Thanks guys for your input on the course. As anyone who has worked on the design of a course knows, not everyone will like the end result. As has been mentioned previously there is still much to do at the course before it can be considered completed. One of the key things that we're working on is an exchange program that would get some of those better "Davenport" gnats over there rather than the annoying Illinois ones we have now! J/k
To just addresss some of the points made earlier. As far as the "flow" goes on the course, there will be a path that runs behind #4's basket and around the creek to #5's tee. There will also be a path that runs from #6's short basket up to #7's tee to keep people out of the fairway. As for the backtracking mentioned, sorry it just cant be completely avoided in the long positions. The size of the park and the "no cutting" rules just wont allow other options to eliminate it. There is none in the short layout, but every one of the most popular course in the QC has some backtracking in the design including West Lake, Camden and Camden2.
Someone mentioned the park was "reserved" when they wanted to play. That can happen at times during the week when the schools bring the children out. That also happens at West Lake where the course will be closed at times or at key spots where the course runs through the picnic areas. The nice thing is that these same schools will use the course to teach those kids how to play disc golf and that should do nothing but better the sport in the long run. And yes, there might be times when the occasional fisherman might be in the line of fire, but the same thing happened at West Lake at first and with a little time things definately worked ou for the best there and there's no reason to think it wont at Butterworth as well! Talk to them let them know you're playing through and give them time to understand whats going on.
As far as the fairways "running into each other" thats a bit unfair. #8 and #9 fairways do run along side each other, but just about every other course around here has the same situation. Stand on #9's tee at Eastern or on #4's tee at Camden some time and see how many discs come right at you. Plus the best routes to the pins on those two holes at Butterworth take you away from the other fairways and not into them.
There are two holes where there are benches near the greens. Hole #2 has that swing at the end of the finger and #3 has a bench short of the green. Those will be moved in time, but if thats a problem then you'll want to stay away from West Lake!
All kidding aside, this really is a fun little course that will only get better as it nears completion. If you end up not liking it or it doesnt suite your tastes for a course, then you're right . We are fortunate to have many choices of where to play in the Quad Cities. The one thing I would ask is for people to just to appreciate how much time and effort was put into this course, not by those of us who designed it, but by the City of East Moline, the Parks Department, and the East Moline Volunteer Group. These organizations have spent the better part of the past year working together to raise the funds and schedule the work so we can enjoy a course in their park. They looked at what design limitations were needed to make the park available not only for disc golf, but the many other features it provides. They take great pride in their park and we should repect their efforts to provide a disc golf course for us. Because of their cooperation with each other, the course will be completely installed - including the tee signs that will be completed with the next couple weeks- without one penny being required from an outside source.
Please, lets not forget that not one single one of the many disc golf courses in the Quad City area belong to us as individuals or clubs. Every one of them belongs to the cities and counties that hold and maintain them. Without the help and continued cooperation of these same cities and groups disc golf courses in our area wouldn't exist. That being said, lets show those groups the respect that they deserve and be a little carefull how we express our feelings here so when they read our forum comments they can understand just how much we appreciate their contribution in getting disc golf where it is today in the Quad Cities!