Portage, MI
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Time for a Quickie?

5+    7/27/2013   8/3/2013
Review By: hfolk
Played: 12  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 3 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great Course to Play when constricted on time.
Nice variety of play, trees can either help you or ruin your day,c ouple of holes have nice open areas, while others provide nice tight tree lines to test your skills.
Cons: Can get busy, especially on weekends.
Changed the 18th hole and now has a water hazard in play on the left, this isn't a problem for experienced players, but have watched many newer players lose a disc to the pond.
No tee markers, but have maps located at the first and third hole, and most people can figure out their way to the next hole.
Other Thoughts: Great quick course, offering a variety of play when you only have an hour to get some discing in. If you are traveling through Kzoo, and have the time definitely worth a stop, especially if you have already played some of the areas bigger courses.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fun

5+    6/19/2013   6/20/2013
Review By: DoobieDiscer
Played: 10  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 2 Years
This review was updated on 7/5/2013
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: pitch and putt course, you can drive a few holes with ease with a putter if you choose(#4,5,11 are a few)..not alot of difficulty at this course until hole 18 with the water hazard. if you get there early enough, you wont have to worry about the line!
Cons: People trash the place, bring dogs unleashed and people go shirtless, management has a new note as of July 4th that if people dont start following the rules, they'll close it down! PICK UP YOUR TRASH!
Other Thoughts: Don't be a sloppy player, have respect for the course you play, throwing your empty beer cans in the rough isnt cool...NOT COOL BRO!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Air Zoo in Kzoo!

2-4    11/17/2012   11/17/2012
Review By: Jukeshoe
Played: 185  Reviewed: 148  Exp: 4.6 Years
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Air Zoo DGC offers 18 holes of mostly pitch and putt style golf. Most holes are suitable for beginners, with fairly short lengths and broadly defined, open lines. The course plays through a couple of moderately wooded areas and a few open grassy spots.
- Not much elevation to speak of, but the little bit available was used well. Several of the holes have little dips and rises, but nothing particularly memorable. #5 has a little downhill ace run, while #9's basket is nestled on the far edge of a small depression.
- Decent enough variety throughout the wooded sections. A nice mix of shots keeps things from seeming repetitive or boring. The course plays easy (even for casual rec players like myself), but still provides some exciting ace runs and many birdie opportunities. Beginners will find some challenges in the line-shaping required through the trees. The wooded areas are clear enough of undergrowth that all but the worst shots can still be recovered from for par.
- A detailed map is posted at hole #1 that makes navigation a snap. Some baskets have one rung painted black to indicate the direction to the next tee.
Cons: - Other than the map posted at the beginning (and for some reason by #3's tee), there is no signage of which to speak. Not too much of a drawback as the flow is pretty obvious and the distances are all short enough to eye-ball.
- The rubber tee pads are pretty beat. Uneven and heavily used, but still serviceable on most holes.
- The design packs several of the wooded holes uncomfortably close to one another.
Other Thoughts: - Air Zoo is a large aviation history museum with many antique planes, flight simulators, rides, etc. Adjacent to the property is Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. A huge red rotating radar tower is in plain view for several of the holes. Planes take off periodically near #'s 16 and 17.
- The wooded section feels really well worn, in a good sort of way. I would compare this course favorably to the style of courses Steady Ed Headrick installed in the early 80's (say, Honey Bear or Bertrand).
- As a beginner-friendly course, Air Zoo succeeds in flying colors (pun intended). It's fun, accessible, and provides enough variety and challenge for less experienced players while not being completely mindless or repetitive for more experienced discers.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Great Use of Land

5+    8/24/2011   11/6/2012
Review By: DiscGolfer16022
Played: 24  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 19.1 Years
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great use of the land that wasnt being used
great pin placements
allows you to get good drives off
makes you think about your shot ahead
the middle of the course reminds me of Cold Brook
Cons: a few blind shots where you dont know if anyone could be walking past
a lot of really wide open shots
Other Thoughts: Im glad that this course was put in. it's really close to my parents house so when i come home i have a place i can get a quick round in and not worry about driving 30 mins or so away. love the fact that it reminds me of my home course of Cold Brook in Climax Mi.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

at the zoo

1    6/5/2012   6/7/2012
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 194  Reviewed: 191  Exp: 4 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
Aesthetic--Nice piece of property kind of squished off to the side of the parking lot at the air zoo. plays around the north side between the air zoo and the Kalamazoo Airport.

Baskets--new-ish Discatchers, visible yellow bands.

Flow--reasonable for not having tee signs. A little confusing with no teesigns where the course begins. #1 and #3 both have bulletin boards next to them so I suppose it's possible to walk on at either and consider them #1.

Teepads--for rubber pads, not slippy at all, appropriate length.

Cons: Lengths--Very short course, #1 was described as a "long bomber" hole by a local and it's <300'...

Variety--meh, I guess it's ok. some woods holes and some open holes but the repetition is bad.

