Kenwood Trails DGC
4 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.
4 of 5 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.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Start, Needs Improvements ASAP, but has Potential
Pros: Kenwood Trails DGC has a great start to the course. There are a variety of holes that require a variety of shots, including holes in the open, holes in the woods, and a few holes with some elevation change. The tee pads and baskets are also top notch.
Cons: I really don't have too many bad things to say about this course. It could definitely use some more wood chips around the greens though in order to knock the dust down.
Other Thoughts: This course definitely plays more difficult than it looks, at least for me. Take your birdie opportunities early, as it gets more difficult/technical in the woods.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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