5 Helpful / 0 Not
Oh This Is A Sweet Park!
Pros: Hudson Mills is a place with the ability to make you feel proud to call yourself a disc golfer. I paid my money, slapped on my wrist band, and stepped out into an immaculately kept disc golf paradise. It felt very classy, and classy is not a word that is commonly used in the same sentence with disc golf. Unfortunate, but true. I felt like I was a welcome and deserving guest. This place gives the dg'er respect and from the looks of the grounds the players give it back in return. I have never had a guy in a golf cart offer me a cold bevie or a shot of bug spray whilst discing prior to this experience. It felt like I was at a disc golf country club.
The holes were laid out nicely and there seemed to be little if any opportunity for navigational errors. This was one of the smoothest and most intuitive plays I had ever partaken in. The course boasts perfectly sized concrete tee pads offering one pad for long and one pad for short on every hole. There is a fairly decent mixture of open holes and little dips through the woods that make this course a good walk and a good play. Bushes were the dominant form of obstacle apart from the tall grass lining the fairways. There is most definitely possibility for treachery to abound if one is prone to spraying discs hither and yon whilst avoiding fairways! The rough is fairly benign in that there didn't seem to be any plant life that was overtly detrimental to human skin residing within, but it is more than capable of hiding your beloved plastic to be sure. There are ponds at 7 and 12 and 13 that are not at all menacing but more like pieces of disc golf course whimsy. A bridge to throw across at hole 8 is a very nice touch as well. The interchange where a player is given, by way of signage, the option of playing 18 or playing 24 is a nice feature for those wishing to play an abbreviated round. The difficulty level is within reason from the long tees which keeps play lighthearted and enjoyable. The short tees likely allow unbridled fun to occur at every turn. This course is just a great play.
Cons: There are few cons to report at Hudson Mills. However, in all honesty, at times this course seemed like variety was lacking a bit and it was a touch repetitive in spots. It may be a product of the mostly flat terrain. The holes that do offer a different look from the more ordinary holes ultimately make up for this facet. Holing out at 18 will leave you with fond feeling towards Hudson Mills Original. Overall this course is simply rock solid.
Other Thoughts: The feel of this course is just fantastic. A great park with two great courses for 48 holes of disc delight. This is one of the most fun courses I have played in my time here on Earth. The frustration factor is virtually nonexistent. Reasonably clean lines and definite methods of attack are present on each hole and none require the luck factor over skill. This park is a destination for sure. I am excited to return and take my time getting to know it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
What more could you ask for?
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quite the complete disc golf experience with every amenity you could hope for.
Exceptionally well maintained: neatly mowed fairways, fresh wood chips around all the baskets, spacious dual concrete tee pads, nice tee signs with distance and hole layout for both tee pads, practice basket, score cards w/maps and pencils with erasers. The Park Office/Activity Center where you pay is conveniently located near the parking lot between the Original and Monster courses. Inside you'll find a well stocked snack bar (burgers, fries, chicken fingers, pizza, snack foods, drinks) with clean, comfortable tables and chairs and CLEAN bathrooms (indeed a rarity on on most courses I've played). This is the most welcoming place to play disc golf I know of.
24 holes offer good shot variety. Mostly flat, but moderate changes in terrain come into play on a few holes. Nice mix of long and short holes as well as a nice balance between open fairways and wooded holes. Long and straight will set you up quite well on most holes, but a few fairways definitely favor hyzer or annie/FH drive if you hope to reach the basket for birdies. Holes are well thought out, frequently making good use of trees and bushes as obstacles. While there are a few ace runs, there's plenty to challenge just about any golfer. Holes 12 & 13 are short enough to ace, but take you around a pond to help keep you honest.
The long tees here typically require more control and a tighter line than the short tees (again holes 4, 5, and A-F being exceptions) - not always easy to do when you're trying to get additional distance on your drive. Although they don't offer a different look at the basket, saying the long tees only "add distance" is missing the point as the window you have to hit off the long pads is often pretty narrow, opening up a bit wider beyond the short pads.
Quiet, scenic park setting. This is a multi-use park, but the course is pretty isolated from other park activities.
48 holes (including The Monster) accomodates a lot of golfers, so there's hardly ever any waiting here - nice to be able to play at your own pace.
Cons: Not a lot to knock here, but these are the facts:
Straying off the fairways can cause more grief here than other area courses. Thick, 2-3 ft high grass off the open fairways is excellent at hiding discs, even bright colors and white. Can't imagine searching for fly-died drivers in those amber waves. Trees and brush off some of the other holes can cost you a stroke or a disc as well.
Holes 4 & 5, as well as supplemental holes A-F, can get monotonous.
A couple of baskets are mounted a bit low, causing an awkward adjustment for some.
Navigation can be a bit tricky in a few spots for first timers, even with the scorecard map.
More and greater elevation changes would add some dimesion to the course (admittedly, not much they could do about that).
