Lovely Place to Play & Stay
Pros: Justin Trails Classic is a beautiful, well kept course in a delightful setting -- the rolling hills of a former dairy farm turned B&B and destination wedding venue. The owners are friendly and helpful, and they work hard to maintain a first-class operation.
The course is mowed regularly and includes, concrete tees, trash receptacles, good signage, and ample restrooms along the way. The "Lodge," just off the parking area, offers maps and course information and makes snacks and beverages available.
The course includes a mix of open and wooded holes, has plenty of elevation to contend with, and a pond to throw over.
Cons: A minor flaw is that the course can seem a little repetitive. For example, after starting with four open, hilly holes, you have three open flat holes, then three holes with tight-wooded fairways.
A few of the holes are bordered by cropland, which can make finding errant throws a challenge. However, in most cases there's plenty of room to stay out of trouble with a reasonable throw.
The course is listed as having a set of short tees, and the course signage shows them, but they are not readily apparent. I was told they were marked by flush-to-the-ground landscape timbers, but I didn't see many of these along the way. I was happy playing from the concrete long tees as I suspect most would be. This doesn't seem to be the course where you'd take new players to introduce them to the game.
Other Thoughts: Though this course was challenging for me, some more advanced players might consider it tame and/or short. If so, they have the option to play Justin Trails Big Brother just across the valley where they can really air things out.
Although I played for free while staying as a guest at the B&B (which I highly recommend), the $5 fee for use of the course by non-guests would be well worth it. It's a pleasure to play such a well cared for course in such a peaceful setting.
Great course with great scenery
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful views, variety of looks, elevation changes.
Cons: Somewhat easy.
Other Thoughts: Given the land they have to work with, this course was very well constructed. Considering the lack of good courses in the area, this is the best course nearby. I play this course every time I'm in the area and love it.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Course is on a great piece of land and the owners are super friendly and helpful. since there is a b&b on-site, there are really good amenities in the "clubhouse". the classic course is very well maintained and is easy to follow.
Cons: tunnel shots. one or two or maybe even three is cool on a course, but there were, I think, six of them here. I'm sure this was a great course when it was put in the ground, but it is really outdated and not much of a challenge now.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
fun casual course
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There is another course onsite that provides the big par 4 and par 5 golf, and it's a destination course. This course is more about par 3 birdie golf. Almost every hole can be parked by an advanced-level or intermediate-level player. Still requires a few throws over 300 ft. There are some interesting greens built up on manicured grassy knobs or slopes, leading to rollaway potential. A lot of tunnel shots along old road, mostly straight, a few slightly right or left finishing. One throw over a small pond, but it's a midrange shot, downhill and wide open. This hole would be way better if the tee were moved way back and up on the ridge to the left (facing from tee to basket). Hole 14 was a downhill tunnel shot that opened up at the end, fun shot.
Cons: The course is definitely unbalanced and favoring right-hand backhand. I usually throw about 30% forehand from the tee on a typical balanced course, and I only had one hole that called for a forehand on this course. It isn't a great challenge to play, but it still has a fun factor. I wouldn't make the trip from out of town for this course alone, but it's definitely a fun casual course. Play it if you're in the area. We had fun playing it after getting fatigued from challenging the bigger course onsite. But if this were the only course onsite it would've been disappointing.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Excellent variety of hills, close in wooded fairways, and open power shots. ( a novice myself, but still fun to just let the disc rip) Family owned and operated (Extremely nice people) and they take alot of time and pride in both of their courses. Very quiet countryside with no traffic. oh and Lama's, a new standard for every disc golf course.
Cons: Have you ever seen the picture of "the impossible stairs" keeps going up without raising elevation? LOL, somehow this course seems to accomplish that.. Maybe it was the rum and beer..
Other Thoughts: I believe they have an Open Tournament in Sep. I strongly recommend checking it out, you wont be sorry... Unless you find yourself fishing a disc out of the pond.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I think this is one of the greatest courses here in the La Crosse Area. This course will challenge you on all levels.
Holes are very well designed, which make for some interesting shots, through the trees and especially over water (hole 11 I think).
Amazing views and rolling hills. Just a beautiful place to play!
Since it's located in a valley, it's terribly windy. Both times I've played there it's always a huge factor in how my scorecard turns out and how I throw a disc.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely not a beginner course!!!
Took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to play alone.
Lots of hiking involved.
Has a nice shop providing scorecard/maps. Food and refreshments. They have discs for purchase and even loaner discs to borrow.
Also has hiking and XC trails here throughout the farms property.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Great warm up for Big Brother
Pros: Located on a beautiful piece of land in hilly west central Wisconsin. In addition to this course there is the even more challenging Big Brother course further up the hill. Very nice, large, level concrete tee pads on all holes, with 2 by 4's buried in the grass serving as the short tees on all 18 holes. Large wood signs with basic hole layout, short and long tee locations, distance and par located next to each long tee pad. They also have maps available in the pro shop and are more than willing to explain any questions you might have about anything.
