10 Helpful / 1 Not
Awesome place to play
Pros: This beautiful private course plays through a heavily wooded and hilly piece of Wisconsin forest. More than half the holes have at least some elevation in play, and a few have severe ups or downs adding some great variety to the course. The majority of the holes play down wooded fairways with dense trees and brush waiting off the fairway to snag an errant shot and cost you a stroke. A few holes play in a more park style setting with scattered mature trees and no brush, and the last two holes bring the lake and docks into play. These last two holes are a lot of fun, and though they don't fit in with the rest of the course they definitely add to the variety and fun factor, especially with the last hole having the entire intended flight path over the lake.
There is an excellent variety of hole shapes here, with left and right turning shots, you'll need to hit lots of different lines to score well. This is even more the case when you look at the multiple pin positions and the few holes with alternate tees adding even more variety and in some cases more challenge. The course has some very unique holes, like the shot over the 50s Pontiac wrecked on the fairway (it's even on the course map!), or the flag hole shooting an ace run through some trees right at a large flag on the side of a cabin.
The course obviously puts the user fee to work here, with great maintenance and improvements. Every hole has at least one nice concrete tee, and several have two, all with good texture for grip. There is a broom at every tee pad to sweep the pad, nice touch. There are basic hole signs, that when combined with the course map make the flow extremely easy to follow, especially with some strategically placed next tee signs. The pro shop is well stocked, and the staff I came in contact with went out of their way to help. They opened up the shop an hour and a half after closing, then got a map and circled all the current pin positions.
Cons: The course is lacking a little length. The holes are almost all within range of a mid shot for better players, so there isn't as much challenge as there could be. It seems like that is slowly changing with the addition of long tees on many holes though, so this may not be a con for too long. Though the friendly staff marked our map with the current pin positions, without that there is no way of knowing, especially on the holes with new positions not on the hole signs (though it's awesome that they're constantly adding new tees and pin locations). This means if you don't have a map and some help, you'll need to scout on the many blind holes to know where to throw. The last two holes are a long walk away from the rest of the course, and are closed in the busy season, but are definitely worth playing if you have the chance.
Other Thoughts: This course is secluded and beautiful, and has some fun technical holes. It's definitely worth a stop on your way to Highbridge, and worth going out of your way for all on it's own. Beginners may find it technical and tough, with disc losing potential off the fairways. More experienced players won't find enough length to keep it from being a bit of a birdie fest at times, but it's a fun round nonetheless with some excellent shots.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 4 Not
Outstanding, not missing much
Pros: Woods, water, low traffic, tranquil beauty - this course setting is gorgeous. The owners/designers are true disc golfers who know how to design a course for disc golfers who lover disc golf with a wooded challenge. Each hole offers a few routes to the pin. Multiple pin placements vary the difficulty. The rough here is also not as bad as Winter Park or other extreme/wooded type courses. The course winds it's way through the property and utilizes many different ridges and valleys for great holes with varied elevation. Tees are concrete and well kept up and there is even a broom at each one to clean off for your drive. The tee signs are very nice and flow/direction of play is easy to follow. Some of the more memorable holes are long tunnel shots along a power line ROW, throwing to the penninsula green with the lake bordering the entire right side (special tournament hole only), and numerous holes that require threading the needed through all the trees. Amenities like benches are are nice as well. More than 18 holes here definitely makes it worth the trip to the remote (but scenic) location. Try a late fall trip up here - it is quiet and amazing up here in late October!
Cons: Water holes not always in play, and no huge downhill ripper holes - that's about all. Only that SMALL bit of balance and variety that is missing from this amazing course. I typically complain about the concrete tees because I feel erosion and a lip on any side of the tee can lead to rolling an ankle. And the tees are typically not long enough either. Plus, concrete is always slippery when wet. I guess the same goes for the tees here, but it's really a personal con of mine - I'm in the minority of people who dislike concrete tees.
