3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Hyland is a course on a ski hill- very hilly with a variety of holes on varying relief- some wooded, but most open. This is a strenuous course with a lot of uphill and downhill shots. You will probably need at least a 400ft drive in order to score under the posted par- there are multiple holes of 400 ft par 3s.
Elevation plays into almost every hole. And you have to think about your shot selection to avoid your disc rolling. #14 is a 545' extreme uphill hole-I would think you need at least a 450' drive (on level ground) to get a three on this hole. On some holes (#2, #5, #9, #10) unique obstacles must be factored in- the ski lift equipment and cables come into play.
#18- 710 ft extreme downhill hole.
The ski hill is utilized well in the course design, and presents an opportunity to throw uphill and downhill shots that other courses do not offer.
Good mix of holes-
You will be required to throw a variety of shots- I threw about five thumbers on this course and threw almost all of my key discs.
There are a couple great views of the surrounding city from atop the hill.
The tee pads are large, grippy and level.
Cons: Some of the lines are difficult to hit, and if you are off, your disc will go into the thick woods, making it very difficult to find-especially hole #16.
It isn't obvious where to go after some holes, so grab a course map if you're playing the course for the first couple times.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The Last of Three River Courses
Pros: The course is very well maintained and has a variety of challenging holes. Like every other Three Rivers course, the tee pads are in great condition and there are quality signs for distance and navigation. There are plenty of holes out in the open, both up, down, and across the ski hills. The elevation change and length of this course certainly makes it very interesting to play. Holes 1, 10, 13, and 14 all play uphill. Hole 10 is one of the toughest holes up the hill and into the woods, with a deep pin location. Some downhill shots include a hyzer on Holes 11, 15, 16, and 18. There are also several holes in the woods that offer a nice change of pace. On these holes, which include Holes 4, 6, and 15, it is important to hit the desired lanes, otherwise you'll end up with some very tough shots out of the woods/brush. Lastly, there are also several roll away pins, including Holes 2, 7, 11, and 13.
Cons: The course is not as well maintained as Bryant Lake and Elm Creek and is lacking some of the nice landscaping and erosion control that both of those courses offer. Some of the holes in the woods, like hole 6, could also use some brush trimming to create better shooting lanes. Also, some of the holes playing out in the open are somewhat boring and lack very few obstacles to contend with.
Other Thoughts: Be ready to walk a lot, especially on hole 14 up the hill. Hole 18 also has an awesome view of the Minneapolis skyline from the top of the hill. The length, elevation changes, and roll-away pins, really makes Hyland a challenging course. Overall, the course is the most challenging of the 3 Three Rivers Park District courses and is definitely worth a look, especially if you have a season pass.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Holy elevation Batman!
Pros: -Offers elevation changes that you won't find anywhere else in the area if that's your cup of tea.
-One of the longer courses in the Twin Cities, you'll need your power arm on numerous holes.
-There's no denying that hole 18 is just plain and simple fun. 715' down a ski hill, it's delightful fun to empty your bag on that hole just to see how far you can throw it.
-Foliage/trees come into play more than I expected considering it's on a ski hill.
-You'll get in really good shape in no time playing this course
-Good scorecard with a map that you'll get with your $3 fee
-Nice, long concrete tee pads that are in good shape
-Signs have all the necessary information on them at each tee
Cons: -The elevation changes gets to be a bit tiresome by the end of a round
-If you're not physically fit, don't bother coming here. You will be absolutely gassed by the end of a round.
-The flow from hole to hole is questionable at best between some of the holes, despite having a map on the back of the scorecard I still had to wander around to find the next tee pad on several occasions.
-The course could be a little more compact to reduce walking between the holes, or more holes could be added as there is definitely more real estate that could be used. There is easily enough available area to make this at least a 27 holer.
-It's a little confusing on several holes on the front 9 as to where the basket is located; it might be necessary to walk a few of the holes prior to teeing off to see how to shape your shot appropriately.
Other Thoughts: First off, this course is pretty brutal to walk. Keep this in mind when preparing to come here. You'll want to wear good shoes to walk in and while you're at it you should probably pack some bug spray as well as there were some gnats that got annoying near the woods. The course seems like it would be tough because of the extreme elevation changes, but it really isn't all the difficult; you can get a decent score here. Hole #14 is pretty ridiculous, it's 545' straight uphill. That being said, it's a par 5 and is definitely a hole that you can birdie. Hole #18 is a truly epic hole; 710' straight down the ski hill. This hole is just plain fun; unload your bag (if no one is behind you) and just bomb drive after drive down the hill.
