5 Helpful / 0 Not
Many things to many people...
Pros: Hansen is an old school park in a nice neighborhood with a big group of nice cone devoted regulars. Most of the locals play every day and some are quite strong players.
The course has long and short tees on each hole. The quality of the pads is inconsistent, but they are good enough to be an asset rather than a liability.
There is good use of elevation, making for some fun shots. You can really let a few rip up and down the big hill in the middle of the park.
Random doubles league takes place on Weds nights at 5:30 (sun light permitting, it starts earlier in fall) for a few bucks, cash payouts.
Updated: the cones have been drastically improved this spring (4/14/2012). New buckets were fabricated for the UFOs, greatly improving the overall quality of play at the course.
Cons: The layout isn't exactly intuitive in a few spots. The walk from hole 9 to 10 takes you around a blind corner directly through the line of fire 50' in front of hole 6's teepad.
It's not a very flashy course. While I don't consider the buckets to be a huge detractor, they don't do anything for me. I get annoyed by them more often than I find myself thinking "Yeah, everyone should get these!". I generally do a pitch/apex type putt where the disc descends into the chains and drops into the basket. This style doesn't work very well on some of the the cones. You are almost forced to putt low, flat, and hard because there is so little clearance between the bucket and the outer edge of the cone. (update: the clearance between the cone and cage on the new and improved baskets is larger and has alleviated this problem for me considerably).
Other Thoughts: There is a no smoking rule posted on a bunch of signs in the park. Though I've never seen it enforced, you could probably get a ticket for smoking cigarettes.
Hansen is a weird oasis for a certain type of disc golfer. The cones scare off a lot of people. Those who play there are generally happy to be there and be playing their relaxed brand of disc golf. It's like the local bar. Almost everyone you see goes there on the regular, lives close by, and they love it for it's chill atmosphere.
It's a fun 12 hole, but it's not worth going out of your way.
If you consider playing the league, it's recommended you practice there first. Those guys can putt on some cones like you wouldn't believe and shoot very good scores.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Its too bad......
Pros: - Very good use of the land
- Woods and Hills
- Fairways are fun
Cons: - Horrible baskets. Coned baskets are inconsistent in the gap between cone and basket. The newer baskets have the same issue.
- Tee pads not very good
- Not easy to navigate first time through
- There are only 2-3 holes most people couldn't deuce consistently.
Other Thoughts: It's for the most part a pitch-n-putt course. There are some good hole designs. The available land didn't allow the designer to get enough space I believe, to really make a good twelve hole. The installation of the baskets is a big part of any course and they get a giant FAIL for that.
Basically if you live in the area play it, its interesting. If you don't then don't waste your time. There are so many more courses worth playing minutes away. For those of you playing, cross the bridge for the other holes.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Hansen - A growing and unique piece of history
Pros: Hansen offers a decent variety of holes for both the beginner and advanced ranging from narrow to open fairways, elevation change, length variation, and difficult cone baskets that will help anyone hone their putting skills.
Long and short tee boxes on all holes but the 7th.
Picnic tables, trash cans and portable restrooms.
Very little litter on course.
It is difficult to lose a disc as most of the understory vegetation on most holes is sparse. Some exceptions to beware of are the woods on hole 1, woods on hole 3, and tall grasses on hole 12, which are OB.
A very quiet course to play on weekends and early part of the day midweek.
No water hazards except for the creek which is mostly out of play.
Cons: Basket type is an inconsistent mix of cones and newer chained baskets, but this adds to the unique nature of the course. Many cone baskets, though, have been refurbished and wire baskets replaced with newer ones that don't let discs fall through any more.
First timers may have a difficult time navigating the course for the first time as plans for new signage are currently underway.
After a heavy rain event holes 1 and 12 can become soggy in low areas as well as standing water at the base of the hill on hole 5.
Late afternoons and evenings the course becomes crowded. Wednesdays are league nights.
