19 Helpful / 3 Not
This is disc golf
Pros: -27 completely different and beautiful holes.
-Tough obstacles on every hole except one and that one is 750 feet long so that may be considered an obstacle. Out of bounds is in play on 15 of 27 holes. Water is involved on 12 of 27 although it isn't a major threat except on 5 or so holes. The trees are perfectly placed to get in the way but are not too thick either.
-Mando's- 3 holes have these and you must throw around a certain tree. It makes somewhat easier holes more interesting and usually more difficult.
-Landscaping. The grass is pristine, benches of all sorts at every single hole, bushes, rocks, interesting greens, etc.
-Hole 4. 443 feet straight down a row of tall pines. It is intimidating and makes a straight shot much harder than it should be.
-Pro shop. Sells many discs of all brands at fair prices, also has bags, shoes, minis, beer, pop and snacks.
-Detailed course map with par, distances and scorecard. Pencil also provided.
-The holes varied greatly in every way. 27 holes may get old on another course but on this one they were all different and if my arm wasn't so tired I would have wanted twice as many!
-Friendly locals and staff all over the course seemingly at all times. I did not meet the owner but he seems to be a good guy genuinely devoted to the sport.
-Many tournaments, weekly league and night golf are all held here.
-The tees were all very spacious and some were shaped interestingly like circles and squares.
-Brooms located at every hole to keep the tee clear.
-Garbages at about every other hole to maintain even more cleanliness.
-New; a snack bar type thing at an intersection of 2 holes.
Cons: -Easy to lose a disc on a few of the pond holes. I did throw a star wraith into the last pond hole. However, they hire somebody to get discs out of the ponds and you can come pick them up from the club house usually 2 weeks after you throw it in. They also have rakes to pull discs out but that only works if you know where it goes in exactly or are just lucky.
-Some may consider the 5 dollars a con but I do not. The fees are what makes this course so good. It allows for continuous upkeep and improvements of the course.
-If you are a beginner this course would be frustrating. This course is fairly challenging but not overly challenging. I consider myself an intermediate player and had a great time.
-It isn't near my house or anybody's for that matter. Located in East Bethel which is about an hour north of the Twin Cities. It is well worth the drive and the time it takes to play.
Other Thoughts: I have now played what I consider to be the 4 best courses in the state of Minnesota; Blue Ribbon Pines, Bryant Lake Park, Kaposia Park, and the new Hidden Hills. Blue Ribbon Pines is the overall best course. Its combination of perfect upkeep and imagination wins. Hidden Hills is the most difficult and testing course of them all, if you are a advanced player or pro you may like this course the best. Bryant Lake Park had the best "fun factor". The holes never got repetitive and were never too hard nor too easy. Kaposia is a great course but is simply overwhelmed by the other 3. Blue Ribbon Pines is ranked top 10 courses for a reason.
Update as of May 2012, I am still very impressed by this course but I have found that it simply isn't that hard if you have any measure of control as well as something besides a hyzer. It's upkeep is immaculate and will always buoy this course.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 2 Not
Kid in a Candy Store
Pros: This really feels like a special place for throwing some disc. You can see the care that has gone into this place. Ray said he wants to keep improving it to make every hole perfect. Much thanks to Ray, Timmy Gill and Steve Beckman. Thank you so much for this jewel! Let me tell you that Ray is well on his way to perfection here. The course is immaculately groomed and a joy to play.
Signage is near perfect. I had to search a couple of times, but I think that was due to the course being laid out for the Minnesota Majestic. The course layout is intuitive and a lot of fun.
Teepads are phenomenal. There was maybe one (19?) that was setup for the Majestic and didn't have a concrete teepad, otherwise the teepads are money and all (at least most?) have brooms to sweep away pinecones, mulch, branches, etc. Great teepads.
There are benches and garbage cans at most, if not all, teepads.
Baskets are beautiful. All the baskets are in great condition and have blue paint and an orange flag, so it's really easy to spot. I love these baskets. Kudos for the basket attached to (growing out of?!) the tree stump and the basket that is literally down in a hole.
There is a nice pro-shop where you can buy some discs, beer, sodas and snacks. There is also a little concession stand about halfway through the course that is open Thurs-Sun.
The rough is rough, but it's not big tall grasses that hide your disc. It's mostly mature trees/shule, so you usually don't have to search too long for your disc.
Some truly epic holes. Hole 4 is an absolute beast that you really have to see to appreciate - and fear!!
Lots of long holes, as well as some shorter technical ones. This course really rewards an accurate tee-shot. Hit your lines and you're golden.
You really feel like you are at a disc golf course that caters to disc golfers. They get it and it shows!
Cons: Ok well this is the most difficult course I have ever played. It can be very humbling. I tried to just enjoy the fact that I was there and let my score take care of itself (I had an awesome time!) Let's just say I passed Nikko's course-record 68 (27 holes) on hole 16..
