Destination course at it's finest.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I waited to review this course until I played it in most of the combinations of tees/basket placements, as I didn't want to throw out a homer drive-by type review.
With that said, this is as good as it gets in the disc golf world. Not only is the disc golf absolutely top notch, but I can't imagine better amenities for a single course property.
18 red powder coated DGA baskets, all in fantastic shape, pop right out in this mostly wooded course. 3 tee positions on nearly every hole (2 on the others) keep the layout fresh. Different positions really change the hole concepts.
3 teepads on nearly every hole (2 on the others). Nearly every tee on every hole provides a completely different shot and line (outside of hole 3, the one big open bomber on the course) All teepads are trapezoid concrete, with a level concrete run off area at the end. The best of the best.
It's an old cliche, but in this case, it's true. You WILL use every shot in your arsenal at this course. The mostly wooded lanes all offer at least one, and in most cases more, possible line to the baskets. The opportunities to get creative are everywhere, but you'll get punished if you miss. It's easy to pull 5's and 6's on many holes, or get 2's and 3's. Scoring separation is what really sets this course apart. A lot of distance variety, especially when you switch tee pads.
Flow and navigation is very intuitive, and very rarely will you not be able to find exactly the tee pad and hole you're looking for. Next tee signs abound, when you do need them.
Great use of the elevation on the property. Holes roll up and down through the woods, with some really nice up and downhill shots, especially with the baskets in the long positions.
Erosion is nearly non-existent because of the great use of man-made structures throughout. Baskets raised on structures, tee pads mounted in bridges, protective walls around tees where there could be trouble...it's all here. Also a waterfall exit on Hole 3 is in the works.
Cons: Anything here is nit picking.
The tee signs are informative, but are basically plastic signs, garage sale sign style. They have them on every tee on every hole, which is nice, though. They seem to get replaced whenever necessary, so it's really not a problem.
I'm listing this in the cons, but to me it's not one. $5 pay to play...all day. I don't even like putting this in this section, but I understand that some people don't like P2P.
It has some low lying areas, and gets swampy in the spring. I was there yesterday, though, and it was dry and wonderful.
Not a lot of open bomber holes here. Hole 3 is basically it. Hole 13 is a nice downhill shot, too.
Other Thoughts: This course offers everything you could possibly want in a destination course. 18 championship level holes, 2 practice baskets, a netted driving range, a pro shop, a BAR (with pool table, adult beverages, flat screen TV's, and great people), clean and updated bathrooms, free score cards/pencils...it's just crazy how much you get for $5/day.
Very little risk of losing discs here. They've managed to keep good rough without it being ridiculous. Most rough is bushes, and not heavy undergrowth. Even the few open holes have lanes mowed through the prairie grass. Oh, and with it being in WI, you'd think bugs would be horrible. Not so here, because they fog the course for bugs.
Even with it being on Hwy 10 (which is a usually busy road), you totally get the "out there" secluded feel. It's in a rural area, so you don't get much 2 disc chucker action, and to be honest, outside of leagues, you'll never see it crazy busy.
This is a course that will test your skills, especially accuracy. I always wish I could play this course more often. Pair it with Silver Creek, or nearby Lower Cato Falls, and you'll have as good of a discing day as you could possibly ask for.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: First of all, this course has amazing quality. It is very well maintained--virtually no liter, and no vandalism at all. Also this course is very beautiful, with a very nice landscape and also many man made structures to keep the course safe.
But not only is Rollin' Ridge well maintained, it is also a very challenging course. It features a massive 1007 foot hole, but also many tight and technical holes in the woods. Rollin' Ridge will tune you for any course.
Cons: It may be frustrating to play, especially for beginners, as you really have to play hard to get a birdie on this course.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: -3 sets of pads on just about every hole
-every shot is included there: extreme hyzers, straight shots, forhands, anhyzers
-this course deserves to be top 5 in the world
Cons: -theres not many cons about this course, the only thing really is the tee signs could be improved
-if you miss your line on some of the holes you are screwed
Other Thoughts: if you are in the area, Rollin Ridge is a must play
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: Multiple difficulty levels
Pit stops at Club house after 9 and 18
On site camping
Cons: Can gather water at times
Parts still under construction
Other Thoughts: Great course to play for the day. Food and Beverage on site!
