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Grand Rapids, MI
Earl W. Brewer Park - Gold Share
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3 / 310ft. Par / Distance:
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 Best of the bunch

1    3/10/2012   3/18/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 747  Reviewed: 747  Exp: 12.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through mostly open areas with enough brush to make you hit your landing zones or end up in trouble. This is the only one of the four loops here that punishes errant shots, you can get into some pretty thick rough on several of the holes. There is a little length on this course, offering a few holes over 300', as well as a couple shots that use some gradual elevation changes. The signage is adequate, with hole layout and distance, and the concrete tees are fine. The baskets are older, but serviceable.
Cons: The final 4 holes play back and forth in a small area. I saw several shots go on adjacent fairways, and a couple that made it 2 holes away. With the popularity of these courses with less experienced players, the proximity of these holes could be a serious safety issue. These 4 holes also are in a low area that seems to flood, there was a lot of standing water both times I visited. The road comes into play on a few holes, that could be a minor issue especially on a windy day. This course feels pretty open and doesn't really make you hit specific lines on most of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course a little longer and more punitive than the other loops here, but it's still not so difficult it will frustrate new throwers. More experienced players will enjoy the opportunity to throw some longer shots than the blue and white courses allow, but it doesn't test a whole lot of different skills. I enjoyed the complex with 4 loops off the same parking lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Long Drive

2-4    7/3/2011   12/2/2011
Review By: myhouseinthewoods
Played: 13  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 3.8 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Long Drives which can make this course a challenge to people who want it
Theres a guy who takes care of the whole park
Cons: This place can get busy, alot of times during when its a nice warm day in the summer
Other Thoughts: There is a guy who goes around who collects cans

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Golden of a Course

1    6/20/2011   6/20/2011
Review By: jarnson
Played: 25  Reviewed: 25  Exp: 3.9 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Good solid 9-holes, some variation among the shape of the fairway, but for the most part, the obstacles on the fairway is where it gets challenging.
- Roughly all the holes are over 300ft. with hole 2 past 500ft.
- Last few holes take you into the trees and brush a bit.
- Provides a good challenge, a really good course for distance, with a slight effect of trees.
- Good tees, cement, with posts labeling the hole, map, distance, and a trash can (or bucket).
- Picnic tables at a couple of the holes.
- The baskets are in good conditions, a few rusted, but overall great.
- Bathrooms near the course.
Cons: - Too much brush, so you should expect to search a bit once you enter the trees and brush.
- When hot and wet, the area can get muggy and playing can get a little bothersome. Don't let it get you down.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, a great distance course, but compared to Blue or Red, not as good.
- Again, with all four of the courses, smoking and drinking is allowed. Crowds not so much on Gold, which can be a good thing.

*NOTE: bring crappy discs, or work on hyzing. You WILL need straight shots to avoid the brush.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 

1    6/15/2011   6/16/2011
Review By: Gyro
Played: 17  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 3.1 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The best of the 4 at Earl Brewer Park. A little more open and allows to you air it out a bit more.

Tee pads - good
Baskets - ok
Signs - ok
Cons: Very busy, and you have to be careful to watch for crazy discs flying at you. Very easy to lose discs here as well.
Other Thoughts: If your in GR it is worth the stop, but the park is way to busy and the quality is not all that high to make it a destination.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Brewer-Gold

5+    5/8/2011   5/8/2011
Review By: E-man
Played: 22  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 4.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Brewer Gold offers holes with a fair amount of distance. All but two are over 300 feet, and one is just over 500 feet. Ever so slight elevation changes are present in holes 1-5. These, along with one very sharp right dogleg, create a few blind holes. Fairways are well defined with punishing rough throughout. A couple of protected baskets add a challenge. One by a large, disc eating bush and the other nestled between some trees/bushes.

-Signs/Teepads/Baskets: Basic signs provide hole number and distance on all holes. Concrete tees are in good shape. Aside from hole #1s "rustbucket", baskets are in decent shape. Garbage buckets are near most tees, and a couple of picnic tables provide rest spots.

Gold is generally the least busy of the four 9-holers on site at Brewer Park, which is a multi-purpose park but the disc golf area is in the back and dedicated only to disc golf. That is a huge pro to me.


Cons: It is very open, so it favors throwing far over line shaping. This also makes it somewhat boring to me. The flow from hole 1 to 2 is bad. You have to backtrack slightly. A few holes play along/near the main road in and out of the park, so exercise caution.

The rough here is mostly in the form of thigh-high grass in the summer. Some discs may go in and never come out.

