2 Helpful / 1 Not
For the Big Arms
Pros: +Nice Tees
+Signage with distance, picture, par on every hole for every tee
+Decent amount of trees, not crowded or too open
+Good elevation on the property and they used it well
+Hanging basket on 12(?) was pretty cool
+Signs pointing to next hole are helpful
Cons: -Not many ace chances, especially from the long tees. Many holes were a little too long.
-Maybe too long, I don't like driving twice on the same hole.
-Lots of walking, layout wasn't the greatest.
-Is kind of hard to follow even with the signs pointing to next hole.
-Could use a few garbage cans, drinking fountains, scorecards, etc.
Other Thoughts: This was an enjoyable course to play. I think it could be made better if it flowed better and was a little shorter with more variations in hole distance. I did appreciate the work that has been put in at this course and was surprised by how well kept the buildings and grounds were at Iowa Western.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pristine College Course
Pros: I love college courses. The cove really had me blown away by the awesome scenic views of the rolling Loess Hills and the dramatic elevation changes throughout the course. The are three sets of rubber fly tee pads to work on different levels of game. There is a great variety of different shots required to score well here. There are some nice bomber holes with a nice mixture of left and right shots and some tunnel shots throughout the course. The course is obviously very clean and well maintained with trash cans spread out through most of the course. The signs are in very good shape, giving you all the hole information and some directing you the the next tee.
Cons: We caught ourselves scratching our heads, wondering were the next tee was on some holes. You might want to print out a map before you play here, to help navigate the course a little bit easier.
Other Thoughts: This course is very beautiful and was designed really well. I recommend this course to anyone who is ready for a awesome disc golf experience. This is a must play if you are in the area. Don't forget to donate a dollar.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Disc Golf Club? Sweet.
Pros: This course truly stands out. Being originally from Nebraska, it was common to make fun of Iowa and more specifically "Council-tucky." However, despite those stereotypes, this course is phenomenal. The course artfully mixes long holes with short holes. They have both right hand and left hand holes. Additionally, this course features several shots you will see nowhere else. Including gold tee #3 over the pipes, and a hanging basket underneath a bridge. Beautiful course. It is in a nice park that is clean. The course also has a lot of elevation changes which is nice.
Cons: One problem is the layout can be a bit confusing. #12 and number #13 are very far apart. Of course there is a sign under the bridge that will tell you to go back to the gazebo, but nevertheless still a hike. The course also has a basket that is precariously close to a basketball court. For right handers, you have to take extra caution. Another obstacles is the amount of cars in the parking lots. You can easily throw to these cars so watch out.
Other Thoughts: While waiting for some friends to play, we ran into one of the athletic science professors, and he told us of the disc golf club at the college. This is really cool. Thinking of starting one at UNL.
Make a trip here. You won't regret it, even though it means going into Iowa.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Field of Dreams
Pros: What an awesome amenity to have on a college campus. Good course design that offers a variety of shots required. Different tee pads to add or take away challenge for disc golfers. Tee signs are clearly marked and easy to follow. Blue drums are also visible throughout the course to define where to shoot for each hole. The baskets are in very good condition along with fairly new rubber tee pads.
Being that this course is next to a community college it is very refreshing to see such good use of the land around the campus. The course offers a variety of elevation changes throughout. There is a good mix of long and technical holes which incorporate hyzers anhyzers and doglegs throughout. There are two signature or holes that stood out to me. Hole twelve's basket hangs from a bridge over a creek bed which is a pretty fun hole. Hole nine is also a fun hole in which you throw into a ravine some 700 or so feet away. The overall challenge of this course was a 3.5-4/5 depending on which tees you play from.
Cons: Much of the course had some muddy areas which was an inconvenience and since it hadn't rained (to my knowledge) in a few days it seemed as if this course is muddy much of the time. Also the beginning of the course after hole 2 there is construction going on which changed the course a little bit, but it really doesn't interfere with the overall value of the course. A map is good to have because some holes can be difficult to find.
Other Thoughts: Overall this was a very fun course in the Omaha/Iowa area. It offered a fun and challenging experience for all levels. There is ample parking and restrooms being that it is on a college campus. It wasn't crowded at all when I went, but I could see it having a good amount of people being on a campus. If you are in the Omaha or Western Iowa area this is probably the best course around.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: 18 holes. Beautiful campus. Great Potential. I really liked throwing from the rubber tee pads.
Cons: Signs missing or in bad condition. Some holes very hard to find even with course map from starting location. Deep weeds on some courses inbounds. Some baskets very hard to see.