Never seen one on the course, but the park does warn that the only poisonus snake in Michigan lives here: the Massasauga rattlesnake, ranging from 18"-30" in length. Spends summer in drier areas, it prefers the wetlands the remaining part of the year. Just thought you should know...
Other Thoughts: Without doubt, Hudson Mills is one of southeast Michigan's premier disc golfing experiences, and is more accommodating to DG'ers than any place I've been to. How about Disc Golf Appreciation Day (6/26/11), with events and prizes just for DG'ers?
This is a large, challenging course that penalizes you for going off the fairway (but not too severly on many holes). Even if you only play 18, there are no quick rounds here, so take your time and make a day of it. Enjoy the course and the scenery, come back to the Activity Center to grab a bite and recharge... then get ready for big brother - it's called The Monster for a reason.
Worth way more than the $2/day they charge to play here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I loved the challenging, wooded holes and absolutely fell in love with the open holes! This course is so well-maintained and scenic that I'd even go back just to jog it and enjoy myself. Also, the employees are nice and even stopped to help my buddy find his disc.
Cons: I can see paying either $5 to get into the park or $2 to play, but both? Really?
Other Thoughts: The fairways can make for some pretty interesting lies off the tee. You think your disc is in the woods, but find it lying in the fairway.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Top ten course
Pros: HM Regular has just about everything a course needs. 24 holes, with two tee pads/hole makes for a wide variety of shots. Concrete, even tee pads, excellent signs and directions. Clean rest rooms and vending machines.
#1 is pretty tough from the back tee. I find getting a good score on the Reg requires a 3 to start, not always easy on the first, a dogleg left with a long straight finish. #2 is straight with some "bunker" trees around the basket. #3 (from the back) is an evil downhill to the right, with the basket on a sharply angled hill.
Then the course get's out into some open throws, including A-F holes. These can get a little boring, but it is also nice to be out of the woods for a while, as you will get your fill of that soon.
6-8 are tight, with mild elevation, 9 is an overgown sharp right turn. 10 is long and tight through brush and some cedars. 11 is a great right leaner, with a small hill , perfect for a roller. Careful, though, it is a blind hole. 12 and 13 are short, dangerous holes due to the swamp. Both are rare ace opportunities on this course, so go for it, with an expendable disc. 14-16 are long, tight holes through brush and small trees. 17 is insidious, who the heck puts a "tree" (post) right in front of the tee pad (other than at Idlewild?). 18 is a beautiful finish to a long walk, 400+ gentle left, keep to the right if you go off the fairway or you will have a trouble shot. Be careful of folks coming up #1.
Cons: Very few.
Other Thoughts: $2 is not too much to pay for this course. The staff keeps it in good condition.
The courses in this area make it a disc golf destination, IMHO. 48 holes with multiple te pads/baskets at Hudson Mills, Black Locust at Kensington, Rolling Hills and now Independence Lake ($9/day for non-residents is SHAMEFUL!), Hines Park, Jackson Comm College, DNR course in Grass Lake and many other small courses make this a wonderful place to come throw plastic. There are 200+ holes to be played within 45 minutes of Ann Arbor. Hudson Mills is right at the top.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Well maintained, offers a varity of challenges, The extra holes offer yet more varity. the holes are well marked and there are pleanty of woodchips under the pins.
Cons: Can be very crowded on weekends. The 2 dollars the play is a little bit of a bummer since you have to pay to get into the park. Can be very buggy
Other Thoughts: Truly one of my favorite courses.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A fantastic course. First off there is a practice hole/basket and a big wide open field to get warmed up at. The first half of the course is pretty straight, long and open. It gives you a chance to get warmed up/tuned in for the back half which is tighter, still long though. Wind can be a factor on many holes. Dual tee pads.
Pay to play is in effect here. $2 definetely worth it. I roll with the $50 seasonal pass.
There are rarely crowds of people here. I guess it's because it's away from the city?
Very clean atmosphere, well landscaped. benches and garbage cans galore. Pretty good chance of seeing some wildlife too.
Cons: Maybe the snakes. That's just being picky though. You rarely see them. I wish the DGLO would be a more popular tourney for the pros to come and play again.
Other Thoughts: Probably the most professional, best maintained course I've ever seen/played. Great people all around.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is an excellent course!! there is really nothing wrong with it!!! the course employs numerous types of shots and incorporates both a level of skill and fun. The course is well maintained with clear fairways and minimal though present rough and a mixture and wooded holes! ALL holes are clearly marked with nice concrete tee pads and signs laying out the course for both the long and short tee locations. all and all one of the best courses i have played. my buddy and i drove 217 miles to play the course and were definitely not disappointed.
Cons: some would say you have to pay to play but it is really not to bad!!! $2 gets you all day play on both this course and the monster course that is located at the same location as well as all day play at kinsington. all 3 courses are if i am not mistaken 24 hole courses.
some more elevation changes would be nice but the area is not really suited for it so you cant really blame the course!!!
