Pretty solid course in Hayward
Pros: There are 18 holes or can be played with an extra 5 holes to make a 23 hole round. The extra holes are 11A through 15A. Be aware that holes 11A and 12A share a basket with fairways from opposite directions. Although there was a mix of different types of pins, they all caught pretty well. It's $5 to play all day per person and they provide you with a decent course map on the back of the scorecard. The scorecard also includes distances from all three tee locations, even the 5 alternates. Theres nothing too long here, but there is a good mix of different distances. The longest is 532 feet on hole 16 all the way down to 215 feet on hole 2. The navigation wasn't a problem at all. There were next tee signs throughout the course were needed. It's pretty easy to figure out regardless. There were alternate pin locations on a number of the holes as well. The course was all well mowed and maintained when we were there.. There isn't too much variation in elevation here, but theres enough to keep it interesting. The signs were hand painted with the 3 tee locations and route to the basket with distances to the pins as well. They have the handles of old golf clubs stuck in the ground at the front of all the tees. These are all painted red white or blue to mark each tee. Theres a decent mix of left, right and straight shots as well.
Cons: For a pay to play course the signs could be a lot better. Also concrete tees would be a definite plus although the natural tees were all in pretty solid condition. They would probably get mucky if wet though. The white and red tees are incredibly short on pretty much all the holes.
Other Thoughts: All in all this was a pretty fun course to play. especially with nothing else that close by. If I was ever in the area again I would definitely stop in for a few rounds. Not worth a trip just for this however. If you are coming from Minneapolis on 63 this would be right on your way to highbridge which is nice. If the tee pads and tee signs were improved the rating would probably jump up a half. Still a pretty, solid course as it is now.
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Surprisingly Good Find
Pros: Fiddler's Creek is surprisingly a decent course. I have a cabin up in Hayward and saw the "disc golf" sign at the driving range several times when I was driving by on the highway and finally decided to stop by, which I'm glad I did. I expected it to be a short 9 hole course and was very impressed when they told me it was 18 holes. The course offers a variety of different holes in the open, in the woods, and with some elevation change. The lanes in the woods are somewhat tight, so it's a great course to work on accuracy and technical shots. Compared to the courses I play back in the Twin Cities, this course is obviously much less busy, which is nice.
Cons: Considering that the course is pay to play, I would like to see it in a little better shape, especially in the woods. I would like to see some brush thinned out and some tree trimming to create a few more options for shooting lanes. The course also lack cement tee pads, which would be nice for footing, but it could definitely be worse. The course certainly takes getting used to since there are alternate holes/tee pads in the middle of the course, so the signage could be improved. Many of the baskets are also in rough shape and some of them are even portable baskets that are not cemented in. Being that it is pay to play, I would also like to see some nicer baskets. After hole 5, the bugs were quite annoying, so I would definitely recommend bringing some bud spray. It would also be nice to see some more open holes at the end of the round, since the only relatively open holes are 1-5.
Other Thoughts: This course plays very much into the hands of left handed players, so if you throw RHBH, hope you're ready to throw a lot of anhyzers. Reading the other comments, I would also like to see for courses in the Hayward area. I have been fishing up there for 10 years on the Flowage and love the area, scenery, and lakes. Some of the golf courses in the area, especially Big Fish, are spectacular, so I would like to see this done with disc golf. If the course added some permanent tee pads, updated a bunch of the baskets, and cleared out some of the brush in the woods to create more shooting lanes, I would gladly rate this course a 3.5-4.0. Now that I have stopped and played this course, I will probably play it every weekend I head up to my cabin, it's definitely worth the $5 fee. After the round, you can even go hit some golf balls at the driving range if you bring your clubs.
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Ticks Hate Beginners
Pros: -Map of course
-Signage showing location of baskets
-Multiple tees every hole
-Alternate holes to play
-Very scenic and nice to play
-18 holes, well worth price
-Nice shop for concessions/cheap price for discs
-Unique design of golf club handles to mark tees
Cons: -Some holes are tough for beginners.
-Easy to lose a disc in the thick forest
-A lot of shots will not land on the narrow fairway, so ticks love to attack you when climbing around looking for your lost disc
-Many trees blocking shots (This could be a pro however if you like the challenge)
-Tees are mowed grass with logs signaling the end of the tee... So not the best footing.