Other Thoughts: After reading other reviews I was very excited about playing this course. Perhaps I was just here at a bad time. This course had the potential to be enjoyed as advertised but is in need of some major maintenance. I haven't played too many courses, but his one rates low on my favorites list, but not so low that I wouldn't gladly play it again. It would be a very nice course if someone does some maintenance.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very good course that could be excellent. Great use of varied terrain. Course flows easily. Temp markers are better than no markers.. With map from web site I was able to make my way thorugh easily. Nice that little of the overall area was spoiled/midofied to put course here... Very little impact to land. Blind holes are O.K.... just throw and have faith... when you get close... you will spot the basket. Underbrush and overgrowth is nice, deep in some places, but will not swallow up discs. All wayward shots were easily located w/o a spotter. I gladly paid my $1 to play here... would galdly pay $2 if the signage was better.
Cons: Signage is poor. Some tee pads are in poor condition. Some hole transitions are not clear. Some holes are mislabeled from a course renumbering (10, 11?). Some baskets have visibility poles, some are missing flags on the tops.
Other Thoughts: Hole by hole.
1 - Just the mention of OB for roof of gazebo puts a little fear in you.
2 - GREAT hole, awesome woodsy terrian change. Likely may fave of the course.
3 - Hard to fiugre out where basket was until I spotted alternate tee pad over there... saw what I now know is basket for 12 and was a bit confused.
4 - Nice dog leg. current pin position was shielded well.
5 - Long crazy bomb shot over field. 3 hot days and no mud here... good thing.
6 - tight shooting between field OB and silt curtain from construction. But just a temp thing.
7 - Into the woods for a few nice holes for 7, 8, 9.
8 - Nice use of this section of woodland.
9 - was likely my second fave hold after #2. Nice to shoot long over "valley". I am not a big arm guy, but these over the valley area are great for a bigger rip.
10 - Very tricky with basket nearly imposible to get to behind pines.
11 - Poorlly marked but a nice wide open grassy area to shoot.
12 - Sig hole here... much like 7, 8, 9 except for unique basket placement. Very fun.
13 - slight rise for basket makes poor put a problem. Nice open hole. get siome air with wind behind building.
14 - I liked the basket placement, back into woods. Nice anhyxer opp.
15 and 16 and 17 - Short and a bit out of charecter for the rest of this course... these seem like afterthoughts... and there seems to be room here to rethink these.
18, The long bomb... I actually skipped it... after the other 17 a plain long bomb shot seemed like a bit much on a tired arm. Do I really need or does any disc golf course really need a 750 foot hole?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of fun in Iowa.
Pros: This course is unique, has great variety, and something I really love, it has a "signature hole"!
Rubber "fly" pads, in pretty good shape overall. Mach baskets in very good condition. Tee signs are mostly there (color, laminated printouts, nicely detailed) that I would really like to see as complete, permanent signs. The map on the course homepage is more than adequate to navigate the course. Facilities are nice, being on a community college campus. Also very convenient access to the interstate.
Course made AWESOME use of the land available, playing around buildings, through woods, over and around hills, next to athletic courts, etc, really great.
My memorable holes:
3 - From the long tee, a very challenging first shot through a tight opening in the trees, then ANOTHER 400 feet or so to the pin, very nice.
5 - Plays very long from the gold tee, along the side of a hill on your left, have to make it out several hundred feet then hyzer huge around the hill, lucky to take a three on this hole. I was not so lucky.
9 - Plays down the middle of a ravine, 800+ feet, and you have to keep your throw very straight. Never seen a hole like this one before.
12 - THE signature hole. Play through a creek bed, then the basket hangs from chains from a walking bridge, over the creek. Don't miss long or you'll be picking your putter up out of the mud. This is a very cool looking and playing hole.
18 - WOW. I have seen tough holes, but this one is not tough just for the sake of being tough, and not impossibly tough. Up a good sized hill several hundred feet, with OB on both sides, then dogleg left through several sets of trees to the basket. I felt fortunate to take a 7 on this one with an OB stroke, a 5 would have felt great.
Cons: Not really a big con, but apparently the course holds water pretty well. Several holes were muddy or very soft. Also not a permanent con, but there was a lot of construction going on by holes 1, 2, and 13, but easy enough to play around.
Without the course map you will definitely be scratching your head on some next-tee-pad walks. The course flows pretty well, but being on a college campus it is necessarily broken up between some holes, but nothing terrible. You will likely have to walk several holes if it is your first time playing, to make sure you take the correct shots when the pin is not in view.
