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Pros: Blueberry is an 18 hole course at Highbridge Hills.
Concrete tee pads, one per hole. They're in reasonably good shape, and plenty long, wide and grippy enough. As with most things at Highbridge, they're starting to show some age.
Mach3 baskets, in good shape. Two pin positions on nearly every hole, although I'm not sure how often they get moved, if ever.
Balance. So much variety. Every single hole is something different, in a terrific way. It's nuts how many holes here would be a signature hole on nearly any other course. I could literally go hole by hole and point out the uniqueness of each one, and not feel bad about it one single bit. There's elevation, tight fairways, legit par 4's that force good placement, deuce or die holes, and nearly everything in between.
A couple water hazards on the course, some hidden your first time through (looking at you, hole 13, you godless disc eating whore). If it's your first time, go scout. You'll be happy you did.
So much risk/reward. You can run hero shots on nearly every hole, and if you're playing well, it can result in great scores. It can also put you a bazillion over par.
Elevation nearly everywhere. You'll tee off uphill, downhill, and everything in between. Barely a flat spot on the course. Several pin locations in precarious positions, as well, which make the short holes an adventure.
The scenery. Highbridge is as scenic as can be found nearly anywhere, and Blueberry doesn't skimp in this area.
Cons: Highbridge is just old and haggard. There's just no way around it. There was a time that half the courses here were considered among the best in the world, and could be again if the powers that be would just concentrate on keeping it clean and mowed more than they worried about half built shacks and zip lines.
It can get buggy here, but it's the WI north woods. If you come here and didn't buy a case of Off beforehand, then that's on you.
Other Thoughts: Blueberry is a dream. A remote, way the hell out there dream. It's possibly the most wonderfully designed course I've played (or at least top 3), and it's just soooo much fun. It offers beatdown holes, deuce opportunities, and everything else you could want. It punishes and rewards, all at the same time. Honestly, if I were told I could only play one course for the rest of my life, this may be it....it's that good. Hell, if I could only play one HOLE for the rest of my l life, it may be hole 2 here. This last time we were there, our group couldn't walk by hole 2 without throwing it. It's the best course on a site full of top notch courses.
With only one real set of tees, I just can't go 5.0 on it, but if there were an option for 4.95, I'd give it that. I love it, and pretty much everybody I've thrown with there loves it. Go play it, so you can love it too.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Before I begin...I was the course manager for 2014..
* Concrete Tee Pads
* Mach Baskets
* Variety of Fairways
* Course offers more than 18 holes to play.
* Course is freshly manicured and trimmed as of 2014.
*Course is located right on the top of the hill.
*Course begins and ends near the Pro Shop.
*Course has the front nine located around the driveway off of Mile Rd.
*Navigation is pretty easy. Might get a tiny bit confusing when you try to play the hybrid course.
Cons: * Course retains waters in some areas because of poor design.
* Course lacks signage.
*Course owner is rarely on the grounds to help guide anyone to where the courses start.
* Hole 18 can be very confusing... The hole plays down the hill which you have to walk back up to get back to the Pro Shop.
Other Thoughts: As far as the cons go there are not many... Blueberry is a great course. As mentioned above the course has been recently trimmed as of 2014. The fairways have been trimmed back and up to about ten feet high on the wooded holes. Blueberry offers a premium mix of wooded/open/long/short/ risk vs. reward.
Hole by Hole breakdown:
#1. RHBH hyzer hole. Its a short hole and easy to start your round with a birdie. You can go left or right of the island trees in the middle of the fairway.
#2. Bomb hole! 375 ft wide open downhill hole. pin sits on a tier from the days when Highbridge was meant to be a ball golf course. Playing this hole will vary as the wind changes. Play the wind and you should do just fine.
#3. Downhill shot with woods to the left and rough to the right. Pin is straight out and in the open. another hole you can bomb your disc.
#4. Hole plays favor to LHBH/ RHFH players, but then transitions into a LH/RH BH hole. From the tee you need to throw around the island of tress to get a good look for your second shot. Pin is guarded by trees.
#5. Plays over a very small "water hole" then up hill slightly and to the right. since the course has been trimmed you can choose a few different shots to get up to the pin. This hole is mostly wooded.
#6. An Ace run hole. LHFH/ RHBH hyzer. A small grouping of trees protect the straight shot from the tee pad.
#7. Hole plays downhill. Once you play the course a time or two you can figure out which trees or rocks to aim at to ensure a parked drive. 7 is not a long hole by any mean but you want to keep your disc low down the fairway.
#8. The longest hole on the course being over 600'. There is an old oak tree that is exactly 400' from the tee pad. Hole is mostly wooded with big boulders surrounding the pin. Hole plays down a wooded fairway for about 375' then opens up and back to wooded near the circle.
#9. Ace run hole. Pin sits on the side of a hill. Hole requires a slight flex shot off the tee.
#10. Long hole over 500' that plays very slightly downhill from the tee pad. Some small "water holes" come into play on the left. Water is shallow.
