6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Woodsy and technical with elevation that's used very effectively. Tree lined fairways (many dotted with a few more sprinkled in for good measure) require you to find and execute a line in order to score well. Course is aptly named, with many elevation changes ranging from subtle to very dramatic. Features several picturesque holes and visually impressive drop offs that are very inviting to throw, along with some distance robbing uphill grades. Well balanced mix of lines will have you using every shot in your arsenal, and thinking about your plan of attack. Challenging enough for experienced players without being intimidating to beginners. Wonderful disc play on a well-designed course.
• Flows naturally from basket to next tee, only had trouble in one spot (went to 16 after 9, had to back track to find 10).
• Concrete pads are fine and baskets were a non-issue. Distance only tee markers are simple but in good condition:
11 blues for long
11 reds for short
7 whites on holes with a single tee pad.
• Rough isn't too bad for the most part (but can be thick in spots). Risk of disc loss is relatively low for a course of this caliber.
• Very effectively isolated from other park activities. Park was clean and well maintained and absolutely bustling with other activity when we played, but course was completely secluded... hardly saw anyone during our round.
• Tons of shade makes playing here on hot days a lot easier.
• Update: Dubs league has added brooms to sweep tees at many holes - either they didn't quite have enough for all 18 holes, or someone's already swiped a few of them, but they are present on most holes.
Cons: $9/car for out-of-county residents! At that price, they ought to include lunch or at least someone to sweep tee pads.
• Dual pads on 11 of the 18 hole are pretty much same line give ot take 75-130 ft.
• Fine when I played, but with all the elevation and so many bare patches in the wooded sections, I can totally see how the course would be a mess after a good rain, if not downright treacherous to get good footing on.
• If well wooded, technical courses aren't your idea of good discing, stay away - frustration is simply a matter of time. Just cause your drive looks OK doesn't means you're out of the woods (literally). Most holes offer opportunities to hit trees all along the fairway.
• No real "air it out holes," virtually every tee shot requires control.
Other Thoughts: If I had to select one course that typifies Michigan disc golf, this would be it. Great design, terrain, and setting combine to create the quintessential Michigan discing experience. Course has aged beautifully and is solid in every aspect - no glaring deficiencies.
Bring friends to help out with the entry fee and play Rolling Hills the same day as Independence Lake to stretch your park pass and you've got one helluva nice day of DG.
Tons of quality DG variety make the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area a great destination: Hudson Mills, Rolling Hills, Ponds of Lakeshore, and Red Hawk at Independence Lake each have distinct personalities, and offer unique challenges depending on your personal strengths and weaknesses. Each of them is well designed, clean, a complete joy to play, and completely different from the others. For a shorter technical challenge, try nearby Mary Beth Doyle park - not up to the standards the others set, but not a bad course unto itself.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Ypsi's Disc Golf Claim to Fame
Pros: -Challenging. A lot of technical shots. Long tees often have very tight windows to start with, most all have interesting lines on them necessary to avoid trees.
-Scenic. Woods, flowers, nice mowed fairways, and more hills than most of the area.
-Well maintained. Not much trash, and trashcans everywhere. Good seating on course.
-Good signs, tees, and baskets. Distances everywhere, multiple tees on most holes. Most everywhere it's clear where to go. Easy to skip from hole 9 to 16, though.
-Elevation. It's there, and it's well used. Hills to chuck your discs off, and brutal uphill shots, one into a mess of trees.
-Clubhouse on site to fill up water and use bathrooms.
-Good flow. Every hole follows naturally, and course arranged to be playable as shorter rounds if pressed for time.
-Break out every shot in your bag, you'll need it for the million different ways to get in trouble.
-Roughs not too bad, most places lack serious thorns, poison ivy and growth. Not everywhere, though.
-Hole 15. Its just awesome. Off the top of a huge hill needing to go around trees at all kinds of angles.
Cons: -Prone to muddiness after it rains, watch your foot faults or you may skid in mud pits off the front end of teepads.
-Expensive for non-county residents. Well worth my $20 yearly pass, but $9 parking for non-Washtenaw residents. Still worth your money, but may price out some younger enthusiasts.
-Gets a little mosquito infested during that time of the year, but better than a lot of local courses during the troubled times. Bearable without bugspray at twilight, if you like slapping.
-A workout. More effort than you may like for your round, due to the hills and high probablility of hitting trees.
-Closes at sunset, so no night golf.
-No water hazards.
-Easy to skip holes at one point. Pay attention to basket numbers.
-Might be frustrating to newbies, a lot of opportunities to hit 10 trees in a single hole.
Other Thoughts: I am so glad I live near this course.
It was closed for some time this year to put in roundabouts, I guess to better handle the water park traffic. I missed it so much, it was like a girlfriend studying abroad for a semester. And it was only 6 weeks.
Anyway, this course has everything but mercy. Washtenaw County has a lot of good courses to play, but this is definitely in our top tier and not to be missed on a trip to this area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Unique and Technical Course
Pros: This course contains a great mix of shots on a very well maintained course in Ypsilanti. The majority of shots off the tee are straight or lean right which may be a advantage to lefties or right-handed forehands. Hilly terrain is both very welcome and fairly unique in this part of Michigan. The water park nearby is a great place to chill out after a round. (extra cost)
Cons: Most of these cons are par for the course as they say in Michigan's outdoors. Bugs and poison ivy abound. The rough is very rough. Losing and/or finding discs should be expected on a typical round. Errant throws will be punished. There are a couple of dicey navigational moments for new players, but locals are generally helpful...and abundant. This course can be crowded during peak hours or league play. You play for free but admission to the park isn't free, but a yearly is only $20 and gets you into Independence Lakes courses as well. As a general warning, dogs are no longer allowed on the course.
