5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has an amazingly private feel to it even though it's very popular and has many players pass through daily. The entire course greatly utilizes the areas elevation and TONS of trees/ foliage, making it very challenging but loads of fun.
Each 9 hole segment is built like a stand-alone course with very well done layouts that always bring you back around to the parking lot. They are all very simple to follow and even first timers shouldn't get lost.
The course demands you to bring out every shot you can command, from deep hyzers, S-shots, annies, rollers.... it's all useful here! Hole length varies from ace runs to deep bombs with tight alleys to hit.
The main teepads are cement and in great shape; there are shorter dirt pads which I assume are for the ladies. Signs give basic information for the hole and the double chain baskets are in good shape and easy to spot.
TWO practice baskets, can be found just down into the woods by the #10 tee. They are numbered but don't worry, they are for practice.
Plenty of seating areas all over and there are trash cans and a port-a-potty next to the parking lot.
I definitely got a kick out of the amusing lawn ornaments scattered throughout the course. I don't know if the headless thing was done pre-course placing or what but those kind of give off a funny but creepy vibe for being in the middle of the woods
Cons: I would like the teesigns to include a detailed map since multiple holes require blind drives. I know this is not a necessary addition but it would definitely make this course even nicer!
A sign or course map next to the parking lot would be nice as well since I had to ask a local to point me in the right direction (the Deep 9 can be a little tricky to find).
Maybe a little less clutter around the parking lot... but again, minor details.
Other Thoughts: Since it seems many people miss the Deep 9 (easy to do), here's a hint: When you approach the tee for Hole #10, there is a trail just to the right of it with a sign on a tree that says "Deep 9" ... follow that path and voila, there is the first teepad!
I gave this course a 4.0 rating because it really is an excellent course, there is no other way to put it. I would like to see a couple of amenity additions be added to really make it a top notch course, but it the difficulty is high and the fun factor is very high, so quit reading me review and get out to this course ASAP!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: nice tees
place to throw away garbage
great people always out and about
course is easy to follow whether you play the first 18 or the deep 9
Cons: bugs but hey were in MI get use to it
Other Thoughts: can be busy at times...that's ok though
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: +Cement tees! - most have brooms!
+Look around, really nice, lots of trees!
+Baskets are nice
+Great course layout
+The deep 9 is one of my favorite spots to play ever!
+Great to play when the weather isn't so good because of the tree coverage
+Broken up into the front 9, the back 9 and the deep 9, what a treat! I love the deep 9!
Whats cool about this is they all loop back to the parking lot so you can mix and match which 9 or 9's to play!
+Sooo many good holes, what a great mix
of placement type to driving type, backhands, sidearms, thumbers, rollers, its pretty cool
+lots of benches and trash cans
+Really took advantage of the landscape with great tee to basket placements!
+Not far off the highway and food and gas are not to far either
+I have played here many times and often it seems there is someone on just about every hole!
+Great chances for an ace
Cons: Too many people! Ha!
Other Thoughts: ^They are adding on, that is aWeSoMe!
^Hikeing shoes, bug spray.
^Have seen all kinds of wildlife, really cool!
^Places to sit at every hole
^One of my favorite places to play, good place to break in new discs
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Technical course, a good challenge cut out of a forest. I enjoyed the little tree "structures" around the course and the little statues left had a surreal feel to them.
Cons: Some of the holes are ridiculously hard, but other than that I enjoyed my round here.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nicely laid out course. There's 3 9 hole loops to play that all come back to the parking lot. The first 18 are relitivly shorter holes with some difficult lines to follow adding a nice degree of difficulty. Built in a nice forest so there's a lot of trees to get by, but it makes the course look stunning. Deep 9 are longer holes with a bit fewer trees, but there's still the degree of difficulty that the trees create.
Cons: Lots of trees. If you hit trees often, you're going to hit them a lot more often here. Not a place for Dx or Pro D plastic. All the holes have a similar feel to them due to the same trees around. Only one hole feels different when there's a slight feild shot in the deep 9. Lots of downed trees laying around off the fairway so if a disc bounces off into it, you might just end up twisting your ankle.
Other Thoughts: Difficult course. I like it for the degree of difficulty it offers. Well planned out course layout. Another thing I noticed was there were always headless little lawn statues creeping me out. One of the heads ended up on top of a basket with a swastika painted on it's forehead. Creepy... But funny in a way.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a giant, wooded park, completely devoted to disc golf. Each 9 is a separate loop to customize your round.
- Biggest pro here is the constant challenge of shaping lines. From start to finish, an endless supply of pine trees and other typical foliage are present off the tee, in the fairway, and near the basket. The looks are fair, with well defined paths to take to the basket, but there are many spots where the line must be shaped from start to finish.
- Some fantastic shots here, with a plethora of various tunnels, hyzers, and anhyzers, and more if you got it. #2 Deep has a double teepad allowing for a big hyzer or anhyzer, extremely unique and enjoyable. #6 Deep is a true par 4, pretty much the whole deep 9 is great. Decent elevation changes in some spots as well.
- Awesome variety of hole length, with over 6 around 200', 7 over 350', and a lot in between. The break-up of each section lets people pick and choose in a good way; the front 18 are generally on the shorter side, with the deep 9 providing a lot of the distance. This also holds true with the difficulty, with the deep 9 designed for the more experienced players.
- Some tricky basket placements, due to sloped greens or other obstacles. Good shot placement off the tee can be critical on these holes.
- Signage isn't too bad, navigation on the holes and the course isn't too tricky. Good baskets, and good teepads.
