Worth the stop
Pros: Alot of interest and variety with hills & flats, narrow woods and open fields, long and short. Liked that there were multiple tees. I played from the back tees and my wife did the front.
The maps and scorecard sheet at the entrance sign was great. The signage was well done on the course as well. Some signs were missing but overall good.
Cons: Tees are a dirt pad, many of which were eroded or muddy. Have to watch footing.
Other Thoughts: We were confused on the first hole... we walked quite way up the trail before we saw the sign for 18, which had been re-written with a sharpie to say hole 1. That sign should be updated I guess.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
We played holes 1-11 and then ran out of time. Did not get the opportunity to see holes 12+
While I thought this was alot of fun to play, I'd have to say that some of the holes are almost a "novelty" to play rather than a "formal" disc golf hole. Neither a pro or con, just something to note. So, just have fun with it :-)
Some of the holes require technical shots while others are more family friendly.
Pros: Silver Mountain was a nice stop just over the bridge into the U.P. in an area without too many DG options. There are a variety of shots and a lot of elevation in play. There are a number of wooded uphill shots, and a 600' downhill bomber that you'd expect from any course on a ski hill. The course is very scenic and a good hike.
Finding and navigating the course was generally easy, with a slight mistake on hole 8. We threw to the more visible C basket and took some time to realize our error.
The view of the lake from 15's basket area is spectacular!
Cons: Uneven, rocky and rutty natural pads made accuracy difficult on the uphill holes, as well as a few others.
Hole 3 was not as shown on the map, just an extremely short throw to a basket in a field. This was confusing and disappointing.
There was a lot of trash and litter on the course. The one trash can we saw had been dumped out and left on its side.
Other Thoughts: Scenic vistas and challenging elevation play make Silver Mountain worth the hike to stop there once. Ankle twister pads and tiny bloodsuckers make it unlikely that we'll be back for a second round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun, but buggy
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Pros: 1. I felt there was a nice variety of holes, nothing cookie cutter going on here.
2. Really awesome views on a few holes.
3. Innova baskets with local ad banners on the upper rings.
4. I loved the elevation changes, which might be a negative to some people. It was not an up-down-up-down situation like I have seen at some ski hill courses.
5. It appeared that the fairways had been recently mowed.
Cons: 1. The biggest issue for me was the mosquitos. I figured by mid-August they would have died off...nope.
2. Quite a few of the tee markers are knocked down and scattered. One set of red markers are backed up to a steep bushy area. Not sure if someone did it as a joke or not.
3. It is about a 2 minute walk from the parking lot to tee #1. On the other hand, hole 18 ends up at the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Fun course that would love to play in the fall when the mosquitos are gone.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Rolling meadows and awesome elevation
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Aesthetic-- plays on a ski resort. Plays up and down the mountain several times. Area during the summer is dotted with hiking trails. I'm not sure how often the trails are used in DG times but I would still watch out.
TeeSigns-- really quite nice. Hole numbers, distances, and a diagram showing both tees.
Routing and nav-- Super easy. the over abundance of next "T" signs make routing a snap. In areas where it could be tricky, there are signs that spell out exactly what to do. Course can be played as 18 or 24 if you don't want to play the alternates.
Baskets-- nice to have innovas. Makes for easy spotting in the heavy woods here. The advertising chastity belts are interesting.
Challenge-- crazy challenging course. The narrow fairways and amazing elevation changes make this course an insane challenge.
Risk v Reward-- no water persay but conservative play is rewarded in many places.
Signature holes-- two bomber holes here are the signatures #9 and #F are amazingly. I almost parked 9 and F was a sweet challenging blind hole with a dog leg left.
Teepads-- gravel with red and blue stakes marking the "foul line."
Missing stuff-- All baskets except #3 were in the ground. I could not find #4's tee area.
I found myself shaking my head at this place more than not. I had an absolute blast as this place is a perfectly balanced ski course. The workout here was pretty intense but not overwhelming.
**As a note, the course pictures are not accurate to what the course is today. The course needs some new pictures taken but I didn't realize this or I would have. Some are the same but a lot are not**
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Not good, not bad, just kinda....
Pros: +Signs are awesome here
+I like the hilly terrain
+Holes 1 and 2 were a lot of fun
+The very tight and narrow fairways were
mowed and clean
+Really easy to find
+Mostly long narrow tunnel shots
+Some of the views are great!
+Not too far down US2
Cons: -Even though the fairways were mowed, the
rough was just too thick
-Too many narrow fairways
-Chances are losing a disc are really good!
-The 600' bomber hole was not mowed and
you were almost certain to lose ANOTHER
-Risk vs. reward just wasn't here
-Mostly long narrow tunnel shots
Other Thoughts: ^I thought this course was 'ok', I will probably
play it again but only because it's not too far
^Bug spray is a must! You may get carried
away by the skeeters!
^Not a great course for a righty backhand
like myself. I did not take away points
because of that but I didn't feel like it was a
^I guess I feel like good options because of the topography were missed.
^Watch for poison ivy! Quite abit of it!
^Overall I would say if you are in the area,
it is worth a stop but I wouldn't plan a trip just to play it!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the hardest
Pros: This is probably the hardest course I have played. Almost every shot is through a very skinny line flat or uphill with hard hyzer or anhyzers at the end of the shot and a couple downhill bombers. The holes are not extremely long but are very technical. If you miss your line you will end up in some thick ruff where you will have to throw out. The ruff isnt so bad that I think you would lose a disc but you will have a hard time trying to play out from it.
