0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Concrete tee pads. Nice baskets. Lake view on some holes. Pretty clean park. Definite ace possibilities.
Cons: some lanes were very tight. some holes had no apparent lane at all. Tee pads were not consistent size. Signs were poor. Much profane graffiti on sign posts.
Other Thoughts: overall great course to play while enjoying Northern Michigan's great outdoors.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This park features 18 original holes and 6 additional holes as well as a pole hole course on the other side of the street. The holes are quite short, as none eclipse the 300 foot mark, and largely straight forward through a serene forest route. The tees feature concrete pads and each hole is marked with a 4X4 post that clearly displays the hole number. Navigation is intuitive with little chance of misguided bumbling. The course was quite clean on this day, which allowed the splendor of the forest to dominate the scene. The land is largely flat here with only subtle variance in elevation in a few spots. Although moderately wooded, the holes provide fair play with definite defined lanes and landing areas as opposed to being a tree peppered crap shoot. Skill is allowed to trump luck.
Cons: The short nature of these holes is the only potential drawback apart from the fact that the basket placements are generally easy and not overly challenging. Variety is a bit lacking. There are many straight down the pipe shots here that require little in the way of creative shot making. The alternate holes are quite wild at this time and could benefit from repeated play.
Other Thoughts: This course is an ideal family course. It is a perfect setting for a beginner to learn the game as it is simple and forgiving. Experienced players can enjoy the charms of nature and have a great time working these holes. Solid ace runs and plentiful birdie opportunities ensure an enjoyable round with little potential for frustration. A nice little wander in the woods.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: All holes were marked very well with a wooden post that is painted yellow on top. Each post had the distance, hole #, and par on them. We had a map for the course, but we didn't need it at all, really easy to navigate. This course has mostly straight tree lined fairways. Many holes offer ace chances.
Cons: Most of the holes were fairly short.
Other Thoughts: This is a very fun course to play. You will have the option of playing anywhere from 9-24 holes. Swimming and picnic areas are available near by.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This being my local course I play it multiple times a week. This course allows you to get your fix but leaves you wanting more.
Great potential, tight fairways really keep you on your toes and help with precision practice. Ace and birdie opportunities make up for some bad luck you might encounter.
Cons: The mosquito's get absolutely RIDICULOUS in the summer
Lack of variety with pin placement really takes away from what could be.
Heavy traffic no matter what day or time
Other Thoughts: There is a front 9 by the beach with poleholes and then a serperate course across the road(back 18, now 24). The front 9 is a good warm up before your real round.
Though there is some lacking with variety there is still plenty of difficulty with all the trees and some great exciting moments when everything goes right.
This course is best in the spring when there is lighter traffic and less bugs
The 6 hole alternate has gotten a complete revamp after multiple complaints. They are still a bit rough and require more tree removal but it is a work in progress.
Its nice to know that our voices were heard.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: It's a pretty simple course. The place was very clean and, the it was easy to follow. Some holes were pretty neat. Hole 2, you have to throw over a small pond, which is pretty cool.
Cons: Not very much elvevation change or a variety of shots.
Other Thoughts: Sign says 9 holes but, it lies. There's really 18.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and Technical
Pros: -Lots of ace opportunities
-Easy to navigate
-Concrete tee pads
-Footage of every hole marked
-Some holes have multiple fairways, allowing for some creative shots
Cons: -Not a lot of variety. Nearly every hole is a medium to short length, mostly straight hole.
-Few memorable holes
-If you're playing around noobs, you will often have discs flying at your head. I had someone behind me that nearly hit me on six or seven holes. The holes are packed in pretty close so when someone terrible is a couple of holes behind/ahead you, their shots will cross into your fairway.
Other Thoughts: Fun course that takes some luck and a lot of skill. If you can't throw a disc straight then don't even bother trying this course. I would recommend this course for intermediate to advanced players. Novices will become quickly frustrated with the tight fairways. Experts will be bored with the majority of holes being short straight shots.
