7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pay-to-play done right
Pros: - Private, family owned
- Landscaping is taken to another level
- Signature hole after signature hole
- Amazing tee pads
- 27 holes
- Secluded and relatively uncrowded
- Snack shack/Beer shack in the woods. Really cool place to take a break.
Cons: - Really none, if I had to nitpick it would be at the lack of notable elevation... but that doesn't mean the course doesn't have any. Just none of those "top of the world" shots.
Other Thoughts: Well its been said before but this place really is a "must play" course for any serious golfer. The family that runs the place couldn't be nicer. We spoke with Ray's (the owner) father when we arrived and he told us about how the course came to be and how he is just amazed that people travel so far to come to their course. We later saw him out on the large mower cutting grass for most of the day, waving at all the golfers as they passed. He also kept the snack shack stocked up with beer of our liking for the afternoon/evening rounds.
I really think hole #7 (#6 in the majestic layout) is one of the finest examples of how a par 4 should be done. Total risk-reward on the first shot to carry the water. Laying up means a bomber 2nd to get up near the green. I just can't describe enough how cool this hole was in particular.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: always changing. lots of diffrent teepad options. grass is cut all the time. sweet proshop too
Cons: water. lots of water on most holes. lost lots of discs out there
Other Thoughts: fun course for $5. not far from the cities or st. cloud area.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Best course I've played
Pros: Great landscaping. Good use of short and long holes. The signature holes are awesome. The blue ribbon pines emblem like the pbr looks cool. Has netting on the trees to protect them. Driving range is really cool. Great tee signs. Easy to navigate. 27 holes of beauty. Drink stop halfway through. No trash laying around. Teeboxes are clean. Bottle caps pressed into tree stumps around the courses looks very cool.
Cons: Pro shop is sweet, but last time i went in there though some cocky kid was working saying i can help you with any information on discs your interested in being as i can throw some over 500. That was a turn off. No elevation changes. Some people go extremely slow on the course, waiting at every hole turns 27 holes taking over 5 hours.
Other Thoughts: Could play there all day. Plenty of different shots to try. Would easily go miles and miles out of my way to play this beauty. Definitely one not to miss out on.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Best Course in MN and Midwest
Pros: This course is absolutely amazing and is quite hard to describe, you just gotta go and play it. Signature Hole 4 is the coolest hole I have ever seen/played. The course offers the best variety of holes and shot opportunities of any course in Minnesota. There are a variety of open holes, long holes, short holes, and unique lines that can and have to be taken in the woods. Hole 3 and 8 come to mind here, where there is an island of trees in each fairway that have open lanes to the left and right, which can allow you to backhand hyzer/anhyzer or forehand to get around them. The landscaping, tee pads, baskets, and erosion control are by far the best I've ever seen/played. The tee pads are massive, there are wood chips and freshly cut grass on every fairway and around every basket, and the variety of basket locations are awesome and unique. Not to mention the bar in the woods is a nice place to rest. One of the unique features of the course are the ponds that play a key role on several holes in the woods, including Holes 7, 20, and one more I believe. There are also several protected pin locations, including Hole 17, which is down in a gully and Hole 10, which is a very short hole with a mando. There are also several key hazard/out of bounds areas including the tall grass on Hole 6 and Hole 16, which has an island green sometimes. There is also a hole near the end that has an elevated green about 15 ft. off the ground and surrounded by large boulders. Pins are also shifted around regularly, which makes every round different, depending on how often you play it. The owners will also return your disc if you happen to lose one in one of the ponds in the woods. $5 to play this course all day is an absolutely awesome deal.
Cons: The only bad thing I have to say about the course is how bad the mosquitoes and horse flies are in the summer. I highly recommended bringing bug spray. I wouldn't say that this is necessarily a con, but it could have definitely been a pro if the course had some elevation change. If the course had elevation change, it would be on an entirely different level. It would also be awesome if there were campgrounds on the property, so people could make a weekend out of it, much like Justin Trails offers. Instead of 27 holes, the course could have also been a much more challenging 18 hole championship course. However, being that it is 27 holes, it offers many more birdie opportunities and short, technical shots in the woods.
