DeWitt, IA 
Lake Malone DGC Share
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3 / 260ft. Par / Distance:
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1    8/24/2009   8/27/2009
Review By: tallpaul
Played: 887  Reviewed: 137  Exp: 29.5 Years
This review was updated on 1/5/2010
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Let's begin with the obvious; how are those "modified 55 gallon drums"? The top of the bucket is a cut off metal drum top and serves it's purpose well. Doesn't appear to be any troubles with damaging discs or treating shots any differently than normal bucket top. Bottom is plastic bucket and holds just fine. Chain assembly is always the most important issue and these hold truer than most when hit center pole. The outsides of chains are a little less forgiving than normal; but, nearly as good. In other words, buckets are fine. Remind me most of Titan buckets.
Overall, this course is challenging. Tight fairways, with very heavy schule; including a corn field; on the sides. Heiser and anheiser shots required; some pretty extreme. Half of the holes between 225 and 270 feet; but a few long ones that can be lots of trouble off the fairway.
Hole #12 is 315 feet across Lake Malone, to a bucket, just 40 foot from shore. No option, but to make it @260-270 to the bank. Scary finishing hole. This is a small, healthy looking lake.
Cons: Two of the plastic bottoms on the baskets were partially broken; #'s 4 and 11. This did not really affect play much; though, one of mine did fall out the side. It was a made putt; though, there could be situations; especially on a long deuce or ace run; where you would not know what the outcome should/could have been.
We couldn't find the tee sign for #2 or 3. The course is not played enough to tell by the worn ground method. We picked a spot that seemed correct, and enjoyed the shot. Was obvious, that these were both good holes; though the designers intent had to be guessed at. The signs may have been there; as we discovered one later on the edge of the fairway in very tall grass; which leads to the last con for this, otherwise enjoyable course:
The grass, even in the fairways, was quite high here. When we were there, you had to walk through ankle high or higher grass, even on the fairways. Off the fairway, the rough is very high, and will require some looking and/or very good spotting.
Other Thoughts: The swimming area is very inviting; and just to the right of tee #1. I thought this was a very nice little park. A hand full of people arrived as we were finishing; but otherwise, we had this little gem of an area to ourselves for our time there. Appeared to me that this would often be the case. The course is also in an area of it's own; and I imagine, except for the occasional fisherman; would not conflict in any way with other users.

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