I played in both North Dakota and Minnesota today, adding two courses to this year's trip and one to my list of states I've been to and played in. Ticks were the theme of the last round, just going crazy for my legs in the high grass. Lost a disc, found FOUR discs. The wind will not stop, so powerful I couldn't keep my hat on, my bag got knocked off my shoulders once, my car was rocking sitting still in the parking lot, and my star Max would flip over and roll at 150' out in the headwind. It's the most wind I've ever played in, and the sky is clear and blue. It must be over 75mph+ sometimes today.
Fargo, ND- Oak Grove:Scenic setting in a flood plain of a river, with freshly mowed lush grass, tightly packed tall trees. Well designed, doesn't allow bad shots to get through, but there are some gimmies that anyone can get. Very short..many many holes at about 220'. A few small hills, but mostly very flat. The river hardly comes into play, but one hole has a smalllll pond right in front of the basket. Can be buggy, muddy. Short cement tees with muddy run-ups make it very slippery off the tee. Most of the signs are still intact. Closed Wednesday 6-8:00pm for leagues.
Moorhead, MN- Woodlawn:Only 2.2 miles from the course in Fargo. Mostly flat, but the first basket is on the edge of a steep little hill and the 2nd tee is off the hill. Very muddy-there is a scrape bar provided for scraping your shoes off after a round, and the mud cannot just be wiped off with a dry towel. Very open, hardly any technical shots or tight tunnels to hit. Some holes are tree-less. Gets very windy with no tree line around the park to stop the wind. Well designed, it does use all the available trees, and a few holes are tricky. Closed Wednesday from 6:00-8:30 pm for leagues it says.
Jamestown, ND- Klaus:Very short and designed to force smooth throws through the few trees. Some holes can get tight, it's in an open park setting with medium sized shade trees scattered around. There is a river on the fringe that can be in play on 4-5 holes. Short cement pads, well marked. Fun to play.
Jamestown, ND- Jamestown Reservoir:This course is on possibly one of the best 1% of all pieces of land used for disc golf. There are a few things about the course I'd like to change (hole #2 has NO fairway, it's 160', downhill, but into woods with the largest gap being about 1' or less, so it's ridiculous; they don't seem to maintain the back half very well, the strips of grass down the fairways that are mowed haven't been mowed recently and the rest can be several feet high, with ticks everywhere and it's easy to lose a disc; it also needs waymarkers so people can figure out where to go next, and where the basket is on the long, blind 800'ers when you don't know if it's in A or B position that makes a big difference where you're trying to throw). It's on an 'island' surrounded by a man made reservoir just before the dam holding it all back. From the first hole, you can see miles down the waterway in one direction, the dam in the other. At times you are probably 100' above the water level. The wind gets insane here, I couldn't keep my hat on my head, and towards the end my star Max would flip over and roll in the headwind, even if thrown soft. It had to be the most wind I've ever played in, my car was visibly shaking while parked. It's designed so that you play all 27 straight, so it should take over 2 hours to play alone, be ready for that. It's also a major workout. There are no short gimmie holes, but plenty of 600' holes, shots over and along water, and big up and down hill bombs into wind. The scenery cannot be beat, I did not want to leave. Well marked other than it needing waymarkers and pin -position indicators. Cement tees. Truly world-class and phenomenal, it can be a contender for one of the best courses out there someday.