Pros: This nine hole course has anything you need. Long and short shots. Right, left and straight shots. The course has a nice loop about it. Tee pads not broken and are the right size. Big. Basket are all good, no missing chains and are upright. You by going downhill, then back up, and then level off on flat grounds.
Cons: Need restrooms and more trash cans. Seat would be nice to.
Other Thoughts: I wish North Dakota would have more courses like this one. I will back to play this one, again.
Got me into disc golf
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Pros: The course is small and is a very quick play. It is a great course to work on your short game and for beginners. The course has nice tee pads and the design/layout is very easy to follow. The city is trying to make some improvement with wood chips and some new tee pads, which is nice to see. Considering how small the course is, it has quite a bit of variety. There are a few holes that play downhill (1 & 3) and uphill (2 & 4), along with a couple holes that play to the right (3 & 6). Hole 3 and 7 and probably my favorite holes on the course. I love throwing a thumber over the top of the trees on hole 7 and hole 3 is a decently long, downhill hole that fades to the right at the bottom of the hill.
Cons: Unfortunately, this course is constantly packed with beginners and hipsters running around. The recent road construction also shortened a few of the holes on the back on an already short course. The city also wasted the little money they put into it last year following the road construction by doing some landscaping on hole 8, down below the hill. Nobody ever plays from that tee pad and I felt the money could've been used a lot more efficiently. Lastly, the areas around the tee pads are often littered with garbage. The few garbage cans that they have on the course are often full, so this could definitely improve.
Other Thoughts: There was talk that the course was going to expand to possibly a 12 hole course, which I would love to see in the future since I live in the area. It's a great course to warm-up on before going to play Bryant.
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A very enjoyable course
Pros: Starring Lake Disc Course is a great course with many opportunities for different shot selections. There are 4 holes that veer to the right, 1 hole fading to the left, and the other 4 straight on. There are four holes that are advantage to the big armed players- holes 3, 4, 7, and 9. The remaining holes work well for beginners.
Free to play.
Cons: After the road construction from 2010-11 a few holes lost their prestige in size and difficulty. Specifically the last 5 holes. But with current updates, such as tee pads, wood chips, and seating, its been made up for a bit.
This course becomes overwhelming populated after school is let out and many 1st timers like to take their time playing.
Bugs get very bad during the certain parts of the summer.
Sometimes too much trash is left about, which is typically left in the area where trash cans have been placed.
Other Thoughts: The best time to play this course is in the morning and before noon- like most courses- since school gets out this is the best free course to play in the South West Subs on Minneapolis.
Starring Lake has a large field leading to tee 1, which is great for practicing shot selections and letting 'um fly!
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Quick and Dirty
Pros: The directions listed on the course information tab is slightly incorrect. You take a right onto Pioneer Rd from 169, not 212. I recommend using the Google Maps provided on DCGR's website to find the best route for you.
Take a right as soon as you enter the parking lot. The 1st hole is about 100 yards to the right of the lot.
Staring Lake Park has a lot of other things going on other than disc golf. There were a few ball fields, nice horseshoe pit and an open air amphitheater.
*The tee pads for all of the holes were more than adequate for each hole, dual pads on many of them. The back pads usually did a good job of adding a little more challenge for the beginner/intermediate player.
*Nice chain baskets which did not need any sort of maintenance.
*A good mix of elevation and distance, some open some wooded. Most holes were either ~200 feet or 350 feet and the longer holes predominantly catered to a left handed player or a forehand thrower.
*Even with Bryant nearby there are plenty of reasons to go to this course. It is much more beginner friendly, as long as the park isn't packed your round will be completed much shorter and it is free.
*A few benches and picnic tables to sit down while waiting or for just enjoying the weather.
*There is a good chance you'll see an airplane land or take off at Flying Cloud Airport just across the street.
Cons: The biggest con would be the litter. There was a lack of any garbage or recycling cans on most holes. Putting some at hole 1, 4 and 7 would be optimal.
There was quite a bit of erosion on a lot of the holes. The lack of rain in the past few months have made the course incredibly dusty. Hole 8 has added woodchips and a staircase for the back tee which was needed although most groups seemed to skip that tee.
Two holes have you throwing very close to the street, which is a very busy road.
Other Thoughts: It is overall a very fun course. A decent place to play a quick round when you are sick of Bryant or are nearby. It has a decent variety of shots and made good use of the small amount of land allotted for disc golf.
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Great Fun for Free
Pros: Staring Lake is a great course for pros and beginners alike. The shorter holes make it easy for a nice low score, but you're still given a challenge with Holes 3, 4 and 8. Very favorable to lefties and forehand throwers. There has recently been work done to some of the holes, such as adding steps and woodchips to the dreadful Hole 8. Overall, not too shabby.
Cons: There is a lot of trash around Hole 6 and dabs of litter lurking on other holes. It can also be distracting trying to drive with cars blowing by on Holes 5, 7, and 9.
