Pros: Nice mixture in course layout. Awesome Tee pads, pushes your abilities and Mach 3 baskets.
This is a great course to develop your game. If you don't want to look for your disc, don't mess up. There are many courses that are frequently mowed, but most are in a park and require you to throw 280 ft. around an oak tree.
The atmosphere is nice. It is close to town, but there are enough trees and animals to be a breath of fresh air to a townie.
Cons: Lots of blind shots. All are cool holes, but unless your super consistent with your lines, you may spend time looking for discs.
No holes that require a strategic lay-up. All holes give possibilities for a birdie, or even a well-deserved ace. This also however makes things interesting as you can pay the price for missing your shot on several holes.
Other Thoughts: It is great to notice a slight improvement in the course every time I play. The mowing, trimming, and mulching is making Combine a nice course. Keep in mind, the course has only been around for a couple of years.
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Greatest Course on the Prairie
Pros: Great Amenities - nice concrete pads with mulch border to soften the trip of those whoe fall off the pad. Decent signage; the typical white, green, and red signs with metal posts. Bag hooks, does anybody use these? Benches and garbage cans at each tee pad.
Great use of land - first four holes have some elevation and require anhyzer and hyzer type shots. #3 and #4 are tight wooded shots, plus #3 has a sweet hanging basket. #5 features sumac traps that dot a small valley. The next few holes are fairly open with but have blind shots to the basket. I believe #11 was the neat downhill anhyzer through a tight alley of woods. Most of the back nine is wide open, but does bring some elevation into play.
9 hole option - the course is setup so that you can play the first 7 and then skip to 17 to play a quick nine if need be. They have the shortcut posted on a sign at 7 basket.
Traffic - I was shocked to be out on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and only see about 9 other people playing. In the Twin Cities you'd have been waiting on every hole for two other groups to tee off.
Management without having to pay to play! - the YMCA donated land to two local disc golfers from the community who laid out the course. Volunteers were brought in to carve out the tracks. The YMCA manages the course, i.e. garbage removal and mowing, but does not charge a fee to play. WELL DONE!
Cons: Debateable Pars - the designers have been quite generous with the par ratings. I would say that the whole course is par 3 with the exception of 14, 15, and 18 which would be marked as 4 in my book. Its fun to go out there are tear it up on their ratings, but I hope the local players and beginers aren't developing delusions of grandure.
Other Thoughts: What I like about this course is that it uses alot of elements from some of my other favorite courses. I'd be in different segments of the course and thinking to myself, "This reminds alot of....."
Tight challenging holes - Kaposia
Bombers with blind baskets - Lakewood Hills
Incorporating the History - North Hibbing
Wide open holes with wind - Lions Park in Shakopee.
The overall manicured nature - Bryant Lake
If you've played these courses and enjoy them, you'll find alot to like about Combine Hills. I definitely recommend making the trip to Alexandria for this course alone. I haven't played the others around the area, but they seem to offer a good round (Fair Lake in Sauk Centre with the basket in the Lake!) Go paly it!
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Great new course
Pros: Excellent variety of open and wooded shots. Great tee markers with par and distance
Nice changes in elevation.
Challenging yet still approachable for beginners.
Cons: Still new, needs some work and cleanup.
Not many larger trees.
Other Thoughts: Great course with tons of potential.
Can't wait to see what its like in a couple years.
Hole 18 is evil.
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