#11. Risk vs. Reward- tunnel shot offer an Ace run look otherwise you need a hard LHFH/ RHBH anhyzer. There is the risk of water if you take the tunnel route.
#12. Long hole that is open for most of the fairway but then curves right down a wooded fairway. This hole may be wet in the open parts just before the wooded fairway.
#13. WATER!!! please take the time to walk the fairway if it is your first time playing Blueberry. There are two ponds in the fairway. This is a risk vs reward hole. Many who have risked have lost. The pin is guarded by water to the right. laying up is usually the best option.
#14. Some would say Ace run...Hole plays to a pin located on a small hill. Owner has trouble for some reason keeping the grassed mowed near the pin. Where your disc lands near the pin is where it will most likely stay because of the grass.
#15. Nice finesse hole for those that have the right disc in the bag. wooded hole that opens slightly near the pin. some standing water may be on the left side of fairway...about 75' from the tee pad.
#16. Hole plays trough wooded terrain that has many rocks and small boulders in the fairway. Fairway is curvy. Again the terrain does play a big factor on this hole.
#17. Long uphill hole that has an amazing vista near the pin. Hole plays out from the wooded tee pad in to the open and up a boulder face. placement is not paramount, but be careful regardless. you want to stay in the open. Most of the small saplings that were growing on the rock face were trimmed.
#18. Plays downhill through a mostly tight wooded fairway. You will have to walk back up the fairway to get back to the Pro Shop.
Blueberry Hill is a really fun course that is the probably the favorite of anyone who plays it. The vistas and wildlife are amazing. The course was part of the 2007 PRO World Championships. Course was let go afterwards, but was trimmed by Jonathan West. Players have been raving since the update. Course is said to be looking the best it has since '07' Worlds.
Cabin rentals and camping are available. Course is Pay to Play. Pro Shop located on the top of the hill. Not much of a Pro shop though..Many discs are super light weight and not many popular discs can be found. But the course speaks for itself. A must if you are in the area. IF you're staying on the grounds you are missing out if you dont play the course. I would warm up on Woodland Greens first. Its the short Par 3 course @ HIGHBRIDGE HILLS. Enough reading now get out and PLAY!!
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This is arguably Highbridges best course. There are large, level grippy tees on every hole here. The land at Highbridge is second to none. The views and just the feeling of solitude alone make this a must play course for any serious disc golfer. The navigation here is pretty easy as well. They offer scorecards with an accurate map on the back of it at the pro shop building too. This would probably be recommended for first timers, but you'd figure it out without one. They just recently replaced most of the old signs with new ones. The signs show a basic hole layout, hole #, The different pin locations, and distances and pars for the various pin locations. These serve their purpose just fine. All the holes were recently mowed or being mowed when I went. The mowing of all these courses alone is pretty much a full time job here so if its a little overgrown you're just gonna have to deal with it or go play the Ashland elementary school course. There are beautiful blue powder coated mach 3 baskets on all the holes that are in great shape and catch well. You'll need every type of shot in your arsenal at this course as well. There's an excellent mix of left, right and straight shots here. There's also a great variation of different distances with the shortest being hole 1 at 210 feet all the way up to 605 feet on hole 8. The elevation changes are also a big factor in scoring well here. They do a fantastic job of using the available terrain and incorporating it into the course design. 6 of the 18 holes have at least one type of water hazard on them as well. This always makes for a more challenging round. The rough is also pretty brutal in most spots, so for blind shots a spotter would be highly recommended. There's a good mix of tightly wooded and more open holes, with some of them having both. They also have garbage pails and homemade log benches on nearly every hole as well. As I mentioned earlier but can't say enough is that the peacefulness of this course is, and for that matter any of the highbridge courses, pretty much impossible to match.
Cons: The bugs can get bad but as the previous reviewer said, this ain't your typical city course. You're way up in the middle of nowhere. Bring bug spray and you'll be fine. As I mentioned earlier it may not be mowed to everyone's standards but take into consideration all the courses on the property. With this being said I've never seen it even remotely too overgrown to play. These are all just nitpicking really though. Also not even a con but make sure to bring plenty of water or Gatorade. This course is no joke. Again not a con but hole 1 starts a little ways east (behind) the pro shop with hole 2 being right in front of the pro shop throwing over the parking lot. I usually just start on hole 2 and finish on 1 which brings you right back to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: This course as well as the Gold and Granite Ridge are must play courses for any serious disc golfer. I make at least one trip up here every year since I first played it five years ago. If you're not into camping or only like school/city courses this probably isn't for you. I should say DEFINATELY isn't for you. This is a big boy course so you'll need to put on your big boy pants to play it and the other on site courses. One of my favorites and I strongly recommend it to anyone that takes disc golf seriously.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: A very good variety of shot needed for this while still providing multiple options for almost every hole. The course has very good elevation changes and the occasional pond. Going off the fairway can be punishing. This course also offers views that are picture worthy.
