6 Helpful / 0 Not
Cons: Don't even bother. The closest parking to hole 1 is a good 5 min walk away. Hole 1 used to start at the top of a staircase, and the basket was at the bottom of the staircase. Yes, the hole was from the top of a 15 set to the bottom. If you get par on this take a lap. Too bad the basket is not there anymore. Also, no basket on hole 2. Don't think there was ever a teepad anyways, but the baskets gone too. Hole 3 is one of the few that are functioning. It is an aggressive dog leg left, but hey, least its got a basket and teepad. Some obstacles on this are a 10 foot fence and a solar panel. Hole 4 is a ~500 foot par 6, just so you can stroke your ego after an eagle or albatross. Some obstacles on this hole are a six foot fence and a forty foot netting that stops soccer balls from flying into the highway that you are throwing right next to. Hole 5 is a wide open hyzer shot, but once again, its got a basket and teepad, can't ask for much more. There are some other holes in the woods along a creek but all seem to be designed by someone who had just heard of disc golf the day of the project, specifically hole 9. I usually just go home after playing holes 3-5 a bunch of times, but there is a back nine on the other side of campus if you want to drive over there. It smells like poop for the first few holes, all of which are pretty much pitch and putt. Buddy of mine hit a housing building on one hole back there, not sure which one, but it's an unusual obstacle. Another hole, think it's the last one, is on a narrow strip of land bordered by the highway and a parking lot. Unfortunately this is the only hole that had potential due to the length and the trees and little hills throughout the skinny fairway. Once you finish the course there is a wave of emotions. You're relieved to be done, then you're confused as to why they spent time on the course in the first place, then you're confused as to why you drove from the disappointing front 9 just to be disappointed by the back as well, then you're pissed that you have to walk another 5-10 mins to your car.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
short, sweet and challenging.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice baskets, some "interesting" hole layouts. Nice and quiet and not very busy.
Cons: Perhaps a few too many easy holes. A lot of the holes get very wet when it rains. Has the ability to have some errand shots head into traffic.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
a lot of really poor choices
Baskets-- all present and in decent repair.
Teesigns-- Decent. the little strip at the bottom apparently shows a picture of the hole? Distances seem ok.
Aesthetic and safety-- ugh. where to begin... the first half of the "course" starts down a pedestrian stairway, down and over a pedestrian bridge and around a soccer field and along a very busy road. front half finishes up next to a storage trailer. The back half plays through busy sections of campus and around a parking lot, then down the same busy road as #4... This course is a safety nightmare.
Teepads- where the eff are they supposed to be? no definite way to know where the teepads are supposed to be.
Water retention-- front half is largely wet and muddy. hard to play in the spring for sure.
it's hard to put into words how bad this "course" is. I only gave it a half a disc for the baskets and teesigns. Other than that, the fact that the aesthetic section is in cons is a dead giveaway. Avoid unless you are course bagging.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Engineering University Fail
Pros: There's a nice view at one point. Around hole #2.
Cons: Everything else. Poor design, Vandalism, Bugs
Other Thoughts: The problem with this course resides in it being broken up into two smaller courses (the latter which needn't exist)
The first basket is literally ten feet down some stairs. The second basket is a stick because someone stole it. After that there are about five somewhat playable holes, made marginally difficult by the fact that you're playing within 15' of a 40 MPH service drive off M-10 (The Lodge) The second half of the front nine requires doubling back a hole into the woods and down an unmarked slope. Incredibly buggy terrain. The second course starts on the other end of campus behind the dorms and engineering labs. The second half of the back nine is virtually unplayable as it plays over parking lots, roads, and BUSY street intersections all with dog leg angles into baskets. If your friend suggests playing here, I suggest hitting him with a disc.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
"Settle down, Beavis."
Pros: Nice big course maps at the start of the front and back nines give you the lay of the land. Sign posts showing tee number and par info, as well as a bird's eye view of each hole are a nice touch. Brand spankin' new bright yellow baskets are gorgeous. Some nicely designed holes sprinkled throughout; thinking specifically of #7 and 8, 14 and 15, and #18's gauntlet to end the round. Some interesting obstacles not seen at your standard course: a flight of stairs, a chain link fence, elecrical boxes, a frickin' freeway. While I don't know whether these add to the experience or not, your round will not be boring.
Cons: Not gonna lie - there's a lot to hate. I'll rattle some off here.
Holes 1 and 2 can be aced by using a PUTTER. Hole 1 is horribly designed, the shortest hole I've ever played (if not the shortest hole IN EXISTENCE), and probably isn't even PDGA approved. Not sure why they didn't mow the tall grass in the field to the left of the staircase and put the pin back there...would been a nice snake shot down the hill. I wonder if that seemed almost too obvious that no one thought of it? There is some great land back through here as well, with a bridge over a creek and twin hills just screaming for some challenging holes. But instead you have two practice baskets before the course really begins at Hole #3.
Hole #7 could be a great bomb off the top of the hill with a sweet run through the tree tops, but instead the designer opted to have the tee at the bottom of the hill, maybe 200ft. from the pin, a lazy midrange drive to the basket. Needless to say, we created the "unofficial pro tee" at the top of the hill. #8 might be the best hole, but here again is a huge area of land that isn't being used properly. Thick woods, the aforementioned hill, a winding stream as a water hazard...they could've added much more (at least one more hole) to the course in this, the only secluded area of the property.
