Good local course for a quick round
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Pros: Free, open to public and easy to access anytime. Park in south overflow lot of Lake Superior College.
Is in a roughly maintained parkland area with no other uses so it is easy to play a quick round or practice with out interference from other users
Tee areas, fairways, and baskets have been relatively well maintained and clear/clean the last two years. Paver tee pads on all holes and great baskets. Thanks to who ever is volunteering to keep this course in playing shape. Lots of work.
No real longs holes, but it is a fun course with almost all holes offering an interesting and challenging bird for good players and a good par challenge for lower level players like me. Lots of elevation changes and well guarded pins to make play challenging and fun.
Cons: This course is not in a well-groomed parkland setting. It is in a rugged area with lots of long thick grass and wooded rough with very limited maintenance.
The course is maintained by volunteers and up keep and clearing is limited so rough and grassy areas can start to get overgrown in the summer. There are several areas where it can be very difficult to find discs, especially in mid summer with longer grass.
Paver tee pads are little short and not all in great condition.
Signs and hole markers are very limited. Course layout is not bad, but a couple holes cross each other and it is very hard to follow the course between some of the holes the first time playing. You will almost for sure need to find a course map or get help on the layout the first time playing.
Course is short and mostly easy to walk, but there are several shorter steep climbs.
Other Thoughts: Fun local course for a quick challenging round. Thanks to the volunteers that keep this course up.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Great view of Duluth
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Pros: There's a beautiful view of Duluth.Good course for dogs, although it is close to a busy road. Rarely crowded, no other foot traffic.
Cons: This course was great when it was 18 holes. They had to change the course when there was erosion along the river on the back 9. The current layout isn't great. Blind shots and tall weeds. Not recommended for beginners.
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Well executed niner
Pros: Cement/concrete block tees - level and grippy, long enough for the hole lengths that are there.
Mach V baskets in great shape
A couple technical, heavily wooded holes, most are on the open side though. But the openness was done very well, and didn't feel repetitive or boring. Most open holes had the green tucked away in trees, on dirt plateaus, or on the top of steep hillsides - as in the case of hole 8, which is at the peak of a tall open hill, but a wall of trees blocks the up-the-gut throw.
Fantastic use of elevation - there seemed to be only a pair of completely flat holes on the course, the rest navigated up steep hills, down into groves of trees, two flat fairways that dropped down a steep hillside to the basket, and a GORGEOUS view of the bay/Lake Superior on basket 8/tee 9. The elevation also means you'll get a good workout whilst playing.
Challenging - I don't recall one hole below 200' - and while I like a shorty ace run, I was more than OK with this. You have to earn your birdies here. Placement is key, even on the longer holes, you need to have good accuracy, as most baskets are strategically placed with many guardian trees.
Dedicated disc golf space
Freshly cut, clean, and defined fairways
Convenient location, close to mall, restaurants, lodging, etc.
Cons: Signage was very helpful when present, but most of them were damaged to the point of non existence on many holes. Dunno if it was storms or vandalism, but I unfortunately suspect the latter. Made for a couple of fairway walks before the throw.
Navigation - some of the walks between holes aren't exactly obvious; there is a map at the beginning of the course; I would advise you taking a picture of it with your phone or something. The teesigns that are there show the direction towards the next hole, but there are no actual next tee signs by the baskets. But of course, a lot of the teesigns are missing/damaged.
A pair of holes (6&7) use the same fairway, playing down and back. It is plenty wide though, and both tees are visible from each other, so it shouldn't be an issue, but still worth mentioning.
As stated in previous reviews, the holes lean towards preferring RHBH. There are a couple LHBH holes though.
Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful, well done 9 holes. It isn't the quickest to play, as it is definitely not a pitch n' putt, but it is a good thing. This course will test your fairway drive game alot, as well as placement, and of course putting. Nothing's a gimme here. Beautiful views, lots of elevation and exercise, and a great round await. I would play again if I had the time. New signage is definitely needed, and I wish they would have used the woods to create maybe one more tight wooded hole, and maybe one deuce or die hole. Still, this is worth the visit whenever you're in the area.
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Solid free course
Pros: Elevation changes, moderate distance.