Other Thoughts: My rating of a 4 is based on the fact that this course is a great challenge and is awesomely laid out. There are several very memorable holes that will stay in my memory forever. Can't wait to get back to western Iowa to play this one again.
I also met up with a guy that was very knowledgeable of the course and showed me through most of the back half. He said he also designed or helped designed Seymour Park course in Omaha. Very nice locals.
Overall I feel this course is a MUST PLAY if you are coming through the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. I have only played a couple courses in this area, but based off of what I have read about other local courses, this is THE course to play in the Omaha area.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: fun course with a variety of shots. pretty easy to follow layout... there was never a time when i stood around scratching my head looking for the next tee. pretty challenging course too with a few legit par 4s and maybe even a par 5 on whole 18.
Cons: the bugs in the woods got me a little bit so you might want to bring some repelent
Other Thoughts: neat course on a college campus. worth playing if your in the area
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun Rolling Course
Pros: The course offers three configurations: red, blue, and gold (just one basket for each hole but up to three tee pads). The reds are pretty doable with a good mix of short and moderately long. The golds require some real distance (the longest is 840 feet and fairly wooded). The blue configuration used to be mostly a mix of the red and gold tees with four or five holes having their own blue pad, but they have added several new blue pads in the past couple weeks, and it's a great intermediate distance. The grounds are impressive. It is mowed frequently, even on the holes in the woods where no one but disc golfers would probably go (14-17). This place never seems crowded, and I don't think I've seen more than four or five groups on it at once. Often there are none! There are signs on every hole indicating the distances from the different tees and the basket location with a photograph (the signs are only at the gold tees, though, so if you're playing the reds/blues, you'll need to walk over to that sign). The course has some very nice rolling elevation and makes use of it. There are a lot of baskets situated on the edge of a steep hill, so there is usually a good risk/reward factor for longer putts. Bathrooms are available in the building near Hole 1 and 13, as is a bookstore with drinks.
The signs do not indicate pars. I don't love this because many of the holes are definitely not par 3. I ran into the guy who designed the course and runs tournaments there and asked him about it. He was very nice but didn't seem to think it was a pressing issue. For what it's worth, his post about how the pars stack up in tournaments can be found here: http://nebdiscforums.yuku.com...question.html
At any rate, if you play everything as a par 3 like I do, just know that you are going to finish your round with a double bogey on the 750-yard uphill monster that is #18!
Other slight cons: The course has some walks between a few holes, but I understand why it was necessary on a college campus, and there are maps at the first hole. If you have some bad throws, there is definite possibility of losing your disc on the holes lined with thick brush (2, 3, and 14-17) in the summer. Also, some of the distances on the signs are suspect. One of my former complaints was that too many holes have one tee pad for all three course configurations, but it looks like they are adding pads, which is great. Holes 8 and 18 could definitely have more than one tee pad.
Other Thoughts: This course is well thought-out and taken care of. I never knew the Iowa Western campus was so nice! I really love playing here. Definitely the best course in the Omaha metro area.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Reconfigured and better for it
Pros: Wonderfully hilly course in the loess hills on the IWCC campus. More woodsy than its ever been. Excellent use of elevation and trees with some cleverly tucked pins. Multiple tees available on most holes which provide for varying levels of challenge. Trash receptacles at every teebox with the hole number on them. The hanging basket is unique. Not a lot of crowds here, and most of the players you do run into are serious golfers. Lots of parking available by the arts center, particularly if school is not in session.
Cons: Parts of the course are scattered throughout the campus and there are some long walks between holes. These create some flow issues and you may scratch your head wondering where the next hole is (although this is better than it used to be). Course has been reconfigured, but there are still parts of the old configuration hardware in place, leading to more confusion. Flypads are starting to show some wear and some of them are off kilter. While I like the new layout, I miss the cliff shots on old holes 13 and 14. The loess hills might make great terrain, but man do they get muddy and slick after a hard rain. Nettles in some of the woodsier areas.
Other Thoughts: This course has been a moving target for much of its existence. If you last played the Cove more than a year ago, you may not recognize parts of it. A new football practice field now sits where Hole 15 once did, and because of that, a good chunk of the back nine had to be reconfigured (note: the current pics have the old layout displayed, some of these holes still exist, but there numbers may have changed). The front nine has had new holes added to the wooded perimeter area of the campus and is now the front twelve. The remaining six holes are now old 10-12, two new wooded holes, and old 18 backwards. This is probably my favorite arrangement since the course has been installed. Just a hop off of I-80 and well worth the stop.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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