Other Thoughts: This course is a perfect compliment to Ypsilanti's other great course across town at Lakeshore. Play them both in a day and you'll get to throw every disc in your bag.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice mixture of holes. Very technical at points but some nice open holes as well.
Cons: A little difficult to navigate because there are also nature trails through out the course. No maps just posts telling you distance and which direction to throw.
Other Thoughts: It is now $9/car if you are a non-resident. Wish I would have had more time to enjoy the pool area as well.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: It is a nice place like the tee pads and there and some different holes for forehands and backhands
Cons: Alot of ivy there and some stupid holes, but who knows what else is wrong, and you have to pay to get in the park.
Other Thoughts: Bring bug spray. Bring bug spray. Bring bug spray.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice park, good use of what elevation is available, nice wooded holes. Two sets of tees: shorts are friendly to most players, longs are challenging for good players. Excellent workout for those looking for lefty-friendly course. Great place to develop a RH sidearm.
Cons: High fees if not county resident with annual pass. Tees need brushing occasionally.
Other Thoughts: Get your scoring done on the 1st 6 holes, after that birdies are harder to come by.
RH sidearm is a big asset on this course, particularly on the long tees. Short tees are much more neutral. Guys with a good RH flip-up shot also do well here. Lefties will want to come back again to play the longs.
Holes 7,8, and 12 require a very precise shot through wooded terrain. Hole 17 has very tight access to pin due to large tree in fairway getting bigger & bigger.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A little tree-intensive
Pros: - A very technical course, by and large, many of the courses in the area (HM, P@L) tend more towards big arms.
- well maintained and relatively clean - the people we saw patrolling for trash were mostly in the open areas, though, which is where no one leaves it.
- Two tee pads on most holes
- Brush is rarely very thick, difficult to lose discs
- Good changes in elevation. Two holes back to back (12&13 or so?) have extreme (by SE MI standards) changes, and are neat holes.
- The blind holes are well done, but spotters are recommended
Cons: - The vast majority of the holes seemed to favor a LHBH or RHFH shot. Not all actually turned to the right (though many do), but many of the "straight" holes are very tight on the right and open to the left, making a RHFH/LHBH a much safer shot.
- Though I listed the technical nature as a plus, some holes went too far. I always feel (skill bias, perhaps) that threading it through the first 3-6 trees in the fairway is skill - the rest of them are just luck. I'd rather get penalized for lack of skill than lack of luck. I recognize that I have a bias towards big arm courses, and tried not to penalize much for this.
Other Thoughts: If you're in the area (e.g. Ypsi), this makes a nice bookend with the Ponds at Lakeshore, which is an open, distance course.
The year pass vs. day pass seems about right to me - if you don't live in the area, $5 isn't that bad, but if you do, the cost of the year pass is more than worth it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very clean and well-maintained. Good tees and good baskets. The placement of the baskets relative to trees and/or elevation on some holes makes them interesting. Multiple tees make the course ideal for players of various skill levels.
Cons: While each hole is unique, the challenge always involves naviagting through trees. If you like a variety of holes that include open-field throws or water coming into play, you won't find that here. The direction of the next hole is sometimes poorly-marked. There are no signs at the tee, just yardage markers. You are throwing blind when the basket is not visible.
Other Thoughts: The course was extremely crowded when I played, although everyone was very friendly. The entrance fee (especially for out-of-state visitors) is way too high, but they do take credit cards.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
This Course is a GEM!
Pros: 18 Unique Holes. Concrete Tees. Pro and Am Tees on a lot of the holes. Clean and well kept. Friendly players. Mix of both wooded and non-wooded shots. Cool elevation shots. Cool blind drives.
Cons: The signs for the next holes could be a little nicer. Not bad or hard to follow they just don't do the course justice. Price is a rip if you are going to play by yourself but with a few friends seems more than fair! There is no real concession stand. You have to pay a seperate fee to get into the waterpark if you want access to a concession stand.
Other Thoughts: This course was an 1 1/4 hour drive for me and was WELL WORTH THE DRIVE! This is a course you will want to arrive early at. Play a round and then enjoy the waterpark. Go back and play another round. The park is very nice. Bring something to drink and something for lunch. Not much in the way of eating near by. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting a break from HudsonMills.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very well maintained course make for a very enjoyable and scenic round of disc golf. Nicley mowed fairways on every hole make finding discs fairly easy. Mulch around many baskets looks really nice and helps your disc stay when you brick on the long putts. Great use of elevation. Great mix of open and tight fairways. Cement tee pads, signs around course help for easy navigation. Pro and Am tees on most holes. This course never seems to be really busy, can be a challenge for higher skill levels but can still be a fun course for beginers.
Easy acess to I-94 many other nice courses in the area.
Cons: $9 daily pass for non county residents.
No dogs aloud.
Other Thoughts: What a beautiful Course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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