Amazing, all the way around.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Big Brother is the giant ass kicker course on the Justin Trails property. This is a disc golf destination, with onsite camping and cabins available.
Concrete tee pads, with nearly all holes having two tees. But let's be real. If you're making the trip here, you're playing the longs. If you don't, well...then I think you're dumb. Plenty long, wide and grippy.
Nice Chainstar baskets, which helped greatly with scouting on many holes. One pin position per hole.
Rudimentary signs, but they're decent enough. Hole number, distances, and a rough hole layout. Navigation was relatively easy, as long as you pay attention to the tee signs. Don't assume hole 16 is hole 6, for example.
All the distance your noodley arm can handle. Want to start with a 1205' hole? You got it, tough guy. Big downhill bombers? You've got that too. How about some tight, long wooded lines? Check. On top of that, a decent amount of shorter holes to get those deuces on. But good luck...they'll take a solid shot to get it. As a guy that throws 380-400 (depending on the day), I absolutely loved the distance variations here.
Elevation. So much elevation. Up hills...down hills...back up hills. Your legs will know that you've played Big Brother. A few cool valley type shots are mixed in, which area always fun. Also, a TOTW shot on hole 18, with a narrow gap at the tee...635'? Yes, please.
I'm a big fan of the design here, especially in the woods. Plenty of risk/reward, depending on how you want to attack holes. The rough is tough. If you go off the fairways, you're usually giving up at least a stroke. I was a big fan of the decision making needed on many of the holes here.
A touch of water sprinkled in for good measure on hole 12, which is just a great design.
I'll call it cart friendly (I dragged mine around), but I think if/when I play it again, I'll carry a bag. There's a few spots where I wasn't happy lugging wheeled baggage.
Cons: Wind is going to kick your butt here if it's heavy, especially on the open holes. You're way up high...plan accordingly.
Corn fields suck when you throw into them. So, like, try not to do that, and you'll be much happier. Or have your OH game handy...you'll need it.
Multiple pin positions would be cool.
The only shot I felt like was missing was a cool downhill, wooded hole. The transfer between 10 and 11 was a missed opportunity, in my opinion.
Other Thoughts: Big Brother isn't going to appeal to a lot of people like it does to me. I simply loved it...it's only my second 5.0 in over 180 reviews. Maybe it was the beautiful day. Maybe it just fit my skill set perfectly. I don't know...I just loved everything about it. As an added bonus, the drive here is about as scenic as you could want, through the rolling hills of western WI.
A true destination course, on a property that is a destination. Go play it. Seriously.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very challenging required a wide variety of shots and all the physical and mental stamina you can muster.
Cons: Very demanding hike. I walk an extremely hilly ball golf course for a living and even I needed to take a few breaks in the middle of this 4 hour journey. Some of the undergrowth is extreme and needs to be beaten back or just more foot traffic to wear it in.
Other Thoughts: This is a real deal disc golf course. Not for beginners, but can still be fun to play.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -This course is definitely going to challenge you.
-Nice mix of long and short holes.
-Fairways were well cut/maintained
-Beautiful views from the whole course.
-Nice tee boxes.
Cons: -There is a lot of hiking involved in this course as it plays throughout rolling hills (Good shoes is a must!)
-If you go off the fairway, you may spend some time looking for discs. (Don't get me wrong, the course is well groomed). Just keep an eye on your disc if it goes off the fairway.
-Lots of thorns and rough stuff off of the fairways. Evil corn stalks!
-Not geared towards beginners
Other Thoughts: Excellent facility! Excellent Staff!
Camping on-site! Maps & Scorecards in base building.
This is a disc golf opportunity you won't want to pass up! We will be back and bringing more friends next time!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very challenging
Course is properly maintained
Beautiful rolling valleys
Cons: Personally I don't believe there is any cons to this course. It's going to take you some time to play but that is what happens when you play a championship course. If your looking for a quickie play the Little Brother and hit the road.
Other Thoughts: If your going to do all 36 holes pack a lunch and bring plenty to drink.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Good. Excellent with some maintenance.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The tee pads are absolutely beautiful.
