8 Helpful / 0 Not
Good and Evil, Naughy and Nice
Pros: This course is set in a stunningly beautiful and insanely huge state park with lots of other activities available. The course itself is well separated from any other activities so chances of injury to non-players is nil.
Each hole is marked with a tall 4x4 sporting a plaque with hole number and distance. The main 18 tee markers also house plaques with information on native vegetation and wild life. The main 18 and the alternate 2 also have short but level cement pads with great footing. Scorecards with a rudimentary map and pencils are available at the course kiosk.
Course flow is really nice with well-worn paths, good signage, and the scorecard map making navigation pretty painless. Even the cut-off and alternate holes for a round of 9 is well marked and obvious! Each hole is unique with a great combination and fairly even distribution of short, long, open, wooded, right, left, curvy, and straight holes. Many make exceptional use of the abundant and sometimes extreme terrain changes in the park. Distances of 177 to 544 offer fun and challenge enough for everyone. In general, the new 6 in the middle of the course offer the longest distances, the most evil and heavily wooded layouts, and the most extreme terrain changes, while 1-5 offers a chance to warm-up the arms and "get in-the-groove". #8B looks deceptively simple but a stand of trees in the middle of the fairway, a basket tucked into another stand of trees, a slight downhill, and prevailing winds makes it more difficult than you'd think. The tight trees and curving fairway of #9B will truly challenge your disc control and line choice. The fun continues through the entire course, right down to #24 with its narrow S-shaped fairway to a lightly wooded opening and basket tucked up next to a large bush.
Plenty of trash cans and several benches and picnic tables keep the full 24 clean and user friendly . The practice basket and picnic tables at the parking lot are a nice touch.
Cons: Holes 1-4 are all of similar distances and parallel to each other in a semi open field, making them both a bit monotonous and slightly dangerous given the large groups of kids that play here who have distance but no control. There are also several places where the tee box of the next hole is directly in line with the basket of the previous, again giving overthrows a chance to be dangerous to others.
The new 6 have a very different feel from the rest of the course. The terrain is more rugged, the distances are huge, the foliage is dense, and the elevation changes are big! These holes are so much more difficult than the rest of the course, it's almost like playing a whole different course. No cement tee pads or distance markers have been installed here yet. Truly, this section reminds me a lot of the wooded section of Myles Kimmerly, but without the polish.....massive thinning of the forest on most of these holes is going to be necessary to make this section enjoyable (rather than just challenging and frustrating) to all but the biggest and most accurate arms. Gobs of "toss-and-pray" play here right now.
Other Thoughts: There is a charge of $6 a day or $24 a year for entrance via a State Parks sticker. This sticker allows access to all Michigan State Parks for the day/year. Set to go into place October 1, 2010 is the "Parks Passport" bill that will add $10 to the cost of each Michigan Vehicle license plates, but will allow any car with Michigan tags free entrance into all State Parks. Either way, once in the park, play is free.
Shelters, water, and restrooms are spaced throughout the park although I didn't see any of the above at or around the course itself.
If you choose to play the new 6, you'll want sturdy shoes or hikers for the extreme elevation changes, and I'm thinking bug spray will be a necessity as these holes play around the edge of a swampy area/shallow pond.
Admittedly, we were there on Easter Sunday, but it appears that large groups of "young people" descend on this course regularly. We encountered lots of rude and destructive people during our short stay here. Other players threw in on us and almost hit me 3 times, large groups refused to let others play through, and generally loud and obnoxious behavior was rampant. (just sayin')
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Place to Play
Pros: Practice basket at beginning of course. Cement tees, although a little short, are in good shape. Great targets and wonderful scenery. The course is laid out very nice with an even flow from basket to next tee. Maps/scorecards are available at the toll booth and at the parking lot. The course wraps you around back towards the parking lot after 9-holes, just in case you need to leave or retrieve. A good ratio of long-short, wide-narrow. Gas station nearby that sells beer, liquor, disc and eatables.
Cons: The new 'extra' holes are obscenely long and fundamentally wrong. Tron, with his light-disc, would have a hard time getting through those holes without crying, cussing and quitting. They could be cut in half and still be hard as hell.
There seems to be a contingency of feral adolescents rummaging through the garbage cans looking for supper, spilling their contents all over this really nice park. Vandalism is rampant.
