Pros: This course along with Tower Ridge I is set throughout cross country ski trails. This course is pretty much completely flat. Trees are your main obstacle on this one. The baskets are Discatchers that are in pretty decent shape and catch ok. These are nice and easy to see too. The tee signs are pretty nice. They show a basic hole layout, pars, pin locations and distances. These are on the long tees. The short pins just have the hole # and distances to the two different pins. There are two sets of tees on almost all holes. The only ones that don't I believe are15, 16, and 17. The longs are nice level flared concrete pads and the shorts are just carpet or natural. There's a great mix of left, right and straight shots here. This course is not as long as Tower Ridge I and has a number of ace and birdie opportunities. The course is very easy to navigate. There are concrete blocks imbedded in the ground near each basket showing the direction to the next tee which is awesome. It's pretty easy to follow anyhow though. This course can connect to the other course after hole 8 and can be played as a 36 hole loop or just the two separate 18's. The course is always well taken care off and pretty clean for the most part. The rough off the fairways isn't too thick so finding an errant shot isn't too difficult which is always a plus. This is also usually not a very crowded course and is a very quiet and peaceful place to play at. There's restrooms and water available at the ski chalet as well.
Cons: Just like Tower Ridge I, the short carpet tees are ridiculous. It'd be better off just having dirt or gravel. Hopefully they do something about this. The bugs can be pretty bad. Bug spray works for the mosquitoes but the gnats and flies are still insane. Not much they can do about this but worth mentioning. The course has a $3 per day parking pass required. This is well worth it though for the caliber of golf you get. The course is only open from April 1st to November 1st. This is because of the cross country ski trails, so nothing they can do about it.
Other Thoughts: Out of the two courses onsite, this is the easier of them. Both courses are very fun though and make for an excellent day of disc golf. I'd recommend coming out here and playing around or two. There's not much else too close by that's that great anyway so if you're in the area this is the place to play for sure.
Pros: -several hidden baskets, and some of those further pins are made for challenging shots
-mixed fairways,some of those baskets may be left, straight and right sided
-Fun to play
--trash laying around the tee pads, very few trash bins
(thank goodness that it is not everywhere and its all at the tee pads)
Other Thoughts: signature holes (Pro tee to longest pin)
Lots of Potential
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Pros: The long pins are VERY challenging yet very accessible.
The tees are very nice, concrete and with ample space.
Tee signs are existent, which at a some courses doesn't always happen.
Good amount of distance for a tight, wooded course. The last hole (in long is 750 feet)!
There is a good variety of shots hole to hole.
There is a nice chalet with bathrooms and running water, also it is only $3/day to play two courses!
Wow, what a good course!
Cons: Some of the long pins are "tweener" holes and could be enhanced.
The short tees could use concrete (hopefully next year).
The tee signs need improvement (hopefully next year :) )
Not enough O.B.
Lack of significant elevation.
Other Thoughts: This course is for sure worth a play.
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Pros: -Long winding fairways
-Good balance of righty and lefty holes
-Rough provides adequate diffculty for errant shots
-Sometimes narrow, yet defined "fair" fairways.
-Long pin placements provide substantial challenge even for pro level players.
Cons: -There's not much elevation change compared to Tower I.
-Tee signage is not fantastic
-short tees are overgrown
Other Thoughts: Located right down the road from Tower I, this course is a must play if you are in the area.
While Tower II offers less elevation change than its older brother , it makes up for it with a good balance of lightly wooded, heavily wooded, and open fairways.
To me the most impressive and important thing about this course is the fairway lanes. Too often you'll play a wooded course that offers unfair/too narrow/lucky fairway lanes. You all know the holes where there's 10+ skinny trees scattered down the fairway, and its a crap shoot to get through safely. This course challenges you to hit the lanes, while steering clear of luck-based tight wooded lanes that many courses fall suspect to.
The long pin positions for this course are very unique. Each long pin radically changes each hole, and transforms this course from a "deuce course" of sorts, to a difficult, "grind out pars" type of course.
When combined with Tower I, the 36 holes at the Tower Ridge complex make a worthy destination for any disc golfer in the Midwest.
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Tower Ridge II
Pros: 18-hole layout.
Concrete tees on all holes and multiple pin locations on most.
Maps by the tees and markers by the holes showing which way to next tee.
Excellent mix of short and long holes, all played through the woods.
Yellow rimmed baskets are easy to spot.
Practice basket available.
Bathrooms and water available in the ski chalet.
Horse and walking trails run close to the course, offering a nice variety of activities.
