3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set up on the grounds of the outskirts of a middle school and some surrounding parkland. There are 2 baskets on every single hole and 2 tee pads on all but a few holes. Let's start with the pins. Two per hole with the silver Mach 3's as the shorts and I don't remember what type they were, but the blue powder coated ones as the longs. All 36 of these are in phenomenal shape and caught great. The blue powder coated ones stand out nicely in differentiating between the two locations. Awesome set up here with these. Now on to the tees. These, again, are all top notch. They are plenty long enough, grip nicely and are all level. Another added touch is the engraved hole number on the front of each as well as the red or blue on this front section designating which tee pad it is. Never seen this before but is one of the best tee pad features I've ever seen. If it's a shared tee the front section is split in half and half red, half blue. Again, great job on these. The flow of the course is so easy to follow. As a matter of fact every basket, I mean EVERY basket, short and long, have a next tee sign with an arrow to the next hole. There are also large wood posts with next tee signs on most holes too. At least the wooded holes, as it's pretty self explanatory on the more open holes. If that wasn't good enough it has next tee arrows on the tee signs as well. Basically it's almost impossible to get lost or even turned around here. The elevation here is used flawlessly. There is a solid mix of up and downhill holes both in the open and wooded sections of the course. Speaking of that, there is a good mix of open and wooded. Probably about a third open and the rest wooded. It basically has everything but water hazards. This course can cater to any skill level. We played 2 rounds. Long tees to long baskets and shorts to shorts with me having a 15 shot difference between the two. I'll be back to play shorts/longs and longs/shorts at some point. Ample parking and a toilet by the parking lot. Tee signs by every hole too. These, once again, have all the info you'd ever need. There is a practice basket by hole 18's basket too.
Cons: The course is not playable during school hours or apparently in the winter when the pins are pulled for cross country skiing. The course could become busy during peak hours and on weekends. Not really a con per se since this means it's a good course. However back ups can happen easily as it is easy to lose sight of your drive and end up searching in the rough. Especially problematic with larger groups.
Other Thoughts: If you are anywhere near here I'd highly recommend giving this one a spin. This was absolutely the best middle or elementary school course I've played....by far. I've never even played a better high school course. Hell this course is better than probably 85 percent of the courses of any kind I've played. The designers did an almost unbelievable job with this design. Almost, because it's here and it's real. Play this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good course that runs through the woods.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -18 holes, with most of them having 2 tees and 2 baskets. That makes 4 possible ways to play each hole.
-Great for groups of mixed skill players. Intermediate players can still find a good challenge from the long tees, and beginners won't get discouraged by playing from the short tees.
-Good use of elevation. There are lots of uphill and downhill shots.
-Accuracy is highly rewarded, especially on the holes with tight fairways. One particularly memorable hole had a fairway that was less than 8 feet wide which ran 250' into a clearing.
Cons: -An 800+ rated player will probably be able to get at least par on the majority of holes, though a lot of the birdies might still be tricky. 900+ rated players could find this course trivial.
-Not much room to throw your distance drivers. Take it as an opportunity to practice stretching out your mid ranges and putters to longer distances if you have a big arm.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: 1. Best teepads I have ever seen. Long and short pads are color coded with hole numbers engraved into the concrete.
2. Multiple pin locations for variety.
3. Mixture of different shots required.
4. Great mix of wooded and open field holes.
Cons: 1. No brooms to sweep teepads.
Other Thoughts: I've played almost every course within 30 miles of Minneapolis and this is by far my favorite. I put this course ahead of BRP and Bryant.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Kenwood Trails DGC
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Dual tees and baskets
- Significant difficulty challenge between long and short in some cases, meaning lots of variety
- Good use of elevation
-Mix of open vs technical holes
-Excellent flow, the next tee location is always clear
-Great signage. Shows elevation change and distance for each pin placement
Cons: -Course is closed during school hours
-Course can get crowded, go in the early morning for an empty course
-Baskets are pulled in the winter and the course is used as a cross country skiing course - no winter play
-The rough can get very thick in the summer for holes 3-12
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses. Every time I pass through Lakeville, I make a point to stop here. Going early on a weekend morning is nice because there is only one or two groups on the course.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Lots of Options
Pros: -Multiple Baskets and Teepads per hole
-Signage (and map) is pretty good making it easy to follow
-Elevation changes are fun
Cons: -Practice basket is kind of hidden, didn't see it until well into my round
-School hours can limit times of play during school year.
Other Thoughts: I think a wide variety of players will enjoy this course, with the exception of the really great players. They would just crush this course. I enjoyed the round too bad its a pretty good drive to play otherwise I would play this course more.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: 2 baskets and 2 tees per hole make for a variety of ways you can play it
Very clean and well maintained
Even 180 foot shots require proper shaping
Well designed course
Cons: The hours because it's attached to a school, especially this time of year (October) you are limited to weekend play
Other Thoughts: I love this course, it's easily my current favorite.. it has such a variety of holes and options you could play many different combinations of this course
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A Teaching Tool
Pros: Two baskets one every hole and two tee pads on most holes. This allows the course to be really good for a wider variety of skill levels. The variety on this course is phenominal. There are plenty of holes in the woods and some that play over open terrain allowing elevation and distance to be the main challenge. The property itself is well taken care of. The school or local club or parks department continues to make improvements to this course. The biggest challenges come while playing throught some really tight fairways in the woods that require precise upshots to score well. Tees are generally easy to find though finding the longer tee pads is a bit more of a challenge at times. The tee pads themselves are really nice and relatively consistent. There is a really nice course map near Blues tee pad on number 1. It has a map, and having a map for this course will make a few transitions easier to follow for the first time playing the course.
