great, but not blown away
4 Helpful / 1 Not
aesthetic-- course plays through a portion of a large metro park. shares land with hiking/walking/biking trails.
Teesigns--nice to have teesigns at both teepads with seemingly accurate distances. the "pictures" of the hole are somewhat accurate, they show an approximate configuration of the hole.
teepads--both good and bad here, the teepads are of varying lengths. some are really really long (and a bit off-putting), some are appropriate length, and some are short. not sure why one size wasn't used as the lengths on this course do not vary by much throughout.
Mach III baskets-- in good repair, reflective tape might help to increase visibility. most of the time we were just looking for the number placcard on top.
Flow/navigation--relatively easy, nice worn paths seemed to guide us where we needed to go, in the few spots where confusion may have been an issue, the next tee was visible.
Options-- the option to play 18 v 24 is nice and the signage here is very clear.
risk v reward-- most of the risk v reward here is in the form of the rough, there is a small scummy pond on a couple of the holes but for the most part it's a non-issue. the grass is thick off of the fairways and the scrub trees are pretty thick in some places but it's relatively easy to find your disc.
maintenance/upkeep--the mowers cut an insane amount of grass both on and off the courses here and the grass in the fairways was immaculate throughout. not much trash throughout, benches and garbage cans throughout the course.
length-- I really really though with the ratings this course had that there would be more 400-500ft holes where a fairway driver might have come in handy in the fairway. Rather, we spent most of our round teeing off with either mid-ranges or fairway drivers.
repetition-- it seemed that the field holes were repetitious. it seemed like they were mostly straight out with some light trees strewn about.
Lack of elevation--there is very very little elevation change here, I understand that this isn't always controllable but it seemed like there were places that elevation could have been used better.
Honestly, I was slightly disappointed. I thought with the ratings this course had I would be more impressed, I just wasn't blown away. don't get me wrong, it's a great complex, just not phenomenal or best of the best.
I found myself comparing different parts of the course to different courses that I had played before. the later parts of the course reminded me a lot of Oshtemo in Kalamazoo, the water holes reminded me of Knollwood in Kalamazoo. there were parts that reminded me of Blue Gill and parts that reminded me of other courses that I had played in the past.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
An old-school gem that has stood the test of time
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Hudson Mills Metropark is an absolute must-visit disc golf destination park. The Original course is one of two very good courses that are beautifully maintained, have tee sets of cement tee pads, good signage, and fully intuitive navigation.
The Original course provides a fun experience with sufficient challenge to keep all skill levels coming back. There are several very good holes and the stretch from hole 6 to 18 is among the best around.
The total experience is very enjoyable and the wooded holes, in particular, are very scenic.
Some of the stand-out holes are:
1) A great initial hole, which is one of the most challenging. This hole requires an accurate, powerful drive to get within 70 ft. of the basket for a birdie chance. Anything thrown off the fairway from the tee can easily result in a 4 or 5.
3) An uphill to downhill sweeping mid-range turnover shot with a run-away green. This is my favorite hole on the course.
12-13) Back-to-back short, tight holes where taking a 4 or 5 for the pair is expected, but it's possible to 8 or 9.
18) This long par 3, could be considered a par 3.5, but is deuce-able with a well executed cut roller or crushed drive and long putt. It's really a mind test to see if you can get into the house with a 3, but is eerily unsettling, particularly after playing the tough hole 17.
Cons: Few. Normally my maximum score for an "all par 3's" course is a 3.5, but I bumped this one up a .5 owing to homie bias. This wasn't my first disc golf course, but it was the first one I fell in love with.
The stretch from hole 4 through the letter holes and ending on hole 5 is pretty boring. It's pretty close to wide-open and mostly crusher-friendly.
With the space given, an amazing 18 hole par 65 course could be constructed.
Other Thoughts: Be kind: leave the course cleaner than the way you found it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great course well maintained
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course so well maintaned, in a great complex, well laid out 2 courses completely different are walking distance apart honestly a little flat on the elevation but could not ask for more when it comes to size and layout of this course who ever made this courst worked hard to provide some balance and honestly the complex and grounds are a dream just an awesome course
Cons: not a lot of elevation changes, looks like there may be a water hole but evertime i have gone it has been dry so not alot of water on the course of elevation changes. Extra tees and extra baskets on monster make up for the short falls love this course
Other Thoughts: WIDE fareways and balanced play, the extras on monster make a world of difference just a discgolf trippers dream area.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a well kept course, they just pulled out quite a few olive bushes opening up the fairway further. There is a variety of different types of holes. There are shorter ones, longer ones, hilly ones and flat ones. It is challenging yet fun.
Cons: There isn't really anything bad to say about this course, I guess just that I miss the pond holes because there is really no pond anymore. It is just about dried up.
Other Thoughts: I would say that this course is great for just about anybody, beginner and someone more experience.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Intense, diverse, and radical. But not the best around...
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: + Huge, double-coursed metropark with pay to play awesomeness
+ Rental shop, bathrooms, chill facility with some cool nature displays
+ Cardstock map/scorecard
+ Practice hole
+ The rough is played through enough to make it forgiving
+ Tees (Am and Pro), baskets, picnic tables, trash cans are all in good shape
+ Good use of elevation changes with a world-class diverse layout, easy to follow
+ Preserved natural obstacles (trees, stumps, etc.)
Cons: - Lots of bikers and hikers around
- Am tees with awfully inaccurate distances
Other Thoughts: If I were to guess, I would say this course was designed by goblins. They know we're expecting an amazing, fun course and instead they built one with beastly trees standing in the way of birdies. Wetlands, woods, wide open spaces... It has it all. Straight shots, anhyzers, hyzers, big long drives, alleys, a bridge shot, elevation changes that help, hurt, and frustrate. I imagine this is a course you can come back to again and again and learn something new every time.
