3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great warm up for Big Brother
Pros: Located on a beautiful piece of land in hilly west central Wisconsin. In addition to this course there is the even more challenging Big Brother course further up the hill. Very nice, large, level concrete tee pads on all holes, with 2 by 4's buried in the grass serving as the short tees on all 18 holes. Large wood signs with basic hole layout, short and long tee locations, distance and par located next to each long tee pad. They also have maps available in the pro shop and are more than willing to explain any questions you might have about anything.
So basically navigation is not a problem at all. Distances range from 460 feet as the longest to 200 feet as the shortest from the pro tees. Most are around 300 feet. They do an excellent job of using the edge of the woods to make some challenging tunnel shots towards the middle of the course. The first seven holes i believe are mostly open but the wind is a huge factor on these holes. Especially on the first four holes, where you throw up, down and across a large hill. Hole 11 has a pond you have to tee off over thats about 200 ft. long. this pond will come into play a little on the next hole as well. Good job in incorporating this feature on the land. 13 and 14 offer some more nice tunnel shots, again this is a great job utilizing the land available. There is also an outhouse located right before hole 12, always nice to see. Not sure what type of baskets they have but all are in great condition and catch nicely. The fairways are mowed weekly which is nice, and quite the task considering the vastness of the two courses. The rough is mowed monthly and isn't too bad compared to the Big Brother. Pretty difficult to lose a disc on this course other than the pond. $5/person per day is a bargain for what you get playing here. There are 3 campsites on the course with very reasonable fees to stay there.
Cons: There is a campsite very near holes # 9, 10, and 11 but unless you terribly overthrow they shouldn't come into play, but something to be careful of. Be sure to check for ticks after you play here, not really a con but just something to remember. I honestly can't think of anything else and these listed aren't even really cons.
Other Thoughts: If you are ever in the area be sure to check this course and its extremely challenging Big Brother out. You will NOT be disappointed. I played there on a cold rainy day the last time i was there and had more fun than i've had at any other course in a long time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Beautiful views on many of the holes. Nice and relaxing atmosphere. No matter where you are on the course it's quiet and peaceful without a large number of people playing so that you have to wait. Whether you like wide open holes, trees, or water hazards this course has all three.
Cons: The tree holes can be a little difficult because the throwing lane isn't very big. If the wind is blowing hard it's a lot easier to lose your disc on the pond hole.
Other Thoughts: This is one of those courses that you should play. Once you play this and Big Brother they will probably be among your favorite courses to play.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large private piece of land, so there aren't going to be many chances for interference around here. Maybe if other people are camping out or hiking something, but it shouldn't be an issue.
- Holes are split pretty evenly between wooded and open areas. The majority of the wooded shots are tight and straight; #8 is a slight uphill tunnel, #9 is a slight downhill tunnel, and #10 is another uphill tunnel. Nasty trouble on both sides off the fairway. #13 and #14 are a little more open; #13 is an uphill shot with the basket up and on the left, and #14 is a steeper downhill shot out of the woods. #17 is a short, but very steep valley through some denser woods, and #18 is a shorter straight shot, steeper downhill.
- Open holes here are pretty wide open, but have good elevation changes to keep things interesting. #1 is a decent uphill shot, #2 is a downhill ace run with a big rollaway behind the basket, #15 is up a big hump, and #16 is another uphill valley. #11 is a valley shot over a small pond too.
- A few of the holes are bordered by the woods, so they are not completely open. #3, #12, and #5-#7 all are RHBH shots only, of varying length. #3 is a downhill valley and #4 is an uphill valley with a slope on the right and left, respectively.
- Excellent variety in hole length; there are long and short uphill and downhill shots, and longer and shorter wooded holes. Elevation changes make a big difference in many spots to mix things up as well.
- Good pads, signs, and baskets; navigation is a breeze. Practice basket in front of the property as well.
Cons: - The open holes here are pretty much wiiiide open. But, the elevation changes help out a ton to keep things interesting, and some schule is present here and there for added punishment.
