North Liberty, IA 
Sugar Bottom Rec. Area Share
Uploaded By: scarpfish Hole #9 (Taken 6/2009)
3 / 357ft. Par / Distance:
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 Very Enjoyable Course

1    10/7/2014   10/7/2014
Review By: Mayes2158
Played: 16  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 4.4 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
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.

 Good Not Great

5+    4/14/2012   4/17/2012
Review By: HamNThemGoinHam
Played: 9  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 18.1 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
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.

 Nice recreational course

1    3/24/2012   4/16/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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.


1    3/25/2012   4/3/2012
Review By: notapro
Played: 465  Reviewed: 280  Exp: 14.2 Years
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.

 Nice course

1    8/14/2010   9/13/2010
Review By: lazy42
Played: 40  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 8.3 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Another great course on the reservoir. Nice tee's. Some have landscaping blocks around many of the tee areas, to make sure the tee pads are nice and level. Signs were helpful. Course looks to be very well maintained, open fairways mowed nicely. Multiple pin placements available. I saw several other players and small group, but nothing that would hold up play. Nice variation of holes to keep it fair and reward you for good throws; ones that you will need to be played perfect to get a par, many that you have a chance for a birdie with a well placed throw, and several that if you get off the fairways, you will struggle to come back for a bogey. Wooded holes had nice tight fairways. Even on the open holes, it wasn't just a straight grip and rip, there are enough fully grow trees that you still had to have a good throw and pay attention to your lies. Elevation present, but nothing extreme, nice rolling hills. Plenty of benches through out to rest on.
Cons: Not a lot of bad here, so I am being really, really picky, most of it more just noting not really a Con. Can get some flooding around hole 3. I didn't see any standing water but 90% of the hole was mostly drying mud. Even though I commented on the tee's and areas around them above in the Pro's, some of the tee pads were covered with mud from runoff and erosion, though probably not an issue most of the time. Some of the tee signs were on the side of the tee pad towards the front, some were on side towards the back, and some straight behind tee pad. Not a big deal and it takes nothing away from play or course enjoyment, just worth noting as I thought it was unusual for their locations to be so random.
Other Thoughts: Several really nice holes that were a joy to play. 1 isn't as easy as it looks, as long as you can throw nice and level. 10 was my favorite. Looks like an open hole, yet the basket is tucked just inside the wooded area. If you get the distance and turn right, you'll be sitting great. 15 was interesting, as a right handed player with a weak forehand, throwing backhand on this hole, your disc fades with the hill, making your next shot difficult to get up the hill and around the tree. Don't take 16 for granted, unless you brought extra discs. Overall, I enjoyed playing course, and the beauty of the area is amazing. With so many great things to say, game play/fun was not as high for me as some other courses I have visited in the area, thus reflected in the rating. Again, there were some nice holes, but not many that just kept the excitment or wow factor all the way through. Though out of the way for most, it is well worth the trip and players will not be disappointed. Plan on playing Sugar Bottom and Turkey Creek for an amazing day of DG!!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Good course

1    8/25/2007   3/11/2009
Review By: SpikeHyzer
Played: 91  Reviewed: 33  Exp: 14.6 Years
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Fun course with a pretty good layout. Definitely tests your ability to throw straight on a fair bit of holes. Hole 18 is one that you want to empty your bag on just because it is fun to launch some booming drives.
Cons: Baskets are suspect. That's about it.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth a play if you are in the IC/CR area.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Watch out for high water

5/17/2008   5/26/2008
Review By: mattmelcher
Played: 24  Reviewed: 7
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Nice length and you need to use all your shots. The holes in the woods are open enough that you need some skills and not just dumb luck to get through.
Cons: When the water is hign some of the holes are unplayable.
Other Thoughts: Lots of wildlife.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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