The only facilities on the course are at ski chalet where there are drinks (both alcoholic and otherwise), snacks, and a pro shop (that only has discs for sale). It really only makes sense to get to the chalet before starting and after hole #9, so keep that in mind.
By this point I probably sound like a broken record, but this course provides something that I haven't really seen on any other course in the area; extreme elevation changes. It really adds a different element to disc golf and a lot of courses don't have it. If that isn't your cup of tea I'd still at least pay a visit to this course once, it is a nice course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Long Holes
- Nice level cement pads
- Good signs
- Multiple pin placements
- Great views
- Wind makes a huge deal
- Severe elevation changes
- You will probably not enjoy this course if your not in descent shape
- Lots of ace runs...was surprised
- Worth the cost
- Great facilities
- Well manicured and clean
Cons: - No dogs allowed :(
- Too open, only a few holes have tight fairways
- I was expecting to be challenged more
Other Thoughts: I would definitely recomend this course. It is alot of fun throwing down the hill. I do suggest you be in descent shape before playing the course. It will wear you down fast if your out of shape. Also, give yourself the time to play at a casual pace.
It is fairly open on the majority of the course. It allows you to really work the shot you want without much regard for hitting trees. The few holes through the trees have good sized fairways which require good shot shaping to score well. If you can throw 350' on flat ground you will be able to reach most of the holes in one throw. Roll-aways and huge skips are big factors.
Front 9 is a little shorter so attack it hard and get your 2s. The back 9 gets considerably longer. Hole 14 is a butt-kicker, its steep, uphill, and long. Get your 2s and 3s where you can on the back and try to take as little damage as possible on 14 and 17. Hole 18 is a blast to unload your bag if no one is waiting on you.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Ultimate Elevation Course
Pros: 1) Dual concrete tees are always a positive and especially on a course with such massive slopes. If no concrete was in the stances would be really hard to play off of.
2) Elevation changes are obviously the most important design aspect on this course. Use of the elevation is also very good (although I would like to see more technical holes instead of just the elevation), because there are holes that go straight across the slopes (be careful not to turn the disc over (or stall out) and run way down the hill), a few that go straight up the hills which certainly add 25-40% to the effective distance, and even a few holes that go down the hills especially #18. #18 is the ultimate hole including elevation . . . the basket is sitting out there way in the open and calling for you to throw it close enough for a 2. It isnt easy to judge the wind or how far the disc will go. Just try and get it close to layup for a 3.
3) The wooded holes are pretty well designed, they use the trees effectively to challege your shots. I really enjoyed #16 which is a downhiller right to left. If you do not get far enough down the hill the branches might affect your shot. I got halfway down the hill and had to basically aim it into the ground 40' short of the basket and the wind got under it and lifted it up to park my second shot. It was just a cool hole and different enough of a hole.
4) Good variety in elevation usage. Across the slopes (2,5,8,12,15)
Downhill (6,7,9,11,16,18) Obviously what goes up must come down, but they did a good job balancing the overall elevation change.
5) Awesome amenities with a snack bar, pro shop, bathrooms. It is hard to believe there were like 5-10 employees there, not sure what else happens around that place in the summer, but I did see 5 or 6 other people running in this park.
6) Course was mowed but not too tight. Some disc will catch in the longer grass, and it will also help to prevent brutal rollaways. I did 3 putt from 25 because I hit the basket twice and it bounced off and rolled back to me on the sloped fairway on #5. It could have been worse with a shorter mowed turf!
7) Awesome views, despite the fact it was a little cloudy when I was there. The lake (albeit for snow making) at the bottom, the business section of Bloomington in the near distance, and apparently downtown in the far distance (not visible when I was there because of clouds).
8) Tee signage was ok. . . I agree those DGA signs arent the greatest but they ar ebetter than nothing.
Cons: 1) A few of the holes play across and around stone and gravel paths. I know they cannot remove the roads because equipment has to get around there, but they are certain to do some damage to your discs.
2) As far as elevation goes this is probably the ultimate course, but it seems to be too heavily relied upon in the design. I would like to see some more technical holes in the woods, or even some of the hilly holes to tuck the baskets more rather than having them in the wide open.
