8 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Absolutely insane elevation changes. This terrain is more extreme than any disc golf course I've ever seen. Signature holes abound, to the point that plain holes are the irregularity.
- Neat scenery. Besides the incredibly steep hillsides, you have the leftovers of a bridge from the iron industry sheltering a basket, interesting woods, and the beautiful Iron River.
- Great variety in holes. A lot of different shots are used, with approaches I'd never had to consider using before necessary to avoid some of the roughs.
- Secluded and clean. On a beautiful friday afternoon, we had no locals to deal with, and found very little trash. We spotted a huge doe, and a big colorful beetle during our round.
- Great tees and signage. All holes are clearly marked, and the tees are mostly big slabs of iron, giving them a unique look.
Cons: - The terrain is extreme. This can make the course easily unplayable. If there's any rain, some tees would be far too slippery to reach, and many others dangerous to approach. Even in perfect conditions I found myself slipping down a number of hills, and this in areas that were supposed to be fairways. BRING GOOD SHOES AND LOTS OF WATER.
- Not beginner disc golf. A lot of courses may claim this, but here its most certainly true. A number of the roughs are downright impossible to retrieve discs from, and if you don't have a lot of control you will have a hard time staying out of them. Even with pro levels of control, expect to lose a disc, especially if there's any wind.
- Some vicious flora. My wife encountered some sort of stinging nettle, or possibly poisonous hogweed that left her calf feeling like it had been stung by dozens of wasps for several minutes, and itched for quite some time. Even where its just your traditonal thorns, they come thick and mean.
- Erosion is going to do a number on this course. One tee in particular will likely become unreachable soon without carving some stairs into the hillside.
Other Thoughts: The Tailings is a course built on the piles of rubble left behind by Iron River's declining industry, and it shows. This is a good thing, because it creates extreme and interesting terrain. This is also a bad thing, because its slippery and dangerous to walk around on. If you're feeling athletic, unafraid of bad footing, and willing to lose discs down cliff faces mere feet off the fairway, this is an amazing course. If you're looking for a casual course to play with a few friends who don't take the sport seriously, you'll probably leave with a cranky group and short at least a half dozen discs. Say what you like about it, there's no course like this that I've ever seen, and if you happen to find yourself passing by Iron River, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to skip playing it. I visited this course on the way back from an extensive disc golf trip to northern Wisconsin, including 5 days at Highbridge; despite all the amazing golf I played, this is the course that I'll remember the most.
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