1 Helpful / 4 Not
Must hit course!
Pros: Challenging but fair, scenic course that will test your mental game, physical skills, and stamina. One of Darrell Nodland's crown jewels demanding shot variety, excellent use of Risk/Reward strategy. Challenging to the advanced and pro players, while still being playable by newer player (provided they play smart). Loved the "Panda's Nest" hole as it rewarded a smart shot to the left of pin, but punished less accurate lines.
Cons: Unforgiving holes and errant shots can put you in the rough tall grass or spanish olives. Avoid getting stuck by them as some people have a strong reaction to their toxins. Isolated so you need to bring plenty of liquids with you to fight dehydration and that can add more weight when trudging up and down the many hills. BUGS!
Other Thoughts: I would suggest visitors stop in the gravel area just prior to the bridge and tuck away a quart bottle in a shady spot near the basket of 20 for later use when you emerge from the back 9 empty and thirsty. Bring DEEP WOODS OFF.
When last played this course (late summer of 2010) I was a local and we were making efforts to maintain the course. The "backside" or middle nine were NOT mowed by the city or county and required us locals to drag mowers out there. Prairie grass is difficult to cut with push mowers and I can tell you it's a labor of love taking a weekend to complete with a small team.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
So much potential
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety, variety, variety, from long bombers to short technical holes, over water, uphill, downhill, open holes, holes crowded by trees and brush.
Cons: Extremely overgrown to the point that it adversely affects your experience.
Other Thoughts: This is a truly challenging course that starts out fairly easy going and progresses to extremely difficult. The tree lines and elevation are used well, and also the water is used well always leaving the player a safe option of some sort. This course has anything you could ask for in terms of hole design and landscape. If a fairly serious player comes to this course and does not have a good time the actual design will not be the culprit...
Which leads me to why this course gets a 4 and not a higher score. The easier part of the course early on is soon forgotten as you travel deeper in. There are zero garbage cans on the course, once you take off you will come no where near your vehicle until the very last holes, and the course gets overgrown to the point where finding your disc and throwing from your lie become drudgery. A major portion of the last half of the course has holes with a single 4 foot wide path mowed into them, leaving the rest of the fairway with grass 2-3 feet high. Shrubs and branches are reaching into the fairways to the point where it looks like there hasn't been any true upkeep to these areas of the course for several years.
Potential for an amazing championship level course is sitting right here in ND, yet the lack of any real level of greenskeeping leaves the latter half of this course as a brutal march.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This 27 hole course is incredible!! It originates on the top an island in the middle of a huge reservoir with an amazing look out over the water. Enjoy the view from here because the rest of your time will be spent tackling this monster.
What's not to like? There are elevation changes on the majority of the holes, some more extreme than others. Trees and shubbery? Almost overwhelming. They are greatly utilized on basically every hole. Water hazards? Please. How many more could you ask for? Several holes play along and over the lake, be prepared to lose some plastic!!
The pads are cement and in excellent shape and most of the baskets are in good condition but some of very rusted, especially those along the water. The course is well maintained fairly easy to navigate but I HIGHLY recommend taking a picture of the map at Hole #1, you'll be referring to it a few times!
The design of this course can't be praised enough. I would rate it has extremely challenging and you WILL need every disc in your bag. Monster distance holes, anhyzer holes, hyzer holes, straight tight shots... etc etc etc.
I also recommend spending the time to scout the holes before you tee off on them. There are MANY blind shots so knowing where the basket is helps a ton!
Cons: The holes not located on the island and a few on the island could use a little mower love. Once you are off the island most holes are in the fields with 2'+ grass so keep a sharp eye on your plastic.
Can be tough to navigate, even though I had the map I ended up skipping a couple holes near the end without realizing I did it until I finished. Oops.
TICKS. Lots of them. Wear pants if you can stand to in the summer. I wore shorts and from basket #2 to teepad #3 I ended up with 10 ticks on my legs. Talk about messing with your head early on in the round. I never found a tick on me once I got off the island, but when I woke up the following morning I found one suckin away on my neck so I don't know where he snagged me at.
WIND. Easily one of the most challenging winds you'll ever play in. Welcome to North Dakota, where the wind never stops blowing. Bring a couple overstable discs, you will want them.
Other Thoughts: This course is a BLAST! If you can handle ticks and high winds, do NOT pass on playing this course.
Again, I stress a few things for newcomers:
- Take a picture of the map at Hole #1
- Wear pants/ tick spray
- Scout the holes
- Bring all your discs
I didn't give this course a full 5 star rating because it doesn't have much for amenities and needs a teensy bit more maintenance. I didn't down-grade it due to wind or ticks, those are just hazards you gotta deal with. Everything else about this course is GREAT! Play it if you ever get the chance!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Easily the most epic course i have played yet!(i hate that word , but it applies here!) It has everything. Huge elevations changes, ridiculously long holes, forest and fields, hazards and rough. 27 holes of heaven for someone who likes a challenge. I will be back.
Cons: When i played i don't think the course was officially open yet. 6 holes were unplayable due to high water, and no maintenance had been done on the course except and path mowed showing the way through the holes that weren't on the Island.
Other Thoughts: I would give anything to play this course again in a little better condition!!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Extreme disc golf
Pros: This course has it all..27 holes, huge hills, tons of water hazards, cement tees, signs. It's basically on an island, and the land around the island, surrounded by the water of a reservoir. It can be 100' above the water, with fantastic views in all directions. Well designed. Challenging for all skill levels, with holes up to and well over 800' requiring two smooth drives up and down hills. It's worth it just to sit and look out from the top. There is a map-study it.
Cons: The wind- the most I've ever played in, on a sunny day. It whips up the hills off the water at 75+mph, tossing your hat off your head and flipping your most overstable driver like it's nothing but a joke. There are insane amounts of ticks..I got a dozen on me on one hole, looking for a disc I lost while finding 2 others. The back part is not maintained as well, many holes with 2-3' high grass as a fairway. Could be tough to navigate a few times.
Other Thoughts: Needs to be mowed down better, suggest long pants for ticks in summer if you can. Pay attention to the course map at hole #1.
Prepare to be blown away.
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