2 Helpful / 1 Not
first MN course
Pros: I found this course to be pretty accesibile for a relative beginner, except for the last 5-6 holes. beautiful layout with great technical challenges. friendly, helpful people on the course, just enough long holes (on the first 18),great place to play
Cons: many tees not clearly marked at all, some have little bricks with arrows pointing to next tee, some don't, some have signs, others don't, course is overgrown but it is August
Other Thoughts: I am in Minneapolis for three weeks. This was my first course here and it was a good one. Any other suggestions?
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Holy Cow, the Pin Is Way Back There...
Pros: This course has a ton of challenges. It will test how complete you are as a player with both long holes and technical holes, often rolled into one. Played the 24 hole post-Majestic layout. Awesome.
All concrete tee pads. Every hole is something different, and many are long. Maybe all the long pins were in when I played here, but it creates ample risk reward, since you are always in the heavy woods, yet need to shoot the gap to get the distance. Very challenging. The terrain is very tricky, and used very cleverly. The great thing about this course is that a big arm isnt enough to do well, it also takes precision and shot selections. It's heavily wooded enough to keep you honest. Many of the holes on this course are memorable, for their challenge as well as their uniqueness, which IMO is one of the marks of a great course. You see holes here that you won't see anywhere else, that challenge you, then stay with you and call you back to play here again, to see if you can tame this Beast better than last time.
You will need every disc in your bag on this one, and you better hope you don't lose something that you don't have a ready replacement for.
Cons: This is a long, and heavily wooded course with very significant terrain. It is not a casual stroll though the park. I was exhausted after a round here. I can only imagine playing several in a row at a tournament.
The rough (and fairway) on a few of the later (new) holes was not kept up, making it hard to find errant drives.
The wooden signs screwed to trees on the first few holes are great. Unfortunately, they do not have those for every hole, through they would be very easy to install. Anyone who knows the layout of the hole could take a cordless drill, sharpie, plywood scraps, and a handful of screws and finish off the course in a very short time.
This course was very light on the water holes. Though the park has several lakes, which the course winds around, there is always at least some degree of separation between them and the holes. One shot (on a new majestic hole) does play along and over a small creek, and several steep hillsides butt up to baskets, perfectly positioned to roll discs down to water a ways below. Thus water exists on this course, but its unlikely to play a factor in any but the most errant, flukey of shots.
If there was a map or walkthrough of the current (hopefully long-term) 24 hole layout, it would make it a lot easier to find some of the pins, and the tee signs would not be as big a deal.
Its still a lot of fun to play, it just that for a park this great and well-known, I would have expected better markings in some form or another.
Other Thoughts: Bring water, and give yourself plenty of time to play this one. Also, the rough can get thick, so brightly colored discs are a plus.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Long course with many interesting hole layouts. Some cool shots and unique challenges too.
Cons: Very few shorter technical holes, just about every shot requires a well placed drive in order to make par, birdies are hard to come by. Definately not a course for beginners or those who dislike primarily long drive holes. Also, many holes are poorly manicured so discs are easy to lose, and tall grass and weeds make even the most flourescent discs difficult to spot.
Other Thoughts: Decent course, but due to the length of time needed to play a round, and average length of each hole, not terrible fun or uplifting to play.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
A great course for experienced frolfers
Pros: Great course, every hole has a unique challenge to offer. The new holes added provide a harder experience to even the best disc golfers.
Cons: Not a good place to bring a beginner, as it is a very long course, at over 7000 ft. you will search for discs, as the woods can get extremely thick, but players are used to this and are usually willing to wait so you can find what was lost.
Other Thoughts: I love this course, the only suggestion to make it better is to manicure the course more, so that finding and navigating the course would move faster.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
A Hike thru MN woods with a round of disc added
Pros: - Crazy challenging
- Consistent cement pads
- Good shot placement required for a good score
- Excellent shot variety
- Very scenic
- Multiple Pins (layout changed regularly)
- Get the birdies at every opportunity
- Rough can be very penalizing
- Picnic benches and trash cans throughout
- Fun hike
- Practice Basket
- Large mature trees and woods
- Lots of memorable holes
Cons: - In a few spots it can be difficult to tell which path to take to the next hole. Some adventuring may be required for 1st timers.
- I think its hole 22 that the tee aims in the wrong direction from the basket.
Other Thoughts: If you're feeling up to the challenge come test yourself here. Get those first few birdies early and hold on. Birdies may not come often and bogeys can sneak up on you. Although its hard its fun to play. Just don't worry if things don't go well.
Dogs are allowed and owners are responsible for the most part.
Favorite Hole #18 - A slight downhill 250'ish shot to a basket only a couple feet from a small creek on the right. The grass fairway is narrow with valley walls climbing up the sides. Play the asphalt walking path as OB to provide a real challenge.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: this course is similar to oakwood it begins with some pretty open shooting but when you get to about 6 or 7 the holes lead into very thick trees. all the holes have a different variety of landscaping and pin placements. i also like that they have ending machines, but if you come to Minnesota this is one of the courses you need to play its very fun and challenging course.
Cons: they could use a little information about the pars. sometimes crowded because its a very good course that lots of people go to so on the nice summer days get ready to wait for you tee time.
Other Thoughts: very easy to find also has many other activities in the park for children and picnic area.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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