St. Paul (Roseville), MN
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 Too Tough

2-4    7/28/2009   7/28/2009
Review By: Mopbrothers
Played: 10  Reviewed: 10
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: very diverse with lots of nature and trees.
Cons: finding your way around this course is a nightmare due to the lack of posted signs, trees everywhere, and tees in different spots. i do NOT recommend this course for begginers either. while the course does become more fun to play with time, it makes a lousy first impression.
Other Thoughts: it would be nice if they put up signs showing which hole you were on since navigating for 1st timers can is hard.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful.


5+    7/16/2009   7/23/2009
Review By: deadbody
Played: 90  Reviewed: 59  Exp: 10.2 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: nice layout, good mix of holes. not terribly difficult, only a couple holes that should not be at worst a 3 most of the time.
Cons: BUSY. play during the day to not have to wait, lots of litter. Starting to show it's age
Other Thoughts: Still a very good course, good mix of shots required, 17 is still one of my favorite holes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 OCILF (an Old Course I'd Like to Frolf)

5+    7/21/2009   7/22/2009
Review By: MannyGetYourFun
Played: 30  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Acorn is a shooter's course. Smart design and noticeable variety make it a decent challenge for players of different skill levels. Many reviewers have criticized its "weathered" attributes. But one positive effect of age is the refined nature of most of its holes, providing for some memorable rounds.

- You're immediately faced with a short but neat first hole, crossing over a pond. From there, you experience a nice mix of shot directions, open and wooded fairways, and adequate use of elevation (i.e. holes 3, 6, 9, 10, 15).

- Though the fairways are tight and occasionally run parallel to each other, I always feel like I'm faced with a completely different challenge than the proceeding/upcoming one. Too many courses either ignore or just can't achieve that quality.

- Even for a multi-use park, there's plenty of separation between the main park area and the scenic course grounds.
Cons: - The location and lack of 18-hole courses in the immediate north suburban area have helped make it a popular course. But fame takes its toll, especially in disc golf. Erosion, long waits during peak hours, litter, and reckless vandalism are all by-products of Acorn's location and popularity. There's also the dumbass(es) who treat the park as a fortress of drunken solitude.

- It covers a pretty healthy range of distance between 117 ft (hole 4) and 378 ft (hole 11). But only two holes, 9 (475) and 18 (421), go past 400 ft.

- Difficult for some first-timers to navigate.
Other Thoughts: - Despite the cons and other BS, I've had too much fun here to give it anything less than 4 stars. Whether you're scraping for par or going for consistent birdies, you will have a good time.

- I'm ecstatic to have the recently opened Elm Creek as another North Suburban option for an 18-hole game. Acorn needs all the player-traffic diversion it can get. That said, it would be nice to see a full-size course built somewhere between Roseville and Maple Grove (*cough* Shoreview *cough*).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 A one-time jewel fades

5+    6/2/2009   6/25/2009
Review By: chalupamarley
Played: 53  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 10.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

 Very Difficult course at times

5+    8/16/2008   6/25/2009
Review By: krallbd
Played: 20  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 8 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A challenging course that will make any disc golfer work to get par. So long as you take your time, and enjoy the course, this is a must play course. Beautiful and really very difficult course.
Cons: Easy to lose a disc on several holes, meaning you have to watch your throws and make sure they stay on track. not really clean, but that's fine, because its a frisbee golf course, and it can be dirty at times
Other Thoughts: A must play, if only for the first hole, with a pond between you and the basket

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 I bet there are a lot of squirrels here!

1    4/25/2009   5/2/2009
Review By: harr0140
Played: 684  Reviewed: 478  Exp: 5.3 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Very well designed course, using the features and very different sections of the property. Variety of tight wooded holes, a couple of forced water carries which is always fun and challenging. Even a couple air it out driver holes.

2) #1 hole is an awesome hole to start out with. It is picturesque having to throw over the water to a basket tucked well into the woods and protected by a few trees.

3) Baskets are in good shape and concrete (some need some work however) pads on all holes.

4) Posts by all tees help in navigation on a few holes.

