Extremely fun and challenging course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course in a multi use park in St. Paul.
Discraft Chainstar baskets, all in good repair, and caught well. No issues here. One pin position per hole.
Concrete tee pads on every hole. Two tees per hole (on most holes). Some were showing some wear, but they were generally long and grippy, and played well.
Lots of up and down here. Not severe elevation, but enough to make you change up shots. Ends with a really nice ski hill type Top Of The World shot.
Lots of nice signage, and tons of "Next Tee" type signs made navigation here extremely easy.
Wonderful diversity of shots here. I don't often use the phrase in reviews, but you definitely have the opportunity to "use every disc in your bag" here. From short, technical 200' holes, up to long 500' legit par 4's...and everything in between. Even the open holes tended to have some sort of challenge. An excellent job was done to avoid repetitive holes, as well.
Free to play! With so many great P2P courses in the area, it's a bit surprising this is free, at least for now. Plenty of parking, as well...and brick and mortar bathrooms to boot.
Cons: No water. Not a biggie, IMO, but worth mentioning.
Only one pin position per hole isn't great, and there seemed to be options, for at least a large amount of the holes.
As mentioned above, some of the tee pads could use some cleanup.
Other Thoughts: Based on some of the standalone features, this course would usually rate a 4.0 by my standards...but sometimes you walk away from a course with a giant smile on your face, and it just feels good. Lakewood was that sort of place for me. As an Int player that throws around 350-370', I had an absolute blast here. From what we were told, they've done a ton of work here (see: long wooden bridge on hole 1), and it shows.
This was definitely the biggest surprise of our weekend in the Twin Cities, and if I get back, I'm definitely playing it again. Don't let the current rating fool you...this is a gem.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Consistent teepads. My first time playing the course was met with excellent signage for hole information and where the next tee box is located.
The difference from the front 9 to the back 9 is amazing. Open shots on the front and tree punishment on the back 9.
Elevation changes were nice to see compared to flat courses.
Cons: Trash in some areas, but typical of a free to play course.
Other Thoughts: A lot of people playing today, which is nice to see.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
New and Definitely Improved
Pros: • New holes vastly improve the overall feel of the course!
• Nickname of "Lefty Hills" (due to the abundance of right curving holes favoring the backhand throw of a left handed player) is no longer quite as overpowering.
• The new holes:
1. Have a great variety of elevation
2. Add a feeling of a need for precision and technique.
3. Finally make this a full 18!!
• There has been a lot of work put into improving the tee areas and removing excess underbrush.(all holes now have concrete tees)
Cons: • As has been mentioned on prior posts there seems to be a few hoodlums present in the woods. I personally threw a disc on hole
# 9 which landed nicely in the fairway unfortunately before I managed to get to it to make my next shot it was swiped. It is highly recommended that on all blind holes (holes in which the basket isn't in plain view from the tee) that a member of your party run ahead to check that the hole is clear of both shady characters and parties that may be ahead of you. (this shouldn't detract from the course it is just an unfortunate reality)
• Not the most beginner friendly course with a few very long holes and a few very tight ally shots.
• Hole #10 is a plain and simple combination of the former 10 and 11. The basket of hole 10 was simply removed. This leaves the hole feeling unfinished and somewhat unpleasant to play. (Perhaps a new tee location is in order?)
• Rating of holes with pars other than 3 makes comparing scores with others confusing and skewed (Just make them all par 3's and man up!!)
Other Thoughts: • The improvements on this course have definitely bumped it from a low 3 up to a high 4 rating.
• The order of holes including the new ones is:
o Holes 1-9 as usual
o Hole 10 (modified 10+11)
o Hole 11 (old hole 12 from the tee in the trees out across the field towards the playground)
o New holes (Walk back up into the woods along the fence, first tee located a few feet down the trail)
o Hole 17 (old hole 13 big uphill shot)
o Hole 18 (old hole 14 and everyone's favorite downhill finish)
• I have heard many complaints about the difficulty of hole # 7. This hole is not hinging on the player having a huge arm it is about the placement of throws. I do not by any means have a big arm but with thoughtful navigation I'm able to play par (3) much of the time.
• Thank you to all of those who put the time and effort in to really making this course great!
P.S. If anyone sees or has someone try to sell them my light blue(turquoise) star sidewinder with a name on the inside rim (the disc that was snatched on hole # 9) please let me know. I miss her.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Long holes make it fun to play, wooded areas give a nice challenge. It is a fairly nice course I have only played it twice but I do enjoy it.
Cons: Very popular course so there is some downtime between holes. I was there and since it is right behind the Y a bunch of little kids where playing in the woods so I elected to not play it. There are places that you could lose a disc very easily. The layout of the course is a little confusing if you are not familiar with it.
Other Thoughts: I like the course and will probably play it again
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great variety to this course, great use of hills, woods, and some water can come into play (#1 and #14)
You start out with some easier holes, but then you work your way into holes where you will need to air it out and eventually work your way into the woods.
The last two holes make the course really unique. On your way up the hill you wonder who designed this thing, but once you reach #14 you see why you had to come up. Great way to finish the course.
Cons: Every now and then the course get busy and there are bottle necks around the course.
Signs to where the next hole is would be very helpful. If a first timer it is extremely easy to get lost.
The hole on #11 was stolen last fall, but they seem to have found an OK replacement.
Other Thoughts: It is only 14 holes and they could build up to 18. I have played this course more than any other and I still find new challenges every time I play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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