6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Has a few open field opportunities for bigger throws (1, 13). Also has some interesting wooded holes; lefty, righty and straight (Holes 5-11). Course now has 18 Discatcher baskets. Air Zoo relics provide a unique backdrop (be sure to visit on a rainy day some time, there are a few WWII vets who are sometimes there). Good course diversity. Free course!
Cons: No signage to speak of (takes a few minutes for people new to the course to find Hole 1). Rubber tees are OK, but not great. Holes located in the south meadow (particularly Hole 3) have odd design features. Not particularly long or challenging.
Other Thoughts: A great course for those who want a faster round than other area courses, but still want chances to throw in the open. The Kalamazoo area desperately needed this course for the Oshtemo overflow. Indeed, this is the only course in the city of Portage.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Ooh! A radar dish!
Pros: COURSE IS 18 HOLES NOW, REVIEW ONLY COVERS OLD 9 UNTIL I HAVE A CHANCE TO PLAY IT AGAIN
-At the Air Zoo. Neat planes greet you as you enter, and the airport nearby offers views of takeoffs and landings, and a vintage FedEx 727 is parked by two of the holes. If you're an aerophile, its a treat.
-Wide open spaces to get your big lines, yet good usage of land to require some finesse on most holes.
-Nice new baskets.
Cons: -Some odd design choices, including the placement of a basket in a huge bramble patch. Course is still a work-in-progress, so brush clearing and slight rearrangements of holes is likely before its declared finished.
-Not a lot of tight fairways or exacting lines. While there are obstacles, most shots have a lot of options for approach, and a few are just wide open field shots.
-Signage and pads at this point are just a wooden stake in the ground.
Other Thoughts: This course could be a real winner. It will never have big elevation changes, and doesn't have a lot of trees around, but it has a lot of character for such an open area. Interesting stuff to play around in a good environment give it a lot. So does its location, making disc golf more easily accessible to the people of Portage without having to travel to Kalamazoo. The other 9 holes should help too. However, while it does bring solid golf to the area, it probably will not have the appeal to make it worth a trek to the area on its own, except for aerophiles. But for the locals, this will be a treasure.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Quick, convenient, fun.
Pros: Baskets are new. Only public course in Portage. Very quiet spot next to the Air Zoo. Air Zoo is free to look around in and the space and science building is just down the road. Get to see airplanes taking off a few hundred yards away. Only 9 holes installed right now, 1-2, 12-18. They are all fair and fun shots. When this course is completely done it will be 4 stars because it is it will be well taken care of and a fun course to play anytime. Right off i94 anyone passing through will be able to go to a course about a mile off the freeway.
Cons: Somewhat easy. Hole two is a hidden pin. Some of the tees are kind of close to other holes.
Other Thoughts: When this course is complete it will be a fun one to play. I can tell by the property there will be interesting shots on soon-to-come holes 3-11. Can't wait! Local club plans on doing work as soon as possible. Even in the snow.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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