9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course plays along Lake Ovid on a nice segment of state park. The first few holes run you by the beach which is a pretty good way to start the round. The fairways are fairly tight and well mowed here and on the other holes that don't use forest floor for fairway. The course features a good mix of wooded and open terrain as well as elevation. Hills leading up to buckets, hills leading down to buckets, left buckets, and right buckets all form a well varied course. Roughs are tall, but not overwhelmingly thick or dangerous to human skin. Bright coloured discs and skilled shots should suffice, but the luxury of a spotter would certainly be a welcomed amenity for some. Water comes into play on hole 9 which seems to be a fitting signature hole requiring some care to keep discs from the water. Holes feature concrete tee pads and signs with distances. Each tee sign also features a general education blurb with factoids about the particular woodland creature that best represents each individual hole. Examples are Blue Racer, Turkey, Owl Prowl, Black Locust, etc. The course was clean on the day of this review. A trash bag dispensary can be found at the start of the course. Conscientious players can obtain a sack for collecting refuse which can later be dumped in one of the trash bins located along the course. Nice feature. Navigation was generally intuitive with only a few minor hiccups at 8 and 16. The treachery of hole 9 is apparently either oft avoided or accidentally missed as a path is wearing in from 8 basket directly to 10 tee which has the potential to draw a courageous player off course.
Cons: Apart from the slight directional issues in two spots, there aren't many things wrong with the course. The open beach holes were very breezy which is likely a common occurrence there. This factor should be prepared for with a heavy and true disc and enjoyed as a natural nuance that gives the course character. Once within the confines of the woods and up into the hillside, it is barely noticeable to nonexistent.
Other Thoughts: For some intangible reason, Sleepy Hollow does seem to lack the elusive X Factor that would elevate it beyond excellence and above the 4 disc rating. As it stands it teeters on very good to excellent, or 3.5 to 4 discs with a heavy lean toward the 4 disc status. It ultimately earns excellence with its charm and is well worth a play and even worth a bit of travel for the enthusiast. Bring six bucks or have a state park sticker. Very enjoyable. Three cheers for nature!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
much like ft.custer
Pros: Overall design is pretty good. Shot variety is high and it's fairly balanced. Mix of maybe 1/3 tight woods and 2/3 more open but with obstacles. Well marked and with maps.
Cons: - Several tilted tee pads
- Thick ivy and rough but not on every hole
- The 'peninsula' hole is a but much, not being able to see the fairway, the landing zone, or the edge of the O.B. from the tee pad is asking a lot for such a hole
- A few holes have wicked turns or blind alleys that didn't make much sense
Other Thoughts: Reminds me a lot of Ft. Custer rec. area.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
never seen grass so tall!!
Pros: This was a very clean course. Was easy to navigate through for the most part. Good signs with the hole #, and distance. Had a good mix of short and long holes. The course really used the terrain well, with blind corners, elevation changes, and water hazards.
Cons: Almost every hole has really tall thick grass on each side of the fairway, I recommend the use of spotters. Mosquitos are pretty thick so don't forget that bug spray.
Other Thoughts: After finishing hole 16 go to the left and follow that trail, this was the only hole we got confused as to where to go next. There are some wide open long shots, and then there are some pretty short shots with tight fairways. Very fun course definitely worth playing at least once.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Baskets are new and in good shape. The flow is pretty good I've seem people get turned the wrong way leaving 16 but as more people play the path is becoming more obvious. The overall design is the biggest plus in my book. every hole has something either elevation change, foliage that blocks the hyzer route you like, or that gap in the trees you have to hit. Several holes make you really think about the best way to throw the hole. 9 is the signature hole on the course duece this one and you've earned bragging rights.
Cons: Cement tee pads are in but they are too small
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Location - North of Lansing, not any other courses right nearby. Easy to get to from the freeway.
Terrain is nice and varied. There are some tough holes very close to water hazards. Lots of hills, course is layed out nicely, uphill and downhill shots required. There are also several "blind" shots.
Course is very clean, and trash barrels are provided. People seem to be taking care of their litter.
Cons: Easy to lose a disc in the water on hole #9 unless you play it safe.
There aren't any real long holes.
Other Thoughts: Now that the course is seeing more use, the rough is getting trampled down and there are many paths worn into it already.
**UPDATE** I saw the park ranger writing tickets at 8pm on a weeknight and sticking them on cars. Make sure you have your sticker or day pass!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Diamond in the Rough
-Sleepy Hollow is a great course! The layout has a good variety from hole to hole. It has both technical and bomber holes, there's even a couple short ace runs thrown in that add to the fun factor. Really there's no two holes that are alike here. Also elevation change is utilized on almost every hole, whether its up hill, down hill, or both.
-The scenery here is really nice, and goes well with the good layout. The course follows a big lake and branches off near a swamp, the water is a factor on a few of the holes. Hole #9 is a signature hole, where you play down onto a thin peninsula that seperates the lake from the swamp. Layout and elevation make for a few other signature holes here too.
-This course has good maintenance and dedication put into it! At the start of the course there's a welcome board with score cards & pencils. Along with every hole having concrete tees and tee signs. Also there's a nice putting green area by the beach.
-The biggest con is that the rough can be VERY thick in some places. Stay on the fairway! Besides that, they could use a couple "next tee" signs in spots (8 & 16). After hole #8 go right, and after hole #16 go left.
-This really isn't con, but some of the tee signs are in weird places, not always right next to the tee boxes.
-The combination of fun factor, challenge, and scenery, & maintenance here makes Sleepy Hollow a must play! In my opinion, this is easily the best overall course in the Lansing area.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Location- You wouldn't know it was near the bleak Lansing area.
Variety- This course offers plenty of variey shot-wise. Whether it may be righty/ lefty, hyzer /anhyzer, or backhand/ forehand, it's all there.
It's unlike anything in the area- completely different than Grand Woods or Ledge.
Cons: Length- Some of the wooded holes should be longer.
Crazy rough- It's a new course, but the un-cut and un-trekked areas make for a hard find for lost discs.
Tee pads- They are what someone called "diamond dust," Right now, it's more like sand.
Other Thoughts: Like i said, nowhere near the city and its completely different from the other main courses in the area.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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