UPDATE: Oh yes, pay to play here is a con. Not because I don't like to pay for a great course, but because I then expect a whole new level of unique landscaping, amenities, etc. A few more elevated tees, terraced greens, ponds, landscaping etc, would be what I expect from a pay to play course. In this regard SPDGR falls short and hampers getting that 5 disc rating (but it IS oh so close). And the resort is simply not a disc golf complex, such that the amount of property does not yield a course with amazing variety - LONG holes, wide open rippers, downhill bombers, etc, etc.
Other Thoughts: Would be a 5 without question if it had at least one huge downhill ripper hole, and a few more 'beautification' items. Plus, the water holes are only in play off peak tourist season or for tournaments. These holes offer the complete balance one would look for. Everyone loves to air it out on those. Otherwise this course is a disc golf lovers paradise (beside being at a northwoods resort where many patrons do NOT disc). Taking the time to play this course, along with a trip to Highbridge, is a GREAT idea. This course has quiet, tranquil beauty of the WI northwoods. You get elevation, tight woods, long, short, and water hazards here. Sandy point is EXCELLENT! I love this type of wooded wonderland. Don't take any of the cons or nitpicking the wrong way (especially the pay to play con) because I LOVE this course and would play it if I were anywhere within an hour drive. The course itself is amazingly well designed, the property is gorgeous and unique with ravines and ridges propogating through a wooded wonderland. It simply lacks all the variety (long open holes, huge downhill bombers, uphill brutality, more water OB, etc) I seek to rate it a 5. It is however a destination course and a wooded course lovers dream come true.
15 of 19 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: What can i say this is one of the best i have played everything is great
short and tight holes with some longer open holes very wooded
nice tees with 2 or 3 pin loc
Cons: not much here maybe some bug spray and can be wet from a while with most of the holes deep in the woods hard to dry up
Other Thoughts: i wish i could play here more but it is 5 and 1/2 hour from my house
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 66 Not
Pros: Very cool idea. Quick and easy to play.
Cons: Lots and Lots of short holes <200 feet. Some of the holes didn't seem that well thought out.
Other Thoughts: People were nice. Scenery was nice the course just seemed too easy and not challenging at all. It would be a good course to introduce new people too.
1 of 67 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 3 Not
The Best I've Played in Wisconsin
Pros: The proprietors, Mike and Michelle Cozzens, are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and their two kids are right there with them. This course has everything. You want multiple tees? Got 'em on one hole. More pins? Yep. Pro shop? Oh, yes, and a great one! Maps? Scorecards? Bathrooms? Benches? Cabins for rent? Yes! Tournaments? Ever heard of the Northwoods Open? I could go on, but I'm going to go to their web site a book a spot for next year.
Cons: I live 3+ hours away. If I lived that for North (and I used to), I'd play there every day.
Other Thoughts: It costs about $5 for a day of all the golf you can play if you aren't staying there or sporting a yearly pass. If you think Mike and Michelle didn't earn every penny and then some, you're confused. Also, Michelle is an accomplished journalist and author. Read her books! If you can succeed on this course, go back home and play your local league to see how much you've improved.
14 of 17 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 4 Not
Pay the 5
Pros: Paying $5 is nothing compared to the experience of playing here.
Just an outstanding course. Great fairways through the woods, with almost every possible challenge presented (elevation, obstacles, water, distance, etc). Presents both a challenge and an opportunity for every golfer who steps on the course. Looking at one hole, you might see a definite advantage for a power RHBH thrower, but a less powerful left-hander might have a different path with nearly equal success. Likewise, a first-time golfer can play this course, learn the game, and have a good time (not so with some other pro courses).
Multiple pin placements are nice for repeat trips, and different tee-pads provide different experiences on many holes.
The course continues to evolve, with additional holes being added as time goes on. I don't see this course as being limited to 27 holes in the future.
Again, really nice folks at the pro shop, with a huge selection of discs and other items. Spend some time talking with them; they designed the course and are avid golfers themselves.
Cons: Opportunities to lose discs are numerous. This being a pay-to-play course, however, the likelihood of your disc returning to you eventually is good.
Bugs are an issue, no lie. To me, the course is worth it. Bring bug spray. Wear or bring long pants. When things are really bad (like after a rain), a mosquito net hat is a good idea.
