4 Helpful / 1 Not
a diamond in the very very rough... forgivable issues.
Aesthetic-- plays through an old Iron mine (I think) many of the structures still remain in "ruin" form. Open strip mines remain and offer an awesome vista from the 7,8,9 pads. Off-road trails run parallel with the course and the ever present sound of two stroke engines is a little distracting.
Teepads-- the best rubber teepads that I have ever seen. Diamond plate pattern cut into them makes them super grippy even when wet. The short tees are trail pack and can be a bit difficult to find as they were added after the original build and tend to be a bit sunken.
Baskets-- Brand new DGA baskets. Highly visible with bright orange necks. This is vitally important as many of the shots are blind.
Teesigns-- where there are teesigns (many are missing, more to come) they are fairly accurate, #13 is a bit wonky trying to figure out the exact layout of the hole. The Map helps though.
Routing and nav-- easy easy. the map is essential to successfully navigating this course. Next tee signs from 1 to 2 are very helpful.
Variety-- This course offers every type of hole you could want with the exception of wide open bomber.
Elevation-- Brilliant use of elevation and natural topography. I think that every bit of creativity was squeezed into this course and it shows.
Uniqueness-- There are some very unique looks here. #5 with its ancient brick oven ruins #9 with the use of the concrete arch for basket placement, #10 up and around the bend with the crazy awesome road running around it. #11 with it's huge sweeping left with completely unforgiving rough on either side. #13, I don't think there is any other hole like this anywhere. crazy hard hyzer almost feeding back into itself. #17 is the shortest hole on the course but throws back over the Iron River.
Solitude-- one of my favorite things about playing a disc golf course like this is the ability to completely lose yourself into the course and surround yourself in nature and your game. This course has the unique ability to do all of these things in a very beautiful way. This is a very very special course.
As mentioned previously, many of the teesigns were missing but with the distances and map that are available in 4G service here, there really isn't a need and these are forgivable.
This is just such an amazing course in every way. Many minor issues are completely forgivable as the local scene doesn't really take care of this course. The Course was relatively recently mowed when we were there which was really really welcome.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Absolutely insane elevation changes. This terrain is more extreme than any disc golf course I've ever seen. Signature holes abound, to the point that plain holes are the irregularity.
- Neat scenery. Besides the incredibly steep hillsides, you have the leftovers of a bridge from the iron industry sheltering a basket, interesting woods, and the beautiful Iron River.
- Great variety in holes. A lot of different shots are used, with approaches I'd never had to consider using before necessary to avoid some of the roughs.
- Secluded and clean. On a beautiful friday afternoon, we had no locals to deal with, and found very little trash. We spotted a huge doe, and a big colorful beetle during our round.
- Great tees and signage. All holes are clearly marked, and the tees are mostly big slabs of iron, giving them a unique look.
Cons: - The terrain is extreme. This can make the course easily unplayable. If there's any rain, some tees would be far too slippery to reach, and many others dangerous to approach. Even in perfect conditions I found myself slipping down a number of hills, and this in areas that were supposed to be fairways. BRING GOOD SHOES AND LOTS OF WATER.
- Not beginner disc golf. A lot of courses may claim this, but here its most certainly true. A number of the roughs are downright impossible to retrieve discs from, and if you don't have a lot of control you will have a hard time staying out of them. Even with pro levels of control, expect to lose a disc, especially if there's any wind.
- Some vicious flora. My wife encountered some sort of stinging nettle, or possibly poisonous hogweed that left her calf feeling like it had been stung by dozens of wasps for several minutes, and itched for quite some time. Even where its just your traditonal thorns, they come thick and mean.
- Erosion is going to do a number on this course. One tee in particular will likely become unreachable soon without carving some stairs into the hillside.
Other Thoughts: The Tailings is a course built on the piles of rubble left behind by Iron River's declining industry, and it shows. This is a good thing, because it creates extreme and interesting terrain. This is also a bad thing, because its slippery and dangerous to walk around on. If you're feeling athletic, unafraid of bad footing, and willing to lose discs down cliff faces mere feet off the fairway, this is an amazing course. If you're looking for a casual course to play with a few friends who don't take the sport seriously, you'll probably leave with a cranky group and short at least a half dozen discs. Say what you like about it, there's no course like this that I've ever seen, and if you happen to find yourself passing by Iron River, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to skip playing it. I visited this course on the way back from an extensive disc golf trip to northern Wisconsin, including 5 days at Highbridge; despite all the amazing golf I played, this is the course that I'll remember the most.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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