The course isn't difficult, it just requires more accuracy and finesse than the typical beginning disc golfer has.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Trees, trees everywhere!
Pros: Break out your hyzers, anhyzers, and overhand shots because you'll need them to negotiate the trees on the fairways and in the roughs here. There are very few chances to go wide of the fairway cleanly due to heavily wooded areas through the entire course. The course is fairly well marked and not too confusing to negotiate, even in the fall. Concrete pads make tee-offs nice. Almost all baskets are hidden behind trees. A 9-hole pole course is available across the street as are a nice beach, a boat launch, concessions, and nice bathrooms, along with other activities for non-discers.
Watch for the giant swamp/puddle on #2 following wet periods during the spring and fall. Hole #11 is designed as a dogleg right but a "tunnel of trees" corridor has been cleared to allow an almost straight but very tight route to the basket. Straight down the right side of the woods with a left fade is also an option on this hole. Hole #6 has a similar shortcut through the woods to by-pass the dogleg left. Holes #16 and #17 offer excellent ace opportunities, especially with a Buzzz or Impact.
Cons: Very little elevation change in effect here. Almost all challenge is the result of avoiding trees. Tee markers have no hole layout so finding the basket can be require pre-scouting at times. The tee markers also lack footage designations on a couple of holes. Trash can be a problem (being addressed with the city) as can heavy brush in the rough. No extra points awarded for hitting hikers, bikers, dogs, or cars on any of the many roads or trails that wind through the course!
Other Thoughts: This course is in my back yard and I have been making an effort to keep the trash picked up during our daily rounds. I've also designed and printed score sheets and have been trying to keep them loaded in the box on the first tee, but bring your own pencil. This course can get pretty darned busy on the weekends and sometimes during the week, particularly on Thursdays due to a very active league. (Update 5/26/10 - leagues are now on Sunday nights)
Holes with missing tee signs have been wheeled off and corrected lengths have been Sharpied in and added to the score sheets.
I have also designed a course map; both that and the score sheets are now available on the "Links" tab.
6 new holes have been added, starting from the #7 tee and working back around to the same tee. Currently, the fairways and rough are pretty wild, and there is no real signage, tee pads, or baskets, but navigation is simple and obvious and the pole holes are super visible since they're painted hunter orange.
Hopefully, the added holes will help spread out congestion on busy days. Again, the only real challenge here is just trying to avoid trees.
I have to admit that I was super disappointed in these holes given that they wiped out the coolest section of the mountain bike singletrack in order to add them. I didn't really see any of them as being anything particularly special or unique.
Tee and goal posts have been moved on the alternate 6 yielding dramatically increased distance and difficulty. Buried 4x4s mark tee foul lines now. They're still pretty rough but are now vastly improved from their original layout. Still.....I get a little sick of trees, trees, and more trees after a while.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Wooded Course
Pros: This is a challenging and fun wooded course,nice signs,nice park with beach across the street,easy to navigate,well designed through woods that you have a chance of making it through,course was a little busy when I was there but everyone was nice and several groups let me play through,hard to lose a disc for a wooded course,
Cons: Several fairways are close to picnic areas and were being used as a parking lot when I was there,
Other Thoughts: You can play 18 in about an hour or less,would play again if I was in the area
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Walk in the Woods
Pros: Finesse and Luck will come in handy on this heavily wooded course. Not ridiculously dense forest like some here in Michigan, and off the fairway isn't a complete disaster. Secluded and scenic even though it is near a usually crowded public beach. Take a dip in the lake when you are finished.
Cons: Some of the holes on the back 9 are a bit more rustic than the rest of them with regards to debris off the sides of the fairway. Easy to lose discs in the underbrush. Not much variety with regards to hole design.
Other Thoughts: Across the road is a short 9 hole 'pole course', but with the disadvantage of being right in the middle of the heaviest pedestrian traffic.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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