6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Course with a history lesson
Pros: This fun 12 hole course is one of the oldest courses in Minnesota and will provide most players with a varying degree of difficulty, shot selection, baskets and atmosphere. This course has come close to being shut down multiple times because the locals did not like it very much when this sport became more popular. The layout had a major revision done to appease the locals.
There is a group of dedicated locals which play random doubles Wednesday nights and has always provided me with a great time. They are known as the Friends of Hansen and have down a wonderful job with upkeep and improving the course. Without them this course wouldn't be here.
My original review was when this course had asphalt and natural tees. All the tees have been upgraded to concrete, with very nice benches being added to many of the holes.
Half the holes are out in the open while others are in the woods and require you to hit a variety of lines. Good use of elevation and most of the park space.
A lot of people do not like the cone baskets, however there is a positive way of looking at them. On some of the easier holes they provide an extra challenge as your putting range will go down due to the smaller sweet spot. This forces you to make better shots off the tee, which I and many other people enjoy.
Cons: The biggest con on this park is the cone shaped basket. Not because of the increased challenge, but because the quality is significantly lower than most chain baskets and require maintenance more often, especially due to the vandalism of oppressed white suburban kids who inhabit the park.
These cone shaped baskets were bought because they were cheaper and a local course who tried to put in home made chain baskets at another course was sued for patent infringement. So places like Moir and Hansen went for these green monsters.
The next biggest con is the major revision which was done to this park in the early 2000's, due to the rising popularity of disc golf. Holes 1, 2 and 3 used to be up near the cul-de-sac, at the top of the hill. The locals almost shut the course down, but instead a giant sign was erected telling disc golfers to now park on the other side of the creek, where you do now. However, most people ignored it because they didn't want to walk a 1/4 of a mile to the first tee.
The "compromise" was taking out holes 1, 2 and 3 and putting in the new holes 1, 3 and 12 while modifying a few others. Holes 4 - 10 remained the same layout.
If people are wondering why the few signs still left in the course are wrong it is because of this major revision. Every hole had a wooden post with a green sign indicating the hole, distance and par. When they changed the layout they haphazardly pounded the old signs into seemingly random tees.
Holes 1 and 12 can be quite wet at times. They were only ever put in to appease the locals who complained about increased traffic to the park.
Other Thoughts: If it weren't for a group of dedicated locals, known as "Friends of Hansen" those "lovable" green cone baskets wouldn't be here today, but then again neither would the chain baskets because the course would be gone and have faded into the night.
If you absolutely hate the cone baskets you can play at nearby Silverview Park, which isn't a bad course, but if you only birdie 7 of 9 there you are having a bad round.
This course would be improved slightly with chain baskets. I wouldn't wait for New Brighton to spend any taxpayers dollars to do so. If you want to see this course improve I'd consider going to the Wednesday night random doubles and ask about donating to the "friends of Hansen" group.
The biggest improvement to this course would be bringing the original holes 1, 2 and 3 back, making this a 15 hole course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: --Good use of the large hill in the center. Hole 4 and Hole 11 are particular favorites.
--Trees are well used, but don't make holes impossible.
--Nice dual teepads on most holes.
--The 4 regular baskets on the course are a good break from cone hell.
--There are some nice holes on this course, but it's too bad that the cones ruin them for me.
Cons: --There are not enough words to describe how much I despise the cones. Discs fall out the bottom, putts get rejected easy, and the basket portion are all bent and warped. By the end of the round, I became scared of longer putts, opting for layups instead. When poor course conditions make me drastically change my game, I don't appreciate it. Cones are on holes: 2,3,5-8 and 11
--The homemade basket on number one is not too bad, but it's not the way you want to start the course.
--My legs were on fire from the stinging nettles in the rough on hole 12. Beware the rough on that hole.
--The directions are confusing. Teepads are labeled wrong and it doesn't help that the first and twelfth hole are on the opposite side of the creek from the rest. Bring a map. My first time playing here, I got very lost at least twice.
