Northville, MI 
Cass Benton Hills DGC Share
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3 / 395ft.   3 / 295ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #2 Long Tee

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1    4/9/2011   4/13/2011
Review By: BucketBonanza
Played: 47  Reviewed: 30  Exp: 13.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cass Benton Hills offers a wide variety of hole design with some great topography to work with. Tight and tree rich, open, short, long, down hills, up hills, some water to contend with as well. This course offers a great walk and some terrain that is refreshing with some beauty to take in along the way. It is moderately challenging in spots but never becomes frustrating. A revisit would be welcomed.
Cons: Navigation can be confusing at times. Most signage is absent and vandalism has unfortunately taken its toll in some spots. The grounds were pretty clean though. It was relatively early in the day and the place was quite steady with traffic. Other players displayed good etiquette at the time of this review and playing through was permitted where applicable. Plan for hold ups. Have a good time.
Other Thoughts: If you are in this area this is a good one to tack on to your tour. It is a free park that seems to be well maintained, although this review is based on the very early season where garbage and destruction may not have had proper time to proliferate. The locals in this sample population seemed pretty decent despite their reputation and nickname.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Nice Course

1    2/25/2010   9/16/2010
Review By: Jabanger
Played: 9  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 7.4 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: I was pretty impressed with this course. Nice mix of distances and hills. Along with open and confined shots.
Cons: None that I can think of though I have only played this course once at the end of winter.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Best course I've played yet

5+    8/10/2010   9/14/2010
Review By: gmalsparty
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cass Benton (Hines Park if you're from the area) is the course I picked up the game at. Since then I have yet to find a course that compares. The amateur and pro tee option is something a lot of courses in Michigan don't have, and very helpful one for beginners. There's a mix of thick woods and open field; uphill, downhill, and level; and hole lengths vary enough that each drive doesn't seem redundant. Not to mention anyone who doesn't enjoy Hole 3 "Heartbreak Hill" has to be out of their mind.
Cons: Poorly respected by the people there to put it simply. Each tee is surrounded by a mound of cigarette butts and bottle caps. A ton of hole signs are missing, which accounts for why navigating the course can be a bit difficult for first-timers. If Hines was maintained at a higher level, there would be nothing bad to say about it.
Other Thoughts: The earlier you go the better. Once it hits about noon on weekends and 4 or 5 on weekdays, be ready to do a lot of waiting if you're just arriving. Hines isn't just the best course in the area, it's also one of the only free ones. Don't be surprised if a caravan of 10 people in front of you ruin your day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 A real gem, but could be better

5+    8/31/2009   8/5/2010
Review By: Grip_N'_Rip
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 10.4 Years
This review was updated on 11/26/2010
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Awesome variety of holes and a dynamic layout make this course sparkle. Every kind of hole is on display here and it allows the use of many of your discs and many styles of shot.
Hole No. 3 can't be oversold, just a beautiful vista-like view from high above. A wild throw on Hole No. 2 or 3 can land you over Hines Drive on your right, so be wary.
Hole No. 16, called Flexible Flyer is amazing. A semi-short hole that's aceable, it has this great drop-down location for a pin at the bottom of the hill, surrounded by trees. A really cool design.
Concrete tees, excellent pin placement, huge park and convienient location make it a must play.

Cons: People, people, people. The term Casshole only scratches the surface. Deuchebag circus kind of covers it. From over-privileged kiddie punks to obnoxious adults to vagabond rapist-looking weirdos who seem to wander in from time to time, there' s a little of everything. Because this is where I started playing, I thought every course was like this, thank goodness that's not the case.
Plus, there's always big groups of 10+ who sometimes lack common courtesy to let you play through. Luckily the course layout can allow you to skip around them with enough hustle.

Also besides the human trash, there's the trash on the ground. Litter is everywhere, and vandalism rampant. Signage is defaced or removed. The first tee is almost always missing it's sign. C'mon, people.

Also, the brush is brutal in some cases moving from tee to tee. You almost need a machete to get through it all between overgrown trees and downed trees.
Other Thoughts: If the crowds get you down, you can move over to Hole No. 11 to the left of Hole No. 1, called "Knock on Wood" or jump over to Hole No. 13 set across the dirt road/parking area, to start your round.

My love for the game started here and I still consider it my home course, but the people and course condition can really be a drag.

Anytime before noon is a good time on the weekend, on weekdays come after work at your own risk.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Good coures but not great

1    7/24/2010   7/26/2010
Review By: nofxorbust
Played: 15  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 12.4 Years
Pros: -Free to play
-Pro and AM tees
-Mix of open holes and tight shots
Cons: -Poorly maintained
-Lots of course traffic
-Missing signs
-Lack of trash cans
-Lots of down trees
Other Thoughts: This is a very good course but it could be a great course. Some of the holes are missing their signs and navigation from hole to hole can sometimes be confusing. If you care about time avoid this course during peak hours because it gets backed up fast. Overall this could be a great pro caliber course. It has a good mix of wide open big drives and tight wooded precision shots. I defiantly plan on coming back to play this course again.