0 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Destination disc golf done right!
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There is so much going for this course, and if you stop reading quickly, just understand that it is a must-play course. It'll get in your head and you'll want to return over and over, but it's because the owners have done a lot of things right to make it one of the best experiences possible.
Watch your map / gps closely as you approach the course, because it's easy to miss. When you pull in, you drive past hole one and start to get excited and then you find a nice gravel parking lot by the clubhouse. Immediately, you are greeted by practice baskets, a practice driving pad (batting cage style netting) and abundant seating around the porch area. The proshop and bar area are very nice and everyone you meet is very helpful.
OK, on to the course.
The teepads are wide at the back and narrow toward the front and are very long. They also have a runoff / foul area on the front, so when your follow through you don't step off into mud or any other hazard. I appreciated this a lot, as we've had a very wet spring and early summer. Most places I play, I'm dragging my toes in mud off the tee or even slipping and generally looking goofy...but not at Rollin Ridge.
The holes are mostly technical, but don't really give you a break on distance in too many places. It's not going to be a lot of fun for a brand new player, due to this, but most people that make an effort to get to the Ridge are not first-time players. Some highlights for me are hole #3, which is the "air-it-out" hole. This is the one for all the bragging rights on distance throwing. #4 and #10 have baskets elevated on wooden structures and make for some challenging putting, if you don't lay up at the base. #14 has you driving at a hill with a series of walls built into it, but you have to choose your path carefully, as you're throwing through a good amount of trees to get there.
Despite the very wet year we've had, Rollin Ridge staff / volunteers have kept the course in great playing condition and have been fogging for bugs. I played with no bothers from the mosquito population, which is rampant on most courses around here. It was a great experience and I personally plan on making the 3-hour return trip at least one more time this year.
Cons: #4, 5, 6, 10, 13, and 14 all are in the low-spot of the course. This year has been relentlessly wet, so the ground feels boggy off of the teepads. It's not unplayable, but something to keep in mind as far as footwear.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Pretty Amazing Course
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I'm not exactly sure where to start with the Pros for this course, so I'll just begin at the beginning.
Rollin' Ridge is in the small town of Reedsville which is sort of in the middle of a triangle that you could make with Appleton, Green Bay and Manitowoc. It's a little out there, but that adds to the charm and makes it a real destination.
There is a small red sign marking the spot, and you can't see any of the course from the road, very demure. You pull in and there is a very large gravel lot next to the rather magnificent club house and pro shop.
They have a very large outdoor deck with a fire pit and picnic tables. Quite nice bathrooms and some of them have showers, which you may need because you can camp there as well.
The Pro Shop has food, drinks and a really cool atmosphere. Kind of a cross between a neighborhood bar and a comfy living room.
The shop is also stocked with a ton of great discs from; Innova, Discraft, Gateway, Vibram, MVP, Legacy and Prodigy. They even had my favorite disc a FAF 175 Champ Firebird in bright pink, bought it after my rounds, I'll tell you why in a bit.
Every hole has 3 teepads, and they are enormous, and well textured. They even have a runoff area at the end so you never have to worry about falling in a puddle or running out of room.
Baskets are all brand new looking DGA baskets, and they have 3 possible placements on every hole, it was on the C placement when I played.
The first round I played the medium(red) tees, they are fairly long but not terribly. I lost my DX Firebird on #2 the first time through(hence the replacement) so I was stuck with just a Warlock, a Cro and a Drone.
Second round I played the long black tees and stayed at 7 over which isn't too bad for not having a real driver.
I hung in there and had a great time, it's got some bomb holes, but it's largely wooded and there is water on a lot of holes but not so much that you have to worry much.
My advice, forget your high speed drivers. Get some solid shots in the middle of the fairway and you'll have a great day.
they do a lot of things here I haven't seen at any other course, for example they have one basket up on a big wooden box, and another on top of a pyramid of wooden steps, talk about a dramatic upshot.
Another hole has a series of walls making a series of plateaus leading up to the basket, so even if you have a great drive you might still have a 10 or 20 ft upshot.
