5 Helpful / 0 Not
The Perfect Beginner Course!
Pros: I can unequivocally state that this is the most perfect course for beginners that I've ever encountered. It's short, simple, well marked, easy, almost impossible to lose discs here. When I think of all the brutally difficult courses players have cut their teeth on, with their water hazards and thick underbrush and so-on and so-on. It's just too bad that everyone hasn't had the chance to play here their first 10 times before taking on a more difficult challenge. Enough preaching.
Wabun Picnic area is right next to the Veterans Hospital. It's in a very large park, actually kinda hard to find the course itself. The course is next to the mighty Mississippi River in an area of the park with a water feature for kids, a gazeebo and a play area. The course has concrete pads. The signs are simple but effective flexible blue thin strips that they use in state parks to identify campsites #'s. Here they have the hole # and distance in yards. The baskets are the DGA ones with the red #'s facing the right way (except # 8 is facing the wrong way.) I don't think any of the holes are longer than 83 yards (that's 249 feet for you non-math majors). The mature trees are spread out just enough to add a little challenge.
Cons: It's a pitch and putt. Leave your driver at home. It's flat with no water hazards or underbrush. These are only cons if you're looking at a challenging intermediate and harder course.
Other Thoughts: Like said before, this is the place to bring the wife or girlfriend or 8 year old daughter. Let em experience the joy of the game without the drudgery of looking for discs in the bushes or 450 foot uphill holes. Let them shoot par on a course before they tackle a full sized course. If a total rec player like me can shoot -6 and -7, any decent player should be looking at shooting 9 under.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course layout sign and the tee marker are always nice to have. Baskets in good shape and the Tee boxes were in good shape good too.
Cons: Little muddy. Some of the baskets are to close to each others.
Other Thoughts: Must watch for other people useing the park. The two days, I went it was busy, both the course and the park.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quick & Clean...
Well kept course...
Easy to follow....
Great for a first timer..
Good course for approach & putting practice.
Nice park with lots to do...
Great for a quick 9 at lunch...
Not many people play here
Cons: Easy & short...
You will not need a driver here.
The holes are all very straight and don't have much to play around.
You have to watch out for ather people because some of the holes play next to a walking path or by a picnic area.
Not a chalanging course but it is great for putting.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Same old Same old = Easy Course
* Nicely marked, good atmosphere.
* Quality beginner course.
* Nearly every course is a hole in one opportunity.
* Great place for couples to throw.
* Tons of evenly spaced trees provide a good canopy for rain or hot weather.
* Great location right alongside the Mississippi River.
* No place to let one rip.
* No elevation changes.
* Traffic on walk/bike paths can be a pain sometimes.
Other Thoughts: Last time we played the park was packed and groups of people would just walk through the middle of the course. Avoid this place on holidays and during special events at the Minnehaha falls.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
best course for newbies
Pros: Short,well marked holes,mature trees it is a very nice course for beginners for the simple fact, you cant lose a disc unless you try too.
Cons: Not challenging for the long arm players, possible for more experienced players to walk away from this course with a scores of -1 to -9. No elevation
Other Thoughts: Another 9 holes somewhere, the park is huge.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
ACE RUN COURSE
Pros: 1) Excellent nice large concrete tees. This course doesnt absolutely need concrete because the holes are short enoughy ou dont always need a runup but it is nice to have them. I assume because of location if there wasnt concrete the ground would be destroyed.
Tees had also been shovelled clean since the 10 inches of snow the cities got. Always a bonus feature to a a course in winter.
2) Blue Stakes (Flat like the buried gas line or utility stakes used) mark the tees, which is nice for a first timer. They also have the distance (in yards), and hole # on them. Fairly inexpensive way to do tee signs, which is good!
3) DGA baskets with the number plate. All of them actually face the tee which is also helpful when figuring the layout for the first time. I have seen so many plates facing the wrong way and that can really confuse some tee areas especially on courses jammed into small properties where you can see 3 or 4 baskets from every tee.
4) This property was fit for a disc golf course because of its massive sprawling mature trees. I like the open feel parks that incorporate the mature trees as their obstacles. It gives an old feel to the course.
5) There is a small map of the course at the first tee. This is helpful to see the layout for the first time, and since it is so short once you see the ma you shouldnt sturggle to find the next tee.
6) Very beginner friendly becaus eit is mostly open, sure there are some obstacles, but for th emost part even a beginn could score well here. No chance of losing a disc either.
6) Course appears to be very clean and in good condition. I can imagine that it does get a lot of traffic in the summertime, both from disc golfers and just people using the park.