Cons: This course is not a suitable winter course unless you are looking for a good workout. Expect knee to waist deep snow with buried obstructions. Only 2 or 3 tee boxes had been cleared completely with the remaining of them having a 2x3 foot spot cleared.
Other Thoughts: I can't wait to camp out there next summer and play all day everyday.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 19 Not
Pros: There is a great variety of open and tight holes. The elevation changes and trees make this course challenging and fun.
Cons: Some of the signs are a little bit faded but not too bad. Some of the "next tee" signs are missing or hard to find, but most holes have a path from the basket to the next tee. There are a lot of holes where you can't see the basket from the tee, so if it's your first time playing it can pay to scout the hole first to see just where the basket it. Especially where there is a large difference between the "A" location and the "B" location.
Other Thoughts: As others have said, this complex is well worth the trip.
4 of 23 people found this review helpful.
22 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: You will be blown away before you even get to the course. There is nothing but disc golf within miles of the start. I'm pretty sure there isn't another place like it.
Concrete pads for the long tees
gravel for short tees
Perfect signage - made of wood - showing which pin location is being used
You won't be getting lost here, there are signs showing which way to go after every hole
There really isn't a true signature hole - because almost all of the holes could be considered signature. There is not a single 'throwaway' hole on the course. The flow is great, you'll never have a hike between holes, and everything seems to continue the DG experience.
What does this course have? EVERYTHING, elevation, water, tight woods, relatively open, lefty, righty, big, small, ect...I wasn't disappointed because this course isn't missing any type of shot or hole. You'll have to bring your A game, and you'll enjoy the challenge. All the shots you can think of could be used effectively at this course
This isn't just a course for the professionals either. All types of players will have a great time. Most of the time there is a risk/reward aspect to the hole. If you aren't confident in the throw you can always play for the strategic shot, instead of shooting for the pin each time. Which brings me to the point that most people will HAVE to place strategic golf, which usually is a great change for some players who haven't experienced it yet.
The course is clean and picturesque, seriously bring a camera. You'll be amazed...
This course will have you wanted to come back over and over. There is alway a challenge to be found.
Cons: The course really doesn't have cons - The only thing that I was thinking was that more people need to play it - the brush/bush areas need more trails to go in and out of when you have a bad throw. But this might still be one of the pros of the course - less people and immaculate.
I wish this course was closer to home, but that again could take away from the course. There is something to say about planning a camping trip up to Highbridge and cherishing the time you have to play it, instead of under appreciating if it were in your backyard.
Other Thoughts: This course is located in a small town in northern wisconsin. This means there is basically no 'dirty' civilization around. Beautiful and scenic, but there are sometimes ticks and misquotes, but that's to be expected and there is really nothing that can be done about it other than bringing some bug spray.
The people you meet will be of the highest caliber, they know why you're there and they all try to make your experience better.
The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because there are just a few things that are holding it back. The location really kills the course...no winter DG, too many bugs in the summer. There needs to be more small things that all add up. A nicer pro shop, more trails to find your discs, brooms. Those little things that give you that zenith DG feeling.
22 of 26 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 21 Not
Pros: Perfect mix of challenges. Lots of beauty. Lots of nature.I saw many deer, got swarmed by red wing black birds on hole three and observed all kinds of plant and animal species which I have never seen. this course is barefoot certified by me and my homeboy who prefer to play barefoot if possible.
Cons: Not enough holes BLUEBERRY RULES!!!!
Other Thoughts: You must play this course, you will love it. Blue baskets? are you serious? that's just awesome.
Don't for get to play the alternate tee placements. (every other hole on blueberry and granite has a alternate tee box, new this year)
And play granberry and blueridge (start on one and cross over to the other)
Show up and stay for a week if you can.
Friday or Saturday night play night round at chestnut grove, Throw through the fire!!
9 of 30 people found this review helpful.
23 Helpful / 8 Not
shocked that no one reviewed this course after 2007 pro worlds yet
Pros: Probably the best design at Highbridge Hills (by popular opinion), with too many signature holes to even start to describe. Beautiful, unmatched disc golf land. Well maintained, clean, isolated disc golf only environment of solitude. Well marked, great grippy large cement tees. Featuring imaginative and very in play water hazards. Well balanced mix of shots for every type of thrower, the less big-arm oriented of the 3 major courses here.
Cons: A bad shot may end up in Canada (that's a joke).
The only Con about these Highbridge Hills courses is their location, extremely isolated from any major town. Far away from any route across the country. Food, gas, water not too close. Cell phones usually don't work there. If they could be centrally located they'd be packed day-to-day and it'd probably ruin the fun of it though.
Other Thoughts: This place is literally THE BEST single-disc-golf -destination. There are so many holes to play, so many different challenges, great fun courses, cheap camping, isolated wilderness. Make a week of it up there someday, you will remember it forever.
23 of 31 people found this review helpful.
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