Let me start off by saying that you won't find too many people that won't tell you that this is one of the best courses in Iowa. It is. Whether you like wooded golf or not, this is how it's done. These guys had a vision, and have been following through with it since they started. It's a continuous work in progress. So many clubs and cities slap their courses in, and move on. Not these guys. These guys practically live out at this course, camping on the weekends, enjoying their families and camradarie, and working away on this course for us, one project at a time. Simply awesome.
The first time I played Wildcat Bluff was last May for the First Shawn Geers Memorial Dubs. This place is the perfect place for a disc golf tournament folks. The venue (not the course) reminds me a lot of Vichy, MO (Ozark Mountain camping) just not as rugged getting to the campsite----it's a little more accessible. The course reminds me a little of Akita's Run, but it plays a little tougher. After I played WB the first time, I clearly remember thinking to myself that I'd be in for quite the mental grind if I ever attempted to tackle a singles event there.
Fast forward 18 months or so, here we are, and I just played my first singles rounds at WB. The course has seen some changes over the last 18 months. Most of them were for the better, but these guys have dealt with some adversity. WB got hit by some pretty severe storms this year that I'm sure had the Wildcat Crew wondering if they were going to be able to host the First Annual WB Open. But let me assure you, these guys know how to get shit done. It's truly inspiring to see such a green, tight course idea open up into such a beautiful gem of a course.
If you haven't seen any of the pictures, check them out. I just looked back at the pics that got me really interested in playing the course. Most of them were taken prior to my first visit. Steve, you guys should take a pic of hole 8 from the tee so people can see just how the course has developed since those first pics you posted back in 2008.
When the Budhyzers started making this course, they didn't just go in there and start cutting trees down. Well, they did, lol, but you can tell that they were meticulous in selecting trees, sighting lines, careful not to select too many. Since then, they've been listening to all the feedback, digesting it, and have been making adjustments. They've added more pins, extended tee pads, removed a few more trees, added paved steps to help us up and down the ravine's, benches on every hole, the list could go on and on.
It's the quality of holes, along with the fairness/balance that course boasts, make it a great course. Then, for me, meeting the crew, seeing their hard work and dedication to this piece of land, their receptiveness to the disc golf community and all of our feedback absolutely puts this course over the top. IMO, it's the best course in the state, and it's in my top 3 overall. It's taken me two days to actually put that down for you all to read--it's hard to say ANY course is THE best. For me, this one is it. It's not going to be everyone's favorite course, but I guarantee you that you're missing out if you've never played it.