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Good College Course
Pros: This course hidden away on the campus of Oakland University provides an interesting variety of shots in both open and moderately wooded setting.
Cons: Temporary construction has made a mess of the area surrounding the course. Navigating from one hole to the next can be a little perplexing at times. Many of the shots require a little scouting ahead to find the chains. A little too many blind shots, but not so much as to ruin the round. Overgrowth does seem to be a problem on few holes especially in the back nine.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't make the trip just for this course, but if you're stuck on campus with a couple hours or so to kill, this course will meet your needs. Reminder campus police are a very visible presence: No alcohol, smoking, or concealed carry on campus.
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Pros: OK signage; painted rocks w/hole # and distance. The best were the smaller rocks pointing you to the next tee on some confusing walks between holes.
Trash cans for litter and as a result a very clean course. Very well maintained by campus grounds.
Some very interesting shots spattered throughout - a 90 degree hook left downhill on the back nine, a long roller on the front.
Great lines on almost every hole make your good drives look GREAT. Free for everyone!
Cons: Tee pads - Wooden boxes with rubber toppers covered with sand. VERY slippery and that's not something you need to be thinking about when planning your drive. I think even just the wooden boxes would be better than what's currently there.
Close placement of holes (especially on the front nine) have you in danger of flying discs. I had one come through a patch of trees and whiz by my head, and i was maybe ten feet off of the fairway.
The holes zig-zag so you just feel like you're walking back and forth over the same piece of land. You can see the following hole's basket from your current hole's teebox. This occurs only on the front nine; the back is layed out much nicer. Rough rough on a few holes (back 9) can have you digging.
Construction around course and you park next to the site, so dust is flying in and this can affect you especially on the first and last holes, nearest to the lot. This of course is a temporary inconvenience.
Other Thoughts: Decent/Typical course so I gave it 2.5 rating. Nothing to fall in love with, but nothing to spit at, either.
Overall, I came away with a very disjointed feeling about Grizzly Oaks. The front at back nine are almost completely different, affecting the overall flow of the course. You've heard the term "a collection of songs, rather than an album"? Well this is a collection of holes, rather than a course.
While the layout varied, the overall look of the course was very static, like someone just took a brush cutter and carved some lanes out of a sprawling field.
I would play this course again, and invite you to as well. Not too shabby.
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