3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Variety over 24 Holes
Pros: Overall, a great 24 hole course. Nice pads, baskets and good signage make it easy to navigate on the first time. I like that some parts are open and some parts are in the woods, and in general it is a very beautiful setting with a big lake. I threw a few birdies (and a near ace!) and a few double + bogies my first time out here, so there was some excitement. And even though a good portion is in the woods, it is not overgrown so the possibility of losing a disc is pretty low out here I think.
Cons: Some holes have so many trees that there is no clear line. You just have to kind of say a prayer and toss it and hope for the best. Which can be fun at times.
Be careful near the lake. If you drop it in the lake you are going swimming or disc shopping. Wadding may not be an option if you get a bad bounce. But water hazards can add some excitement to the day if you are brave. :)
Other Thoughts: I thought this was a tight course. I will definitely play it again when I am visiting home. I like that it has 24 holes, a lot of variety, and is on a beautiful Michigan property. There is something for everybody here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Elevation changes along this rolling course are the most pleasing aspect as far as the game is concerned. The beauty of the area is most pleasing to the soul. It is a pay to play, and as such is well maintained and clean and probably riff raff free as well. Grass and sand forest floor are featured and provide variance to keep things interesting. The boundaries are well tamed which is a plus if you are shanking discs and spending time searching. Trees can make things difficult in a few places and may require you to bring your shots out. Throwing uphill and downhill adds another dimension that requires depth perception and power control. This course is comprised of holes that mostly demand short well controlled shots, but there are a few that will scratch your itch to rip one. Views are pleasing to the eye and it is a good walk. The course is clean and seems to be popular and have an enthusiastic scene. No navigational difficulties were encountered and concrete tee pads are in place.
Cons: There are not many things to find fault with here. A few holes have skinny trees and require 2 parts luck to 1 part skill. Frustration is a possibility.
Other Thoughts: This course is worth a little ride and is a must if you are in the area. The surrounding land is serene and peaceful and this course is an enjoyable hike that is kind enough to have baskets for us to throw at.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
A little slice of paradise.
Pros: Great up and down thru the woods course. Most of the holes are pretty short compared to the big arm courses, but the challenging holes will have you weaving thru trees, and learning lines. Not alot of underbrush even in the deep woods making disc finding a snap. It shows that the park is proud of its course. Well maintained with trash cans, and benches at each hole. The concrete teepads are cool to look at with some of the being raised. I like windy courses so sometimes getting a good breeze off the lake is a blast.
Cons: Bring your beater discs. The trees will tear your discs apart after several rounds. This isnt the course for you if all your interested in is big distance throws. I could see bugs being an issue even tho we didnt have any at time of play. One or two holes you should use a spotter. Hole 24 you have to throw past another basket and use a spotter.
Other Thoughts: This park has a beautiful lake, with the swimming hole very near the parking for the disc course. Camping is available with miles of trails. Playgrounds and picnic areas. So bring your family and have a nice relaxing weekend. Five bucks for parking well worth it.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
a nice walk in the woods
Pros: Teepads--very very nice. many are elevated or have landscaping surronding. Large, even and accurately pointed
Baskets-Good condition, but this is one case where large yellow bands would be helpful... finding baskets in these woods can prove difficult.
Routing--not an issue, pins and tees are very close to one another..
Aesthetic--very pretty course that wraps through the woods and then around a lake.
Pay-to-play--yep, it's a plus. with garbages on every hole and benches on most holes it's nice to have financial support sometimes.
Cons: hole 19 was close when we were here due to storm damage, so I can't base my rating on that hole, but:
variety--short and through the trees is the norm here. when playing the first 18 holes, it's SO NICE to hit 18 and be able to open your arm up for the first time in a while. That said, there wasn't enough variety of hole here to keep me really engrossed. it was a good day with great friends, but the course just didn't "do it for me"
Uncontrollables-bugs were REALLY BAD the day we played and bug spray wasn't cutting it.
