Garvin, MN 
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Uploaded By: DerekTonn Hole #2 (Taken 9/2013)
3 / 371ft. Par / Distance:
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Respectable Course

5+    9/17/2016   9/19/2016
Review By: popmaeas
Played: 21  Reviewed: 5
Pros: -Lots of Elevation Change
-Good variation in distances
-Wooded and open shots
-Nice land, not very busy usually
-Relatively new, colorful tee signs
Cons: -Homemade baskets don't hold well
-No concrete tee pad
-No back 9
Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this course, and I think that most people would as well. It offers some of the greatest elevation change you will play in the surrounding area and keeps you on your toes with different distanced holes. The hole distances are different than listed on the course map, so I will try to update them when I can. Work is obviously being put into the course as tee signs were installed this year. Hopefully at some point new baskets are installed or a back 9 is added.

 Nav hard for first timer without map, otherwise fun

2-4    12/30/2013   1/13/2014
Review By: mndiscg
Played: 365  Reviewed: 358  Exp: 9.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Unique baskets (see cons)
-Lots of big trees
-Nice county park that is not in town, can be quite peaceful
-Tees are marked by stake
-Some decent elevation
-Pretty long for a 9 hole course, no holes super long or super short. A few are ace runs but still not the easiest. The overall hole variety was great with some wooded, some open, some blind.
-Parking right by hole 1 which is just off the highway. Also not far from 14 if you are traveling that route. A nice combo with Upper Plum Creek park.
Cons: -Navigation can be hard if you haven't played here before. It took me awhile to find #2 and I only found 8 so quickly because I had already found it while searching for #2.
-The rough was pretty rough even in winter. Trees with thick underbrush on some holes and long grass on others. Losing a disc is a possibility.
-The baskets are single chained and don't catch well. They are also black which is even worse than silver for visibility.
-Natural tees are ok but not great.
Other Thoughts: Somebody should update the kiosk at the entrance to include at least a map. Scorecards/maps would be very helpful and nice and would probably bring the rating up to a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed this course and recommend it if you are in the area. At least glance at the map if not print it off first. It was especially hard to find my way to #2 in the snow.

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 Great Course in SW Minnesota

1    11/9/2013   11/9/2013
Review By: Bardu
Played: 110  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 6.6 Years
This review was updated on 5/18/2014
Pros: -Elevation
-Mature hardwoods
-Lots of blind shots
-Nice variety of hole design
-Nice variety between wooded and open
-Nice variety of distance
-Some fairways are tight, rough can be unforgiving
-The homemade baskets worked just fine for me
Cons: -Natural tees
-Holes 8 and 9 are quite open and fairly boring design.
-Tees are marked by only a small stake in the ground. Several of these had been removed and were lying on the ground nearby, I assume for sledding and snowmobiling. So make sure to consult the course map.
Other Thoughts: Make sure to check out Upper Plum Creek Park in Walnut Grove and Mound Creek County Park south of Springfield if you are in the area.

 Work in Progress

1    9/25/2013   9/27/2013
Review By: falcon79
Played: 215  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 9.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is well laid out to take advantage of the local relief (something in short supply in the area). Several holes play along the tree line, but only 2 & 3 actually take you into the trees, so the throws are not intimidating for a recreational player. Five of the nine tee shots are blind, but it is hard to get into too much trouble.
Cons: There was no course map on-site, and the tee markers are pieces of lath with white tape. No tee pads. The homemade baskets are cute, but with only a single row of chain, a hard throw probably won't stick. Also, they are painted black, which tends to blend into the background.
Other Thoughts: The course is quite new, and I suspect that there will be minor adjustments made over time. This could include adding a few more holes, as there is plenty of extra space, and maybe multiple tees. However, in an area that is relief-challenged, this is a nice find. Until the tee markers and a map are installed, make sure to print the course map available under the Links/Files button. Otherwise, good luck getting from 1 to 2 (go east on the gravel path), and from 7 to 8 (take the road up the hill).

I look forward to keeping tabs on this course over time. With a little TLC, it could be pretty nice.

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