Pros: What a great little course secluded in the UP! I was up camping this last week and we decided to play this course on our way out and it was the best decision we could have made! The course has a great variety of distance, elevation chance, and variety of shots. It was a beautiful course playing along the Sucker River and was extremely easy to navigate for playing it for our first time.
If you're every up here, I suggest you stop on by and have a quick play!
Cons: The only downside that I have for this course is the teepads are just dirt/sand which can make for a tricky run up, but that is the only thing I can think of.
Other Thoughts: If you play, do make sure you donate a little to the cause up there for the group that has put it together. There is a little donation box on the main sign by tee 1.
so much better than expected
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Aesthetic-- plays through a school forest that borders the very very scenic Sucker River. Not much chance of meeting up with anyone that's not discing unless they are mushroom hunting... or hunting for that matter.
Natural Beauty-- I'm going to add this for a second time. This course is absolutely gorgeous. the walk from 16 to 17 is one of the most picturesque of any that I've seen in DG. they even put a bench in to just be in awe of nature. Absolutely one of the most beautiful courses I've played.
Baskets-- ChainStars, could be more visible in the deep woods but they do the job. they appear almost brand new.
Signage--Tee posts give a distance, a rough line and the number. they do the job. one shows a hideously hard turnover and it's really not that bad. that was the only one that was difficult to follow.
Routing and nav-- reasonable, white arrows lead your way from hole to hole and back to your vehicle.
Uniquness-- hole #8 is awesome throwing over the bank of the Sucker River into thick trees. Placement shot here is essential. there is no huck and hope. you will lose a disc. #17 playing over the ridge and up a small sanddune with thick schule on the right is just awesome. I was in love with these two holes specifically. there are several others that will make you scratch your head as well! also, 18 finishing on the top of an oxbow in the river is just such a perfect finish.
Challenge/Variety-- the challenge here is in the variety. you will need every throw that you have in your bag to do well here. do not bring your weak game. you will need shots to go right, left, over water, straight, down banks, up banks and around tight corners.
Seclusion and serenity-- you literally can be out here and have no one around for miles. this course could be one of the most peaceful rounds you will ever play.
Teepads-- Sand with kick strips. I hope these improve with time. some of the kick strips are pretty high out of the ground and present a tripping hazard.
Overgrown fairways. I understand keeping a course as natural as possible but the ferns in the fairways are a bit excessive at times..
Other Thoughts: This course was a very pleasant surprise and much better than the 2.5 the last guy gave. if you are up here on vacation, pack a fairway driver, mid and putter and hit this course up, seriously!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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A Great Place to Get Away
Pros: -Scenic: All 18 holes are heavily wooded, and after hole 8, the Sucker River will bend in and out of most holes, making this course rather scenic and relaxing.
-Secluded: This course is located several miles outside of Grand Marais. After turning down the two track road, a mile and half or so you will find the small parking lot. This gives the course a real 'out of the way' feel where making it relaxing and quiet. During my time on the course, i only ever ran into one group of other players in what i'd consider the peak time of the day (3-6).
-Easy to Navigate: At the end of each hole, there are arrows pointing to the next tee which made the course easy to follow even for it being my first time.
-Challenge: The course is somewhat of a difficult one. The trees and sharp cuts left or right makes the course more appropriate for experienced players who can appreciate a good challenge. Hole 18 offers a very difficult ~450 hard dogleg right along the river. A good score on this course is very rewarding to the player.
Cons: -Lack of Variety: The course had very little which made it stand out. There are only a few holes which stand out in my mind as interesting and unique. One can only experience the same mid range holes that either dog leg left or right before starting to get bored with it.
-Overgrown: Although the bed of ferns adds to the scenic experience, it also makes it very frustrating spending extra time on holes looking for discs after each throw. Most of the time there was no real difference between fairway and not.
-Challenge: I know i put this on the Pros list as well...however i feel that this also detracts from the course as well. The amount of trees and overgrown bushes made this course rather frustrating after a while. I feel as though clearing some more trees would improve the course greatly.
Other Thoughts: All in all this course was fun and the overwhelming quiet is hard to find, but i have no desire to play here again. The combination of the boring hole design and level of foliage that is found on this course greatly detract from its value. I wish the course would've incorporated the river more, that may have made things much more entertaining. However, it's a free course and it sure beats working or going to class!
An added note, a huge Pro for the course came from the blanket of wild blueberry bushes which was can be found on the entire course. If you have a chance, coming in late July or early August will give you a special bonus! :D
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