0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: First off... shout out to local named Matt who guided me around the course. He is probably one of the league players who previous reviews talked about keeping the course clean. He was very proud of the course which showed as we played together.
While it is a wooded course (which generally I don't like), it was not so much that you couldn't recover your par if you hit a tree.
Course contained both left and right bend shots, in both short and long. Very good variety of throws for a wooded course. good use of the elevation.
Hole #16 is the signature hole. Across water to a basket area under a canopy of pine trees. Loved it!!
Of course, the usual... multiple concrete tee pads, good signage, nice flow.
Cons: Parked in the wrong lot and had to walk a quarter mile to find the first tee. (Though I got to meet Matt that way!!)
Water hazards contained pretty nasty water. Glad I didn't have to fish one out!!
Deep brush and under growth in some areas.
Other Thoughts: Was course #2 on my Fathers Day weekend which added 12 new courses to my played list. Would rank it 3rd for the weekend (sorry, Matt!) behind two courses in the St Cloud area. That said, would definitely play it regularly if I lived closer to Bemidji....
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
One of the best in northern MN
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cement tee pads
Many holes have short and long tees
Baskets are in good shape and are my personal favorite, (DISCatcher)
Very technical course, will test you accuracy.
A variety of different holes (left and right shots) and elevation calling for different discs and throwing styles.
Cons: Thorns and poison ivy on some holes.
Needs more waste baskets
Parks and rec doesn't pay much attention to the course
Baskets get taken out for the winter
Other Thoughts: This course is one of the best in northern MN. It is beginner friendly and great for more experienced players.
The course is wooded but not so much that its overpowering. There are a couple holes that are short and fun to ace run, while a few others are long where you can open up a bit.
The parks and rec department is responsible for maintaining the park but don't pay much mind to it. Some of the more dedicated players make up for that though by creating bridges over water, sweeping the tees occasionally, planning cleanups, removing fallen trees and branches (if possible) and organizing leagues and tournaments.
Make sure you stop by this one if you're in the area or planning a road trip passing by here!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun & Challenging for all levels
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: •Every Hole is unique
•Will force you to improve game
•Lots of Trees
•Teepad Signs are Perfect n detailed
•Slight Elevation changes
Cons: •Multiple Pin Positions
•Lots of Fallen Dead Trees
•A Smart Parks & Rec Program
•Course built around an old Landfill
•No winter play baskets get pulled
Other Thoughts: The course is overall good not perfect just needs the parks & rec to focus on it a little more or allow the locals to come out and fix the imperfections.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Very Technical Course
3 Helpful / 1 Not
-Caters to variety of skill levels
-Scenic course with lots of wildlife
-Multiple tee pads on almost every hole
-Excellent signage throughout
Cons: -Located next to a landfill.
-Not enough garbage cans throughout the course.
-Needs more permanent bridges throughout the course. Most notably on hole 9 and hole 16.
-Lots of poison ivy/oak.
-Several holes in the woods are very overgrown and could use a brush cutting.
-No winter play as the course is located on a CC ski trail.
-Pins often pulled way too early. I've been told in past years they pull the pins the last week of October.
Other Thoughts: Bemidji City Park DGC is a very technical course that demands skill and accuracy but is also beginner friendly at the same time. There's multiple tee pads on almost every hole with excellent signage throughout the course. The course plays around a filled landfill conveniently located off Hwy 197. It is mostly comprised of wooded holes but there are a few open holes in the mix as well as several water hazards on the back 9. If you are allergic to poison ivy/oak I would strongly recommend wearing pants during the summer months as I have learned from experience.
Out of all the courses I've played I'd have to say this course is easily the most challenging. I can only appreciate the difficulty of the course because of how beneficial it is to improving my game. It's unfortunate that some idiot(s) cut down several trees on #6 because they don't have the same appreciation for the course.
I gave this course a 4.5/5 based solely on the layout and design of the course. I don't think it is fair to give the course a lower rating because of the lack of effort the city puts into the course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Star of the North
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Very interesting holes. Each hole is a new and different challenge.
