2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 Chainstars are set in a beautiful and well maintained township park. Rolling hills and sparse trees come into play with a variety of hole lengths. The forgiving nature of each fairway allows for multiple different flight paths. A couple of signature holes allow for some big bombs that may cause one to throw more than one disc. The course is conveniently located right off I-96.
Cons: Many fairways play dangerously too close to other fairways, parking lots, walking paths and other park facilities; moreover, rendering a few holes unplayable during peak hours. The tee pads are embarrassing at best, being dirt skids with no signs, no benches,no trash cans, or anything else characteristic of disc golf courses. Navigation is almost impossible with no signs indicating the next tee pad's whereabouts with several long walks in between holes. The course is plagued by wind due to the adjacent interstate and airport. Flooding occurs on a few holes.
Other Thoughts: Unless you are with a local disc golfer, forget about making a trip to this course. I've been playing this course for years and I'm still not certain of the exact locations of every tee off. Yes, there are several fun holes, but all the non-disc golfers wondering around the fairways will make you nervous. Make sure you have a strong 'wind game' or you will become frustrated fast. The park has so much unused land that one will be left wondering why the hell such a design was chosen. Locals will tolerate it, visitors will be disappointed. Takes about 2:30 hours to play if you know what your are doing. A 20 minute drive from downtown GR.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Into the great wide open...
Pros: -Elevation: This park has many elevation changes and the course uses them nicely. None are very extreme, but there are both uphill and downhill holes on gentle slopes. Hole 15 (500ft.?), a personal favorite, uses both. It starts out atop a hill, plays down then up, finishing atop another hill.
-Mixed distances: Holes range from 170ish to around 600 feet, and there seems to be a happy medium throughout the course.
-Baskets: All (except #9 that was missing when I last played) are in good condition and have hole numbers on top so you are able to see what hole you just played. A couple of roll-away greens add a challenge.
The park is very nice looking and clean, probably due to it being located in such an affluent area.
Cons: -Navigation nightmare: There is not one tee sign, nor anything indicating where to start or where to go next in certain locations. Going from hole 9 to 10 is probably the hardest to figure out. Hole 9 finishes near a gazebo. Hole 10 tee is to the East, right at the edge of a roadway. The basket is NE over a soccer field and just East of a tennis court, which brings up the next con...
-Design: There are many driving/walking paths zig-zagging through the course. There are holes next to parking lots, tennis courts, a baseball field, and a playground. Two holes play over roadways within the park and one of them, hole 10, is to the point of ludicrous. It plays directly across a soccer field so maybe it will be clear, maybe not.
-Open course: This is a con to me. There is rarely more than a couple trees between you and the basket, and are spread quite far apart when they are present.
-Tees: Dirt and two foot wide at best, although pretty level. No places to sit by any tees, just gazebos and pavilions somewhat near the course.
The sight/sound of I-96 and airplanes are ever present. No peace and quiet here.
Other Thoughts: Cascade does have a few really fun holes because of its elevation changes, but they don't make up for the lack of overall fun factor and the huge navigation/design cons. It is directly off an interstate and is worth a look if passing by, just don't make a journey here.
Wind can be strong here and being such an open course doesn't help. Avoiding nights and weekends may help with the run-ins with sports teams using the soccer/baseball fields.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
not too shabby if it had tee signs
Pros: Variety--Not too bad, I thought it would be worse with the openess of the course, but there are plenty of hills and the trees are well placed as to add challenge.
Navigation/Tee Signs--With the addition of tee signs recently, this course is much easier to navigate now!!
Generous pars--Yep. I said it. made my wife feel good though. I threw -6 with posted.
Location--Easy on and off the highway.
Aesthetics--even though it's along the highway the park itself is beautiful.
Cons: Lack of Teepads--the ruts in the grass are a bit dangerous and wonky to navigate on runup...
Inconvenience of hole 10-- there is plenty of room to redesign this hole to make it playable when soccer is going on.
Other Thoughts: I've updated my review and added a half disc to my score. Tee signs are a huge addition to this course that were desperately needed and much appreciated... This is now the #2 or 3 course in Grand Rapids. Put in tee pads and it will be a solid #2 (poop)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: NIce new tee pad signs so you have a better idea how far the hole is and the posted par. Nice open park. If you go by the parks posted pars for each hole you should be able to score well. I was 7 under on the front nine going by the parks posted par, Some really challenging holes. If the wind is blowing could cause problems on some holes. a couple of holes make for nice ace runs.
Cons: tees are just dirt patches. can be rough to navigate after you finish the front nine trying to find hole ten. A lot of the holes cross either the road or walking paths. So you need to be aware of who is nearby when you let your disc fly. Basket for 13 is way to close a parking lot if cars are near basket you may end up shooting around parked cars to reach the basket. Hole 12 fairway crosses right in front of the tee to 13.
Other Thoughts: Hole 7 there is a large bush in the middle of the fairway that you have to throw around to reach hole. Hole 8 the trees in the fairway make finding a throwing lane tricky but not impossible. Hole 14 the bush in front of the hole is waiting to catch any short ace shots at it. Hole 15 there are trees and brush on the left and woods on the right making a very narrow opening for you to shoot through if windy discs can easily float and soar deep into the woods. Hole 16 lets you let a long bomb fly again just watch the path in front of tee and to the right of it. Playground equipment on left can also come into play on drive. Hole 17 can eat your disc if you land it in the trees on the right side of the fairway. Holes 10 and 18 can become unplayable if there is a soccer game going on.but are really nice holes in their own right. I really enjoy this course the rough in the summer can really make it hard to find your disc. It makes you work on your shooting accuracy.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Dearly needs mowing
Pros: Open, nice variation of hole length. Baskets are quality, but a few are buried way too low.
