A fine north woods playground
Pros: This is a well kept 9-hole course in a city park that is a mix of open holes and heavily wooded holes. The course is watered, so the grass is always in good shape and there is little or no erosion around the baskets. Each hole is constructed to present a slightly different challenge making the round interesting throughout. A few holes allow full throws, but most require some finesse. The woodsy course is quite lovely with views of a couple small lakes (that don't come into play) in the distance.
Cons: There are rubber mat tee pads on each hole, but some of these have developed dips and bumps over the years. It would be nice if these could be leveled out. The fairways on this course are quite narrow, which is fine, but the surrounding rough is unforgiving in many places and it's not difficult to lose discs in the thick underbrush. I'd love to see at least the nastiest, thorniest bits of the rough thinned out. There is a small soccer practice field tucked in between the 2nd and 9th fairways, and if anyone is using that field, it can impact play on those holes. Generally the field is empty, so it's not often an issue.
Other Thoughts: Though bugs were not an issue during my most recent visits here, mosquitoes and biting flies can be a problem Having bug spray available is advised. I also recommend long pants for those inevitable forays into the rough. With the exception for Fourth of July weekend, the park is generally quiet and I've never seen the course crowded. You can get a course map at the nearby community center. This will be helpful for first-timers.
Fun course, family-/beginner- friendly
Pros: -Beginner friendly
-Interesting and new hole layouts
-Rubberized tee-pads and new baskets
-Promising winter venue in lakes area (nice amenities and shorter holes)
Cons: -Only nine holes with no alternate tees
-Lacks significant challenge for experienced players
-Scenery is ho-hum (only interesting view of the surrounding wilderness is an over-look of a swamp)
Other Thoughts: Fun course! Course layout is confusing the first-time through. Course may become stale after a few plays through, especially for experienced players, but I would recommend this course for individuals looking for a great outing with their family and friends!
Beginner player experience - 1.0/1.0 for some fun yet interesting holes
Intermediate player experience - 0.6/1.0 for some interesting lines and hills and tough birdie holes
Advanced player experience - 0.1/1.0 for not offering much other than opportunity to enjoy a round with family and/or friends with less disc golf experience
Setting 0.9/1.0 for being a nice community setting during summer
Overall course experience - 0.8/1.0 for nice amenities, tee-pads, easy-to-walk, and nice baskets
Total = 3.3/5.0
Nice Little 9 hole course
Pros: Baskets are in pristine condition.
The raised rubber tee pads provide good footing.
The grass was neatly mowed.
I was surprised to see the grass was irrigated too!
Hole 4 provides a challenging dog leg right.
The last hole allows for a use of a driver.
No crowds in this small Minnesota town. I was up in Nisswa for a vacation and decided to hit up a couple courses. This one was a nice suprise.
No real water hazards.
Cons: No maps or tee markers other than the hole number. A course map to look at before you start would be handy.
No benches or trash cans.
First hole is a rather boring straight shot in an open field without any challenges.
No real water hazards.
Other Thoughts: Overall, it was really fun to play. I enjoyed the variety of holes and the small town feel. No crowds, no fees, no overly trodden paths. A wonderfully planned out course. A hidden gem.
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