The better of the Two
Pros: • Good use of elevation
• A variety of shots available
• $3 Parking pass for two courses is more than fair
Cons: • Fairways are XC ski paths so they are completely clear of obstacles
• Course can be a pain to navigate if its wet and muddy
Other Thoughts: I personally enjoyed this course more than Tower Ridge II, Lots of fun elevation throwing up and down the hills and the lanes force you to make controlled drives. They do a pretty good job with placing tees and baskets along the paths so you have to throw a variety of shots. The only issue I have with this is since the fairways are XC ski paths almost every hole has a completely clear fairway so besides the initial line off the tee you don't need to do much line shaping to avoid obstacles. The rough was moderate but not punishing if you couldn't stay on the open fairways. We played while the course was in its "Non Championship" Layout but it looked like the alt pin positions would add only another 50-60' and more difficult upshots. I wish the course map and signs would tell you where to jump to Tower Ridge II so you can play 36 holes in one loop, If you jump over between holes 7 on TR I and 9 TRII we didn't know this and wound up playing all of TR I then going over and playing all of TR II.
Pros: This is a solid course. It has plenty of very enjoyable holes and lots of elevation (which is my favorite feature). Many good holes which make you challenge yourself to make that perfect high risk shot (I ended up chasing a few risks gone wrong).
Cons: The flow of the course is not ideal and it can be a bit hard to navigate, but we brought a map and figured it out, even with the temporary pads.
Other Thoughts: Overall a fun course and the fee is not much, but if you are not accurate you might spend some time hunting down discs.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun hilly course
Pros: The course plays through a large cross country ski area that seems to be pretty disc golf exclusive in the warmer months. There is great elevation on many holes, and good variety with tough uphills and fun downhills along with some shots that go across valleys or play to hilly greens with roll away risks.
There is a nice mix of lengths here, with some shorter holes you can take an ace run on and some longer tough holes that challenge you to get down the fairway and stay out of the rough. The course is wooded, with narrow to medium fairways. There is some underbrush off the fairways, but not enough to eat too many discs, though an errant shot will nearly always be punished by at least a stroke getting back on the fairway. You'll need a good variety of left and right turning shots to score well here, and it felt pretty balanced for right and left handed players. The course feels very secluded, and it's a nice peaceful place to walk through the woods. There are dual tee pads for most holes, and they make a pretty big difference in how the course plays on most holes.
Cons: The course feels a bit neglected. The tees are a random mix of some chipped up old concrete pads and muddy dirt tees that are often rutted and eroded. The baskets are older and don't catch great. The tee signs were nice, but the majority were ripped down and vandalized. There was a pretty good amount of trash and vandalism here, taking away from the natural beauty of the forest. There are a few spots where navigation isn't obvious, there is a decent course map here that's worth printing. The course uses the ski trails for nearly all the fairways, which makes for nice cleared paths without too much clearing, but it gets a bit repetitive.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course to play with some tough challenges and fun elevation. With two good courses on site, this is definitely a place to stop if you have the chance. This first course is the better of the two in my opinion, with elevation, less brush, and a more secluded feel. Beginners will find the short tees challenging but not ridiculous, while more experienced players will be tested to hit lines through the woods and need to try to get distance while staying on the fairway from the long tees.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Challenging, tightly wooded, and beautiful. It is out in the woods and almost every hole is completly different from the last.
Cons: Vandals have destroyed the signs and there aren't many garbage cans.
Other Thoughts: This was the first stop on a trip that took us up to Highbridge. It was an excellent course to start the trip. If it wasn't for this site I wouldn't have found the additional 18 located right down the street. It says nothing about the other cousre at the first one.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Difficult, Fun, Delapitaded
Pros: This course was a great and very fun course to play. The shots and design of both tower ridge 1 and tower ridge 2 were great, the shots required for both these courses really push the disc golfer to throw everything they have. Tower ridge I has more distance holes and elevation changes than TR II, but I would not say it's better or worse. These two courses really do have a great mix of shots and it was a lot of fun to go from one to the other. There is a challenge in both courses of both distance and short technical loopholes you had to throw through. The scenery, and especially the trees in this area are beautiful, and the lookout behind the welcome center at the start of TR II was breathtaking. The fun factor on these courses was very high.
TR I specific details:
This course was a fun and strenuous hike as well as a great course, with a couple signature holes to remember it by. Bring your distance game, you'll need it.
Cons: Despite being well designed course, the upkeep of this course was ridiculously awful. There was not a single sign in tact that I can remember, and if there was a sign it was partially broken or fallen over with a laminated piece of paper nailed to it, sometimes the piece of paper was almost unreadable. Also the teepads were often broken or nonexistant. Sometimes you had a good flat cement pad, other times you had half a pad that was broken, or a dirt pad, or the worst was just an area of sand with no boundries. The sand especially did it for me, I would much rather have had dirt than loose, soft sand. The bathrooms at TR I was an unlit outhouse that had KKK written in both the womens and mens restrooms.
Other Thoughts: All in all I would make the trip to go again, the courses were great but I am giving both a 3.5 for these reasons.
-Courses were both of superb design
-Challenging but not to the point of frustration
-Horrid upkeep and bad teepads
People say TR I is better than II, but I have to disagree. The two are not comparable as they are two different types of courses. Number one focuses on elevation changes and distance shots where Number two focuses on your accuracy and ability to find the right lines. If you can, hit them both up. Take your hiking boots to number one ;)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.