 Not the same

5+    7/10/2010   7/24/2010
Review By: STXCougar
Played: 19  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.4 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good variety of shots and elevation changes. Free to play. wide enough fairways that if you botch a throw you wont lose a disc
Cons: Poorly cared for course now. Lots of slow moving groups it seems when i play.
Other Thoughts: Not the same since the state stopped funding it

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Nice Hills and Creeks.

1    7/17/2010   7/17/2010
Review By: AKormendi
Played: 65  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 17.1 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of elevation changes, good variety in shots. A lot of tight tree shots in the woods, outside of the woods long big fairways. Some sharp hooks to force you to learn your hyzers. Most of the roughs are pretty open, making for easy disc finding, though in the sunnier areas, some of the edges are quite thickly grown. Hole 12 is absolutely gorgeous with a little creek winding through it. Many fallen trees give this course a unique and picturesque appearance. Hole 3 and 18 are both extremely long, 3 from the top of the hill, 18 with a right dogleg.
Cons: A little difficult to find your way around. A lot of the tee signs have been removed/destroyed, but with a few exceptions it's not too bad to find your way around, and if you find yourself shooting at a black ace, there's still good play to be had. The concrete tees at get you started. Hole 1 has been crushed by a tree, you can still hit the chains, but landing it in the basket is a different matter. This course is strenuous. Expect to get a good workout on your legs going up and down hills and climbing over the fallen trees. Erosion has definitely aged this course, making some of the concrete tees undesirably sandy. Running water behind Hole 3's basket can take your disc away if you overshoot.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely one of the finest courses in the area, and I will definitely be making the trek out there more in the future. It easily competes with Hudson Mills for scenery, design, and challenge, while offering more shade and being free of charge. Took us a little bit to find the first tee, but after that, this course was pure discing joy. If you're in southeast Michigan and haven't played this course yet, remedy this as soon as possible. The rest of the park looks to offer a pretty good and scenic time, too, if you've not got the desire to throw anymore.

Re: Cassholes and litter, the condition on the course was pretty good today. We arrived a little before noon on a saturday, and found the people friendly, the course quite clean and uncrowded. Hopefully this is a sign of a change in attitude, and not just us lucking out.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Good mix of difficulty

2-4    7/4/2010   7/4/2010
Review By: mdarket
Played: 14  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 6.4 Years
This review was updated on 7/17/2010
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: There are many challenging holes. Each hole has different obstacles to overcome. There are a few holes that could be aced.
Cons: Quicksand like mud on hole 11. Lots of trees to play through.
Other Thoughts: Good local course. Well maintained.

July 17th - basket on hole 1 was crushed by a fallen tree.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Good course in need of help

5+    7/2/2010   7/2/2010
Review By: Gifted
Played: 27  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 17.8 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great technical shots
-Great forgiving "catch-up" shots
-A few ace run holes
-Decent sinage and naming for the holes
-Tables/Seating at most holes
-Nice scenery
-Right along Hines Dr. so easy to get to.
Cons: -As someone else stated, all the Cassholes
-Many large groups play, and none understand the concept of "playing through"
-Littered badly
-No land care (i.e huge trees down, city hasn't fixed, trimmed, or cleared out anything in over 2 years)
Other Thoughts: If the city would just reguard this as a great attraction, maybe start charging the average $2 to keep all the inbreds off the course and to also KEEP UP THE COURSE. This is a great place I've been playing for 12 years and last year through now is the worst I have ever seen the course. Both populous wise and course care.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Buyer Beware

5+    5/14/2010   5/27/2010
Review By: esdubya
Played: 99  Reviewed: 20  Exp: 20.4 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Other Thoughts: Sure, Cass Benton is a great course but you will have a drastically different experience depending on when you play it.

For best results, play early in the morning or wintertime.

If you want to have a long frustrating distracting round with a bunch of "cass-holes" then play afternoon on a nice day. It gets worse here than anywhere else in Michigan, in my opinion.

Let's put aside the casual player issue just for a minute here and talk about just the course.
Actually, the course itself was once great. Now it is good. The number of trees taken down by cass-holes and ash borers has opened up the line-of-flight to make it easier in general. It can get muddy. Teepads are still in OK shape. Navigation between holes is pretty easy. Signage is spotty.

The land here has the potential to house a 5 star course but as it stands now my experience at Cass is worth about a 2.5 star. This course is 10 minutes away from where I live and I rarely play it.

I can't offer a solution other than to take it out for a few years to let the land recover. Everyone around here is scared of that happening though because then the cass-holes will start to wander around to other area courses. Best to keep them in one spot, even though that spot is hurting. It's sad, really.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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