Solid course in Brainerd
Pros: -Alternate tees which confer a degree of difficulty for both beginners and more experienced players
-New and improved baskets (tee-boxes coming soon)
-Well-kept by the city of Brainerd
Cons: -Heavy play during summer months
-Nefarious hazards ranging from long, uncut grass to roads to streams of water and swamps, which can destroy or lose discs
-Many questionable lines and narrow gaps left by the tree canopy
-Few awe-inspiring holes, hole layouts leave much to be desired from a disc golfer stand-point (despite utilizing the space nicely from a land-use stand-point)
Other Thoughts: Lum was the first in the area, and it remains a popular getaway for residents of Brainerd. Course upkeep is a major issue, given the amount of play Lum sees during the summer months, but thankfully the city of Brainerd and many devoted volunteers have worked to keep this course in great shape in 2013.
Beginner player experience - 1/1 for a solid experience
Intermediate player experience - 0.5/1 for being a pitch-and-putt course
Advanced player experience - 0.1/1
Setting - 0.5/1 for being a nice park, i.e. nicer than the surrounding areas
Overall course experience - 0.5/1 for heavy traffic, uncomfortable lies just outside of fairway, and many lost or damaged discs
Total = 2.6/5
Pros: Definitely worth swinging by if vacationing in the area. Very short course but fun to get a few chances at an ace, and has a few interesting throws.
Cons: Very short, and not very challenging. A few spots that make finding discs a little difficult, and pretty outdated/poor baskets.
Other Thoughts: If you are vacationing in the area, this is a must stop. A great place to go with a large group and a cooler of beer and just have fun, but if your looking to spend the day doing some serious disc golf, search elsewhere.
Fun for all skill levels
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Pros: Quick Rounds.
Many different ways to play every hole to keep it fun.
Generally kept clean and groomed well.
Long tees for every hole is available to give the option of a full 18 or more of a challenge.
If you miss the fairway on some holes, it can be difficult to retrieve your disc.
At times there can be very large groups of non serious disc golfers that can hold you back.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course over a hundred times and I still am not sick of it. Every hole is possible to make it 2, but most require a good first shot. There are so many ways to play each hole that it will always be interesting to play.
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Fun little Course
Pros: Good variety of holes with water hazards and trees to keep things challenging.
Front 9 holes are easy to follow along from hole to hole.
Cons: About half of the baskets are in need of repair. A few putts went in the basket and then fell out of the bottom. Also, some of the baskets are double chained and some are only single chained baskets. A friend had a couple putts that went through the single chained baskets.
Need concrete or rubber tee pads. The gravel/dirt tees are a little unprofessional.
They tried to fit 18 holes on a 9 hole course by making the back 9 aim at the same baskets from a different location (ie. hole 1 also doubled as hole 10, etc.). 18 baskets are preferred for an 18 hole course.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a fun 9 hole course to play. Nothing extremely challenging. Most of the holes are short which allows you to work on midrange throws and putting. Only one somewhat long hole to breakout a distance driver.
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Pros: - Many chances for aces
- Nice park, few bugs and annoying plants
- Multiple tees
Cons: - Could use new some new baskets
- Long tees tough to find
- Boring, repetitive course
- Could use new signs at tee boxes
- No real chances to open up your dives because of walkers on the path and the short tees
Other Thoughts: Fun little course, could use an update, but overall fairly simple. Better for beginners or more casual players.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Good course to learn on. Many wide open fairways, descent scenery, no super frustrating holes. Hole 5 is fun, wide open, you can really rip it it's about 330' by far the longest hole.
Cons: Not enough tourneys, easy to lose discs in "protected wetlands" parks and rec does not seem to have any interest in keeping the course looking nice. Almost all tees have been vandalized. The ones you can read have innaccurate distances. Punks in early summer, 10+ person groups with no consideration for smaller groups really chaps my banana. Way to short, 8 holes under 300'. Only three baskets are double chained, this summer two baskets were literally laying on the ground. Look out for poison ivy on 5, if you over shoot it in the weeds you will definitely run into some. Bridges over small stream are unsafe and float away in heavy rain. Wouldn't take much to make this course a lot more fun... :(
Other Thoughts: Worth playing, guarantee you'll have fun but be disappointed at the same time.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: nice course to have fun, a easy one to get the taste of disc golf in someones life. Ace holes all around and some tricky shots.
Cons: baskets are not the best but i have seen worse.
Other Thoughts: if your driving through or up for fishing, swing by this course and try it.
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Pros: Nice technical water in a few places to add challenge, well kept grounds and decent water/bathroom/facilities. Mid range on most holes with few proper driving opportunities, but on a few holes there are scuffs further back that aren't much worse than the gravel tees.
Cons: Bad baskets remarked on by other reviewers have not been fixed. Some relatively recent vandalism has left a few holes without markers. Some of the foot bridges over water hazards are in pretty poor shape.
Other Thoughts: Don't park in the first parking lot: continue on to the second, as then you get to look at the beautiful lake scene on the way in and the way out.
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Not too bad
Pros: You can pretty much reach every hole in one shot, so its pretty good for your short game. Its not very busy so you can throw multiple discs and take your time. Its got pretty good variety(mature trees and water on most holes) I used to live up there and it did the job for me.
Cons: Tees and signs could use a little help. No dog legs and kind of a week design.
Other Thoughts: I'll be back
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Memorial Day fun from a discer from Seattle
Pros: This course was fun. I was in the Brainerd area visiting family from Seattle but brought by disc bag along and sought some relief! The course was very close to a lot of the local vacation type areas, so I expected it to be fairly busy on a Sunday afternoon when I visited...but it was surprisingly open...with light foot traffic. I met some local guys that were willing to let me tag along and showed me through the course. The course appears to be a great place for a lot of technical practice. The holes aren't terribly long, so it's a great confidence builder for those new to the sport...and gives those with some experience to practice a lot of the mid range discs in your bag. I like that it was near a lake, something I miss about living in MN...and it was a gorgeous day when I played. The tee boxes were gravel, granted, but were open enough to be able to pick and choose where you stood so you didn't break an ankle in a rut.
It's a 9 hole course, so it plays fast...and the locals like to use the walking area from hole 9's basket back to the parking lot as a driving range of sorts. If you use this but throw more than 300+ feet with your driver...beware the pavement and the river behind it!
Cons: The baskets...OUCH. Missing chains, missing pieces to the buckets. Discs falling through on a legitimate putt are a regular thing. Many of the holes are able to be hit as an ace...but good luck getting it to stick against the few chains in the poorly kept up baskets. New baskets would bring new life to the course 100%. The tee pads are what they are...gravel tee pads, in a park with kids, near a marina, and with lots of vehicular traffic on the nice weekends. I could overlook the tee pads...not the baskets.
Other Thoughts: Nice little get away course if you're vacationing up in the Brainerd area and are jonesing for some disc. Worth the 1/2 hour it takes to get through it.
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