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.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: I have played courses all over the nation and this one is still my favorite. The pay to play has been a godsend. For $2 additional dollars (on top of the park fee) you can come here and play two amazing courses that are each twenty four holes long.
Other Thoughts: These courses really feel like you're in the woods. The monster is tougher but both are challenging, especially from the pro tees. CJ's party store on North Territorial Road has a bazilliion disc and great beer selection.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Which is better- they're both great
Pros: A tamer and even more beautifully maintained course than the monster. Better for beginners. This course has it all! Great variety.
Cons: Hard to think of any. A couple of repetitious holes. Got caught behind slow playing beginner groups, but eventually played through.
Other Thoughts: I'd pay the $2 anytime for this course. Its a beautiful course to bring a non-golfer along for a walk.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well maintained and manacured course. The "expansion" holes (holes A-F) are awesome. Just let 'er rip!! Beautiful surrounds make this a must play for any disc golfer. I've been able to sneak up (from the downwind side) on a doe and a fawn on the 16th hole, and damn near touched them both before they cleared out.
Cons: I'm a righthanded player and the course was designed by a lefty. Quite a few of the holes offer a serious challenge to a beginner who hasn't mastered the way of the forehand yet. Paying to play is kind of a drag, but the parking pass ($20.00 for the season) is well worth it. Go five times and it pays for itself. The jury is still out on the $50.00 annual bag tag. You've got to play the courses 25 times before you've paid it off and Ranger Rick and his cronies like to patrol to make sure all the kiddies have paid their dues.
Other Thoughts: As I said, a beautiful, well maintained course. Play this course in the evening towards dusk and you're in for a treat.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A Good Challenge
Pros: 1. Beautifully manicured. The mandatory "pay-to-play" at this pair of courses really seems to be put to good use, with well-defined fairways and landing areas, and rough that's not too rough.
2. Variety. What this course lacks in extreme elevation, it makes up for with some unique holes and plenty of trees.
3. Dual tees. I played from longs and my wife played shorts, and I could really tell a difference in how the hole could/should be played between the two tees. The longs don't just add distance, but frequently change the whole look and feel of the hole.
4. Level concrete tees. Truly a benefit for any course to have!
5. 18- or 24-hole option. If you can't squeeze in the extra 6, you have the option after Hole #4 to simply continue on and play the classic 18.
Cons: 1. Hole #s A-F (the extra 6) were a bit too open and similar to really add to the course. I was almost upset that the course wasn't going to be as fun as I'd expected on the Front 12, but my fears were quickly allayed upon entering the wooded holes (and subsequently losing a disc in the stagnant pond!).
2. Inconsistent basket installation. I like uniformity when I'm playing a course, and this one just doesn't have it. The variation in basket height can really throw off your game, or at least it does to mine! Too many missed birdies and pars because of this, but I guess I just need to adjust from hole to hole.
3. The tee signs leave a LOT to be desired. I particularly liked the wood-carved design, but would prefer a tad more information--like, WHERE'S THE PIN?! Too many holes I had to scout ahead just to be sure, although doglegs are indicated on the signs.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course, and I regret not being able to play both courses on the grounds while I was out here (I don't get to this part of Michigan very often, so I'll have to wait at least a few months before playing and reviewing the Monster course). It's definitely worth the $4 for parking and $2/person to play (all day, not per round!), and if you get the chance, make sure to check out CJ's on Territorial Road a few miles before the course...they have an AMAZING selection of DG supplies and equipment!
UPDATE: I'm adjusting my rating just slightly down to a 3.5. It's not that I've grown to like the course LESS since I've played it, but I've played many more courses and with this larger sample I've decided to revise a few of my more generous ratings.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Don't stop 'till you get enough
Pros: Great setup out in Dexter. They have two courses, with the parking lot in between. Practice hole (not just a basket) to get you warmed up before the full twenty-four. All holes are well marked with the pertinent information DGers need. The first half of the course wanders through a giant field of tall grass, with the fairways mowed through. The back half takes you into the woods and is by far the crown jewel of this course. Elevation changes and a stream come into play here, challenging you to finish your round with technique as well as power.
Cons: The first half of the course is OK. I mean, this park is really kept up and I have no complains, but it just seemed like holes 4-9 (including the 6 bones holes) were all the same. I would have liked to see some par numbers on the signs as well. Again, I'm nitpicking, because I really have nothing bad to say about this course. A park official followed us around for a couple holes (creepy). Maybe he's a voyeur.
Other Thoughts: This course is a hike out to the middle of nowhere - playing both this one and the monster is well worth the drive. There is a four dollar per car fee to get into the park and then two bucks for a wristband that lets you play. A dollar a course ain't so bad, and I'm sure it goes to pay the landscapers. Check this course out before summer's end.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Very well kept up
- Good mix of open, wooded and in-between holes. This course is not just a couple of holes in a field, then a couple of holes threading through the eye of a needle. Effort was made to have everything from wide open to tunnel, and all points in between.
- Pro tees do a good job of adding more than just distance, elevation changes and different angles done well
- Course does a very good job of maintaining playability as your skill level improves. There are holes that will not be too challenging for beginners, and holes that will be very difficult. It's a really nice feeling when those "impossible" ones become just challenging, and then regularly par-able.
Cons: - Going from "free" (but still with a park entry fee) to PTP was a real disappointment
- The narrow holes with very thick rough, particularly 14 and 15, can be daunting for new players.
Other Thoughts: This is essentially my home course, so I may be a bit biased. Before I lived in Dexter, this was the first "real" course I played, and I remember being overwhelmingly impressed by it. The more courses I play, the more impressed I am with this one. I have played this course far more times than any other course, and I literally never tire of it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Gotta Love It
Pros: This is a very nice course! Lots of technical challenges for the avid disc golfer, and yet more than enough enjoyment for a beginner as well. Beautiful outdoor landscape: trees, water, green grass, and very little in the way of man-made intrusions. Course is kept up very well. One of my favorites!
Cons: The course gets a little redundant after the first couple of holes, with five or six arrow straight fairways in a row. However, after that it gets right back on track with all sorts of challenges to keep you busy!
Other Thoughts: Maps are available in the park office.The $2.00 to play is WELL worth it because the course is kept in such great shape. Also, they run a lot of tournaments here so there are often experienced disc golfers around for conversation and advise.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is one of my top 5 favorite,great balance of open and wooded holes,variety of lefts and rights with great basket placement around natural obstacles,2 holes have water hazard,some pretty good elevation changes,challenging and lots of fun at the same time,Pro and Am cement tee pads on every hole,great signs,bathrooms,easy to navigate
Cons: Not close enough to my house!
There is Beware of rattle snakes signs posted although I have played here many times and never seen or heard of any on the course,really doesn't have any cons
Other Thoughts: Metro-park pass required for parking,$4 daily or $20 a year,DGC is pay to play $2 a day or $50 a year,Totally worth the money I would definitely recommend this course,this is a fairly long course bring water
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Excellent mix of holes, some open for long drives, many finesse and skill shots. VERY clean and well maintained, doesn't get much better than this. Easy to navigate, does not require a map as walking paths are well worn in. Fall color was a bonus.
Cons: Pay to play, but it seems to keep the course nice.
Other Thoughts: Well worth a visit, may be the best course in Michigan.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.