Cons: Not very technical, somewhat hyzer-heavy if you're a RHBH player.
Other Thoughts: This course is pretty well maintained and has a good group of people that have taken their own time and money to keep the course in good shape as well as improve it in ways like installing new tee pads. It's definitely worth stopping by for some quick rounds.
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Course Is better known as LSC
Pros: Plenty of elevation, trees, parking. Holes are challenging and okay flow, free, new signage on every hole.
Cons: The invasive plant Common-Tansy and Honey Suckle is abundant thru out the course. Gravel tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Due to new signage and cut grass, along with people picking up after themselves. This course is turning around for the better.
But this course is entirely paid and maintained by volunteer players. The eradicating of Invasive Plants will be a on-going process. Please do not litter. Disc golf is a priviledge, not an entitlement.
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Work for it.
Pros: There were benches on most holes. Rudimentary tee signs on most holes were helpful, though they won't stand to weather for long (laminated paper screwed to fixtures at tees). Designated tee pads. The course made good use of topography (read: be prepared for a workout!). Though it frustrated me at times, the forest comes into play quite often keeping it interesting.
Cons: The course description didn't prepare us for what we were about to encounter effort wise. Had it, I would have brought my whole bag with water & snacks instead of only two discs for a quick bag. Roughly half the gravel tee pads were muddy, but there seemed to be space next to them for teeing off. Relatively intuitive course flow but there were a couple of spots where you could get thrown off due to lack of signage and remnants of the 18 hole course. Mostly going from pin 7 to 8 tee...Stay right.
Other Thoughts: First, I would say this is a nine holer that you don't want to miss. Not sure it deems a repeat, but maybe when I'm fresh and not dog tired.
Secondly, this was the last course we played in a day of 5 courses and were seriously unprepared for the hike...so, prepare yourself!
I'd rate this course as a skill builder for intermediate players, downright difficult and demoralizing for beginners, and a fun challenge for advanced players.
It was a little right hand hyser heavy but there were a couple turnover shots and straight shots to keep you on your toes.
I went into it armed only with two discs, putter and mid-range, but desperately wished I had a driver as my drive isn't as powerful as my partner's. He was able to reach just about everything with a roc and was fine with just the two discs.
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Good Ol' Miller Creek
Pros: *Location: Its right off of LSCs campus, not too far from anywhere in Duluth. Short drive from home and I have a challenging course to play on.
*Variety: No hole is the same. The course is definitely technical. Calls for most discs to be used each round, even on just nine holes. Not long by any means, but makes you think on each shot. Quite a bit of elevation change, wooded and open holes.
Cons: *Grooming: The course is free to the public, meaning any care that goes into it is strictly voluntary. In peak season, the overgrowth can become too much, making finding discs very difficult. This alone is deters me on some days.
*Other people: Its in a good spot, free, and short. A lot of people will pile in on most nice days, which makes for slower rounds. That, and the garbage can become an issue. A few bins have been put in and maintained by the city, but that hasn't stopped me and my friends form bringing trash bags every now and again to pick the stuff up that may go unseen.
*Teepads: One of my biggest pet peeves is not having a solid teepad to throw from, and no teepad on this course is good. Most have to be thrown from either side of the so-called "box." Highlighting this is hole 6. The teepad is strategically placed on a small mound that had just enough room for a teebox and now it is completely shot. Holds water, uneven, just bad.