Risk v. Reward--not really any here. the
"water" involved in the one hole runs along side the teepad and doesn't really interact with the green.

Lack of Teesigns--I have a feeling this will be remedied at some point but it's annoying for now.

Uncontrollables--VERY windy as it's next to the airport (wide open spaces).
Other Thoughts: I think this course will improve with time as it's a fairly new course but for now, it's definitely not a destination course. I played it after playing Oshtemo and Cold Brook and happened to stop on the same road as it for lunch and realized it was three minutes down the road. this was #43-#60 for the day.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Decent

1    7/9/2011   7/14/2011
Review By: mashnut
Played: 747  Reviewed: 747  Exp: 12.1 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a flat piece of property that seems to be exclusive to disc golf. There are a handful of holes through the woods that offer some technical lines and some punishment for errant shots. The rest of the holes are more open with scattered trees in play, so you have some options off many of the tees. The course is well kept, with no trash or vandalism and all the grassy areas were mowed. The discatchers are pretty new and in good shape.
Cons: Most of the holes are straight ahead and in the same distance range, so the course gets a little repetitive. Even the three longer holes are barely over 300', I don't mind a shorter course but it didn't feel like there was any variety. Even the wooded holes didn't take advantage of the opportunity to make some interesting lines.

The course isn't marked at all, which makes navigation tricky at times. It's tough to find the first tee, and you're not always sure you're on the correct tee (at least the baskets are marked when you get up to them). The tees are rubber, and aren't very flat. Lumpy tees make for awkward footing for drives.
Other Thoughts: This is an ok beginner course, with reasonable lengths, some holes where inaccuracy isn't punished too badly, and others where you can end up in the rough but it's not too terrible to get back out. More experienced players won't find a lot of challenge or variety, the wooded holes are tight enough to be good upshot practice but otherwise it's a straightforward mids and putters course.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

  

5+    5/9/2011   5/24/2011
Review By: Shorb5
Played: 16  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 5.1 Years
This review was updated on 7/27/2011
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Only course in portage
-Free to play
-Good mixture of field holes and holes through the woods
-New baskets
-Good beginner course and family friendly
-Lots of parking
-Well maintained
Cons: -Rubber tee pads, ground underneath the tees is very uneven and lumpy, and can be very soft after it has been raining
-No tee markers or hole lengths
-Not very challenging for more advanced players

Other Thoughts: Great park to take anyone to who is just starting to get into disc golf. A good variety of holes to help work on all different kinds of shots. And multiple ACE opportunities.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Not bad, room for improvement

1    5/16/2011   5/17/2011
Review By: LoPan12
Played: 34  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 3.9 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Convenient, in town, free.
New baskets, numbered by hole.
Mix of woods and open holes.
Cons: Rubber pads should have had crushed rock or something else underneath them. The surface was uneven and lumpy, especially after a rainy day.
No tee markers. Even temporary ones with the hole # would be better than nothing. Hole distances would also be handy for the horizontal-length-estimating challenged (like me).
Too many straight line shots. Straight shot after straight shot, especially when you have the room to make more challenging holes, is pure lack of trying. This is my biggest disappointment. We got to several holes that had plenty of room to make them better.
Other Thoughts: The only thing that makes this course more challenging than its layout would make it, is the fact that there's a ridiculously variable amount of wind coming from the wide open airport fields to the east.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 

1    5/13/2011   5/15/2011
Review By: sgamerp
Played: 77  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 6.1 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Rubber Tee Pads.
-Nice baskets
-Nice verity of open and wooded.
-Lots of ace runs.
-Good place to learn how to use a mid and putter.
-nicely maintained

Cons: -No real water Hazards.
-a few holes the ground wasn't flatted out or water damage as bumpy tee pads
-Not to much skill here
-No signs
-Hot and Buggy
Other Thoughts: Played with some guys who had been here before so they showed us around. It's nice little quick play, and is nicer then some of the other short courses in the area. First time using Rubber tee pads, and they were pretty nice, minus a hole or two where the ground wasn't very flat. It flows pretty nicely and goes in and out of the woods at all time which is pretty nice. When I had gone it was getting mowed that day.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Worth Playing

2-4    5/7/2011   5/9/2011
Review By: Anheuser
Played: 24  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 3.7 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: All baskets and tee pads accounted for. Both open long bombs and through the woods shots available. Course is clean and easy to navigate. Ample parking. Easy to find. Free!
Cons: Fairly short and easy. The last four holes are lackluster and basically filler holes, especially hole 17, which is pointless. The course is extremely windy due to not having much surrounding tree cover because of the the airport. No hole markers yet. Rubber tee pads are short and uneven in places. Cement tee pads would be a plus.
Other Thoughts: Fun little course. It's nice to have another one in the general area. I'm fairly impressed with what the K Aces did with the space provided. It's a great beginner to intermediate beginners' course. Course maps are available in the Air Zoo building and discs are available for purchase in the gift shop. It would be a great course to take the family out to, or a beginner player. I think that's what they had in mind.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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