7) This course is set in an absolutely beautiful location. You sit atop the Mississippi River Bluffs. It is a nice rolling property with all sorts of amenities, perfect for a picnic, family gettogether, bike ride, stroll along the paths, and disc golf too. Others have mentioned the falls and the river bluffs which is certainly worth looking at.
Cons: 1) While I love courses set amongst the massive mature trees found here, I do not feel like they were used efficiently. I think there could have been some much better basket locations forcing different shots. Safety wouldn't have been a concern either, but then again this course was not designed for the above average player.
2) Although the disc golf is seperated, some of the peripheral holes do bring other areas into play especially on a busy summer day. The gazebo/shelter near 7 tee could bring a lot of people around it creating an overflow onto the open part of the lawn (which happens to be the disc golf course). There are walkpaths running along 3 or 4 holes that an errant hyzer shot (which beginners are known for) could strike someone. You actually cross the path on one of the drives also, so please be careful, runners, bikers, and other pedestrians may not know there is a disc golf course there.
3) In general there is only one obstacle per hole. If they could have incorporated more obstacles to force the thrower to make a clear decision as to how they approach the hole it would have been better. Having one obstacle makes you deside left or right, but having to forces more shot shaping. It doesnt have to be a tight wooded course, just incorporating more of the trees and such into the design to be a little more challenging.
4) A few of the baskets are relatively too close to other baskets or the next tee. SOme errant shots could be dangerous.
Other Thoughts: I was very happy with this course and I look forward to coming back. Despite how short it is and how there isn't a ton of challenge for an average or better player, I look forward to beating my first round score of -4. I missed a 15' too that could have been -5 on my first time playing the course. The best part about this park is my brothe rlives about 1 mile north so whenever I come to visit I will hit it up because of its proximity. Keep this course in perspectice . . . no it isnt championship caliber, but it is in nice shape, it is fun to gun for aces and hit as many birdies as you can. There is enough obstacles that you COULD get really creative and try and do some shots you wouldn't normally try, I enjoyed myself, despite the minimal challenge. I will be back.
WARNING: I did play this course in 10 inches of snow. The ground was not visible but from all indications the course was in prety good condition. I cannot comment on the turf and cleanliness completely accurately, I can only go on what others have said, so if something I have included is incorrect please let me know and I can edit my review.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring your picnic basket
Pros: Minnehaha Park is a beautiful venue to bring the whole family. Everyone in your clan can enjoy this pitch and putt course. Plastic in ground tee signs that denote hole # and distance in yards next to concrete pads that measure 4' x 9'. DGA chainstar baskets are always a welcome sight. Mature trees as obstacles on most holes.
Cons: No elevation change unless you overthrow one into the Mississipi river. Could have placed some pins in more strategic places to take advantage of the trees. Close to paths with walkers.
Other Thoughts: The park itself is awesome with falls and the Big Muddy nearby. Also trails, picnic tables and pavilions. Great course for the family outing or a quick round to satisfy your addiction.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun little Pitch and Putt
Pros: Beautiful views, very mature trees, clean course, nice teepads, good signs, and baskets. Pitch and Putt course, very good for learning players,. I am not that good and played with only 2 mid-range discs and a putter, and I had a gerat time.
Cons: Short course, lots of holes intersect a bit at times, tough to tell what basket you are shooting at sometimes. Very close to a picnic area and park, possible interactions with other users.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this course, using just a couple mid-ranges (Roc and Meteor) and a putter made it a fun bit of a challenge and allowed my wife and son to compete with me. Nothing longer than like 250 ft. Beautiful scenery with Minnehaha Creek, and going to see the falls.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
near da river
Pros: putt putt course. good for the very short game. can you hit all 18 deuces. short and long tees................
Cons: multi-use park lots of picnickers. very short course. there are only short holes. not even very many trees to contend with. not much signage.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: For a park with very little space they put a passable pitch and putt course in. The holes are not easy despite the short range or maybe because of it and each hole interfered very little with the others. I had played very few courses of this design and it is enjoyable. The teeboxes were reasonable for the limited space. If you thought putting was important on a large course...
Cons: Hole 1 wasn't clear to me but it was in a sensible position near the parking lot. The signage was not good really. Part of the problem is the area is just so limited you could think you are shooting for one basket and find there is another pretty close too it that was the intended one. The last 2 holes were a good instance of that.
Other Thoughts: When the park is active kids naturally use the open green space. Be careful, they come out of nowhere. There is a picnic gazebo abutting the disc golf area as well. Parking is adequate.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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