A northwoods treat
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.
Beautiful and challenging
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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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Amazing Northwoods Experience
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Pros: This course has the best scenery of any course I've played. Even Giants Ridge, which is beautiful, can't touch the White Cedar's setting.
This course is very technical, and certainly provides looks for all types of throws equally. There are many holes where the birdie is in plain sight, but very rarely will they all be in your grasp.
Doubles as your daily exercise, while I know some that consider walking a hard trail a burden I still believe it is for your betterment...
But I know that is not a universal belief.
Stunning settings, and if you have the chance to play all of the A & B pin placements you will really see the wonderful variety the course has to offer.
Cons: Lack of cement tee pads is without a doubt the only drawback I come back to on this course. The hike is hard so if you bring your cheap flip flops you will be punished. That being said if you have read any of the reviews than you should know better.
Other Thoughts: If you are ever in the area, passing through, or want to find the next great disc golf destination Mont Du Lac has it all.
With 2 courses, a chalet with food and beer, and scenery inspired from the Hobbit you will be sure to enjoy this treasure of a course. It may not have the amenities and upkeep of a BRP, but it makes up for that in the type of golf only a setting this epic and special can provide.
Do not miss this course!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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White Cedar will put your game to the test!
Pros: -Beautiful landscape/scenery: The course progresses through a heavily wooded lowland forest and then traverses several steep, wooded ridges which eventually lead you near to the top of the highest point on the property. It features old growth white pines, thick cedar groves and innumerable aspen and poplar stands. A natural spring feeds a network of small creeks and pools which come into play throughout the lowland section (holes 2-10). Upon reaching the tee for hole 16, you are greeted with a teaser of the panoramic view which awaits you on the tee for hole 18. The view features an overlook of the St. Louis River valley and the surrounding forests. If you continue to the top of the hill, the view opens up substantially to include nearby Jay Cooke Sate Park and the bluffs surrounding the river valley. If you enjoy hiking for pleasure and exercise, you will thoroughly enjoy playing this course, as it offers a challenging hike with beautiful surroundings.
- Technically challenging course design that offers a variety of pin placements: Each hole has two pin placements (A [short] & B [long]). As of the time I'm writing this review, there are also C (longer)pins in place for holes: 1,4 and 8. Expect more C pin placements in the future as the designer continues to deliberately lengthen the course. The pins are typically placed in alternating positions (A,B,A,B…) and rotated every two weeks for variety. The majority of the fairways are narrow and wooded. Accuracy and distance control are crucial for success on White Cedar. Many of the fairways require placement shots in order to access the greens. Accuracy and distance control are rewarded with birdie opportunities and an occasional ace run when shooting for the A pins. The B and C pin locations offer more of a challenge and even a few placements which arguably merit a true par 4. The course features the natural terrain: tunnel shots through wooded fairways, sharp doglegs, steep-sided ravines in play from the tee or bordering the fairway and green, small winding creeks and pools of water. The "roughs" can be unforgiving. An errant shot can easily find its way into dense stands of pine or popple saplings or roll to the bottom of a steep-sided ravine. More often than not, an errant shot whacks one of the innumerable trees along the fairways and the direction and angle of the deflection determine your fate. Over all, the layout of the course forces you to utilize a variety of shots and discs.
-One of the signature holes on White Cedar (#15) brings to mind the classic "George's Gorge" from the original layout at Kaposia Park in West St. Paul. It mimics the drive from the tee atop one side of a wide, deep, steep-sided ravine to a small green perched on the other side. It makes for some dramatic results.
-Physically demanding hike: The course is designed to be physically demanding. While holes 1-10 are located on relatively flat ground, holes 11-18 traverse ever-upward over a series of steep-sided ridges. It is not uncommon to find yourself panting, sweating bullets and thirsty as you complete a hike from the pin location of hole 10 to the tee for hole 11. This has become more physically challenging since the flood swept away the original fairway for hole 11. The hike to the next tee is just as tough, leaving you breathless and in need of a rest in order to regain your legs before you approach the tee for #12. By the time you reach the tee for #18, you have climbed from the lowland forest at the bottom of the river valley to nearly the highest point on the property. Wear good footwear and bring plenty of water and snacks in order to enjoy this hike. Wet clay tends get extremely sloppy, sticky and slick. The steep banks of the ravines can be challenging under even good conditions. The course tends to be muddy and messy if there has been recent precipitation. Be prepared!
-Garbage/recycling receptacles are located near all but a few tee pads.
-Open for disc golf year-round: The White Cedar course can be played throughout the year. During winter months, all of the pins (A,B &C) are placed on holes 1-9. This allows for an 18 hole experience without the challenging hike through the back 9. Play on the back 9 is also available, with alternating A & B pin positions.
-Eagle's Peak is right next door: Mont du Lac offers another 18 hole disc golf course, which connects with White Cedar at hole #18 (Hole #10 on Eagle's Peak). The two courses can be played as a "hybrid" in a variety of configurations. The Eagle's Peak course is laid out on the existing ski hills at Mont du Lac.
-On site Bar/Grill/Pro shop: Mont du Lac features a chalet with a full bar (with off-sale liquor license) and a grill with a good menu. They have a great beer selection as well. There is a pro shop with a good disc selection located in the chalet. These are great features, which enhance the disc golf experience a great deal, especially in regards to tournament play. A place on site to gather and socialize with other players is a big plus.