- Location is great (Even though its next to a landfill) Lots of wildlife and very woodsy
- Great baskets and tees
- Multiple start spots to pros and amateurs
Cons: - Hole 16 is awful due to the water. We always skip this hole
- Thorns on holes 11-14 and some everywhere else but not nearly as many
- Nearly all courses are wooded. A little variety in that sense would be nice
- Always seems busy
- small parking lot
- landfill area
Other Thoughts: This course is the star course of Northern Minnesota. Please note that I am an Amateur and this is the only course I've played as of this review , but after reading reviews for other courses I am positive that this is likely one of the best courses in Northern Minnesota. I've been there nearly every day for the last week and I am still trying to figure out how to do some of the holes. A+ Course that any golfer should play!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Environmental variety
Caters to different skill levels
Cons: Water hazards if you're not a fan of them
Pollution in water hazards
Pins taken down too early, and put up late
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is great. This course demands accuracy, but it's also fun for casual players.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Paul Bunyans Favorite Disc Golf course?
Pros: Nice concrete teepads and nice baskets.
Pretty good use of space available
lots of tight wooded holes, that mixed left and right turns well.
Nice signs that tell you where the next tee is.
Cons: Pretty short, Maybe 1 hole that a long arm can really open up on. I have a noodle arm and was throwing a full driver on less than half the holes.
The holes kind of run together. Like there are only so many ways you can play a 200-300 ft wooded hole with a bit of a turn.
Other Thoughts: Would have been a 3 but one of the holes had by our count 15 tampon applicators strewn about the fairway. This really squicked up out, like I know the course was built next to a covered landfill, but walking on someone elses biowaste is kinda nasty.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Wooded Course
Pros: --A lot of fun wooded shots that require finesse and accuracy, both hyzers and anhyzers and other technical shots
--Concrete tees that are a good size
--Superb hole markers at the tees (see pictures)
--Being a wooded course, it provides a great opportunity to practice and hone in on your accuracy and finesse throws because it forces you to shoot between gaps that are often only 6-15 feet wide (the "fairway" on hole 9 is only about 6 feet wide, the fairway on holes 1, 2, 13 is quite narrow as well, and hole 15's fairway is nonexistent as there are about half a dozen trees clumped right in front of the tee forcing you to throw a steep hyzer if you want a safe shot)
--The baskets are also newer and not worn out or anything
Cons: --Too many wooded holes and it gets redundant quickly (the first time I played it I got bored because they all look the same after awhile). I miss open holes where I can launch my driver on when I play here.
--The flow of the course is really confusing around certain holes (especially between holes 1 and 2 where you have to basically walk back down the fairway of hole 1 to get the tee of hole 2 which is closer to the road than hole 1's tee). I would recommend going with someone who has played it before so they can lead you through. Fortunately, the hole diagrams at the tees have directions to the next hole, so if it's your first time, double check where you need to go while you're still at the tee
--Really crowded (2/3 times I have gone the parking lot was full; the only time it's free of people is in the mornings). In fact, it's the busiest course on all 10 courses I've ever played on.
Other Thoughts: Good course if you're in town (the only disc golf course in town in fact). It is great for learning how to play on wooded holes. I like variety and since most holes are wooded it gets old for me, but I do like the challenge of all the tight fairways where I can practice my finesse skills.
Baskets, Tees and Hole diagrams
Variety in hole distances
Variety in hole types
(field/wooded holes; hill/level holes; etc)
(pedestrians; traffic noise distractions; etc)
Use of Available Land
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fast course, short holes, easy to get to
Cons: Lots of trees, difficult to find some tees
Other Thoughts: The course now has signs telling par for the hole, distance for both tees, and location of next hole. Overall solid course
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Well rounded course.
Pros: Lots of long narrow technical shots to really get some practice hitting lanes.
Signage is great, As can be seen in the pictures there are detailed info signs at every tee which include distances and maps.
Multiple tees provide fun for beginners and a challenge for the experienced players.
Course is well maintained, Rarely any trash laying around and is mowed at least once a week.
Lots of long holes where you can really open up your arm and test your distance drives.
Cons: Most teeboxes are level with the ground and get covered with dirt/mud quite often. I find myself bringing a small broom and sweeping them off when I am going to play a serious round.
The Parks Department removes the baskets on November 1st every year to get ready for the Skiing season (majority of the course is on a ski trail) If there is snow on the ground this is fine, however most years this is too early and there could be another month of golf played before the snow flies.
Other Thoughts: Back when I first started playing this course I was a beginner. I thought narrow fairways and heavy woods was a Con... Now that I have more experience and have played several other courses I realize this is a Pro as it really helps you hit those tight lanes on other courses.
To the other reviewer saying this course is way too busy, It IS very busy in the early spring when college classes get out, But during the summer when a good majority of those students have moved back home it is a quiet course with little wait time.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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