A Decent Course in the Woods
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: This course is located in a mostly wooded area, but it has a decent variety of hole designs. Some are kind of long, some are kind of short, some have doglegs, and some have blind tee shots. Some holes encourage players to use sidearm throws while others encourage backhand throws. Some holes are outside the woods and have some tricky obstacles that come into play. Occasionally the elevation comes into play, but most of the holes on this course are pretty flat. Each hole has multiple basket locations and multiple tee pads. The signs at the longer tee pad locations are pretty helpful.
Cons: Most of the wooded holes are way too narrow and are surrounded by many obstacles like trees, bushes, and tall weeds. For most players, this becomes frustrating to play after awhile because it can be real difficult for their discs to land on the fairways and real easy for their discs to either hit a nearby tree or to sail deep into woods, well passed the fairway. To top it off, the fairways on these wooded holes tend to look more like walking paths than disc golf fairways, not just because of how narrow they are but also because they have very little grass on them. I really dislike the 5th hole. The fairway goes up a steep hill and it's extremely narrow and rocky with many trees and bushes surrounding it. I also can't stand to play the 6th hole. It doesn't appear to have a fairway because there's nothing but trees between you and the basket. This can be very frustrating to play simply because it requires more luck than skill to get your disc passed all those trees and into the basket for a low score. These are just a couple examples of the issues that plague some of the wooded holes. The weeds in the rough can become thick and tall during the summer, which makes it kind of tricky to find your disc in them (and it can be difficult to avoid the weeds on some holes). The mosquitoes and horseflies can also be pretty bad there during the summer, and don't be surprised to encounter poison ivy in the rough. Although I like the 18th hole, it's a little strange in that it looks like it has two baskets. Both are kind of close to the parking lot, but one does have "18" labeled on it (you can't see that from a distance though). I'm guessing the other one is supposed to be used for practice, but if that's true then it's strange that it appears to be located on the 18th fairway. Also, there are a few areas on this course where it's not clear where you need to go in order to get to the next hole. Some signs in those areas would be helpful.
Other Thoughts: Overall, my feelings toward this course are kind of mixed. It seems like a halfway decent course, because at times it can be fun and challenging to play, but it can also be kind of frustrating because of the issues players can encounter while playing this course, especially on the wooded holes which make up the majority of this course. Advanced players with accurate drives might enjoy those holes, but it can be rough outing for just about everyone else who plays them. The people who designed this course could learn a thing or two from those who have designed nicer wooded courses like the one in Shore Acres Park in Saugatuck and the one in Oshtemo Township Park. There is room for improvement on this course, but it has a ways to go before it reaches its full potential.
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