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North Bluff Coming Along Nicely

5+    6/11/2019   6/11/2019
Review By: XC_Eddy
Played: 26  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 11.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Disclaimer: A majority of my rounds have been Red to Red and Red to Blue. I have only played Blue to Red and Blue to Blue one time each. Giving an in depth hole by hole review is especially ambitious with four possible layouts on each hole. This review will give a sense of the course as a whole, but cannot cover everything for each layout. I am also only reviewing holes #1-#18 as they are the main layout at this time. #19-#24 currently lack signage and #25-#27 are not yet installed I will update my review when they are completed.

-North Bluff dgc boasts two teepads and two permanent baskets on every hole, which is the course's flagship feature. Red-Red is the shortest and easiest layout, but even this short tee to short pin layout is far from pitch and putt. Blue to Blue has enough length for MPO level players. Eric McCabe did a great job designing the course. Each hole feels unique and the four possible layouts makes the course very replayable.

-Practice basket present to left of hole 1 tee area.

-Good hole variety demands right finishing and left finishing shots. Most of the holes are moderately to heavily wooded with #13 and #16-#18 being the most open.

-Great signage on each tee shows a helpful hole map and distance for each possible layout. Signs mounted on large rocks should be relatively vandalism resistant. Looks nice, too.

-Useful directions to #11 teepads that may be difficult to find otherwise.

-The parcel of land is relatively flat, but the elevation that does exist has been put to good use. #3 red basket sits on a mound while the blue basket sits downhill. #7 plays along a valley with blue tee at top of hill and red tee at the bottom and plays to red basket at the top of the other side and blue over the crest of the hill. #12 features a downhill drive and both pin placements on precarious mounds. #14's red basket sits at the bottom of a short valley that is quite difficult to access from the tee. #15 begins by throwing over yet another short valley.

-#12 and #15 to blue basket function as signature par 4's and stand as the course's most memorable holes.
Cons: -North Bluff still needs breaking in. The course still feels a little raw, which is expected for a new track. This should improve as leagues begin and traffic on the course increases this summer.

-Could maybe use a few more next tee signs. Course layout is mostly intuitive. Much easier now that signage has been installed. If players are not careful, they may attempt to throw to the wrong blue basket on #3. Pay attention to the tee signs and you'll be fine.

-Hole 11 is the product of redesign and feels like a filler hole. The blue tee provides no intuitive line to either basket. Players can expect to score TONS of 3's from #11 blue tee. Don't expect much in the way of scoring separation on this hole unless playing from reds.

-Similarly, the original design included a par 5, which would have been awesome. Probably not fair to judge the course on what could have been rather than what is, but having a par 5 would elevate North Bluff to a true "championship level" course. Even without a par 5, it is still one of the best courses in the UP and could be on its way to becoming THE best course the UP has to offer.

-Nitpicking, but some of the alternative basket locations do not change the hole's line much if any. The blue baskets generally add 50-100ft of length, with blue tees doing the same.

-Not the most beginner friendly course. Course is very wooded and most holes even on the shortest layout are near 300ft or more. Would be a difficult course to learn on.

-The rough on #16-#18 is very rough and eats discs on errant shots. Tall prairie grass stands between #16 and #17's fairway. Don't throw in there. You won't have a good time.

-Ticks are thick out at North Bluff. I've had multiple ticks on me after most rounds this year. I highly recommend wearing some kind of repellent, as my last two rounds have been tick free since I started applying some.

-Portions of the land used to be a landfill and still show remnants of car parts and other trash objects partially buried. This is improving as the course develops.
Other Thoughts: Course is not yet fully completed but is coming along nicely. #25-#27 are supposedly going to be on the ski hill, which will be great if/when they are installed.

Summer 2019
Handicap Singles League Tuesday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM flex start
Random Flip Doubles League Sunday 1:00 PM

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North Bluff DGC

5+    9/19/2018   9/19/2018
Review By: da Crippler
Played: 50  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 49.5 Years
This review was updated on 9/27/2018
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A good variety of shots for all skill levels, a great course to learn the sport on
a nice mix of long and short holes
multiple tees and baskets
large concrete trapezoid tee pads
bright basket colors, very visible
the course has a nice flow, fairly easy to navigate
cart, stroller and kid friendly
Cons: punishing rough, knee-high ferns off the fairways throughout the course, getting a reputation as a disc eater
no par 5 as originally promised
lack of elevation change, a redesign took away the long downhill bomber on the ski hill, poor utilization of the ski hill in the redesign
the course is built on the old city dump site and garbage can be seen sticking out of the dirt in places
Sand flies are horrible

Other Thoughts: Still under construction so it gets 2.5 stars. Still a great deal of work to be done but it has a solid design and will definitely be a 4 star course when finished.

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