A Course of Their Own
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: By far, the biggest plus for this course is that it brings disc golf to Detroit's east side. If you live or work on the east side, now you can play a fairly decent round without having to plan a half-day excursion. The reality is that this course was a compromise from the word "go," and that its very existence is in some ways a victory for disc golfers in the immediate area. Given the tight confines of this multi-use park, I have to give the designers credit for laying the course out in a way that coexists fairly well with walking paths, ball fields, etc. 12 baskets with dual tees make for possible 24 holes.
All the basics are in place: Concrete/asphalt tee pads and color coded tee signs w/distance make finding next tee fairly straight forward. Baskets were in great shape. Park was clean, well maintained, and completely mowed with no disc hungry brush or shule.
Fairways make pretty good use of trees to provide some challenge, but even so, this course is pretty much a bunch of Ace and Birdie runs. Dual tee pads change things up a bit to provide a different look at the pins. No real elevation changes to speak of, but they did make use of the only spots where the ground here isn't flat by sticking baskets in them, so putts and approaches that are off the mark can roll away and cost you a stroke. For the most part, bad shots are easily recovered from.
As far as distance and difficulty go, this is good course for beginners, and not bad for experienced players who want to hone their midrange skills.
Cons: Not much of a challenge. Not many holes force a specific line but there are some notable exceptions: a few fairways run parallel to a major highway and a neighborhood. Errant or wind-blown shots could easily sail onto the highway, or end up in someone's backyard. This affected my disc selection because I went with a disc I knew wouldn't get me into trouble, rather than the one I really wanted to throw for the shot.
Hole design itself works well for beginners, but the small size of this park means there's potential for trouble on throws that get away from you. A walking path weaves in and around the course and throwers will have to watch out for other people on several holes. Hopefully, players respect the fact that this is a multi-use park and that others have a right to walk in the park without dodging plastic. Shouldn't be a problem as long as throwers and walkers exercise a bit of courtesy and common sense, but that could be asking a lot.
Other Thoughts: Just getting this course installed was a triumph in some ways, and its designers did great under the circumstances. As far as the disc golf itself goes, the course plays well and I had fun playing all 24 (actually 23, as Hole 11 and 23 share the same tee box). Course doesn't distinguish itself in any way, but is definitely passable. Fills the need for disc golf in the area, but not worth a drive across town. If you have to travel more than 20-25 miles to get here, you're passing better courses along the way.
Brys Park's small size, compact design, and multi-user population will require discipline if this course is to survive. Any of the following could get this course pulled: Tee shots hitting oncoming vehicles travelling 70+mph, players hopping fences to retrieve discs out of backyards, discs buzzing other park users (whether accidentally or not). Lack of brush and no cover mean the activities of DG'ers take place out in the open for all to see in this small, busy, metropolitan setting - I hope people behave accordingly.
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