You could easily toss a disc into the pond on a couple holes, but if you're smart it shouldn't be a problem. If worse comes to worse, Ray has plenty of discs for sale.
It does cost $5/day to play, but man if there's a course that's worth it (there are a few I would happily pay-to-play if I had to) this is THE course that is worth it!
It's not right in the Cities. If you live in the Cities, you will have to make a small trek, but it is so worth it to check out.
Other Thoughts: I watched some footage of the 2009 MN Majestic and decided to make the trip up to BRP from Minneapolis. I got there right at 8:00 am on a weekday and Ray was in the clubhouse to greet me. He adjusted my scorecard (he drew in the changes to the course layout on my scorecard with pencil) to reflect the Majestic layout, which was still in effect until the next day. I was really stoked that it was still setup for the Majestic. I then asked him where was tee 1 and he walked me out there and told me how much he loved disc and wished he could join me on my round. Thanks much Ray! Even if you have to take a road trip and use up a weekend day for a run through this course, do yourself the favor. This is what disc golf is all about and let's hope this is a sign of things to come. Love it!
18 of 20 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
A must play
Pros: This course was great! There is not a righty or lefty course, there are plenty of holes that fade both ways. There is plenty of distance as well for the big arms. Everything was landscaped extremely well. The course is layed out very well. It's 27 holes, and you end up where you started. There are signs on every hole directing you to the next basket which is always extremely helpful. There was also a pro shop that sold discs and other apparel. I believe they sold beer as well, but we played early in the morning, so I didn't stick around to find out for sure.
Cons: The only one I can think of is there isn't much elevation. If elevation was in play here, I think that would put this course into the 5 star category!
Other Thoughts: I think we played the course on the Minnesota Majestic '09 layout, so the actual layout was different than what shows on this site, as well as the score cards provided at the course.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Currently 27 holes in a combination wooded/open area of mostly flat terrain north of the twin cities. This is an advanced level course not really intended for the beginner although good design and variety in the holes makes it not impossible for a beginner to enjoy.
This course features great design as well as very good landscaping to be one of the most complete courses in the twin cites area. It favors neither rightie nor lefties. Given the limitations (which every type of terrain has) it uses the land to its best effect. Think you can weave a shot through the woods? This course will test that. Think you can drive 330' or 360' or 500', this course will test that. Do you have a nice anny, prove it. Oh yeah, and you think you can drive really long and straight, hole 4 says show me. Among the best courses ever to play with a group, everyone will have at least one hole that plays to their strength. There are also water hazards on several holes which are used to very good effect.
Every time I play this course I am amazed at how it challenges my game without being unfair. Definitly a destination course. Every hole has seats, a garbage can, a broom, and very good signage. Teepads are second to none and baskets are in great shape. They are building a halfway house for drinks on busy days and parking is very adequate. Hole 1 starts just off the parking lot and hole 27 finishes just left of the parking lot. There is an eating/drinking deck off the pro shop. A pay per play course. I mention this in the pros because it is a pro in this case. They can justify charging.
Cons: Any cons I have revolve around either things that can't be changed or things that are changing. It is on mostly flat land and they are always updating the course. The only other con I can think of is that the water hazards are nasty sludge.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the few times I am torn between a 4.5 and a 5. If I could give it a 4.8 I would. Mainly because there were 2 holes that were under construction when I was out there this week. Best of the best? Hard to say but it is extremely good and they are making improvements all the time. I am giving it a 5 because I know that even though it isn't finished, what changes remain will be for the betterment and it is already great.
Play all day costs $5 and it is worth it if you are in the area.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
An Intense Course
Pros: If you want to play and have a consistent challenge, this is your course. Long, sweeping holes are there, ready for you to throw your farthest drives. Next to those are short, technical holes, where you do not need anything but a putter and a prayer. This will test your discing ability in every way. The Majestic setup is fantastic, one of the top five courses in Minnesota.
Cons: Do not bring beginners here, it is way too difficult. They will lose discs and take a long time to play the holes. While no hole is ridiculous, the overall difficulty takes its toll and brings you down, so fatigue is a problem. Bring water, or a beer.
Other Thoughts: Enjoy it.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: There is no course like this anywhere in MN. The attention to detail and level of maintenance is second to none. The layout is challenging and varied. Can be quite difficult, especially in the Majestic tourney layout.
Cons: Not a lot of elevation change, but there are really no cons about BRP.
Other Thoughts: Worth the drive out of the cities. What have you got better to do than play a state-of-the-art disc golf course?
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
One of the Best
Pros: Blue Ribbon is one of the best courses I've tossed. Ribbon is filled with many challanging wholes. 90 degree shots is very difficult. The upkeep of blue Ribbon is very clean. Beautiful scenery. Deffinently goin to play this course again. Has a Club house that sells discs and food.
Cons: There is not a lot of elevation change.
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 14 Not
Pros: Variety...with 27 holes they find a good balance between holes. Ive played every major course in MN and this one tops my list.
