Great Course, but Needs Improvement
Pros: The layout of the course is great, but it needs significant improvement. The course offers a wide variety of holes and shots, both in the open and in the woods that require some technical shots. The course also offers several holes with some elevation change, which makes for some fun shots. There are also plenty of birdie opportunities out on the course, which makes it fun to play.
Cons: The tee pads, especially on hole 2, are just awful. The walking paths and some brush throughout the course needs to be cleaned up and improved, along with some erosion control. There are many wet areas that must be avoided after a rainfall, as the course can get very muddy in the woods. Although there are plenty of garbage cans, there is also quite a bit a trash around the tee pads that could use some cleaning up. The course is also very popular and always packed on a nice day, which makes for a very slow round.
Other Thoughts: I can't wait until they make this course pay to play so the tee pads get replaced, quality signs get put up, walking paths are improved, and to overall help clean up the course. Pay to play would also eliminate some of the riff raff and rec players. Once I see these improvements in this course, I would gladly rate this course a 4.0
An aging classic
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Teepads on every hole are uniform in size
- Good mix of shots
- A good challenge for new players
- Its been here forever, a living piece of disc golf history
Cons: - Way overcrowded, one of the busiest courses in the country
- Most fairways are packed dirt from overuse
- Not a challenge for seasoned players
Other Thoughts: This was my first course back in 1990 playing with my dad. I have many fond memories of biking here after school for a round. It was re-done in the mid 90's to accommodate the changing landscape of disc golf. At the time it seemed like enough, but 20 years and warp speed drivers conspired to make the course outdated.
Here you will find a classic disc golf design. You know the shot you need to make as soon as you step up to the box. Every shot is within reach. All but 3 holes are deuce or die. But at the same time, none of the shots are the same. Acorn takes every variation of the 300' hole and puts it to use. Enjoyable if you are 8 down after 9, infuriating if you are stringing together pars.
The short holes and proximity to family neighborhoods makes Acorn a nightmare of overuse. In the peak summer hours you can expect a group of 6 on every pad and a 2 hour round. Police roam the walking paths because of the glut of humanity. The park benches are defaced and the terrain is eroded. Time has not been kind.
Despite all the shortcomings, when you play here realize that you are playing in a slice of MN disc golf history. The course was designed to accommodate the cyclone, the longest driver at the time of the renovation. Step back in time, bring a bag of lightning discs and have fun.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but fun
Pros: The course plays through a mix of woods and some more open shots. The wooded holes are short but offer some fun lines to hit and enough trees and scrubby rough that you'll have to work to recover if you miss the fairway. These holes felt pretty balanced with right and left turning holes, I mostly threw mids and putters but on a lot of different lines. There are a couple holes that let you open up and throw longer shots in the field portions of the course, most of these have some rough to contend with. A couple water hazards add some risky shots where you have to make a decision on how aggressive to be. The last hole is a fun way to end the round, 17 plays uphill and you're rewarded with a nice downhill shot to finish.
Cons: There are several shots that play along or over a walking path that seems well-used. A couple of those shots are blind, so without a spotter the danger goes up even more. There isn't a ton of challenge here, most of the course is deuce or die and doesn't test a lot of different skills. It feels very run down, with lots of scrubby brush and weeds off the fairways, and muddy eroded fairways in the woods. The signs are nonexistent, with several blind shots you'll end up doing quite a bit of scouting to know where to throw. The tees aren't in the best shape, many were slick or falling apart.
Other Thoughts: Beginners and intermediate level players will have a lot of fun here, it's not too punitive to be fun and the distances are reasonable. It's a great course for newer players to learn to shape different lines. More experienced players won't really be tested, but it's a nice shorter layout to work on mid and putter shots. A little work on signage and maintenance would go a long way here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Acorn - great for all abilities
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Starts in the woods, tight and technical. Hole #1 immediately challenges you with shot over a small pond. Shouldnt be a problem for most experienced players. Hole #2 forces a hard anheiser throw for RHBH throwers.
Holes 3 thru 8 meander through the woods with slight elevation changes testing all types of shots.
Course finally opens up long on #9. You can finally put 100% into your throw. Be carefull of a small pond on the left and swampy area if you go far and then left. Multiple pin placements can make this a tough par.
Holes 10-15 snake through the woods with some long and some short holes.
16-18 are out in the open with slight elevations up and down. Watch out for wind on these holes.
18 is a monster and ends up in the woods near tee off for hole #2.
One of the twin cities more popular courses. Good variety of shots required and course gives player good diversity of looks. Worth a round of time for sure if you are in the area. Good place to meet other discers, always popular.
Cons: Crowded on weekends. Gets bottle necked early on. Gets pretty chilly after October.
Other Thoughts: None
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very popular course, due to it being a good free course in the twin cities. The hole designs are very nice, and most holes have lots of trees to throw around. This leads to a large variety of throws.
The water hazards are used well (starting off right away with hole 1), and there are a few holes with interesting elevation changes. Definitely some of the best hole design I've seen in a free course (keep in mind I'm a beginner to intermediate player).
Cons: Graffiti is rampant.
The course is crowded at most times.
The grass has been trampled down into dirt in many places, harming the beauty of the park.
Between 2 and 3 you need to walk past another tee box, which can be confusing.
Other Thoughts: Would have rated this higher if some grass was planted and the graffiti problem was taken care of. Disregarding those issues, this is a very nice course.
Definitely worth a stop if you are in the cities and don't want to pay to play.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course it self is very fun. There are water shots, heavily wooded shots, and long bomb shots.
Multiple tee locations on most holes brings added challenge and variety to the game.
Long tee on hole 18 is downright awesome.