Other Thoughts: The holes in the woods/trees are amazing, nothing like it. The pine trees are big and thick, but there is relatively little brush, which is nice. The designers also did an awesome job of creating different lanes/tunnels to hit in the woods, providing a great opportunity to work on your accuracy, and really forces you to work on your shot selection. The elevated greens, water hazards, and protection pin placements are also some unique features. BRP ranks in the top 3 courses I have ever played, including Justin Trails and Bryant Lake. Justin Trails offers a lot more in the way of elevation change, but the maintenance and upkeep of BRP certainly tops it. BRP is an absolute must play for anyone in the Twin Cities area, regardless of how far you have to drive, so grab your bag and make the trip, it's definitely worth it.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Disc Golf Paradise
Pros: Absolutely beautiful. When you Pull in the lot you are Greeted by a huge semi trailer that is painted with the blue ribbon pines logo with a guy putting. Go into the club house and you can stock up on food, drinks or adult beverages and buy any discs you may need. Course is pay to play but worth every penny. You can tell all the proceeds go right back into the course.
Perfectly manicured fairways, awesome concrete tees. Short holes, long holes, technical and open holes, several water holes, this course has it all. Concession stand half way through to replenish your drinks if necessary.
As others have said, hole 4.... View from the tee is outstanding. Best disc golf hole ever??
Along with this course, you can pair it with kaposia, Bryant lake, the valley, Lakewood hills or oakwood park to name a few for a nice vacation of disc golfing as all those other courses are top notch as well.
Cons: No real elevation however with the quality of the holes, this wasnt really an issue
Other Thoughts: A real gem. This is what discgolf is supposed to be like. You can tell that there was so much effort put into this place and it shows. I wish I lived closer, this is by far the best course I have ever played. Can't wait to come back. Disc golfers in Minnesota.....I am very jealous of you...
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun for everyone!
Pros: - Course is set on a large piece of private property, with plenty of room for the disc golf. Nothing here to interfere, it is completely devoted to the game!
- Good amount of the holes here are set in a forest populated with lots of tall trees, with a variety of lines carved out. A wide variety. There are RHBH hyzers, like #2 which is pretty straightforward, #26 that is a long, constantly curving one, and #6 is shorter with OB all along the left. Also some RHBH anhyzer lines, like a super sharp right turn on #10, a lesser one on #14, and a funky uphill slight right turn on #17. Also a large collection of dead straight shots, like the famous signature tunnel shot on #4. Lesser know is the very tight, short #9 (roller?) with OB behind, the tunnelish fairway on #8, and the tough snaking line on #11, among others.
- On top of these lines that pretty much offer only one path to the basket (pretty much), there are others that give you an option. #3 is open to a lefty or righty shot, either forehand or backhand depending on the route taken. #22 also has a split fairway, though it is further along and really needs good line shaping to get around the cluster of trees.
- There are holes outside of the woods as well, but they still provide some interesting looks and challenges. #1 is as easy as it gets, an open shot with the basket tucked slightly in the trees. #15 is similar, but the basket is in denser forest with rough away from the clearing. #16, #24, and #27 are the most open of them all, but there is a small, nasty creek running perpendicular to the fairway that can swallow discs in the murky, muddy water.
- One of the best features at this course are the small ponds present on some of the tougher holes. The water hazards are serious, and well-placed. #7 is a beast at 620', with the water definitely a factor for shot placement. #19 has a big, murky pond at the bottom of the wooded fairway. Making it through the first gap is only part of the challenge, you either have to lay it up short or blast over the pond. It is within reach for most players, but accuracy is also important. Not to mention the basket is even farther out of the woods. #20 has the pond directly in front of the green; making it in one shot takes decent distance, good accuracy, and a
lot of chutzpah.
- Some tricky and/or tough basket placements here. Some of the more open holes have the baskets tucked within trees or rough, and #17 has the basket sunk into a small crater. #25? or #26? has a very big built up green with boulders; definitely an elevated basket that might make you want to lay up. #16? had markers for an island green when I was there, that added challenge to the water in front of the basket.
- With the 27 holes here, there is almost every combination of hole shape, length, and difficulty here. There are
shorter holes, some tight, some open, some with a funky line. Also some very long holes of varying difficulty and length as well, a la #4, #7, #19, #26, and such. Plenty those in between 200'-400' as well, the average hole length is 334', and all are well represented.
- Amenities at the course are top notch; great baskets, teepads, navigation is easy, and there are current tee signs even for alternate layouts. Rakes by the water hazards help to retrieve discs, a pro shop with lost discs is up front, and a snack shack! is located by two teepads. Top notch.
Cons: - The only gripe I have with this course is the pretty flat terrain. There are some elevated teepads, and a few very small hills in the forest, and an elevated basket, but overall most holes are dead flat. It is amazing what they were able to accomplish to add artificial elevation changes, but it is still lacking to be a 'perfect' course.
