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Pros: There are three new holes that Don Parker - the volunteer course caretaker - has added this summer. The new holes start after Hole #10. Immediately after Hole #10 head up to the right and follow the wood chips to the new tee box.
New #11: This is a short shot but there are is a Mando on the two big trees that you have to put your shot between. Regardless, it's a pretty soft RHFH "flick" or a soft RHBH anhyzer upshot from the tee. It's short enough that I've jump putted (on an anhyzer line) and put it close enough to put it in for a 2.
New #12: This hole is a hard 3. You have a hard dog leg to the right almost immediately off of the tee box, slightly uphill, but then it straightens out and heads downhill along a tight fairway. This hole sticks to the courses overall theme of accurately placed drives as you don't want to get into the woods on either side of the narrow fairway or you'll be hammering out of them hoping to get back into the open.
New #13: This one is fairly straight forward RHBH shot down a narrow alley, slightly uphill, and the basket is set up on a hill to the left. Roll aways are a concern as the hill is barren so even if you place the perfect shot if it lands wrong it could roll down to the right. It's not too long and can be driven with a long drive from a putter or a mid-range.
Cons: The new Hole #11 is a bit short but the Mando trees make it a bit more challenging. It's still an easy 2 almost every time.
Other Thoughts: Don, the caretaker, has done an awesome job keeping the course clean, updating pin placements from time to time, and providing poles with hooks to retrieve discs that have gone in the water.
Keep up the good work!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great tight course
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Pros: The flow of the course is great, you never walk too far even if you're mixing short and long tees. Most holes do give ample space to hit the main lines, and a few have multiple lines for some gutsier throws.
The shorter hole lengths make the course play much quicker, which was great for busier days. Even behind a larger group I didn't wait too long despite the less advanced players throwing off the fairways. Before you know it you're on 12 and just about wrapped up.
The course was very well maintained and the addition of the astro turf was very welcomed, more courses should look into that to cut out maintenance time when grass starts to grow more. The wooden walkways and stairs made traversing the course much better, never did feel like I was straining myself unless I was off the beaten path on my throws.
It's a great mix of technical shots, distance, flexes, etc. Every hole feels unique and doesn't stale as the course goes on. Despite having shorter holes than many courses I've played, it does not make it any less challenging. Avoiding trees is key here.
Cons: The course is very tight. One stray throw could compromise the safety of others. Some teeboxes weren't too far off of the fairways of other holes.
A few blind shots, again with it being a tighter course it became a concern of safety. I'd definitely recommend having someone spot just in case other players may be near by.
Most holes are too short, which makes carding Par for less skilled players easier. Many holes were just a matter of keeping the disc in the middle and it never felt too difficult given DGC's par count via Hole Info.
It was a very busy day. Luckily there is hole 1 that could be a hazard to others, mainly walkers on the walking path which was almost directly behind or to the side. Again, one stray throw could mean trouble. The tighter course design meant people were waiting to either tee off or advance to the next hole because of the threat of others straying their throws.
Other Thoughts: It's a great, quick course that plays fast and isn't too difficult. A good mixture of throws that doesn't get stale and the course in full is very well kept.
Sadly, the tighter design means it is a safety hazard and ramps up as more people play it.
Overall, definitely one to play and test various shots and enjoy quick rounds.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Well balanced course
Pros: -Easy to find discs
-Good signs telling you the direction of the basket
-A nice variety of shot distances
-Fairly clean course and little creeks in the forest
Cons: -A few holes you can't see the basket
-Some of the baskets are placed pretty close to each other and this might trip up some players as to which basket is the right one
Other Thoughts: This course is pretty well balanced and most of the holes are reasonable. I played well on it and most holes didn't give me any trouble (though I've been disc golfing for over a decade).
Fun and fast!
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Pros: Plymouth Creek is a 12 hole course in Plymouth, MN (suburb of Minneapolis).
Concrete tee pads on every hole. Two tee pads on most holes. They were a little worn, but performed well. Several were built up to be flat, which is nice.
Chainstar baskets, all in decent enough repair. A few were starting to show some age, but they all caught well enough. One pin position per hole.
For being a 12 hole course, there was a nice variation in distances. There are several quite short holes, but there's also some over 300', with hole 8 coming in over 600' (from the longs). Nicely done here.
