5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The site flows in a nice pattern around the disc golf parking lot (designated on the map they give you when you pay for your day pass). Most of the baskets have some tree chopping potential, but the course wasn't overly technical for this beginner.
I played with 4 other frolfers on a warm sunny Saturday afternoon and while the crowds were heavy, didn't experience a lot of waiting until near the end.
A few discs were chucked into thorny bushes, I was glad to be wearing pants!
The site was clean and well kept.
Cons: I didn't like the way Tee 23 criss cross the previous route almost like a figure 8. There was a swampy low area with poor drainage near tee 19 that probably can't be helped, but made for some nasty disc retrieval.
Other Thoughts: Definitely a site I'll want to return to. The Lake and the changes in topography makes the course interesting.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: nice course, good upkeep, had a great time lots of hills nice exersize. tomahawk was a good throw for a lot of holes also a nice long drive is key to have in your bag for many holes on this course.
Cons: water hazzards I hate those. had to wait a little.
Other Thoughts: very fun, very nice layout.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 10 Not
Good ******* Luck
Pros: - Now has some decent tee pads, some still bad.
- Rough is not too bad.
Cons: - Didn't notice hardly a sign, luckily I knew my way around.
- Trees: course puts 10 times more emphasis on pure blind dumb luck than skill. You can literally just close your eyes and throw a random disc, and are more likely to get a good shot than by trying to throw a good shot.
Your best bet is to give up and just whip it randomly, hoping for a good kick. Trust me, I tried it out and it DID work for me. Try it before you knock it.
Other Thoughts: Just an absurdly tight course with hardly any legitimate designed holes. Can be frustrating, not worth playing in competition.
3 of 13 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Large course, well maintained. Excellent tee pads thanks to the upgrades for the 2008 PDGA worlds. Lots of diversity, this course will call for every shot you can throw. Left, right, rollers, tomahawks, it takes them all to play here.
Good use of elevation. Some lakeside water hazards to keep it challenging.
Cons: Trees...lots and lots of trees. Many holes are so wooded there is no real "fairway" of any kind. And so avoiding trees becomes more a question of luck than of skill.
No course map available.
Other Thoughts: Hole 18 turns into a huge mud puddle in the wetter parts of the year. They've recently (June '09) fixed this by laying down massive amounts of wood chips, but it'll be wet again by next spring. You may want to bring a floating disc just in case.
Be aware the disc golf side of the park closes around nightfall and Park Rangers will come by to tell you to wrap it up and/or kick you off the course. Campground side of the park runs 24/7 though, so if you're staying there then no worries.
In the unusually named nearby town of Climax, the Sinclair's Market sells discs, mostly Innova, in case you chucked one into the lake.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun, relaxing course
Pros: next to a small lake so the scenery is great. Lot of birdie opportunities but baskets are well guarded by trees. Great flow, really easy to find next holes. Nice concrete tees. Well maintained.
Cons: bugs can get bad, some holes are too short but still rack up the bogeys
Other Thoughts: Great course to go to in the morning when nobody is there and its nice having the place to yourself sometimes.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Graet design, lots of trees, some elevation changes, some length, some water. Do not go on thursdays after 3:00 unless willing to spend up to an hour waiting (leagues). A trusty mid-range is very helpful.
Cons: Very few, # 18 has been known to flood
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Long But Fun
Pros: A great variety of shots from narrow to open. Woods and meadow, and of course left to right. Very clean and well maintained. Complete with plastic casings around tree trunks to protect them. All tees have concrete pads and, is a very fun and technical course.
Cons: Some of the tees aren't marked so well. Luckily we had help before we set off from some local discers. When we went early in the morning, wasn't busy at all but, as we were leaving it got really busy. Be forewarned that you have to play 5 bucks to park.
Other Thoughts: I would deffinately play it again.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: challenging course, awesome terrain changes, nice tees and baskets. awesome water holes.
Cons: some of the new signs are already missing, hard to navigate, i believe i actually passed hole 4 with out knowing it. hole are a little too close together and i was almost hit twice while teeing off.
Other Thoughts: needs some maintenance but better then alot of others.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Beginner, good variation, accuracy needed.
Outstanding 24 hole disc golf course that is maintained fairly well. The park has camping on site, a beach, picnic and grilling areas, and a decent fishing lake. One of my favorite courses and the course I call my home course. Most holes except one have a cement tee pad. All the baskets are in good shape and taken care of. Changes in 2008 really improved the overall play of the course. There is outstanding variation on this course. We have elevation changes, wooded shots, and water hazards. The water hazards are fairly easy and most of the time it would be difficult to lose a disc. Dog friendly park that will enforce the leash law. People friendly park that has a lot of locals who will be more then happy to chat and help newcomers.
The course has ample signs and would be hard to get lost in.
The park rangers are sticklers for leash laws and parking laws. It cost money to play and park, 5$ a day or a 25$ annual. If you play in the evening and are coming to dusk your car must be parked outside the normal area in order to continue to finish. The rangers get out a horn and start yelling to get people off the course at dusk (unless your parked in the right area by the fishing docks). Dogs are not allowed on the beach or picnic areas, you will be ticketed if caught (usually they give a fair warning).
Wind is a factor on some days from the lake, and sometimes usually in the fall and spring evening hours the course can get fairly busy but not as bad as I have seen on others. Thursdays are league nites and very busy in the spring and summer.
Other Thoughts: *
The local disc golf clubs and folks really do a lot of work on the course. They are constantly improving it and it is looking excellent. Thanks for your hard work!
Some of the holes are very tight but ALL the holes have a path so it is skill and a little luck, not just luck shots. There are a few holes that you can really rip it, but most holes are approach shots that range from 180-240'. The best thing about this course is it should test every part of your game from accuracy to power because of the tremendous amount of variation. Overall an excellent experience in a pretty area.
Also this is a LEGIT 24 hole course, if you just play 18 you are missing out on the entire experience. Oh yeah #17 is very difficult and blind but that is what makes it fun!
This course along with Robert Morris and Oshtemo are the main three in Kalamazoo, if your passing through the area this is one worth playing!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New course redesign in 2008 has 24 holes that offer a mix from wide open to closed in play. Holes in low altitude areas offer better play than other courses in bad weather, but can be very muddy. Marked very well with new signs (9/08), with good cement tee pads at nearly every hole. County park allows beer, a relief from seeing 'no alcohol' signs elsewhere. A couple of grip and rip holes (21-22) offer contrast to a bunch of tightly wooded holes. Frequent league play, with a lot of locals who know every trick on the course.
Cons: $5 entrance a tad steep for some. Tightly wooded holes (7 through 17) reward luck rather than skill in most cases and are often quite short. Graffiti from juveniles on benches is irritating. No holes that rival best at Robert Morris, Oshtemo or Meyer Broadway.
Other Thoughts: Go to course for cold November and March days, and many ace opportunities.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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