Pros: This course is set in a beautiful park that is disc golf exclusive. The baskets here are Mach 3's that are all in fantastic shape and catch great. These have the number plates on top and they're actually facing the tee which is great. The tees are also fantastic. They are all level and grippy concrete. Most have 2 pads per hole. A few only have one. The course offers a great variety of shots required. You'll need just about every shot in your bag. There's left, right and dead straight. The tee signs are solid as well. They offer a basic course map, hole #, distances from each pad and par. Signs are located by the long tee if there are two.They have gravel paths that lead from each basket right to the next tee which makes navigation a piece of cake. This was a really cool feature here. This way the paths won't turn into mud trails. Nicely done and pleasing to the eye. The course has the feeling of half wooded and half prairie. I've played plenty of these types. This is probably the most well done layout of any that I've played. Top notch design here with what they had to work with. Great course for newer or experienced players. You won't be disappointed playing here. The park itself was in pristine condition. Many garbage cans and benches throughout and the course is free to play.
Cons: Not any fault of the designers but there's no water and the land is pretty flat overall. It's still a relatively new course but it'd be nice to eventually see dual/multiple pin placements to spice things up. Not really a big deal as is though. Also the course is only open in the warmer months but that's fine here. It's not going to get a lot of play in winter anyway. And this keeps the baskets catching nice longer. So basically my cons aren't really even cons.
Other Thoughts: I was very surprised after playing this course based on some prior reviews (albeit older reviews). Stick to the newer reviews here as I'm sure it's changed significantly since it was first put in. This is much better than an open course with a few trees. I was so impressed I decided to play it again. It's not near anything really, but it is totally worth a spin if you're anywhere near here.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Casual Course
Pros: -New, grippy tee pads (two on most holes) and new tee signs.
-Well defined fairways, with strategically placed trees forcing you to think about your shot. Not overly wooded either.
-Trash cans on most holes
-Offers challenges for both experienced and newer players alike
-Well maintained, and overall an appealing course
-Great "fun factor" for all players
Cons: -Not overly challenging, the gaps to hit are not that tight, and the tighter holes are shorter.
-The few bomber holes had relatively little challenge, and didn't force you to hit a landing zone with accuracy.
-The technical holes weren't all that technical, usually a basic dogleg without much challenge.
Other Thoughts: This is a really fun course to play, if you are in the area or are willing to make the drive. It's great for both beginners and experienced players to enjoy a casual round with some difficulty, but not challenging to the point where it starts to feel relentless. I brought a first time player and we each had a great time and he said he would definitely want to come back. I would have to agree. While not championship quality, this is a great free course nestled in a city park with a prairie feeling.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: What a great course!! New concrete tee pads for both long and short tees. (The pics in the media links are OLD!) Loved the path ways from basket to next tee. Signage was great... never looked at the printed map once I started.
Perfect blend of open holes, wooded holes and some in between. Each hole had a uniqueness to it.
CLEAN is the word that comes to mind. Even the wooded areas were clean. Minimal under brush, seemed as though they must rake a lot of it from away from the baskets and fairways.
Great fairways in the open area. Loved the tall prairie grass which bordered several of the holes. It made it look like a PGA US open type course!! (Yes, the wind carried one throw into the grass that I had to search for!!)
Cons: Could use a tree or two more on some of the fairways to cause more thought to your tee shot. That said, there were numerous trees in their infant stage that will take care of that down the road.
Other Thoughts: Was course #7 of a 2 day Father's Day weekend trip that netted me 12 new courses in Minnesota. Played it at 6 am on Fathers day and loved it!! Would rank it close to Bryant Lake in the Cities (just needs BL's signature #17 hole!!)
With the planted trees in the fairway it appears they are planning for the future as well.... Keep up the good work!!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the best free courses around!
Pros: Course is well designed; there are both open and wooded holes and it challenges you to use a variety of shots. The course is challenging for intermediate and advanced players without being too terribly difficult for a beginner.
I will say the front 9 is much easier than the back 9.
There are both long and short cement teepads, with benches and garbage cans sprinkled throughout the course. It is a well maintained course, and it has never been too crowded since I've been playing it when it first opened-even now since it's become 18 holes.
Fairways are mowed; the rough can get pretty tall, so keep an eye on your discs or use a spotter.
Directly across the street is a beautiful park with a nice beach, volleyball court, picnic area, playground and real bathrooms (not porta-potties). And it's only a couple miles outside of Annandale.
Cons: During the summer months, the mosquitos will get ya on the wooded holes and the horse/deerflys will buzzz you on the open holes, so if there's no wind/breeze-BE PREPARED.
