Woodruff, WI 
Brandy Lake DGC Share
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3 / 203ft. Par / Distance:
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Nice stone work in the woods

1    6/23/2018   6/25/2018
Review By: ElementZ
Played: 153  Reviewed: 143  Exp: 9.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of things going for it.

+ Good equipment. The tees were concrete, the baskets were in good shape, and the tee signs were descriptive. The big course map at the beginning was helpful as well.

+ What stood out to me about this course is the stone work. What I mean by that is that every hole had stones that either surrounded the tees, or, in 12's instance, had rings around the basket. This added a nice touch to the course that shows that some love really went into making this course for everyone.

+ Great flow. Playing this course feels like a walk in the woods. There is rarely any doubt on where to go after holing out.

+ In great shape. There wasn't very much trash on the ground and the "rough" outlining the fairways was very manageable. Losing a disc is tricky here, which I view as a big plus. The ground, when I played in June, was more sandy than it was dirty, which is likely why weeds aren't as big of an issue as other courses in the northwoods.
Cons: - Past reviewers have mentioned that there is a great diversity here...but I disagree. I would say 90% of these holes are 150-250 feet in the woods putter approaches. The difficulty at this course comes from the abundance of trees, rather than distance. I wish there would have been more holes that were 350 ft +.

I found myself getting pretty bored of the same hole over and over after about 10 holes. That said, 15, 16, and 17 are a slight breathe of fresh air, but it's not enough to add the variety this course needs. 18 is more of the same, making it a pretty weak final hole.
Other Thoughts: All in all, Brandy Lake is a slightly above average course. It's key features come from the attention to detail when it comes to landscaping the course. The boulders add a great touch. These, coupled with the towering trees, create a cool atmosphere for the course. The lack of variety and lack of elevation change make this is "meh" course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Short but Fun

5+    9/13/2001   2/13/2018
Review By: arndtad
Played: 55  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 15.5 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fairly easy to navigate and well landscaped using natural materials. Some benches along the way. It's mostly wooded with many shorter holes making ace runs a possibility. It's the type of course that you can reasonably expect to throw under par at even playing them all as par 3's. There isn't major elevation but just enough to remind you that it isn't flat.
Cons: There is maybe one hole that will stretch your arm out. It can get a bit busy at times. Despite the wooded nature, there doesn't tend to be a major penalty for failing to get a drive down the fairway cleanly. It really makes the threat of ever making a 5 exceedingly rare.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is a great "city course". I drive from Rhinelander to play it from time to time and would recommend it to anyone that will be in the area but I wouldn't drive too far out of my way to play it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Fun for ALL!!

5+    6/20/2015   4/20/2016
Review By: mjz22
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 13.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful setting thru the tall northern pines, professionally landscaped cement tee pads w/ rock retaining, signs & mapping are excellent, great course for beginners (short distances throughout) and yet great for amateurs (tight tee offs in the woods w/ many dog legs), love the pine needle ground instead of underbrush, weeds, etc. in the woods.
Cons: Would be nice to have a few more of the holes to be longer (closer to 300'+), need to have a disc that can handle hitting the tall pines - the trees always win!!
Other Thoughts: Very well designed course - one of my top favorites. Although some don't car for the shorter par 3's, I feel the woods and the dog legs make up for it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Beautiful, Serene Technical Course

1    9/27/2015   9/28/2015
Review By: Meehan
Played: 102  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 13.6 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Beautifully landscaped and well maintained course.

A good mix of holes (hyzer, anhyzer, straight).

A REALLY nice, not too terribly difficult technical course; if you're looking to throw 300+ bombers then this is not the course for you. No holes over 300ft.
Cons: No clear signage to hole 10 teepad.

Other Thoughts: I loved playing this course; it was so peaceful playing among all of those big pine trees; I wish it wasn't a 4 hour drive to get there because I'd like to play there every day!