Lakeside holes (26 & 27) are closed during the peak summer tourist season.
Other Thoughts: This course is what disc golf is really about. Most courses you play would strive to be this course.
16 of 20 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 5 Not
A Must Play
Pros: It is hard to put into words the qualities of this course, but I will do my best. This course is very technical and long drivers are not needed to score well. You need to play smart to get a good score here. The facilities are top notch and the owners are great people. The course is well maintained and provides a great experience.
Other Thoughts: This was my 2nd trip to Sandy Point with my family. My entire family enjoyed playing the course even my 6 and 2 yr old daughters. This is a must play course and if you get a chance to actually spend a couple days here you will not be sorry.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 1 Not
Do Yourself a Favor
Pros: $5 is nothing to pay for the pure enjoyment of playing at Sandy Point. Located relatively near Highbridge, you would drive by it if you weren't looking for it. But, you know, if you were to take a weekend trip to northern WI, Sandy Point is a must-see. In fact, it may just end up being the high point of your entire weekend.
When you drive up, you see what is a meticulously manicured span of forest floor, complete with beautiful log cabins, the Wisconsin Disc Golf Hall of Fame (worth seeing just to say you did it), a nice parking area, and a complete pro shop. This is not just some dude selling discs out of his pickup. There are new and used discs, clothes, bags, souvenirs, and the owner of the place, who is a very kind and knowledgeable guy. Then comes the course.
Each hole is, in my opinion, perfectly thought out. That is to say, they fit perfectly with the surrounding landscape. Pin placement is generally interesting, and definitely gets harder as you progress through the course. I feel that the man who designed this course has great insight into this landscape, and therefore he is able to design in a very natural way, as if the course is a natural occurrence and has always been there. This sounds dramatic (and it is), but really, it's a beautiful course. Score cards are provided and each tee is cleanly swept (really, there is a broom hanging next to every tee). There are a couple of outhouses along the way, and they are some of the best outhouses I've seen.
Holes are on the short side, and because of the tree canopy, there's only so high you can hurl a disc. The trees can be difficult obstacles, and at times it is smart to play it conservative. Nonetheless, it is a lot of fun.
Cons: Very difficult to think of cons in this case. Mosquito content is high, though mileage may vary. I imagine skilled players will find this course to be pretty easy, but I also suspect that the sheer enjoyment of playing here will outweigh this potential downside.
Other Thoughts: I was hesitant to include a description of the pro shop, the cabins, and the outhouses in this review. They do not necessarily reflect the quality of the actual course. However, the way I see it, going to Sandy Point is a complete experience. If you're going to drive up there (and you should), it's nice to know it's more than just some pins in the ground. So, take my description of the grounds with a grain of salt. If it had been just pins in the ground, I may very well have rated Sandy Point a 4.5 anyway.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Great course with a unique feel
Pros: Tucked away up north is a gem of a disc golf course. The course is tight and technical that feels very secluded and wild. It is heavily wooded with well used elevation changes. There is a big variety of length on the holes. They gradually build as you play further along the course.
There are pro and am tees, multiple pin placements on some holes, and tee signs. It is easy to navigate and because of the lack of under story plants it is easy to find your disc. There are concrete tee pads, nice baskets, and a custom score card. There is camping, fishing, boating, a pro shop, and the Wisconsin disc golf hall of fame. There is even a brewpub and a casino in addition all kinds of outdoor activities nearby.
The course is tight but fair, You need to bring every kind of shot with you to this course. It demands that you have good command of you drives or you will find yourself dumping back into the fairway. It can be tough to save par but you know you can make a run on the next hole. It separates good players from great players in a hurry. It is challenging while still being incredibly fun. All of it looks great and I love the signature hole.
Cons: The course is pay to play, but with 27 holes you get a lot for your money. The front nine are pretty short but the course gets progressively harder and longer so get your birds early. It is hard to get to but it is well worth the trip.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the funnest courses I have played. It is easily the best technical courses I have ever played. When I play holes that have tight woods I always compare them to this course. It is off the beaten path but it easy to make a weekend with so much to do in the area.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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