Long open drives
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hosts at the clubhouse were helpful and friendly. The temporary tee signs weren't up, but they raced around and got them up for us before we played.
Typical golf course layout, so most places are hard to lose a disc except the water/bog holes
Good use of the hills and the trees. There are some good challenging upshots and risk/reward scenarios, including dropoffs behind the basket and playing hillsides.
Good mix of forehand/backhand drives.
#3 is a fun downhill shot across the creek bed going uphill on the other side.
#11 was another fun downhill/uphill challenge.
The pond on #9 (300') ate my Beast, but I'm going to blame the stiff wind and hopefully throw that hole better next time. I liked the idea of #9, even though I failed at it.
Cons: For me, long open drives are a con. If you like that sort of thing, there are two 600+ and one almost 800' hole. For example, #12 is a 600' drive over the pond. With the pond directly in the middle of the fairway, the challenge is either to drive short of the pond or risk going for a 400' throw.
Some of the baskets have quirky placements. #1 and #7 are on a mound. #14 is on a 3' tree stump. #18 is on a pile of three stacked boulders.
Grass tee pads most places
Pay to play
Other Thoughts: How do you evaluate against the cost? With so many great courses in the Quad Cities, it's hard to be objective about even a minimal fee ($5). We played on a cold damp morning, so we didn't have to deal with any other disc golf or ball golf traffic, so that was nice.
Sometimes when I finish a course like Camden II, I feel beat up but deeply challenged to go back and do better. I don't know if I feel that way about Sunrise. I know that I can't make a more accurate throw and do better. My max throw is about 300 feet on a calm day, so holes that are 800 feet just feel silly to me. But again, if that's your thing and you can throw 500', this might be a good fit for you.
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