Other Thoughts: One of the original layouts for the course was 18 holes (Not the original, as it went through a lot of fine-tuning before it was made [what most thought] permanent). Two weeks after I threw my personal best -8 on the 18 hole layout the city got the go ahead to take out the back 9, the more challenging half of the course. Very sad day that was. However, a few guys got together and changed up the old layout to how it is now. Which definitely made it more of a challenge. I am grateful but upset to this day that it was shortened. Anyway:
Hole 1: extended from the original. May seem like a nice sidearm hole, but a straight shot up the gut is recommended. going off in either direction, good chance you'll spend some time looking for your disc. Teepad 2/5
Hole 2: Pencil straight, or maybe a skip off the gravel and hope it makes it through the jail bars the pins guarded by. Just don't hit the island of trees in the middle of the fairway. Teepad 3/5 (throw from behind it)
Hole 3: sweeping hyzer into the tree guarded pin, down in elevation. Don't cut short into the woods... you'll be looking. Teepad 3.5/5
Hole 4: Sidearm around the bluff, or maybe a slight anny. either way, the grass, when overgrown, consumes discs if you don't make it over the hill. Too far and you're also in trouble. Teepad 2.5/5
Hole 5: Drops in elevation quite a bit. Makes for a fun hyzer bomb over/thru the trees. Teepad 3/5 (Throw from around it)
Hole 6: Crap teepad. Holes still fun. gotta make the wide alley (that hole 7 shoots the other way at. Can get quite congested). Straight with the use of disc fade at the end. Could also hyzer it fairly wide. If you fall in the woods short, the grounds so uneven youll be looking for your disc if you didnt watch it carefully. Teepad 0.5/5
Hole 7: One of the longer ones. S curve or straight bomber down the 370' alley, then around the bend. The ponds dried out now. Not an issue usually. Don't throw it into the leftward woods... Teepad 2/5 (Again, throw from around it)
Hole 8: Chance to make up that bogey! Make it over the tall trees and up the hill with a spike hyzer. Keep it straight and up than you should have a birdie chance. Teepad 3/5 (Not really pointing the right way..)
Hole 9: Chance to lose that birdie! Longest hole. On top of a hill blind shot. I'd recommend taking turns spotting discs on this one. If you're off, it's not fun looking. Teepad (Small patch of field meant to be thrown from) 3.5/5
It's a fun course to go practice your short game, precision, stamina, technical aspects. Its my home course, so treat her nicely.
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R.I.P. Old 18 LCS Course
Pros: I wish I was writing a review for the old 18 hole layout Miller Creek at Lake Superior College. That was one the funnest disc golf courses I had ever played. But that is only for the memories now. The current 9 hole layout I have only played once. It is basically the old front 9, minus hole 1. No real benefit to RH throw or LH. Great distance changes hole to hole make it fun for ace races. This is a very popular course in the city, just being just minutes from the mall. making it one of the most well "broken in" courses around. The fairways are very clear and the wood are run threw so disc retrieval is easy. And last but not least the view you get from the top of the hill after 5 is simply breathtaking. You cant find a better view of the harbor of the Great Lake Superior around.
Cons: Whose ever idea it was to shorten this course should be at the top of all these Cons lists, Thats all I'm going to say. The tee boxes are just 2x4's that make are built to a square and filled with gravel. These are very worn down and you have to watch your footing. There is no benches, some makeshift logs or rocks but no legit seats. Due to popularity of this course the garbage is a little much. And there is little to no signage hole to hole. Not that it is a difficult course to navigate, don't be afraid to ask for help.
Other Thoughts: Overall I believe the old layout could have been easily a 4.0 rating with many memorable holes on the back 9. At least for the people who played the old course the new layout if pretty much the same first 9 holes. Still the best disc golf course in the city of Duluth.
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Pros: -Nice variety of shots/elevation changes
-Beautiful view of Lake Superior
Cons: -No signage
-It was very hard to know where the course started and where the next tee box was at
-Very overgrown in different places
Other Thoughts: With some signage this course has the potential to be a very nice course.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Miller Creek DGC
-Very challenging to beginner/intermediate players.
-Unique basket placement throughout course.
-There is not really a course layout, only a poster pinned to a board.
-No par signs by the tees.
-Rarely groomed/ut grass.
-Very likely to lose a disc each time you play.
This course has to be, sadly, one of the worst courses I have played. Although I do not like it, I try to play it as much as I can because I tell myself I will get better since it's a challenging course.
The walk ways down to the first hole are supported my random 2x4 pieces of wood, and the tees on every hole are poorly constructed.
I do not recommend playing this course without scanning it a few times before tee-ing off.
A lot of college kids like to come and play/drink and do what they do blah blah blah. There is a high amount of garbage throughout the course, and a very smelly "pond" in between hole 6 and 7.
I personally think hole 2, 3, and 4 are the most typical wholes you would see throughout DGC's, but they are nothing special.
Anyways, be careful as you throw your discs and you may have to have a spoter throughout playing the entire course. TRY to have fun, which is hard to do on this course.
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