Like the back of a Volkswagen.
Aesthetic-- plays through a large multi-use park. a large walking track dominates the park but joggers seem to have a great rapport with discers. Do Not Scale the fence on the north side of the park. most houses have a deal with a local disc shop and will return them to you!! Very cool "service."
Teesignage-- look like tombstones BUT they are all huge and have accurate distances. There is a map on the kiosk at the start but it's nearly illegible.
Teepads-- whether or not it's a concrete teepad or the walking track they all serve their purpose. the teepads are a bit short. the walking path pads are painted white and can by slick when wet.
Baskets-- all present and accounted for. In good repair.
Routing/nav-- pretty easy with the exception of the holes on either side of the soccer field. never a question what basket you're throwing at as most holes are really really short.
Challenge/Variety-- the challenge factor is low here. holes are short. dual tees aren't really necessary as the looks aren't that different. there isn't a ton of variety here, it's a true pitch and putt course.
There are some really really good vibes here. The joggers relationship with discers. The houses returning discs from over the fence. It's a nice community project for sure.
East Side Dive
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: East Side Location. Easily accessible from I-94. Closest DG to the Pointes. Great holes for practicing Putt and Approach and Acing. Open Field for practicing drives
Cons: Human Obstacles, Freeways, Tight Fairways
Other Thoughts: This course provides wonderful opportunities for practicing Putt and Approach, as well as Ace Racing. (Most shots are below 225') however I've lost more than one disc over the wall onto I-94 and gotten more then a few angry glares from the "joggers".
Front half of the course (physically, not the front nine itself) plays smoother then the back due to I-94 and the density of joggers.
Soccer field separates front and back of park, it is perfect for practicing distance driving.
Park open into the late evening, recommend arriving later in the day as joggers tend to clear out around 7-8. There are numerous streetlights inside the park to help illuminate your game as night falls.
Nearest disc golf store is Play It Again Sports at Nine Mile and Gratiot in Eastpointe. (Limited selection)
National Coney Island, Wendy's and Gasoline located nearby.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
nice small course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -nice tee pads and signage.
-variety of shots.
-not many people there when I played.
-obstacles around the course (houses,highway,baseball fields) make it challenging.
Cons: -locals were horrible. stuck behind a large group with coolers who seemed to purposely move slow and not let us pass.
-disc could land in highway.
-dont see the point in having it a 24 hole course.
-one basket for 2 tee pads doesnt work out too good.
Other Thoughts: the course was nice to play and I would love to play again if in the area but it was kind of ruined by some local kids. maybe next time I play we will see how it turns out and ill change it but first impressions always last.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
DANGER WILL ROBINSON
Pros: -Close location for some people.
-Super short holes decent for working on putter skills.
Cons: -Holes between 100 and 250 feet
-24 tiny holes jammed into a space more suiting for a decent 9 hole course, with a huge field left untouched in the middle of it. Terrible layout.
-"Alternate tees" less than 20 feet from original tees, making the "back 12" nearly identical to the front
-Short wall fails at stopping errant discs from flying into the busy highway below and causing major accidents
-6 foot fences make retrieving errant discs from backyards a hassle
-Course designer questionably uses walking trail as tee pad on several holes, causing conflict with walkers.
-Several holes go over the walking trail in various places; it seems the designer didn't realize that people walk on the path.
If you've never been disc golfing before and aren't sure what to expect, this might be a decent place to go and fool around. Other than that, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE PLAY THIS COURSE.
For how small this park is and how misappropriated the land is for optimal discing, there is a lot of walking from one hole to the next. Waay to much land wasted and left as excess.
This is by and far the biggest waste of space ever dedicated to disc golf. I am abhorred, appalled, and deeply disturbed to have witnessed such a travesty to such a great game.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
A Course of Their Own
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
It's not much, but it is on the East Side
Pros: The main selling point of this course is simply the location. If you live in the Grosse Pointes, SCS, etc, you now have a DG course that isn't a 30+ minute drive each way.
The course itself is small and crowded with walkers but tries to make the best of its location. It does have concrete tee boxes on all holes and wooden posts listing hole number/distance for most (no hole maps, but it's so small they're common sense). The distances are varied, but all pretty short... 150-250ft with most under 200. There is really no need for distance drivers at all, and most players will barely even need to break out a fairway driver. There are 12 baskets, and there are two tees for each, so a "24 hole course." No water; a few trees but nothing overly challenging.
