Kenwood Trails DGC
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Dual tees and baskets
- Significant difficulty challenge between long and short in some cases, meaning lots of variety
- Good use of elevation
-Mix of open vs technical holes
-Excellent flow, the next tee location is always clear
-Great signage. Shows elevation change and distance for each pin placement
Cons: -Course is closed during school hours
-Course can get crowded, go in the early morning for an empty course
-Baskets are pulled in the winter and the course is used as a cross country skiing course - no winter play
-The rough can get very thick in the summer for holes 3-12
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses. Every time I pass through Lakeville, I make a point to stop here. Going early on a weekend morning is nice because there is only one or two groups on the course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Lots of Options
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Multiple Baskets and Teepads per hole
-Signage (and map) is pretty good making it easy to follow
-Elevation changes are fun
Cons: -Practice basket is kind of hidden, didn't see it until well into my round
-School hours can limit times of play during school year.
Other Thoughts: I think a wide variety of players will enjoy this course, with the exception of the really great players. They would just crush this course. I enjoyed the round too bad its a pretty good drive to play otherwise I would play this course more.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: 2 baskets and 2 tees per hole make for a variety of ways you can play it
Very clean and well maintained
Even 180 foot shots require proper shaping
Well designed course
Cons: The hours because it's attached to a school, especially this time of year (October) you are limited to weekend play
Other Thoughts: I love this course, it's easily my current favorite.. it has such a variety of holes and options you could play many different combinations of this course
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A Teaching Tool
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Unique 18 holes
5 Helpful / 1 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: Update**all issues noted below have been addressed and course plays much better after being suped up for AM worlds last year and given time to mature.**
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!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 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 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 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 3 people found this review helpful.
Great Start, Needs Improvements ASAP, but has Potential
1 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 some elevation change. The tee pads and baskets are also top notch.
Cons: I really don't have too many bad things to say about this course. It could definitely use some more wood chips around the greens though in order to knock the dust down.
Other Thoughts: This course definitely plays more difficult than it looks, at least for me. Take your birdie opportunities early, as it gets more difficult/technical in the woods.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 15 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 16 people found this review helpful.
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