Cons: Rough is currently very, very long and basically ruins the course. Also, there are pedestrians constantly walking the paths in the park that get in the way of throws.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Stay away on sunny days
Pros: 18 fairly diverse holes.
Cons: First 9 holes try and stay on the fairways, the rough is just 3ft torture. Hole 10 makes you wonder if there really are 18 holes because you must literally look for it. (its across the drive on the right midway down the fence.) A couple of holes have you throwing right next to parking lots and patios. Depending on your skill, i suggest skipping or throw and run.
Other Thoughts: Go on a moderate cool day with little sun. And plenty of water. 80 is not moderate i felt dead from dehydration after the 15th hole with 20oz of water.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Changes for the better
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: It had been a few years since I last played there, but the changes were for the good (mostly). There use to be a hole that ran along the entrance drive (hated this hole because I always ended up in someones back yard). The newer (new to me) holes in the back are a good addition (although two do intersect #12 & #13- very annoying when someone else is playing right behind you).
After the course dries out sometime in June the course is much easier to navigate - quite a few holes get flooded out in the spring (#3 & #14 especially).
-Now has tee signage, welcome addition, unfortunately no change to layout of course.
Cons: -The tall grass & the gazebo at the end of the hole #9.
-The fairways are usually well kept (a pro actually) so this forces you to really work on trying to stay out of the rough as well as paying attention to where your disc lands. I've spent WAY too much time hunting for strays discs.
-The one thing that hasn't changed is how windy it is there, be sure to use discs that can handle a strong headwind (load up the bag with overstable discsl).
-Dirt tee pads.
-Paved trail that winds its way through or along most of the holes. The locals who use the trail are generally good about waiting for you to throw. They've probably had their share of discs whizzing by their heads enough times that they'd rather wait then be decapitated.
Other Thoughts: Overall, the course is well laid out (with the exception of the intersecting holes) as long as you have a map to show you where the next tee pad is located.
This is one of the better courses in the GR area. Could be the best with the addition of cement tee pads & moving some of the holes out of the path of pedestrians & cars.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Will Never Play Again
Pros: There are 18 baskets. There is really nothing else good about it.
Cons: Its all open. The holes run parallel, and right on the edge of, the expressway for a good chunk of the front 9. It is extremely unclear as to what basket is for what hole, as there are no markings except for the number on the basket, which can't be seen from a distance. There are no mats or cement pads for tees, or even like a permanent marker, ... See Morejust a narrow strip of dirt where people wore the grass away. The holes are pretty short overall, a couple definite par 2's. At times you are throwing towards parking lots, or tennis courts, or picnic tables; during warm weather these will all be in use. Its just a horrible course, would not recommend to anyone ever.
Other Thoughts: They should tear out the baskets and give them to me, i could make a better course in my back yard.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
A power driver's dream, but needs some serious help!
Pros: This course has a few interesting holes that make good use of the few elevation changes in the park. In particular, the uphill sweeping left on #4, the hidden pin in the dip behind the knoll on #5, the throw across the valley and over the drainage ditch through the hedgerow from the new tee on #15, and the long, long, long gradual downhill on #16. The creative pin placement behind the bushes on #14 and the new tee placement on #15 added interest, while the lengths over 400' on #1, #4, #6-#12, #16, and #17 will keep power throwers from being totally bored.
The dirt tees, although deeply rutted into the ground, offer firm footing when dry.
There's almost no chance of losing a disc here as everything is wide open, unless you shank it into the dense woods off the pro tee on 16, or a car runs over it on any of the roads.
Cons: Grrrrr.....I HATE having to search and search and search for the next tee!! No signage of any kind anywhere meant I never knew if I was on the right tee or shooting at the right basket. Even with the park only mowing the fairways, navigation was a nightmare. So, print and take the map, right??? Nope. Even with the map in hand, I had a hard time finding the tee boxes on #10, #14, and #15 (as it appears there's 2 different ones). In addition, I couldn't believe that the tee for #13 sits almost right on the fairway for #12, and you have to shoot across the #12 fairway to the pin. Something as cheap and simple as using a Sharpie to mark the hole number on the orange pin flags marking the tees on many of the holes would have helped immensely.
With a park this big and open, you'd think it would be possible to design a course that doesn't shoot over or at every road, path, and sports field in the place!
The first tee and last baskets are in very odd places so that there's no place to park where you don't have a massive hike to and from your car, and making you shoot at the parking lot on #1 is just stupid. Of the 2 groups ahead of me, 4 people almost hit my car.
Other Thoughts: This multi-use park is nicely kept and very busy. The restroom were spotless.
Low lying areas and clay-based soil means much of this course is waterlogged and soggy after a rain. I'd think the tee areas would get slippery when wet, as well.
Wind is in play on EVERY hole! Avoid this course if the wind is over 10-15 MPH unless you thrive on big winds. (I don't, and the 30-40 MPH gust we had today SUCKED!).
I get that the designers wished to use as many terrain and vegetation elements as possible in the park, but it left the layout feeling disjointed and awkward with no flow and many, many areas where errant throws would be dangerous to other discers, park users, and vehicles. In particular, the design of the back 9 feels "added-on" and rushed.
Unless you love long drives and no technical challenge, I wouldn't recommend this course.....there are so many better options in the GR area.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A good amount of open shots and nice place to shoot. You can bomb a lot on this place and get some good turn out. There are a good amount of uphill and downhill shots and no brush or anything to lose discs.
Cons: No shade at all. A few holes are around roads and playgrounds so you may hit children or cars( my friend actually hit a car which drove right into his disc but no damage was done so they didn't care)
Other Thoughts: It's fun, you may want to go with someone who has been there cause it can be hard to figure out where to go or which bucket to shoot at sometimes.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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