Cons: This park is very busy with walkers and joggers (but at least no dogs in the actual park), and their paths go right across nearly every hole - even some of the tee boxes share the paved path. A lot of the walkers will give you a rude look or ignore you (even if you try to be friendly and courteous to them). I'm guessing they are disgruntled that DG moved in on their turf, but I don't think they pay for this public park any more than DG, soccer, or baseball players who use it? Nonetheless, it's a new course, so all it might take to close it could be a few rude players who PO the joggers or neighbor houses to the north.
If you play at "prime time" (approx after 5pm M-F or after noon on weekends), then your shot selection will probably be affected by all the walkers. You basically end up with the choice of "buzzing" walkers and risking the course getting shut down, altering your shot to avoid them, or waiting forever to tee off on some holes (esp #5 tee on the path... just tee off from the #17 instead). There are a few low walls that you could lose a disc over, but with such a short course and so many walkers, you probably won't be using much hyzer anyways.
Other Thoughts: If you play DG and live near the Pointes, it's a whole lot better than nothing. In the end, the designers did the best they could given the park's popularity with walkers/joggers and the layout they had available. It's not very busy in terms of other DG players, so it's a good starter course. There was talk of possible leagues in the future, but I think the course is too small and walkers would protest it. I gave Brys DG course a 2 disc rating due to concrete tees and posts on all holes, being well maintained, and the good idea of adding alternate tees.
Overall, it's just too tight of a fit due to all the walkers nearby. The holes are short, and nearly all are an easy birdie for most players. Maybe one saving grace for this course is that it's a great place to practice your accuracy and using your midrange off the tee. You could easily play this whole course (well) with a Roc, Shark, etc type disc. It's a solid beginner course or a chance for intermediate DG players to work on their mids and putting.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
watch for pedestrians and I-94
Pros: - Cement tees, Chainstar baskets, well mowed, ample parking.
- Well designed to test every type of shot, even some fairly tight shots using just the few available trees.
- Design doesn't always allow you to just hyzer around obstacle, have to maintain some accuracy and distance control.
- Location- saves anyone on the East side a lot of time to get to the nearest course, 1 mile from my Grandma's house.
Cons: - Walking path (obviously can't do anything about it) in play on every hole, have to wait for joggers. Hopefully people won't cause a problem and get the course pulled, time will tell.
- Houses too close on some holes, easy to flip over a fence- and stupid golfers will trespass and cause problems with the community. Holes designed to prevent this as much as possible though.
- I-94 could come into play.
- No signs yet, but tees labeled with #'s, map at board.
- Some long walks, necessary to traverse a soccer field though.
Other Thoughts: Small course packed tight into busy park, good for the local disc golf scene, if the 'casuals' can behave themselves. Dual tees makes for 24 holes and each tee is at least a different shot/length.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
small but close to home.
Pros: Only course on the east side.
Cons: Walking path. People are constantly stopping and asking what i am doing with frisbies. apparently some people were not blessed with common sense. one lady asked me if the baskets were squirrel feeders...how a basket would feed squirrels, i will never know.
Other Thoughts: i wish golf courses did not have walking paths winding through them. another good example of this is riverbends park. that place is notorious for idiots walking in your way as well.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
joggers, joggers, joggers
Pros: 2nd closest course to Detroit.
mostly open, short 100-250ft holes, sunny course with few trees. mostly flat, with some small 3-6ft hills.
with all of the fences and lack of sticks/brush, this makes the perfect rolling course.
Cons: 6ft fence bordering neighboorhood houses on 6 holes.
6ft fence bordering I-94 on 6 holes.
6ft fence bordering baseball and football fields on a few more holes.
the joggers love this park. be prepared to wait for joggers to pass by. i think this space is just slightly too tight for a course.
Other Thoughts: didnt have course signs up yet. park sign said no dogs allowed.
heavily used port-a-potty, reccomend finding alternate facilities.
i would skip this 'beginners' course and play jayne-lasky or raintree/firefighters/wagner/star/OU courses instead.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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