Other Thoughts: - Well, this course is top notch, no doubt. Excellent variety with the wooded holes, enough open/semi open holes to keep things interesting, and serious hazards in the form of ponds and some smaller creeks. Tight and technical, bomber holes, tough fairways, layup options, ace runs, it has nearly everything. I was a little unsure how the course would stack up at first, by the end I was seriously considering playing a second time through (which I have never done on a road trip).
- This course is fantastic for almost every skill level. True beginners might to hold off due to the possibility of losing a disc in multiple spots, but otherwise it should be fun and challenging to everyone.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Disc Golf Mecca
Pros: Its hard to even describe the brilliance of this course. The design, the attention to detail, the maintenance, all of it combines to one of the most memorable experiences anybody who plays the game can experience. Onsite Pro Shop to aid in retrieval and new disc desires. Additionally, they have a nice refreshment stand to accommodate your thirst and its very well placed in the course layout as well.
Other Thoughts: To compare this to something. This course is the Nürburgring of disc golf. Super length, open shots, ridiculous mando dog legs, insane tunnel shots. You name it, it's got it. Best model course of the Northwoods. Only Flip City compares to this wonder. Play it once, you'll love it.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Too many "Pros" to mention. Beautiful scenery/landscaping/hole placement/etc...
Cons: I agree with the last poster it would be sweet to see a few elevation shots on that course but that would take a lot of work to undertake.
Other Thoughts: The course has tons of room and hope it makes the course into a 36 hole. Needs a campsite for this for road trips to stop and stay for a day or two.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 13 Not
Pros: Ratings says it all course always getting better every single time you play the course. Always making improvements to the course even though its already amazing. Also get ready to use every single shot you know huge variety of shots.
Cons: Not much elevation they cant do much about that!
Other Thoughts: Gotta see for yourself
0 of 13 people found this review helpful.
19 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Blue Ribbon Pines is extremely well manicured and has such extensive landscaping I have to mention it first. The amount of time and effort put into taking care of and landscaping this course is incredible. The land here is nice, but there has been so much work put into making it visually appealing with boulders, large landscaping bricks, the use of large branches to create a mulched filled frame around trees... I just can't say enough good things about it.
The course is super easy to navigate with clearly defined walk ways to the next hole as well as an arrow on top of most baskets and arrows on trees pointing the way. There's a pro shop with a massive selection of discs, drinks, snacks and restrooms. There's a practice basket, all the baskets are colored blue and in great condition. There are benches at nearly every hole and numerous rakes to retrieve discs if you're unfortunate enough to get acquainted with the water hazards. There are a couple port-a-potties on the course as well as a concession stand by holes 15 and 25 (although it wasn't open when I was here).
There's an excellent shot variety like you would expect on any top notch course and a few of the holes have multiple routes through the trees. The course also has a fantastic balance of wooded and open holes so there's something for everyone. The hole length is phenomenal. There are holes ranging from 140ft to 750ft. The best part about this is there isn't a single throw away or easy birdie hole. Birdies are they but you have to work for every single one of them.
The risk/reward is top notch. There are a few ponds on the course and they're all used extremely well to make you think about the shots and figure out if you want to go for it or try to play it safe. The reward is there, but so is a lost disc if you don't execute well. There's also a small creek that comes into play on a number of holes to think about. And the risk/reward doesn't just involve water. There are a number of non-water holes that make you think about shot selection, whether or not you want to go for it and about placement. Additionally there are a few raised and lowered baskets to keep the putting greens interesting. There are still plenty of birdie opportunities but none are gimmies and Blue Ribbon Pines brings a challenge.
These are all qualities you would expect to see on a top notch course.
Cons: The tee signs are not always very good. Some have a good picture of the hole and an arrow to indicate where the basket is. Others are simply a picture of someone putting which doesn't provide much help finding the basket from the tee pad. Many baskets are not visible from the tee or are not easy to see if you've not played here before so the tee signs are a bit lacking. Thankfully this is the only notable issue with this course.
A few of the holes in the open field towards the end of the round are a little boring compared to the rest of the course, but on the other hand they do provide some nice variety from all the wooded holes so it's a matter of preference.
When driving to the course, the last half mile is awful. The gravel road is super bumpy. That's no fault of the course but is worth mentioning.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely worth going out of your way to play. It's not a very beginner friendly course, but top notch courses like this rarely are. Everyone else will likely love the challenge this course presents and have a great time playing here.
It costs $5 to play here but the fee is well worth it to play at a course of this caliber.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful.
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