- Course is very hyzer heavy, especially on the holes that are bordered by the woods. With the exception of the tunnel shots, almost every hole is righty friendly.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, a very enjoyable course that is pretty well balanced between tight technical holes, both uphill and downhill, and open holes with serious elevation changes to contend with. A few spots might be a little too tough for beginners; advanced players should be able to cruise through with lots of birdie chances. But ya gotta earn 'em!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - The Justin Trails Resort compound offers (among many other amenities) two world-class disc golf courses side-by-side. The two 18-hole courses sprawl over the scenic Wisconsin hills and compliment each other well. Big Brother offers gold-level challenges while the shorter Classic remains an accessible and fun play for all. The resort offers cabins, suites, and camping. Concessions available on site. Gracious hosts help make the experience one to remember.
- Outstanding elevation. The rolling hills provide many spectacular pin placements, and offer a variety of challenges. Greens often play faster than they look, with epic rollaways a very real possibility. Enough elevation to make even wide-open holes (my least favorite) uniquely interesting.
- Outstanding risk/reward. Several holes offer exciting greens (#'s 4, 11, 12, 13, 18 to name a few). #11's short water carry with pin near the far edge of shore and #18's up-and-over dink-and-dunk tee shot with a very rollaway-prone pin set on the other side of a small rise (followed by a huge drop-off) are both stand-outs. Several wooded tunnel shots (#'s 8, 9, 10) offer technical challenges that work a different skill set than the open hilly shots.
- A good mix of distances that keep things exciting and challenging without beating down noodle arms or boring experienced players.
- Good use of water. # 11 throws downhill over a small pond while #12's fairway doubles back with the pond to the right.
- Decent signage, tees, etc. Outhouses in a couple of places.
Cons: - Despite the excellent layout, a few stretches can't help but feel repetitive. If the holes were mixed up in the order, it might not be noticable, but #'s 8, 9, and 10 all follow the woods to the left and a line of trees to the right. On each hole a short tunnel shot is required. Likewise, #'s 5, 6, and 7 all play suspiciously alike.
- At certain times of year, tall corn might come into play on off-target throws. Definitely something to watch out for, as the cornfields will readily eat discs.
Other Thoughts: - Other than the two stretches of similar holes, this course is superbly balanced and extremely fun to play. Most players will find a variety of challenges, from dealing with the wind and hills or having to split the narrow fairways of #'s 8, 9, and 10. With the longer, more difficult Big Brother immediately adjacent, all levels of players will have a blast at Justin Trails.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very long course, with great views! Both of these courses onsite provide challenges. Up and down steep grades, with both open holes, and close shots.
Cons: Not for the out of shape! The terrain altho well maintained, will challenge even experienced hikers.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for spectacular views, and a challenge, this is your place. The owners are very proud, and it shows in the condition of both courses. You can also stay onsite!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Bucket list course
Pros: Very open in places. Challenging enough that makes you use a variety of shots. Also, most tees do have shorter tees for the less experienced golfers. Steep hills and water holes were fun to navigate. All holes were clearly marked and the course followed a logical progression.
Cons: Some of the shorter tee spots were not found or were very hard to find. Marked by a small wooded plank.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of the nicest courses I have ever played. Should be one of your bucket list courses. the people in the shop were very friendly and course was in great shape, dispite no rain. Can't wait to come back. Every bit as nice as the Big Brother, but a little more relaxing.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Talk about a warm up..
Pros: Played this course after playing Big Brother, all I have to say is that I wish I hadn't already thrown my arm out so I could have really enjoyed this amazing course.
Every shot on this course was a blast. As a whole this course is pretty short and easy, but the elevation changes keep it VERY interesting and really test your distance accuracy. Don't overthrow!! This course is almost the mini-version of Big Brother (though maybe Big Brother should be the mega-version of the classic).
Despite the fact that the course is pretty straight forward, by far its biggest appeal is the parcel of land it is located on. Be prepared for some of the most beautiful scenery of any disc golf experience you are likely to encounter. You basically throw up and down and around series of hills that bring you deeper and deeper into the country until the last few holes spit you right back out to where you began.
