A Hidden Gem!!
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Pros: The Brickyard is a very unique Disc Golf course just outside of the UW-Stout Campus in Menomonie, Wisconsin. For only a 9 hole disc golf course, the Brickyard offers a variety of features that many courses do not have. Probably the most unique aspect of the Brickyard is that it plays like an 18 hole course with 2 baskets on every hole. The Course also includes 2 separate tee-box's as well allowing for 36 possible hole combinations. The overall hole distances on the course range for about 470ft to 130ft with the average hole being about 250ft range allowing players of all levels to have an option best suitable for the level of play. As stated earlier each hole has 2 separate tee-boxes including nice tee signs with an aerial of the hole along with course and club sponsorships. Also many of the tees include benches and trash cans. Hole 3 has a small shelter with a bench underneath it at the white tee-box while the long pad has a very nicely landscaped bench behind its pad! The course plays through some pretty rough terrain which to some people may be a con but to me the terrain gives the Brickyard an amazing atmosphere allowing players to make shots that I have not seen at any other course that I've played. There is a nice staircase built going down the hill on Hole #5 along with other well defined paths throughout the course from hole to hole. The Brickyard also has a "Putting Pavilion" in which they have 3 baskets there to practice including games such as Around the World to play either before or after the round. This pavilion also include a Warm-Up Hole which is about a 130ft tunnel shot through the woods which will lead you right to Hole #1's pad.
Cons: There are a few very minor cons to the Brickyard. As stated in the "pros" section there course play through some rough terrain so this could be a problem to some people. Another con of the course is there are no restrooms on sight which isn't a big deal but could cause some hassle. In the early spring there are some "causal" ponds that develop on Hole 2 and Hole 5 from the melting snow. The water isn't too deep but can cause an annoyance at times. There are also a few area's within the course where the brush is thick so be careful. Also, there are a few spots along the course where erosion is starting to take its toll as well. Overall there are not too many cons that come to mind with this course though!
Other Thoughts: Overall the Brickyard is a must play if you are in the area! This is by far the best 9-Hole Course that I've ever played and it personally ranks as one of my favorite courses! There are many great courses in Menomonie but if I could suggest any course to play it would have to be the Brickyard because it's not your typical course! If I had the option I would rate this course a 4.25/5 but since that is not an option I'm going to give the course the benefit of the doubt and bump it up to a 4.5!
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BEST 9 HOLES I EVER PLYED
Pros: Brickyard is by far the best 9 hole course I have ever played. All other 9 holers should use this course as an example of excellence in design and aesthetic. The course is county own but is not in a city or town park. It is a standalone FREE course that rivals and surpasses many 18 holers I have played. The land is used wonderfully and it is full of beautiful views. The variety of shot types is outstanding and there are four different course layouts to play all tied into one course. The course plays through some of the most unique land I have seen for disc golf. Nice rolling hills, open meadows, dense woods and some very interesting ravines. This is an absolute must for anyone in the area and Menominee, WI has a few other gems that make this a WI DG destination IMO. BIG UPS TO THE STOUT DG CLUB FOR THE HARD WORK.
1.Two nice grippy tee pads for each hole. Great for all levels of players.
2.Two pin placements both having alternate locations. Total of 18 baskets with 36 pin locations. This also adds to the diversity of the course allowing for four different 9 hole course to be played in one location. Long baskets are orange and short baskets are yellow, both of which are very visible.
3.Great warm up area with three putting baskets with distance markers and fun putting games to play. There is also a warm up hole that is 180' long that starts by the putting green and goes into a tightly wooded tunnel.
4.The landscaped tee pads really add to the course as well as giving ample room for waiting for the group in front of you to finish the hole. Every pad has benches and garbage cans available as well. All the fairways were nicely mowed as well and finding disc's was not a problem.
5.The variety of shots here is excellent, and that is an understatement. They have it all up, down, left, right, wooded, open long and short. Shot shaping is incredibly important on most of the holes.
6.Risk reward is everywhere on this course. The ravine hole is really tough even though it is only 244' at the longest. If you don't make it across the heavily wooded fairway you will be looking at a 100' hill that you must throw to the top of to have a chance at par. The woods are thick on either side of most of the fairways and if you don't put your disc where you want it it's going to be hard to get par. There is also casual, seasonal water that is close to a few baskets that could be played as OB but it is not too hard to find your disc if it gets wet.
7.The short tees and pins offer beginners a chance to play a very hard course without getting too frustrated. That being said I would not bring a first timer here.
8.All the holes have a bit of a different feel to them and it would be very hard to get bored at this course. Hole #7 is the most memorable for me because of the big ravine that runs right through the middle of the fairway.
9.The putting green also has a grilling area for an afternoon lunch break.
10.The course is a great work out due to walking up and down hills.
12.THE WHOLE COURSE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
This is a great course to go to with a group of four hard core DGers. You can play all day and never worry about getting sick of it. Play some putting games to warm up, then play two rounds, stop for lunch and play two more rounds afterwards. I will be going back here as much as possible.
Cons: Very few cons here and most are due to the unique land that the course sits on. Some of the cons are being addressed as I write this review. The land is very hilly and erosion is an issue. Step lightly while playing and use the designated trials to avoid making the problem worse.
1.The erosion is going to be a big problem here as the course gets older. The Stout DG Club is doing a great job of trying to nip this problem in the bud by, installing stairs and tearing some of the big elevation changes. If they continue the hard work this course should be around for years to come. Some of the hills that do not have stairs can get very slippery if it's wet so be careful.
2.The flow of the course is a bit difficult but the holes are so fun it is easy to forget about it. Be careful on a few holes because you have to walk along the side of the fairway to get to the next tee area. The walks between holes can be a bit long but once you get to the pad it is well worth it.
3.The only thing this course is missing is a pro shop. I don't know if this will ever happen but it would be nice to have the ability to buy disc's, snacks and drinks for your round. Bring water, food and bug spray.
4.This wasn't really a con for me but some of the wooded holes are incredibly tight and finding a line is really, really hard.
Other Thoughts: I will play this course anytime I have a chance. It is by far the nicest free course I have ever played. I am giving it a 4.5 and when all of the landscaping is done I might have to bump it to a 5. I can't believe I am rating it so high but it is just as fun as Blue Ribbon Pines IMO. PLAY THIS COURSE!!!!
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