Other Thoughts: Really difficult to find discs. I lost my driver on a hole... And I watched it fall down and everything.
Need to know how to throw an anhyzer shot for what seemed like holes 5-18. Being a beginner that just loves to play, this course was difficult.
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Beautiful area, pleasant afternoon
Pros: Won't regurgitate what's been said already. Pros are definetly a beautiful area, good variety in terrain, and a blend of good driving and short technical shots. First 6 holes has a great variety of shots, while the remainder of the course becomes a little more repetitive with narrow fairways and a few dog legs. As a recreational player, I commend the 3 sets of tee that were well marked. Blue=expert, white=recreational, red=novice/beginner. The course can be quite confusing to navigate, but the scorecard map was very helpful, and as first timers were able to navigate without any problems. I played a mix of pro and recreational tees and enjoyed both set ups. Several trash cans along the course and even some chairs and benches at the turn of the front/back 9 to sit, relax and enjoy the nature. Hole descriptions on each tee were hand made and very helpful and a very nice touch. Normally I would not recommend this course for beginners, but having the beginner tees would make for an enjoyable experience with the short shots. No matter what skill level, this course was enjoyable and I wish I had more time to play two rounds.
Cons: The tees were well marked, but a few times were dug out a bit from use which made for some interesting run ups. The baskets could also use some improvement. A few were tilted a bit and others were wobbly and missing some chains. If the course made a few improvements to the tees and the baskets, a higher rating would be in store.
Other Thoughts: I took the advice of other reviews and had my wife and I spot each other. Worked well as we avoided some lost discs. Judging from the amount of tree stumps in the fairway, it looks like the course owners designed and literally mowed and cut their way through the thick woods. Speaking of woods, wear insect repellant; don't get fooled with the breeze on holes 1-5. After that, in the thick woods, the wind is blocked and bugs can be thick. Don't let that deter you from the fun! Also, wear long pants and check for ticks after playing.
We will be returning to play this course again. $5 for the whole day is not a bad rate, but the improvements suggested above (take it for what it's worth) would make the $5 fee even more of a value. Fiddler's Creek also sports a ball golf driving range and miniature golf course for a fun time by the whole family.
A random thought: I have been going up to Hayward for about 15 years for fishing. The Hayward lakes area boasts some unreal scenery and an abundance of recreational activity. The area has great fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, camping, atv trails, and probably (what seems like) two dozen ball golf courses within 10 miles of Hayward. I am a bit surprised that there are only 2 dg courses within 20 miles of Hayward. I would really hope in the future to have more dg courses pop up. With the lakes, streams, and rivers in the area, what better than to have dg courses encompassing lakes near Hayward?
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Beautiful Area with Good Course
Pros: This course has 23 holes, but you play only 18 a round. A lot of the holes are short and technical, requiring you to throw down a narrow fairway with several trees in it, however the woods are really never that dense, and par can forgive the occasional shot into the woods. There are different tee boxes marked for different skill levels, and are fairly easy to find. A technical course with a variety of shots ranging in elevation and distance. Most holes around 300-350ft range, one 500+ ft hole. Suitable for all skill levels and definitely worth a look
Cons: The first 5 or so holes are close together which can be confusing, you can end up throwing at the wrong pin. The signs for the holes are homemade, very commendable, but really don't give you a good idea where the pin is in relation to the tee. Baskets are all different types, some seem to be portable baskets (wheels covered up by dirt/straw/leaves) and some of them don't have a lot of chains to stop your disc. Tee boxes are a mixture of sand/grass which can get in your shoes and a few concrete ones.After you get past hole 5, most of the rest of the course is narrow tech shots, which does get a little repetitive, but can't really blame the designers, they did what they could with the land, and pretty well. Also, you have to pay $3 to play one round, $5 for a full days pass, something like $75 for a season pass.
Other Thoughts: Hole 5 was an awesome hole, 300+ ft, downhill over a fish pond and weaving between trees. Hole 16 is a 500+ footer that is 250 feet straight and 250+ feet to the right, really a fun hole to play. The short technical holes can destroy your confidence, trees are easy to hit. Disc golf shop right on the course, and the workers were very nice, seem to be interesting in hosting a tournament. SUGGESTION: get the all day $5 pass, the course's alternative loop is worth giving a try, even just for the novelty of it.
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