A Teaching Tool
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Two baskets one every hole and two tee pads on most holes. This allows the course to be really good for a wider variety of skill levels. The variety on this course is phenominal. There are plenty of holes in the woods and some that play over open terrain allowing elevation and distance to be the main challenge. The property itself is well taken care of. The school or local club or parks department continues to make improvements to this course. The biggest challenges come while playing throught some really tight fairways in the woods that require precise upshots to score well. Tees are generally easy to find though finding the longer tee pads is a bit more of a challenge at times. The tee pads themselves are really nice and relatively consistent. There is a really nice course map near Blues tee pad on number 1. It has a map, and having a map for this course will make a few transitions easier to follow for the first time playing the course.
Cons: There are far too many short holes on this course to make it much more than a good learning tool course. There are plenty of filler holes that are short and wide open. Most of the holes, even on the toughest layout are must birdie holes. Even the holes that they call par four should be threes at worst. The practice basket is not in the most convenient location and hole 18 finishes going away from the parking lot. It is a course that is on school grounds which means that when school is in session you are limited as to when you can play this course. There are a few patches of land back in the woods that were flooded and muddy even though most other places I had been showed no signs of this kind of flooding. Tee signs were not all that helpful.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed my round at this course, though it was frustrating not to score lower on this course that felt easy from even the most difficult set of tees and baskets. The multiple baskets and tees really allows for four different layouts on every hole on any given day with no work from the parks department to move baskets regularly. Additionally it allows for different skill levels to play with eachother and have fun at the same time. There are some unique holes on this course as well and one who plays this course regularly will ahve to learn to throw different shots and do it consistently. It is a feel good course that will prepare you for tougher courses to come. Be sure to know when school might be in session so as to not plan your round for that time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Unique 18 holes
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course flows well, has many options for playing long/short baskets and tees, very technical but also a few holes you get to throw in the wide open but even those holes offer some elevation and require good placement for an easy bird. Holes are fairly short for the most part and even the longer holes require more of a placement/upshot than a huge drive. Good course to work on your line shaping as well as course management given the different shots/lines needed as well as placement due to the small gaps or landing areas which need to be hit. If you are having an "off" day and mental game is struggling, this course could eat you up quick and one wouldn't think when they show up to the first few holes. This course will surprise you specially playing blue to blue. One of the coolest features is the actual BLUE powder coated baskets to match the tees, different from the reds.
Cons: Gravel tees are worn down and a few "pot-holes" during run up makes footwork a little tricky, being newer course the brush and saplings are still battleing with the foot traffic and will say it has much improved from last year but still a few killer trip stumps and thick "schule" lol... Concrete tees and better tee signs would bump this course up 1 disc for me as it gives you everything you want playability wise but lacks in the areas which many other 3.5-5 disc courses offer specially when it comes to amenities and overall feel is very "rec" course but plays more advanced from the longer tees. Some holes are very tight together and also blind which caused players to throw while we were still in the fairway or discs/players crossing into eachothers lies. Lacks benches/waiting areas which was a problem on such a high traffic day.
Other Thoughts: It is obvious there was a good amount of time spent designing this course and they really took advantage of the land/space available by using all of its features to the fullest. There was a local league there the day we played and I couldn't believe how many times discs would come flying by us while we still were throwing an up-shot or groups of 4-5 not letting us (quick playing 2fer) through as well as my disc being picked up on one of the blind holes plus people in the open fields just throwing discs like crazy with no regard for others around as if they owned the place... Just didn't get a good vibe at all even though the course is challenging and probably one of the better free 18 hole courses around, it was less than a welcoming 2nd time at this course and not its fault either but part of it none the less. I'd rather play a less desirable course and not have to deal with the crap we did that day. Great work designers and those who help to make this free course possible and all of their continued efforts to grow DG by giving us new courses every year, all around the Twin Cities!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fantastic course! Wide variety of open & wooded, hilly & flat, close & long shots. Each hole has 2 baskets in different locations (one for the long tee and one for the short tee) but you can play at the alternate basket to change the game up. Best course in the area by far!
Cons: Dirt tee pads. If this course had cement tee pads it would be one of the best courses in the country.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course offers a variety of distances and disc turns which favor certain players on certain holes and others on other holes. You find yourself doing phenomenal on one hole and enraged on the next. As far as free courses go, this is by far the best and most reliable.
-Red and Blue Tees
-Red and Blue baskets(high quality)
-Challenging shots and tests every aspect of your disc golfing abilities
-Enough distance between holes where letting someone play through isn't a hassle
-Beautiful scenes and trees
-Lots of trashcans
Cons: While this is by far the best course south of the Twin Cities, it certainly has some drawbacks
-Marijuana Leaf drawings on tees
-The course setup for a first timer and even a fifth timer may be confusing. As someone who has played this 40+ times, I sometimes forget about how confusing it is, so make sure you either take someone experienced with you or else take a picture of the map on hole 1.
