Worth the detour off of the freeway
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Great layout and use of all of the different types of land that this property has. Great use of available elevation and diversity of foliage
-Very fair lines and distances that are technical, difficult and make you feel like you earned your score. Nothing was hard just for hard's sake
-Supremely scenic fairways and basket locations on some holes that can make you feel like you are in another world
Cons: Honestly cannot remember any other than hating the prairie grass on holes 8 and 9. But, a lost disc is not the fault of the course, but my poor throws. I cannot fault it for that really. Just need more practice and to be more accurate.
Other Thoughts: This is tied with Red for the most enjoyable course at Lemon Lake for me. It fits it's description perfectly: championship caliber.
I wish I had more to write on this course, maybe I should've written it immediately after finishing for the day so that it was fresh on my mind.
Seriously though, if you get the chance don't pass it up. The whole complex is worth the trip.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Silver/Gold course is the hardest and longest of the courses at Lemon Lake. The Silver and Gold courses play over the same layout with Gold being a longer version of the Silver. Often times the Gold tees drastically changed the angle to the hole adding difficulty as well as length. Holes either have 2 tees, 2 baskets, or both to provide several combinations of difficulty. (It is possible that the course may have 2 tees and 2 baskets on every hole when fully completed.) The "tee signs" were a nice touch as they were not the traditional signs you find on the rest of the course, but were half logs with the hole number and distance for both gold and silver etched into the wood.
This course has a good mix of wooded holes with clearcut yet challenging fairways and several longer open holes with fairways protected by tall thick rough. The wooded holes also utilized a decent amount of elevation and several holes had deep ravines just off the fairway. The open holes are really long and will appeal to those with the big arms.
The courses were just used for 2010 Worlds so everything should still be in great shape. The baskets are one of the coolest features in this complex as they match the color of the name of the course. This also helps you to locate the courses better when you enter the park, and it helps to spot the correct basket as the courses border each other in many places. (Imagine if the park just had 90 yellow baskets!)
Cons: There is not a parking area for this course and you have to walk a decent distance to #1 and after #18. (The 2nd parking lot by the restrooms is the closest.) Hole #1 is a little tricky to find as well, since you have to cross over the Blue Course to get there.
In some ways it was cool to have 2 sets of baskets permanently installed and color coded, but in some ways it was distracting. There were also some holes that only had 1 but no designation on the tee, so not knowing if a basket was there or not could be a factor the first time playing it.
A lot of places still had that "course just installed" look as it is the newest of the courses here, but time should help it mature. (This course needed some finishing touches and was missing some concrete tees and baskets, but I assume the course was completed for 2010 Worlds.)
Other Thoughts: Obviously having 4+ courses in one spot is a huge bonus, especially when they are all good courses. I like that each course has its own personality and degree of difficulty. (Ranking: easiest-White- Red-Blue-Silver/Gold-hardest) The Silver/Gold Course is the most difficult of the 4 courses at Lemon Lake. It will definitely take a lot out of you, but it is not impossible to play. I personal prefer the Blue and Red Courses over this one, but those looking for a huge challenge may enjoy this one the most.
There is a vehicle entrance fee, but the gatehouse was not always manned. Also, the park workers are extremely friendly and obviously take pride in their disc golf courses.
We had the chance to play these courses as they were making final preparations for the 2010 Worlds. I am sure the courses are in even better shape now since that event has past.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring a Meal When You Play
Pros: Lots of wooded holes and challenging shots. didnt feel like a course where you could count on a lot of easy birides. made you work for your par and left you feeling satisfied when you got it. wasnt a quick one to play so you felt like you really played a round after the hike was complete. makes for a great course to settle the decision of who will win the day after playing the other three courses. the better players will shine on this course.
Cons: some of the holes felt repetative and alternate tees just seemed to be the same shots just different distances. a few holes were obnoxiously long and one followed the other. the course was still in the stages of being fully cleared out when i played (or that is what i think) so there were some stumps that could trip you up.
Other Thoughts: the scenery was never the same, and the holes were nothing short of interesting to play. I love the sign that tells you not to start the course after a certain time of day. plan to stop and have a small meal during the round, it is a nice hike. this is the only course at Lemon Lake that i have not shot par or better at and since i have only played it once i am hoping there is a good chance to change that.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Great land, long distances, low fun factor.
Pros: Its a challenging course for sure. There are a few fun holes that I enjoyed as well, but no 'signature' type holes that leave an imprint in your mind whatsoever. Alot of big distance for those who like to throw far and some really tight wooded holes as well.
Cons: Several boring holes that were not fun to play at all. 2 really long holes out in the open that force you to look hard for your discs if you don't land in the mowed section. A few holes without well defined 'fairways' in the woods. Alot of really really long walks in between holes.
Other Thoughts: I gave it a 3.0 because its a high caliber course, but I rate it about a 2.0 in the 'fun factor'. Not something you want to play casually more than once or twice with the other courses available on the property. This course could be totally redesigned on that land and be made into the most fun course within 100 miles in my opinion. I think too much emphasis was put on making the holes long and not enough on making the holes interesting. I love long holes where I can bomb, but you need to give the course some character. Better use of elevation changes and natural tree-lined fairways would have made for a better experience.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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