Disc Golf Mecca
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The technical challenges of this course are astonishing, while it remains a fair and balanced test of disc golf. Mistakes are brutally punished out here by a combination of dense woods, steep elevation, wicked slopes in either direction, and fairly well--though not always--guarded greens. This particular track is long, but not overly so, but the elevation and distances between holes makes it a punishing walk (two rounds has seldom taken such a toll on my body).
It simply has to be experienced for one's self, and even the pictures don't do justice to the grandeur of the place (though it does give you some idea of the challenging golf you are facing, though it didn't prepare me quite enough).
Cons: The single con is that it's so far away!
Other Thoughts: The seclusion of the northwoods makes it a quiet retreat into nature and the overall elevation of the complex allows one to see far into the distance and appreciate the hills as far as the Mississippi on the Minnesota border.
Apologies to the folks in Georgia, but this is far and away the best and most challenging disc golf complex in the world.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Frolf is a good walk, enhanced.
Pros: Holes are challenging with a few that can be aced.
Good variety of hole length and the longer holes are spaced out.
The environment offers different obstacles on your way to the pin. My best picture of the entire camping trip was on top of a rock formation with the Northwoods-Gogebic woods behind the chains.
Cons: I can't even complain about the disc golf. It was 5/5. How do you complain when you're separated from everything but your friends and disc golf while drinking a cold beer in the beautiful outdoors and staring up at the universe every night. I'm not attempting to be poetic, but I will say that if you come through the course complaining about anything more than your personal performance, it's likely not worth listening to.
Other Thoughts: If you're a disc golfer or if you love a disc golfer, you need to travel however far it takes you to get here. Camp absolutely if you can, but if you can't go anyways. The other courses are just as good with the exception of Chestnut Grove which seems geared towards the night round and even that course has it's many charms. This place is more than a disc golf resort. Its an experience and I'll be back again.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The fairways are fair some of the baskets are tucked in and around trees and brush requiring a skilled approach shot or tee shot.The coarse doesn't overly reward a player for any exceputal abilitys.An average or above average player can keep a game competitive against a better player by keeping there disc in play. The coarse was well designed
Cons: I got lost between 12th basket and 13th tee. Other than that a really fun coarse to play. I would say thewhole complex of coarses are fantastice. Although it is located in northern most Wisconsin
Other Thoughts: I have traveled around past few summers and played a lot of disc golf coarses I have found nothing close to highbridge hills.All the coarses there have fair fairway and are very playable.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
13 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!!
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Blueberry is one of the most beautiful courses you will ever play. The fairways seem to be the best maintained of any of the courses at the complex, which makes sense as it is the course John will always ask you to play barefoot, which is more than doable if you keep it out of the rough. Also with some new staff up there recently it is starting to turn around condition wise. All of the courses are in the best shape that anyone has seen in many years.
The challenge this course has to offer is amazingly fun. It is just the right amount of challenge yet not an absolute beat down that might upset some newer players. The tees are in wonderful shape and the baskets catch nicely (and they are blue a nice touch). There are far too many signature holes to list but hole two; is an amazing drive over the parking lot to a basket on a raised area (originally a tee for the ball golf course that was never finished there) with a gorgeous view off the tee, and hole 17 a uphill hole where the last 200ish feet are up a steep rock face that plays OB and at the top of the rock face you are rewarded with the best view the entire complex has to offer, which is really saying something! Also getting to hole 3 and seeing the sign for the beginning of the final nine of the '07 worlds is just an amazing feeling no matter how many times you read that sign. Also this year we played this course later in the day and had to finish the majority of the back 9 in glow mode. I was surprised how well the course played for night golf and looking up at the insanely visible stars was such an awesome feeling. If you have played this course before and know the layout relatively well, I highly recommend a glow round here!
Cons: As mentioned in the previous reviews the navigation is definitely the biggest con to Blueberry. While there are some directional signs, it is not nearly enough especially when there is another course with tees near. I advise grabbing a scorecard even if you're not going to use it as there is a map of the course on the back which will help ease some of the navigational pains. A lot of people mention the course being too wet to play at times which while is certainly true you need to consider the area you are in. This area gets massive amounts of snow and in the spring all that snow melts and with it being such a varied elevation course water pools up in the low areas. I think that the best time to play any of the courses here is definitely during the fall.
