Beast of a Course
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: <> Some of the best smelling, and most beautiful mid-summer scenery in the country
<> Difficult shots from start to finish
<> Lots of variety in the overall shape of the holes with a themed focus on tight shots. Sometimes the ceiling is really low, and sometimes you are teeing through a 15' gap 50' out.
<> Elevation change: The front 9 has some change but it is very minimal compared to the back 9 which is steadily uphill. The front 9 makes EXCELLENT use of the elevation changes that are present.
<> Trash cans everywhere so you don't have to see garbage all over and you don't have to carry 15 beer cans out of the woods.
<> Good quality baskets that don't spit much
<> Concrete boxes on 1, 2, and 3, 4, and 17.
<> Alternate baskets on many holes and Logger moves them around throughout the summer so replay value is awesome
<> Clearly marked signs show where the baskets are and at each alternate location with distances and direction.
<> The cardio workout you get from climbing a mountain is at no additional cost. And just a heads up, you climb it a few times in 18.
Cons: <> Tees not listed in Pros have "natural" boxes and they can be slick or muddy. There is a wooden box on 8 and it should be removed. ANY moisture at all and it's like a teflon sheet.
<> Lost discs can be nearly impossible to recover in some situations depending on what you are willing to climb... or descend into.
<> Going down 14 for the first time can be dangerous since the flood eroded the grass, stay far left where the ground has roots and deadfall still.
<> The signage at the completion of holes is not always clear as to where you should be headed for the next tee box.
<> It is not marked on the hole sign which location the basket is at, so if you did not catch Logger in the chalet, and you don't know the course, you will have to guess where to throw to or get out the binoculars and look for blaze orange. In many cases you cannot even see the far baskets from the teebox so you will have to walk the hole to find it.
<> Although there is a ton of variation in the design of the holes, there are not a lot of shot options due to both how tight the course is and how heavy the risk of going down a 200' ravine and O.B. weighs. This is only a minor disturbance though because the reward for hitting the narrow paths and going the distance requires a perfect throw, and a perfect throw always feels good.
Other Thoughts: This is a natural mountain made of mud, dirt, clay, trees, steep slopes, sheer cliffs, deep wet valleys... it is a perfect sanctuary for all of life but along with that comes the natural dangers of such an environment. If it is pouring rain, you can expect a VERY challenging climb through the back 9. Footing can be a challenge at any given time and careful consideration on each shot weights more heavily than average on this course. I have only played a season and from what I have heard and seen so far this course will continue to receive attention and improvements. I expect in time there will be more concrete, and better signage. The chalet is a a great place to hang out, get fresh water, burgers made to order, good craft beer on tap or for the bag, discs to restock your bag and people to pick up a round with if you wish. Oh, and leave your hyzer-bomb at home, you won't be needing it at all on this course save for 17 and possibly 16 if you are a lefty.
UPDATE: Many updates have already taken place this season... more concrete, tons of mowing, 2 completely new holes, more pin placements on some existing holes. Logger deserves a medal for the work he puts in, truly one of the best places to play disc golf in the country.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
A northwoods treat
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course pretty much has it all. A substantial amount of elevation change which can be draining, but very rewarding with breath-taking views of the surrounding wilderness. There is a wide assortment of different layouts for the 18 holes, so you're not throwing the same shots hole after hole. There is nice signage on all the holes showing the distances of the A, B, and sometimes C pins and there layouts, as well as little arrows to help keep you on the right path. The employees do a great job of keeping the course trimmed and clean of branches and trash. There are recycling bins every few holes which is always a plus on a course. All but one of the holes has a bench you can rest on if you need to take a break (which most people will need, since it is one of the more challenging courses around).
Cons: There are a few holes where you have to traverse up and down steep slopes, so when its slippery out on the course, they can be a little disconcerting. There is a mountain bike trail that runs through the course on a few holes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing by any means, but you should keep a eye open if you hear some bikers in the woods so you don't knock them off their bikes with a shanked drive.
Other Thoughts: This is easily one of my favorite courses. Some of the holes get changed every once in a while due to unforeseen events like the flood in the spring of 2012, but they get replaced with holes that are equally as enjoyable to play as the old ones were. If you have time, I would highly suggest playing the white cedar/eagles peak loop. You play the front 9 on eagles peak which then puts you right on the tee pad for hole number 1 on White Cedar. When you finish with 18 on white cedar, it puts you right next to the tee pad for hole 10 on eagles peak, so you can finish the back 9.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Beautiful and challenging
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: One of two great disc golf courses on site, three if you count the seven hole ace run/practice course. Eagle's Peak plays mostly on the ski hill while White Cedar plays on the scenically wooded ravines next to and behind the ski hill. You will love the way this course challenges you. This is the type of course that makes you feel proud when you hit the appropriate line and can make you pay when you do not. Still, this course is worth it for beginners to play because it forces you to think about your shot selection. There are a variety of shots that you will have to throw to get up and down.
