2 Helpful / 2 Not
Links on the Lakeshore
Pros: This course provides a great amount of variety and requires a handful of shots. It plays through 3 sets of woods, open fields, and has great elevation. With its location to Lake Michigan the winds and climate can provide a good challenge. Multiple pin positions on 6 holes give the course a nice change for regulars. A trail runs through the course that will take you to the beach after a hot summer round.
Cons: This course can be very windy because of it's on the shore of Lake Michigan. Lack of maps and directional arrows make it very easy to get lost the first time you are there. There are OBs on all but 3 holes which can be humbling. Be aware of pedestrians on the many paths that cross the course. Constant vandalism devalues the course.
Other Thoughts: This is my "home" course and I couldn't be happier. I played this course right after the baskets went up, and have watched it grow and change into what it is today. I play this course as much as I can, and it always provides a good challenge. I feel that Shore Acres DGC and Fallasburg in Lowell are some of the best in the Grand Rapids/West Michigan area. This course is also great for glow rounds, and summer rounds with its location to the beach.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: One of few Michigan lakeshore disc golf courses. Work done since 2009 has significantly improved the course, with very nice cement tees, good signs, and some redesigned holes. Excellent chainstar baskets.
Hole 14 is now the signature long hole, but many other holes are entertaining (wooded holes 4 through 6), and Hole 12, which is a park hole in the style of Hudson Mills Original. Hole 18 is a tough but reasonable tunnel hole. Lots of holes have tricky narrow paths. Also now has a few benches.
Cons: Was quite busy when I was there. Still a couple of cheap holes. Needs some finishing, but has come a long way in a short time. Some pin position changes not noted on signs (Holes 10, 14 and 18 were longer than posted distances in July 2011).
Other Thoughts: Course goes through three areas in Shore Acres park (not State Park); Short grass with large solitary tree obstacles, holes along the perimeter of a neighboring forest, and meadow holes through recently cleaned up sandy areas. Forest bordering course area is beautiful and lush, should be great in fall. Mansion next door looks like something from a Scooby Doo cartoon.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun course with a mix of longer "let it fly" holes and some very technical holes. Each hole is very unique.
Cons: Some holes are so wooded that luck can supersede skill (5, 9 & 17). Poorly marked as it's a new course so make sure you trust the map that is available under the links tab. Be careful throwing the hammer as two discs from our group got caught up in trees (especially on hole 17). Not sure that each hole should be considered a par 3 - that just seemed like the easy way out for designating the difficulty of each hole.
Other Thoughts: Follow signs for the Felt Mansion Restoration project. 1st tee is at the base of the mansion by the soccer field. No trash cans on course but there are a few trash bags tied to fences at some tee boxes. I would avoid the rubber tees as they are extremely slippery with the sand. Overall a very fun and challenging course. 1st few holes have wooden stakes marking tees but the remainder have small orange flags marking tees. Print out the map prior to playing. Water really only comes into play with a wayward approach on 12 & tee shot on 13. Note: do not confuse #4 with #8 and #11 crosses the path - throw toward the sand and the tee is tucked behind the two big trees (don't walk all the way across the dune to the 14th tee like we did).
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: 5 minute walk to beach. Scenic. Close to my house.
Other Thoughts: Shore Acres has come along way in less then a year. Cement tee pads are on 2/3 of course. With the rest coming soon.New map layout is posted you may need it.
Course has turned into a good mix of open hucking shots to nice wooded holes.
There is quite a few elevation changes.
Come play one of Michigan's newest and scenic courses.
1 of 16 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Lots of Potential
Pros: Interesting terrain and usage of available property, including forest, sand dunes, open grasslands, large old trees, and one small nasty looking pond (which comes into play on a few holes). Good creative hole placement which gives plenty of opportunities for using every shot in your arsenal, left and right handed holes in fair proportions, several holes that reward precision and several holes with opportunities to 'let it fly' and multiple risk/reward choices throughout.
Cons: Rubber tee pads presently, that, when mixed with the sandy terrain make for very slippery footing. Very confusing layout at times, much better signage and/or maps would be nice. Course is not designed well for playing 9 or 18, as the front nine leaves you quite a distance from the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Scenic, and well worth a return trip. Nice to see a disc course in this under-utilized corner of Michigan. Portapotty at the first hole. Wear good shoes, because there are prickly pear cactus all over the place on this course, and the 'rough' on the wooded holes is brutal.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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