Blue Ribbon Pines Disc Golf Club, 27 holes of disc golf like no other. Established in 2006, BRP has quickly become the most coveted disc golf course in the greater Twin Cities metro area. Each time you arrive at BRP you will notice new tweaks and improvements to the course, proving that pay to play disc golf is the future of disc golf.
Owned and operated by the Jordan family, the goal is to provide a disc golf experience, not just another round of disc golf.
In the fall of 2005, Steve Beckman convinced Lenny Pasafaro to have a meeting with close friend Ray Jordan, whose family owns a 40 acre sod farm in East Bethel Minnesota. Not being very familiar with the sport, Ray listened with caution. After walking the land, Beckman could not wait to call in myself and the Par 72 Disc Golf design team. After being burned by a previous consultant, Beckman wanted to be sure to bring in the right people to assist in this wonderful opportunity.
Shortly there after, a second meeting was set to walk the land again, this time I got to see what Steve had been touting. Upon arriving at the property, my eyes lit up and all I could keep saying was “Are you kidding me”.
Walking through the woods, trying to contain myself, I was in disbelief. 100 foot tall pines trees, lush green grass, open meadows, large mature oaks and abundant wildlife. The landscape was ripe for a disc golf course, but the Jordan family would need to be convinced. This is was one of the many reasons that Par 72 was brought in, to convince them that disc golf is a booming sport and that a course can be a viable business.
After many hours on Google earth, we had numerous options on our plate. Did we want a championship 18, an advanced level 18, or a mixture of the two in a 24 or 27 hole layout?
All of the proposed layouts were designed with expansion in mind. If the course was to go in, we would only be able to utilize a sliver of the sod fields, to transition from one side of the property to the other and back. Having the gut feeling that one day we would be granted more use of the sod, the master plan was in place to allow easy expansion.
The 27 hole hybrid got the nod. With East Bethel 20 minutes north of the 694/494 loop, we wanted to have something more to draw the traffic there.
In the February of 2006 we walked the proposed 27 hole layout and the family approved the project. Construction began in the spring. With all the connections the family had through its business’s and their willingness to spend money, the construction went much quicker than other wooded courses.
While walking what would turn out to be hole #7, I stated to Ray that down the road, a man made pond would be ideal in the open grassy area, especially since it is a par 4 and some water would make it play much more like a par 4. Two weeks later, a ½ acre pond was dug which came into play on hole #11 as well.
The baskets were ordered and the course officially opened in August of 2006. Cement tees were strategically not poured, knowing that changes were going to take place as the family gets comfortable with the course.
After the numbers were in from the first 5 months, the money was budgeted for the concrete work in the spring. The tees, like everything else at BRP, were done first class. A few elevated and framed in with boulder walls.
We also installed the signature circular tee. The circular tee is on hole #26, a true dogleg to the left through the woods. The circular tee allows the big arm player the option to throw out over the out of bounds sod, almost backwards before it goes towards the pin.
This wasn’t the only reason for the circular tee. We already had one unique dual tee for holes #16 and #25, this circular tee will someday act as a dual tee out in to the sod field.
Entering the 2nd full season in 2008, the future looks very bright for BRP. A huge 20×60 foot deck is slated to run the western side of the building, overlooking the first and last hole.
A few more hole changes are planned once the ground thaws. Stay tuned as the world of disc golf is ever changing and Blue Ribbon Pines is leading the way.
Friday May 30th, Blueribbon Pines is home of day 1 of the Minnesota Majestic national tour event.