The baskets are championship and catch very well.
The mowed fairways are nice and the walking paths are easy to navigate.
Great variety of shots and good use of elevation changes.
Technical putting greens and good use of pin locations.
Cons: There are a number of field holes that play similarly.
It can be very difficult to find good tee shots due to the overgrown putting greens.
There are no paths through the rough to access poor shots.
Other Thoughts: This was a great location for a course and the mow job is great. If they had some volunteers to come out with weed wackers it could be back to it's previous glory. There are long walks between holes, but only to create excellent tee shots. This course probably plays very well in early spring and late fall.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very challenging course with great views. Variety of shots; curling left or right, long tunnel shots, big bombers, elevation changes.
Cons: Fairways on the wooded holes are very narrow. The rough is VERY rough and has lots of pricker bushes that can scratch you up good or snag your clothes. A lot of it is very dense which can make finding your discs very frustrating.
Other Thoughts: This is a very good course that is also very difficult. I personally prefer the easier course (classic) partly because of how daunting the rough is. If you are an expert level player that's very accurate with a big arm, Bug Brother is your course. If you're not quite approaching that expert level of play, I'd recommend sticking to the Classic course.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 11 Not
justin trails. big course. unreal!
Pros: Fantastic disc sanctuary with two courses on the property.
Great views. Great difficulty. Mowed tournament style fairways. If you play disc you need to check this place out.
Cons: Long holes
Other Thoughts: Also Nordic activities and hiking available
1 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 17 Not
Pros: the course is on a great piece of land and you get to wander through a lot of it during your round. the views on a few holes are great. the back nine kinda makes up for the front nine, but not by much.
Cons: I got really annoyed with this course starting on hole three. I found it really strange that the area around the baskets on holes 3-11 were not maintained. I would look down the trail and expect the basket to be along the mowed area, throw my disc where I figured the basket would be just to find it off to the side among the trees and bushes...annoying. I'm not one to walk the length of a hole to see where the basket is. at a course like this, that would have been a few extra miles.
Other Thoughts: overall it is worth the trip
3 of 20 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Best Wisconsin has to Offer
Pros: Holy shit. This course is ridiculous. I've played a lot of courses around the country and this is my favorite. So tough- mentally, physically, emotionally. First of all, you are hiking up and down some pretty significant hills on a long ass course. You will get tired, this course will take 4+ hours to play.
#1 1025 ft of straight up fairway. Bomb it, repeat.
#2 Slight anny uphill but pretty well guarded. Takes an arm to get a birdie.
#3 downhill across the valley. I think 400' but can throw a midrange on because of the elevation. Pretty well guarded but one of the few birdie ops out there.
#4 How do you like throwing anny tunnel shots up about 70'? Tough par 3.
#5 See #4, another tough uphill drive without much clearance.
#6 Par 4, I think 410' that requires a low hyzer approach of the tee then a nice uphill drive to get to the pin. Steep ravine on the right side makes it a "play it safe" hole.
#7 Getting into the woods- this is also a potential birdie as it's 255-ish but you have to hug the right side of the fairway pretty high to get over the oak branch, shot fades left towards the pin.
#8 Ouch. Slight anhyzer on a short pin, but it is extremely well guarded and any mistake can send you off down a hill to the left. Off the fairway here is nasty.
#9 Another potential birdie. Mostly a straight shot at the pin.
#10 A large dogleg left down a tight fariway. Huge hill down the left side so you have to account for that, but one of the few birdie holes at a par 4.
#11 Nice shot across a small valley. Everything is open and the pine rests a few feet in the woods of to the left. Have to bomb this hole, but can be easily rewarded.
#12 Probably the hardest- best designed hole on the course. Low ceiling tunnel shot out into the fairway on this 648' monster. From the fairway you need a huge anhyzer bomb that eventually comes back to get up and over a pond and come crashing into the hill eventually on the left. This hole goes left big, then right big.
