2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: * Very challenging course, the hardest in the Fargo/Moorhead area.
* Never busy, because it is harder and further away from the colleges and such, I have never been stuck behind a group.
* Lots of variety, you will need every disc in your bag to do a round here. Holes vary from short tunnel shots through the woods, to wide open 700 ft shots.
*Excellent use of elevation, Fargo doesn't have many hills so it is nice to use the few that are in this park.
* The course makes you think, it makes you look for different routes through the trees and makes you try shots you would have never thought you needed.
Cons: * Like every course in the area, it is in the flood zone, making spring golf pretty tough.
* The course can eat up some discs, with both water and long grass in play on quite a few holes. It helps to have a spotter.
* Some mud, 5 or 6 holes can be pretty muddy after rain, but a lot of the course is grass unlike other courses in the area.
Other Thoughts: * Thank you to Fargo Parks for helping make this course a possibility, it is an excellent addition to the Fargo/Moorhead area and I know the disc golf community enjoys it.
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Championship level DG in FM
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: PLEASE PARK IN THE LOT NEXT TO THE BOAT LAUNCH.
- Very nice teeboxes / baskets (Frolfware)
- Relatively protected from winds.
- Very few muddy areas after rain. Most of the course is nice grass.
- Some woodchipping around baskets
- Wide variety of shots required. You'll use your bag here.
- Great challenge, distance and use of elevation.
- Chance to lose discs on several holes mostly due to tall grass/thick brush. Using a spotter is highly recommended on some of the blind shots and especially hole 8.
- Sheer distance and challenge of the course might be off-putting to novice/casual players.
- Park is also a popular place to launch boats on the Red River, lots of trucks with trailers in the small parking lot
- Flood prone in early season
Other Thoughts: ------------------------------
My review is from the perspective of a RHBH thrower.
Hole 1 and Hole 2 start out using part of the shorter course.
Hole 1 - Same as Hole 3 of the South course. From the tee its a relatively simple R to L shot into an open area that plays towards the right into a basket protected by some large trees.
Hole 2 - Kind of combines hole 4 and 5 of the South course into a complete beast of a hole. It might be weird for some folks the first time through without knowing the intended layout.
From the tee 2 or 3 options present. Laser straight shot down a tunnel of trees, take the right hand side and skip around the tunnel or aim for the area around basket 4 on the South course. The first two options should leave you in an open area near the tee of Hole 5 of the South course. From this point a sweeping anhyzer is needed to carry into a small gap towards the basket which is, again, tucked in among some trees. The other option will leave you under a canopy of trees near basket 4 of the South course with a narrow gap through trees to the intended target.
All 3 options seem to be viable ways to get a look a birdy and, if nothing else, get out alive with a par.
Hole 3 - This is where North Iwen really gets to stretch its legs and starts moving north around the oxbow in the Red River. Nothing too tricky on this one, just a nice long hole with minor danger to the right hand side of the fairway. Basket sits on a green that slopes off steeply on the north side.
Hole 4 - Smack dab in the middle of the woods (well a small grove of trees). Very technical straight, albeit short, shot.
Hole 5 - Bit of a walk to the north west from the hole 4 basket but shouldn't be too hard to find. RHBH throwers will need to sneak a late fading shot under a little window of trees. From there you kind of need to hook around some trees to a basket that is relatively protected up in a grove of trees.
The view from this tee box over the river is noteworthy. Very nice design.
Hole 6 - Relatively short and technical hole. Laser straight shot under a massive tree that bends across the fairway from left to right. The gap is pretty small and the basket sits tucked under a low ceiling of trees protected by a large patch of brush.
Hole 7 - Great spot for a hyzer flip type of shot. Need something that can carry straight enough to hit a very forgiving gap but then heads towards the right into another fairway area. The basket sits at the back corner of the grove of trees, right by the paved roadway.
Hole 8 - Wide open ~690ft hole with a fairway (~150ft wide) mowed through a massive field of waist high grass, thorns, weeds, etc. This type of grass LOVES TO EAT YOUR DISCS. Watch very closely if you have an errant shot, its definitely worth having somebody up in the fairway to get an accurate bead on where your disc headed into the tall stuff. Tons of time can be saved by having somebody spotting.
Other than that, 8 is a downright straightforward hole. Massive drive. Massive upshot into a basket that is tucked into some trees.
I believe the tall grass will be played as OB during tournament play. Something worth noting.
Hole 9 - Pretty straight forward hole. Drive out of the woods, across a bit more of that waist-high grass shared with hole 9 and hyzer into a basket tucked along the treeline.
Hole 10 - Very technical anhyzer line through dense forest. Accuracy is absolutely paramount here. The rough is brutal and sometimes you'd be better served to just chip out 10 feet to the fairway and have a cleaner look.
Hole 11 - 200ish ft shot through a 15ft gap, up over a hill and down to a basket that sits right on the edge of the Red River. This hole SHOULD be relatively easy. Longer putts have a bit of added anxiety due to the river lurking in the background.
Hole 12A - Tee shot requires you to clear a bit of a hill and place your drive along the left hand side of the fairway above. From there a laser of a fairway drive plays into the basket which sits in front of a small grove of trees along a slight slope.
Hole 12B - The shot off the tee should be pretty straight ahead (again, careful to avoid thick rough on the left hand side of the fairway) to place yourself in the fairway and have a decent 2nd shot into the same basket that is on a bit of a slope, tucked next to some trees.
Hole 13 - Blind drive wraps around the left side of a pine tree and down into a relatively open fairway area. From there its probably 250 through more trees to another basket that is sitting precariously close to the Red River. The angle of approach is such that errant hyzers will be eaten alive by the river. The putting isn't as scary as hole 11.
IMO this is one of the most challenging holes on the course currently.
Hole 14 - Relatively open hole with (again) danger on the left side of the fairway in the form of the Red River. The drive is pretty straight forward with the exception of a tree that kind of forms a little canopy you need to drive under or flex a shot around. With good placement off the tee the 2nd shot should be a nice fairway driver towards the basket which sits near the left-hand edge of a grove of trees. Really the drive from the tee is the only shot that feels 'risky' on this hole. Only due to the risk of a disc fading back too early and off the left hand side of the fairway.
A nicely executed roller could be absolutely amazing on this hole.
Hole 15 - The teebox faces directly into a grove of trees and the gap that one must hit to get through can't be any wider than ~5 feet. If you can clear the gap and pop out to the right a bit, its a pretty standard hyzer into the basket.
Hole 16 - Nice little hyzer upshot out of a grove of trees and up a slope. Gaining maybe 20 vertical feet in the process. Basket is out in the open. The elevation is definitely deceiving but the real challenge on this one comes from just getting your drive out of the gap near the teebox.
Hole 17 - Nice midrange shot from an elevated teebox, through some trees and branches, across a relatively open space and down to the basket near another clump of trees.
Hole 18 - This is where North Iwen hooks back up with the short course. Hole 18 pretty much combines hole 6 & 7 of the short course into a nice, long, finisher. Another narrow gap sits right in front of the tee, but once you are past it, the rest of the hole is pretty open and straightforward.
Overall this course is a gem. Fargo really doesn't have much more elevation to offer and this course does a fine job of using every bit available. The layout is 100% challenging. Novice players might not have the best time. The distance will feel very long compared to any of the other FM courses. You will be punished for errant shots (but nothing too brutal... except that grass on Hole 8). Every shot in your bag will be utilized to get through this round. Very fun!
All in all, Iwen is a park that has come a long way from when it was first built. The underbrush on all holes has been cleaned up nicely and has resulted in a challenging and technical 9 plus this new championship level 18 hole course.
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