Other Thoughts: For a free course, I think it is absolutely amazing. Hell, it's better than some pay to play courses (kaposia comes to mind because of the lack of maintenance in recent years).
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: *fun course with nice variations in both difficulty and distance
*course is very well maintained and by the looks of it, more is being done
*very technical which makes it a challenge but not so much that you need to be a pro
*a few ace runs
*benches and concrete pads and maps on each hole
*a few holes are quite thick in the rough
*kind of in the boonies
Other Thoughts: I can't believe this is currently rated as a 3.3. That is a travesty as this is one of the better courses I've played in Minnesota. I would grade it at a 4.25 which is where I think it should be, but I bumped it up to 4.5 rather than down to 4.0 because of the current rating. I thoroughly enjoyed my round and look forward to throwing it again next time I'm in the area.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Top notch course
Pros: Now an 18 hole course. Dual grippy concrete tee pads. Mach 3s. Every shot in the bag......long, short, hyzer, anny, open, tight, you name it. With the new holes it is a top course in the area. Not a ton of play. A great aesthetic course.
Cons: Harsh gravel under pins may grab discs better but may also chip them up too. Tall grass may hamper locating. As of this review new tee signs not up yet but stakes were in marking the locations and I'm sure they'll be nice. These are little complaints for reviewing purposes only.
Other Thoughts: Now that it is 18 holes it is a destination course. I'd rank it just behind the great courses in the southern half of the state that I've played (Kaposia, BRP, Hidden Lake). Nice flow, great shot selections, challenging yet fair. Well worth the drive!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun even when there is snow!
Pros: Playable in the winter. Easy to find pins and tees. Mostly flat with s couple of holes that bend downhill.
Cons: Signs could be more descriptive. Too many trees for my liking.
Other Thoughts: Says pins pulled during the winter but they are up as of today.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very nice little course well maintained and mowed fairways. A very nice sign with score cards and maps are available at the beginning of the course. This side of the road the park seems to be disc golf only so there is no worry of pedestrian interference. There are dual pads on each hole and enough variety of shots to stay interesting. The wood frames keep the gravel tees from spreading out. With frames gravel tees tend to become more suggestions than defined tees. The course is mostly flat with the only real elevation change at hole 5. There is enough length from the long tees to keep your interest but is very newbie friendly from the shorts without becoming to easy and boring. The design was well thought out with the terrain available here. Hole 5 would be the signature hole. Navigation was very easy with the nice wide paths between many of the holes.
Cons: The gravel tees could use a little attention to level them out, however they are plenty playable. The short pads are in good shape probably do to much less play. The other is just the fact that it is only 12 holes.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a fun course to play, I found myself ready to go again.
I am not a fan of the high grass in the rough, but it does add to the incentive to throw accurately. However I don't find it to make a difference in score. I would definitely like to play again next time I visit.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun, Pretty Course
Pros: This is a fun and beautiful course. The fairways are cut, and the long grass is not very hard to find discs in. There are plenty of trees that will knock your disc down, but in general the course isn't that hard.
Cons: It does get pretty buggy on some of the holes deep in the woods. The tee boxes have experienced a lot of wear and have large divots where your feet should be placed. They are in desperate need of an upgrade.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pretty Course With Cut Out Fairways!
Pros: The Clearwater/Pleasant Lake Course sits across the street from the beach park. The course itself seems to disc golf exclusive. I would think due to it's fairly remote location that it wouldn't ever be overly crowded.
There is a nice course map sign at the beginning.
There are two pads for each hole. I believe the short pads were probably the originals as they have the maps. The Longs just have the hole # and distance. Until about # 10, they just added length to the hole, anywhere from 50 to 200'.
The terrain is mostly flat with numerous smaller immature trees. So consequently it seemed as though every hole involved some sort of tunnel shot. The fairways were nicely mowed grass with taller disc-hiding grass beach grass on both sides.
My favorite hole was # 5 which, surprise, which happened to be the only hole on the course with any elevation. It plays 357' from the Longs and 249' from the Shorts. It's a nice anhyser shot down to a basket beneath some trees.
The course nicely circles back to the beginning.
Cons: As mentioned before, the cinder teepads are not the greatest. I played them in the rain and they weren't too bad. I could see them being dusty and rough in dry weather.
I personally really dislike tall grass roughs like this. I always find myself spending large amounts of time searching for discs that have landing just a few feet off the fairways.
Other Thoughts: I can see that the parks department takes pride in the facility here. I'd like to see them scrap the cinder tees and maybe go with patio blocks or concrete. That would be a huge improvement.
I would guess if you lived nearby, you'd be able to play here at times and have the course all to yourself. It's a pretty little park and that beach across the street would be might inviting after a couple of rounds on a hot Minnesota afternoon.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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