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Best Water Holes
Pros: Excellent course diversity, with many wooded holes, wide-open and a couple of very long holes (including one over 700 feet). Top-notch water holes that are among the best you will find anywhere, even surpassing Idlewild (Holes 9-12). These holes are what one would find only at a truly world-class course. Hole 10 could even be considered a 'double' water hole, since you are shooting over two bodies of water. Even better is that the water holes have neatly-groomed landing pads, and the water itself is clean enough to find your disc if it goes in (in March, at least). Hole 9 is a short, 'Demon Drop' hole along the steep edge of a hill that is unlike any other I've played (Hole 7 at Lincoln Ridge comes close). Among the woods holes are one with a huge ravine, and a big uphill shot that plays longer than indicated (Hole 17). Has plenty of precariously perched pin placements on the edge of hills, creating thrilling, high-risk putting. Ropes delinating out-of-bounds areas on some holes contribute to the challenge. Unusual relic objects (oil tank, wagon wheel, an old well) add to the personality of the course and are actually relevant in course play.
Cons: No signs, and little in terms of navigation aids. Rubber tees are OK but are slippery when wet. Holes 18-24 have dirt tees. Quite a few wooded holes on the back nine seem out-of-place compared with the best holes here. Some grass areas might swallow discs in mid-summer, presenting additional disc loss hazards in addition to the water holes. Limited access means you can't plan a trip on your day off. It's understandable that the course owner would not want strangers on his property at odd times (Holes 1, 8 and 9 are very close to his house), but at the same time, it is a legitimate 'con'.
Other Thoughts: Private course with little of the riff-raff found elsewhere. Quite challenging, but not as difficult as Leviathan, Hudson Mills Monster or Idlewild (a couple of strokes harder than Flip, but no more). In other words, the right amount of challenge for most. If this course was public and had proper signs and cement tee pads, it would be top-five in Michigan….maybe even #1.
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