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3 / 248ft. Par / Distance:
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 Greatest Course on the Prairie

1    5/7/2011   5/9/2011
Review By: joe po
Played: 70  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 14.2 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great Amenities - nice concrete pads with mulch border to soften the trip of those whoe fall off the pad. Decent signage; the typical white, green, and red signs with metal posts. Bag hooks, does anybody use these? Benches and garbage cans at each tee pad.

Great use of land - first four holes have some elevation and require anhyzer and hyzer type shots. #3 and #4 are tight wooded shots, plus #3 has a sweet hanging basket. #5 features sumac traps that dot a small valley. The next few holes are fairly open with but have blind shots to the basket. I believe #11 was the neat downhill anhyzer through a tight alley of woods. Most of the back nine is wide open, but does bring some elevation into play.

9 hole option - the course is setup so that you can play the first 7 and then skip to 17 to play a quick nine if need be. They have the shortcut posted on a sign at 7 basket.

Traffic - I was shocked to be out on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and only see about 9 other people playing. In the Twin Cities you'd have been waiting on every hole for two other groups to tee off.

Management without having to pay to play! - the YMCA donated land to two local disc golfers from the community who laid out the course. Volunteers were brought in to carve out the tracks. The YMCA manages the course, i.e. garbage removal and mowing, but does not charge a fee to play. WELL DONE!
Cons: Debateable Pars - the designers have been quite generous with the par ratings. I would say that the whole course is par 3 with the exception of 14, 15, and 18 which would be marked as 4 in my book. Its fun to go out there are tear it up on their ratings, but I hope the local players and beginers aren't developing delusions of grandure.
Other Thoughts: What I like about this course is that it uses alot of elements from some of my other favorite courses. I'd be in different segments of the course and thinking to myself, "This reminds alot of....."

Tight challenging holes - Kaposia
Bombers with blind baskets - Lakewood Hills
Incorporating the History - North Hibbing
Wide open holes with wind - Lions Park in Shakopee.
The overall manicured nature - Bryant Lake

If you've played these courses and enjoy them, you'll find alot to like about Combine Hills. I definitely recommend making the trip to Alexandria for this course alone. I haven't played the others around the area, but they seem to offer a good round (Fair Lake in Sauk Centre with the basket in the Lake!) Go paly it!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Great Potential

1    8/17/2010   8/20/2010
Review By: Kesty
Played: 22  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 7.6 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great variety of open and wooded shots with lots of elevation change. Had brooms for sweeping the tees at most holes and trash cans were plentiful.
Cons: The grass had not been recently mowed and the ruff areas were really ruff and thick. If you got in the ruff at all you can be searching for a while to recover your disks. Not all of the Tee Markers correctly showed the flight path required, or the general layout of the holes. Several times we had to walk the hole before playing just to figure out where the basket was.
Other Thoughts: This course has a lot of potential. It will only get better with age as some of the smaller trees grow over time. Would also sugest that hole #18 tee marker be changed to show a Mando down the tree lined alley, because it would be easy to throw out of the alley then all the way to the basket for an easy eagle.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Great new course

1    8/14/2010   8/15/2010
Review By: jaboc83
Played: 25  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 7.4 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Excellent variety of open and wooded shots. Great tee markers with par and distance
Great map.
Nice changes in elevation.
Challenging yet still approachable for beginners.

Cons: Still new, needs some work and cleanup.
Not many larger trees.
Other Thoughts: Great course with tons of potential.
Can't wait to see what its like in a couple years.
Hole 18 is evil.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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