Other Thoughts: I know this was a "worlds course" in the past but I was left a little empty over all. There just wasn't enough variety for me. I like the fact that the course uses elevation well, but a the fact that hitting trees on every hole is expected is too much.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: Great course to play for all types of players from beginner to expert. There are a couple crazy long holes, but also plenty of short aceable holes in the woods. Course is well maintained, they allow dogs, and alcohol. You can swim at the beach if its a hot day out.
Cons: Bring bug spray!
Other Thoughts: play this course
0 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: V A R I E T Y
Wooded holes, open fields, tunnel shots, hills and valleys, water hazards, peninsula pin placements - the list goes on.
Great signage throughout, and cement tee pads on every hole. The tee boxes themselves were great as well - usually the tee was fenced in by some logs. A few were elevated or built into the hill the tee was on - very cool. Benches spaced out well, trash cans available.
The first 18 play in and out of the woods with nice elevation changes and tight lines. And I do mean TIGHT - Bring your A game for this course!
And just when you think the course is becoming static it unleashes the last 6 holes: two along the lake where any overthrow has your plastic in the drink, two bombs over a massive field, and hole #24 that has you shirk a clearing through the brush and down the hill towards the goal. A near-perfect hole to end a near-perfect course.
Cons: The ONLY con I have about this course is the basket placement of #13 and 16. They are literally one in front of the other (spaced maybe 75 feet apart) and we ended up playing 16's basket on 13's tee and vice versa.
Other Thoughts: Best course I've played in Michigan so far. $5 car fee is cheap compared to Washtenaw County parks and well worth it - the lawn was being mowed as we arrived and the grounds were very well-kept. If I lived anywhere near this course I would play several times a season. I bet this would make a great winter course too.
My favourite hole was #4, shooting down into a valley and then back up a hill, with the pin hiding behind a cluster of aged tree trunks. Tends to favor LHBH/RHFH a bit more than most of the courses I've played. If you are taking a trip to the Battle Creek area, put this one down on your list!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Was a favorite of one of my co-workers from the area, and figured I would give this place a try.
-It has everything you need in shots, from elevation, open shots, wooded, tight lines, basket placement, water hazards.
-signs(all are pretty on, besides I want to say one was from an old basket placement)
-cement tee pads
-6 extra holes (24 in all, but I think 6 are closed during certain times).
-very nicely taken care of(being a pay to play it should)
-score cards with maps at the park entrance.
-Lots of trash cans and benches on most holes.
-lots of nice shade,
Cons: -Not extremely hard
-pay to play(although it works for a pro, as it's also very nicely taken care of.)
-Two holes(not sure which ones) run on each other kind of, so theres a small area to drive on someone.
-Seems like it could get buggy as it's very wooded and by water
Other Thoughts: I had played the first five holes before, and decided to head out as it was league night and taking way to long, second time around, came out on a beautiful day and got a person who plays there normally coming with us, which made it nice, as he knew the lines, and how everything played. It's a fun course and from the locals seems to be everyones favorite(although it also can be some peoples least favorite). I had a blast here and plan on coming back sometime soon. If coming from 131 you can also hit up the air zoo on the way back for a quick second round like I did.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the Classics!
Pros: Coldbrook Park has always been one of the classic Michigan courses that everyone talks about - usually either folks love it or hate it but it seems to have maintained a special character that keeps people coming back. A 'pro' or a 'con' depending on the way you look at it, but Coldbrook demands that you learn lines (some of which are a bit hidden) that yield higher percentages of birdies. In this sense, first timers are likely going to feel frustrated when getting bad kicks. Really, I think one of the most interesting things about this course is the relatively high weight that course knowledge plays in scoring compared with natural skill. Sure, players who throw pure will still score well, but that wily local throwing a boss on a 200' hole can still take it to you just by having familiarity with the course subtleties after hundreds of recorded rounds.
Cons: hile you'll likely be throwing a large variety of shots off the tee, including trick shots galore; there just isn't all that much variety in distances or in the types of challenges. Most holes can be solved with a well thrown putter or quick sidearm. Because of this, some portions of the course can start to feel quite repetitive and the replay value is not all that impressive - once in a while is great, but Coldbrook as a home course would not be fun at all. As I mentioned in the 'pro's' section, course knowledge plays a huge role in scoring here. Locals who know which tree to throw that tomahawk at will be able to compete with the top notch visitors - this flies in the face of most traditional disc golf theory on what makes a good course and will probably not sit well with many serious golfers.
