Bras on the back 9
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: It's a free course that they keep generally well maintained. There are a few holes that are fun to throw through and you can really let #18 rip going downhill. Nice mix of trees and open holes.
Cons: No signage to tell you where the pin is located or the next tee box. A number of times you had to backtrack to get to the next hole. Not having signs you had to walk the course to find the pin you were throwing to. Lots of underbrush and narrow paths.
Other Thoughts: Course is in need of a remodel as it is really starting to show it's age.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
One of my favorites
Pros: Good variety of hole types. half is in forest and half is open. makes it easy to only play 9 if your in a rush or a beginner. Very cool scenery. Always awesome and friendly people around. parts of it make you feel like your on a hike. plenty of other activities to do in the park. Highly recommended!
Cons: Not a whole lot to complain about. Tends to be quite busy so you may have to wait. No water hazards, which can be good or bad. holes in the open area sort of overlap, so if its your first time you may be a little lost on what basket your going for. Some blind shots with with thick foliage toward the end, ive seen many people searching for their discs.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Very Enjoyable Course
Pros: Nice mixture of open and wooded shots. Very good use of the terrain. Very enjoyable and quick course, was able to finish in just over an hour.
Cons: I did not bring a map, so I did get turned around a couple times, getting from 3-4 and from 16-17, if you have your phone snap a picture of the map in the case at hole 1.
Other Thoughts: I definitely look forward to playing this course again.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The course was well marked, good mixture of hole placements, not too crowded, decent length, benches or something too sit on at every hole, people nice to get along with that u run into, we had a guy join us at the begining that was just practicing his throwing at the bgining of the course, and nice mixture or open and wooded
Cons: muddy and buggy but that really is expected in Iowa lol
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Very nice park, with a great mix of open and wooded holes. And they're not all grouped together either, which is nice. A few open, a few wooded, a few open, a few wooded, etc. Most of the open holes are on undulating fairways, and not at all flat. Very well-manicured.
- Completely dedicated to disc golf in this part of the park. Very close, however, is a beach, bathrooms, and shelters. Also a very extensive biking/hiking trail.
- Trash cans here and there on the course, as well as benches.
- Plenty of parking, easy to find and start. Kiosk at the course start, with a map and scorecard pinned inside. You can take a picture of the course map if you'd like, but it's really not needed. Good signage for navigation, even though the layout is pretty obvious.
- Fantastic concrete tee pads and tee signs. Signs have movable bolts to show pin placement. Each pin has distance listed on the sign as well.
- Multiple pin placements on each hole, most have 3, a few have 2, and a few have more. Definitely adds good variety. For what it's worth, I talked to some of the caretakers in passing on the course. They mentioned that traditionally the pins have been changed 3 - 4 times each year, but they're going to try to be out to change them monthly. A course like this with so many pin options deserves great attention like this.
- I played a mostly longer setup today, and as would be expected it does seem as though it plays 3 or 4 strokes higher on a longer setup.
- #1 is a great opening hole. Plenty of room, but not overly easy.
- #4 is a long, wider tunnel shot that still requires very straight drives and approach shots.
- #6 is really the first encounter of a 'tight' wooded hole. Nice, small gap to hit right off of the tee.
- #10 is a wicked blind shot from the open fairway, hard left into the woods, with the pin 80' back into the woods. Cool design.
- #11 is a great downhill hole through the woods and across a dry creek bed. Not particularly hard to three, but probably decently hard to deuce. Great terrain.
- #18 was in the short position on my play-through, but I do enjoy long finishing holes, especially when they're not completely wide open. As if to say, "Whatcha got left in the tank son?"
Cons: - Looks like some holes can probably get wet and stay wet after a bit of rain. Was also extremely buggy the day I went. Some other players mentioned that's not uncommon.
- The course did get very busy on the Saturday morning/afternoon that I went. A few very large groups at that (8+).
- Erosion around most tee pads.
- Not particularly impressed with #7 or #8. Fine holes, and not many other choices. Just a nice reprieve I suppose.
- I saw some, but not a lot of poison ivy on this course. The conditions are perfect for it however.
- Graffiti on quite a few signs, including plenty of male genitalia. Boys will be boys I suppose, but it's really quite unfortunate for a course of this caliber.
Other Thoughts: - Aside from dealing with the bugs (which I assume is mostly seasonal) I really enjoyed my time here. Definitely worth a stop, and I will be returning. Right up there with Shaver Park for my favorite course in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.
- Great shot lines and unique shots at every turn. Still areas to air it out and let loose too though, which is always great.
- Some easier holes, but none I would call 'gimmes.' Just reprieves.
- Not the most difficult of courses or layouts, but much more enjoyable to play than many, while still offering a solid challenge.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a very well-balanced course, in almost all respects. Densely wooded and scattered trees. Some short some long. Left, right, and straight holes. Uphill, downhill, and flat. Great variety.
Most holes, other than #10, have two or three basket positions and they are frequently moved. Only one set of tees, except for 14 which has a recently installed rubber pad for a long tee. There is OB road which is a factor on holes 17 and 18. A small creek (usually almost dry) can come into play on a couple of holes, and several holes have fairly thick rough so sometimes there is a reasonable penalty for going off the fairways. There are two legit par 4s (14 from the long tee and 18 in the two long basket positions) and two that might be borderline par 4 (9 and 16 in long positions) but its not hard to get 3s on these so some probably would consider them tweeners.
