Very Pleasantly Surprised
Aesthetic-- plays around a school and through an athletic field over a creek and through some woods. Being this close to a school and the apartments, I'm sure errant throws and people walking through will occur.
Teepads-- good and bad here. the front 9 is concrete where the back 9 is dirt. the back 9 are seriously rutted out in most places.
Teesigns-- again good and bad here. the teesigns on the front 9 are extremely nice. distances, par, hole # great!!. back 9, not so much, marked by dueling posts (in most places) the locals MAY have sharpied the info on the poles, and they may not have.
Variety/Challenge-- there is a ton of variety here. very short, longer, lefts, rights, water, meadow shots... seriously a LOT of dg in a very small course.
Risk v Reward-- the creek provides a beautiful backdrop to a lot of the holes here.and provides some risk when throwing over it!
Baskets-- nice. all here and in good shape. BRIGHT orange bands help with visibility.
Blind shots-- nice, in comparison to lumberjack, the baskets are more hidden for sure here.
Back 9-- very short holes(in most cases) and shared baskets (and fairways) with the front 9 could cause a lot of confusion/congestion/crossfire issues.
Uncontrollables-- wet and bugs. I'm sure as the summer progresses, they get worse.
It's odd, but I really almost liked this course more than lumberjack. one of two really good 9-hole courses I played this day.
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Pros: I'll start off by mentioning that I host regular events on this course including league and tourneys.
~ Concrete Teepads on the front 9 are large and Hole Signage is pretty great! (except for the vandalism)
~ Well defined fairways make navigating easy on the front 9
~ Interesting mix of holes will have you throwing different shots
~ Great Baskets, Plenty of Benches and Trash Cans, Shade!
~Hole 1 starts at the parking lot and whether you play 9 or 18, you will finish at the parking lot
~ Minor elevation changes are used well on this course
~ Definately a course to take your family to (stroller friendly)
Cons: ~ Back Nine Holes use same baskets at front nine, but alternate natural teepads marked by posts in the ground - vandalism has occured and some posts were removed from holes completely
~ Back Nine can be confusing to follow for a first time visitor, pathways exist, but no directional signage or course map on location, so find a local guide (Me)
~ Back Nine fairways can cross Front Nine fairways, so please be watchful for other disc golfers
~ The course sits really close to a residential area (apartment complexes) which is off to the right side of holes 1, 2, and 3.... a very errant throw to the right could end up in some interesting spots.
Other Thoughts: This course is a fantastic play. Shorter distances but technical shots are required to make some birdies.
The water hazard holes have a seasonal water runoff that runs through the property. Spring Thaw can get the water pretty high and fast moving, but is pretty dried up during the summer months (June through August).
I work on maintaining this course through the local disc golf club and there are plans to put in pavers for teepads and new signage for the Back Nine Holes. I will continue to update my review as necessary.
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Pros: -Nice tees
-Oh man, the signage. Aside from hole 6, which was broken (I repaired it to some small extent) the signs were everything you could ask for. Visible, descriptive, and containing maps, distance, and sponsorship. Some of the best I've seen.
-A nice mix of shots. A few open distance shots in the field. Small windows to shoot through, hyzers into the woods. S-lines across well shaped fairways.
-Good flow. It was always clear where to go.
-Seemed well maintained.
Cons: -Crowded. Not on the course, but around it. The first few holes you're shooting alongside what appeared to be an apartment complex, definitely in danger of being hit with a bad shank. There was a wooden barrier on the first hole, but wild shots could certainly hit a parked car, a building, or a resident. The danger gets slightly better later on, but with all the residences, and the ACES Academy nearby, you never feel secluded and should certainly keep an eye out.
-No really tight fairways, some nice tight windows on a couple holes, but if you're looking for a narrow line to surgically weave your discs through, you're at the wrong park.
-Some trash. With all the residences and the school nearby, this'll probably remain an issue.
-No indication of reputed "Back 9"
Other Thoughts: This is a really good 9 hole course. I found it odd that in northeastern Michigan, with all this undeveloped land, that the best course is right within the town limits of Michigan's Advenshore, Alpena. Nonetheless, it was quite an enjoyable play, and I would have made it back for another round had life not intervened. I was sad to read that there was supposed to be a "Back 9" setup, as I did not notice in time to play it, but could certainly see how the layout could be give me another good game in a different configuration. Hopefully their sponsors can erect a course information sign that would make you aware, even if they can't fund another 9 concrete tees with signs. Speaking of sponsors, I enjoyed seeing the local businesses helping to fund the tees and signs. It warmed my heart to see a community come together to enrich themselves, and the general public. I would certainly patronize those businesses should I have opportunity to do business is Alpena again. This course is a nice counterbalance to the sprawling roughness of Lumberjack Meadows, and is a credit to the town.
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