11 Helpful / 3 Not
Blue Ribbon= Must play
Pros: Like all the other reviews, the landscaping is second to none. Don't let that be why you play this course. It has every kind of shot. You name it, par 3 open and wooded, par 4's (mostly wooded), water hazard holes, pro shop, and the unique feeling of being out in the middle of nowhere. (if its early enough before it gets crowded on nice days).
The course is not done either. More landscaping wil always be popping up, but there is a chance that all the sod will be donated to the addition of more holes, or changing some of the existing holes to add some D.
Cons: Lack of elavation. Crowded at times.
Other Thoughts: Blue Ribbon is jus the beginning of the pay to play scene. BRP is a perfect example of what pay to play can do. Hang on, more to come.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 6 Not
Amazing... Simply Amazing
Pros: Without question one of the top courses I've ever played. This course features immaculate landscaping, excellent signage, perfectly level concrete tee pads and several very challenging holes offering an opportunity to throw just about any type of shot you can think of. Since I first played this course in 2008, it has received a ton of TLC and upgrades which make this a must-play for any disc golfer.
Cons: Well this is in MN. and if you play here in the summer bring bug spray and LOTS of it. Also may want to bring a few floater discs as water does come into play on several holes.
Other Thoughts: I love that they now have a mid-way snack shack with liquid refreshments good food and now plenty of benches for folks to cop a squat on. While I'm glad I moved away from the dismal MN winters, I make this course a must play every year when I visit.
10 of 16 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 2 Not
QUITE POSSIBLY THE NICEST DISC COURSE EVER!
Pros: Some unbelievable signature holes. Holes 3 and 4 just seem like the trees were grown 100 years ago for disc golf. This course is extremely challenging, and probably the best setup I have ever played. A huge box of found discs, that they return to you next time, supposedly. Nice pro shop, pick up just about any disc you need to replace after your round. Well placed signage, and very nice grooming.
Cons: If you get out of the fairway, you cannot go for it and expect to fix your errant drive. There is no margin for error on this course, and it is not for anyone that is a beginner. If you don't have your accuracy yet, this is not the place for you. This course will challenge the most skilled player out there.
Other Thoughts: I cannot honestly think of another course I've played anywhere that was so perfect. There are really no words to describe this until you go out and play it for yourself. HEAVENLY
14 of 16 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A pay to play course done the right way. The care and love of the owners is evident from the moment you set foot on this course. Outstanding maintenance and design. All concrete tee boxes, even concrete tees for water hazard drop zones!!! Wood chips around every basket, impeccably manicured with a ring of rocks or wooded "sandbox style". On some holes, the whole fairway is woodchips. Descriptive and clear maps on every tee.
Beyond just the facilities, this course is gorgeous. Most holes play in the woods, with a variety of harsh doglegs, tunnel shots (see the picture of hole #4, thats a 400+ ft laser beam straight tree corridor you have to shoot through, yikes!), water hazards, both rivers and lakes in play on several holes, and tons of trees. This course has a moderate amount of terrain as well. No steep uphill or downhill shots, but the terrain available is used for a variety of interesting wrinkles. Also, it is evident some landscaping has been done to sculpt some of the holes to make things even more interesting.
Many creative things are used to make putting a challenge on every hole. Most putting circles are raised bed of woodchips (which play pretty fast, prone to rollaways and skips) surrounded by a stone ring which makes it harder to roll in close for an easy layup.One pin is mounted in a raised stump. Another putting circle is a wide pit about 2 feet lower than the surroundings, with one big tree blocking it from the tee (i didnt see the pin until I had walked past it).
THe holes I played (and how they were listed on the tee signs) were in many cases different than what the scorecard said (I think for whatever reason, probably growing sod) the 27th hole i played used the basket for the so-called 28th hole (practice basket), the scorecard's hole 27 was actually 26 on the course. For a course so well designed, it puzzled me how and why they could or would do this. I think soem of the middle holes, which shoot over/into the fields, are rotated around as they use the fields for sod-growing. In any case, its astounding, and impressive they are able to shift hoels around like this and still have a great course.
This course will challenge you. By hole 9, the weaving, tree-filled fairways had me skittish of throwing any plastic other than champion/z, and I still managed to taco a disc.
Roughs are not too thick, making lost discs generally findable, though all the giant trees mean there are no "get out of jail free" passes on errant drives. As previously stated this course will punish errant drives, and even some drives on the fairway. Not ideal for a beginner,
As this course ages, and the traffic beats it in a bit, (discs chopping branches off trees, etc." i believe it will only get better, and perhaps a little more manageable. Some of the tunnels might be cleared out a bit from use (thumbers take a toll on trees), so come on down and do your part by getting your discs custom engraved with chunks of bark from this forest. It's worth it.
Cons: Its greatest strength could also be seen as a con. This course is challenging, make no mistake. There are a lot of big trees everywhere on this course. Sometimes the fairway seems a bit too crowded with them. It makes you realize that in other parks, like Acorn and even North Valley or Kaposia, the trees are smaller, and thus harder to hit dead on. Those glancing hits off trees you still can salvage some shot from, but when tree hits are dead-on, your disc just drops at the base. You will get a lot of dead-on tree hits here if you are not careful ( I think I set a new high score for tree hits when I played). Accuracy is key.
The bugs here laugh at you. I sprayed most of a can of Off on myself, and wore a hat, but it hardly slowed them down.Soak your clothes in citronella before you head out here, or strap a tiki torch to your bag.
These are minor concerns when the course is this great, so plan ahead, and bring your A-game, and you should be fine.
The challenge (and length) of this course can test your attitude, so don't let it get to you. If you get frustrated on #12, it will be a looong round, unless you snap out of it.
Other Thoughts: This may seem obvious, but bring premium plastic and bug spray. The giant trees will eat your discs, and the giant horseflies will eat you, if you aren't careful.
Since it is such a long drive from the cities, dont worry too much about the "two hours before sunset" closing time. It is not strictly enforced. If you slide money through the slot, I doubt they would care if you wanted to play at dusk (several folks were starting when I finished up at 9pm)
16 of 18 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: One of the best manicured courses I have ever seen. Landscaping is top notch! Many open as well as wooded holes with both long a short throws. Long round, but the diversity makes it worth it.
Cons: Pay to play. Long way out in the middle of no where. requires a full afternoon to play
Other Thoughts: worth a trip, one of my favorites!
4 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 6 Not
BRP - WOW!
Pros: Technical course with great variety of shots needed to score well. This course really punishes errant shots! Placement really counts. The course is not too long, not too short.
Cons: No credit cards at the pro shop.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this course. Hole 4 takes some getting used to (6,5,4,4). I can't wait to play when the snow is gone.
7 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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