#13 Beautiful hole that crosses a steep valley. You shoot about 70' up from the bottom of the valley, about 550' across and up 120' from the bottom to the pin. Very wide open and a great hole to see how far you can really throw.
#14 Long bomb downhill. The green is steep sloping left to right, get prepared for some safe putting.
#15 This hole was a little confusing but it basically goes straight to left down into a valley then up and right (maybe 80' total elevation change to the pin from the bottom) but you need a significant drive from the bottom to get up for your par 3.
#16 What a beautiful hole! Up on top of the ridge overlooking bucolic wisconsin, this 560'hole is straight out in front of you, fairway dips then comes back up, but is a wide fairsay and lets you bomb it!
#17 is a downhill 355' touch shot. Don't want to go too far past this one as it drops off. Definitely one of the few birdie ops, but does drop off 50-60' in that 355' length.
#18 Have fun going for pin on this 600'+ hole. It is reachable and a ton of fun.
Cons: This is not really a con- but some fairways are very tight and the rough is rough. Not a con because it is maintained by such few people and takes a huge amount of effort to do so. Would not mind paying more so they could afford to hire 1 extra person to help out.
Other Thoughts: Best course in Wisconsin- bar none. Would love to watch the best in the game try to tackle this one. It is tough.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
great workout! great golf!
Pros: You can camp and golf in solitude here, in beautiful hilly terrain. But some of the holes on this course will blast a surge of adrenaline through that peaceful easy feeling. Huge elevation changes, tight technical holes, big drives over or into deep valleys, and a couple of small water hazards. You start off with a monster 1025 ft straight hole, slightly uphill. Holes 2 and 3 are beautiful deuce opportunities with elevation changes. Then there are a series of holes along an old road climbing up the ridge. Although several of these look like easy birdie opportunities, they play tougher than they look, winding uphill through the tunnels with finishes left and right. Hole 7 the line to the basket here is over the top of a big oak limb that juts out over the fairway. Hole 9 was one of my favorites, par 4, 445ft on an S-curve through a tunnel. The placement of the par 4 Hole 12 water hazard is beautifully designed to deter mortal humans from considering an eagle attempt -- it's a downhill right to left curving tunnel shot to get out in the open, but to get an eagle chance you have to challenge the low ceiling and then finish left to right over the pond for a chance at a huge putt back uphill. Another of my favorites was Hole 15, a bigpar 4 dogleg with a lefty-friendly tee shot and then a beautiful uphill 2nd drive through scattered trees. After that, several open holes up on top of the ridge are probably punished by wind most of the time, although it wasn't bad when I played. The finishing hole is 635ft downhill and reachable from the tee -- an absolute blast to play!
You have to be prepared for a grueling workout before trying this course. I put this under the "pros" column but not everyone would. Bring provisions, especially extra water if its hot weather. It's a 3.5 mile hike, even without looking for discs.
Overall this is one of the very best courses I have played, and it deserves its high rating!
Cons: As huge as this place already is, there are several places where the walk between holes should be made into more disc golf. As long as you're walking, you may as well be throwing plastic. The best example is the walk between 10-11, about a quarter mile downhill through the woods. Seems a shame not to use that elevation for disc golf. There's also a long walk downhill and back uphill between 14-15, where an access path cut directly through the woods would preserve the elevation. Also a long walk uphill from 15-16. Because I like to maximize the exercise aspect of disc golf, I consider these to be minor cons. There is also a lot more that could be done with the holes 4-10 instead of just playing along the old woods road, but I'm sure the current design makes maintenance more manageable. It would be great to empty my bag on 18, and on some other holes, but the high grass makes it kinda hard to locate discs. Again, a minor con, just keep it in the fairway.
Other Thoughts: The 11 tee could be moved back up that trail about 250-300 ft. There's a decent lane through the trees already, with only a couple spindly trees needed to be removed. This would turn hole 11 from an average par 3 into a really fantastic signature hole, a dogleg par 4, with the current tee location being the new landing zone for the tee shot. A try for eagle would risk getting trapped at the bottom of the valley for a very long tough uphill putt.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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