The disc golf area is segregated from the other park uses (which include hiking trails, a beach, a campground and a top-notch mountain biking trail network). Except for league nights or summer weekend afternoons, the course is not heavily used. Great location to get away from the daily stressors.
There is drinking water and bathrooms near hole 1, but they are seasonal.
Cons: The road into the course closes during winter. It's possible to hike in during the winter but round trip that adds a couple mile to your walking.
The quality of some baskets is suspect. Hole 3 is frequently wet when the reservoir is high, and sometimes closed due to flooding. Hole 2 has the most horrendous poison ivy patch (behind and left of basket) I have ever seen.
There are a few short holes that are heavily worn and need redesign IMO, but they are locked in by surrounding holes and a neighboring mountain bike trail, so I doubt much can be done about that.
Other Thoughts: Given the location near a network of coves of a big reservoir, it is regrettable that some of that land could not be used to create some more dramatic OB water hazards, but the water level is always changing and there are other park users in those areas so it is not really feasible.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Sugar Bottom Rec. Area
Pros: -Well maintained park
-Good tees and baskets
-Easy to follow, the signage is good.
-Good variety of holes in and out of the woods
-Benches on almost every hole
-Multiple pin locations
-Quite challenging, especially 18
Cons: -Seemed like there were a lot of throws that cut hard to the right, but that may have had to do with the pin locations on the day that we played.
Other Thoughts: This park is worth the trip out there. I very much enjoyed it and would go play again!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Good Not Great
Pros: Well maintained with concrete pads and maps with alternate pin locations. Nice variety of wooded and open/hilly holes.
Cons: Some of the open holes seem to lack challenge in not only shot shape but length. Some holes have been known to flood in the past rendering them unplayable.
Other Thoughts: All around a nice course that can present a challenge but isn't too much for beginners at all.
Also there's something I like about courses ending with an extra long hole like 18 at Sugar Bottom, don't know what it is though...
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice recreational course
Pros: The course plays through a disc golf exclusive area of a larger park. The course is nicely maintained, with benches, nice concrete tees, adequate signs and some nice landscaping work done around several of the tees. The course plays through a mix of grassy areas with mature trees and heavier woods. The open holes offer some longer shots including the 700'+ finishing shot, and has a few shots using some decent elevation changes to add some challenge.
The wooded holes have a nice variety of lines, with a decent balance of left and right turning holes. The rough is thick enough that errant shots are punished, with pitch outs as the best option in some areas. Multiple pin placements throughout the course seem like they would keep the course feeling fresh, they offer some different lines to hit and increase the replayability of the course. Navigation is pretty straightforward.
Cons: Several of the holes in the open play pretty close to one another, with lots of potential for errant shots to end up on other fairways. Hole 18 plays along a few other holes, and going for big distance increases the chance of spraying drives off into other groups. The park style shots aren't all that challenging other than a couple longer holes, the lines are pretty straightforward. The wooded shots offer fun lines but are similar lengths and mostly call for putter and mid shots from better players.
Other Thoughts: Beginners might find the wood holes punitive, though the distances are reasonable. More experienced players won't find too much of a test here, but it's an enjoyable course with a few really enjoyable shots. This is a great course to learn some new disc golf skills for newer players, and for a quick stress-free round for skilled throwers.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a gigantic rec area, but it seems like no other activities would interfere with the disc golf. The park road runs by a few holes, but that's about it.
- Holes are pretty much split between a forested area and an open area with mature trees, with a few in between. The tighter ones are the shortest, but there are some fun lines to be found. A couple good RHBH anhyzer shots, and enough trees to punish errant shots. Elevation changes can play a big role, with sloping greens and hazardous ditches.
- The holes out of the woods have more length, and more noticeable elevation changes. Mature trees do a good job to force line shaping. #7-#10 play down, up, up, and down the hillside, which adds to the enjoyment. #17 is fun downhill/valley shot, and #18 is a true bomber hole; gently sloping downhill with a LONG pin placement around 700'.
- Some of the better holes are semi-wooded; clear fairways with big trouble. #3, #14, and #15 have rough on both sides of the fairway, with some shorter trees to get around. Good par 3's; definitely deucable but not too easy. #4 is longer, but more clear, #16 has a blind basket next to the woods.
- Good signage, teepads, and baskets. Flow can be a little weird, but there are signs to help.
Cons: - Layout here is a little cramped in some spots, especially in the open. Many holes play near or next to each other, it is definitely a good idea to keep an eye out for stray discs at all times.
- A lot of shorter holes here, especially in the woods. 6 of the holes are under 220', and aren't terribly tight. The longer holes are the most open as well, with a few exceptions.
- Holes out in the open are cut-and-dry, still enjoyable, but not too exciting.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, the course has good variety with the open and wooded holes. Enough elevation changes, and different lines, to keep the holes interesting from start to finish. Some tricky pin placements and places with nasty rough to provide some more challenge as well. Good course for beginners and experienced players alike, advanced players will be able to cruise through.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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