10 Helpful / 1 Not
really old school
Pros: This is one of Chuck Kennedy's first courses; may have been his very first.
Attempts have been made to keep this course somewhat up to date; over the years.
I personally, think the cone baskets are a national treasure for our sport. Playing here is like playing at baseball park before they tear it down to make room for a modern stadium. Tell me you wouldn't have wanted to see some of the old ball parks before they were torn down....
Decent use of elevation and rollaway pins.
Chuck loves his super class disc; and I think this is a course that reflects this.
Cons: Somewhat difficult navigation.
Varied basket types; some of which do not catch well.
Course pretty crowded on my two visits. (For all the legitimate cons to this course, I think this is a testament towards love of old school designs and the fact that rec players have a need for shorter courses.)
Other Thoughts: Hansen Park is worth a nostalgic visit. It is a fun course to play as well. The skill level needed here is low; but not horrendously so. Play one or more tough courses in the area; and use this one as a "blast to the past"/chance to score well, if you can sink those cone basket putts...
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -nice rolling hill that comes into play a few holes
-get to air it out on some holes, but still get to test your technicallity through some woods
-long and short tees
-stupid cone baskets make it more challenging
Cons: -tucked away very well within New Brighton, was tough to find.
-several types of baskets
-cone baskets mean you have to putt straight at the center of it or it will ricochet off sideways. Soft floppy putter would help considerably.
-no signage, the flow is awkward
-old asphalt tees on some, dirt tees on others
-long and short tees make it hard to know where to tee off for the correct order of play
-tees are kind of marked with what hole you're playing, but not too well
-backyards and walking path become obstacles
-random patch of tall weeds on the last hole by the baseball field
Other Thoughts: -to the guy who said there could be more holes and the course could be longer: No. Not at all. There are already 12 squeezed into a small place with bad flow and almost-crossing fairways. there's no room for more holes
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Yes, we all know about the baskets ...
Pros: - Excellent use of elevation. Fun downhill holes (Nos. 5 and, to a lesser extent, 11) and somewhat challenging uphill holes (Nos. 4 and 10).
- The open and wooded areas compliment each other well. Like Acorn, every hole has a different look and feel than its predecessor.
- The magic cone baskets that were damaged are now repaired.
- Concrete tee-pads.
Cons: - With the exception of No. 3 (a 180 ft. left hook through a small patch of trees) and a blind-shot hole (No. 7), all of your drives are straight and open.
- Even with wooded areas, the scattered trees aren't much of a hazard. Hanson is a pretty course, but shot-makers won't be too impressed.
- Three different types of pins (chainstars, old knockoff chainstars, and the solid cones).
Other Thoughts: - Two holes were removed about a year ago, maybe longer. I don't know if it was because of residents' complaints, but it wouldn't surprise me. Either way, the City of New Brighton has butted heads with the course regulars over this and other issues.
- Hanson proper may be well-groomed, but areas of the course seemed neglected through out most of the year. Problems with damaged baskets were rampant this summer. Again, however, all equipment (no matter how mismatched or antiquated) is repaired.
- As for the infamous cone baskets, I'm ambivalent. I agree that the smaller entry-zone is a nice putting challenge. But I also think they're cheap pieces of crap that take away from the course's consistency.
- Hanson is worth checking out for its uniqueness, but there's still miles to improve upon.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: the distances between holes is good and there are hills which makes it fun to mix up your stratagey.
Cons: where the hell are all the chain baskets? instead they have these goofy looking space ship baskets.
Other Thoughts: it looks like some people have been vandalizing the baskets
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Underrated for advanced, great for beginners
Pros: Many elevation changes. Wide variety of distances. Good mix of open and wooded. No one hole slightly resembles another hole. Great for beginners due to the many wide open holes. Grass is mowed on a very regular basis. Cleaner than most courses as far as litter goes.
