Mature pine, elevation changes, make this a "must-play"
Pros: -GREAT course scenery/terrain: mature pine, elevation changes, make this a very special course in Central MN
-Well organized course
-Great signage at each tee and between tees, easy navigation
-Short and long markers with info
-Baskets are in good condition and uniform
-Trails seem well-groomed (although today is March 1st, and there's a little snow-cover yet)
- A circular "loop" means you never cover the same ground twice, and never cross your own path
- Remote location
Cons: - Remote location (yes, that was a "Pro" too)
- No real long open drives
- Too nice of a course for just 9 holes!
- Some indication of thorny undergrowth, although it's navigable
Other Thoughts: Upon first playing it, this became one of my favorite courses of those I played in MN (a tough feat accomplished for a 9-hole course.) I hope the initiative is taken to expand it to 18, as this would certainly become a destination course. It's easy enough to do two loops and make it an 18, which is nice. Again, the scenery and terrain of this course make it one-of-a-kind around here. The drives are fair, and pars very consistent. While a tight shot is handy in this wooded environment, the fairways are open enough to not make it a guessing game. While you'll feel out in the middle of nowhere, there's no getting lost on this course as the signage will keep you moving in the right direction. I have to give this course a solid 4/5. ***disclaimer: this review was based on a single, March 1st round
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Pros: -Professional signage
-Natural beauty of central MN (St. Mathias)
-Nice variety of hole layouts (each hole was carefully thought out ahead of time)
-Many opportunities to demonstrate technical ability
Cons: -Unforgiving fairways (errant shots may lead to a lost disc, a few scrapes from the underbrush, or worse yet, a tick-borne illness)
-Not an easy course to walk (uneven ground in places, some debris in fairway, lots of wildlife such as bees, ticks, and mosquitoes/flies)
-Needs players and vision to develop into a truly great course, which it could be
Other Thoughts: Holes are a work in progress. Players inputs are needed to develop this course further to utilize its great potential. St. Mathias is a beautiful place to have a disc golf course.
Beginner player experience - 0.1/1 for tough fairways, wicked terrain, and incorrigible wildlife
Intermediate player experience - 0.7/1 for demanding technical shots in place of extreme distance or putting prowess
Advanced player experience - 0.8/1 for being a poor disc golfer's Pebble Beach (where the elements are always in play)
Setting - 0.8/1 for raw nature, very raw
Overall course experience - 0.4/1 for being very rough around the edges
Total = 2.8/5
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Pros: New baskets, professional signage, two sets of tees, challenging technical lines through the woods, VERY minimal traffic sets this course apart.
Cons: The ticks were out of control last summer, prickly thorns around every corner if you get off the fairways. Holes are a tad bit short, teepads are ok but still a bit rough.
Other Thoughts: Add in concrete teepads, get rid of the ticks and thorns and you have a pretty fun course. There is more than enough room to add in another 18 holes, look for this course to be something great eventually. Take garlic supplements and bring deet, can't stress enough.
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Wooded w/Elevation - Unique in the Area
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Pros: -Great tee signs with detailed map on each hole, plus red and white tee posts with hole info at the red and white tees
-Signage and edged walking paths direct the player to the next tee location
-Course map on the kiosk (and DGCR page)
-Lockable Mach V baskets
-Leveled, Natural w/ gravel tee pads
-Some well defined fairways where you have to make the shot, some more open with options for different lines/approaches
-White and Red tees are open to beginners and still challenging for seasoned players
-Benches at some tees
-Elevation! This course actually has elevation and is put to good use
-Running water (spring to fall)
-Good variety of distance, par, some fairways defined and some more open wooded holes
-Lots of parking
-Large, mature forest setting - holes feel private and don't interfere with one another, looping back to the parking lot
Cons: -First hole starts a few hundred feet down the trail into the woods
-At the time of review, there are some thorny brush spots off some fairways, but as a new course it's understandable
-Needs garbage cans around course, but didn't see any garbage on the course
-Some newly cleared fairways are still rough walking in spots, some brush piles need to be moved back/removed
-Hard to put 9 holes being a 'con' based on all the area courses are 9, but the space is large and I'm hopeful they complete a back nine for 18 holes because this is a fun 9 that ends leaving you wanting to play again
Other Thoughts: -Compared to any other course in the area, this one was a lot of fun and has a lot of uniqueness, and is very well done
-Some definite "I need to play that again" holes
-Feels like a good "destination" course worth a trip when you need to play those holes again!
-Playground, Horseshoe pits, baseball and softball fields also at the park
-I have met the local crew who takes care of this park (all volunteer, not paid) and they really care about this space and are very proud of the disc golf course, and they have a lot to be proud of!
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