Every single hole had trees as an obstacle. This is my favorite type of golf, and this course didn't fall short. Different types of lines on nearly every hole, which was very nice considering the small-ish parcel of land the course is on.
Water in play on several holes. Hole 1 starts with a river carry, which is always pretty cool. The other holes with water aren't just throwaways, either. Hole 5's position is especially nice, and requires a very technical shot to get through trees and stay out of the river.
Cons: 12 holes. Total bummer there wasn't more space for 18 here. It's really a nice piece of land.
The astroturf. I'm assuming some other local place ripped it out, and they just decided to plunk it down here. I'm sure it helps with erosion, but man, it's ugly.
There's a decent amount of 2 disc type traffic here. We were thrown on a couple times, and had kids randomly just walk through our fairway once (after almost killing us with Nukes on a 270' hole). I guess that's to be somewhat expected on a suburban course.
Other Thoughts: We had a surprisingly fun time here. It's not crazy hard, but you still have to hit some fun technical lines.
Not a destination course, but definitely worth your time if you're in the area!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Not too long, but a good challenge
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Pros: I do not get up to Plymouth much from Apple Valley, so since I was in the area I decided to take a peek since it was highly rated. Unfortunately the weather was not in prime condition as it was lightly raining with winds averaging at 25mph and gusting over 35mph. I will try not to let the sloppy conditions put a negative spin on the review. This course is in my opinion great for an intermediate player to really improve their placement game. A mix of very short and medium length holes, but if you miss your line you will be scrambling. If you are looking to bomb drives, you are better off going to Bassett Creek a few miles away. This is a wooded finesse course to test your accuracy.
When I first got there, I saw something I rarely see these days, a map of the entire course! Usually going to a course for the first time I have no idea where I am supposed to go. Case and point, Bassett Creek a few miles away. But here you get a very nice map and hole #1 box right next to it. Each tee has a small metal pole with the distance (if it is the long or short tee) and even a directional arrow to the basket! No real need to guess where you are throwing. Just outside of the putting circle on each hole is another metal pole that directs you to the next long or short tee. Very simple but very effective! In addition you get paths that are traced out with logs to make it even easier to find your way!
The course itself flows very well. The next tee is usually within 50-60ft of the previous basket, so even as a first timer I was able to find my way very easily.
The design of the course was great as it uses of all the space and landscape. There are elevation changes, nothing really steep, just a lot of rolling hills in the woods, making you throw uphill and down hill. There are clear paths to the basket but can be very narrow and punishing if you miss. There are some short holes, like a 141ft hole, but the basket is placed perfectly where you have to get a lucky tree kick or a perfect skip to get a decent putt. For those wanting to toss a long drive, hole 8 is your chance. A 671ft par 5 (it is a legit par 4 for sure) is very challenging as it will test your flick and dare you to throw your disc over a creek the last 250-300ft with a narrow fairway. I was proud my 2nd time through to card a 4 hitting a 35ft putt.
In addition to the flow of the course and the great use of the natural landscape, the course if very well kept. The baskets are in great shape, the tee pads are concrete, you get logs tracing the paths to the next tee with markers, and there are benches/trash cans all over! This helps with the litter as I saw almost none. A pleasant sight to be sure!
The course really tests a lot of your shots. Up the middle touch shots, accurate hyzer shots, flicks, thumbers. There are many different lines and shots to use on every hole on this course. Even being a lefty I felt the course played very neutral, as there are a couple RHBH dominate holes, a couple LHBH dominate holes and most with lines for both lefties/righties.
There are short tees and most of the longer holes, so feel free to bring newer players to the course. Due to the difficulty of the baskets, and the creek that runs through and along many holes, I do not recommend this course to introduce someone to disc golf.
Cons: With it being in the middle of fall, and the fact you are in the middle of the woods, the ground is covered in a layer of leaves. I did not lose any discs, but I did have some that took a few moments to find as they were buried, so like with all wooded courses in the fall, watch your shot and make note of landmarks in the area.
Not a course to bomb shots. Maybe fairway drivers off the tee on a few holes as there are quite a few 280-320 foot holes, so if you are a pro, mids, if you are intermediate then mids to fairway drivers.