Other Thoughts: With some better signage, further maintenance on the existing baskets, and perhaps the addition of a couple holes down the road to add to the course's diversity Hansen will become a more attractive choice of play to disc golfers in the area. I would definitely recommend this course to others who want to play something different.
The local group Friends of Hansen Park have been committed to the constant improvement of the course through annual donations to the city, volunteer labor on the course, and working with the Parks and Recreation Department of New Brighton. On July 27, 2012, new concrete tee pads were poured. As of today, August 4, 2012 some block walls have been built to prevent washout around the new tees and a couple more yet to be built. Similar to the Lakewood Hills course in White Bear Lake a modular system of plastic cells infilled with crushed granite will ultimately surround the new tees. At some point as funds and planning align, new signage and more holes will be installed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Good ole Hansen!
Pros: -Great variety of holes (long, short, open, tightly wooded, elevation)
-Long holes (five of twelve from the tee boxes are roughly 400 feet, but still deucable by the big guns)
-Multiple tee boxes (long and short boxes on every hole except hole 7).
UPDATE: Concrete tee pads installed July 27, 2012!!!!
-Cone holes (love them or hate them, many people would put this in the "Con" section. The cones are nostalgic and represent the early years of disc golf. Cones a con??? not on this review!!). The locals are trying to acquire five additional cones to replace the chains.
UPDATE: Existing cones were refurbished with new cages.
-Very well maintained (grass is mowed regularly, and there is not a piece of trash in sight, very few cig butts)
-Good overall flow to the course (if you haven't played it, print off a map from the files section!)
-Portable restrooms (2) available
-Safe tee box and pin placement (rarely hear anyone yelling "fore"!)
-No chance of losing a disc (unless you severely shank a drive on hole 1 or 2)
Cons: -Signage out of date (This course has seen several changes in its 30 years in the ground. New signage on the way in 2012)
-No par-4 type holes. Every hole can be deuced by skilled golfers.
-Can be busy during the week (During weekends, you may have the course to yourself. And as a previous reviewer noted, it is a testament towards the love of old school designs and baskets!)
-Long stinging nettles on hole 12 (they are OB, so best to stay out!)
Other Thoughts: This course is set in a residential neighborhood-PLEASE RESPECT IT AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD (the course was nearly pulled out of the ground in 2006). Please don't litter.
CIGARETTE BUTTS ARE LITTER.
Watch the LANGUAGE (remember, its only disc golf, not life and death!!). In parts of the course, players are in people's back yards where children are playing.
It has been in the ground since the early 80's and has an old-school feel to it.
Many people simply hate the cone hole, and for good reason. The sweet spot is about as big as a mailbox slot. I personally love the cones...they are a great "equalizer"...and they make you a better putter.
This course is fun for both beginners and experienced players. I've seen several changes in recent years and things are looking better all the time. The City has been refurbishing the cones there are plans in the works for other updates (signage, shelter area, etc)
In my opinion, this is the best course under 18 holes in the Twin Cities.
Side note from a previous reviewer comment: I've played 1000+ rounds on this course in the past 12 years and I've never seen or heard of a car break-in or other crime.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Variety of holes and shots needed to play this course
Cons: Really bad bugs, Flooded holes, standing water. Easy to lose a disc. Parking near soft ball fields, cars get hit with foul balls all the time. Near a high crime area in New Brighton, cars occasionally get broken in to.
Other Thoughts: Not a course for beginners. If you can stand all the bugs and crime, not a bad course, but I'd recommend passing on this one. Acorn park isn't too far away!
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
really old school
Pros: This is one of Chuck Kennedy's first courses; may have been his very first.
Attempts have been made to keep this course somewhat up to date; over the years.
I personally, think the cone baskets are a national treasure for our sport. Playing here is like playing at baseball park before they tear it down to make room for a modern stadium. Tell me you wouldn't have wanted to see some of the old ball parks before they were torn down....
Decent use of elevation and rollaway pins.
Chuck loves his super class disc; and I think this is a course that reflects this.
