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Twin Creeks

Hokah, Minn., 30 minutes from downtown Holes: 9 (18 by the end of summer) Cost: $3 Game play: 1-2 hours Course description: Once a ball golf course put under by one too many floods, Twin Creeks rises Phoenix-like as one of the funnest courses around. There are water hazards around every bend, but it’s a highly playable course, and there’s a real thrill to hitting baskets on the other side of a creek. Right now there are only 9 holes, which is certainly short, but when a back nine rises later this summer, Twin Creeks will warrant repeat trips — though it’s probably worth it for the drive alone. Favorite hole: Hole #4 is almost chess-like in the strategy required to play it. A 20-foot

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COMMUNITY vertical levy rises about 100 feet from the tee box, and it’s topped by a pond with very little flat ground on which to drop the disc. There’s no clear way to play it, which makes it a perfect par 3. Recommended for: People who enjoy fun, which may include a stop at the on-site mini-golf course or volleyball pit

The Willows

Winona, Minn., 35 minutes from downtown Holes: 18 Cost: Free Game play: 1-2 hours Course description: The Willows is a quick little course on the banks of Lake Winona; however, water is only a hazard on a few of the holes. The rest of the course is fairly open and runs throughout the busy park, which makes it a little confusing to follow and requires frequent stopping for other parkgoers. Favorite hole: Hole #4 is the best of the course, with a basket tucked behind a dog-

wood tree only feet from the shore. Risky players could try a big backhand that bends over the lake. Everyone else will pitch wide to try to make the par 3. Recommended for: Winona residents on their lunch breaks

The Woods

Winona, Minn., 40 minutes from downtown Holes: 18 Cost: Free Game play: 2-3 hours Course description: The Woods absolutely lives up to its name. Stretching through an expansive forest on the St. Mary’s campus, the course fits the topography perfectly and is challenging enough to warrant repeat plays. The front nine can be unforgiving, with several baskets perched at the rim of precipices and riverbanks, while the back nine opens up to let the disc fly. Favorite hole: After tramping up a bluffside meadow with several steep shots, Hole #8 is its own reward: a 503-foot par 4, chucked

How to Disc Golf

1. Disc golf is played like ball golf, using a flying disc. One stroke is counted for each time the disc is thrown, and when a penalty is incurred. 2. After teeing off, the player whose disc is furthest from the hole always throws first. The player with the least amount of strokes on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole. 3. A disc that comes to rest inside the disc hole basket or chains constitutes as a succesful completion of that hole. 4. The golfer with the lowest score wins. Source: Justin Trails scorecard from a vista overlooking the entire campus. Rarely will you see a disc soar so far or so long. Recommended for: Frolfers looking to try a new course or develop their short game

Search for the best golf holes in the Coulee Region leads to one course When Second Supper launched its search for the most fun and challenging holes in the Coulee Region, we contacted more than a dozen area courses. Yet as we compiled the information and our deadline approached, it was clear we did not have to go far from home to find our selections. Forest Hills Golf Course, located off Losey Boulevard in La Crosse,

had two holes that fit the bill. The first hole, for example, is picturesque and offers a unique challenge: railroad track crosses its fairway. The 17th hole, meanwhile, with Grandad Bluff as a towering backdrop, could be a postcard touting the scenic splendor of the region. It's even more stunning as the colors begin to change in fall.

But you don't have to take just our word for it. We talked to a couple of golfers we found on the course this week. Bill Swan enjoys No. 1 because of its length (nearly the longest par 4 on the course) and also appreciates the work put into maintaining the course. "Roy Janzen keeps the entire course in tremendous condition," he said.

Dan Hansen and Tom Bieber, meanwhile, summarized their experiences on No. 17 quite succinctly: "It’s a nice hole and fun to play." So here, then, is a glimpse at two of the best golf holes in the Coulee Region (Distances listed are from the blue tees.):

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