My expensive hotel's internet is not working, so I'm stuck using my phone which just barely has a signal, and I came here for the free high speed. They will have their hands full in the morning dealing with me. The last hour was wasted on that. I made it into South Dakota, for the first time ever.
Another hour (almost) was wasted trying to find a course today. Someone didn't even put the right highway in the directions, or the name of the park itself, leaving me to find it by guess-work all across town. Without the right road and the name of the PARK, a course can be impossible to find, can't even stop and ask for directions. I will update the guide. Hwy 50 is not Hwy 52..two different roads.
Norfolk, NE- Skyview:Plays along the lake, with some gentle hills, plenty of tree cover. Triple cement tees. Well maintained, relatively scenic. Good design requiring smooth shots to get your 2 or 3, but no real danger. The tee sign is at the short tee, so to make sure you are on the right hole and to know the length, you have to walk up then back to play from a longer tee. Sometimes, the tees are hundreds of feet apart and at perpendicular angles. I don't get everyone's obsession with pars..all the tees had a par stenciled onto them, not the hole # or the length. I'd rather know what hole I am on or the distance, so that I can get a par easily than just knowing what the par is, which really is irrelevant to me.
Good mix especially with 54 different holes to play. Great roller potential.
Yankton, SD- Fantle Memorial:Fairly technical neighborhood park with a pool, playground, path, horseshoe pits and facilities. Uses all the tree filled areas, avoiding the open side of the park. Several tunnel holes, one with a basket surrounded by 5' bushes and a 10' window at it. No rough, no water hazards or road OB. Plenty of trees and good design. Well marked, with signs all intact and arrows on baskets. Not a challenge or scenic but good for beginners.
Yankton, SD- Cottonwood:Very very open and easy, next to an RV campground. Some kids were playing with regular frisbees and having a ball, they actually played all 9 holes too. So if that's all this course is good for then it was worth it. Flat, no hazards. 1-4 trees per hole, leaving you to throw whatever you want. A few longer holes. Well marked.
Yankton- Lewis and Clark Recreation Area:*Gavin's Point DGC* After nearly an hour and over a gallon wasted, I found this course by using good common sense. It said Hwy 50 west and that the course was near a river, but after taking it west I wasn't near any river, but Hwy 52 was near the river that far west, so I backtracked and took 52 instead, saw a large park and went in, without paying the self-pay I crept in to see if I could find the course if it even was there, and it was. So I went back and payed and played. Several long holes but mostly short, playing near a lake in a large park. One holes is a tight tunnel through saplings, about 3 have just 1 tree on them. A small hill is well used, and the first hole is downhill towards water with just one tree to negotiate and it's putter range. Well maintained and marked. 3$ person/5$ for 2+ people.
All the courses in Yankton were short, easy not very technical courses but all good for beginners and clean fun.
Mitchell, SD- Dry Run Creek:This course is short, nothing really under 200' but nothing really over 300'. Plays near a creek that had flooded most of the course last night from 2" of rain in one hour. It was moving so fast, it snapped my metal disc retrieving pole, which will be sorely missed, like a twig. I wasn't getting my disc, but trying to get one I saw in the creek on hole #2. Did not get the disc because of the pole snapping. Well designed, tight trees in open grassy areas with some woods along the edge. Many holes were flooded out and unplayable, with baskets or fairways surrounded by casual water up to several feet deep. Good tees, signs, map. Homemade baskets do not catch anything at high speed, like my drive on #16.