Pros: •Variety: Plenty of elevation change, left-to-right, short and long-ish (a few over 400') and a few wooded holes give you the chance to use different shots. Uphill, downhill, valleys, and arches make for a pleasant change of pace.
•Layout: Paths marked from each green to next tee make navigation easy. It is also open/long enough that there are rarely many backups.
•Grooming: Well groomed fairways with enough tall grass and wooded areas to be somewhat detrimental for missed lines.
•Location: Adjacent to a second 18-hole course from the same parking lot. The North course is more wooded and challenging making South a great warm-up for 36 holes.
•Tee pads: All concrete tee pads and most are well graded and in good condition.
•Parking: I know it seems silly, but many West Michigan courses really suffer from parking. At Brewer, there's plenty of room.
Cons: •Baskets: These things are decrepit! These courses were old in the 90s when I moved to Grand Rapids. It used to be four 9 hole courses that they combined into 2-18s in 2012 (hence the DGCR established date) Most of these baskets are original. They are no-name crown-type baskets with thin chains and most are well rusted. They aren't terrible, but they don't catch like more modern baskets.
•Tee Signs: About half the tee signs are knocked off the post the stand on, some laying on the ground, some missing all together, and very little information is given about the hole. I think the greatest possible upgrade would be new signage.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a nice variety for the Grand Rapids area. There are plenty of pitch-and-putt courses in the region, and a couple bomber courses. This intermediate course is a nice stop for those who have played the area and are looking for a change of pace.
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Pros: They have tee pads, some of them are a little broken from the move but they are tee pads none the less.
Variety of shots. They have elevation, a few short holes, some log bombs. They have some blind shots, and a few hidden baskets (making a few of the old red/gold holes a little bit longer).
Challenge. This one is a little bit harder then the North side, and as being broken up from Red and Gold it has a good amount of long shots, with some nice buffer(short holes) in between.
Cons: NoSigns. This is less of a con here then North side as this one is a little easier to find your way through then the other one.
Old Baskets. They are nice because they have baskets, but these are old and rusty and very hurtful. I think I have missed more putts in the basket at Brewer then any other place.
Other Thoughts: Honestly I liked this part a lot better then the North side. I have heard that they added some signs in, but I am unable to confirm this myself. I honestly think brewer made a step forward with these new courses.
Hopefully, if they haven't already, they get some signs and this will improve Grand Rapids area Disc Golf.
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Kind of Good, But Mostly Open
Pros: Most of Brewer Park South is on a hillside outside the woods, where most of the North course is located. This one offers grassy fairways with weeds in the rough that can grow quite tall in the summer, and there are also some trees and bushes scattered throughout the area. For the most part, it offers a decent variety of layouts. A few holes are located next to wooded areas, one is located entirely in the woods, the length of the holes vary, there are some blind tee shots, and the elevation comes into play every now and then. There are also red arrows hanging beneath some of the baskets, showing you where to go to get to the next tee box (which is really helpful if you're not familiar with this course).
Cons: A lot of these holes have few or no obstacles to worry about, which makes it too easy to get low scores on them. Unfortunately, this course is still using some of the same old, rusty baskets and also some of the same cracked and chipped up tee boxes that the former courses in this park used. You would think they would've replaced those with brand new ones when they redesigned what is a hugely hugely popular disc golf course. Also, some of the holes flood easily, and there's no way to walk around the marshy ground. You have no choice but to walk right through it, making your shoes and socks soaking wet.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I think this is a decent course with a decent variety of layouts. However most of the holes don't have many obstacles, making it a little too easy for experienced players to get low scores. As a result this course feels more like a beginner-friendly course, though it does have some long holes. I think more experienced players will still enjoy playing here, but they'll find the north course to be more challenging.
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