6 Helpful / 0 Not
Koz = Gay
Pros: -great hole design
the first five lead you into the woods and don't let go until #16. then it finally opens up into a huge field with the fairways skirting along the edge of the woods. great use of length and line keep the fairly static surroundings unnoticable. i was impressed with the shot options as we played through: tunnel shots, tight threads, water (swamp) hazards, ravines, bridges, hyzers, anhyzers, etc.
great signage on every hole, marking hole # and distance. "next tee" signs in abundance as needed, and might have even been overkill. cement tee pads for every hole, and i love the way they were rounded off at the ends, pointing you towards the pin. trash cans throughout and the course was virtually litter-free. picnic benches strategically placed let you take a break while playing through, which you will take advantage of.
-challenging but fair
you will use these park benches because you will be tired. this course is long with no am tees. swamps/bogs come into play on a little over a quarter of the holes. you will use the majourity of discs in your bag, and while challening, it is fair. if you have a bad drive you will be punished and it will be hard to recover, but it is not a course in which you will need blind luck to succeed. the rough wasn't too bad when i played and aside from water hazards, you should'nt have a problem leaving with all the plastic you came in with, especially with a spotter.
-the park itself
awesome piece of land (campground, lake with boat launch, rock climbing wall, etc.) makes the oaks a destination for more than just DG. and there was a summer camp going on crowding hole #1 that let us play through - turns out the counselor was teaching the kids how to putt!
Cons: -mix it up?
i wish they would've been able to break up the surroundings a bit better. we kept waiting and waiting for the woods to break and they didn't until 16. then you were slapped with 5 bombers in a row.
while the signage was everywhere it seemed a bit outdated. a lot of them were faded from the sun and couldn't be read. some of the distances seemed wrong; either too short or too long. not sure if elevation played into this or not but i questioned more than a few. and per the graffitti on the posts, is seems like Koz and Cookie get around quite a bit! considering every sign had a derrogatory comment about the aforementioned, i figure my title for this review is fitting.
-something seems missing
i keep telling myself i'll know a 5-star course when i play it, and this was damn near. but it still felt like something was missing - maybe a real water hazard (not just bog/swamp)? maybe more than one signature hole? i'm not sure but throughout the round i couldn't shake the feeling that it could be better somehow.
Other Thoughts: Addison Oaks is awesome - plain and simple. it's the best i've played in the metro area, and is a destination course. this is an all-dayer; pack a lunch and bring plenty of fluids. it took four of us just over three hours to play all 24.
my favourite holes were #4 - an open drive hooking right with a harsh approach under giant pines, #10 - THE signature hole at the oaks, a shot off the top of the hill and over a marshy ravine with the pin on the far shore. (an absolute do or die hole), and #20 - no fairway (just a landing spot), then a right twist uphill to the hidden basket atop. #18 is the longest hole, at 692 ft., and you'll be dying to let 'er rip after the technical/placement shots in the woods.
i absolutely recommend playing this course - grab some friends and get lost... just watch out for "Monkey ****ting on Cookie's Chest"!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very nice park, lots of variety in shots, and it wasn't crowded. Plenty of technical wooded shots, many water shots, and even a fair amount of open field shots as well.
Cons: Poor tee pads. Roughly half are cement and half are dirt. $10 to get in the park. Very easy to lose discs if you are not careful.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
toughest in the metro
Pros: - Mix of landscape and holes. Features a creek, lake, peninsula basket, ponds, hills, pine forest, thick rough, tall grass, tunnel shots and more.
- Very well manicured with mowed fairways
- Cement on 2/3 holes now, tee signs, practice basket
- Tough, well though out design with challenging par 4's and some easy 2's
- Signature holes such as the 490? ft downhill 1st hole over a finger of water with water behind to the left and a row of willows blocking the attempted big-deuce, makes you play for score not show
Cons: -Park entry rules: apparently in the off season which is still going on though it's mid-April, you have to obtain a permit at the Valero 2 miles away (5/10$). There is only ONE, small, sign there I noticed that says anything about the need for a pass and how to get one, and it's on the same post as other, larger signs. Plus it doesn't even face the driver and isn't where you'd naturally look for information. There is no sign again warning you at the 1st tee, as there really should be.
- Doesn't flow well/or tough to navigate
Other Thoughts: - Hopefully they will adopt a pay-station to pay for your pass at the park in a drop-box like EVERY OTHER park in the friggin' world figured out already
- Detroit area MUST-play
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Makes you use a variety of shots, well laid out. Woods, fields, trees, lakes make it play tough if you like that kind of stuff! Wasn't busy at all there!
Got my first ACE on 10/17/11 on hole 13!!
Tees are all concrete now and it makes the course that much better!
Cons: Not really much Con action here now that the teepads are concrete!
I guess the only cons I could see are that you are in the woods forever then come out to some bombers in a field. It doesn't really bother me, but some people might find that annoying for some reason
Other Thoughts: Great course! Wish I lived closer!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Tons of different shots and terrain
open shots, tight wooded shots, hills, and water hazards
Cons: good possibility of losing a disc in the heavly wooded areas
Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this course but have not yet gone out there this season
nice and clean
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Bring your A game
Pros: -Makes you use every shot in your bag
-hole 4 is pretty amazing dogleg into a field and then uphill approach to basket surrounded by pines
-usually empty during the week, very light traffic on weekend
-the rest of the park is really nice, large lake
Cons: -no teepads, just dirt runoffs
-layout might be confusing if you don't have a guide
-the open field holes are not very imaginative
- deep brush, easy to lose disc
-LOTS of standing water = mosquitos
-water/swamp comes into play on five or six holes
Other Thoughts: Probably the most difficult course I have played. Even though its shorter than Stony, it plays much harder. Big risk/reward.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
An oldie but a goodie
Pros: Variety is the spice of life and this course is VERY spicy. Long-short, open-narrow, this place has all the shots plus elevation changes and water hazards that will eat you up. Accuracy and patience will pay dividends. Not much room for error anywhere on the course.