5) Alternate teepads allow for a different course to be played. Some of them not only make the course easier but they also change the shot required, which also makes it a little more beginner friendly.
Cons: 1) Not beginner friendly, despite the duel teepads. The holes are easier from the forward tees, but the difficulty on most of the other holes outweighs the shorter distance.

2) Obviously this course gets a ton of play. Turf is thin in spots and completely bare in others. There isn;t much that can be done however, as it is just a simple fact of lots of play and the location of this course as one of the closer courses to the University campus will cause that.

3) A few of the teepads are not in the best shape but even poor concrete is better than dirt.

4) A handful of very unspectacular holes that are forgettable. Some of this comes from underbrush/weeds, and could be solved fairly easily, however I did play this in the late spring so mid season it may be more photogenic.
Other Thoughts: Another course I selected because of its 3.5 rating or higher. I have to rank this about the same. It didn;t meet enough of my standards to be a 4, but was still seriously enjoyable. Lots of fun shotmaking required which gets me everytime I have listed it in my favorites too, and man do I wish we had more courses like this here in Milwaukee. MN looks to have a few to spare!!!!

Maintenance brings this down a nothc, but the design and fun factor level out that penalty. It is in my favorites where some 3.5 star ratings didn;t make the cut to my favorites.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Great course... overcrowded.

5+    4/30/2009   4/30/2009
Review By: cmhouser
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Acorn is an excellent DGC that can be very challenging at times. They move the baskets here and there to keep you on your toes. Some holes are long letting golfers test their driving range while others are more of a test of finesse.
Cons: Can be trashy sometimes. Can be muddy. Very crowded on the weekends and afterhours.
Other Thoughts: Overall a very nice course worth playing if you can get the time in during the week day afternoons.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.


5+    10/17/2008   3/29/2009
Review By: jonas
Played: 37  Reviewed: 24  Exp: 6.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A great challenging course that provides you with a new challenge every time you play. With more holes in the woods then open spaces it really makes you work on your accuracy; yet there are plenty of holes that allow you to air it out.
Cons: This is a really busy course with a lot of new players. If you value your time I suggest you come during the off hours.

Some of the tee placements a little crazy for new players (#1 over a pond and #18 through the trees)
Other Thoughts: Great course, but get their early enough so you are not stuck behind groups.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    10/15/2008   2/9/2009
Review By: Guurn
Played: 81  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 27.9 Years
This review was updated on 7/21/2009
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A multi use park in a quiet suburb with a good mix of open and wooded holes along with some water hazards. This is an older disc golf park that has seen heavy use and multiple design refinements. Holes have mutilple teeboxes and pin placements.

Has a very good mix of left, right, uphill and downhill shots as well as water hazards. It even has a few holes for those guys that want to air it out. A very good course for an intermediate player. Most holes are not long. I particulary like the uphill wooded holes because they aren't seen in other wooded Mn courses commonly. This isn't a woods course but it is very close with many holes playing into or out of the woods.

Baskets are generally in good shape and parking is good as well. Leagues and tournaments play here regularly.
Cons: Very heavily used with lines common starting at about 3p in the warm months. Typically has many larger groups of newer players. Most will let you play through. Teeboxes show age with some being broken up a bit. Signage used to be up but removed by idiocy on most holes.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 is over water so warm up if it concerns you. All but 2 holes are very typical drive, chip and putt holes with a 2 or ace possible with a good drive. Another in the line of Mn courses that are older but show how well an old course can hold up even with all the changes to discs in the years since it was first played. This is one of the handful of courses that older Mn players cut their disc golf teeth on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    8/6/2008   11/25/2008
Review By: Cradical
Played: 107  Reviewed: 63  Exp: 6.9 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A good variety of shots, as well as an assortment of pin placements. Water comes into play on holes 1, 8, and 9. Many narrow fairways as well as trees, so accuracy is key. Some open long holes to give you a chance to throw one a little harder, but most holes are relatively short.
Cons: There's usually this weird old guy near the pond at number one that tries to sell you discs that he has most probably fished out of the water. Both ponds are very gross, so if you throw your disc in, enter at your own risk. Most holes are near other holes, so you always have to keep your eyes and ears open so you don't get beamed by an errant throw.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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