9 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice wooded course
Pros: This course plays through a disc golf exclusive area in a larger park. It is flat and nicely wooded, with fairways cut through thick trees and underbrush. There is good punishment here on most holes for errant shots, missing the fairway will often cost you a stroke. There is a nice variety of lengths, with several fun ace runs if you hit your lines through the trees, and a couple long tough holes including one that plays along the river for over 400'. You'll need to shape different lines through the woods to be successful here, there's a good variety of hole shapes that force different shots.
There are concrete pads that were in pretty good shape. The signage is adequate, and the next tee signs help make navigation here pretty easy. The elevated deck for one tee adds a little bit of extra fun and variety, it's a nice touch.
Cons: Despite being in the woods, this course isn't all that challenging. Too many of the holes are shorter and don't offer enough risk that they'll cause too many bogeys. Because so many holes are similar lengths, the course feels a bit repetitive in spots.
The concrete tees are small, not a big deal on the shorter holes, but they don't offer very much room on the longer holes. The course felt a bit unkempt in general, with some areas of brush encroaching on the fairways. Several holes held standing water and there were lots of swampy spots on the course even though it hadn't rained recently.
Other Thoughts: This isn't a bad course at all, and adds a nice shorter wooded option for the area. It's not worth driving way out of your way for, but if you're in the area it's worth playing a round. Beginners will find the distances approachable, and will get to try out different shot shapes, though the rough can be a little much for a new player. More experienced players will find some challenges, but not enough difficulty or variety to keep them coming back too often.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
The New Ox Bow
Pros: The park is looking better than it has in many years! The local club is alive and active starting in 2010. The park recently approved new sign markers and two new tee signs for hole 22 & 23. The course does flow now if you park inside the park. If you are using the free or secondary lot it could seem a bit confusing. The local club has been working to clear the over growth as well as the fairways are being mowed wider and it really shows.
Cons: This course is a staple in the area and the change or improvement is happening but it is going to be a work in progress.
Other Thoughts: I used to play this course when I lived in Ft. Wayne we traveled to Ox Bow and it was always fun. I am pleased to say it is back and alive. And I would disagree with the other comments that Ox Bow is not one to travel to. It is a course that requires skill and thought in your throwing decisions. If you are wanting to through bombs then this is not the course for you! But if you want to develop your driving accuracy and ability to throw a straight shot, them this is the place to be. Please do your part to support this wonderful sport and Pay the very reasonable fee of only $1.00. It keeps the parks staff feeling that all players are not a bunch of cheep individuals, and they are more likely to feel better about keeping the course looking nice for all to enjoy.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Easy to Medium Difficulty---Efficient 24 hole course
-fair tee pads
-#17 unique tee pad
-course is taken care of
-not busy in winter
-excellent area with more then disc golf
-hole 12 is probably the sig hole, and the hardest on the course, and for an added bonus it is considered a water hole!
- somewhat similar holes
- nothing extraordinary (other then the teepad on 17)
-updated signs and markers would make it better
-not many benches or places to sit
-not much in terms of variety
-little elevation changes
Other Thoughts: -
-fun course that has 24 holes---which in my opinion is a bonus!
-would be hard to get lost or confused due to excellent signage
-seems like a nice park to take the family with many hiking trails and other activites to choose from
-I enjoyed playing this course. I did play it in the winter so luckily I did not have to put up with bugs, but the location of the course is condusive to many bugs in the season!
-I'd play this course again on the winter months when Kalamazoo is snowed in.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice 24 hole course! Tight tree shots, dogleg lefts and rights, well marked signs and tee pads. Located in a county park so there are other activities to do as well!
Cons: Hard to find course in the back of the park, park rangers aren't very friendly! Bugs get bad during the summer. Have to pay to get into park and 1.00 fee per day for disc golf. Open in the winter but bring a shovel since they don't take care of it!
Other Thoughts: Some days its free admission to the park (for parking) but apprently you need to pay to disc no matter what! They don't take care of the park in the winter (don't brush off tee-pads or anything) yet still expect you to pay even if you play just 5 holes.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Older course, for the most part short and technical. Does have some tough long holes too (4, 8, 12). It's a 24 hole course you can play in under and hour and a half.
Cons: In swamp so some holes become unplayable at certain times of the year. Mosquitos in the summer and fall are unbearable, but it is a swamp. Hole six is a bad hole...150' left to right at 90 degrees. Tee pads are too small and in terrible shape.
Other Thoughts: Hole 12...450' along the river, is one of the toughest holes you'll find anywhere.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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