2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very little traffic.
Lots of trees to practice lines.
The Railroad tracks are pretty cool.
Every pad had a marker with distance. Was able to navigate pretty easily.
Cons: Zero elevation change.
Pretty short course, lots of ace runs.
Pads are narrow. They are long though which is more important in my opinion.
9 baskets, some of which are pretty shabby and rusty.
Other Thoughts: Some other reviews said the dual tees were redundant but I think they add enough variation to justify their usage. I last played here five years ago and the one thing I remembered was the park was covered with black squirrels. Glad to report they are still thriving. This is a short course, good for a quick round. You can play this and Wagner around the corner in a few hours.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Simple, yet effective
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great setting; clean, quiet, city park in suburban USA - well maintained and easy to get to with plenty of parking.
• Makes great use a moderately wooded section of the park to provide some challenging holes; fairways require decent accuracy off the tee, but are open enough for a good rip. Several trees figure prominently on every hole, emphasizing shot shaping.
• Not a just pitch'n'putt, has a nice mix of distances - over half the holes exceed 300' with couple topping 400 ft.
• While this set-up with 18 tees and only 9 baskets is less than optimal, the dual pads really do make the most of 9 baskets and IMO is executed quite well to provide significantly different looks, and often have you throwing completely different discs/shots at the same basket, to provide a full round of 18.
• Simple wooden tee posts installed in the past couple of years show distance and direction and REALLY improve getting from hole to hole. (May not seem like much, but finding the next tee was a significant shortcoming on this course).
• Short walk to next tee - great for squeezing in a quick 9 or 18 hole round if you're tight on time and traffic is light (weekday afternoons, evenings).
• No nasty underbrush.
Cons: Formally posted on a couple of signs near the course: NO DISC GOLF12-4 PM the 1st weekend of each month (see Other Thoughts).
• I don't mind fly pads: they provide sure footing and prevent the tee area from getting worn out - they can't do either if they're missing chunks and are badly torn up (which a few of them are). Players could easily catch an edge and take a spill on a drive if they're not careful.
• Missing tee posts for holes: 8, 11, and 13. Doesn't look like they were broken or stolen, there's no indication they were ever installed.
• Most holes are relatively straight, requiring only moderate amounts of hyzer or annie. Can feel repetitive by the time you get to the 2nd round for holes 10-18. They could have worked in some more extreme curves.
• Dual tees makes more efficient use of baskets, but it can mean you have to wait a bit: you step up to tee 10, only to find you have to wait for some players to finish on hole 1.
• Completely flat (not that you can do much about it).
Other Thoughts: Recently added Tee markers really enhance navigation, and concrete pads are a big improvement over the old, chopped up fly pads.
Starr-Jaycee is a solid course and pairs well with Wagner (1.25 miles away) for nice day's discing. They really made the most given the available land and the need to co-exist with other park activities. Course isn't on land dedicated to disc golf, but is fairly well isolated from most other park activities in a multi-use city park that gets decent traffic (just watch out for people around the pavilion when playing holes 8 & 17).
Miniature train tracks run throughout the heart of the course. DG is prohibited a couple of afternoons a month so kids can ride the trains. Sometimes I think the old guys who drive (and maintain) the trains enjoy it more than the kids do! All they're asking for is a couple of afternoons a month. The least we can do is respect that - it's their park, too. Kudos to the City of Royal Oak for having the cajones to set some rules and avoid some of the safety issues that often plague similar multi-use park settings.
There's a pavilion with bathrooms near the course, but they were locked last couple of times I played (weekday evenings).
Convenience store a few blocks away sells discs and typical snacks/drinks. Lots of eateries nearby.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Some challenging holes
i prefer rubber tees (although these need a little work)
nice length on the holes
some ace opts
Cons: lots of leaves in the spring and fall hard to find discs they get buried.
If you over drive some holes you end up in traffic.
NEEDS SOME TLC 1st hole was missing chains last time i played maybe a month ago
Other Thoughts: Nice course with a decent location needs some love. Some times you have to deal with little kids.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Loneliest Park in Suburban Detroit
Pros: A very challenging, suburban-park based, under-rated & forgotten golf-course.
Good variety of short-long.
Most fair-ways are defined, even with the boat-load of trees. Pretty logical the rest of the time.
Mini-railroad is SWEET...
Works every crazy shot in the game.
Cons: VERY wet in the off-season.
Lots of leaves in EVERY season.
Not even close to enough trash-cans. Even without the disc-golf.
Can get busy.
Beware the local Fencing Club.
Other Thoughts: When time is of the essence, play Starr.
Starr is soooooo old. A Classic. The 'Dog-Town' of Mid-West disc-golf.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a fun and fairly easy course only obstacles are mature trees, nice variety of holes for a nine hole course, clean park with bathrooms although they were locked when I was there, hole numbers and distances are painted on tee pads, Discraft baskets, pretty long holes for a short course ranging from high 200's to high 300's, great place to take beginners, shelter and picnic tables, no place to loose a disc
Cons: Dual tee pads are a little confusing your first time through, only sign is at hole #1, not very challenging, completely flat, 9 baskets,
Other Thoughts: Hole #1 starts past the shelter on the right side look for sign
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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