I've played this course many times and it never gets old. I am still learning new routes and new strategies for many of the holes. You will want to re-play this course or make a return visit after you are done with your first 18.
A great course to play on windy days as many of the holes are somewhat protected by all of the trees.
Cons: There are a few holes that could use stairs. It can be a real adventure getting down some of the ravine slopes. Unfortunately for some holes I'm guessing this would take a major investment of manpower and time and with the floods from last June I can understand why the owners would think twice before adding improvements that could be washed away. However I think if done properly stairs or at least better trails could be added with a minimal risk of them getting washed out. This is the main thing holding me back from rating this course a 5.
More use could be gotten out of the disc golf section of the Mont du Lac website and it could be updated more often, but this a small thing and doesn't really affect the disc golf experience.
Other Thoughts: Make sure to pack appropriately for the season and the weather. You will be doing some hiking so make sure to bring plenty of water or even a sports beverage for the summer days. Good footwear is also recommended. It is a wooded course so bug spray is also a good idea for the warmer months.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
When in Wisconsin
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: If you need a course that will physically and mentally challenge you, then take a trip to NW Wisconsin or Duluth, MN (close by). The course has it all, hyzer/anhyzer, up/downhill and how about a shot 300' across a ravine. This course has multiple pin placements. It also has signage and markings on the trees indicating the location to next tee.
Cons: Concrete or Rubber tees would be cool. What is in place works, I don't dispute that. I do realize that this is a difficult under taking due to some of the locations and the elevation changes.
Other Thoughts: A lot of damage has occurred on this course from all the heavy rain. Many thanks to those who have been making paths to navigate. Hole #11 has been removed due to the recent flooding. Basically, the course shifted all baskets up 1 and new #18 tee is now on the road leading to lodge (basket is in view).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
I heart this place
Pros: As of now, there are two separate courses on site. The 18-hole mountain loop and the 22-hole forest loop. Five dollars gets you an all-day pass, which is well worth it. The course designer, "Logger" (aptly named), originally had one long layout that incorporated the cedar holes and the mountain holes. In 2010, two distinct layouts were installed. A gravel road that traverses to the top of the mountain separates the two courses.
The first thing to point out is the setting of this course. This is a several-hundred acre ski/mountain biking/disc golfing facility. The chalet, with full bar and grill, discs, and scorecards, is open daily. Affordable camping is also an option, which is perfect for weekend getaways. As this course is somewhat off the beaten path, there are very few people and definitely no mobs of recreational players. The course itself winds its way up hills and down ravines through a large stand of mature cedar and pine trees. Natural springs supply small streams of crystal clear water that wind through. This place is special.
Layout - The layout of White Cedar is now entirely off the ski slopes, but that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park. For the most part, this course isn't extremely long (average of 270 feet per hole) or even extremely tight, but it is challenging. The holes are fairly balanced, requiring nearly every throw in your arsenal. The first 10 holes wind down through the cedars and streams. The creek comes into play on six holes and plays out-of-bounds. After 10, be prepared for a hike. The course takes a turn and suddenly you're throwing across enormous ravines then hiking up and throwing down chutes. This is extremely fun, but vary demanding on the body. Bring good hiking footwear and water. Remember to take breaks, enjoy your surroundings, and maybe take a dip in the waterfall hole (9?). After hole 22, there is the option to walk to the top of the ski hill and play down (instead of just walking).
Baskets - A note on the basket position. There are two anchors for every single hole on the premises. The baskets are always set in alternating order. For example, all even holes will be in the long position, while all odd holes will be in the short position or vice versa. Yes, every week they change all 40 holes on the property. Changing the baskets every week will, in my opinion, alleviate some erosion. Talk to the attendant if you are still confused.
The baskets themselves are Chainstars. Enough said.
Signage - There are tee signs throughout the course, but they can be confusing at first. The sign doesn't show pin location relative to surrounds, rather the sign shows positions relative to where you are standing. Most baskets are visible from the tee box.
Navigation - There are arrows pointing the direction of the next holes throughout the course. Follow the arrows! If you wander off the trails marked with arrows, watch out for mountain bikers!
There are benches on several holes. There are no garbage cans on this course. There is no litter on this course. If you can pack it in, you can pack it out! (this should be the same at EVERY park).
Cons: Tee Boxes - As this course is in its infancy, there are no tee pads yet. Shop mats/carpets, which help a lot, were installed on several holes due to slick conditions. The tee boxes on some holes are very short due to surrounding geography and vegetation, but many of these holes don't require an airport runway to tee off from.
Another con (for some people) is the occasional hike to the next hole. But the reward for the hike is an awesome next hole, so it was difficult to put this as a con.
A course map would be nice to some, but not necessary since there are navigational aids. With the layout changes that occurred in the past few years, the map would have be scrapped and re-drawn over and over.
Other Thoughts: The hard work of the employees shows. Over the past few years, this course has seen several design changes, all for the better. Great courses, great people, great scenery, (great selection of beers) makes this place a win! The future looks good for Mont du Lac!
Remember to bring good footwear!
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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