Bloomington, MN 
Hyland Hills Ski Area - 9 Share

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Great Beginner Course

1    5/21/2016   5/21/2016
Review By: redvinesfrolf
Played: 8  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 4.6 Years
Pros: -Good baskets, and I believe tees were re-poured during last summer's improvements. They are in perfect condition, except one is backwards, but that matters little on such a short course.
-Well-trimmed, it's nearly impossible to lose a disc.
-Enough interest in the design, especially on 7, 8, and 9.
-Serves its purpose well as a course for beginners or a warmup for more seasoned players before the full 18.
-Makes good use of elevation.
-Facilities (full bathrooms, water fountains, snacks) provided by awesome new ski chalet.
Cons: -Signs on tees were not updated for new distances.
-No signage between holes, which would be helpful between 3 and 4, and 6 and 7.
-A couple holes end up feeling pretty similar.
-Have to pay full admission even if you aren't playing the championship 18.
Other Thoughts: Overall, it's a good course. It's short, and that's just fine. 1-3 play along ground level, then 4-6 go back and forth up the hill. 7 now starts out of a depression and plays into some trees, 8 plays through those trees for some challenge, and 9 comes down the hill for a pretty cool finish. The whole place is very well-maintained. The elevation is used well as it climbs the hill slowly and beginners won't have to go too far uphill on any hole, but still get to go all the way down on 9. I'd suggest it for anyone playing the 18-holer.

 Hyland 9

2-4    7/20/2013   8/9/2013
Review By: SleekrBeekr
Played: 59  Reviewed: 22  Exp: 8.4 Years
Pros: Quick, easy 9 hole layout
Concrete tee pads
Maps on all the tees
Elevation changes
Quality baskets
Pro shop on-site
Cons: Very short
Other Thoughts: This is a fun, short 9 hole course that serves as a nice warm-up for the 18. The layout is easy to follow, as all the holes are quite short and wide open.
The layout starts at the bottom of the ski hill and works it's way up one of the 'smaller' hills. There are a couple OB opportunities with the walking path and beyond the fence on the first hole, but it's not an issue for the most part.
This course is the epitome of a pitch and putt. The longest hole plays straight down hill. The majority of the rest of the holes are around 200 feet.
Definitely a fun, easy course for beginners and great for a warm-up before the big course. Paired with the big course, and some of the great courses in the area, this course has a nice replay value.

 good ace runs

2-4    7/12/2013   7/14/2013
Review By: elmexdela
Played: 135  Reviewed: 24
Pros: great for ace runs. concrete teepads. each hole is around 200 ft. great warm up before the "championship" 18. fun quick 9. not many obsticles or trees.
Cons: cross country runnners were around when i went early in the morning. overshoot hole 1 and your hopping the fence to get your disc (i did this with my ion). wont need any drivers, just mids and putters. hard to look around quite a bit for a teepad or two so grab a scorecard inside.
Other Thoughts: get those aces!

 Mini Hyland

1    7/10/2013   7/11/2013
Review By: Doctor Disc Golf
Played: 49  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice labeled concrete tees
- Nice new baskets
- Scorecards with map in the clubhouse
- Well maintained
- Good use of elevation changes
- Nearly impossible to lose a disc. No real rough or foliage or wooded shots to worry about.
- Beginner friendly course
- Ace/Birdie opportunities on every hole
- Hole 9 is 340 feet downhill so you get some of the "bomb it down the ski slope" feel if you are newer to the game. Fun to sail putters and mid ranges down the slope if you are more advanced.
- Nice clubhouse with bathrooms, water fountains, prepared food, beverages, and a pro shop with decent selection of the more popular discs.
- Fast play, only took 30 minutes for a pair of us to finish
- Low traffic. People seem to avoid the strenuous hilly course anyway, and those that do come to play it usually end up playing the 18 hole course.
Cons: - Pay to play for basically a rec course. Not a huge deal if you have the season pass or play the 18 hole course in addition to this one, but the only reason to play this instead of a public park course is the downhill #9 shot.
- No real thought on shots, very open course with few, if any, obstacles or risk/reward consideration. Just be cautious of throwing discs that can turn into rollers.
- Not a ton of variety between holes. Basically either uphill, across the hill, or downhill and about the same distances. Besides #3 and #9, the holes only vary from 165-215 feet.
- Longest hole is 340 feet downhill. If you have a big arm, play the championship 18 course on the same grounds
- #7 and #8 play exactly the same, horizontal on the ski slope. Only difference is that #7 is 165' and #8 is 215'.
- Since the course is on the slope, windy days will be brutal with an updraft, downdraft, or crosswind depending on the direction of the wind
- Seasonal course, so you winter golfers can't play during that time, as it will be a ski & snowboard area.
Other Thoughts: Good warmup course or a nice course to practice certain shots on since you can do just about any shot on every hole. Also a good Ace run course since it's well within the realm of possibility to get an ace on any of the holes.

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