1 Helpful / 0 Not
Lot of thought, Not much action.
Pros: 1) On 5 and 6 there are water hazards that only come in to play if you completely shank your drive.
2) Front 4 are all hilly and open, Back 5 are fairly flat but heavily wooded. Nice mix.
3) 2 is THE hole to empty your bag for an ace, just a soft little left-curving downhill. Birdie every time.
3) Other reviewers have complained about the litter, well, there's a sign in the parking lot threatening to close the course if littering continues and it's obviously worked. there was no litter at all when i played most recently.
4) 7 is a short left shot into trees. Great for pinball.
Cons: 1) Every tee is rutted to the point that other tees are being worn down right next to the originals.
2) No signs on 5-8.
3) no tee on 8
4) 5's tee is astro-turf bolted to plywood and tucked back by some trees. This looks worse than just dirt. Also the tee is only about 3 feet long, watch your step.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a very promising course if someone would replace tees and signs and just take care of it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Older Beginner Course That Has Issues!
Pros: Silverview is set in a nice little neighborhood park. It plays somewhere between a pitch & putt and a true beginner course. In my opinion, it's a little too technical to be considered a pitch & putt, hence the beginner label. The first four holes play on the grassy, hilly more open area of the park. The baskets are older but are fine for this course. There aren't really clear teepads on many of the holes. 2-3-4 are all blind shots on mostly hidden baskets. They're short enough to be easy birdies. There are a couple of nice ACE runs here. There's some elevation to play with and a nice balance of short and then some longer holes.
Cons: The tee signs are either missing or covered with grafitti. The course is covered with litter. It's pretty disgusting in places. The rough is mostly forgiving as players have broken down branches or completely taken out some smaller trees/bushes. The ground is pretty compacted in places, some woodchips around the baskets would be nice, especially in wet weather.
Other Thoughts: This is kinda of a fun little course but it's crying out for someone, anyone, to give it a little TLC. Start with the teepads. I don't think it even needs concrete but some kind of permanent, marked teepad such as patio, paver blocks inside 2" x 4"s would be great.
The next thing needed is a guardian angel type of person like some courses are lucky enough to have. Like a retired disc golfer who would walk through the course weekly and empty the garbage cans. Someone who would take some pride in the course and clean it up some, collect the cans and bottles. Maybe come up with some vandal-proof metal teesigns.
Silverview is a nice little course in need of some TLC. Who's willing to step up to the plate here?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is what it is, its short and plays really quick. That isn't a con. Its a great location and its clean. I am a very new player with very few rounds under my belt, that said I can shoot fairly well on this course because of its layout. Most of the holes are clearly marked with both track and distance.
Cons: The course can get very busy and is obviously frequented by Richards as evidenced by the vandalism. A few of the holes have no obvious tee locations and in my last round I actually saw 3 different groups in front of me drive from 3 different locations on hole 8. If you don't like playing courses that are busy then this isn't the course for you.
Other Thoughts: This is the perfect location for a new player that wants to shoot well, or a group that wants to level the playing field for everyone. The course gets a bad rep for being an easy course, however I feel it brings so much more then that to the table then that. This course throws out the big drivers and forces an accurate hand for the putts and approach shots. Great suburban Twin Cities course for locals.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Rules Sign at the first hole is always a good thing to see hopefully people take the time to read it first.
2) DGA teesigns in ok condition but many of them are missing completely and some grafitti on others.
3) DGA Mach Baskets in decent condition although they are pretty old.
4) Elevation is used effectively on the first 4 holes.
5) Nice blend of fairly open, to some tucked baskets near wooded areas and also a few holes through the tighter woods. Nice balance!!!
6) The wooded holes force a few different throws. You need to be able to work the disc a couple directions and sometimes dead straight to hit the right gaps.
7) Constant challenge is ever present on this course.
8) Water in play on a couple holes . . . one pond and a few shots near the stream.
9) A lot of risk reward goes into some of these shots. If you run at the ace you might struggle to save par because of the surroundings.
10) Easy flow from hole to hole and a great design optimizing the properties best features.
11) Nice balance of hole distances ranging from 150' to 364' with 4 in the 100's and 4 in the 200's plus one 300' hole. I always like to see this variety and balance to really make the shots and the holes different.
