Could Use a Refresh
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete tees
-Tee signage is OK (missing on a couple of holes)
-Lots of risk/reward, interest for moderate to more advanced players
-Benches and trash cans are plentiful
-Disc shop located right next door
-Map (available on links page) is good
Cons: -Trash cans not emptied regularly
-"Steps" in many areas are falling apart, disintegrating, missing
-Some benches are falling apart
-Some large inclines on hole #3, up to tee box for #6 and between #7 and tee for #8 are a little daunting, especially for rec players
Other Thoughts: I enjoy playing at Shaver, and while there is some work going toward upkeep, there could be more to refresh this course to what it was. It is a technical course with only one really open hole. There are many risk/reward holes (#4, #6, #15, #16) and a couple of fun downward or across the ravine holes (#11, #17 and #18) What keeps the rating down for me is the deteriorating steps in many locations. Some have been replaced with concrete blocks, but many are fading away. Most are not a safety concern, yet, but can be slick and muddy at times. While there are trash cans at most tee boxes, the days I've been there, they are mostly full. New signage would be a plus as well. There are also some orange fences up on hole #13 that detract. There is some effort to stabilize washout prone areas, but some serious refresh would really bring some life to a great course Still a fun course after 20 years. I will play again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Great but Lacking
-Great wooded course with some terrific design
-About a half hour south of Wildcat Bluff course, right off I-380 in Cedar Rapids
-Disc Golf Shop right next to course
- Challenging for intermediate and advanced players
-Hard for beginners, but not impossible
-You practically drive right by it on I-380 but can be a little hard to find once you make your exit
-Course has some maintenance issues, at least one tee sign is down and I still can't find the tee off spot for one of the holes
Other Thoughts: The place looks like any small city park with play ground and grills when you drive past and it can be easy to miss but it seems mostly dedicated to Disc Golf (That's the only people I see there). All but one of the holes are tucked in the trees and up the bluffs that surround the park. It's a great place to play, second only to Wildcat Bluff south of Urbana.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
really cool course.
Pros: -great signs, tee pads.
-nice care of the course, no trash, mowed.
-multiple tees and placements.
-fantastic use of trees and elevation.
-fair for intermediate players on up, but wish i would have learned on this course.
-never feels claustrophobic, but it is tight.
-feels like a home course kind of course on first try. no problem looking back at the round with giant smile on my face!
Cons: baskets need an upgrade.
Other Thoughts: a good, fun, challenging course in a cooler town (city?) i loved my day here, it coupled with about a 45 minute drive to urbana to play wildcat bluff made an unbelieveable disc golf 1-2 punch in the midst of my road trip to chicago. you cannot go wrong making a trip here alone. freakin sweet course!!! easily in my top 10 favorites.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: Sweet course - super fun to play. Excellent design and can't wait to go back. Nice Nice Nice.
Cons: Nothing bad to say really. I enjoyed every aspect of the course.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of the best I have played.
0 of 15 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Needs updated signage
Pros: Very wooded and challenging
Has potential for being a great course, if the cons are fixed
Cons: The signage makes navigation frustrating. Some holes are marked wrong, there is nothing pointing you to the next hole, if the holes have a sign showing where the basket is and/or the distance, it is likely wrong...
Some of the tee pads are cracked or divided into several pieces which threw off my run-up.
Other Thoughts: If I lived closer and played this course enough to learn the holes, it would be great - but since I was coming from out of town, I was spending all my time trying to find the next tee rather than concentrating on my game. By the end, I was kind of over it and ready to be done.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Most challenging course in Cedar Rapids
Pros: - Great variety of holes
- Essentially the whole course is wooded but there is still enough room to shape shots
- Excellent pro-shop right next to it (Titan Disc Golf)
- Tends to not get much traffic
- The course is very different than it was 5 or 6 years ago. An incredible amount of work was put into redesigning. What were previously repetitive holes are now signature throws.
Cons: - Not beginner friendly. You can't just flick nukes the whole time and expect to make it out alive
- Those playing it for the first time could get a little confused moving from basket to the next pad.
- A course of this caliber should have better tee signs and directions to the next pad.
Other Thoughts: - Shaver is one of the most underrated courses in Iowa.
- Having played here for almost 10 years, the TLC put into by the crew really shows. I don't know who works on it but hats off to them!
- This is a must play when in the Cedar Rapids area.
- I learned to play here so it will always have a special place in my heart.
- It's pronounced 'Shafer'
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: A shot-maker's course, not just bombing and putting. Well-wooded (in a good way). Good elevation changes. Most holes have several options for playing it. Being tucked in the woods, this provides nice shade.
Cons: If wet, there can be some traction issues moving around the course (a few short, but steep slopes).
