(and a little Michigan) From Highbridge to Chicago took about 1 week of discing nearly all day every day on some of Wisconsin’s top rated disc golf courses. First off, very impressive Wisconsin. One of the most enjoyable states I have played. Having a great variety of very nice courses.
Highbridge itself is as impressive of a collection of courses as many large cities boast all in one location, throw in a hot tub, some airbeds and a card table, this one must be right up there with Heaven. And then a day within 100 miles of there leads through an a very nice collection of 27 technical holes that I’d call true par three lines through the woods that is Sandy Point. Followed by an enjoyable Brandy lake round and a quick stop in Michigan led me to the Tailings. After getting turned around after only 2 holes, I waited up for 2 of apparently only 4 locals that were happy to show me this very rugged, wooded course with some impressive elevation.
The Green Bay area left me braving a blizzard in Pulaski Park where I took one disc (a dx roc) into the 30 mph winds and heavy wet snow. The next day was cool and sunny as I met up with Paul from DGCR who was happy to show me Rolling Ridge, a very nice private (soon to be open to the public?), tight tecnical lines, big open lines, some elevation, 3 tees on every hole that greatly alter the challenge level, soon to be a high rated championship level course in the state. The rest of the Appleton courses we played were enjoyable, Frietag was a jungle, that I wouldn’t go out of my way to play again unless some serious work is done on the fairways. And Grignon was a nice park style course with several fun shots. On the way to the next course Paul lost me as I was trying to follow him.
Following the West shore of the lake Winter Park was yet another well rounded course with fun elevation and technical shots, another pure adventure hike while throwing discs – my favorite type of golf that Wisconsin continues to provide. The rest of the courses were on and off frustrating with no dog laws all the way down the shore, but Forest was happy to take a nap… or stare out the window and wonder what he did wrong whenever he could see me. Silver Creek and LTC were enjoyable though nothing special. I played the Quarry tournament, getting several rounds in there from each tee and grew to like it quite a bit, the long tees provided a nice challenge while leaving 3s attainable on most every hole if you can hit the line. Hit an ace during a warmup round from the long tee on hole 9 and followed that up with a shot during the tournament from the short tees that hit dead center chains and fell out the left side of the basket.
A handful of courses west of Milwaukee were very good though not much worth mentioning. And just before crossing into IL I hit grey fox (and red, with a nice forehand ace with a magic on hole 5), a fun technical jaunt through the woods.
Wisconsin, very nice, throw in a few other courses that I’ve played – Mont du Lac, Axldog Acres, Justin Trails. A Wisconsin disc golfer is a happy disc golfer, especially if he’s happy to brave the winters (though many courses get pulled in the snow), or maybe find a way to winter in North Carolina.