Pros: 18 hole layout
Concrete tees and tee signs on all holes
Great mix of shots
Pro shop/cafe on-site
Walking/hiking trails around the course
A fun little nine hole course on-site and other great courses nearby
Cons: Tee signs could be updated
Lots of elevation changes
Quite a few man-made obstacles
Walkers/hikers can get in the way
Other Thoughts: This is a great course beautifully constructed on a ski hill. The course has a great mix of long, open holes and tight, wooded holes. There are concrete tees and signs on all the holes and a few have multiple tee and pin positions. The tee signs could be more descriptive, as they're pretty generic and don't really give a good feel for the lay of the hole, but all in all not bad.
Pretty much all the holes have some sort of elevation changes, offering up a nice challenge. Most of the holes are pretty wide open but with the elevation changes, roll-aways can be punishing. The wooded holes are tight and the woods can get thick. There are a decent amount of man-made obstacles that come into play on the open holes. Ski lifts, snow machines, etc., but rather than being an inconvenience they just add a bit more of a challenge.
The mix of open and wooded holes is great and all the elevation changes makes this course a bit of a workout. There are some O.B. chances with the walking trails. Most of the walking trails are gravel or dirt, so they can be played as in or out depending on the players choice. If played with all trails O.B., this course is quite difficult. Walkers and hikers can occasionally cross fairways, but it's not a very big concern for the most part.
There is a small pro shop and cafe in the ski chalet. The course is pay to play, at $5 a day, but well worth it. There is also a small 9 hole course built on the same ski hill, it's mostly just a pitch an putt but a nice contrast to the big 18.
This course is lots of fun, and with the 9 hole course, walking trails, and other amenities has a very high replay value. The elevation changes will give a nice leg workout, but the enjoyment of the layout far out-weigh the strain.
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Pros: sweet elevation changes. concrete teepads. full 18 holes. really makes it challenging with the wind and elevation to get a good shot if your not used to it, it was fun. probably the most elevation change ive ever experienced. also there were a few ace runs and the few holes in the woods at the top of the will was fun. most memorable hole was hole 3. its a hook to the left and is a very narrow path to shoot uphill on.
Cons: pay to play. elevation messed with every shot. wind was terrible. your basically playing up and down a ski course with a few holes in the woods at the top of the hill.
Other Thoughts: best layout possible for what they are given. $5 a pop and ill probably spend my money at bryant, kaposia or brp. it was def worth checking out. if i was driving by i would stop in. also walking up and down a ski hill with a 20 disc bag was very tiring and decently in shape. make sure you bring your water, its a work out!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Tough hillside course
Pros: Good tee boxes, good baskets and descent layout.
Cons: No guidance from basket telling you where the next tee box is. Was constantly wondering around trying to figure out where to go next. Some simple arrows would solve this.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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challenging and mostly long
Pros: Long holes to let loose on, great scenery, the 18th hole is from the top of the ski hill to the bottom... who wouldn't want to throw from there! shop on site, immaculate upkeep.
Cons: it's on a ski hill and can be taxing, pay to play
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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This one gets you in shape
Pros: To start, it's a pay to play but worth it. It's clean and maintained very well. They do a nice job using the slopes and going around the permanent ski equipment. The chalet is really nice to have there. Get a drink/food and rent and buy a disc.
The full 18 can kick your butt. Up hill, downhill to the left & right, wide open and tunneling shots.
The fatigue factor is high and can drain you. Bring plenty of fluids to keep you going or break in the chalet after the first 9 going back out to the back nine. The up and down of the final 9 is the brutal part and is really fun to unload on 18.
Cons: It is a combination ski in winter and disc in summer so the hills are fairly open which makes it a bit to wide open sometimes but not really that bad. 3&4 are a little tricky walking.
Other Thoughts: Go play it this summer!
1 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.
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Pros: -Excellent views
-Big elevation changes
-Nice variety of shots
Cons: -Area around the first few holes were tore up and we had to shoot over and around big piles of sand and ditches to reach the baskets
Other Thoughts: Worth checking out if your in the area.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is very well maintained. The grass is short and green. The tees are nice too. They all have proper signage and the sign shows the line and distance for each hole. The cement tee pads are good size. Most holes have a bench to rest on as well. Hole 18 is a fun 700ft + toss down a big hill!
Cons: It seems like the course was an afterthought, which is fine, but its not worth $ to play. Most of the shots are boring short throws with no obstacles. The only long shots are uphill for some reason (except 18). And I mean long up hill holes. Some around 600 ft. I'm not a fan of the openness of it all. There are only 2 holes that play through the woods, and one of them is about 10 feet long (exaggeration).
Other Thoughts: If this was a free course a couple blocks from my home I would play it a few times a year when bored. But to drive out of the city and pay to play again would be absured. For the most part it is a very boring course (except for the views). When its not boring its impossibly uphill. Hole 18 was fun and I unloaded my bag on it. Besides the novelty of playing under ski lifts, this course is just not worth it.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: - Course is set on the side of a large hill that doubles as a downhill ski area in the winter. Also a popular spot for hiking and cross-training, but people seem to be aware. Shouldn't be any major interference.
- The large hillside is used very well here on many holes, in many different ways. There are some of the more wide open shots, like a slight uphill on #1, across the hill on #2, a fun little donwhill on #9, an uphill valley shot on #12, a very steep uphill on #14, another steep uphill on #17, and a very downhill bomber on #18. For the most part, these holes are quite open, but are still either very tough or very fun based on the slope.
- Some other holes have a combination of sloping land and woods, to add to the fun. #3 is a steep uphill with woods on the right, #5 is on top of the hill with a slight uphill, and a long basket position that is around and past a clump of woods on another hilltop. #7 is a little downhill shot with some trees behind and right, #8 is a blind anny around some nasty woods, #10 is an uphill shot with a long pin position even more up and deep in the woods (tough location). #11 is a downhill hyzer with the basket in the woods, all of these holes need good accuracy to reach the basket.
- A few more holes are in thicker woods, with much tighter lines. #6 is a wooded RHBh flex shot, slightly downhill, that has a tight hyzer finish down into some woods. #15 is a downhill hyzer into a small gap, and #16 is a very tight, pretty steep downhill hyzer through an even smaller window. These holes will severely punish an errant shot, but are fun if you make the line!
- Some very precarious basket locations, due to the sloping terrain as well as some placements inside the woods. Landing in the right spot, and at the right angle, is very important to avoid racking up strokes.
- Nice pads, signs, and baskets. Wind flags on baskets as well. Navigation is pretty straightforward, except for the little backtracks to get to #6 and #14. The map is helpful the first time through. Practice basket is kind of hidden behind the lodge.
Cons: - Some of the holes are wide open, so distance and grade is the only real challenge here. It is still fun, but not super exciting.
- There are a lot of man-made pieces of equipment to avoid, such as ski lifts, light posts, and other typical ski slope items. Not a big deal, definitely nit-picking with that.
- Might be a little hyzer heavy, with a few anny lines on the shorter holes.
Other Thoughts: - This is a very fun course! A good balance of open and wooded holes, long and short, with elevation changes to spare. There's uphill and downhill bombers, uphill and downhill birdie chances, some very tight wooded holes and some nasty rough to deal with. Might be a bit much for beginners, but maybe not. Everyone else should definitely enjoy a round here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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