Cons: Somewhat difficult navigation.
Varied basket types; some of which do not catch well.
Course pretty crowded on my two visits. (For all the legitimate cons to this course, I think this is a testament towards love of old school designs and the fact that rec players have a need for shorter courses.)
Other Thoughts: Hansen Park is worth a nostalgic visit. It is a fun course to play as well. The skill level needed here is low; but not horrendously so. Play one or more tough courses in the area; and use this one as a "blast to the past"/chance to score well, if you can sink those cone basket putts...
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -nice rolling hill that comes into play a few holes
-get to air it out on some holes, but still get to test your technicallity through some woods
-long and short tees
-stupid cone baskets make it more challenging
Cons: -tucked away very well within New Brighton, was tough to find.
-several types of baskets
-cone baskets mean you have to putt straight at the center of it or it will ricochet off sideways. Soft floppy putter would help considerably.
-no signage, the flow is awkward
-old asphalt tees on some, dirt tees on others
-long and short tees make it hard to know where to tee off for the correct order of play
-tees are kind of marked with what hole you're playing, but not too well
-backyards and walking path become obstacles
-random patch of tall weeds on the last hole by the baseball field
Other Thoughts: -to the guy who said there could be more holes and the course could be longer: No. Not at all. There are already 12 squeezed into a small place with bad flow and almost-crossing fairways. there's no room for more holes
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Yes, we all know about the baskets ...
Pros: - Excellent use of elevation. Fun downhill holes (Nos. 5 and, to a lesser extent, 11) and somewhat challenging uphill holes (Nos. 4 and 10).
- The open and wooded areas compliment each other well. Like Acorn, every hole has a different look and feel than its predecessor.
- The magic cone baskets that were damaged are now repaired.
- Concrete tee-pads.
Cons: - With the exception of No. 3 (a 180 ft. left hook through a small patch of trees) and a blind-shot hole (No. 7), all of your drives are straight and open.
- Even with wooded areas, the scattered trees aren't much of a hazard. Hanson is a pretty course, but shot-makers won't be too impressed.
- Three different types of pins (chainstars, old knockoff chainstars, and the solid cones).
Other Thoughts: - Two holes were removed about a year ago, maybe longer. I don't know if it was because of residents' complaints, but it wouldn't surprise me. Either way, the City of New Brighton has butted heads with the course regulars over this and other issues.
- Hanson proper may be well-groomed, but areas of the course seemed neglected through out most of the year. Problems with damaged baskets were rampant this summer. Again, however, all equipment (no matter how mismatched or antiquated) is repaired.
- As for the infamous cone baskets, I'm ambivalent. I agree that the smaller entry-zone is a nice putting challenge. But I also think they're cheap pieces of crap that take away from the course's consistency.
- Hanson is worth checking out for its uniqueness, but there's still miles to improve upon.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: the distances between holes is good and there are hills which makes it fun to mix up your stratagey.
Cons: where the hell are all the chain baskets? instead they have these goofy looking space ship baskets.
Other Thoughts: it looks like some people have been vandalizing the baskets
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Underrated for advanced, great for beginners
Pros: Many elevation changes. Wide variety of distances. Good mix of open and wooded. No one hole slightly resembles another hole. Great for beginners due to the many wide open holes. Grass is mowed on a very regular basis. Cleaner than most courses as far as litter goes.
Cons: A little on the busy side. Many baskets are in poor shape. The course when through a major remodel a few years ago, and a few of the old numbers are still around, which can confuse first-timers to the course.
Other Thoughts: The ancient green "top" baskets are not that bad. Yes they are in bad shape, but use some common sense. If your disc lands inside and it falls through the bottom because the wires are 11 inches apart, it counts as in. And as far as putting through the "mailbox slot" opening, it only makes you a better putter. Without the difficult putts, this course would be ten times easier, so the old baskets are just keeping the course at the proper difficulty level.
This is one of the only public courses where it IS legal to drink beer.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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