They have recently fogged for mosquitoes so I didn't get bit once. Which is pretty cool considering that I've gotten eaten alive on every other course in Michigan and Wisconsin this spring and summer.
They are hosting the Silver Cup tomorrow, and the place is in awesome shape.
The attention to detail is just fantastic, weather it been the flowers by the tee boxes on the open field holes, or the wooden dividing walls that are adorned with numbers and embellishments.
There is no trash, no tagging, the maps by each hole are extremely accurate, as are the ones on the map/scorecards you can get no charge at the Pro Shop by the slot where you pay. There are benches on almost every hole as well, not that you will need to sit that much since even though it was quite occupied today, I hardly ever had to wait to throw.
One of the owners also told me they are planning a waterfall that you have to throw through a gap in on one of the early holes, which sounds pretty amazing.
I almost forgot the two practice baskets and batting cage style driving range.
Most of all these are first class people who care about what they do. They care about this game and have created a family atmosphere on a professional quality course that I have never seen anywhere else.
I only come to this area a few times a year, but I will never miss a trip to the Ridge. If your close count yourself lucky, if not put this on your wish list and make it here one day.
Cons: The cons are few...I guess you could say that some of low lying holes are soft and a little wet but with the weather has been so crazy that is hardly is a con. Plus they were putting down wood chips and planks to alleviate that as I was playing.
One possible con is that $5 may just be too cheap for a course this good. Maybe the best bargain in disc golf.
Other Thoughts: I have seldom had so much fun on a course, this is truly a must play.
They have done everything possible to make this the best possible place to play a round, be in nature and learn more about your game.
And if you see a big fuzzy white dog around, his name is Bogey, scratch him behind the ears.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Rollin Ridge DGC
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Disclaimer: All claims about the holes are from the perspective of short tee pads to B pin positions.
1) TWO practice baskets and a "driving range". Driving range is just netting placed around wooden posts to form a tunnel about 30 feet long, but it gets the job done.
2) 3 tee pads and 3 pin positions on almost all of the holes.
3) Tee pads are ginormous, grippy, and have a run off area at the end for your follow through.
4) Great catching and deep baskets.
6) Navigation is a complete non issue. Great signs along with an intuitive design provide for a great first time experience, even without a map.
5) Well defined and manicured fairways around the entire course. Even on the tighter holes there are defined gaps and lines that the hole asks you to hit.
6) Course makes great use of the woods and open areas around the property, along with the few hills that there are.
7) The overall design of this course is just absolutely amazing. It won't force any specific shot on you (although it may work a lot better) but you will need your whole bag here. 7 of the holes play left to right, 7 right to left, 3 play relatively straight, and 1 of them plays as a small S shape. As a lefty it threw backhand off the on every hole, while I was still able to play good, if I had a dependable side arm I could have shaved at least 3 or 4 strokes off of my game.
8) Distance variation. When I played they ranged from 160ft to 625ft from the short pads with most holes hovering around 300ft.
9) Legitimate par 4s!
10) Great risk-reward. While most holes are a relatively easy par (expect 9, that hole is hard no matter how you slice it) birdies are a pretty difficult thing to come by. Carding a birdie here usually forces you to take a shot that if you miss will leave with a difficult par or worse.
11) Unless you get some really unlucky kicks there is virtually no chance you will end up on some one else's fairway, or someone else on yours.
12) Landscaping. Most tee pads have some sort of decorative rock around them and a few of the pins have great "green" that have been created. Namely hole 14 which is on the top of a 3 tier wall that is about 20-25 feet high. Also walls have been constructed around tee pads that may be in the line of flight from other tee pads on the same hole or from different holes. And they look pretty awesome.
13) Foot bridges have been built over the wet areas of the course so you don't have to get, too, wet during your round of golf. More on that below.
14) Benches and trash cans (buckets) are to be seen on almost every hole.
15) Full stocked pro shop that is open almost all the time.
16) Pay to play. Keeps all the ne'erdowells away.