--Course gets a lot of wear and erosion. It would be nice to see better grass and just nicer park conditions in general.
Other Thoughts: On the flip side of the cone baskets, when I made birdies on those holes, I was extra pumped. Felt good to conquer the cones on a couple holes.
Nice course, if they correct the signage and get modern baskets, my rating will go way up.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Better than before.
Pros: 1) Hole 4 is long, up multiple hills (think staircase), and wide open, great hole to open up on.
2) Almost all holes have some sort of elevation change, that combined with mature trees in the middle and thick woods on either side of the fairway add up for a fun, sometimes frustrating challenge.
3) Holes 7 and 8 are tucked away in the back of the woods and are short and sweet, good little Ace runs.
Cons: 1) Signs are confusing, non-existent, wrong, or some combination thereof. this course was re-designed not to long ago so i understand this fault, but still don't like it.
2) Odd setup, 1 and 12 are across the creek from 2-11, if they were going to do that why didn't they just go for the complete 18? there's plenty of room to expand around the ballfields.
3) Baskets are in rough shape. About half of them are the old cones(shudder) and the other half are old chainstars that are falling apart and let discs fall out.
Other Thoughts: This course has been vastly improved over the last couple years, but there's still a way to go.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Old School Course With Mixed Bag Of Targets!
Pros: Hansen Park DGC is one of those older courses around that is just begging for a complete makeover. But a makeover seems harder to get done than building a course in the first place so it looks as though you'll have to content with this for a while.
It's not a terrible course. I liked the way they used the little elevation they had. Those holes were fun throws. The short, technical, wooded holes in the middle part of the course were also enjoyable. I always enjoy ACE runs.
Cons: The cone baskets suck. They're relics. They're not history. They were never mainstream disc golf. They were never popular. They were weird and strange when they were installed back in the 80's. Some parks department guy who didn't know disc golf got sold a white elephant by the Mushroom Disc Golf Target Company.
Other Thoughts: This is a simple recreational course with two nice downhill throws, some crappy turnip type targets, no signage. But it's playable if you live close. It has some challenge, some enjoyment factor.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
My third Cone Hole course
Pros: 1) Asphalt tees are better than the bare turf that would be there.
2) 2 porto pottys visible . . . one by the bridge between 1,12 and the rest of the course and another in the middle of the courses so if you are having an attack of "el Chorro" when you play here you will have easy access to the bathroom 4 times during your round.
3) Nice big park with multiple parking areas, multiple play areas, lots of walking paths, a stream, sports fields, etc etc etc.
4) Baskets are both a positive and a negative because 7 of the holes have the cone style basket, 1 looks to be a homemade mock up of a Mach basket but, and the rest are DGA Mach baskets.
5) Nice elevation comes into play on quite a few holes, some uphill, and some downhill, and some risk reward basket locations because of rollaways.
6) Nice wooded holes in the middle of the course Holes #3, and #6-#10.
7) Nice variety of shots required and a nice variety of foliage density as well as distance variation. This variety on the course is what is keeping its rating where it is.
8) Dual teepads always fun to test your distance shots as well as challenge yourself differently from each tee.
9) A few garbage cans available.
Cons: 1) Asphalt tees are more slick than concrete normally, especially when wet.
2) Compacted and bare soils visible around most baskets. This is a huge eyesore to those who do not play the game and also draws attention to the environmentalists out there looking to shut our sport down. Mulch will not only look better but it will also cushion the compaction.
3) #1 basket is homemade and has really heavy chain and a different configuration of chains and basket, plus it is installed higher than all the other baskets. Cone baskets are also a detracter, but some disc golf is better than none I guess . . . still worth mentioned.
4) #13 basket was missing completely when I played.
5) Old signs attached to a couple of teepads will confuse many people as the holes are numbered differently. REMOVE THEM PLEASE!
