Solid, quiet alternative...
Pros: Short-ish 18 hole course located on the north side of the Twin Cities.
Concrete teepads, all in were pretty solid repair. Possibly could have been a bit longer, but they served the purpose here. A few holes had multiple tees.
DGA baskets, all in good repair, and caught like you'd expect. One pin position per hole. There was some nice tucked baskets in various spots on the course.
Ham Lake has a decent array of distances, with nothing being too long. This is a par 3 course, for sure, but it's laid out well and has good flow. Tee signs at each hole, and navigation was pretty easy.
There's a lot to like here, especially if you think of it as a warmup for the big boys (BRP and VQ) up the road. It's not an overly tough course, but it has enough different shots to keep it interesting.
Nice use of the available terrain, with some small rolling hills, and plenty of trees and rough.
Cons: One pin position wasn't awesome, but there's not a ton of extra space here for other expansion.
No water to speak of. Not a big deal in my book, especially for what this course is.
There's really nothing here in the way of 500' bomber type holes, if that's your thing.
Other Thoughts: There's not much to dislike about this course, if you treat it for what it is, which is a short-ish, technical round. Plenty of fun factor, some tricky shots and approaches, and well thought out design.
There are far worse ways to spend an hour than to play a round here. I'd imagine it doesn't get a ton of traffic, being so close to more popular courses, and there's other things on site for the family to do if need be. Definitely worth a spin.
Fun little coursea
- Lots of parking
- Decent mix of open/wooded holes
- Susceptible to wet weather, lots of boggy and muddy areas. Easy enough to get your disc back if you can walk through a few inches of water
- Holes seem crowded at times. 1 & 18 throw more or less at each other, and other goals are a bit too close to the next tee.
- Signs indicating distance/path to goal seem wrong
Other Thoughts: This was my first time playing the course, so be sure to go and form your own opinions.
While playing I got a bit of 'history' of the course, which I won't recite here. But keep in mind that as of May 2015 the course IS 18 holes. If you see someone littering, stealing, or vandalizing please say something or call the police, don't let one fool ruin it for everyone.
Pros: - A close 9 hole course with challenging shots
- Good mix of open holes and a few wooded
- Minimal foot traffic depending on time of day and if the park is occupied by a baseball or softball team
- Fairways are cut nice, rough and fairway edges get long and never get cut, miss the fairway and lose sight of the disc can turn it into a pain to locate
Cons: - Lost the back 9 due to vandalism
- Can get wet and stay wet for a long time
- If you go at the wrong time of day there can be loads of people and usually all are beginners so it takes time, which is annoying at a 9 hole course
- A few wooded holes get muddy and a real pain with low hanging branches
- Not the best maintained course, trash and high grass sucks
Other Thoughts: Nothing really else to be added, except for maybe the back 9? Rumor has it though they could open them back up, according to a local shop, which would be great this course would be a 3.5-4.0 course with the back 9 they were so fun and challenging. I hope to see some maintenance done to this course, the city should take care of it more, since they do play baseball nightly here.
18 hole history
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Quick to play with easy access and some long/short tees giving a good mix of shots as well as distances. Holes range from open to tightly wooded and a good challenge for all skill levels.
**edit** In 2015 city put in the back 9 again with a few minor changes most notable being hole 17 shortened.. Course plays similar to the original layout with some slight "improvements" but really nothing special just some solid free DG.
City removed back 9 due to people defacing the property as well as it often becoming flooded and very tore up. Last 3 holes are also impacted by flooding with tons of bugs in the summer and lacks any solid amenities but a few signs, garbage cans and picnic tables are there -- sort of.. Tee areas are tight and could use some cleaning up of brush/trees in spots as well as deteriorating in spots due to lacking maintenance.
Other Thoughts: A good warm-up for BRP or quick 9 holes which is step above your typical pitch & putt style course. It has always felt like the city vs DG idiots here. Odd things like chains being taken off baskets and stupid trash etc were problems in years past resulting in the back 9 being removed and front 9 somewhat neglected. Life has been brought back to an old favorite and lets hope a few stupid folks don't ruin it for everyone. Have a feeling the course will disappear all together if history repeats itself here.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Free alternative to brp
Pros: Good long and short holes. Concrete teeboxes, holes have alternate shorter teeboxes too. Some teeboxes are in wooded areas requiring a solid straight drive out of the teebox, and if your not accurate you wont make it more than 30 ft past the teebox (can result in funny penalties made up by your friends and makes the driving accuracy challenging). Good use of different types of shots needed like hyzer and annys. A few long holes to really bomb it out there. Also some easy holes for two's. Free and good warm up for brp. Could either start at front nine or back nine depending on your preference.
Cons: Bugs can get bad at certain times of year. Sometimes swamp water builds up and parts of the course will be flooded. Few holes are easy to lose a disc. Back 9 seemed like some filler holes as the woods got super thick and swamp like and couldn't play half the time due to water flooding.
Other Thoughts: Last time I played here it was 18 holes. I heard that since then they took out the back nine because of vandalism. The back nine werent that great anyways. The front nine was way better.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
No back 9 );
Pros: 1. This is a great course for beginners and advanced players.
2. Decent tees on every hole and sometimes 2 tees per hole for beginners.
3. Not as many bugs as many other courses
4. Great terrain. Hole #5 has downhill and up hill which is exciting. On hole #7 there is a huge dirt pile in the way of the course that acts like a obstacle but still possible to do great on.