Other Thoughts: You can't help but have an amazing time here if you are truly a disc golf fanatic, regardless of conditions. Where else can you play five world class courses at the same complex? HBH is most certainly the MECCA!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 16 Not
Great course in dire need of signage
Pros: The course is always in decent condition. This is simply one of the finest courses you will play. The level of difficulty is very high which makes it for an excellent challenge. With so many people coming to Highbridge to play Blueberry, it creates a well developed network of paths through the woods and rough. The variety of holes is wonderful, and Blueberry (along with all the courses at Highbridge) is indeed a destination stop.
Cons: As wonderful as Blueberry is, there are two major issues with it. The first is the lack of direction from one hole to the next. In fact, the general confusion you will have trying to find the next hole is off the charts. There were multiple (many multiple) instances of having no idea where the next hole was, and this led to our group all splitting up and walking in various directions to check out different baskets and tee boxes. A large amount of time and energy was spent on this endeavor (and it was thoroughly unenjoyable). The course criss crosses over two or three of the other courses at Highbridge, and you will frequently be confused as to what hole/course you are looking at. This situation is magnified as many of the tee boxes have no map of the current hole, and no signage of what the hole is, or even which direction the hole is. At one point, there were FOUR (yes, FOUR!!!) tee boxes, all grouped in a similar location, and only two of them had numbers painted on them (of those two, one had a map). We really hoped to play 18 holes of Blueberry, but instead, we ended up playing 17 holes total, and somehow ended up on the Granite Ridge course somewhere (still unknown to us) on the back 9. The lack of direction to the next holes (the scorecard map is completely useless) and lack of hole maps/signage to what hole you are on is such a major issue that these issues alone knock this tremendous course from a 5 star to a 3.5.
Other Thoughts: If you go to Highbridge, you best make sure you are in tip-top stamina for what is coming. The terrain and length of all the courses is something that is hard to prepare for if you have not made the trip to Highbridge before. For my team of three moderate to advanced players, it took a little over three hours to finish Blueberry. This seems like a reasonable an average time spent....and Blueberry is the second SHORTEST course of the five at Highbridge! The hills/insects/terrain/length will truly sap your energy along the way no matter how hearty you are, so you absolutely should plan to bring multiple beverages along with you to sustain yourself as it will be a long time before you see your car again.
10 of 26 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 2 Not
A sweet, textured berry
Pros: Blueberry is one of the best combinations of design, elevation, variety, and challenge of any course I have played.
I really enjoyed the use of terraces here (a feature also used on Gold). On many holes the green or part of the fairway is raised above the surrounding terrain, creating some nice landing areas and a different feel.
The are a number of memorable holes here. Hole 2 is an open drive onto one of these terraces. Hole 8 is a challenging uphill shot through a fairway that won't allow for your max distance drive. Your next shot is a full shot through a gap into an open area, followed by an accuracy-testing approach into a wooded area. My slightly inaccurate shots left me awkward shots along the edges of the fairways.
Hole 9 is a sort of ace run but requires an arching turnover shot or forehand (for RHBH) to a steeply sloping green. You could ace it, but if your putt rolls the wrong way, it could be a bogey.
Hole 13 was maybe my favorite in the complex. A wall of trees blocks the landing area, another terrace that can be reached with a spike hyzer, a big forehand, or an accurate shot through the one gap. After that you approach the basket beyond a pond that is on another terrace above you. You have to walk this entire fairway beforehand, but it's so scenic that you won't mind.
Hole 17 is an epic uphill hole with the basket perched above a natural granite wall. I could go on with more of the holes but will spare you.
The course makes great use of fairways that go from wooded to open areas or vice versa, risky putts on slopes, narrow fairways alternating with long bombs that still require placement. There are multiple tees on most holes, but I only played the main tees (the white ones, I think). Navigation wasn't bad, but you'll want to have the scorecard/map with you.
Cons: Same as with Gold, you never knew which position was in use. If you are going to play any course more than once (and you really should give yourself enough time to play all of them multiple times), I'd recommend Blueberry. The second time is more fun as you remember which route you want to take.