Other Thoughts: The fact that Staring Lake is free is a good and a bad thing. Good because it's, well, free, and bad because it can be crowded.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pitch & Putt Or Big Boy Course?
Pros: Everything about this course is kind of an enigma to me. There were signs and then there weren't signs. There were tiny little concrete pads and then "Boom", there were large championship caliber pads that even Dave Feldberg himself, couldn't find anything about them to complain about. You start out playing # 1 and 2 which are little pitch & putt holes and then you run into #'s 3 and 4, both 300' plus holes and challenging. Then you play #'s 5 and 6, two more little pitch and putts. I liked this course a lot, I'm just not sure what the designer(s) were attempting to accomplish. The woodchips are used well here to cover some bare ground and hopefully prevent erosion. Baskets are in decent shape.
Cons: There was too much litter here. A few more garbage cans would help. I can see the course getting mega crowded but that's what we get when we have a popular course.
Other Thoughts: I can call this "The Bagless Player Course." I've never been on a course before with so many players playing and carrying their extra discs or two in their hands. I think I was the only guy on the course with a bag. I think they were looking at me and laughing at the old guy with all the extra disc. That's the way I look at the player who has the cart with the cooler, the umbrella, the stool, the boom box, 100 discs, three different kinds of retreivers, refrig, and the all the other bells and whistles.
Nice fun little course for a quick round. As with many of the course in the area, it looks as though some improvements are taking place.
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Pros: There are both righty and lefty holes. Some of the holes are shorter but there are a few longer onestoo. Plus the shorter ones always give you hope of a hole in one.
Cons: The only threats are trees. There is little if any tall grass and no water.
Other Thoughts: There is a good amount of liter. This would probably be stopped if they would put more trash cans on the course. Also I wish there were signs with distance and par.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Quick Lunch Hour Course
Pros: -Easy enough for beginners
-Holes 3, 4 and 7 are a challenge
-Quick 9 hole course
-2 Tees on most holes
-Short holes for the most part
Other Thoughts: I've played this course many times during my lunch hour with a couple of friends - it's easy to get a round done in about a half hour, even with 3 people.
Holes 3 and 4 are very challenging to par, but even an average player could par this course after a few rounds.
They recently made hole #6 a bit more difficult by moving the basket, but the distance is about the same. It's a perfect course for a game on your lunch hour - it's usually not too busy around 11:30 - 12.
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A good compliment to Bryant
Pros: -Course being updated by Eden Prairie Parks Dept.
including sand around baskets, wood chips, new tee pads to replace ones taken out, and new trees along the road to help cut down wind.
-Good Casual course, not the most difficult, but does it have to be to get a good rating?
-Dual Cement Tee Pads, nicely sized
-Good condition Mach 3 baskets
-Many ace runs
-Great use of space, small course, yet makes use of what there is
-Great use of elevation
-Holes 3 and 4 (and 8's long tee) offer a good challenge to those that would say that this course is too easy
-Will test both hyzer and anhyzer shots
-Easy to navigate
-Flows nicely, looping back to start
-Plenty of parking
-Trash cans on some holes (PLEASE USE THEM)
-Course is pretty....too bad many people litter
-Restrooms back towards parking lot
Cons: -Lots of litter (need more trash cans badly)
-Crowds (come early if you want a casual round)
-Vandalism on some benches and wooden bridge
-Only one real chance to bomb it
-Hole 8's long tee is just silly, I don't think I've ever seen anyone else play it. It is a drive straight up a steep hill where you disc will likely land right by the short tee which is much more fun to throw from anyways.
-Erosion on hills from lots of use (maybe get erosion control mats like Bryant lake?)
Other Thoughts: This and Bryant Lake are my home courses. I like to alternate between the two. Bryant offers a full 18 and many open long drives, while Staring offers a quick 9 and shorter holes. If I'm in the mood for a casual round or I'm short on time, I'll choose Staring. If I'm looking for a place to spend the afternoon or more of a challenge I'll go to Bryant.
The two worst things at this park are crowds and litter. This course is located extremely close to a college, come here after class lets out and it'll be packed. With the college kids comes the litter. I don't know why they can't hold onto their bottles and chip bags until they get to the holes that have trash cans....but it can get pretty bad.
This course sees lots and of use and it needs some loving care. Luckily I've seen the Eden Prairie Parks Dept working on sprucing up the place. I like knowing that this course isn't getting neglected, hopefully they will be adding more trash cans to combat the rampant litter problem.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: -Few challenging holes(3 and 4)
-concrete tee boxes
Cons: -Usually really busy
-needs garbage cans; beer cans can pile up
-construction on Pioneer Trail (Co Rd 1) tore up some of the back holes
-pretty wide open, doesn't require many skill shots
-most of the holes are pretty short. You can get buy with a mid-range through most of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course to learn on or if you are looking for a quick round. I'm about a mile from there so it is too convienent not to play. There have been rumors over the last few years that the city might be turning it into a full 18. Only place they could really add holes is into the woods; which could make this a interesting course.
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