-Lots of trees to maneuver and get discs lost in
Other Thoughts: Can't wait for more updates!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great Start, Needs Improvements ASAP, but has Potential
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Kenwood Trails DGC has a great start to the course. There are a variety of holes that require a variety of shots, including holes in the open, holes in the woods, and a few holes with elevation change.
Cons: Being that this course is brand new, there are also many bad things to say about it. The most distinctive con would have to be the lack of cement tee pads. Woods chips were put down in their place, which offers absolutely no traction. I would've much rather been throwing off packed gravel or even just the dirt. The course also lacks quality signs for navigation and there are still some areas in the woods that need to be cleaned up. Lastly, being that this course is located at a middle school and is located in quite a busy residential area, it was unfortunately very busy when I was there.
Other Thoughts: Once cement tee pads and signs are installed, I would gladly give this course a 3.5 or 4.0. I would also like to see the course pay to play so that these improvements can be made sooner, rather than later and it will help slim down the crowd as well. The course has a lot of potential and can't wait to play it once it improves over the next couple of years.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set on the large grounds of a middle school, and is devoted entirely to the disc golf. At least, when the course is open to the public, it's wide open.
- About half of the holes are set in the wooded section of the grounds, with lots of trees to contend with. Some of them have some pretty interesting or tough lines, #4 is a hard flick through a lot of trees, #6 is a sharp dogleg left followed by #7 - a dogleg to the right. #9 is a long tunnelly shot that ends in a sloping green. #10 is a cool hole that has two paths to the basket, wide right and wide left, around some thick jail. #11 is another uphill flick that finished sharp right, and #16 is a tough FH flex shot to the blue basket. Good accuracy is needed on all these holes.
- Other holes are much more forgiving, or have wider fairways carved out of the woods. #12 is a RHBH hyzer, #5 and #8 are pretty short. #13 is pretty wide open, with the basket tucked amongst some trees. #15 is a little valley out of the woods, that ends back in some different woods. These still need some good line shaping and shot placement. Some other holes are even more open, #1 and #2 are completely open, and #17 and #18 have forest to avoid along the right side.
- Elevation changes are present in many different spots here, for both short holes and long, tougher and easier. The holes out in the open are much more interesting because of this - #1, #2, and #13 are all uphill, #14 is downhill, #17 is uphill off the tee, and #18 finishes downhill. In the woods, #4 is downhill, #6 is uphill before the dogleg left, #9 is a longer, sloping downhill, and #10 has an elevated teepad. Nothing extreme, but definitely noticeable.
- Very good variety of hole lengths, especially with the multiple tees and baskets. There are some holes that could be legitimate par 4's, like the dogleg left #6, dogleg right #7, tunnelish #9, the wooded dogleg left #15, and the uphill dogleg right #17. All of these are over 400', with #9 at 530'. There are also four holes under 200', and everything in between!
- Baskets in good shape, tee signs are pretty basic with the number and distance. Navigation is pretty easy, there are awesome next tee signs. Grass/natural tees are still in good shape.
Cons: - A few holes are pretty much wide open, #1 and #2 are the most obvious, as well as #13, #17, and #18 to a certain extent. There are some challenges with elevation changes, and some forest to avoid, but they are pretty straightforward.
- The very short holes are a good complement to the longer ones, but are almost too short. The lines are tough, but at under 200', they are pretty much approach shots. Even the long to long setup is extremely short in spots.
- Apart from the woods and forest, there aren't many hazardous areas here. A lot of the course feels pretty similar in terms of appearance and challenges.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, a very fun course that has a good mix of holes. Some short ones both in and out of the forest, and some long ones in and out of the forest. A mix of hyzers, anhyzers, some flicks, and probably spots for overhand or trick shots on some of the shorter holes. With the two tee/two basket setup, it is a great course for beginners and intermediate players. More advanced players will find some challenges on the par 4's as well, I would think.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 14 Not
Pros: Nice signage at hole 1...but after that it's a train wreck
Cons: 1) course isn't open M-F during school hours
2) course design is uninspiring. seems like the designer(s) simply walked through the woods making left and right turns every 50 ft and called it a design.
3) piles of trimmed brush left in the middle of rough areas only few feet from fairway...too lazy to clean up after taking down.
4) teepad are not concrete...rather CONCAVE...meaning you have that nice drop of 3 in when planting.
5) first time playing...double the time...you'll be spending half your time finding the basket and where to throw than any time spent playing.
6) hole 11 is the worst designed hole I've ever seen.
7) hole 8, which i felt was one of the better designed holes, was ruined by the designer placing the basket in a small grouping of brush. a basket surrounded by trees...wow.
In all, the entire course is a pitch to position, then hope to get up to par, with the exception of maybe 4 holes. I walked off the course on hole 17 as I couldn't stand it.
Other Thoughts: With teepads this would be slightly better...sightlines to baskets would really be helpful.
1 of 15 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
A must play
Pros: -Some holes that are open, some that are wooded
-Red tees to red pins, blue tees to blue pins, making it so you can play a pretty easy, or a pretty tough round.