So basically navigation is not a problem at all. Distances range from 460 feet as the longest to 200 feet as the shortest from the pro tees. Most are around 300 feet. They do an excellent job of using the edge of the woods to make some challenging tunnel shots towards the middle of the course. The first seven holes i believe are mostly open but the wind is a huge factor on these holes. Especially on the first four holes, where you throw up, down and across a large hill. Hole 11 has a pond you have to tee off over thats about 200 ft. long. this pond will come into play a little on the next hole as well. Good job in incorporating this feature on the land. 13 and 14 offer some more nice tunnel shots, again this is a great job utilizing the land available. There is also an outhouse located right before hole 12, always nice to see. Not sure what type of baskets they have but all are in great condition and catch nicely. The fairways are mowed weekly which is nice, and quite the task considering the vastness of the two courses. The rough is mowed monthly and isn't too bad compared to the Big Brother. Pretty difficult to lose a disc on this course other than the pond. $5/person per day is a bargain for what you get playing here. There are 3 campsites on the course with very reasonable fees to stay there.
Cons: There is a campsite very near holes # 9, 10, and 11 but unless you terribly overthrow they shouldn't come into play, but something to be careful of. Be sure to check for ticks after you play here, not really a con but just something to remember. I honestly can't think of anything else and these listed aren't even really cons.
Other Thoughts: If you are ever in the area be sure to check this course and its extremely challenging Big Brother out. You will NOT be disappointed. I played there on a cold rainy day the last time i was there and had more fun than i've had at any other course in a long time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Beautiful views on many of the holes. Nice and relaxing atmosphere. No matter where you are on the course it's quiet and peaceful without a large number of people playing so that you have to wait. Whether you like wide open holes, trees, or water hazards this course has all three.
Cons: The tree holes can be a little difficult because the throwing lane isn't very big. If the wind is blowing hard it's a lot easier to lose your disc on the pond hole.
Other Thoughts: This is one of those courses that you should play. Once you play this and Big Brother they will probably be among your favorite courses to play.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large private piece of land, so there aren't going to be many chances for interference around here. Maybe if other people are camping out or hiking something, but it shouldn't be an issue.
- Holes are split pretty evenly between wooded and open areas. The majority of the wooded shots are tight and straight; #8 is a slight uphill tunnel, #9 is a slight downhill tunnel, and #10 is another uphill tunnel. Nasty trouble on both sides off the fairway. #13 and #14 are a little more open; #13 is an uphill shot with the basket up and on the left, and #14 is a steeper downhill shot out of the woods. #17 is a short, but very steep valley through some denser woods, and #18 is a shorter straight shot, steeper downhill.
- Open holes here are pretty wide open, but have good elevation changes to keep things interesting. #1 is a decent uphill shot, #2 is a downhill ace run with a big rollaway behind the basket, #15 is up a big hump, and #16 is another uphill valley. #11 is a valley shot over a small pond too.
- A few of the holes are bordered by the woods, so they are not completely open. #3, #12, and #5-#7 all are RHBH shots only, of varying length. #3 is a downhill valley and #4 is an uphill valley with a slope on the right and left, respectively.
- Excellent variety in hole length; there are long and short uphill and downhill shots, and longer and shorter wooded holes. Elevation changes make a big difference in many spots to mix things up as well.
- Good pads, signs, and baskets; navigation is a breeze. Practice basket in front of the property as well.
Cons: - The open holes here are pretty much wiiiide open. But, the elevation changes help out a ton to keep things interesting, and some schule is present here and there for added punishment.
- Course is very hyzer heavy, especially on the holes that are bordered by the woods. With the exception of the tunnel shots, almost every hole is righty friendly.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, a very enjoyable course that is pretty well balanced between tight technical holes, both uphill and downhill, and open holes with serious elevation changes to contend with. A few spots might be a little too tough for beginners; advanced players should be able to cruise through with lots of birdie chances. But ya gotta earn 'em!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - The Justin Trails Resort compound offers (among many other amenities) two world-class disc golf courses side-by-side. The two 18-hole courses sprawl over the scenic Wisconsin hills and compliment each other well. Big Brother offers gold-level challenges while the shorter Classic remains an accessible and fun play for all. The resort offers cabins, suites, and camping. Concessions available on site. Gracious hosts help make the experience one to remember.
- Outstanding elevation. The rolling hills provide many spectacular pin placements, and offer a variety of challenges. Greens often play faster than they look, with epic rollaways a very real possibility. Enough elevation to make even wide-open holes (my least favorite) uniquely interesting.
- Outstanding risk/reward. Several holes offer exciting greens (#'s 4, 11, 12, 13, 18 to name a few). #11's short water carry with pin near the far edge of shore and #18's up-and-over dink-and-dunk tee shot with a very rollaway-prone pin set on the other side of a small rise (followed by a huge drop-off) are both stand-outs. Several wooded tunnel shots (#'s 8, 9, 10) offer technical challenges that work a different skill set than the open hilly shots.
- A good mix of distances that keep things exciting and challenging without beating down noodle arms or boring experienced players.
- Good use of water. # 11 throws downhill over a small pond while #12's fairway doubles back with the pond to the right.
- Decent signage, tees, etc. Outhouses in a couple of places.
Cons: - Despite the excellent layout, a few stretches can't help but feel repetitive. If the holes were mixed up in the order, it might not be noticable, but #'s 8, 9, and 10 all follow the woods to the left and a line of trees to the right. On each hole a short tunnel shot is required. Likewise, #'s 5, 6, and 7 all play suspiciously alike.
- At certain times of year, tall corn might come into play on off-target throws. Definitely something to watch out for, as the cornfields will readily eat discs.
Other Thoughts: - Other than the two stretches of similar holes, this course is superbly balanced and extremely fun to play. Most players will find a variety of challenges, from dealing with the wind and hills or having to split the narrow fairways of #'s 8, 9, and 10. With the longer, more difficult Big Brother immediately adjacent, all levels of players will have a blast at Justin Trails.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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