August) and there were multiple, large tractors doing mowing and maintenance work on the course and I even saw a few people weed-whacking. That's what a pay to play course does! Here are my pros:
1) The course has multiple tees which offers a nice variety in the distance and gives players with different skill sets the ability to play the course. There are also multiple pin locations on every hole.
2) The course is extremely fair and has really clean lines. The course didn't have any poke and hope holes and I really appreciate a course that rewards a good shot.
3) The course had a lot of variety (at least with the first 18 holes) on different shot shapes. You had option holes (hole 1, hole 7), RH flick holes (3), long hyzer holes and everything in between.
4) This course had extremely beautiful greens. It doesn't get much better than 6 and 7 with the beautiful rocks and built up greens. Many of the holes had defined greens and I really enjoyed that about the course. It required a placement shot to get onto the green to have a shot at birdie.
5) The course had very defined fairways and really required a lot of thinking about where to land and where not to land. A lot of the course actually felt like a golf course, albeit on a smaller scale. The fairways were cut out of the woods on a lot of holes and it was neat to throw a lot of the holes on the first 18.
6) The Island Hole: This is a pro all by itself. This was the only hole i enjoyed during holes 19 through 27 and it was just a neat hole. It doesn't have the majesty of the famed island hole at TPC at Sawgrass, but hey, this is disc golf and its a start!
7) Hole 10 also has a special place in my heart. From the long tees I think this is just a special par 3. Trying to hit that right window through the trees and going into that guarded green is just a wonderful shot to try to throw. In my opinion this may be the best hole on the course.
8) Navigation: It was actually very easy to get around the course. I didn't have any problem finding where I was going and played a very quick round. I think the $8 fee cuts down on a lot of the ruckus so it was very quiet the day I played.
NOTE: The workers in the park actually stopped me to check to make sure I had a receipt to play the course. This is a pay to play course and they do check receipts so make sure to pay!
Cons: Token Creek does not have a lot of cons but the cons stand out and edge the rating from a solid 4.0/borderline 4.5 to a 3.5, which is still a very good rating.
For me this course is all about the design. This course has many phenomenal holes and features but there are two design flaws, in my opinion:
A) The course simply has too many tweener holes. I can't remember playing a course with so many holes between 400 and 550 feet. The longer the hole was the more wide open it was so it was really tough to call this kind of hole a par 4. At the same time, I didn't see anyone sniffing a deuce on some of the longer par 3's over 500 feet during the recent A Tier. I think that extending these holes to true par 4 distances or cutting them down to true par 3 distances would add significant value. I think a lot of the holes don't offer enough scoring separation to be a world caliber course.
B) Unfortunately the last 9 holes were just boring. I hate to use that word but there was so little variety in these holes. It just seemed like these holes were an afterthought. Besides the island hole, these 9 holes were not enjoyable to me. These holes were extremely flat with no elevation change and hardly any obstacles but prairie grass. They weren't bad holes by any means but they just didn't have the same feel and fun factor as the first 18. Unfortunately these 9 extra holes actually took away from the rest of the course but I still loved the first 18!
Don't take what I am writing in a negative way - Vallarta is still an awesome course with a lot of great holes. I just wish the last 9 holes were as awesome as the first 18!
Other Thoughts: To me this course is a tale of two cities: the first 18 holes are a solid 4.0 and really could push the envelope to be a 4.25 or higher. The issue with this course are holes 19 through 27, which I would probably give a 2.5. Most of the time having 27 holes is a positive thing but in this case these holes truly hurt the course. Its still a nice course but in my opinion its probably not worth the $8 fee. I know this keeps the course more playable and beautiful but if I am going to pay $8 for a 27 hole course I'd love for it to have more interesting holes on the last 9.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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