Some litter, mostly beer cans and empty cigarette boxes dropped around tees.
Other Thoughts: It is a tough course, but you only get into trouble on this course if you invite it - play the course, don't let it play you.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
This course has gotten better
Pros: This course has gotten better. The guys down at titan disc golf have modified this course to make it longer and more challenging. Theres a few old hole they took out to give it a lot more lenght (but those holes will mot be missed).all the tee pads have been leveled out and the baskets have very nice landscapeing work around them for a spectacular look.very challenging and fun to play.
Cons: Since the work has been done there is very little signage and some times hard to navigate (stop by titan disc golf next to the entrance of the park. they should have a map to help navigate). Not fun after it rains very muddy and slick. Plus the folage gets thick in the middle of summer and in the fall with the leaves falling makes it tricky so be accurate or you'll be looking for your disc alot
Other Thoughts: This course is the most challenging in the cedar rapids area so if you in town stop and play you will not regret it.
Thanks to the guys at titan disc golf shop and the people how helped
for making this course the best in town
Fyi the pictures on dg course reviewer have been updated for a wile so they won't help much
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun course, Needs "Next tee" signs.
Pros: Nice baskets, nice tee pads, If you're in the area and it's dry, this course offers fun disc golf.
Cons: DANGEROUS when wet, and zero signs to where the next T pads are. We couldn't find hole 2? We played after it had rained and there were a few times we almost really hurt ourselves. Bridges were super slick and very loose mud in many areas. Staying off the beatn' path is advisable when it has recently rained or is raining.
Other Thoughts: We played on a wet course and it also had rained on us. This added to the frustration of not knowing where the next tee box was. Had we played on a dry sunny day It most likely would have been a better experience. There we a lot of fun shots but was hard to get into a good shot with the t pads being being slick.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
An Iowa Gem!! Shaver is a must play!
Pros: • Excellent course that is mostly wooded. Plays up into a bluff with spectacular scenery and tall cliffs
• The Titan Disc Golf Store is located at the entrance to the Park
• Teepads: Concrete, Tee signs,*numbering, some benches.
• Varying terrain that plays up and down hills through the woods.
• Tight lines that will require subtle finesse shots, without disappearing into the woods
• Risk/Rewards are plentiful here. You'll have multiple tee shots that require you to thread tight gaps right off the tee, as well as long distance tunnel shots. (I can't remember if it's 6 or 7, but the tee that throws over the trail is one of my favorites!)
• Control is Key here, though there are a few open field shots. Fairways can be slightly forgiving, to a degree, towards errant shots, you will find yourself throwing around some blind doglegs.
• Great Fun Factor and Healthy Challenge Factor
• Well designed layout here. No two fairways play the same, and there were no filler holes. The fairways were designed with purpose, strategy and challenge.
• Well maintained and attractive fairways. They have built up the fairways with the use of concrete, railroad ties, and other landscaping. Shaver Park has a great appearance and a great feel to the course and the trails around it.
• There is a cool view over the parking lot around #10. I didn't realize how high up I had gotten.
Cons: • Navigation; It isn't terribly difficult, but it can throw a player at certain points. Next Tee signs would be extremely helpful on some of these hole transitions .
• Lack of a map; The course has been upgraded and holes have been rearranged. The maps haven't reflected this. I was able to figure out my next move, but on more than one occasion, I had to look for a couple of minutes.
• A few fairways do play close to each other. I think it was 12, comes down parallel to 18's fairway. My disc came down near a group of players on 18. I had no idea they were there, and they didn't see it coming.
• If it rains, it gets muddy and sloppy. I was slipping and sliding all over the place. Even unintentionally slid down a long pathway that went down a hill.
Other Thoughts: Shaver Park is a fantastic Disc Golf course! Definitely a must play if you are in Iowa. Shaver Park will have you climbing up and down hills, throwing tight gaps, and working every throw in your arsenal. The first hole simply plays out to the road, and it will be your only open out of the woods shot. You'll know that it's going to be a fun ride as soon as you enter the woods on your way to the second teepad. There is nothing simple about Shaver Park and I cannot wait to return to play here again!
You'll be in the woods, under the canopy of the trees for most of the course. This should offer some relief during the hot days. I'm not going to say don't wear shorts, but my legs did get tore up on some of the plant life. I had a brush with something that didn't have any visible thorns, but immediately made my wrist itch something fierce! There aren't any gas stations or restaurants nearby, so make sure you've got some liquids before you arrive.
One last tip, my GPS took me to some back entrance that dead ends into to the park. I guess you could park there, because you'll see where one basket ends and another begins, but it's not the main entrance. Use the address to Titan Disc Golf. The store and the entrance to Hole #1 are right next to each other.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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