There are no garbage cans on this course so please respect the fact that there are people who take great care in keeping their course clean; if you bring it in, bring it out.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Beautiful little 18

2-4    5/24/2014   5/25/2014
Review By: jeremyhilss
Played: 45  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 6.1 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful landscaping and maintenance

Challenging left right and straight shots, with many trees to provide some need for technical throws

A couple elevated baskets

Concrete teepads

Good directions for next tees (except for after hole 9 going to 10)
Cons: Very short (no big deal to me but some might want longer holes)

Other Thoughts: Absolutely gorgeous course, lots of fun, challenging shots make up for the short distances from the tees to pins. I just wish people would pick up after themselves, and shame on whoever the ********* is who decided to smash the glass on the beautiful information board - STOP VANDALIZING!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Cool newer course

1    8/6/2013   8/7/2013
Review By: discochad
Played: 18  Reviewed: 5
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great park setting set in rows of pines and other trees.
Variety of straight, left and right pin placements.
Pretty much all holes are aceable - even though I'm not that good (yet).
Not a lot of heavy rough so loosing discs is minimal (may get caught in a tree - we saw a foursome have 3 discs in the same tree)
Concrete tee pads and multiple pin locations should add some additional variety to the course.
Overall good signage - but the course is new, so hope that remains maintained.
Cons: Very short. Again I don't mind that, but it is really short.
Without looking at the master sign on the way in, we got turned around after hole 9 and found it challenging to find 10.
No garbage cans IN THE ENTIRE PARK. Trash is definitely an issue. I started collecting some, then realized there was no place to put it. Get some cans out there.
Other Thoughts: If you find yourself vacationing near this Wisconsin hot spot (near Minocqua) bring your discs for a round or 2. Should play really fast for experienced players. Saw a variety of players and families out there, so it seems like its getting played.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Short but well manicured

1    7/31/2013   8/5/2013
Review By: Glo Roc
Played: 102  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 16.3 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Well manicured course in a nice park. Nice touches with the rocks and mulch.
Cons: Very short with many holes under 200ft and many seem exactly the same. No pets allowed but we played with our dogs b/c we drove 4 hours to play it. PDGA site should list no pets. I believe the course was listed as 'challenging' and I'm not sure it really is. Did not look for alternate pin placements so maybe some length can be added.
Other Thoughts: It really is a nice course. Just a lot of short holes. Not for the big arm or seasoned pros but very well manicured. Could use more garbage bins that are regularly emptied. Take out your own TRASH!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Beautiful ace run course

1    7/3/2013   7/3/2013
Review By: wolfhaley
Played: 342  Reviewed: 216  Exp: 14.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is one of the best looking courses I've played. They definitely took some notes from the fantastic sandy point resort and disc golf ranch about 20 minutes away. Theres a large board with any disc golf related info posted on it near hole 1. Theres a donation box on this as well as a box for scorecards. There were no scorecards when we played. There are huge, level tee pads on every hole. Very nice teepads! The signs were also top notch. They had the basic hole layout, distance and showed the different pin locations on each. Like I just mentioned there are a number of pin locations on most if not all holes. Although I don't care for disc catchers much, these were all in great shape and caught well. They also had hole numbers on them which actually faced the tee pads which seems rare. Theres a good mix of left, right and straight shots on this course as well. They have awesome benches on almost every hole but I believe only 3 trash cans. This course doesn't take long to play so 3 trash cans is plenty here. There are a number of tightly wooded holes with only a few open holes. There is a fair lane to the basket on all the holes. The course is set up so that it doesn't affect other park activities unless you really throw the wrong way. They have next tee signs all over the place which is nice in that there are 2 longer walks between holes.
Cons: The main con anyone would have here is the distances. They are EXTREMELY short. This is the only con I can come up with here, however it is a pretty big con which keeps me from rating it any higher than I did.
Other Thoughts: Not a course to go out of your way to play but if you are in the area it's totally worth a round or two. Like I said this is one of, if not THE prettiest free course I've ever played. A good course to work on your short game and just throw a putter if you wanted.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Nice Northwoods Course