Great course for beginners wanting to throw in the woods as well as experienced players wanting to work on accuracy through the tight fairways.
Cons: Not very many elevation changes on the entire course (which is actually a nice break from the hills on Tower Ridge I).
A lot of logs and dead brush in the woods on some of the holes. This is from the initial creation of the course, as well as the continued maintenance and upgrades. For the most part all the 'debris' is a decent ways off the fairway, but it still can be an issue.
Pay to play - $3/day - $25/season.
Other Thoughts: I'm a local and I play this and Tower I as much as possible. This course is a lot of fun, and slightly easier than Tower I. The lack of elevation makes for quicker rounds as well. The maintenance is pretty good on this course, and the guys that take care of it are always trying to find ways to make it more fun and more challenging. There is a spot about half-way through where the two courses intersect and can be played as one continuous 36-hole loop.
This course has a high replay value, especially with the two courses being right next to each other.
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Windy Wooded Course
Pros: Course with many curves cut through snowshoe trails. Concrete tees on almost every hole, with serviceable if basic tees signs with distance and map. Unmarked (on sign) short tees? are white carpet chunks off to the side of most fairways. (wouldnt recommend playing from them) Discatchers have the hated rejection bar, but because of all the blind tunnel shots on this course, yellow band makes them mercifully easier to spot without walking the hole.
Dual pins on almost all holes, unused sleeve spray painted red for reference. All distances and hole maps correspond to the short pins. I played them in all long pins. Trick to finding the long pins: most holes here follow the curves of the preexisting snowshoe trails for most of the fairways, then curve into the woods on one side or another of the trail to the tunnel-protected basket. The long pins typically amplify and extend the tunnels into the woods, so however the map shows the hole dogleg'ing at hte end, continue further past the dogleg than it shows and you're at the longs.
The trails this course plays on are mostly flat with some rolling terrain, but what it lacks in elevation it makes up for with extreme curves.
This course forces a series of sharp curves, both left and right, almost to the point of candy-cane shapes sometimes. However, the woods are thick and tall enough to keep players honest, and force them to play the curve, rather than needing mandos. That, combined with the tall tree stumps on the fairway, forces players to pull out some hard curves, both directions, and adds height to the holes that would otherwise be flat and more forgiving.
In the short pins, this course has many deuce opportunities, but forces controlled distance, and modest shot shaping to achieve these results. This course throws a lot of late trouble at you once you veer off the open trails. The first part of the fairway is open, but the basket is protected, sometimes quite tightly, once you veer into the carved tunnels.
The long pins on this course are tough, make no mistake, especially because its all par 3. Most longs force an accurate distance drive and a solid second drive or upshot just to get a decent putt.
Forces you to shoot through some clever gaps at the end to get to the basket, which is this course's signature and one it uses with variety to keep things fresh and add intrigue.
Forces more shot shaping for long approaches and second drives than it does off the tee, this course has only modest risk reward because of the lack of rollaway hillsides or water, but it makes the best of the location by guarding the basket well.
Beneath each basket, there is a small concrete block sunk into the ground with a NEXT TEE --> spray painted stencil in red. Very helpful, especially since there doesn't seem to be maps available for this course.
Despite lack of elevation or water, this course (like UW parkside) uses thick wisconsin forest to create an interesting array of challenges and lines. A solid course that I enjoyed and will play again, but still flat, and not as memorable as the really good ones, like its older brother next door.
Cons: The edges of the trails have been carefully logged, in part for the golf course fairways it would seem. However, there are still the stumps of those trees 3-5 ft above the ground, so not quite clear. This tree trimming widens the fairways beyond the trails and shapes them for the holes. If and when they finish this project next year, this
The longs, while very challenging, sometimes approach boring holes, scoringwise, for this reason. Because of the kinks in the fairway combined with distance, even if u chuck 300ft with a nice hyzer at the end, you still have to drive again and get a curve to get a putt on the basket. Some of the holes should argueably be fours from the short pin placement, such as 420ft #5 or the 435 #10. Many holes are already in the mid-300s, playing all long pins adds between 40 and 60 ft to the posted distances on almost every hole, and usually adds another kink to the fairway. Seems like a few par 4s (on either course) would be justified, and make par achievable from long or short pins. One or two wide open 500ft holes on a par54 city course like Brown Deer is one thing, but a pay to play course with 3-8 wooded holes of 400 or more (dep on short/long pins) seems like it should just post a few par 4s. Not knowing the distance or location of the long pins was frustrating, and definitely cost me time in scouting holes.