There seems to be a heavily traveled roadway nearby, causing some noise that is not in line with where you feel you are.
Other Thoughts: If you want a fun and challenging round of golf, or two, this place is perfect. If you want to visit your dark side, play the extra holes. Don't say that I didn't warn you. They have some promise, just not yet. All in all, a great 18-hole course with some added bonuses.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course seemed like it had a nice flow to it. I like the layout very much. Was real easy to navigate through. Was clearly marked which way to go (wheather you want to play 9 or the whole 24). Really good signs with the distances clearly marked.
Cons: The new holes dont have concrete pads yet, but that is to be expected with new holes. The score cards that i seen didn't have the new holes on them yet, so we got a lil confused being our first time. Lots of hungry mosquitos, so bring some bug spray. Also seen a few signs prohibiting alcohol.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course, got a lil backed up near the end, but the group of people in front of us were real nice and let us through. I really liked the hole #9 on the 18 hole part, was a real fun par 4 with many trees. Another one of my favorites was hole #17 that went down and up a pretty big hill. This course was real fun and is a "MUST PLAY"
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Variation, trim me a bit though
Pros: Nice Variety- small elevation changes, thickly wooded and more open
Cool course layout with different holes to lead you to 18 or 9 at holes 8a and 8b.
Nice paths that work through the rough and tall grasses so its easier to get to and spot your disc.
Cons: Needs a little trimming, but thats the norm for most MI courses.
One hole on the back 9 is all thick prickly bushes on the right side of it, almost impossible to find your disc so be careful.
Bug Spray needed.
Other Thoughts: Locals were nice and let us play through. Course signs actually had scorecards and pencils which is a unusual pleasantry.
Would be a much better course if parking and trimming issues were taken care of, but a fun course none-the-less.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Worth the Drive.
Pros: Concrete tees. Good variety of open and closed shots. Course has evolved nicely. Most people are pretty friendly.
Cons: Anyone who is not serious about playing here trashes the course. People do not understand the concept of letting smaller groups play through. Bugs can get bad certain times of the year.
Other Thoughts: Over all this course if very nice. If you have never played it before i think you will enjoy it. It is a good course for beginners and experts. You would benefit from arriving earlier in the day to avoid the crowd.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: love this home town course the pads are great lots of hard shots many different shots to be thrown
Cons: very crowded course groups of 8+ seen multiple times everyday lacking skill and destroying the course. theft of baskets
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Holly Park Course Review
Pros: The course seems to be well maintained the baskets have bright orange makers on them and it flows very well!
Cons: Has a lot of trees not very open! Pretty busy most of the time!
Other Thoughts: Has optional courses that you can play if it is busy and want to get away from some people!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
A long way from Hollywood, California
-Holly Woods has a really nice course layout with a lot of variety. All kinds of throws are used here. Holes range from wide open to tightly wooded, as well as very short to very long. Good use of elevation on many holes too.
-Course Maintenance here is good. DNR and locals keep it pretty clean. There's trash cans on almost every hole. And picnic tables on about half. This course has transitioned from rough and new, into legit and tourney ready pretty nicely.
-Map, scorecards, and pencils are available at entrance! Course is easy to follow and has sign markers on every hole. Also signs that show when it splits from 9 to 18, and from 18 to 24.
-Only cons are that some of the tee pads are a little small and the course can get pretty backed up with traffic.
Blind swamp on right side of 9B and big swamp on 16. The rough can sometimes get thick but its not as bad as a lot of other places in the region. Grass is usually always cut too.
-This is my home course so I have some natural bias, but I still believe Holly is a contender for the best course in Southeast Michigan.
-Doubles every tuesday.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course has a great variety of open to tight holes,cement tee pads,easy to navigate,practice basket,well designed can play 9 or 18,signs,great Discraft baskets
Cons: Two fairways covered with trees making drives to basket very challenging if not impossible,cement tee pads too small,$6 park fee,no close bathrooms,
Other Thoughts: I understand this is Michigan and most courses are in the woods but I think some holes are in need of a trim
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Now that the course has been mowed it's excellent. I have hooked a few friends on this sport after playing here. This course gives you the opportunity to use all types of shots. This is not a "Professional" type course.
Cons: 2 holes are riddled with tree's. I mean an excessive amount. Only luck will get you through them. (DNR please cut some down!!!)
Other Thoughts: This course isn't over populated yet.. Thank god
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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