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extreme disc golf
Pros: Recently played it memory not good.It had alot of natural scenery abrupt elevation changes truely unique.Fairways could be particularly tight in spots and pretty fair in others. the course is still playable.To play course a player needs to be an experianced disc golfer
Cons: As unique and extreme as it is it can be dangerous. If its wet the course is supposed to be closed and for good reason.I would also think a person sould be physicially fit to make the track.Also course is hard to find.I only found it after i played 7 holes on the eagle course and I thought I was walking to 8th hole when I saw it was 1st hole white cedar
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1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Variety of shots
plenty of elevation changes
course is difficult but fair
Cons: doesn't have concrete tee pads on every hole
signage could be a little better
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend making a trip to play White Cedar. The course is beautiful and offers some fun challenges. Be prepared with water, and just be aware that you will be dealing with some steep hills throughout.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Beast of a Course
Pros: <> Some of the best smelling, and most beautiful mid-summer scenery in the country
<> Difficult shots from start to finish
<> Lots of variety in the overall shape of the holes with a themed focus on tight shots. Sometimes the ceiling is really low, and sometimes you are teeing through a 15' gap 50' out.
<> Elevation change: The front 9 has some change but it is very minimal compared to the back 9 which is steadily uphill. The front 9 makes EXCELLENT use of the elevation changes that are present.
<> Trash cans everywhere so you don't have to see garbage all over and you don't have to carry 15 beer cans out of the woods.
<> Good quality baskets that don't spit much
<> Concrete boxes on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 17.
<> Alternate baskets on many holes and Logger moves them around throughout the summer so replay value is awesome
<> Clearly marked signs show where the baskets are and at each alternate location with distances and direction.
<> The cardio workout you get from climbing a mountain is at no additional cost. And just a heads up, you climb it a few times in 18.
Cons: <> Tees not listed in Pros have "natural" boxes and they can be slick or muddy.
<> Lost discs can be nearly impossible to recover in some situations depending on what you are willing to climb... or descend into.
<> Going down 14 for the first time can be dangerous since the flood eroded the grass, stay far left where the ground has roots and deadfall still.
<> The signage at the completion of holes is not always clear as to where you should be headed for the next tee box.
<> It is not marked on the hole sign which location the basket is at, so if you did not catch Logger in the chalet, and you don't know the course, you will have to guess where to throw to or get out the binoculars and look for blaze orange. In many cases you cannot even see the far baskets from the teebox so you will have to walk the hole to find it.
<> Although there is a ton of variation in the design of the holes, there are not a lot of shot options due to both how tight the course is and how heavy the risk of going down a 200' ravine and O.B. weighs. This is only a minor disturbance though because the reward for hitting the narrow paths and going the distance requires a perfect throw, and a perfect throw always feels good.
Other Thoughts: This is a natural mountain made of mud, dirt, clay, trees, steep slopes, sheer cliffs, deep wet valleys... it is a perfect sanctuary for all of life but along with that comes the natural dangers of such an environment. If it is pouring rain, you can expect a VERY challenging climb through the back 9. Footing can be a challenge at any given time and careful consideration on each shot weights more heavily than average on this course. I have only played a season and from what I have heard and seen so far this course will continue to receive attention and improvements. I expect in time there will be more concrete, and better signage. The chalet is a a great place to hang out, get fresh water, burgers made to order, good craft beer on tap or for the bag, discs to restock your bag and people to pick up a round with if you wish. Oh, and leave your hyzer-bomb at home, you won't be needing it at all on this course save for 17 and possibly 16 if you are a lefty.
UPDATE: Many updates have already taken place this season... more concrete, tons of mowing, 2 completely new holes, more pin placements on some existing holes. Logger deserves a medal for the work he puts in, truly one of the best places to play disc golf in the country.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
A northwoods treat
Pros: This course pretty much has it all. A substantial amount of elevation change which can be draining, but very rewarding with breath-taking views of the surrounding wilderness. There is a wide assortment of different layouts for the 18 holes, so you're not throwing the same shots hole after hole. There is nice signage on all the holes showing the distances of the A, B, and sometimes C pins and there layouts, as well as little arrows to help keep you on the right path. The employees do a great job of keeping the course trimmed and clean of branches and trash. There are recycling bins every few holes which is always a plus on a course. All but one of the holes has a bench you can rest on if you need to take a break (which most people will need, since it is one of the more challenging courses around).
Cons: There are a few holes where you have to traverse up and down steep slopes, so when its slippery out on the course, they can be a little disconcerting. There is a mountain bike trail that runs through the course on a few holes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing by any means, but you should keep a eye open if you hear some bikers in the woods so you don't knock them off their bikes with a shanked drive.