-On site rustic camping available: Rustic camping is available for a nominal fee. Firewood and water are also available. Each campsite offers a metal fire pit with a grate for cooking over the fire. This feature makes for a great weekend of disc golf and enhances the tournament experience, as the campfires burn long into the night.
-League play: Mont du Lac offers a variety of local league play options. Handicapped leagues are held on Tuesday (Eagle's Peak), Thursday (White Cedar). League play with no handicaps take place on Friday (Doubles [course selection alternates]) as well as during winter months on Wednesday (Glow League).
Cons: -Cement tee pads, where possible, would improve the experience. While rugs and wooden platforms offer some traction, well-constructed cement tee pads would offer great improvements to traction and safety. At times, the natural tee pads can be a sloppy, slippery mess.
-Improved tee signs would be welcome, especially in regards to visiting players. With many of the pin positions being "blind" relative to the tee, some added detail to the tee signs might offer better guidance.
- Continued landscaping improvements are needed. It is impressive that most of the original landscaping survived the flooding this summer. Dramatic mudslides occurred throughout the landscape at Mont du Lac. An entire fairway (original #11) was washed away, trees and all. There are a few areas throughout the section of the course that traverses the ridges that are in need of landscaping improvements as a result.
Other Thoughts: Repeated play on this course has improved my game considerably. I feel lucky to call Mont du Lac my home course(s)!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has it all! It almost feels like you've been transported to another country.
-Numerous elevation changes
-Numerous wooden bridges crossing over the creeks that criss-cross the course
-Very fun shots including shots over ravines
-Definitely will be a challenge for every skill level
Cons: -Some holes required a spotter to locate the basket
-I wasn't able to play it more.
Other Thoughts: Of all the courses I've played, this one tops the list! I recommend that anyone that likes disc golfing should put this course on their list of "must play" courses.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
When in Wisconsin
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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.
Untapped Potential at it's finest.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: -Some of the most unique wooded scenery and wonderful overlooks I have seen on a course.
-Several valley and plateau shots I challenge you to find anywhere else.
-Good balance of left to right hand holes.
-The perfect setting for a disc golf course, it really is, but....
Cons: -Design problems. Most courses with this kind of elevation reward your three hour uphill trek with huge bomber shots from the top. Hole 18 here ends AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, about two miles from the parking lot by hole 1. What?
-No pads. No resemblance of pads even on most holes, just a slightly flatter spot of ground which may or may not double as a fire pit.
-Alternating/random sometimes pin placement. Like every other Wisconsin course we played. Either pony up for two baskets, decent signs, or just leave it at one basket per hole. Scouting necessary on most holes.
-People camping in the fairways of holes 1 through 6.
-No beer (unless purchased there) or cigarettes allowed on the course, shirts must be worn at all times (you sign a waiver).
Other Thoughts: I think the primary annoyance I had here was the lack of a reasonable, solid layout which made use of the land instead of treating it like another obstacle. Instead of bombing down a valley, you played up then walked down. Or played across it. Only one shot of the legit 18 on this course plays downhill.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -An utterly gorgeous slice of the North Woods.
-Challenging fairways that reward good lines.
-Great backwoods hiking between holes!
-Onsite camping, bar & grill!
Cons: -A few short tee pads.
-Some steep ascents and slick segments of trail.
Other Thoughts: Besides my home course, this is my favorite course. The local league players and employees are quite friendly! If you're looking to spend a weekend camping and discing near the North Shore without the hassle of seasonal traffic or crowds of "out-of-towners," this is a destination you absolutely shouldn't pass up. Besides, at $5/night/person, and $5/day for all the disc golf you can handle, the price is sooo so right! You just need to get up there...
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The White Cedar course at Mont Du Lac is carved out of a dense cedar forest on the beautiful back side of their ski slope. The tightly wooded layout and dramatic elevation will challenge every shot in your bag.
You will negotiate wooded fairways that turn; left, right, both, either and neither. Trees also come into play on the greens. You will find baskets surrounded by cedars and even a basket mounted on a stump. The fantastic vegetation is complimented by severe elevation changes. You are rewarded with downhill shots for conquering up hill shots. The hills form many ravines that you will throw across and through. Like the trees, elevation is a factor on the greens too. The steep slopes can easily turn a birdy into a bogey. As if that wasn't enough, creeks are in play on at least five holes. The creeks don't just bisect fairways, they form greens.
White Cedar is truly an adventure. It is easy to navigate, but due to the setting you will get lost... in your round.
Cons: There are no concrete tee pads, but the natural pads are ok. Even though the signs have gps distances, the direction is unclear and the creeks are not shown. There are no holes that demand big distance, but I didn't even notice until I wrote this.
Other Thoughts: Fun as curse words. They set up the pin positions so that if the odd numbered holes are short then the even holes are long. They change the baskets every week. The Eagle's Peak course is on the other side of the mountain. If your up to the challenge you can play the White Cedar course as a loop after hole 9 of the Eagle's Peak course, that makes 40 holes. Be prepared for an intense hike. Bring good shoes, lots of water, and bug spray. They have a pro shop with a good selection of discs. There is camping available practically on the course. They are continually working to improve the courses and facilities. The staff is awesome. The 5$ day pass is well worth it.
I have only played this course once, and generally don't review courses that I have only played once. However, due to the great experience I had there and the lack of reviews, I felt that I need to do my part to get the word out about this great course. The course is not a perfect 5 yet, but it's much better than 4.5.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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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!
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