4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: 18 Holes of all varieties set in a beautiful forest. The first 6 are flat with clearly defined fairways. Then you cross the road and get into a hilly section, nothing drastic, but on this side, many of the holes didn't really have a fairway, you just try to find a line between the trees. Plenty of right turning shots as well as left turning, straight and narrow. Distances range from a short of 176 on hole 13 to a long of 405 on hole 18. Tee signs at every hole and a bench at most of the holes. The baskets had a strip of red tape on them to point you to the next tee--simple and effective. There is a course map at the beginning and a practice basket near the parking area
Cons: The first (6?) baskets had a strip of bright red tape around the pole, making them easier to spot, but after that, the tape was only occasional. The baskets without tape were sometimes hard to find through all the trees. It wasn't always clear if I was throwing at the right basket because they weren't numbered. I used my map a lot, (from the link on this site). The tees are natural--loose gravel and dirt. They weren't terrible yet, but with more play, they will need constant maintenance or they will be, unless they have plans for something more permanent. The fairways and paths from basket to tee are very rough, full of holes, small stumps, downed trees, etc.
Other Thoughts: I'm a fan of wooded courses, but this may be too much. The walking (and searching for discs) was difficult.
This is definitely a course where control and accuracy is way more important than distance. Try to play this with a partner if possible, a spotter would have been handy. Walk carefully and it wouldn't hurt to wear shoes with good ankle support. I enjoyed it enough to play it again, but better tees and a little more work on the fairways would be good. And add some color and numbers to the baskets to make them more visible.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Treehaven - A UWSP student project.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Update: Course improvements are in!
Alt long pins on # 2 (290 ft), 6 (351 ft), 7 (230 ft), 14 (416 ft)
Alt tee pads on # 8 (289 ft), 15 (236 ft), and 18 (267 ft)
New holes #16A (168 ft) & 16B (169 ft) uphill & downhill respectively
A sunken basket on # 7 (see pics)
All teepads have been extended and framed, and many fairways and trails have been improved.
Treehaven is still bumpy and full of stumps, so continue to watch your step!
Treehaven has a good mix of long and short holes, with a RH & LH friendly design.
The course offers some great scenery as well as some fun risk/reward shots, there are ace runs and there are definitely some challenging pars out there. The course is only 15 minutes off of Hwy 39/51 (exit 231).
The red tape in the basket bottoms points you to the next tee and makes navigating the course simple.
The gravel boxed-in tees are finished and will be carpeted spring/summer 2012.
The alternate tee on hole #15 may be tough to find at first, (it's down the hill from #14's long pin - to the right of the canopy trail), giving hole #15 two entirely different fairways and looks.
To play an extra hole, play original #15, and backtrack up the dirt road to alt #15, and play the same pin again. (CAUTION: if your disc goes to the right of the road from alt #15it's likely gone forever.)
Some fairways are very tight, but the red pines are scheduled for a thinning in 2016, so play THIS layout while it's here, and come back for the re-opening in fall of 2016 to see an entirely new look to the course.
The bright orange and white posts on top of the baskets help with visibility, though some holes remain blind (#4, #12, #18 long).
Overall the course plays very nicely and stays interesting, i.e. scores are all over the place here, I have shot some of my best and worst golf on this course, it's really about accuracy in an otherwise unforgiving woods. Enjoy the challenges, the scenery, and the wildflowers.
Cons: There is thick vegetation off the fairways that can easily lead to lost discs. -Watch your shots & throw bright colors if possible. Tie-dyed discs are an especially bad idea here.
There is also lots of rugged and bumpy terrain along several fairways.
--Wear good shoes and watch your step!--
Overall this course is a lot of fun, but it's not exactly a beginner-level course. Despite plenty of shorter holes, technical is the name of the game here, remember to watch every shot to avoid wasting time on lost discs.
Other Thoughts: This entire course is an example of sustainable forestry combined with sustainable park management. Materials used on this course were primarily recycled, produced on site, or donated by generous sponsors (including UWSP and DGA).
Please abide by the "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" policy on this course, and note that there are no pets allowed on the Treehaven property due to the fact that they disturb the natural wildlife. There is also a strict "no glass" rule.
Not all of the UWSP professors and students love disc golf as much as we do, so please be respectful and yield to them at all times. It is important to understand that these students and faculty are engaged in a rigorous 8 credit Forestry field experience program, which is the primary purpose of this property and runs from May to August. For certain portions of UWSP classes, students will be working on holes # 7, 9, 10, 16, 17. They also have orange stakes on some of these fairways which should not be disturbed
(discs won't hurt them).
Please throw a few sticks off fairways during play, and stomp on a few ferns while you're at it. The course has a suggested donation box, but why not donate your time instead? Any help is greatly appreciated either way!
This is a great course on the brink of the Northwoods, easy to visit on the way to Sandy Point Resort or Highbridge Hills,
Treehaven is only 15 minutes off of Hwy 39/51 (exit 231). There are also some other nice courses in the general vicinity (i.e. Almon Park, Jack Lake, Black Bear Creek, Brandy Lake). Check it out!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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