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3 / 305ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #13 Fairway (just beyond the hill/ridge) -- make sure your tee shot stays center/right, or your disc will roll down the steep hill on the left --

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Mostly open, a bit confusing

1    1/15/2017   1/18/2017
Review By: SpartanDisc
Played: 178  Reviewed: 23  Exp: 16.3 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -- Nice multi-use park. While it doesn't really enhance the disc course at all, there are nice facilities including a playground, tennis courts, soccer fields, etc
-- A decent amount of variety. There are some (mostly) open holes but also some fairly tight ones mixed in with low ceilings. I had to throw hyzers and annies, straight tunnels and spikes. Or of two of the tunnel holes would be a decent addition on a lot of courses
Cons: -- Confusing! The layout here is very untraditional. I had a hard time finding hole 1, but that was mostly due to half the parking lot being closed for construction. So I started on 4. There are some holes where other baskets were very close to the fairway leading to confusion about which to throw. This would also cause issues if there were a lot of groups on the course. There were also tee pads right next to each other and several instances where it was not at all clear what tee pad or basket was next. In some cases the tees had signs which made it clear, but many were missing. A few holes tee right next to each other in a similar direction, meaning the most efficient way to play those two is to drive both and play them at the same time.
-- A very short course. There weren't any times where I was really testing my distance shots. I teed off with a lot of mids and fairways (and some Firebird skips and spike hyzers).
-- Not terribly challenging. While there are a few low ceiling tunnel shots, most of the course is pretty easy, and even some of the tunnels aren't that hard because they're under 300. Holes 4 and 5 are tough, but mostly because there is no clear fairway or line to the basket, just a grid of trees that you have to hope to get through.
-- Tees, baskets and signs were not in very good shape. One basket's top was very bent, making it look almost like something from a Dali painting. The tees were rubber, and you could tell they've been there a while. Signs were often missing.
-- Being a multi-use park, I could see other park goers getting in the way of the course at times. I played in January, so it wasn't a problem, but in June and July, I could image it being pretty crowded.
-- There are several holes where it would be very easy to throw into someone's back yard. A few have fences (that might keep a disc in bounds, but might make it difficult to retrieve) while others have no fence but "no trespassing" signs
Other Thoughts: I played this course because I was in the area and didn't have enough sunlight left to get to a better course further away. It was decent, but not something I'd travel to or itch to play again. Most holes didn't offer much in terms of being interesting or challenging, and the layout is extremely confusing. The equipment could use an upgrade, but honestly, I wouldn't spend a bunch to replace baskets or tees here without a redesign (and maybe several trees being planted).

I've played worse, but I've played a lot better. As a beginner course this works, but it will not offer much to an experienced disc golfer.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 20 Holes Of Enjoyable Recreational Golfing!

1    6/25/2016   6/25/2016
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1313  Reviewed: 1247  Exp: 40.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Sergeant Means is an interesting mid-sized park bullt on the site of an old farm. There are some old buildings in the front that serve as maintenance and maybe office space. The course starts to the right of the buildings and generally plays in a clockwise direction around the entire park. There is a disc golf rules signal at the start. The tee signs are the old school fiberglass models but new colored signs have been placed in the frames. The tee pads are rubber and decent. There are a couple of holes where you're teeing off the sidewalks. The baskets are Mach IIs with the number on top. There are a couple of spots with nice shady picnic tables set. Nice spot for a cool rest break.

The course is short enough and open enough to be called a recreational level course. Most intermediate to advanced players won't find much challenge here.

# 1 is a 263' straight shot between two roles of trees. You'll find 3-5 of these types of holes. There are houses on the right side all the way down the fairway here. # 7 concerns me even more as now the backyards are on the left side. Too many players will hyser off into these yards. And there are signs posted asking players not to into the backyards. There is quite a variety of holes types and therefore different shots needed here. # 8 is just 177' but a pretty severe anhyser angle. I found a roller worked well here. 10-11-12 are all short (under 200') ACE runs.

One nice fearture here is there is usually one rung of the basket that is painted red and points to the next tee. Great navigational aid.
Cons: There is such a good chance of discs flying into yards here on 1, 2, 7, 8 and 16.