17) The owners are amazingly nice people, and they have a really friendly dog :)
Cons: 1) The only con I have is something that is out of control of the course owners, which is why I gave this course a 5, and not a 4.5. The course is built on naturally swampy land so I can get very very wet and soggy. When I played (in mid May) hole 4 consisted of standing in water or sinking up to your calves in the dirt. The walk to hole 5, from 4, end of 7, end of 13, and the first 3/4 of 14 were like this as well. Also, then end of 14, at the bottom of the big wall, gathers massive amounts of casual water. There was a small lake about 50 feet by 30 feet that was about 1-2 feet deep, and surrounded by that soft swampy mud for about 5 feet in every direction around it.
Based on what I've seen from the owners of this course if anything can be done to fix this one problem it will be done, lets hope it can.
Other Thoughts: As of now this course tops my list as the best one I've ever played. It is truly a top notch, championship level course. If you haven't played it take a road trip and treat yourself to greatness.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Great and Challenging Course
Pros: Rollin Ridge is an overall great course. I have only been here twice so far and each time there was snow on the ground. Even though it was winter it was still so much fun.
The grounds keepers kept at least one set of tee pads cleared off so there was a clear place to drive without ice or snow. Also the tee pads are very good size and quality. There are 2 or 3 tee pads of different difficulty for each hole.
The layout is awesome. There is a great mix of difficulty for each hole. Some in the woods some in the open and some are half wooded half open. This course makes you use all different kinds of throwing techniques and can be great practice. They also have been constantly updating the course by building different structures to modify the course.
Rollin Ridge has a clubhouse with a small bar, tables, and a pool table. They serve a lot of simple foods, beer, and other drinks. They also have a large selection of discs to purchase. The clubhouse it nice too because while winter discin, it is nice to go by their fireplace to warm up.
The staff at Rollin Ridge are very nice and they actually remembered me the second time I went. Also, they try to return any lost discs to people. if you lose one that has your name on it, they will hold on to it. I wrote my phone number on mine and they actually gave me a call to tell me it had been found and it was waiting for me. Great customer service.
I can't wait until summer to go up there and stay overnight on their camp sites. I live about 2 hours away from Rollin Ridge but it is definitely worth the trip.
Cons: The only con I can think about is the fact that I live over 2 hours away from the course and I can't go there as often as I want.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
The Augusta National of disc golf
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: EVERYTHING! Tee's are amazing. There is a waterfall in the making on the 3rd hole that is under construction. Can wait to see that the entails. People are some of the nicest ever. The pro shop/bar is great. There are really to many things to list here. Everywhere you turn there is more and more cool stuff you don't see every where. They offer camping on the course that includes all the folfing you can get.
They have a practice driving cage/net that I have never seen before. When I said this the Augusta National I wasn't joking or being dramatic at all.
Cons: If I have to list one it would be the bugs, but they do provide bug spray at pro shop for free.
Other Thoughts: Bye far the best place I have ever played. I am a golf course superintendent and this place was just a nice as some of the local golf courses. Really a great place to have in our state. I hope they get a national tourney.
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
more rating then review
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The best course in Wisconsin. Pro shop with a driving range and baskets to warm up. All the structures and well kept fairways are something that constantly puts a smile on my face. Then the golf. The course design flows well here leading you back to the club house after 9 and 18. Three different pads and 3 different placements! Variety galore! I personally have played this course 30+ times and constantly ill realize im playing a lay out of a hole for the first time. Tight fairways are all over the place and there all fair when baskets are in shorter placements. Some good use of the little bit of elevation thats at the ridge. Navigation is simple. The pads are the best you can have. Simply an amazing experience for any disc addict.
Cons: Okay I pains me to say it but black tees or long tees to long placement needs some more trees knocked down. You pure a shot down the fairway you should have a lane to the basket. Hole 1 is the best example for this. If you have a good drive your choice for an upshot is 200 ft with a sliver of a lane that has mucky pond OB below it. I've taken 3s on it before but I don't feel great like I excuted the shot I just feel I got lucky. Im all about tiny lanes but I dont want it to just be lucky. Another con would be the land, part of the course is a swamp. Also more elevation would be nice.
Other Thoughts: My con on longs to long doesn't drop my rating cause the ridge can be played so many ways and most of the ways deserve 5 stars to me. I have played flip, Idlewild, all highbridge and other great courses and for me the ridge takes the cake. If you get a chance to play find Steve and thank him and maybe donate him more money. I feel like I am ripping him off every time I play.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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