There are signs everywhere and the design is in such a way that you play loops that bring you back to where you were 3 or 4 holes ago. So you wont get lost on this course but because of the difficulty the course will take a few hours.
Cons: Its not closer to me.
Other Thoughts: If you are near this course and could master it you would probably instantly be pro at discgolf. It is that hard and hitting those lines everytime for a under par score would mean that you are fantastic at this sport.
I thought deerfield was hard (and it is) but this course makes deerfield look easy.
Also there is tons of hiking on this course, be ready to get tired after a round here!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Best in da UP
Pros: Course marked very nicely. Mixture of challenging holes and some more on the beginner side. Fun course to play and flows well. Score cards at tee 1 as well.
Cons: Long grass in some areas and mosquitoes.
Other Thoughts: Best in the UP, seems almost private to due its isolation. Too bad it isn't closer to Marquette
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent variety on this course. There wasn't a single time when playing all 24 of the holes (yep its got 6 bonus holes for ya) did I think "you know, I feel like I already played this hole."
The baskets are in great condition.
The flow to the course is really good. You would really have to work to get lost out there. You do need to do a little back tracking if you decide to play the 6 extra holes, but there are more than adequate signs to keep you on the right track.
The fairways are mowed (but relatively narrow)
Has some of the roughest 'rough' you will ever see. If you miss your line, the course punishes you not by sending you to jail, but 'federal pound me in the A$$ penitentiary. Some would say this is a con but it really ads to the excitement of the course.
There are a few downhill bomber holes, but they really require some finesse as well.
Cons: BUGS BUGS BUGS!! I have NEVER been one to complain about bug bites but there are times when on this course where you really feel like you have to rush your putts just to get on and get moving because those mosquito are RELENTLESS!
Don't try to play this one alone. My brother and I played this one and sent one of us about half way through each fairway to have a spotter on the disc. I'm sure that we were just being paranoid but it really helped, and would suggest it to anyone trying to play because it gets THICK if you get off the fairway.
Other Thoughts: It is an awesome course that really has a sense of seclusion to it. There was 1 other car in the parking lot when we played and they said that they were out of towners as well. There is a sign in sheet and scorecards with maps at the kiosk before the first hole that really adds to the experience. Looked like a pretty diverse group has played the course.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Terrific variety, and a rare level of seclusion. Good tee signs and color-coded posts for blue and red tees. Other signs posted help navigation.
Hole 6 is a design triumph; a 'compound hole' with a short and straight uphill slope leading to a plateau with Flip City type stacked rocks and a terrific vista of the Straits of Mackinac. Hole 15 is another hilltop plateau hole with similar views.
Downhill ski hill holes differ from each other significantly, with 9 being a wide-open 600' crusher hole, and F being a tight dogleg left with tree obstacles.
Holes 1 and 2 are shorter holes in dense woods that differ significantly from the other holes, but being in the minority, they are a welcome contrast.
Holes 16-18 differ from the rest by having nicely mowed fairways and rough areas with heavy brush. 16 has a slightly elevated tee.
Many unique and terrific holes. 24 Holes equals two full hours of disc golf.
Cons: Some tough navigation finding and playing the alternates, with some backtracking involved.
The bugs are so bad here (biting flies and mosquitos), that you will finish quickly, or else. They even follow you out into the open sun.
Thick cover on many holes (12, 13, F, 9) means you will lose a disc, not just 'maybe'. Long pants are recommended for walking through rough to find your disc.
Tee pads are natural, but are better than most because of rough, gravelly soil. However, cement tees would help a bit.
A slight majority of holes (especially the alternates) are so-so woods holes. Quite a few shorter holes on the front nine.
Other Thoughts: The only course to give that unmistakeable U.P. smoked whitefish-and-Gordon Lightfoot vibe (The Tailings, a new course in Iron River, is a couple of hours away).
Lots of flora and fauna, with deer, ravens, mating butterflies and brilliantly colored wildflowers.
An ideal location a couple of hundred feet off of US-2. A few miles west of the city of St. Ignace.
Great stopping point for Detroit or GR to Marquette travellers.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Scorecards and sign-in sheet right in the parking lot.
- decent signs telling you were to go
- nice variety( Some straight tight shots, open to wooded, wooded to open, uphill, downhill, left and right.)
-a few interesting holes like C(very wooded and tight "L" shaped fairway or D(tight and wooded elongated "S" fairway. I also enjoyed F it was a downhill shot threw the woods with small islands of trees scattering the fairway
- grass is being planted on hole 18(looks real nice already)
- Course utilizes the land quite well
- Very Secluded, yet easy to find(northbound take a left of Hwy 2 just out side on St. Ignace and its ur first drive way on the right)
Cons: - natural tees most were good but a few were bad.
- hole 16 just didn't seem to fit, it was just wide open.
- Some of the rough perticularly on 9 needs to be trimmed a lil' bit(i lost my disc on the hillside by the lifts)
-no portapotties or bathrooms on site
Other Thoughts: Even tho i lost my disc, i really enjoyed St. Ignac and do believe that it is the Up's best.
With that being said i can oly give it a 3.5 cause some holes need refinement, the course is lacking any water in play, no restrooms on site and no concrete tee pads....
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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