Other Thoughts: There is an excellent disc golf shop located just down the road from the course called CJ's that has all the equipment you could ever need really!!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Best Frolf in the area
Pros: This park has a pay to play requirement. This may not seem a pro to some, but it has its benefits. For only two dollars the park allows all day frolf on two twenty four hole courses. Also, the course is very clean, and I have found the staff to be very friendly. One gentleman there has, on several occasions, pitched in to help my group search for a disc. The sheer number of holes, combined with the fact that you must pay keeps the course free of too many people, allowing one to play at whatever pace suits your mood.
This frolf complex has the closest feeling to a private ball golf course that I have yet to experience, and the only one in Michigan that I am aware of. By that I mean the other golfers almost always understand the unspoken rules of etiquette that seem to be hit or miss at other courses.
Now for the actual course....
The original course has two sets of tees allowing for a mix of challenges, shoot for par or run deuce on most of the holes for the experienced frolfer. Most of the holes allow for a variety of lines to be played. Both righties and lefties, or forehand shooters, will find the course not too bias.
This course feels like it is in the woods, one of my favorite aspects of frolf.
The fairways are defined, and mowed when called for. The rough is not ridiculous. You will not look for twenty minutes only to discover your shot right in front of you face.
There are a great mix of shots required. Some interesting pin placements on the open holes, some technical play on the woods holes. The excellent layout makes great use of the land.
Cons: Honestly, the only negative thing I have to say about this course is the lack of dramatic elevation change. However, southeastern Michigan is not exactly known for its mountains, so I can hardly blame the course designers.
Other Thoughts: Taken with the "Monster" course this park has the best frolf experience in the Metro Detroit area bar none.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Pay to play brings all the things you want at a disc course. Maintained fairways, benches, trash cans, signage, great variety of shot, and the $2 fee keeps the yahoos off the course.
Cons: No elevation. Which isn't even a con. But Im in wisconsin where elevation is unavoidable. Desired to me. Whats with the overpriced snacks? I bet locals don't even consider buying from the store inside.
Other Thoughts: Why wasn't I warned theres two fantastic 24 hole courses here? I was in the metropark three hours longer than planned. Well worth it!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pay to Play is NOT a bad thing!
Pros: This course was absolutely spotless with perfectly maintained fairways, obstacles, and equipment, benches at regular intervals, and access to restrooms at several spots. Both red and blue tee pads on all holes were flat, level, and HUGE! Having dual tee pads really helped to make this a family friendly course (I even beat hubby, although he played from the blue tees).
Scorecards are available at the Activity Center, where you have to go to get your wrist band, as are both rental and for-sale discs. They also have clean restrooms and food concessions in the Center, and a huge lost-n-found box.
Signage was colorful and adequate and the laminated "Surrounded by Water" additions on the posts were a nice touch.
The front 9 and much of the alternate 6 are open or very lightly wooded with plenty of room to let discs fly while warming up the accuracy throws for the more heavily wooded back 9. Creative lines and tee/basket placement shows itself as early as hole #1 with its elevated tee pad followed by a very tight hyzer through a fairly narrow fairway. Hole #C is a long open straight away with the basket placed directly behind a large evergreen tree. A hole has been opened at the base of the tree allowing a view of the basket and possible "under and up" putts should you get stuck on the wrong side of the tree. Hole #8 with its long, tight hyzer line over a creek was quite a challenge, and spotters are a very good idea on this one. Watch for the slimy pond on the right side of the heavily wooded #12 - a tree bounce here could have you wading (yuck!).
The roving park staff members were helpful, talkative, and funny.
Cons: The grass off the fairway was up to knee deep in places making disc searching a regular and time consuming affair, and you really want to stay out of the brushy bramble rough as the stuff is THICK and even going out over the top may not be an option here.
Par notation and basket location on the tee signs would be nice.
There were 2 places on the course where "Next Tee" locations were neither obvious nor marked. In fact, the trail you expect to bring you back to the Activity Center from 18 actually brings you out right in the middle of the fairway on hole 1....that could be a huge "Ouch!".
A couple of the holes on the front half of the course got a bit monotonous.
Other Thoughts: The daily or yearly parking pass will grant you access to ALL of the Detroit area Metroparks, and the $50 seasonal bag tag also allows access to the courses at the Kensington and Stony Creek Metroparks. That would almost make it worth the $50, although that seems a bit high to me.
The park had lots of other family friendly activities on site, with equipment for each available at the Activity Center.
Definitely stop by CJ's on your way in or out! Even if you need nothing, it's a jaw-dropping experience to stare at that many discs all in one place! The carry Phenix Quads and accessories of all types as well as (I'd guess) EVERY disc available from Innova, Discraft, Lightning, Latitude 64 and Gateway, and even selections from Ching and Aerobie. I just stood there slack-jawed trying to take it all in! Their buy 6 discs, get 1 free deal is the sh*t!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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