6) No signs or directionals always a negative to the travelling disc golfer.
7) A few fairways crossings that would be an issue in times of a lot of play.
8) A fair amount of garbage in areas on the course.
Other Thoughts: It looks like they were looking to put a new hole in off the the right of #11, not sure if they plan to make more holes or simply move on of those two holes. It looks like a great moderately wooded downhill hole and would be another asset to the course.
All in all not a bad course. Design and challenge is key to keeping this course rated what it is, because maintenance seems to be lacking and it just looks like an old abused course. The baskets detract from my fun level but maybe I am just a debbie downer. I do suppose those baskets are better than no baskets as it offers another way to approach putting.
I can understand how the old basket are nostalgic for those who have played this sport a long time, but for me a relative newbie, they are just annoying. It presents a different challenge and I will not skip a course because it has those baskets but I doubt it would bring me back over and over unless it was a top notch course other than the baskets.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 12 good holes, good mix of length and technical. Good use of elevation.
Cons: Kind of a weird layout, you play hole 1 then walk across hole 12 to get to 2-11, then come back and play 12. If you didn't know what you were doing it would be really easy to think it was just 2 holes.
Cones. Nuff said. These things suck, and Hansen has like 6 of them. Some of the locals really love them. I hate them with a firey passion.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course I ever played. It's pretty good for a learning course, putting on the cones is an exercise in frustration. Worth playing as the hole diversity is pretty good, but not suitable for a real test as the cones are far too fickle to putt on often without trying to slit your wrists with a sharp edged driver.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Saucer Baskets A New Nightmare
Pros: For the age of the course there are some very interesting holes. There are several holes that are fun to play. Mainly the ones dealing the one major hill on the property. The back to back up and down holes on the course are the two best on the entire course and are really well done. The course also make interesting use of mandos. Though the mandos are so easy that it is almost impossible to miss them. The course has both left and right break holes. The distance is not overly challenging on any of the holes. The tee pads are adequate and are usually asphalt. Some of them could be better maintained.
Cons: The con section must start with a discussion of the baskets. First, the saucers baskets are just horrible. I can deal with it being very hard to sink putts with the saucer but the baskets are in such bad shape that there the metal rungs on the actual baskets missing on a lot of the baskets. This leads to putts falling down into the basket and then falling out. In an ideal world, saucer baskets would not exist. The one positive of saucer baskets is that it teaches you to throw your putts harder because if a putt it thrown soft at a saucer basket it will not go in. Even on the holes that have normal baskets the baskets are an issue. The chain baskets are fairly beatup and are either placed way to high or have very narrow baskets and chains. There is almost no signage on the course and it is guessing game on where the next tee and hole is. There is some signage on some of the holes but the signage does not match up to the hole because it is for how the course use to be before the redesign more than 7 years ago. The course is also very swampy on several holes such as 1 and 12. The swampyiness of the course leads to very bad bugs in summer. The course can get very crowded at night but during the day it is almost always empty.
Other Thoughts: An old course that is in need of some repair. The biggest issue is the baskets. If they replaced all 12 baskets with new ones the course would jump up to three stars.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Many things to many people...
Pros: Hansen is an old school park in a nice neighborhood with a big group of nice cone devoted regulars. Most of the locals play every day and some are quite strong players.
The course has long and short tees on each hole. The quality of the pads is inconsistent, but they are good enough to be an asset rather than a liability.
There is good use of elevation, making for some fun shots. You can really let a few rip up and down the big hill in the middle of the park.
Random doubles league takes place on Weds nights at 5:30 (sun light permitting, it starts earlier in fall) for a few bucks, cash payouts.
Updated: the cones have been drastically improved this spring (4/14/2012). New buckets were fabricated for the UFOs, greatly improving the overall quality of play at the course.
