7 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: great course with longer holes. It is extremely fun to play, and is great if you have a big arm, but still requires more technical shots once you get near the pin. A nice mix of tight and wide fairways.
Cons: The tee-boxes are not cement...bummer, also, if you shank a disc, it's a pain finding it in the more open holes where the "rough" is rough on you in every sense of the word. It's real long grass filled with pickers, and is extremely easy to loose discs in.
Other Thoughts: check this course out in the fall when the leaves are changing! It's absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous yellow leaves everywhere! Felt like heaven in the hardwood holes.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is a great course cut out of the Big Eau Pleine County Park forest. The course was designed to impact the wilderness as minimally as possible, but with the best mix of disc golf challenges. Pete Hoover designed the course, and kudos to him. There is a mix of short and long, and varying tee pads offer different challenges for different players. The tee pads are gravel set in wooden bases, and are designed to be flat in downward terrain, giving them a "launch pad" look and feel.
Cons: Fairways are sometimes narrow, play the short tees to avoid going in the rough. The rough...deep weeds and nettles. I've come home with some pretty good rashes from retrieving lost discs. This adds to the psychological challenge of the course my view - it's hard not to think about those nettles as you are preparing to drive. Again, for the more amateur player it's relatively easy to avoid by playing the short tees and laying up when necessary.
Update: Since I wrote this review, Pete and his crew have done a really nice job of clearing most of those really deep weeds and nettles. There is still a clear difference between the fairway and the rough, but it's a lot easier to find a lost disc than when I originally wrote this review.
Other Thoughts: Update on the back 9 (7/19/09):
The back 9 holes are now open at BEP, and I played them today. Consistent with the front nine, the course design is outstanding. Good mix of left and right, short and long, and multiple paths to the baskets.
Back nine snapshots: "Double Dog Dare Ya" - long round open round-about paths to the basket left or right, or one tight window through dense brush and trees in the center. "The Dominator" is 570' from the blue tees.
The back nine only improves this already excellent course.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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