Also, the logging that has gone on recently has opened up the fairways remarkably, but its also left a mess with tractor tread marks and trambled brush strewn about. Ground can eat a disc here, and eliminates ground skip distance after impact.
The flow of this course is mostly ok, but hole one is very hard to find. (See below)
Other Thoughts: THe best wayto play these two courses IMO is to park in the lot marked for the DG course, and start on hole 1 of TR1, then cross over to after hole 7 to TR2 (hole 9).
BONUS HOLE: After hole 18, walk to the signpost in front of you. Looking past the abandoned cabin on the left, play to the practice basket, which is down the tunnel towards picnic table/fire ring area (short of the power pole, but tucked into right side)
Once you play the bonus hole, Teepad for Hole #1 will be to your left. From that main lodge, tee #1 is left.
You are out in nature, and its a long walk to play both courses, so bring water, food and bug spray if you are going to play the whole 36.
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A little repetitive
Pros: The course plays in a flat area of a large cross country ski area, and doesn't appear to get too much non-disc golf use. It is a very pretty wooded area, and has a nice secluded feel. Nearly all holes use the ski trails as fairways, so they are well-defined with thick trees and brush if you miss the fairway. There is some variety in hole length, with some shorter holes and some holes where you can throw a drive if you are willing to risk the rough. The course is pretty balanced for left and right handed players with a good mix of left and right turning holes.
There are much better baskets on this course than the original course, that are newer and catch well. The tees are decent cement pads with plenty of space and some texture. There are basic tee signs with hole distance and layout, and the navigation on this course is pretty easy.
Cons: Too many holes on this course fall into one of two categories. There are several sharp dog-legs that all feel pretty similar, and too many holes that are just basically straight ahead with the pin tucked slightly off to one side or the other. A little more variety in hole length and shape would go a long way, with no elevation and ski trail fairways, it's tough to keep the holes from running together here.
As others have said, the tee signs are a little odd in places, though they're entirely readable once you figure them out so not a huge deal. It appears that new pin positions have been added without a corresponding sign update, that makes for some extra walking to figure out where the holes are as many shots are blind.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course, and with the original course here there are two good courses worth a stop if you're in the area. I preferred the original course over this one, but enjoyed both. Beginners will find the rough pretty unforgiving here, and many holes may be long for new players. More experienced throwers will find some challenges but not enough variety to really keep it interesting throughout.
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Pros: -Fairly new
-Beautiful facility with snacks, AC, and bathrooms for the ladies and an amazing view around back
-Yellow band around baskets makes them easily located.
Cons: Explodedmike was right on.
The maps look like they were cut out of a printout and not reorientated for the individual holes. Very misleading but not the end of the world.
Other Thoughts: Nice break after doing the first course but lovely. I wouldn't drive past it.
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Dittos to CwAlbino
Pros: See CwAlbino's reviews
- Clear underbrush makes finding discs easy
- Fairly linear play keeping newbies from getting lost
Cons: See CwAlbino's post
- In addition to the lack in upkeep, the signs and maps are confusing and misleading. Each hole has a small map at the tee pad, but many times the drawing was VERY misleading. More than once everyone took a mulligan because we shot to a clearing that seemed to be indicated by the drawing only to discover the pin was located in an entirely different clearing. Perhaps this was due to alternate pin locations.
- The maps were all oriented very awkwardly. It looked like someone took an overall course map and simply cropped out the individual hole without reorienting it so on holes that shoot south appear (by conventions of disc golf cartography) to shoot off of the back of the tee.
** Please note that my biggest gripe is with the maps on the tee boxes. This course freaking ROCKED!! **
Other Thoughts: Excellent course. I went with CwAlbino and would like to second everything he said about the course. It's a lot of fun. It's definitely worth taking a day to go play it. :o)
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Pros: This course is the second of the Tower ridge courses and In my opinion takes more skillful shots than One. This course has nice cement pads and the directions are great, unlike tower ridge one (tower ridge old, Two is tower ridge new). The course itself had a great mix of lefty and righty shots, tight fairways, and minor elevation changes.
Cons: After doing tower ridge one, you really realize how much this course is lacking elevation changes, and neither course has any water hazards. Not really a whole lot of cons on this course, but I can see it as becoming slightly repetitive. The upkeep in places is getting to be bad, and the maps on the teesigns can be confusing, however the upkeep is FAR better than tower ridge one.
Other Thoughts: My review of TR-I has a little bit of info on this one as well.
The bathroom are better at the start of TR-II at the welcome center, with lights and running water.
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