Cons: A little on the busy side. Many baskets are in poor shape. The course when through a major remodel a few years ago, and a few of the old numbers are still around, which can confuse first-timers to the course.
Other Thoughts: The ancient green "top" baskets are not that bad. Yes they are in bad shape, but use some common sense. If your disc lands inside and it falls through the bottom because the wires are 11 inches apart, it counts as in. And as far as putting through the "mailbox slot" opening, it only makes you a better putter. Without the difficult putts, this course would be ten times easier, so the old baskets are just keeping the course at the proper difficulty level.
This is one of the only public courses where it IS legal to drink beer.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
The baskets ruin it
Pros: There are some holes 300'+ allowing most players to drive hard, but there are also a number of holes where driving with a mid-range disc is appropriate. There is a good mix of open and wooded trees. There are multiple tee positions on all the holes, and all the tees are asphalt.
Cons: For me the use of the "cone" baskets really killed the course for me. I can normally sink most of my 20'-30' putts, but with these baskets I found it essentially impossible. As was mentioned in some of the previous reviews, there was a very small target to hit, and even if you could, half the time your disc would be spit out. A number of the holes were excessively short, making them too easy (hole 3 comes to mind).
Other Thoughts: There was also a lack of any water hazards on this course, making it pretty low risk (This could be a pro or con).
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: A fun course with challenging holes! There is a wide variety of holes that you will not get bored playing it a few times. There are a couple of holes with down hill shots that really let you air it out!!!
Cons: There is a variety of different types of baskets. Many of which are out of date or are being held together by duct tape. The chained baskets are holding up well, but the solid baskets are not.
There can be at times people walking through the park and with the course going along the path you may need to watch out for pedestrians.
Other Thoughts: Other then some of the baskets this is a real fun course! It is worth a stop!
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good mixture of shots required to complete the course. Accuracy is required as is are putting skills. 4 of the holes are fairly open so most players can bomb without overthrowing. You will drive with putters and/or midranges several times. Aces are possilbe without being easy. A pretty fun course for a smaller park. The mixture of homeade, cones and Mach baskets make it feel like a walk through course history. Probably would be a good superclass course.
Cons: Many holes are pretty short with a pitch and putt feel to them. The last hole has a heavy weedbed near the cup. Avoid it or wear long pants. After finishing Hole 1 you walk across the fairway for the last hole, there is a long teebox for the last hole in the woods so be careful when walking across. The grass can get mushy if there was recent rain, many parts are in low areas. Signage is minimal at best and some baskets are in ill repair.
Other Thoughts: The northside parking lot is nearest hole 1. Most holes have 2 teeboxes. The locals that play the course are helpful if you are having trouble finding tees. Has an established league.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: There is a good assortment of holes that have elevation change, wooded holes, and distance on this course. As an added plus, it has two different kinds of baskets, some regular baskets and the rest are cone shaped baskets. This adds difficulty as shooting at the cones provides a new set of challenges ie you can't focus on a chain to hit.
The layout is constructed well enough that even if you are new to the course, it is pretty simple to find your way through it.
A wide variety of shots are used on different holes, there are no two holes that are alike. The one hole that is short enough for anybody to get an ace is a blind tee shot, so you'd have to get pretty lucky.
Cons: The course was in pretty bad shape when I played it. The saucer type holes were missing wires on the bottom of them so they didn't really catch the disc, and some of them were tilted sideways by vandals of some sort. For this reason, I had to rate it 3.5 instead of a 4. If they did a little work on it, it would be a great course.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Disappointing but could be nice
Pros: There are a few holes that require a player to utilize a few different shots.
Cons: Mach targets on some holes, cones on others... Where is the consistency???
If you've never played here before, you may find your way on the first 2 holes, but after that, good luck! Tees are not marked well at all...
Other Thoughts: This course has the potential to be decent but unfortunately needs someone with experience on disc golf courses and what makes them challenginge to give it some TLC.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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