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Pros: -A good difference between the regular and the long tees. I played the regular ones to get a feel for the course, and I felt challenged, but not overly so. When I stepped back to the long tees, this course really shined. The added distance and different angles from the long tees really tested my game.
-This course was freshly mowed a couple days before I got there, so the fairways were very nice. Easy to find discs.
-This course has some of my favorite holes in the state. 8 has a cool shot across a valley to a basket set back in the treeline, 15 and 18 are awesome downhill shots, and 12 is my favorite. A long 700' hole down a ski run that is open enough that you can bomb one, but tight enough that you have to control your shot. Watching a drive soar down that fairway is spectacular. I almost fairway aced it with my second shot, leaving me with a tap-in "eagle".
-The views are extraordinary. The first 9 holes pretty much go uphill, so my back was to the view. When i turned around, I was greeted by a spectacular view over the forests. One of the most scenic courses I have played. I saw plenty of deer roaming the hillside as I played as well.
-Uses the landscape very well. Besides the first couple of holes, there weren't any filler holes. From hole 7 on, every hole was a unique and fun challenge. Some holes were pretty flat for a ski hill course. It was nice to see that although there is elevation available, using it on every hole is not necessary.
-Some of the baskets are along the treeline or tucked into the trees, making you shape your shots and place your disc well.
-The location ensures that you will probably have this course to yourself. I was there on a beautiful sunny Saturday, and didn't see another group on the mountain.
-The guy in the office was really helpful. He's the one that put the course in, so he was able to give me tips on how to best enjoy the course.
-You will use just about every shot you have. The wide variety of holes makes sure that this course will test all of your game.
-Has "next tee" signs which always helps. The signs were small and hard to spot after some holes.
-The teepads and baskets were nice, and it was nice to have signs telling hole distances, direction, etc. on nearly every hole. Some of the pads were painted on large slabs of rock on the hill. Not the best footing, but I thought it added to the charm of the course.
-Not too much poison ivy or thick rough around. The bugs weren't too bad either, which was a pleasant surprise.
-There's a nice 9-hole shortcut that jumps from 6 to 16, so you don't have to commit to a full round every time.
-Practice baskets and a full practice hole make sure you are ready to play.
Cons: -Holes 1-3 and 5 are nothing special. Basically just climbing the hill until the course can really shine. I played through the course twice while I was here, and I got bored during this stretch. Although I suppose it is better to start this way than end this way.
-The par for this course is very generous, especially for the regular tees. On many of the holes, an average drive and an okay approach would leave you with an easy "birdie". Birdies are nice, but I want to feel like I really earned them. Once you step back to the long tees, this issue is pretty much taken care of, but there are still a couple holes (7, 8, 14,16 and 17) that calling them a par 4 is generous. This is a long, difficult course, but I'm not sure I would call it a par 72. I shot a -12 from the regulars when it felt like I was playing a little better than par.
-Garbage cans were sparse, and they were just about overflowing when I was there.
-I'm not sure if I saw a porta-potty on the hill. That's a long way to hike back to the office if you gotta go.
-Fire ants on a couple holes that I found. It's kind of distracting trying to putt when your legs are stinging from bites.
Other Thoughts: -Make sure you grab a map along with your scorecard in the office. That, along with the next tee signs will make sure you don't wander around too long.
I really enjoyed the time I spent here. A great course that is secluded and well maintained. The course is challenging, but not overly so--an average player like myself could still do pretty well here. If I was rating hole 6-18 only, this would be a perfect 5, but the boring first couple of holes drops the score a bit. Worth the trip.
-I have no problem with pay-to-play course if I see the money in the course. With dual tee pads, multiple pin locations, signage and well-mowed fairways, I had no problem paying $5 to play all day on this course. The guy that runs the course mentioned the state shutdown really set him back in upkeep, but it's still a very well-kept course.
If you have time after this course, take the drive over to North Hibbing DGC, it's a nice 18 holer.
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