Cons: Tee-pads are rudimentary at best. Some signs are missing. Next-tee situations are very tricky at times. Print a map. Bring bug spray and liquids. Don't pollute. Look out for the Sheriff. He's a bad man.
Other Thoughts: A great course that needs to be maintained a little better. Its not dirty, it just needs to jump into the 21st century. If there isn't anybody collecting at the park gate, the party store at 32 mile and Rochester sells park passes. Buy one. They will ticket you without a pass. They also sell plastic and adult beverages. You will need plenty.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Addin' some strokes
Pros: Great mix of long and short holes. Bring your "A" game. Water hazard on the first hole gives a clue of the tough 23 holes remaining.
Cons: It is a haul to get there. Tall grass is a problem.
Other Thoughts: Improved flow from the original 18 hole design. Hosted the 1992 Worlds.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
A big course!
Pros: Extremely challenging during the full foilage period. The Oaks will do it's best to keep your game and ego in check.
1. Finally, concrete tee pads are in. Nice placement and unique shape. No more twisting ankles or slipping on mud.
2. Length. Woods aside, Addison gives you a chance to huk it for some nice D. No pitch and putt here.
3. Variety of shots needed. It has tight tunnel shots through overgrown woods and brush. Multiple over-the-water/swamp shots with disc swatting trees protecting the baskets. Beautiful rolling fairways carved out along the park. Open fields with waist high grass punishing errant tee shots. Heavily guarded baskets that make you think twice about taking a run at them.
4. Well maintained course. The grass is cut regularly making well defined fairways. Garbage cans and picnic tables on almost every hole. Tee signs (w/o pics) marking hole # and distance to basket. No trash lying around, but there is some grafetti here and there (which was in the process of being painted over.)
5. Crowd control. It never gets the ridiculous traffic other area courses seem to attract. Course difficulty, higher park entry fee, and middle-of-nowhere location, help keep the clowns off the course.
6. No extra fee to play DG. Just pay the $5/$10 daily fee to access the entire park. Buy at the Valero during the off-season or at the booth late May thru September.
Cons: No major cons now that the teepads are almost finshed. Just a couple things to keep in mind with a course like this.
1. OB is definately OB. The shule is thick and poison ivy/oak is hidden everywhere. You MUST keep it in the fairway if you want to escape unscathed. Addison WILL punish those bad shots via lost disc(s) in the swamps, tall grass, or super thick brush.
2. Bring the bug spray! This is not a city park by any means. It's a breeding ground for all kinds of nature. Standing water/nasty swamps surround the entire park. These little pests live to mess with the DGers.
3. Baskets. Not really a con here (they're all in great shape with double chains) but there is a mixture of Mach 3 and Mach 5/Chainstar type baskets. Some catch & deflect differently, so putt according to the basket type.
4. Course Flow. It really flows quite nice if you know the course and which way to the next tee. First-timers should grab a map/scorecard to find the basket placements and tees. Some require a little hiking but nothing major.
5. LARGE FINE FOR NO PARK PASS. Put that in all caps because the fine is no joke. We played here once during the off season and didn't get the pass. Big mistake because it was a $65 FINE PER CAR. So $65 times four cars full of friends = $260 for one round of DG. OUCH!!!!!
Just get the park pass because the Oakland County Sherriff patrols and checks EVERY CAR in the lot, EVERYDAY!
6. Holes in Large Field ~ These are probably the least liked holes on the course. You can get your D on since there are no trees, just 5' tall grass outside the fairways. Better than nothing but not real exciting. As a course designer myself, I know that we can't be too picky on land available and have to make due but If we're short on time or daylight, this would be the spot to pass over.
Other Thoughts: It used to be even better before the campgrounds expanded into the old course causing a redesign. It still is a good time though. Just remember to bring
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 3 Not
Home County Favorite
--Addison Oaks is owned and maintained by Oakland County Parks, the course gets taken care of very well. Alot of holes have trash cans and picnic tables. Also there's maps/scorecards and pencils at hole #1. The map itself really isn't even needed though, the course flows really well. After every hole there is a "next tee" sign pointing you in the right direction.
--There's a really good variety of holes here, nice mix of technical and bombers. Good use of woods and a HUGE field. Decent elevation on some holes too.
--A couple cons, first of all the tees are gravel/rock, theres a couple holes where you really wish they were concrete. Also no visual signs, only poles with hole number and distance, and a few holes are missing the info on the poles.
About half the tees are concrete now. Once the other half are in, I will take this out of the "cons" section.
--There's some disc eating hazards at this course that add to the challenge. Water can be a big factor on some holes, especially in spring. There's one signature hole over a big swamp that you'll never forget, it's only 265 ft. down hill, but you can lose your disc if you hit one of the trees growing out of it. Also during the summer time the rough can be thick in the woods, and along the far sides of the rough in the big field.
--Even though it's is about 30 minutes away from my house, this is still my most played course. Overall Addison Oaks is a very solid course. The addition of concrete tees have changed my rating from a 3.5 to a 4 rating. Better hole signage on top of that could make it a 4.5.
--This is the premier course that held the 1992 Pro Worlds.
--High Task Force
11 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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