Cons: 1) Horrible compaction around tees and greens has lead to almost no turf inside the circle. Mulch would be nice for visual but also to prevent the hardpan skips you get close to the basket. It would also be nice to not have to walk through mud and risk slipping when it is wet out.
2) The worn areas are visually detracting to the players but also the park users and people who have the potential to complain about the compaction and erosion and the impact it has on the environment. It would be nice if they tried to fix it or at the very least cover it up with mulch.
3) Garbage laying all over the place. Some garbage cans but noone uses them apparently.
4) A few times the walk paths through the course come into play. This is dangerous and also disrupting to the disc golfer.
5) Sidewalk is definitely play on Hole #5 and #6. Another safety issue.
6) Dirt tees always leave a lot to be desired, especially when worn down to dirt and wet.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is not a terrible course. it is well designed and has some challenging holes. I really enjoyed the course and was able to look past the issues it has. I still noticed them and they are mentioned above.
I did think the layout and design of this course is top notch, but the maintenance is lacking and the vandalism is everpresent.
Throw some concrete tees and replace the signs and such and this course could be an easy 3.5!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun & Quick
Pros: -Every hole is a different shot
-Good use of land/park
-Holes flow well and are close together making rounds short and easy to play more than once
Cons: -Many local kids with little respect for DG or the course thus trash and vandalism can be issues
-Room for expansion within woods left unused for years
-Bad signs (thanks to the idiots who ruin them)
Always a fun round which will require a mix of shots and discs in your bag. You would think you will come out -4 or lower but don't feel bad about a +1 it can happen easy here if accuracy is off! City does not maintain or seem to care the course exists but going to try and work with them to improve..Specially tee's and signage.
DO NOT TEE OFF FROM THE TOP OF THE HILL IN FRONT OF PIN #3 AND THROW TO #4... THE #4 TEE IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL AND A MUCH HARDER SHOT.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
A beginner's course that is very beat up
Pros: The course holds a soft spot in my heart because it is the course I learned to play on. The course is very short and every hole is birdieable. The first four holes are more open than the last five. The course does use elevation fairly well on holes two and three. There really are some good design elements in the course. The course requires one of most extreme left break throws I have seen anywhere on seven. The course seems to be balanced for both right and left break on the throws or neutral allowing the player choose either break. The wooded final five has a bit of technical element to them but the players on the course have ripped out so many of the bushes and shrubs on the sides of the fairways landing in the rough is not too big of an issue. It is one of the few course where I expect to be under par every time I play there. The course is a good beginner course because of the lack of distance and the different types of shots needed.
Cons: The course is very beat up. The tee areas are basically just ruts in the ground. Last summer a local pro filled back in the ruts but within three weeks the ruts were back. The course would be much better served with real tee pads. At least the city seems to have decided that putting wood chips down on the tee areas was a bad idea because they did not put any down last summer and that is really good thing because the woodchips made the tee areas even more dangerous. The wait at Silverview seems to get worse every year. It is fairly normal to seek a long line on hole one. The people who play Silverview are generally very rude and inconsiderate to both other players and the course. Hole two use to be much tougher but the players have ripped out so much of the shrubs and bush to the left of the hole that is no longer a tough out. Last summer alone someone knock down part of a tree on hole five and on hole four someone lit a fire under the tee basket and then kicked the pin after the metal heated up and the pin is now bent at a slight angle. Some players have also decided that it is a good idea to have add a tee for the fourth hole at the top of the hill right next to the basket on three. I guess they do not think most people can get there disc to the pin on three in one but there were multiple instances when I had to ask them to move when I threw or when my disc almost hit them because they did not move. There is signage on the first four holes with distances and pars but there are no signs on the final five holes.
Other Thoughts: I wish Silverview was better maintained but I do not see the course be improved anytime soon. I will still have fond memories of the course but it gets harder and harder to play because the lines are so long and the course is in such a state of disrepair.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pitch & putt course that shows its age...
Pros: The first few holes are ok because they use elevation changes. These ones are in the park area. The other half of the holes are in the woods area surrounding the park.
