Beautiful park, Sketchy course design
5 Helpful / 0 Not
+ TRAFFIC: Low traffic course. Never rushed by or waiting for other groups at noon on a saturday.
+ TINKLE: Treat yourself to the restroom with soap and running water after hole 6.
+ LANDSCAPING: Lake Twp Park is immaculately landscaped. Scenery is quite calming after I another awful shot. :P
- DESIGN: Hole 3 is a 25' wide strip and almost 500' long. Immediately to the right is a tall chain-link fence backed by "no trespassing" signs and immediately to the left is a road backed by a working soccer course.
- FLOW: Finding hole 15 took about 20 mins. There is a box for maps near hole one, but were empty when I went.
- TEES: Natural tees, although I must note they are decent for being unpaved.
- LAYOUT: On high traffic days, watch for other groups discs. Holes 1-6 are packed tight into a small area.
* GPS: After you sink hole 14, follow the line of the tee to the hole out of the woods. Take a left and hole 15 is on the other side of the building.
* Nice practice course to stay warm while visiting family in the area. Not too many other options around.
* Much opportunity for this course to be great. Saw several parts of the park that go unused.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a multi-use park that is well kept. Many of the holes play through scattered trees in grassy fields, offering several ace runs and a couple longer holes where you can throw a longer drive. There are a few holes in the woods in the middle of the park, with more technical lines and some punishment for errant shots. These holes offer a mix of left and right turning lines to hit, adding a little more variety. The tee signs are basic but informative enough, especially when combined with the paper maps available at the first tee. The baskets are newer discatchers that are in pretty good shape.
Cons: The biggest issue here is the abundance of safety issues. Several holes play along or over park roads, and several others play through and near picnic areas. A couple holes bring the soccer fields into play, and 15 and 16 cross over each other. This means that on a busy day there's a ton of potential to hit another disc golfer or other park patron. There are fences on both sides of the park with no gate and posted "no trespassing" signs, and there are holes that bring them into play. It's probably best to play it safe on these if you don't want to lose your disc.
The flow of the course is odd, navigation would be tricky without the course map. There are several long walks with no next tee signs so if the map box isn't kept full new players will have a difficult time finding all the holes. The tees are natural and many of them are in pretty poor shape. They are pretty rutted out from use, and will only get worse. The course makes the best of a pretty open park, but many holes don't offer any interesting challenges.
Other Thoughts: There's not a whole lot of disc golf around this area, so any course is certainly better than nothing. Beginners will find most of this course pretty approachable, with multiple options off of many tees, and shorter distances on the more technical holes. More experienced players won't find a whole lot of challenge or variety here to keep them coming back. My rating is based on playing the course on a day where the park was pretty empty, I could see it being more frustrating when soccer games and picnics are going on.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nearby, Free, Not usually crowded, Mowed, Easy to find disc
Cons: Number 3 blows, Short holes
Other Thoughts: - #3 needs to be moved or put up a 20 foot high fence with a gate
- #9 needs to also have a tall fence with a gate
- Lots more room in the park, could easily fit 9 more holes
- It would be sweet if they put in concrete teeboxes
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Busy Crowded Park
Pros: 9 holes, interesting pin placements on limited available space. Trees, slight elevation. Good beginner course as most of the holes aren't very long.
Cons: This course is built in a smaller crowded park and has to share with numerous other park ameneties. During sporting events or busy days, I can imagine this park is frustrating to play. Also, the course design is such, that you finish the 9th hole and have a long walk back to the parking lot and the first tee.
Other Thoughts: Nice to see a disc golf course in this neglected corner of lower western Michigan, wish there were a few more around there.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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