As with all the courses at Highbridge, the tee signs are mediocre. I'm skeptical of the distances shown (I think they underestimate the true distance). Some are faded and difficult to read.
All of the Highbridge courses have some issue with searching for discs. If you can play here with friends, do. Blueberry is not the worst for this issue, and the fairways were perfectly mowed when I played. But the woods will leave you searching if you get far off the fairways. Bring your bright orange discs.
Other Thoughts: This seems to be the most played course at the complex, and for good reason. It is difficult to think of any element that this course lacks, and moreover, any element that it doesn't use really well. As I went through the course pictures before writing this, I had a lot of moments of "Oh, yeah, that hole! I forgot about that one, that was a good one, too."
Although this is the most recreational-friendly of Gold, Granite Ridge, and Blueberry, this isn't an easy course and true beginners might be frustrated. But this course would stand near the top of the heap even if it wasn't at Highbridge with all these other great courses.
When you're writing a review and get sad that you're back on your couch rather than getting another crack at those tough shots, you know you're reviewing a great course. This was one of my favorites.
18 of 20 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Blueberry almost perfect
Pros: If you are to play one course up at Highbridge Hills, it should be Blueberry Hill. It probably is the course that gives you the most of what Highbridge has to offer- incorporates the styles from of every course on the complex added with amazing views and striking landscapes. All baskets stick out with their Mach 3 dark blue color.
Beginners would probably enjoy this course, but it is for slightly more advanced to pro players. A variety of shots will need to be utilized since the holes have a nice mix of diversity- long holes, short wooded holes, downhill, uphill, left, right, etc. Unless you have well over a 400' drive, 1/3 of the holes are unreachable off the tee, leaving you with decisions to make on how to set up your next shot.
#2- downhill hole with a rock-wall-lined tiered green
#13- Hole with two large ponds- one right up next to the pin that you have to shoot over.
#17- uphill pump set among a large grouping of rock- John (the owner) is planning to put in a waterfall here.
NOTE: Some of the holes are very unique, with large moss-covered rocks amidst the trees. Hole #4, #16, and #8 have the pins set amongst this setting and could almost be signature holes themselves.
I rarely see anyone on this course and I've played it many times throughout the year.
Amazing views of the surrounding country side. Hole 2 and 3 have great views overlooking the Chequamegon National Forest- the best time to play is in the fall when the leaves change color. The landscape is a great setting with the rocky outcroppings among the trees.
Tee Pads- great large grippy pads.
Cons: This course can get wet, so if there has been a lot of recent rain wear out some waterproof boots.
Other Thoughts: Lastly, I will comment on the complex-Highbridge Hills. If you make it up here, chances are you drove a long way, so it doesn't make sense to play just one course. The great thing about the courses at HH is that they vary in difficulty, so pending on your skill level or what you're in the mood for, there is a course that will most likely fit your needs. As standalone courses, three are still absolutely amazing- Granite, Blueberry and Gold - if one of the courses doesn't satisfy you, you only have to walk a couple hundred feet to a totally different course- The Bear- long, tight and woodsy- very hard, Gold-very long, mostly open, Granite- mostly open, fairly long, Woodland Greens- short technical course through the woods, numerous ace runs, Blueberry- open and woodsy, some long, some short technical holes. The grounds are organic, beautiful and calm.
10 of 12 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.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
This is the forest stay home pretty boys.
Pros: Beautiful and totally peaceful. Yeah you might get a tick or skeeter bite but hey this is the northwoods. Over half of the holes would be a signature hole at most courses so enjoy the greatness. Great mix of shots. Views abound.
Cons: Being picky: signs could improve a bit and a little better moving at times but its good enough when your next to a national forest. I didn't drive to the sticks to play in a city park.
Other Thoughts: If you haven't been to Highbridge go, unless you can't live without your hair products and skirt. I'm not sure who the guy is giving this place a half disc but he must have a grudge. Highbridge is what disc golf is about. Great people, great piece of land, 4 courses that will challenge every level and 2 other courses and John the owner is very friendly and wants everyone to enjoy the outdoors.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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