North Branch, MN 
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Uploaded By: Steve West Hole #3 (Taken 9/2010)
3 / 232ft.   3 / 297ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #3 Fairway to Tee

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2-4    7/21/2011   7/25/2011
Review By: whitechocolate
Played: 428  Reviewed: 23  Exp: 9.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Course map and layout before starting
-New Baskets
-Relatively easy to navigate
-Area of park just used for disc golf
-Multiple tees

The course is set in the back end of the park. Baseball fields do not come into play on any of the holes, unless you have a crazy uncontrolled throw. The courses wind in and out of the woods, offering a couple holes that could be found to be more challenging, yet generally very REC/beginner friendly. All you have to do is look at the course map by the parking lot and you should be able to navigate this course with little issue.

Baskets are brand new, however, not sure what kind they were. The caught relatively well which is fine but definitely a more unique basket than most courses have. No one else was on the course, which I would assume is pretty normal, so you can get a quick play out here.
Cons: -Dirt Tees/Wood markings
-Poorly maintained

Dirt tees don't bother me generally and it does some players. However, these were the dirt tees that had the wood put in the ground where the pad ends. The ones you can trip over and fall when you follow through (or foot fault). I find these completely unsafe and with the tee poles next to the tee, these become unnecessary and unsafe.

The biggest problem is the maintenance. The courses literally looks and feels like someone just can through and bulldozed some trees to make the wooded holes. The ground is not level on any hole. Just ripples of dry dirt and plants. You will be unable to throw rollers here. The fairways were not too bad, however, in time with all the plants growing in, it will get rougher to play. No one really tried to clean any of it up. It has that "good enough for now" feel, that no one has return to. If you have trouble keeping it in the fairway, you will be looking for you disc for a while in places. Or if you're smart, just leaving it in the poison ivy it landed in. The rough is very heavy in places.
Other Thoughts: The course has potential to be a decent 9 hole. If someone would give it a little love the course would worth checking out. In it's current state, I would just pass completely. If you are heading up to Duluth/Superior for some disc golf for the day and looking to break up the ride, I recommended playing Braham or Pine City instead.

Obviously, the mosquitos were brutal. Not a con, just letting you know. It was July, so obviously going to be a problem. If you have extreme reaction to poison ivy, I would not go here at all. There is quite a bit. There are other plants that look similar to poison ivy as well, however, still a lot of actually poison ivy. I'd wear pants next time if I ever go back.

In it's current condition, I have to give it a 1.5 (Passable). If cleaned up it would be probably a 2.5. Make a couple adjustments to the layout to make a couple of those "standard holes" and it would have potential a 3.0, possibly a 3.5. If nothing gets done to the course, it will become an overgrown area with 9 baskets and poles. Step it up North Branch...just a little.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    9/20/2010   9/20/2010
Review By: E_Rock25
Played: 77  Reviewed: 35  Exp: 7.4 Years
This review was updated on 9/21/2010
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a nice technical park course with lots of trees. The land seems to be used well with some small elevation changes. I could only play 4 holes because of all the poison ivy on this course that is why it is getting such a low review. I wish I could have played the hole thing because it has a good feel and layout. Tees are marked nicely with arrows from the pins to the next tee.
Cons: Like I said this course is unplayable for me in its current shape because I am really allergic to poison ivy and it is everywhere on this course. Its in the middle of the fairways even. This is very disappointing to me because I live quite close and it looks like a fun course. I will not play this course again until I am sure that they have sprayed and killed most of the P.I.
Other Thoughts: I don't know how someone found this unhelpful. I like this course but I can't be near the poison ivy! I just wish I could play it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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