Other Thoughts: This is easily one of my favorite courses. Some of the holes get changed every once in a while due to unforeseen events like the flood in the spring of 2012, but they get replaced with holes that are equally as enjoyable to play as the old ones were. If you have time, I would highly suggest playing the white cedar/eagles peak loop. You play the front 9 on eagles peak which then puts you right on the tee pad for hole number 1 on White Cedar. When you finish with 18 on white cedar, it puts you right next to the tee pad for hole 10 on eagles peak, so you can finish the back 9.
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White Cedar will put your game to the test!
Pros: -Beautiful landscape/scenery: The course progresses through a heavily wooded lowland forest and then traverses several steep, wooded ridges which eventually lead you near to the top of the highest point on the property. It features old growth white pines, thick cedar groves and innumerable aspen and poplar stands. A natural spring feeds a network of small creeks and pools which come into play occasionally throughout the lowland section (holes 3-10). Upon reaching the tee for hole 17, you are greeted with a teaser of the panoramic view which awaits you at the highest point on the property. The view features an overlook of the St. Louis River valley and the surrounding forests. If you continue to the top of the hill, the view opens up substantially to include nearby Jay Cooke Sate Park and the bluffs surrounding the river valley. If you enjoy hiking for pleasure and exercise, you will thoroughly enjoy playing this course, as it offers a challenging hike with beautiful surroundings.
- Technically challenging course design that offers a variety of pin placements: Each hole has at least two pin placements (A [short] & B [long]). As of the time I'm writing this review, there are also C (longer) pins in place for holes 3 and 5. The majority of the fairways are narrow and wooded. Accuracy and distance control are crucial for success on White Cedar. Many of the fairways require placement shots in order to access the greens. Accuracy and distance control are rewarded with birdie opportunities and an occasional ace run when shooting for the A pins. The B and C pin locations offer more of a challenge and even a few placements which arguably merit a true par 4. The course features the natural terrain: tunnel shots through wooded fairways, sharp doglegs, steep-sided ravines in play from the tee or bordering the fairway and green, small winding creeks and pools of water. The "roughs" can be unforgiving. An errant shot can easily find its way into dense stands of pine or popple saplings or roll to the bottom of a steep-sided ravine. More often than not, an errant shot whacks one of the innumerable trees along the fairways and the direction and angle of the deflection determine your fate. Over all, the layout of the course forces you to utilize a variety of shots and discs.
-One of the signature holes on White Cedar (#16) brings to mind the classic "George's Gorge" from the original layout at Kaposia Park in West St. Paul. It mimics the drive from the tee atop one side of a wide, deep, steep-sided ravine to a small green perched on the other side. It makes for some dramatic results.
-Physically demanding hike: The course is designed to be physically demanding. While holes 1-10 are located on relatively flat ground, holes 11-18 traverse ever-upward over a series of steep-sided ridges. It is not uncommon to find yourself panting, sweating bullets and thirsty as you complete the hikes between tees. By the time you reach the tee for #18, you have climbed from the lowland forest at the bottom of the river valley to nearly the highest point on the property. Wear good footwear and bring plenty of water and snacks in order to enjoy this hike. Wet clay tends get extremely sloppy, sticky and slick. The steep banks of the ravines can be challenging under even good conditions. The course tends to be muddy and messy if there has been recent precipitation. Be prepared!
-Garbage/recycling receptacles are located near all but a few tee pads.
-Cement tee pads are now installed on nearly every hole.
-Signage has improved and offers a decent guide for the course. There are a lot of "blind shots" on the course. I would suggest walking up to view the targets before driving.
-Open for disc golf year-round: The White Cedar course can be played throughout the year. During winter months, all of the pins (A,B &C) are placed on holes 1-9. This allows for an 18 hole experience without the challenging hike through the back 9. Play on the back 9 is also available, but hiking that section in winter can be treacherous.
-Eagle's Peak is right next door: Mont du Lac offers another 18+ hole disc golf course.The Eagle's Peak course is laid out on the existing ski hills at Mont du Lac. The two courses can be connected to allow play on a "hybrid" course. This is accomplished by either: hiking to the top of the property after finishing #18 of White Cedar and connecting to hole 12 of Eagle's Peak or by walking to nearby tee #1 of White Cedar after finishing hole 7,8 or 9 of Eagle's Peak.
-On site Bar/Grill/Pro shop: Mont du Lac features a chalet with a full bar (with off-sale liquor license) and a grill with a good menu. They have a great beer selection as well. There is a pro shop with a small disc selection located in the chalet. These are great features, which enhance the disc golf experience a great deal, especially in regards to tournament play. A place on site to gather and socialize with other players is a big plus.
