8 Helpful / 4 Not
Reviews can't do it justice!
Pros: Where to start??? I've been reading the reviews and hearing the buzz about this place for a few years now. So I went up there expecting something pretty special. I was not let down one bit. WOW. Being an old school frolfer, I can't believe what pay to play has done for this sport. Between Bryant and now Blue Ribbon, the future of disc has finally got over the hump. The quality of the experience makes you forget that it probably took you 45 minutes to get there from the metro.
The course has it all. I'm not going to break it down hole by hole, they are all great and vary in so many ways, Skill, shape, difficulty (#4 is out of the future), beauty, creativity, par 4's (5's for me), and so much more.
Cons: Lack of elavation is the only negative and that is a positve for many.
Other Thoughts: WOW. Make a day of it. Morning rounds are so pieceful. Order up a Heggies Pizza with 4-5 holes to go and you'll have lunch waiting for you on the deck, Round 2!!!! Bring your friends if you want to impress them on where the sport is heading.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Best course that I have ever played. This is an extremely difficult course that requires every shot you got. Mostly wooded holes with multiple paths to the basket. All the amenities you can imagine. Club house with discs and beverages, well marked signs, best baskets I have ever seen, paver and cement tees on every hole. Water holes are plenty and really make you think about your throws. Well worth the $5 dollars for 27 unbelievable holes.
Cons: Not much for elevation changes on this course. No extra long open holes. This course is for people who have played and not the greatest choice for beginners. Can be very frustrating on some holes and may even seem unfair at times. Pretty far away and in the middle of nowhere(could be a pro or con)
Other Thoughts: $5 will cover the whole day, so I would plan on making a day out of it if your going to make the long drive.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
Bring your A game!
Pros: This course is amazing! It's $5 to play and worth it. The teeboxes are very concrete, big and long, and even have a broom if they are too dusty for you. There is a map at each hole telling you exactly what you need to do and the baskets are all custom powdered coated with a blue paint and a flag on top so they are easy to see. Each hole even has a nice bench to sit on. There is a nice pro shop that will sell you anything you need and are very friendly.
As for the course itself, it is hard, but oh so enjoyable. This is the kind of course you could play again and again and still come back because it keeps on challenging you. With 27 holes there is almost everything at this course. You have left turns, right turns, short and technical, and then hole 4 which is looooooong, straight, and tight. The only thing missing is elevation, but by the end you'll be grateful.
Cons: Not much to speak of. There are no elevation changes really, but you don't notice since the course challenges you in so many other ways.
Other Thoughts: We played a nice 9-hole course on the way as a warm up that worked well. You can also play as many times as you want that day for the $5. We got done and if I hadn't had to be somewhere I think I would have been ready to play again.
I played Bryant Lake and this course both for the first time this week and I loved both of them. I think I would say Bryant Lake is easier, but more fun. But with Blue Ribbon I think I would find myself wanting to play it more often just because of the challenge it would pose everytime you play it.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 4 Not
What every course should strive for
Pros: Almost too many pros to list.
-Large concrete tee boxes. Even a few fancy brick ones. One tee "box" is a big circle you use on two holes.
-Did I mention there's a beer shack right next to that dual tee?
-No litter what so ever.
-Pro shop selling a good variety of discs.
-Signs on all tee boxes with a map of the hole.
-Wide variety of holes. There's the famous 500 tunnel, a wide open 700+ footer, a tight 90 degree right turn maybe a hundred feet long, there's ponds, streams, even a basket sitting in the middle of a 3ft deep crater.
-There's rakes laying at every water hazard so you can attempt to rescue your lousy shot.
-There's even a damn broom on every tee pad for the obsessive compulsives out there.
-Pay to play. That's right, a pro. Keeps the riff raff out, helps pay for the expert grooming job and amenities you get in return.
-Very challenging course. Will keep even the pros coming back for more.
-27 holes is a rarity around here.
Cons: -Bring bug spray for mosquitos and ticks.
-Poison ivy is aplenty.
-It's a bit of a drive to get there, and a big drive if you're coming from the south metro.
-Too hard for beginners. All but the pros have a significant chance of parking a disc in a pond as well.
Other Thoughts: All of my cons are just nitpicking. There's nothing actually wrong with this place. This was the first course around here that puts many ball golf courses to shame. With Bryant Lake's remodel and the new one in Maple Grove, Minnesota disc golf is trending toward high-end courses. I like it.
As you see, I resisted the urge to be a homer and give Blue Ribbon Pines a perfect 5. Why? There's just something I can't put my finger on that leaves me wanting. To me, this course doesn't give me that special warm fuzzy feeling that a couple of my favorites have. But don't get me wrong, Blue Ribbon Pines is spectacular in every way. It is a must-play.
13 of 17 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: LOVE THIS COURSE. not much elevation change, due to it being on old farm land, but holy cow is it beautiful, super well maintained, long and tight in some spots, but there is a throw for everyone, tough on beginers, but you can't help but love it.
Cons: wish the ponds were not so nasty, lost a favorite disc in there, but that is really it.
Other Thoughts: Totally worth the $5 per day. I could play this course every weekend for the next year and I don't think I'd get bored.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 14 Not
Pros: Many different types of holes... Player needs the whole package, which is a nice change from some other courses... Very clean, a pretty course...
Cons: Some holes are a little too hard(no real chance for a lesser player to make the shot needed)
Other Thoughts: LOVED THIS COURSE!!! Will play it again
2 of 16 people found this review helpful.
This is disc golf
18 Helpful / 2 Not
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.
18 of 20 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 / 2 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 5 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.
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