Cons: - Obvious con at this course is the similar terrain. While the holes themselves feel different, the look is the same, the obstacles are the same, and the hazards are more or less the same (there is rough in places). If this isn't your type of golf then it's gotta be murder.
- A lot of short holes overall, so the difficulty factor is probably lacking for some. Tough lines for the most part, but it might be a bunch of approach shots for the big arms.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, a solid course that demands accuracy on every throw. Tight pine tree lanes of all variety, noticeable elevation changes, and a wide range of difficulty. Beginners may find the lines too tight, with too many trees, and experts may desire some more length, but there is something for everyone.
- I would put the front 18 at a 3.5, but the deep 9 easily bump it up to a 4, almost a 4.5.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Whitehall, public but with many of the trappings of a top-notch private course, provides 27 holes of solid discin' set in moderately forested, moderately hilly terrain. Pines, both mature and young, mix with various deciduous trees throughout. Schule is minimal to non-existant: although the trees are numerous enough to create awesomely tight holes, little to no undergrowth impedes the round. The course is largley clear of the debris of fallen limbs, etc. giving the course a very clean and neatly groomed appearance. The park space seemed wholly disc golf dedicated. Distances vary from 187- 650'.
- Whitehall is comprised of three separate nine hole "loops," with each "loop" ending back at the parking lot. As one enters the park, the front nine is on the right with both the back nine and "Deep Nine" to the left.
- Elevation and vegetation are used to full potential. No major elevation changes, but enough throughout to keep the fun factor high. The fairways, defined by trees, are fair and spacious in places, but tight enough in others to be considered extremely technical, especially as the course progresses. Many holes offer multiple routes. Deep #2 goes so far as to have a dual tee and dual fairway, each route offering its own unique set of risk/reward.
- Amenities, details, upkeep and grooming. The people taking care of Whitehall are ahead of the curve. Besides the basics of deeply brushed, level, wide, long, grippy concrete tees (on the pros), descriptive and consistant signage, and solid baskets, Whitehall one-ups most other courses with brooms, patio furniture or benches, cans for cigarette butts, and large plastic trash barrels on most holes. Port-a-john in the parking lot. Chill spots, wooden indian statues, guardian frogs, defaced maiden statues and twin pink horses dot parts of the Deep Nine.
Cons: - #4's am tee was basically a pile of broken glass, the only part of the course to suffer any such treatment.
- Someone defaced a few of the maiden statues, albeit in a grudgingly humorous manner.
- The am and Deep Nine tees are above-average natural dirt tees, although I'd hesitate to consider this much of a drawback.
Other Thoughts: - A touch repetitive in places, in that you're getting a bunch of really awesome variations on the same theme, more or less. Personally, I could play Whitehall all day every day, but I prefer tightly wooded technical holes over bomber style courses. I do wish more of the course was like D6, easily the signature hole.
- Twenty-seven holes of Goodness. God Bless America for Michigan Disc Golf!
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Excellent upkeep. Regulars take excellent care of this course and there is a broom and garbage at every tee pad.
Variety. There are a lot of different shots needed at this course. From accuracy shots through thick woods with narrow fairways, to wider open shots along the powerlines.
Location. Love the fact that this is a disc only course. no sharing the course with picnickers and other yahoos doing non-disc things.
Cons: needs updated tee signage at some point. Other than that, no issues.
Other Thoughts: As a beginner this course has a little bit of everything. I love variety, it gives me a chance to work on every type of shot I need to improve my game.
This course is five minutes away from my home town of Montague and there is a ton of family and friends in the area which makes it even more attractive to go home.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Easy to follow, there is no way you will get lost. Nice cement tee pads. after each group of nine holes you come out to the parking lot so you can play them in any order. first 18 holes are all fairly short and technical. decent variety, You have to go left and right. difficult but not impossible, each group of 9 gets harder. Pretty hard to lose discs here.
some holes that I really liked:
16: 355' downhill shot. a few different lanes, you can throw FH or BH.
D2: the most unique hole I've played at any course. It's set in part of the forest that looks like there was a fire (trees are all charred and black). There is a sort of "double" tee pad, and 2 distinct fairways so you can take a FH or BH shot or hyzer/anhyzer.
so many trees that if you get off the fairway it's quite frustrating. While the shape of the shot changes a lot, the terrain stays the same throughout the first 18. There is no water, which to some people is a con.
overall I think this course could be improved by removing a few trees. I get that It's supposed to be tight and difficult but it might be overdone a bit.
Hole I dislike
D6: 650'. It is really long but there are too many trees to really bomb it.
Other Thoughts: EDIT: The Deep nine has cement tee pads now. I bump my rating from 3.5 to 4
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very nice course overall, great example of a Michigan woods course. Benches, signs, and nice cement at every hole. This course is very well maintained, and provides a variety of shots for all players. Three nines all start by the parking lot, so it can be played a variety of ways. Great putting area between holes 10 and 18 by the parking lot.
Cons: Some people might have a problem with this course never leaving the woods. All shots have a fairway, but none are without constrictions. Deep Nine might not be for novice or beginner players.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite Michigan courses. I got my first ace on hole 6, my first time playing the course. I have seen the course develop and change into a fantastic 27 holes. The variety of shots throughout the course gives everyone a challenge. The newest addition of the "deep nine" has great character and is far more challenging than the traditional front and back 9. Its location to the highway makes it a great stop on the way to other awesome near by courses (Flip City, Mason County, etc..).
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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