Other Thoughts: Come prepared.Bring bug spray and extra discs with seven water hazards it can get a little messy out there.
1 of 15 people found this review helpful.
28 Helpful / 2 Not
Pay to Play is the Way!
Blue Ribbon Pines DGC is located just outside the twin cities in the town of East Bethel. This farm town doesn't have a whole lot out there for tourists until you get to the signs pointing you towards a diamond in the rough. After you travel down a gravel road you come to a clearing where you see what looks like a disc golfers paradise. From the time I got there to the time I left I couldn't seem to get rid of the grin that I had from cheek to cheek. As I parked and went inside the pro shop (which was fullly stocked with discs, t-shirts, drinks, and snacks) I was greeted by the friendly sod farmer Ray who was also the one who got this whole course in the ground. Ray quickly gave me a brief history of the course and was so kind as to point me in the right direction and gave me a few tips on how to play this course successfully.
From the first tee right away I noticed how large and well done the tee pads were. Some were brick and others cement, but all where large, flat, and well kept up. The Mach 5 baskets were some of the best I have ever played on as they caught well and looked amazing. They were easy to spot due to their powdered blue coating, and orange flags which were attatched on top. Around the bottom of each pin was woodchips too, making the course look even more well maintained and professional. Tee signs were located on every hole and were in great condition, providing distance and a visual image. Maps were provided in the pro shop when you paid, which gave a place to keep score, distances, and a layout of each hole which was very helpful.
The general course design was excellent! The flow made sense looping you back from where you started to complete the 27 hole pro course. Foliage and maintenance was the best I have ever seen. There was little to no underbrush when I played (beginning of spring) on most of the holes and the grass and trees appeared to be well kept up and manicured. Benches and trash bins were on EVERY hole which was really nice for those days when a lot of players are DGing (which is a lot since the course is open year round). Running water was available in the pro shop as well as restrooms, and a porta potty which was located near the tee of hole 27.
Elevation was present throughout the course (although not extreme), including elevated tee pads and pins and some rolling hills throughout.This course had a lot of variation in hole distances with some that were tight and technical in the woods and huge open shots in the fields (which crossed of streams most of the time). There seemed to be no bias as to lefty or righty players and the holes required a lot of variety when it came to selecting what disc to use. The tight technical wooded shots were a mix of short par 3's to brutal par 4's ranging in distance from 140-443 feet. Water played a major factor on several holes which was great and added very much to the degree of difficulty.If you happened to land in the water there were designated drop spots which looked like mini tee pads. The overall challenge of the course was appropriate for all levels.
Parking was very accessible, and when I played it was not very crowded (right when it opened at 8 am). However, throughout the day it became increasingly busy which was great to see but I could see how a round could take a while, especially on those beautiful summer days when it is daylight for long stretches of time.
Locals seemed very friendly and helpful. With so many great courses around in the twin cities the level of competition around here is fierce. Regualar events are always going on with league on Thurday nights, the Minnesota Majestic (which is on the NT this year), and several other small tournaments throughout the year.
This course really had very few. The course designers did an amazing job incorporating so many elements (water, elevation, etc) and placements (tees & pins). The one thing I found however was the fact that a few holes (9, 10 & 21) seemed very short for being a pro level course. It seems like they were "gimmies" for any advanced or pro players. However, like I said, I am just trying to find something and for an advanced player like me it was nice to use those holes to bring my score down. I could just see some of the pros aceing those holes regualarly. The whole course though was truely amazing and overall a great challenge.
Blue Ribbon Pines DGC is by far the best kept up course I have yet played. This course easily rates in my top 5 and is well worth the trip. There are so many wonderful courses in the twin cities but this course is a must! Ray truelly did a wonderful job making sure this course was put in and the designers Timmy Gill and Steve Beckman truelly made their vision come true. It is both amazingly beautiful and challenging.
There were several epic holes on this course like 19 and 20 which played back to back over a man-made pond. However, hole four was truely infamous. The 440 foot Par 4 tunnel shot amongst the massive Pine trees was the hardest hole I have played yet! Playing over 50 courses including some of the best in the world, that is saying a lot. It could make or break any round making even the best humble. I took a 6 on it my first time and didn't feel that bad considering I shot a 2 for my first time on the course. Next time I will be using a Roc rather than Wraith however.
Thanks for the memories Blue Ribbon Pines!!!!
28 of 30 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Easily the best manicured course I have ever played. Pay to play is a pleasure when the course is maintained as well as this one is. Consistency is very important to get a decent score on this course. Mostly wooded hazards with a few OB and water hazard dangers.
Cons: Difficult finding things bad about this course, but to nitpick I would include lack of elevation. Also, bring your bug spray or you will be eaten alive (Black flies, mosquitoes). Also, a bit to far from the Twin Cities for casual quick rounds
Other Thoughts: Excellent amenities include a pro shop (discs, water, etc) and an extremely friendly accommodating staff. Overall one of the best, if not the best, courses I have ever played.
7 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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