3) Erosion is a problem on some holes including some of the gravel roads. Obviously this will be a problem on a course with this much elevation changes. Obviously the turf (or weed) is covered by compacted snow for much longer than normal grass so whatever they can do to keep any vegetation on the slopes is what they do. Erosion would be much worse if the clover hadn't taken over the hills.
4) Not necessarily a negative about the course but I found getting a good planted foot and good setup to be very difficult on this course. It is a negative only because it affected how I threw. I will not downgrade the overall score because of this because it is simply related to the elevation. It just goes hand in hand with the elevation and left me feeling less about this course (again not because of design or anything it just is to be expected on a course with these slopes).
5) Not beginner friendly, it will only frustrate. Thats ok though, what beginner discer would want to climb all those hills.
6) Brutal to walk, its tough to climb the hills and be ready to throw. It is also tough to walk across all of those slopes, I found my feet hurting after the round, but it didn't stop me from plahying one more course. It is a good workout however as well as a challenge.
7) Signage between holes could be improved. There is also a long walk from #6 to #7 as you traverse the top of the hill. It takes you around the driving range . . . and there are balls all the way at the top so look out if it is busy.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course underimpressed with the design of the holes. Most of the holes only used the elevation to create the challenege. Too many of the holes just went straight up, down, or across the hills. I know it is a skihill but they could certainly have used more trees to their advantage. I would have liked to see more baskets tucked up to woodlines or even into some openings into the woods. It was a challenging course but almost only because of the slopes and elevation changes. There were a handful of tough challenging fun holes like #3, 4, 6(although not too tough, I liked its setup), 10,15, 16 so this course does still receive a 3 or 3.5 rating from me, but I think they could have taken better advantage of the wooded areas on this course. I did have fun especially being able to thow about 600' for the first time in my life. I now know how to throw off a hill like that and had yet to figure it out. I did want to throw all the discs in my bag just to see how they reacted, but was afraid I would forget where half of them went. Obviously #18 is the signature hole on this course and it does not disappoint. My buddy even threw the disc all the way onto the platform where you would get on the skilift. He was shocked because the previous time he played there he shanked his drive and lost the disc, so he was grateful to go back and get a chance to beat that hole!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A physical challenge
Pros: -Lots of throws testing your skills
Cons: -Hole #14 (see below)
Other Thoughts: As the name implies, the course is located on a ski area that obviously has plenty of elevation changes. With one exception, all of the holes use the elevation well whether it's uphill, downhill or sidehill. Many different shot shapes and hole distances to test your skills. It flows from one end of the facility to the other with a couple of criss-crosses toward the end. For a pay-to-play facility, it could use better signage than the standard DGA cut and paste variety that they use. Also, if you haven't played here before, make sure to grab a score card at the chalet as the course map will come in handy when you can't find the next hole or accidentally play to the wrong basket.
Naturally, with its steep nature, it's a physically demanding course requiring a lot of walking and climbing, so beware of that.
One hole I had a problem with was #14, which according to the sign, measures 500+ feet. Mind you, this is all straight uphill. This hole requires nothing more than throwing as hard as you can straight up. Not very fun.
In all, it's a decent place to play and since it's a pay course, the place will be maintained and improved upon in the future. I thought it was well worth the $3 I spent, even though one hole was closed due to some construction on-site.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The elevation change is the clearest strong point here. Uphill annies, down hill bombs, 300' steep down-hillers that need to be precisely hyzered. Sometimes, you've got to hurl two bombs straight up hill, into grades that make your longest shot seem like a wussy girlie man. Suck it up, though, the down hill shots more than make up for it.
Cons: I admit that despite its high quality, the physical investment necessary keeps me away more than it should. The hills make it tough, but it's important to keep it in mind. Not only do you need to throw well, but you've got to conquer the demands Hyland puts out.
Other Thoughts: Thirty dollar pass is definitely the way to go. Especially now that the third Three Rivers course is open.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
A Challenging Climb
Pros: This course bodes well for those with big arms. Great elevation changes. Some very scenic holes here.
Cons: If you are a beginner, this is not the course for you. If you are not in good physical condition, this is not the course for you.
The wind can be your worst nightmare on this course, along with errant shots that can and often do roll where you don't want them to.
Other Thoughts: If you are a disc golf enthusiast, the $30 season pass will cover you here and at Bryant lake would be a smart investment.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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