Recreational length and challenge.

Someone described the navigation as easy but awkward. That sums it up perfectly. # 5 basket is missing the red paint and then # 6 is missing the sign. Momentarily confusing.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course early this AM. Hardly anyone there, perfect weather. Great, relaxing morning golfing. I'm all set to join Sergeant Mean's squadron.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Challenging but good course

2-4    8/13/2015   8/13/2015
Review By: tromadz
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: 20 holes so you can get a nice day in.

If you like a challenge, this will do it. You will not walk out with good numbers.
Cons: It's a par 3 course and most of them should be par 3s. If you're a prideful player who likes getting good numbers, you will not enjoy this park one bit.

Shared park so there will be kids, soccer players, and others.
Other Thoughts: Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep8w3XdPX6A

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Nothing Special

2-4    3/14/2015   3/15/2015
Review By: boston
Played: 63  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6.1 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Technical course in spots with some elevation. Tight, tree-lined fairways make some holes challenging.
Cons: Not a huge fan of the layout. Kind of just looks like baskets and tees were poorly placed and the park it's in is heavily used so lots of pedestrians and distractions.
Other Thoughts: Wouldn't come back unless I was right in the area.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Played over 200 times

5+    6/29/2013   6/29/2013
Review By: DiscGolfMurf
Played: 106  Reviewed: 4
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fun and challenging course. Some ace run opportunities. Well manicured course. Calls for different style of shots from back hand to flick shots, ground rollers, and thumbers. Easy access with parking available at 3 locations around the course. Friendly local players are usually happy to point first timers in the right direction.
Cons: The tees are overall bad. They are rubber mats that were carelessly placed. Couple of ankle twisters. Some back track holes. Mix of old baskets of which 3 or 4 need to be replaced. Bad signage for new players navigating the course. Generally in winter the tees are mostly unusable.
Other Thoughts: Don't necessary listen to those reviews that state this park to be a beginners course. This course looks fairly innocent but does present many technical lines if the player wants to shoot under a 60. There are some drawbacks to the course, no doubt. And there are no holes over 315 but do not let that deter you from a fun experience playing a course unlike any other within the area. I am fond of this course and the more you play it the more you will appreciate what it has to offer.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Olympia Fields Forever

1    7/21/2012   9/18/2012
Review By: 4_Of_Spades
Played: 35  Reviewed: 28  Exp: 10.4 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice orchard setting in a large park.

Different shot variety used well: straight, tunnel, hyzer, anhyzer, and roller.

Not crowded when I played.

Good baskets, decent signs and tee pads.

Uses elevation it has well and the shots through the orchard were interesting.

Cons: A few holes seemed a bit impossible to find a line to the basket that took more skill than luck to hit.

Some navigation issues with back tracking and such. Didn't spend too much time finding out where to go.

Didn't have issues with other park users, but there were not many out. Just be aware of your surroundings when playing as it may be an issue.

No hole really stands out to me, but it was a solid course that was fun to play.
Other Thoughts: Not sure if I would drive 45 minutes to go back and play again. It was a nice disc golf day, it just didn't have those exciting holes that would keep me going back to play. Just felt like a decent/ average 18 hole course. It is worth at least a play to see for yourself though.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  I play there 3 times a week!

5+    7/9/2012   7/9/2012
Review By: Dr. Awesome
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fantastic course to learn and hone your disc golf skills. It is a well kept and easily accessible facility. Great tunnel shots, wide open opportunities. The sergeant can whip even more seasoned golfers. All rubber tee pads have been replaced as of 7-9-12
Cons: The course does leave a little to be desired in the adventurous sense. It seems a little to packed in at times. Errant discs have the potential of hitting cars or ending up in back yards here and there but that won't bother you if your aim is in check.
Other Thoughts: An underrated course that keeps so many coming back. Sergeant Mean's will always offer challenge to all levels with it's fun topography and interesting layout. You will not go there and walk all over the park. Just ask hole # 5

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Sgt. Mean's Lonely Disc Golf Club