Holes 6-9 are set down lower than the rest of the course and can hold water for a very long time. Its not uncommon to have areas of standing water in mid summer.
Other Thoughts: Not my favorite (White, in my opinion) of the four 9-hole courses on site at Brewer, but it does offer a different type of play than the other three. In fact, all four are different and can be fun in their own way. The park is just east of US-131 and is worth a look from anyone passing through Grand Rapids. It also has playgrounds, soccer fields, and a few porta-johns in the front of the park. Spinski's Disc Golf Pro Shop is right around the corner near 76th & Division.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Gold 9

5+    11/17/2010   11/17/2010
Review By: Terry C
Played: 48  Reviewed: 26  Exp: 17.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -cement pads
-Teesigns, old but okay
-garbage bins on most holes.
-nice mix of holes, 1-4 are big bomber holes,5-9 are more in a small cove that has very thick rough surrounding it, it offers a seperate challenge from the first portion of the course.
-Several holes have big distance, Hole 2 is about 600 feet with a row of trees along one side and rough to the other, this is probably the signature hole for this 9.
Cons: -second half of the course in the cove gets really flooded early in the year and stays that way for about half the summer.
-After playing hole 1 you have to backtrack to hole 2's teepad, kind of a crappy design that makes you have to wait for groups ahead of you to move further on before you can throw.
-several holes play along a busy road, the only road in and out of the park.
-several holes have very unkept roughs to the sides of the fairways, on a few holes if you shank into the rough theres no way your getting your disc back.
Other Thoughts: This is probably the funnest of the 9's at brewer park. It has a good mix of open fairways with lots of distance required to park shots, you go into a small cove that will force you to throw different shots that are more technical than the begining of the course. If you come to brewer play all 36 holes to get the full effect. Drinking is allowed and brewer gets prety rowdy in the summer months, a lot of people say they wont come because of the overwelming amount of "white trash" and drunken jerkwads who hang out here. Come in the morning if you have kids or want the atmosphere to be more friendly and enjoyable.
The morning is definitely the time to play if you want to play quickly too, at night this whole park gets jammed up and you will be waitng forever behind huge groups on every course here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 typical brewer

1    7/20/2010   9/7/2010
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 194  Reviewed: 191  Exp: 4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
Variety-- There is a decent amount of variety here. Long, Short, straight, doglegs, blind, open. There are a bunch of different shots needed here.

TeePads-- Cement, adequate size.

Challenge-- much more than blue, less than white.

Baskets-- reasonable, and newer than white and blue.
Cons: TeeSigns-- Legible, but hard to follow at times.

Navigation-- hole 1-->2 is a bit difficult, but findable.

Rough-- I personally don't care for brewer's ob's. Long thick swamp grass demands accuracy, or good look mucking through for your disc.
Other Thoughts: This 9 is pretty typical brewer, with a single caveat. This park is virtually empty most of the time. PEOPLE DON'T PLAY THIS NINE. Not sure why, it's probably the second best course here, after white.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 gold

5+    3/25/2011   9/6/2010
Review By: rshrevo
Played: 38  Reviewed: 32  Exp: 17.9 Years
This review was updated on 3/25/2011
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice Mix of long and short holes. challenging shot selection. errant shots can be eaten up by tall grass, bushes or tress. nice open area to throw in. great for just letting go and throwing long bombs on a couple of holes. Easy to navigate to the next hole.
Cons: During wet weather or early spring the last few holes become very swampy and you might need bug spray. second hole is on the other side of the bush you throw around from hole 1 and not visible from the first basket.
Other Thoughts: Nice course overall. not really busy so can play it pretty quickly. good chance to birdie holes on the last couple of holes to try and offset any bogies gathered on the first few holes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 

1    7/21/2010   7/22/2010
Review By: sgamerp
Played: 77  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 6.1 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Some long shots, some hard turns makes for not all easy.
Mostly the least busy of all the 9's.
Trees and bushes are in the way on most shots adding for some tougher shots.
Longer drives(500+)
The last two holes are pretty open making it an easy out.
Cons: the back few holes are pretty mucky and have lots of bugs.
A few holes if you throw in the rough stuf it can be hard to find.
Other Thoughts: My friend found a disc in the mucky tall stuff which is nice. Probably the over all hardest of all the brewer courses.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Solid Gold, Easy Action!!!

2-4    7/18/2010   7/18/2010
Review By: Jukeshoe
Played: 185  Reviewed: 148  Exp: 4.6 Years
This review was updated on 3/20/2012
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -One of the more open courses at the Brewer Park complex. Well-manicured and maintained, this course tests arm and accuracy as you play through mostly grassy areas. Trees, bushes, and slightly longer rough serve up some challenges.
-Adequate signage, concrete tees, and baskets. Flow is obvious and easy to follow, leaving you back at the parking lot near the beginning of the other three courses.
-Good use of the available elevation (which isn't much). Decent mix of holes.
-Four starting points at the complex allow players to choose the least busy course to play, greatly alleviating backups and slow play on this bustling course.
-Decent length holes let experienced players air it out a bit.
Cons: -A couple of the holes play through an area that can become marshy or muddy during wet periods.
Other Thoughts: -Brewer Park is a complex of 36 holes, split into 4 separate 9-holers, each with its own signage and feel. The setup is sort of like a giant clover-leaf, with each course dropping you more or less back at the beginning, ready to head off to another section. Definitely a park to visit if you're in Grand Rapids, although the popularity of this course can make it feel a bit crowded despite the four starting points.
-Alcohol allowed.
-My rating is based on this nine hole course only. If I were to consider all of Brewer Park as one rating, it would easily be a rated higher (in the 3 1/2 disc range).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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