Bring a long stick to get your discs out of the creek! I only had to do this one time my first time on hole #8 (my shot hyzered to late and fell in). Not too deep, but up to 2 feet in places. Great for challenging holes, but sticks if you lose your disc!
Other Thoughts: Even in the rain I would recommend the course. It was easy to find my way, loved the bridges all over the place, heck they have bridges to get to the other bank of the creek so if you toss your disc over you don't have to jump or back track! For me, it really tested a variety of shots and I ended up throwing different discs both times through the course. For those wanting to take their mid to short game to the next level this is a challenging 12 hole course that you cannot miss! I will have to make a trip back just to play here on a nice day.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun course, Good variety
Pros: Decent course. Good variety of distance. Some holes require long bombs, and others you tee off with a putter. Course is laid out well and makes sense.
Cons: Prepare to get wet. Many holes have water hazards. This course can get fairly busy.
Other Thoughts: Overall a very nice course. Well designed and utilizes space well. Just be prepared there is a good chance you will throw your disk in the creek at some point.
Pros: -Good wooded areas.
-Pins/Baskets are challenging.
Cons: -Can get a bit crowded.
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-Some areas are a little too wooded for some holes that are long and maybe could have been made shorter for that purpose.
Pros: This was the first course I ever played a few years ago and was my only course as I got into this game. It has a good flow and the layout uses the available space wisely without much overlap.
The course is very popular and brings in a lot of new players. It is also a free to play course so don't be surprised if you see large search parties at a few holes and if you are the type who likes to meet locals bring a pack of cigs (even if you don't smoke) the locals are all broke but friendly.
I honestly don't play this course as much anymore (not enough grip n rip holes) however it has its memorable holes. #1 over the river great start to the course #4 tunnel shot couldn't figure it out when I was a newb threw a putter problem solved #5 hook with river 10 ft past (my first ace). #7 The Gatekeeper awesome downhill tunnel this was the reason I became a forehand player. #12 the best bomber in the course this used to be a danger hole with a nasty swamp but there are 2 hills where the swamp used to be now only the river can eat your discs.
Cons: #8 was a walk-through back when I was a newb simply skipped it but it has a nice short basket nowadays.
Other Thoughts: They added a practice putting spot in the woods with trees as obstacles last season or 2 seasons ago its a brilliant idea however the basket is broke but its practice so a pole would work too.
*also read some other reviews fyi this was once an 18 hole course before the dome was built to the right of hole 2
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
The "Creek" is not for the meek
Pros: This course is one of the more technical ones in the area, for that alone, I love it. Canopies and tunnels aplenty, this course will test your line shaping skills and punish you if you lack them. A wide variety of shots, curving both right and left, tests both your backhand and forehand skills... Unless you are ambidextrous. Playing hole 8 as a par 3 and achieving that 3 is more rewarding than some of the aces I've gotten.
Cons: For about half the course, there is no grass and it is built on the side of a hill, so it can be quite treacherous here if any sort of moisture is present. Also, pretty sure the creek itself might be a sewage runoff judging by the aroma.
Other Thoughts: I bagged my first ace at this course, hole 7, May 5, 2007, with a forehanded Sirius Orion LF. For that reason alone, this course is near and dear to me. I also have aces on 1, 5, and 11. Many of my friends hate this course for its technicality, but they are chuckers : p
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Top 3 free course in mpls
Pros: Great use of a small space, 12 quality holes in a city park, most with dual tees. Even a legit Par 5 (something like 670') in a densely wooded area. Nice shady trees for windy or hot days. Hole placement around trees is perfect for sculpting drives, good reward/punishment for controlled driving or not. Excellent signage made for easy navigation as a first timer. No trash anywhere. Just enough elevation change to make it more interesting. Probably the most well cared for free course in the Twin Citites that I've seen. Plus poles hanging on nearby trees to fish an errant disc out of the creek.
Cons: Honestly nothing comes to mind. Would be great if someday it was 18 holes, then it would beat out Acorn in my opinion and be in better shape.
Other Thoughts: I met a man who volunteers working on the course and thanked him for it. It really shows that somebody cares for this place. He saw me barely miss an ace on the first hole and stopped to chat. Would play this course on all my days off if it was a little closer.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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