Winds SE @ 10
Camp Hiawatha belongs to the Salvation Army. It is a 10 hole course and has the possibility to be expanded in the future. The ACDGC held their Ice Bowl here this year and added holes in the tees along the river. The longest hole is about 380’ and the shortest about 150’. There was only one hole that was what I would consider wide open and even that one had some trees close to the basket. The tees are landscaping timbers with the front was about 3 feet wide with the distance carved in it. From each end another timber angles out at about 70 degrees backwards for about six feet. One of those had the hole number and an S or L carved in it for long/short tees. Inside the timbers it was dirt. Some of the tee boxes had dirt that was pretty loose and uneven.
I found the course to be a lot of fun. Being older, I’ll never have a big arm so courses like this are very enjoyable. There was plenty of challenge with tees, trees and hole layouts. At the same time, there is some opportunity to shoot for an ace and for sure some birdies. I played the Yellow even and the Red at minus two. I can see myself playing it at -5 or -6 in the future.
The only real issue I had with the course is the Yellow Tee on hole 6. It bumped up tight against a group of trees with the basket about 190' on the other side. There was no path to the basket unless you went over 30’ trees or around them. To get around them you would have to throw at a 45 degree angle to the basket with the offending trees right in front of you. The Red Tee on this hole was better.
I don't know what it is about this course, but I got to play it again...Unexpectedly. The weather was too nice when I walked out of school so I texted my throwing buddy, Ty, and he was already thinking the same thing. This time around I noticed a few new things. One of those was all the man-made obstacles: picnic tables, play areas, etc. They weren't huge areas, but big enough to be aware of. We also ran into another guy who plays there regularly and says that summer is a tough time to get on with all the kid camps on the schedule. I guess it is a camp first and a disc course second! Another thing Ty and I talked about on the way home was all the different shots we'd used and were tempted to use. It really is a good course for honing the game, especially the mid to short game.