Cons: The layout isn't exactly intuitive in a few spots. The walk from hole 9 to 10 takes you around a blind corner directly through the line of fire 50' in front of hole 6's teepad.
It's not a very flashy course. While I don't consider the buckets to be a huge detractor, they don't do anything for me. I get annoyed by them more often than I find myself thinking "Yeah, everyone should get these!". I generally do a pitch/apex type putt where the disc descends into the chains and drops into the basket. This style doesn't work very well on some of the the cones. You are almost forced to putt low, flat, and hard because there is so little clearance between the bucket and the outer edge of the cone. (update: the clearance between the cone and cage on the new and improved baskets is larger and has alleviated this problem for me considerably).
Other Thoughts: There is a no smoking rule posted on a bunch of signs in the park. Though I've never seen it enforced, you could probably get a ticket for smoking cigarettes.
Hansen is a weird oasis for a certain type of disc golfer. The cones scare off a lot of people. Those who play there are generally happy to be there and be playing their relaxed brand of disc golf. It's like the local bar. Almost everyone you see goes there on the regular, lives close by, and they love it for it's chill atmosphere.
It's a fun 12 hole, but it's not worth going out of your way.
If you consider playing the league, it's recommended you practice there first. Those guys can putt on some cones like you wouldn't believe and shoot very good scores.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Its too bad......
Pros: - Very good use of the land
- Woods and Hills
- Fairways are fun
Cons: - Horrible baskets. Coned baskets are inconsistent in the gap between cone and basket. The newer baskets have the same issue.
- Tee pads not very good
- Not easy to navigate first time through
- There are only 2-3 holes most people couldn't deuce consistently.
Other Thoughts: It's for the most part a pitch-n-putt course. There are some good hole designs. The available land didn't allow the designer to get enough space I believe, to really make a good twelve hole. The installation of the baskets is a big part of any course and they get a giant FAIL for that.
Basically if you live in the area play it, its interesting. If you don't then don't waste your time. There are so many more courses worth playing minutes away. For those of you playing, cross the bridge for the other holes.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Hansen - A growing and unique piece of history
Pros: Hansen offers a decent variety of holes for both the beginner and advanced ranging from narrow to open fairways, elevation change, length variation, and difficult cone baskets that will help anyone hone their putting skills.
Long and short tee boxes on all holes but the 7th.
Picnic tables, trash cans and portable restrooms.
Very little litter on course.
It is difficult to lose a disc as most of the understory vegetation on most holes is sparse. Some exceptions to beware of are the woods on hole 1, woods on hole 3, and tall grasses on hole 12, which are OB.
A very quiet course to play on weekends and early part of the day midweek.
No water hazards except for the creek which is mostly out of play.
Cons: Basket type is an inconsistent mix of cones and newer chained baskets, but this adds to the unique nature of the course. Many cone baskets, though, have been refurbished and wire baskets replaced with newer ones that don't let discs fall through any more.
First timers may have a difficult time navigating the course for the first time as plans for new signage are currently underway.
After a heavy rain event holes 1 and 12 can become soggy in low areas as well as standing water at the base of the hill on hole 5.
Late afternoons and evenings the course becomes crowded. Wednesdays are league nights.
Other Thoughts: With some better signage, further maintenance on the existing baskets, and perhaps the addition of a couple holes down the road to add to the course's diversity Hansen will become a more attractive choice of play to disc golfers in the area. I would definitely recommend this course to others who want to play something different.
The local group Friends of Hansen Park have been committed to the constant improvement of the course through annual donations to the city, volunteer labor on the course, and working with the Parks and Recreation Department of New Brighton. On July 27, 2012, new concrete tee pads were poured. As of today, August 4, 2012 some block walls have been built to prevent washout around the new tees and a couple more yet to be built. Similar to the Lakewood Hills course in White Bear Lake a modular system of plastic cells infilled with crushed granite will ultimately surround the new tees. At some point as funds and planning align, new signage and more holes will be installed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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