Cons: The traffic there is terrible. It is ALWAYS very busy. This unfortunately brings my rating of the course down.
There is no signage there. It is very easy to get lost if you don't know where you are going. Some tee pads aren't even marked.
Other Thoughts: I enjoy the course just wish there were more great courses in the area to reduce the traffic at Acorn.
Please get some signs.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
A decent course in need of repair
Pros: For its age and amount of land available for use, Acorn is a well thought out and designed course. The city of Roseville really gets the most out of the land available. None of the holes are overly long and the only hole that is really championship caliber is 18 when the basket is at the long placement. The course does allow for a variety of shots and is fairly technical. It is a good step up course for newer players because it teaches accuracy and shot shaping. It is one of the few true 18 hole course on the north side of the twin cities.
Cons: There are several problems with the course. First, the course is not well maintained. The tee pads are poor. The pad for hole 2 is often flooded with water and is not level. The tee pad on 12 is so small that you can only can take one step before you reach the end of it. The course would be much better served if all the tee pads were replaced. The signage is the second problem on the course. Most of the holes have a wooden sign that says the hole number but no distance or par is listed. The only times when the distance or par is listed is when someone has written it in with a sharpie. The third issue with the park is on hole one. I like the challenge of throwing across the pond but I would prefer the city to trim the bushes directly in front of the tee up to the pond. Beside the course not being well maintained the biggest issue with the course is how much traffic the course gets on a daily basis. There are generally long lines and waits at most of the holes on the course. Most of the people playing the course are in large groups of 5 or 6 and do not have a firm grasp on disc golf etiquette. From the amount of traffic on the course the park takes a beating. There are several holes with erosion problems that seem to only get worse each year. The course is also a swamp pit after any precipitation.
Other Thoughts: If the course went to pay to play, I think a lot of the issues with the course could be resolved. The course is in dire need of a facelift. At one time the course was a good course but now it is merely average. The hole layouts do not need to be changed but the tee pads, signs, general wear and tear, and traffic on the course need to be improved.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Most popular course in the Twin Cities
Pros: In some ways Acorn is a great beginner to intermediate level park. It's the quintessential "local course" for any suburban-city dweller. Short enough that anyone can play it. Long enough that good players will still be able to let a few drives rip at full power. Wooded enough that it's not just an open field. It presents a pretty good variety of shots without being overly punishing or difficult.
The front 8 are all birdies for anyone who can throw 300 feet and all very aceable. From there it gets a bit harder, but not much. It's below average difficulty when compared to other full length courses in the area. There is some funky water to contend with, but shooting around it from an alternate tee is always an option.
Acorn is a casual friendly course. Its got nice baskets, benches at a lot of the holes, and it flows pretty naturally. There are always enough people there that getting lost shouldn't be a problem.
Cons: It gets ungodly busy during peak hours in the spring, summer, and fall. The course only takes about an hour to play a leisurely round in a small group, but that can be doubled or tripled by wait times if you go on a weeknight or weekend. Lines of 10-20 people on hole one are not uncommon and large groups (6-10+) of complete noobs with no knowledge of etiquette appear regularly.
The quality of the teepads is inconsistent but they are serviceable.
There is a very legitimate chance of being hit by a disc or hitting someone else. I've seen it happen no less than 3 times in the hundreds of rounds I've played here. Acorn has a few blind drives near very busy walking paths and a lot of holes play next to each other or the path with no natural boundaries to block stray drives. In addition, despite the hundreds of disc golfers there every day, the park is frequented by a lot of people who just stroll around the course with no regard for the danger or inconvenience.
Other Thoughts: Acorn is an entertaining, pleasant course to play, if you get there at the right time of day. The earlier in the morning you go, the less likely you are to run into crowds, and more likely you are to find unmarked discs just laying around, lost the day before by some unfortunate beginners.
It's not the most challenging course. A skilled golfer will have fun racking up the birdies and a recreational player will have a decent chance at pars.
If you're new to the area, it's a good place to go to meet disc golfers when it's busy. If you're passing through, it's a nice place to stop by and play. If you live close by, it's a great place to play every day.
If you're looking to play a course in this area on a weeknight or weekend, go to Lakewood Hills or Kaposia instead.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Decent, but not great
Pros: Well designed course, with many different types of holes. Long, winding holes. Hilly holes, tree holes, short holes... lots of different kinds make it a fun course. A long course to play for sure, but fun. The course will challenge pretty much all aspects of your game. Trees come into play on many holes, some water shots. The baskets themselves were nice, tees were all great.
Cons: Very easy to lose discs, and some of the holes are too "tight", in my opinion. Crowded course. Too much brush/trees in most holes.
Other Thoughts: I think the course itself is over-hyped. It is an extremely well designed course, no doubt, but wasn't *amazing* like some people have made it out to be around the Twin Cities. We played with a group of 4 and we all felt it was too easy to lose a disc. We spent a good 30 minutes trying to find some discs that were only a few feet off some of the holes.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A one-time jewel fades
Pros: This course has a lot of birdie opportunities for seasoned players, although simply hitting one of the many trees takes that deuce right out of contention. Holes 9 and 18 offer significant challenges for a three. Though many holes are heavily wooded, a few are out in the open. #17 is a wide-open downhill 275 footer which I think most of us enjoy playing. A good mix of hyzer and anhyzer holes
Cons: I've heard said that this is the most-played course in the Cities, and it shows. The erosion here is significant. Some of the tee pads are in fact eroding away. Roots are becoming exposed from erosion, and the over-crowding makes play slow. There's a heavy police presence often.
Other Thoughts: Acorn really is a cool course, but it's becoming a victim of its own popularity. Twin Cities DG is blowing up, and in this case, it's starting to eat its own.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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