2-4    6/8/2011   6/9/2011
Review By: Jukeshoe
Played: 220  Reviewed: 171  Exp: 9.1 Years
This review was updated on 6/11/2011
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Sergeant Mean's is a park style course that plays mostly around the perimeter of a nicely manicured and well-kept multi-use facility. Grassy, with no schule except for on the very edge of the park, the course's main challenges consist of decent elevation changes as well as above average tree formations.
- Vegetation: for a park style course, Sgt. Mean's has a great mix of looks into and out of stands of trees, "up and over" type shots where coming up short means losing a disc in the dense deciduous treetops, tunnel shots down two rows of trees, and "thread the needle" gap shots where hitting your line is the difference between par and a deuce.
- Variety: again, for a park style course Sgt. Mean's mixes things up nicely over the 20 holes. Nothing seems repetitive, with maybe the exception of the "tunnel shots" which kept occuring. A good mix of wooded, semi-wooded, and open.
- Elevation, while not even moderate, was nevertheless used extremely well and added many interesting shots (including one blind pin with a drop-off behind). Used very well in conjunction with vegetation.
- Amenities: a few loose chains but mostly decent baskets; adequate but sometimes missing signage; rubber mats in decent shape; playground, soccerfield, tennis and basketball courts, playground, baseball diamond, portajohns, etc. on site.
Cons: - The flow and navigation are a bit of a struggle the first (and even second) time through here, even after being guided. Several illogical back-tracks to tees. Several tees where two or three different baskets could be the potential target add to the confusion. Coupled with average signage, this could lead to shooting at the wrong basket. On the other hand, it offers up the opportunity for some crazy safari rounds.
- The bustling park doesn't interfere much with the course, but the atmosphere doesn't lend itself to relaxed, isolated "in the tank" sort of discin' that most enjoy.
- Parts of the park are bounded by private properties, some of which have fences easily capable of swallowing an errant throw.
Other Thoughts: - There's a windmill!
- Beware the dense treetops on #'s 5 and 20. "Up and over" at your own risk.
- Solid though not spectacular, the Sarge is like a crafty ol' soldier: not flashy, but with more than a few cunning tricks up his sleeve, and more dangerous than he first appears. ATTENTION!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.


5+    12/22/2010   2/22/2011
Review By: DocHaole
Played: 79  Reviewed: 48  Exp: 11.2 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - The course plays around a nice multi-use park just south of the city. The orchard style trees give it a unique feel

- Beginner friendly course, but it still offers enough variety to keep it interesting for experienced players.

- An excellent place to practice overhad shots, a good thumber can go a long way on the orchard section.

- Although they are all realatively short there is a good variety of lines and some elevations changes on a few holes. Also a good mix of open shots with tighter holes.

- Tee signs do a decend job of helping a first timer visit but the course doesn't always follow a logical flow.
Cons: The biggest complaint of this course is that it is very short. If there was room to add a few longer pin placements this course could be much better.

Also, being a multi-use park there are pleanty of other park users to watch out for. The course plays through soccer fields, playgrounds, walking paths ect.

The course can get really soggy with the rain
Other Thoughts: The course has a unique feel to it and a variety that makes it enjoyable. It certainly isn't a destination course but it is a solid 20 holes.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 The Dude Abides

5+    11/21/2010   1/16/2011
Review By: Mbagnola1
Played: 42  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 12.6 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -21 very different holes
-Low trees make for difficult shots
-Few open field shots
-Left and right hand shots
-All par 3 makes for a tough course
-Most tees are rubber and well maintained
Cons: -Low trees make for difficult shots
-Houses line the perimiter of the park so be careful when throwing
-Playgrounds,Soccer fields, and a baseball diamond all within the course. Socccer fields come into play on a few holes
- Only 1 water fountain so plan ahead
-Rain destroys a few holes
-Few holes missing signs
-Very buggy in mid summer
Other Thoughts: Means is one of my favorites but is also the course i hate the most. My score changes everytime i play this course. One day ill come out down 6 the next i will be up 6. Good challanging course. For a easy way to change things up try a shotgun start at 10.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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