Other Thoughts: After returning to Coldbrook for the 2008 Pro Worlds, I was very surprised and happy about a lot of the new changes to the course. The maintenance was top notch and several of the holes are being updated to match current disc technology. Kudos to the local club for all of your hard work!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
24 Holes of Escape
Pros: The most strictly FUN course I've ever played. Easy to navigate, shorter technical holes (which I like). If you don't like the woods don't bother coming out here. There are only a few "wide open" shots on the course. A friend of mine who is primarily a tomahawk thrower refuses to play this course. For me, it is bliss. And what's better than 18 holes? 24 of course! Some sideline water holes are included in the back six. The course is easy to navigate for the most part, aside from a couple of pin placement changes that can be figured out or asked about by locals. The park is beautiful and well maintained, and provides camping facilities, concessions and fishing as well. I believe they have boats for rent (which I plan on taking advantage of next year). Fun to play in groups. Alcohol allowed on the course, just not by the beach.
Cons: A lot of trees. For some this is a negative, for me it is a challenge. Pinpoint accuracy is required (at times), not a powerful arm. As previously stated, not a lot of open shots to crank the 400 foot drive. When I first played this course when I was younger there were a lot of folks of the toothless variety and loud kids, however I haven't found that as much as of late. I suggest visiting on weekdays to avoid that kind of thing. Some of the "bonus" holes are pretty ridiculous as far as their layout, especially 19 and 24- but still fun. $5 day pass, but that keeps some of the riff-raff out I think.
Other Thoughts: Come out with a few friends, crack a beer and remember why you got into disc golf in the first place.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Nice park. Bathrooms/fountains/other amenities are all here.
-Very clean course. Trash cans on about every hole, and players who know how to actually THROW AWAY their garbage (tough concept, I know)
-Some excellent holes. First nine has a couple very memorable holes, nice elevation changes especially on #1, #4, #5.
-There has been some landscaping here that looks very nice. A lot of benches and tables as well.
-Park closes at 9 P.M... however, the rangers will let you finish your round, which struck me as very kind.
-Nice people nearby; a lot of experienced disc golfers who will return discs/give you tips/talk about the game.
-Pet friendly, cheap entry ($5 per car) to play a nice course.
-Tests your shot selection to the max. Be ready to try shots you've never even thought about.
Cons: -Bugs are terrible. The worst I've experienced. This obviously can't be helped, but if you don't bring bug spray, you will be tormented.
-Hole issues - see below. I don't feel it's right to list this as a con, because it is a very subjective opinion.
-My group caught up to two different groups of people (2 in each group) who would take a long smoke break after each hole and never offered to let us play through. I feel like this might just be an unfortunate coincidence, but as it happened twice to me in the same round, I feel obligated to mention it.
-Weird hole layout for 22/23. It makes sense after going through it, but trying to figure it out at first was a bit tricky.
-The water hazards are fine... they typically don't come into play except on 19 - I like the hole but a couple people I saw had issues. Aim short. If you overthrow your drive, or even a long putt, it's a mucky excursion to get your disc back.
Other Thoughts: While many of the holes are nice in theory, I find myself questioning how much "skill" is really involved in many of these wooded holes. I mean, there are lanes here, no doubt. It's not all based on luck. But I honestly believe there may be too many uncontrollable variables here. Many of the holes don't really have a "fairway" or "rough". Just trees everywhere up until a 10-15 yard radius from the basket. A stroke of bad luck and you could be looking at a 5 or even a 6 on some of these holes. Playing this course as just a recreational round, I had no issues with getting 4's and a couple 5's because of good drives turned bad by a small tree or bush... that's disc golf for ya. However, it seems to me that pros could get frustrated by this very quickly. Maybe I'm wrong. I sure wouldn't want to play this course professionally, though.
All in all, though, this is a very nice course and worth playing multiple times. If you aren't from the area, make a day trip to check out Coldbrook, Robert Morris, and Oshtemo. All 3 are excellent courses within 10-15 miles of each other.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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