-72 total hole configurations... (Red to Red, Red to Blue, Blue to Blue, Blue to Red -- Each of those having 18!) Wow!
-Really well mowed and kept
Cons: -A fair amount of graffiti on the tee-box markers... Ugh, really people?
-I've noticed chains missing a coupe of times being there, but generally ok
-No cement teeboxes... yet.
Other Thoughts: This course is the nicest course I've played that is a free-to-play course. One of the things I really like about it is that you get a few open holes to open up your round, then head into the woods for about 13 holes, then you're back out in the open to finish up, so it is a good variety.
Somehow, it feels like more holes go uphill, rather than downhill, but this may just be my impression because uphill holes tend to be more memorable to me. Many of the downhill holes are doglegs and quite wooded, so don't expect any holes where you get to throw absolute bombs downhills.
The cement teeboxes are not in yet, but I have heard that they are adding cement for all 36 teeboxes early next season through July.
One of the other courses nearby is Alimagnet and I can cite a few differences between the two in case you have played that one and aren't certain if you want to try this one.
-18 holes instead of 12.
-Red tees to red baskets is probably an easier course for the average player
-Blue tees to blue baskets is probably tougher than Alimagnet for the average player
-Generally more wooded than Alimagnet
-The pins aren't quite as well manicured and setup with retaining walls as the Aligmanet "greens" are
Once those are in, this has the chance to be one of the best courses free or paid!
Definitely a must play if you are in the area!
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Lucky middle school bastards
Pros: So this rating is a bit high. More of a when they finish with the things they are gonna do (like Cement tees) it will be here. 2 sets of tees and baskets on every hole, lots of variety, up the hill, down the hill, left, right, open, narrow. You will use every shot in your bag.
Cons: Closed during the day when kids are in session, no real bomber holes, the longest open hole is only about 400'
Other Thoughts: As it stands right now this course is a 4, cement in the teepads and it is a 4.5. Very good course.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Wood Pile Galore
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Kenwood Trails DGC is an interesting course with a bit of potential. At the start of the course there is a nice map showing the entire course's layout. The first tee is directly next to the tee. From that point on navigation is never an issue. There are next tee signs on each basket and whenever the next tee is not visible from the previous basket there are multiple next tee signs along the walk to show the way.
The course does a nice job of incorporating elevation in almost every hole even though there are no really big hills on the course to work with.
The holes feel fairly balanced with straight, right, and left break holes. With the tight fairways in the wooded sections of the course precise shot shaping is required. The distance on the holes is fairly short and most of the holes are right around 200 feet in length. For the better players the course could be played with a putter or a midrange disc until the last couple of holes that are around the four hundred foot length. It felt like the designer of the course really thought about how to lay out the course to create a fun and interesting course to play.
Tee area was clearly marked and most holes had a blue and red tee that were easy to identify. The footing was not great since most holes had wood chips placed in the tee area.
Cons: The course has some major problems as it currently stands and one could argue that some of these problems really should have been addressed before the course was open for play. First my biggest issue with the course is that almost all of the fairways in the wood sections have stacked piles of wood in the fairway. These piles are clearly not there to enhance the course and seem to be waiting for someone to haul them out. On hole 5 for example there is three or four foot high pile of wood that is about eight feet wide that is stacked about 40 feet in front of the basket. I threw a drive off the tee that was the exact throw I wanted but instead of parking it within 10 feet of the basket for a birdie I struck the wood pile and got stuck in the wood pile and had to settle for par. There were three of four other holes where my drive was negatively impacted by these woodpiles. On hole four the blue tee is unplayable because of the massive wood pile stack on the tee. In my mind, these woodpiles are unacceptable.
Another issue with the course is the tee area of each hole. The problem is that the tee areas have been wood chipped. I detest wood chick tee areas. Wood chipping does not provide any traction and usually causes a person to stumble or slip on a run up to throw. Most of these holes are extremely short so solid footing on the tee is not as important as it is on most courses but it is still a problem. Until concrete is put in the tee areas should just have been left as dirt.
The course was extremely crowded with the type of disc golfer that you do not want to see on the tee in front of you. There were many large groups of teenagers who did not understand the proper etiquette of disc golf aka throwing multiple shots, not letting faster players play through, and standing at the pin after completing a hole to chit chat amongst themselves or on their phones. The course should be easy to play in an hour or less since the distance is so short but instead it took us an hour and forty minutes to play the course. This detracted from the overall enjoyment of the course.
While I enjoyed the technicalness of the holes the majority of the holes were to short in length. Only two of the holes were over three hundred feet in length and the rest of the holes were pretty close to the two hundred foot length.
Other Thoughts: The course is interesting to me because it has the potential to be a fairly decent beginner course. The length of the holes make it attractive to new players because they are distances they can actual throw. The technicalness of the course through will detract from the beginner friendliness of the course. If the major issues of wood piles being stacked in the fairways and the poor tees are addressed the course will be a fun short course to play in the metro area.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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