3 Helpful / 2 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.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 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 4 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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