Cons: Typical pitch & putt park course. You could use your putter on the entire course. The dirt "tee pads" are worn way down and really rutted up. The baskets are as old as my grandma.
Other Thoughts: If you live nearby play this course because its close, otherwise don't waste your time. Go to Lochness Park in Blaine, its only 5 mins away.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great variety, but needs better care
Pros: Great variety of holes:
1- low ceiling shot through trees
2- blind shot down hill to basket under large oak tree (now out in open in front of tree)
3- uphill shot
4- shooting over a tree-covered ridge
5- pitch past a small pond to basket behind tree
6- narrow straight shot through woods
7- a short, but hard dogleg left into the woods (now longer, straight shot to basket guarded by thick pines)
8- long narrow alley with a few scattered trees in the middle
9- dogleg to the right
Course navigation is fairly straight forward and the fairways are well mowed.
Mach 3 baskets in good shape except for number 9 with missing section of bottom basket piece.
Cons: There is a lot of trash scattered throughout the course, especially in wooded areas. More trash cans on the course would help.
Dirt tee boxes have become, broad, well worn craters that leave players guessing sometimes from where they should be teeing off exactly.
Signs on each tee have a map of the hole and distance, but some are inaccurate or missing from their post altogether. These signs have been slowly disappearing.
Other Thoughts: Silverview is a decent course, but I would think more highly of it if locals and the city took more pride in taking care of it. The excessive trash, vandalized signage, and dirt craters were the main reason why I had to give this course a 2. If these issues were resolved I would give Silverview a 3. Nonetheless, I do enjoy playing the course for its diversity of hole types.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I just like this course. The holes are short, but quite varied. They give a bunch of different looks and moderate challenges. (ok, more like puzzles to figure out, not so much "challenge") It feels like 7-9 very different holes. The variety is interesting, if not particularly challenging, although aces are hard due to the weirdness of almost all the holes.
Cons: Short. And the dumbest, shortest tee pad I've ever seen for 5. We mostly tee off next to or behind every tee location due to:
Absolutely no upkeep on the tees. There was never more than a block of wood sunk in the ground for a tee (except for 5's dumb little pad thing), and now those are gone and they are mostly just craters, and almost no signage. Many people don't know where they are, and just play randomly. The ground is very sandy, so it is easily damaged into these craters. This course just screams, "give me concrete!"
Ex: people seem to have made a new tee for 4 right on the green for 3, directly in the line from 3's tee to its pin. 4's tee is actually down the hill away from the 3 fairway in a perfectly logical location, but the sign has been gone for years and apparently it's too hard to figure out. I had to wait yesterday for the slow beginner group in front of me to tee off for 4 before I could tee off 3. I don't think they expected us to throw that far, and I'm hardly a pro, but I shot it right through their makeshift "tee".
Many people at the park whenever I am there. The golf holes are mostly not impacting the other areas, but it does feel crowded on a couple holes like you could hit someone.
#2 used to be down a hill, then dogleg behind bushes into a tree-covered pin. The bushes in front have been gone for awhile, now it is a rather drab straight shot down a hill.
Other Thoughts: This course was really only 4 playable holes for many years. So glad they brought it back. I'd actually go play the 4 holes several times through back then, they are that much fun.
As I said, I just plain enjoy most of the holes here. But it doesn't deserve a high rating due to the problems and non-challenge.
As someone who has played this for over a decade, I thought I'd add this if it helps since other reviews seem to ask about hole 4:
There are 2 "real" tees. The long tee is straight down the hill from the #3 pin, heading back towards the #1 tee. It is pretty recognizable as a large crater. The short tee is kinda gone, now, I'm not even sure there is a dirt patch/crater to mark it. It was farther away from the 3 pin, up the walking path a bit from the long tee, towards the picnic area. (but not near the picnickers) It isn't a whole lot shorter, but it has a more direct line to the 4 pin. The patch up on the #3 green is NOT the 4 tee.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: the first hole is really easy to get a birdie and even a hole in one really good hill tees
Cons: no signs and really bad dirt tees super easy to lose a brightly colored disc near a road and close to a playground
Other Thoughts: this course is kinda fun for the first tees then it just gets annoying with not knowing where the tees are
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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