5. Hole #9 has a pond to the right of it so you have to be careful. Most of the time (all of the times I have gone there) there is no water but I am sure that at times it can get high in certain areas. But it makes it more interesting.
6. Asphalt tee box was great
7. One of my favorite simply because everyone of all skill level can have a fun time here.
Cons: 1. First of all I wrote this review because no one has mentioned that there is no back 9. They have taken it out because of vandalism.
2. I do see some broken glass and beer bottles in the woods which is probably part of the reason the back 9 was taken out.
3. People have wrote on the signs and one of the signs by the old back 9 #10 says "The back 9 has been taken out due vandalism". Someone wrote "Gay!!" over it and I couldn't help but to chuckle.
4. Just went back 9-3-12 and The tee on 9 has fallen. It is still there but almost impossible to put back in the ground upright. I could not do anything about it but I hope some one will
Other Thoughts: I have heard from others that they are not going to put the back 9 up due to the vandalism. Some guy said that they will be making more baseball fields there instead which is a real bummer. Although I have recently gone to a nearby store called disc life and they said that they are having a meeting with the city and hopefully take ownership of the course. This means that they will be charging $3 a day (Which isn't bad),possibly mowing the grassy areas and wait for... wait for it... BACK 9 WILL GO IN! But only if the city lets them. Also I heard concession stands which will be great! (:
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Good BRP warm up
Pros: Ham Lake DGC is a great advanced beginner course. There is a good mix of most everything a Disc Golf Course needs. I is located in a city park right next to Ham Lake "hence the name". The park is full of all sorts of other activates and make for a great day. There are gazebos, grills, volleyball courts, a fishing pier and a boat launch. Whether you are on your way to BRP or out for the day with the family this is a fun stop for all.
1.Good mix of hyzer, anhyzer and straight shots.
2.For the most part easy to fallow with good flow.
3.Great signage with distance and hole description.
4.Decent mix of somewhat long to short holes with a few ace runs.
5.Good mix of wooded and open shots.
6.Nice cement tee pads with alt pads on some holes.
7.Baskets are in good shape.
8.Not too much litter.
9.Course is mostly separated from other park activates.
10.Shot shaping is required not just a pitch and putt.
11.Well maintained and mowed when I was there.
12.Great warm up round for BRP.
Cons: The course has a few draw back in my opinion, but it is still worth playing.
1.It is for the most part pretty short. Only one big bomber 522', everything else is under 400'.
2.No elevation to speak of. A few holes have a little bit but not more than 10' up or down.
3.A few of the wooded holes have no real line what so ever just throw and hope to get lucky. I play a lot of heavily wooded course's and really like them but hole #11 is crazy thick.
4.Pad are kind of short but most holes are too so it's not that bad.
5.The rough is thick and if you go off the fairway you could be spending some time looking for disc's. This gets worse as the summer goes on. There is also poison ivy in the rough so watch out.
6.I play this course in the morning and it is not too busy but I guess it can get really bad at peak times.
7.If there is a lot of water some of the pins get really muddy to the point where you don't want to putt.
8.No signature hole and most of the holes are close to the same length. Bring some mids and putters.
9.Bugs can be a problem because it is close to the water.
Other Thoughts: I really like this course for what it is. It's not going to blow your mind but is nice for a free town park course. It plays quick if you play it in the morning on your way to BRP. You can get two rounds in in about an hour and a half or a bit less. It's a good course for working on your short game and there are some real fun ace runs. It is defiantly worth your time if you are in the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
One of my go-to courses
Pros: -Good flow and well marked.
-Nice signs provide all the necessary info to make sure your not going in blind.
-You can choose to play 9 or 18 even after you make it all the way to 9.
Cons: -Mosquitoes can get pretty gnarly in some areas, bring bug spray.
-Some holes have poor drainage and are fairly muddy.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Many tight wooded shots
- Great for beginner players
- Multiple tees
- Great warm-up course
Cons: - Never really get to let loose a big drive
- Tough to play when little league is playing (somebody parked on the tee box once when we were trying to play)
- Play can be slowed by the amount of players
Other Thoughts: Fun course if you live there. Nothing to go out of the way to play, but a fun little course where the less experienced can still shoot a good score. Better warm up for the courses that are more advanced.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Solid warm-up for Blue Ribbon Pines, nice 18 hole layout, multiple tees in a couple spots. Nice asphalt tees, nice baskets. Mix of tight and wooded holes, and open holes. Good signs at the tee boxes, give you distance and how the hole moves. Was well mowed when I played, but the guy who joined us mid-round said it isn't always like that.
Cons: Short, I think the longest hole is about 380. Some of the tight holes are too tight, the lanes are really tough to hit, making a few of the holes for of a luck shot than skill. No elevation, this is a flat park, no water.
Other Thoughts: My son said he thinks this should be a 3.5 course, and I think the lack of evelation drops it a bit to a 3, but I would have a hard time arguing against a 3.5, it is a good but not great course, you aren't really going to be able to air it out too much, but it will give you a pretty fair challenge, good course for younger players, not great for newer players as the tree filled holes would be very frustrating. Good warm up for Blue Ribbon Pines that is just a bit down the road, I could be convinced to make the 30 minute trip out to play this course another couple times because it really was pretty enjoyable.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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