Nice views but difficult for some!
Pros: Nice views right on the Mississippi River. Course isn't overly difficult.
Cons: Big difference between the front 9 and the back 9. While one is more wide open with fewer trees the other is tree heavy. Different throw styles are needed. Some holes require a right hook on them to avoid having to shoot a long two. So for those who only throw backhand it may be difficult unless you have the appropriate disc that has a right hook. Sometimes there are crowds of people resulting in waits.
Other Thoughts: Try it out if you're in the area. It's free which is always nice.
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Pros: As anyone who has played it will tell you, this course is really like two separate 9 hole courses, since the front and back 9 are cut from different cloth.
However, both parts share the bonus of nice concrete tee pad, generously and diligently shoveled out and sanded by the local die-hards. Also, detailed tee signs at every hole, while not always completely accurate, make it easier to know which pin you are aiming at (esp since the pins are not numbered)
The FRONT 9 is a lot of longer holes in a field with scattered trees. It is bounded on both sides by a picturesque lagoon, and the mighty Mississippi. You have a great view of town across river, and the front nine is rather scenic. The long holes are great opportunities to air it out a little, though there are Big trees in play on every hole, so it does force you to bend your shots around. The pins are not especially well protected, but trees are always in play off the tee, which forces controlled distance. Very reasonable variety of holes, both in distance, and shots required. Many s-curves, and bends in either direction, though the only scattered trees, while big, do allow some flexibility as far as flight paths. You will not be punished for veering off the "fairway" since there is not shule to land in. However, getting a direct tree hit does leave a difficult shot around it, since the trees are tall and wide. Overhanging branches like to snag drives that get too high, so spike hyzers can be risky, and it at least punishes you for throwing nose up. Can get windy in the open areas, especially putting. This is the part where bigger arms will have a notable advantage.
the BACK 9 is an abrupt change of pace. It is all tight short shots in the woods. Think of it as the front nine's smaller, trickier, less forgiving younger brother. On most holes, you will not have a clear shot at the pin, though due to winter conditions thining out the shule, you can almost always see it through the trees. This part is full of SHARP turns, both left and right, and some teardrop-shaped fairways which get thinner towards the pin, then usually are kinked one direction or the other at the end. Others (the more drastic hyzers) are just skinny the whole way through. If you throw 300+, you can probably play this whole part with midranges & an occasional fairway driver. Whats more, you probably should, since accuracy is much more important than power on these holes. Namely, staying on the fairway. I saw the short distances of the holes, and kept going for it with drivers, trying to park or ace it. The problem is, its very easy to end up in the woods here, and if you do, its thick enough to prevent much more than an escape shot. So if you play it conservatively and with skill, its easy to get par on all these holes, and dueces are within reach, but only if you stay out of the trees. This course WILL punish errant shots, unlike its big brother. I found this part challenging, tricky and creative. The most useful shots to have in your bag for this course are a good hyzer flip, and unless you throw both BH and FH, a good anhyzer shot (a heavy Innova Wolf would be perfect), since this course will test you ability to throw short, sharp curves with a somewhat limited ceiling and not much room for error. There were several cases where there is a window to cut the corner, but it is always fraught with danger, so risk reward is in evidence. However, you can par or duece almost all these without swinging for any fences. A good shot off the tee that stays in the fairway with something like a cheetah or even a nebula will usually set up a clear makeable putt to the basket, or at least a short upshot. This is an equalizer, since the big arms likely pulled ahead on the front nine, but here their distance counts for nothing, and control is the name of the game.
Separately, they would be two 2 star, fairly unremarkable 9 holers (other than the view on the front nine), but together they form a balanced variety of both distance and skill shots. Overall, an enjoyable experience and a fun, interesting course that I would not at all mind playing again
Cons: The whole course is completely flat. Also, there is no water really in play, though a really wild throw long or wide on a few holes in the front nine might possibly end up in the lagoon or the Mississippi River(good luck retrieving that one)
I think largely the topography is what limits this course's greatness. With some hills and maybe a shot along the bank of the lagoon or river (ex. Fountain Hills DGC, AZ) this could be a great course. As it is, it is still good, and is a fun course to play. Worth checking out.
Other Thoughts: The great news is the baskets are in all winter for snow golf, and the league runs then as well.
The friendly local club members are very active in course maintenance and design, and included several pro-level players who really put us to shame just watching them play. This is great, since it affords an opportunity to watch, or even play in a group with others who are a lot better than you, and maybe learn a thing or two in the process.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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Blue Bridge Discin
Pros: Wide open..great big oaks and water surrounding you..Real rustic and wooded..real nice pavilion for parties..lots of wildlife..many different kinds of birds if you like that kind of thing..This course is misleadingly challenging..lots of land..if they ever wanted to add another nine they could..
Cons: Poorly marked..no signage..no trash cans..
Other Thoughts: Delicious fish right around the coner at this harbor spot right by the blue bridge..Ill put up the name when I think of it..maybe realbigtrav will know..
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