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Pros: -Baskets.... well, see other thoughts..
-Decently wide fairways
-Easy to get to, just moments off I-80
Cons: -Baskets.... well, see other thoughts..
-Thick and tall grass on the right of #2 and #3
-Thick undergrowth if you get off the fairways
-Walking path in play on #8 and #9t
-Bit of a walk (about 1/5 mile) back to the lot, but it's a nice path
Other Thoughts: Tiffin Timbers is a reasonable course located on the south end of Tiffin, IA. The first thing you will notice, right at the small parking lot, is an oversize version of the baskets on the course. Homemade baskets in the style of the Marskman baskets with a smaller top ring for a much more narrow set of chains to hit. The chain is heavy, so if you DO hit, it catches well. They are a little different, but overall were OK, didn't really affect my play here. The course winds through a flood plain of the neighboring creek, so it is very flat. A minor amount of elevation on #7 is all you get. I do agree that some holes favor a right fade, especially #1, #5, #6 and #7. #2 and #3 are wide open (but watch out for the tall grass along the right, especially in late summer, lost a good Thrasher in there). #8 and #9 are playing back towards the parking lot and along a walking path, very much in play. They also play along the creek, but it doesn't really come into play unless you are WAY left or long as it does show up behind both baskets. Overall, an OK place to grab a quick 9, right off the interstate, just west of Iowa City. Could even be used as a tune-up to The Farm or Peninsula. Check out the unique baskets but stay on the fairway. I might play this one again, if in the area.
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Pros: Tiffin hosts a tricky course that isn't going to play nice with your scorecard. Sharp doglegs, looming OB, and those cheeky baskets.
The par 4s are the best holes on the course. 6, 7, and 9 are all rated a par 4 and it's fair. Without the baskets being as they are the only par 4 would be hole 6 with its fairway that thins between four tricky trees with 175' still to go to the pin. Best hole on the course. 9 is a straightaway that kinks left after about 400' with OB all the way down on the right. Oh and there's a creek just 25ft behind the basket. The par 4s add an immense amount of quality to stand out from a standard city park 9er.
Tee signs with a fairly detailed and accurate hole map are at every tee.
Mowing is decent, tall grass is left pretty tall but not so tall that your disc is impossible to find.
Conveniently right off the highway and has plenty of parking for a small 9-hole.
Cons: There are no tee pads to be found, and most of the course besides the first three holes play close to a walking trail.
The doglegs on holes 1 and 5 are too sharp to be able to birdie consistently, especially for a rhbh player. 4 of the 5 dogleg holes are left to right. A little more balance would have been nice.
Holes 2-4 have no obstacles in the way and just feel like filler to get you to the good part of the course, 5-9.
Flat as can be. A slight bit of elevation on hole 7 is the only shift this course boasts.
Other Thoughts: You know what's coming here. All 9 baskets are Marksman style with one small (maybe 6" diameter) ring of chains to hit. On the positive side, despite showing some age, the chains are still in good shape and solid. It seems like the chain used is a little thicker than most which helps to slow the disc if you do manage to hit. On the downside, if you don't bullseye the hole your birdie putts are exponentially harder than a standard basket. In the end, you should decide if this is a pro or con. My opinion is that the baskets are a unique practice element, but not something I'd want to play a competitive round on.
In the end, Tiffin is a unique experience. I recommend a stop. It's definitely fun to run across and get to play a unique course like this, but if I was a local I would probably find myself playing other Coralville area courses.
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Newly Installed Course along Rec Trail
Pros: New course in Tiffin located near the railroad tracks and recreational trail just south of town and north of interstate 80
The baskets feature different colors on each hole which makes them stand out. Blue, red, yellow were some of the colors I encountered. Baskets were modified to some degree, perhaps they were built by the park or another contractor to reduce costs.
Maps are present and they do a pretty good job of illustrating the hole design.
The holes offer a modest challenge for all skill levels of disc golfers, although they get to be a tand bland. There'e no elevation, it's all flat ground. There's no water hazards that come into play, mostly just line shaping through the woods and prairie grasses lining the course.
Cons: Bugs tend to get bad in the evening and around standing water so they dampen the experence. Probably more of a spring, fall course as vegetation grows out of control where mowing has not taken place.
Likewise, the vegetation has grown out of control in areas that inhabit the forest. Such plants seem to be poisinous in nature like a large 4 leaved plant with white flowers. This plant is rampant throughout the last 3 holes and should be avoided at all costs.
Other Thoughts: Tiffin really helped the town by installing a nice course like this. It takes literally 2 minutes to get there from the Interstate so you don't have to mess around trying to find the location, unlike the other disc golf course listed in the town, which is non-existant.
There are no signs indicating the location of the course, it's just a vacant gravel parking lot, so be aware when traveling in the area.
I would play the course again and I intend to the next time, I'm in the area. I would probably wear a pair of sweatpants to cover my legs from those nasty plants.
I will try to post pics of the course.
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