#10 and 11 seems crammed into a very small area, with woods defining the barrier of the space. Not sure if LTU owns this land, but again, a missed opportunity IMO to maximize the property.
I've seen a lot of complaints on the reviews so far about how #14-18 are unplayable because of the parking lot/service drive etc. I can certainly see their point. We played in summer at 7PM so the parking lot was almost empty, and the service drive about as busy as a subdivision sidestreet. But playing here at the height of a semester COULD be considered "unplayable." Regardless, I enjoyed the way this course finished up, and honestly thought this stretch had some of the best designed holes for the land they had to work with.
Course is a little hard to locate, and there is a bit of a walk from 9 to 10 and after 18 back to your car, but that is minor. I only mention it because I wonder how restricted they were on designing this course. I'm sure they had to get approval for everything they did from the administration.
Course signs really needed to have distances listed. Also, the pars listed are ridiculous. No hole is a Par 6 (#4). Sorry. I don't even think it was 1000 ft. long.
Other Thoughts: I think my overall complaint is the lack of imagination in designing some of the holes and leaving a lot of land unused. Again, I wonder how restricted they were in making these 18. I also wonder if maybe money was a factor? Land clearing can be expensive. If that was the case, I'd say they did a helluva job in making this course work. And while it isn't pretty, IT DOES WORK. And that means something to me. I may never play it again, but it will stick in my mind. I went into it thinking the worst, and came out of it pleasantly underwhelmed. Stop by and say hi if you get the chance.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice signs
No real lengthy walks to next tee area
Good course design
Nice use of space
Even distrabution of hard and easy holes
Cons: Couldn't find 10-18
Had a hard time finding 1
Some holes run right along a bussy ass road
Others are in a area that is easley a swamp 7 months of the year (with a bad smell)
Other Thoughts: I only played the front 9 cus we couldn't find 10 and it started to rain so this review is only about the first 9 holes. All and all I'd say it's good but could be better with a lil tlc.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: • Nice new baskets.
• Decent tee signs.
• Sloped green on hole 4 requires good putt.
• There are about 8-9 holes worth playing.
• Only course in the immediate area.
Cons: • Design and layout is ridiculous and unsafe: Three holes (4, 17, 18) play on a narrow strip of grass with a parking lot on the right and a freeway service road on the left, with another (hole 5) playing along-side a major road. If this course gets any significant traffic, discs will hit significant traffic.
• Too many holes that bring man made obstacles into play; light poles, utility boxes, fences, dorm...
• Asphalt comes into play on 4 or 5 holes; difficult to avoid and murder on discs.
• Would be nice if tees signs had distances. Arrows on tee signs are worse than useless.
• I have no clue what the first holes is about... makes no sense whatsoever.
Other Thoughts: This course makes me embarrassed to say I graduated from LTU. You'd think an engineering school would have better appreciation for designing things so that people are safe even when thing don't go as planned. There are a few decent holes, but some of them simply shouldn't exist, and are essentially, a waste of a good basket, or worse, a legitimate safety hazard. Bad enough that you have to play around and over a parking lot, but using a narrow strip of grass alongside a busy road as a fairway is completely irresponsible. Cars driving by aren't watching out for flying discs.
Never have I seen a course that was so poorly suited to beginners and experienced players alike. Do yourself a favor: drive 10 miles east and play Wagner instead.
Just my opinion, but this could have made a decent nine holes; instead, it's a bad 18 holes. Proof positive that more does not necessarily equate to better.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: good baskets, signs, some interesting obstacles. even some blind holes.
i would call this an upgrade to an object course. since i played object at OCC's campus, this feels right at home.
the tees arent really marked, and some holes are short. its best to find alt tees in these cases. like hole1 shoot from the parking lot (from 6 parking spaces north from the stairs).
scenic skyscrapers and windy around the barren southfield flats.
Cons: pretty much limits you to the front 9 on weekdays or when the parking lot is full.
shanking one into northwestern hwy (or the service drive) would be very bad.
i lost one in the tall grass on #8 and spent 30 minutes lookin for it. two holes circle the tallest cattails i've seen (15-20 ft!) so watch for that wet swamp...
Other Thoughts: mostly (~14 holes) in the sun. some walking distance between back and front 9.
i found a fastback on the course, maybe thats the reason for the 60ft par 3's ? its a humfrey flyer course not a discraft/innova course!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 6 Not
Worst Course Design
Pros: They have very nice baskets
Cons: They put them less than 10 feet from a freeways service drive.
Other Thoughts: Me and some buddies walked the course a bit and decided it was too dangerous to play. Several holes were directly next to a parking lot on one side and the freeway on the other.
Also had a basket 2 feet off a busy walking path and a hole within 5 feet of the corner of an apartment building
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Good Use of the Land.
- Sweet Greens.
- Crazy OB and Obstacles through out the course.
- 1/3 of the Course is lit up = Night Putting.
- 5 miles from my house.
- Course is kept maintained.
Cons: - Tee signs are wrong.
- No distinct tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Not a course for beginners.
Traveled here with low expectations due to previous reviews. Played with 4 other really good players and we all had a blast. Hole 1 and 2 are kinda a joke, but the tee placement can be moved to your own choosing to make them more challenging. I will definitely be coming back often.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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