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4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Peninsula Park offers an excellent round of mostly-wooded disc golf. The course bookends a technical stretch in the woods with more open sections that help mix up play: there's a distinct feel between the holes in the woods and those outside them, especially the closing holes which loosen up gradually and even introduce a bit of elevation into the mix. The opening hole is a nice, low pressure warm up, whereas the closing stretch of holes challenges you with a nice mix of lines and stressed landing zones as they progress back out into more open terrain. In between is the wooded environment that defines the course, which features lots of multi-lane holes and different takes on wooded golf. Having a mix of FH and BH is rewarded. There are lots of trees in play, but lines are well-defined and undergrowth is well-cleared, so any threat of poke and pray is smartly avoided. The course's technical demands reward skill and minimize flukey tree kicks.
The two sets of tees offer some decent variety and enable you to calibrate the time and intensity of your round without losing interest regardless of which set you play. The orange baskets are a welcome touch that make the pins easy to find amidst the wooded backdrop. I definitely appreciated having them. The concrete tees were great. The course is easy to find and accessible off the interstate.
Cons: The course emphasizes par 3s, making the experience a bit less varied than it could have been. Design could be improved by having a few longer multistage par 4s, which definitely seems possible given the sizable wooded environment. Outside of this particular critique is the fact that the design while great is far from flashy: particular holes don't seem to stick in the mind's eye. It's a blue collar course (certainly not a bad thing, just a limiting factor).
I mentioned the barest hint of elevation that is present on a few holes, but it's just that: the course is largely flat. Not much can be done about this of course but it does limit the technical demands present and the amount of novelty that's possible. The course doesn't get repetitive per se, but it plays a bit safer than it seems it ought to owing to the absence of elevation, which would add a nice wrinkle.
A few of the open holes are a bit mundane.
Although there are two sets of tees even the shorter ones aren't truly beginner friendly. Many of the lines and lanes require at least high novice/low intermediate skill to properly engage with. This is a great course for an intermediate player to hone their precision, but a beginner is going to take a disheartening level of lumps.
I'm sure the bugs can get brutal here.
Other Thoughts: I hit this course to break up a drive between Omaha and Chicago and it was perfectly positioned to do that. I really enjoyed my round here: it was engaging course while being not so difficult enough as to punish me after being foggy from four hours worth of driving. I'd highly recommend making a stop here!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
serious tlc needed
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decent variety here, from thread-the-needle in the woods to open bombers. The front 9 offers a veritable line-shaping clinic as there are quite a few holes where one needs a lazer with just a bit of fade at the end. The challenge is that little bit of fade can be left or right, though there isn't much punishment for missed lines, other than the goddamn nettles. The navigation signs work pretty well in directing you from the pin to the next tee area(s), I was by myself and had no problem finding my way around. I had the course pretty much to myself, and took that opportunity to shoot from both teepads on most holes. All in all, a pretty solid course with massive potential that just needs a little love and a few flood-free years. There was fresh sawdust in several places, so somebody is out there working. I look forward to playing it in the late fall when it's a little clearer.
Cons: Hardly any benches, which is a bummer for those of us that don't pull a cart or carry a stool. Missing signs! Many of the teepads had no signage at all, just the post lying on the ground. The signs that are there are decent enough, showing basic hole layout and distance/par, there just aren't enough of them. Also, the goddamn NETTLES!
Other Thoughts: I really want to rate this course higher, but the unrepaired flood damage makes it tough. If all signs were in place this course could be a 4. With the dual tees, it can almost play like 36 holes, though some are simply backed up a short distance and not all that different.
This course was essentially empty when I played on a Sunday afternoon, which isn't all that surprising given the location of the park. Definitely worth playing if you're in the area, just wear pants or long socks to mitigate those GODDAMN NETTLES! Did I mention there are some nettles here?
**** UPDATE 4/11/16 ****
Played a triples tourney here yesterday, and the course has seen massive improvement since my review 2+ years ago. All holes had tee signs, though one or two were so dirty that you could not read them. lots of ground improvements like improved cleared areas, paths to the next hole bordered and mulched, and a few log rounds scattered throughout for sitting. Still hardly any proper benches but plenty of trash bins out on the course and local club upkeep is obvious. The updates made the course worthy of a slight rating bump.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large park that butts up next to a ball golf course and a dog park, though the disc golf is well separated from anything else. Some forest, some open land, a little beach, the terrain is pretty diverse.
- The holes in the woods provide a variety of lines and difficulty. There are a lot of straight shots, with slight left or right finishes; it really depends on the tee pad and basket configuration. Most of the holes provide a window or pinch point, or multiples; a lot of different looks. Other holes are a bit more open, like the red top or blue bottom on #5, or the elevated tee on #12.
- Rest of the holes, about half, are out in the open. These have much more open lines, with mature trees and woods providing obstacles, and lots of length. Some are pretty straightforward, like the grass-filled #1, #16 with a basket position in some woods, and #17, a low ceiling shot with a few trees. Others are much more interesting, like the downhill, giant hyzer on #11, the z-shaped fairway around the pumping station on #13, the elevated bomber on #15, and the J-shaped path around the woods on #18. The long pins here make a huge difference.
- Elevation changes are present here on a lot of holes out of the forest, with elevated teepads, some uphill approaches, and a few sloped greens. Definitely noticeable, and adds a lot of fun over difficulty.
- Water is present on a few pin positions, and is a serious threat to eat some discs. The long pin on #13 is right on the beach, and one of the pins on #15 is very close as well. Also a road by a few pins for some extra OB. Adds even more challenge to holes that are already tough to begin with.
- Excellent signage, navigational pointers, teepads, baskets, everything is tip-top.
Cons: - Holes in the forest are all pretty similar, in terms of hole design. The lines are different, but the same straighter is greater, pinch point execution is needed again and again. A little repetitive.
- On the other hand, some of the holes are pretty wide open, especially for some of the short pin positions. Distance is the only real aspect for some of these.
Other Thoughts: - This course plays a lot of different ways based on the choice of tee pads, and the pin positions. It can play from tricky to extreme! Playing the blue pads to some of the long pins provide tough lines in the woods and some monster bombers in the open. Excellent balance of both kinds, accuracy, and distance, or both, is almost always going to be a factor. I could see how it might be a little bland in all shorts, hopefully that's never the case. Beginners might want to stay away from this one, everyone else should find real challenge in some aspect here.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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