2-4    5/25/2013   6/5/2013
Review By: Murderous Monkey
Played: 19  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 7.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Teepads are very nice concrete, and even.
- Signs for distance, as well as placement are very nice.
- I believe most holes have an alternate pin, didn't look for one on every hole.
- Phenomenal landscaping throughout. Paths, benches, rock walls.
- Nice baskets
- For the most part, it was fairly easy to find the next hole.
- Lots of ace potential.
- Some elevation change, not much, but it isn't entirely flat.
Cons: - Short, redundant holes.
- Some holes, if thrown poorly can possibly hit other golfers, or go into a swamp.
- No place to really "air it out" even a little. Most holes are mid or putter, with maybe a couple on the back being a fairway.
Other Thoughts: Although it's a very short course, you have to be fairly technical as there are a lot of trees and one errant throw, you could be over. Given the space they worked with, it's a very nice course along with the landscaping. I would've rated it a bit higher had it had a few longer holes. I was going to play it again right after my first round, but the redundancy of the course made me reconsider, and not play. Of the 3 Northwoods courses I have played, this is by far the nicest and I will play it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Nice fun short wooded course

1    11/3/2012   11/15/2012
Review By: harr0140
Played: 1029  Reviewed: 480  Exp: 9.9 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Nice signs with Hole #, Par, Distance, and a map.
2) A few garbage cans and some 5 gallon buckets at many tees for the trash.
3) Directionals are used to effectively help you find your way on your first round here.
4) Benches are found in some places which is always a nice touch to be able to sit during tourneys or behind slow groups.
5) Nice large concrete tees are always appreciated because they are consistent.
6) There is some really nice landscaping done on this course. The boulders on hole #1 and #2 add a nice touch.
7) The pine straw covers the ground and actually does a good job to keep the mud down, but it is also very padding to avoid compaction and erosion. Overtime they build up and create a softer surface to work on.
8) Cigarette buckets with sand on the tee posts. While it is not the most attractive thing, it is better than having butts all over the ground.
9) Nice Discatchers on this course. The yellow band is appreciated on a few holes making it much easier to see the baskets.
10) Brooms are located near many of the tees. Some of them are broken but you can still use them to keep the teepads free of sand and other debris
11) Very nice variety of shots to be thrown here. Some anhyzers, some hyzers, some straight shots.
12) Beginner friendly course. I enjoy a challenge, but we do still need beginner friendly courses.
13) This course can be played in a relatively short amount of time making it ideal for lunch breaks and quick rounds after work.
Cons: 1) Tight and dangerous in a few spots. I know there were a couple tees in danger and a few of the fairways ran very close to others creating the potential for a bad kick to send you into another fairway.
2) Fairly repetitive distance. They are mostly 150-225 with just a couple outliers on the course.
3) Almost all of the brooms were broken . . . who breaks the only tool on the course to keep the tees clean?
4) There was a little bit of garbage around the course but it was just an occasional can or bottle.
5) A little monotonous in terms of the variety of hole. The foliage is just about all the same, it is just about the same density, and there are only a couple with turf on the holes. While this is a negative from a design standpoint, I can still appreciate all wooded courses. I simply do not enjoy grassed courses near as much as I do wooded courses.
6) Really goofy setup where you walk along an entire hole and around the tee to turn towards your next tee. You can cross the fairwaya nd shave off some distance but be sure noone is throwing. This is also one of the dangerous spots for sure.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad little course. It was another heavily wooded course in the awesome Northwoods. The holes are fairly short but fun to throw. I had a bunch of birdies and one bad bogey. It is always a lot of fun to get a bunch of birdies on a course like this because you had to execute some goods shots to get the disc close.
There is an awesome bar and grill just around the corner called Saloon's. I stopped in after my round for a sandwich. It was a great Turkey Rachel with a pile of fries. I finished, asked if they took Discover and they said we do not take credit. They have an ATM but my ATM card hasn't worked in over a year . . . I guess I should have taken care of that!! I had $9 in my wallet and my bill was $16.50 for my sandwich and a drink. The bartender understood the predicament of me being 300 miles from hole and having no access to cash. The problem was I had made 3 donations at courses on my way up in the amount of $15 so I was getting really low on cash. I had more in my hotel room, but that was 40 miles away and he didn't expect me to drive back up and I didn't want to miss out on any courses because of this. He offered to cover me and said that would be his good deed. I got his address and said I will take care of this, and I appreciated his gesture. SO when I got home, I sent him $15 (on top of the $9 I had already given him) and a Disc Golf Experience mini in thanks. I told him to show the letter of thanks to his boss and gave him the url for my blog so he could check out my experience. I hope my gesture was enough thanks for his gesture of trust and compassion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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