Cons: There are far too many short holes on this course to make it much more than a good learning tool course. There are plenty of filler holes that are short and wide open. Most of the holes, even on the toughest layout are must birdie holes. Even the holes that they call par four should be threes at worst. The practice basket is not in the most convenient location and hole 18 finishes going away from the parking lot. It is a course that is on school grounds which means that when school is in session you are limited as to when you can play this course. There are a few patches of land back in the woods that were flooded and muddy even though most other places I had been showed no signs of this kind of flooding. Tee signs were not all that helpful.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed my round at this course, though it was frustrating not to score lower on this course that felt easy from even the most difficult set of tees and baskets. The multiple baskets and tees really allows for four different layouts on every hole on any given day with no work from the parks department to move baskets regularly. Additionally it allows for different skill levels to play with eachother and have fun at the same time. There are some unique holes on this course as well and one who plays this course regularly will ahve to learn to throw different shots and do it consistently. It is a feel good course that will prepare you for tougher courses to come. Be sure to know when school might be in session so as to not plan your round for that time.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Unique 18 holes
Pros: Course flows well, has many options for playing long/short baskets and tees, very technical but also a few holes you get to throw in the wide open but even those holes offer some elevation and require good placement for an easy bird. Holes are fairly short for the most part and even the longer holes require more of a placement/upshot than a huge drive. Good course to work on your line shaping as well as course management given the different shots/lines needed as well as placement due to the small gaps or landing areas which need to be hit. If you are having an "off" day and mental game is struggling, this course could eat you up quick and one wouldn't think when they show up to the first few holes. This course will surprise you specially playing blue to blue. One of the coolest features is the actual BLUE powder coated baskets to match the tees, different from the reds.
Cons: Update**all issues noted below have been addressed and course plays much better after being suped up for AM worlds last year and given time to mature.**
Gravel tees are worn down and a few "pot-holes" during run up makes footwork a little tricky, being newer course the brush and saplings are still battleing with the foot traffic and will say it has much improved from last year but still a few killer trip stumps and thick "schule" lol... Concrete tees and better tee signs would bump this course up 1 disc for me as it gives you everything you want playability wise but lacks in the areas which many other 3.5-5 disc courses offer specially when it comes to amenities and overall feel is very "rec" course but plays more advanced from the longer tees. Some holes are very tight together and also blind which caused players to throw while we were still in the fairway or discs/players crossing into eachothers lies. Lacks benches/waiting areas which was a problem on such a high traffic day.
Other Thoughts: It is obvious there was a good amount of time spent designing this course and they really took advantage of the land/space available by using all of its features to the fullest. There was a local league there the day we played and I couldn't believe how many times discs would come flying by us while we still were throwing an up-shot or groups of 4-5 not letting us (quick playing 2fer) through as well as my disc being picked up on one of the blind holes plus people in the open fields just throwing discs like crazy with no regard for others around as if they owned the place... Just didn't get a good vibe at all even though the course is challenging and probably one of the better free 18 hole courses around, it was less than a welcoming 2nd time at this course and not its fault either but part of it none the less. I'd rather play a less desirable course and not have to deal with the crap we did that day. Great work designers and those who help to make this free course possible and all of their continued efforts to grow DG by giving us new courses every year, all around the Twin Cities!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Fantastic course! Wide variety of open & wooded, hilly & flat, close & long shots. Each hole has 2 baskets in different locations (one for the long tee and one for the short tee) but you can play at the alternate basket to change the game up. Best course in the area by far!
Cons: Dirt tee pads. If this course had cement tee pads it would be one of the best courses in the country.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course offers a variety of distances and disc turns which favor certain players on certain holes and others on other holes. You find yourself doing phenomenal on one hole and enraged on the next. As far as free courses go, this is by far the best and most reliable.
-Red and Blue Tees
-Red and Blue baskets(high quality)
-Challenging shots and tests every aspect of your disc golfing abilities
-Enough distance between holes where letting someone play through isn't a hassle
-Beautiful scenes and trees
-Lots of trashcans
Cons: While this is by far the best course south of the Twin Cities, it certainly has some drawbacks
-Marijuana Leaf drawings on tees
-The course setup for a first timer and even a fifth timer may be confusing. As someone who has played this 40+ times, I sometimes forget about how confusing it is, so make sure you either take someone experienced with you or else take a picture of the map on hole 1.
-Lots of trees to maneuver and get discs lost in
Other Thoughts: Can't wait for more updates!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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