A beautiful course located with some beautiful scenery. Very well kept when I was there (they were actually mowing it that very day), and some of the nicest course owners you're likely to find anywhere.
Cons: There really aren't too many cons for this course. It would be nice to see a little more trees, to spice it up a bit. It also feels a bit easy, especially right after playing the monster lurking above the hills, but honestly after getting your butt kicked by it's big brother you want to play classic just to easy your pain .
Other Thoughts: Fun course, next time would definitely play this BEFORE Big Brother, but honestly it doesn't matter too much either way. You will certainly have a blast and enjoy every shot on this beautiful piece of land no matter what.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: amazing 2nd part of this complex! great elevation, absolutely beautiful. i enjoyed the fun open shots that this course had to offer, a great change of scenery compared to big bro. highly recommend
Cons: maybe a few more technicall holes
Other Thoughts: staff was amazing! wonderful environment and such
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Private WI Course
Pros: This course is very picturesque and private. There are a ton of great views from the hilltops and the grounds are very well kept. This is a great get away destination if you have a weekend to throw. The owners are very nice, accommodating and offer lodging and camping on site. The classic course is geared more for an intermediate/rec level player but has something for everyone. The rolling hills that the course plays on and around offer a wide variety of elevation challenges including uphill monsters, downhill bombers, cross hill roll a ways and everything in-between. There are also some tight wooded shots sprinkled in to force more accurate shot shaping.
-Great use of elevation that comes into play on all but 3 of the 18 holes. This is the best part of this course for sure.
-Nice concrete tee pads with two (most of the shorts tees are just 4x4 kickers) positions on every hole.
-Adequate signage with hole number, distance and layout.
-Some risky roll away pin positions that will make you think about laying up.
-This course is a great workout (bring water).
-The wooded holes are mostly straight but very tight and require a controlled drive.
-The course has great flow and you are never backtracking or walking long distances in between holes.
-Water comes into play on two holes but is not overly threatening.
-The course is not overly challenging but is defiantly not a pitch and putt. It is the definition of a rec course.
-Has some very unique holes at the end of the course (17 & 18) are very cool and memorable. I don't think I have ever played a hole quite like 18.
-The fairways are very well maintained and players will be punished for going in the rough on most of the holes.
-They offer a few disc to buy in the clubhouse.
-The owners are awesome.
Cons: As with all course there are some things that could be improved upon.
-Some of the holes get a bit repetitive, there are lots of wide open shots and only really bad drives will be punished.
-The rough is ROUGH on many of the holes. Lots of thorns and bramble on the wooded hole and the open holes have tall grass that will not punish you score wise but will make finding your disc a challenge. Wear jeans if the temp allows.
-All of the holes are fairly straight and you can throw any number of shots to get to the pin. I can't think of any holes that require a big hyzer or anhyzer.
-Bugs can be an issue in the summer. You will encounter all kinds of them. Nothing the owners can really do about this one so bring bug spray.
-Hole #9 plays right next to the camping area so be careful of people by their camp sites.
Other Thoughts: This course is a great time and a good warm up for the Big Brother course. If you only have a chance to play one course while at Justin Trails I would go for the Big Brother over the classic because it offers quite a bit more challenge. The $5 pay to play is well worth it because you can play two great courses for the price of one. The area around the course offers lots of other activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, parks and lots more. Warrens Wisconsin is about a half hour away and has a great indoor and outdoor water park for a great price. The scenery is beautiful in this part of Wisconsin and playing here in the fall would be absolutely amazing. I will play this course anytime I get the chance and wish I lived closer so I could get out there more often.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Nov. 13 & 14, '10 Lodging in exchange for work on course
Pros: Help create the perfect disc course by getting rid of briars and black berries.
Cons: Some sore undeveloped muscles.
Other Thoughts: Don & Donna are offering lodging in exchange for work on the course on November 13 & 14, 2010 which will probably include a controlled burn. Two people each work 4 hours/day in exchange for available lodging at $50/night or free camping. Lunch and dinner provided for workers. Call 608-269-4522 for reservations and to get any questions answered.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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