Winona, MN 
The Willows Share
Uploaded By: thor_freya Hole #16 (Taken 8/2009)
4 / 518ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #16 Fairway

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 A little open

1    6/11/2010   7/18/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a large flat park with scattered mature trees. The water comes into play on a few holes, including one with a water carry for a little more risk. There is a good variety of hole lengths, with a couple longer holes that call for a drive, and some shorter ace run holes with most in between. There are nice stone tee markers with metal signs on them showing hole layout and distance, and direction to next tee. Though the park is pretty open, the trees available were used as much as possible to try to force some different shots.
Cons: The course is just way too open to be all that interesting or challenging. Few holes are able to take away easy hyzer lines, so you won't need to bring many different shots to be successful here. Way too many holes play along or over a walking path or right along roads and parking lots, and several others bring picnic areas into play so there are lots of safety concerns here. Many of the tee signs are vandalized or missing, and some holes have been moved without moving the tee pad so the layout can be a bit confusing. There are concrete tees, but they are narrow, short, and a bit slick.
Other Thoughts: This is a quick play with some nice views, but not a whole lot of challenge or variety. It's a fine place to take a beginner, with reasonable lengths, and no real trouble other than the one hole with a water carry. More experienced players won't find much challenge here, and the fun factor isn't high enough to make up for that. Don't go out of your way for this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    6/26/2010   6/28/2010
Review By: discdude420
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice Chainstar baskets. Progressive college town. Lots of wild beaver.
Cons: Imagine a beautiful lake in a big city with a bike bath, lake, roads and parking lots running through it. Now put in 18 holes and try not to hit any concrete, rollerbladers, bikers, suntanners or people fishing right next to where you are throwing to. Tee pads are hard to find and grossly small. You are better off throwing from the grass to avoid spraining an ankle. Course is totally flat with few trees and the most challenging part is trying not to hit anyone or any concrete.
Other Thoughts: If I lived across the street from this course I would never play it day or night. I had an Eagle turn over on me on #5 and went into lake. Wouldn't have went in to get it if it was a TE, it was that scuzzy. Avoid!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 bad layout

1    9/6/2009   9/7/2009
Review By: deadbody
Played: 146  Reviewed: 65  Exp: 13.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: well maintained, hole 2 is really a fun shot over the water to a small landing area. grass is mowed, pretty course next to the lake. Tee markers are pretty cool idea, but harder to find since they are just rocks.
Cons: Tons of interaction with park users. Was there on the sunday before labor day, and the park was packed with non-golfers, they came into play a lot. I had to change a couple drives to avoid hitting cars, and joggers. no elevation changes, tons of goose crap on the fairways. the tee markers were all over the place when we played, looks like people just move them (they aren't that heavy) and it made the course very hard to navigate. Tee pads are very small.
Other Thoughts: Good idea, doomed by not enough space. the course bends back on itself at a couple spots, so you have to worry about other golfers, along with all the other park users. without all the ancillary users with would be a pretty fun course, but with all the times you interact with the public it is just asking for someone to get hit with a disc. Very pretty running along the lake though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Nice course along the lake

1    8/1/2009   8/2/2009
Review By: thor_freya
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course winds around the east side of Lake Winona, and utilizes the lake nicely on some holes. Course is very well maintained by the city parks and recreation department. Fairways were mowed and tees in great shape. Favorite was hole 2, which required a drive over the corner of the lake. Course had a good variety of technical shots along the water, along with a few open holes and several trees. Holes 5-8 hugs along the lakeshore, providing some tough but fun shots.

Cement tees are in very good shape, but a bit small for those who like to take a few extra steps in their run up. The rock tee markers and hole descriptions were very nice. With an open course area and a prevalent westerly wind, the course became even more difficult than anticipated. Easily accessible and a nice little parking area and map on a large sign at the entrance of the course. Plenty of trash cans and benches/areas to sit and relax after playing a round and to enjoy the views of the lake.
Cons: The course runs alongside a very busy road, and right through a bike path which requires careful attention to your shots. Bad throws (or the help of strong wind) will land you in the road on holes 11-15. Several holes go alongside and even over the bike path which is also quite busy. Always had to be on the look out for bicyclists, runners, and walkers etc.

The rock tee markers were neatly made, but some of the hole description placards were missing, which also gave directions to the next hole. It became a little difficult at times to navigate, but friendly local disc golfers helped me out. Overall, making sure all tee markers had placards with hole description and a few signs directing to the next hole would improve the course, and obviously the traffic is not something that can be controlled.
Other Thoughts: With the exception of a fun tee off on hole 14, the course is flat. The presence of Canada Geese and seagulls required disc golfers to look down while walking, as to not step into droppings. Winona is a neat community that sports three distinctly different disc golf courses, and enthusiasts will be treated to a full day of fun. With the exception of the busy traffic, (and a strong wind out of the west) I enjoyed my experience at the Willows.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Nice Small Town Course

1    6/13/2009   6/18/2009
Review By: Tall__Paul
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Layed out nicely around a lake in the park

Cool rock signs with metal pictures of holes

Water Hazards on a couple holes

Plenty of shorter holes so ace/ easy birdies to be had
Cons: The tee pads although concrete were very narrow and not long enough

You throw across a two lane road with decent traffic so you have to wait for the right moment and go for it. (was kind of fun actually made us laugh since we never had that experince)

In certain area of the course you walk with traffic on the side of you, could easily make a bad throw and land in traffic

Flat land through the park no elevation to challenge you

The traffic is all around this park, so you don't get the fun of being off in a quite wooded area like other courses
Other Thoughts: Friend and I were in Winona for a wedding and wanted to try a few new courses in the area. This is a nice 18 hole course but nothing amazing and alot of the holes end up being a standard tee again and again. We enjoyed this course and for a small town course they did a nice job with the layout given the park space they could use

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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