I want to play the Monster course some day, and maybe play both courses when it's not so dried up and losing its color. I'm not sure exactly why this course didn't preserve its color through September like most other courses around. I think it's because it's played through so much. There are prettier courses around... But that's not why everyone plays dg...
Now, why isn't this the best course in the area? There's another one, more impressive, newer, and taken care of better. You can't just read my review and find out though. Go out and find it for yourself :)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Mid Michigan's Best
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Practice Area With Basket
- Cement Tees (Pro and Am)
- Wood Chipped Baskets
- Very Well Kempt / Maintained
- Diverse Holes (Wooded and Open)
- Low to Zero Waiting
- Challenging and Fun
Cons: - Wouldn't be a 5 if there were any cons, duh
Other Thoughts: - Course takes about 45min - 1hr to complete
- Parking $5/Day or $25 Annual
- Pay to Play = $2/Day or $50 Annual
This is what I come to expect when it comes to disc golf courses. This is one of the first courses I've ever played and it will always be my favorite.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Believe the Hype!
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well kept course with lots of variety.
Optional Long (Blue) or Short (Red) courses
Cement tee pads & chain baskets every hole
Good signage, picnic tables and trash cans
Wide open holes and narrow holes
24 holes to play, x2 courses (Monster)
Cons: Not much to complain about...
Bugs can be bad, but that is summer in Michigan
$5 for park and $2 per player to golf may deter some
Rough can be thick in some spots
Just wish I lived closer to it. :)
Other Thoughts: An absolute blast to play from the Red tees, and a very challenging course to play from the Blue tees. Well maintained, plenty of benches to rest at and traffic flows nicely thru 24 holes. I am not against paying to play if it keeps yahoos off course. I prefer the Original to the Monster myself, but to each his/her own. Definitely stop by and play this course, well worth the ratings hype!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Hudson Mills is a must play!
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Pretty much every thing, the course was great.
cement tee pads
awesome elevation changes
other players were polite (I even had a disc returned that I had forgotten on a hole)
Cons: Nothing really, maybe the fee to get into the park but I'd gladly pay it again and again to play this great course.
Other Thoughts: Awesome course that a friend and I made about an hour drive to get to. We will for sure play this course again and again.
If you can only squeeze in one course at hudson mills it should be this one.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course is in a beautiful park, and has an additional 24 hole sister course just across the parking lot. A modest pay to play fee is clearly put into the course, with great maintenance and nicely groomed fairways both in the open and in the woods. Dual concrete tees and basic signage are nice, especially since the longer tees often add an extra pinch point or slightly tougher angle to the wooded holes and some extra distance on the more open shots.
There are plenty of tight shots here to test your ability to hit your line. There's enough brush and trees off the fairways to punish errant shots, but there is enough space that you don't always just have to pitch back out to the fairway. There's a nice distance variety, especially with the short and long tees, you'll find some ace runs and some holes where you get to open up and drive a little bit.
The practice hole is a nice touch, you can get some throws in and there's enough room to get in some approaches and putts too. The office has discs and snacks for sale, always a nice touch at a pay to play course.
Cons: The first half of the course is mostly open, and has a ton of long grass off the fairways. I'm not a fan of prairie style holes, I personally feel they add frustration for errant shots without really adding any challenge for your next shot. If you like that style disc golf, then this con won't apply to you and you can pretend this course is rated a little higher.
The wooded holes have a lot of straight shots, I would have liked to see just a little more variety in hole shapes to test a few more different line shaping skills. The signage is a little weak, on the handful of holes that aren't straight ahead it's not necessarily clear exactly where the pin is.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the shorter tees to be a reasonable length and challenge level, though the rough can be a bit thick and frustrating at times for newer players. More experienced throwers won't find a ton of different lines to hit, but there are enough trees and rough to make you pay for your mistakes. I enjoyed playing these courses and would definitely recommend a stop.
I don't mind paying to play, especially a reasonable $2 fee at a complex with two nicely maintained courses. It does bother me a little though that there's a park fee and a separate disc golf fee when other amenities that are more expensive to install and maintain are free once you're in the park.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Wow! Great experience.
Pros: - park caters to disc golfers
- great tee pads
- perfectly maintained course
- well designed holes, clearly not just thrown in randomly
- nice players, nice park workers
- LOTS of holes to play (48 across two courses)
- Great variety in hole types, forcing all kinds of throws
- Good use of elevation where possible
- practice warmup holes before the course
- tons of parking and lots of other park stuff to do
- multiple tee pads per hole, allowing even MORE variety!
Cons: - a few repetitive holes in the A-F holes (you won't miss much if you're short on time and have to skip a few)
- One of the hole transitions confused me, I forget which one. But I found it after backtracking 50 ft and glancing around better
Other Thoughts: This course is amazing! There is an activities building between this and the monster course with nice bathrooms and food. The course is maintained perfectly and I saw less trash here than any other course I have played.
The players here are also amazing...I lost a disc and thanks to "Ben" who called me using my number on the disc, I was able to go get it from him 4 holes later. Thanks, Ben!
This course is worth driving to from anywhere within a few hours. There are two 24 hole courses on site, and both are a lot of fun. They were not busy at all, and with all of the additional park facilities it would be a great place to spend the entire day having a picnic or a party along with a few rounds of disc golf.
Make sure to print a course map before coming...there were none next to the first tee as many stated that there were. Maybe because it is getting late in the season?
**update: there are almost apparently maps/scorecards in the activities center!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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