whats to hate here?
Pros: great open shots and good use of dog legs both left and right. long bombs and short holes mixed nicely. even having to shoot the course backwards, it was still a good redirect from the original hole. i loved playing here when i lived up there.
Cons: could use a bit of signage directing you to the next holes. at times i could use a mow but nothing to bad.
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Best 9 hole course I've played
Pros: Beautiful signage on the front 9, including distance, hole diagram, and local course sponsor.
Bugs were not an issue.
Excellent concrete tees.
Water hazzards on 1/3 of the course.
Nice rolling landscape which is both accessible and challenging at the same time.
Well manicured fairways which were very tight, and excellent basket positioning.
A very friendly flow to the course, with benches and trash bins aplenty. Incidental amenities like colorful birdhouses in the forested areas add to the pleasant character of the course.
Cons: "Back 9" tee signage nothing more than posts, with only a hole number, and lack meaningful next tee signage.
Back 9 tees natural, not concrete.
All holes but one favor a RHBH thrower.
Since it is only 9 holes, it would have been nice to have more than just the one hole > 400 ft.
Other Thoughts: This course was a welcome surprise, and a refreshing change after playing Lumberjack Meadows, which is *very rough* around the edges. These two courses' strengths complement each other well.
This course has wonderful individual holes. The flow, however, would be improved if there was a better balance between left/straight/right turns. This RHBH bias was somewhat compensated for by the 3 legitimate water holes. Hole 6 was my favorite design. A beautiful looking hole with great water and an unforgiving rough.
I wanted to play the back 9, or even the front 9 again, but we ran out of time. I was especially interested in the back 9 as it is not just as simple as playing the same holes again from AM tees. Hole 10 throws at basket 2, not basket 1, so not only do you conveniently end with 18 throwing at basket 1 but you are often coming at the baskets from completely different directions. So while the back 9 tees are shorter in general, it doesn't seem so much like the same holes a second time. This is something of a double edged sword, as back 9 players can criss cross front 9 rounds. Paying attention is a must.
From a design and aesthetic feel, this is the best 9 hole course I've ever played. There isn't much around Alpena, so coming here to play disc golf is a bit of a chore, but two great courses not even 2 miles apart is a compelling reason to make the trip.
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