-On site rustic camping and cabin rental are available for an average fee. Firewood and water are also available. Each campsite offers a metal fire pit with a grate for cooking over the fire. This feature makes for a great weekend of disc golf and enhances the tournament experience, as the campfires burn long into the night.
-League play: Mont du Lac offers a variety of local league play options. Handicapped leagues are held on Wednesday (White Cedar), Thursday (Eagle's Peak). League play with no handicaps take place on Saturday (Doubles [course selection alternates]) as well as during winter months on Wednesday (Glow League).
Other Thoughts: Repeated play on this course has improved my game considerably. I feel lucky to call Mont du Lac my home course(s)!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
When in Wisconsin
Pros: If you need a course that will physically and mentally challenge you, then take a trip to NW Wisconsin or Duluth, MN (close by). The course has it all, hyzer/anhyzer, up/downhill and how about a shot 300' across a ravine. This course has multiple pin placements. It also has signage and markings on the trees indicating the location to next tee.
Cons: Concrete or Rubber tees would be cool. What is in place works, I don't dispute that. I do realize that this is a difficult under taking due to some of the locations and the elevation changes.
Other Thoughts: A lot of damage has occurred on this course from all the heavy rain. Many thanks to those who have been making paths to navigate. Hole #11 has been removed due to the recent flooding. Basically, the course shifted all baskets up 1 and new #18 tee is now on the road leading to lodge (basket is in view).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 2 Not
I heart this place
Pros: As of now, there are two separate courses on site. The 18-hole mountain loop and the 22-hole forest loop. Five dollars gets you an all-day pass, which is well worth it. The course designer, "Logger" (aptly named), originally had one long layout that incorporated the cedar holes and the mountain holes. In 2010, two distinct layouts were installed. A gravel road that traverses to the top of the mountain separates the two courses.
The first thing to point out is the setting of this course. This is a several-hundred acre ski/mountain biking/disc golfing facility. The chalet, with full bar and grill, discs, and scorecards, is open daily. Affordable camping is also an option, which is perfect for weekend getaways. As this course is somewhat off the beaten path, there are very few people and definitely no mobs of recreational players. The course itself winds its way up hills and down ravines through a large stand of mature cedar and pine trees. Natural springs supply small streams of crystal clear water that wind through. This place is special.
Layout - The layout of White Cedar is now entirely off the ski slopes, but that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park. For the most part, this course isn't extremely long (average of 270 feet per hole) or even extremely tight, but it is challenging. The holes are fairly balanced, requiring nearly every throw in your arsenal. The first 10 holes wind down through the cedars and streams. The creek comes into play on six holes and plays out-of-bounds. After 10, be prepared for a hike. The course takes a turn and suddenly you're throwing across enormous ravines then hiking up and throwing down chutes. This is extremely fun, but vary demanding on the body. Bring good hiking footwear and water. Remember to take breaks, enjoy your surroundings, and maybe take a dip in the waterfall hole (9?). After hole 22, there is the option to walk to the top of the ski hill and play down (instead of just walking).
Baskets - A note on the basket position. There are two anchors for every single hole on the premises. The baskets are always set in alternating order. For example, all even holes will be in the long position, while all odd holes will be in the short position or vice versa. Yes, every week they change all 40 holes on the property. Changing the baskets every week will, in my opinion, alleviate some erosion. Talk to the attendant if you are still confused.
The baskets themselves are Chainstars. Enough said.
Signage - There are tee signs throughout the course, but they can be confusing at first. The sign doesn't show pin location relative to surrounds, rather the sign shows positions relative to where you are standing. Most baskets are visible from the tee box.
Navigation - There are arrows pointing the direction of the next holes throughout the course. Follow the arrows! If you wander off the trails marked with arrows, watch out for mountain bikers!
There are benches on several holes. There are no garbage cans on this course. There is no litter on this course. If you can pack it in, you can pack it out! (this should be the same at EVERY park).
Cons: Tee Boxes - As this course is in its infancy, there are no tee pads yet. Shop mats/carpets, which help a lot, were installed on several holes due to slick conditions. The tee boxes on some holes are very short due to surrounding geography and vegetation, but many of these holes don't require an airport runway to tee off from.
Another con (for some people) is the occasional hike to the next hole. But the reward for the hike is an awesome next hole, so it was difficult to put this as a con.
A course map would be nice to some, but not necessary since there are navigational aids. With the layout changes that occurred in the past few years, the map would have be scrapped and re-drawn over and over.
Other Thoughts: The hard work of the employees shows. Over the past few years, this course has seen several design changes, all for the better. Great courses, great people, great scenery, (great selection of beers) makes this place a win! The future looks good for Mont du Lac!
Remember to bring good footwear!
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