3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Technical, and set in a beautiful surrounding. Very few people play here because of it location. The holes in the forest are awesome, big trees, and elevation changes abound.
Cons: There are alot of trees on this course, but I love it. Some people may not. It really calls for dialed in throws. Its 20 mins out of Traverse City.
Other Thoughts: If this course was closer I would play it everyday. It is very beautiful in the woods.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Plenty of challenge and variety!
Pros: Plenty of elevation changes on almost every hole. Steep rolling terrain can make distances on several holes deceiving. A great mix of lightly wooded , heavily wooded, and clear field holes with plenty of left or right hand and/or blind shots. Holes #1-3 and #17-18 are long enough to allow big arms room to stretch, while other more wooded holes definitely reward accuracy. Several holes have baskets that are elevated or placed in a clearing with a steep back drop, making accurate putts a necessity and over throws a disaster. Beautifully maintained tee mats and baskets, nice tee signage, plenty of trash cans, and well mowed fairways keep the course looking and playing well.
Cons: The constant and sometimes large elevation changes makes for a strenuous outing. A couple of long hikes between holes and almost no "Next Tee" signage makes navigation in the fall challenging. Many blind shots make pre-scouting a necessity on several holes.
Concrete tee pads would elevate this course to a 4.5 rating for me.
Other Thoughts: A well marked and interesting course set in a beautiful park with bathrooms, scorecards, and pencils provided. Plays much like a small Hickory Hills without as many "do it or die" shots. Distance and accuracy highly rewarded on this course. Hiking boots are recommended due to some severe elevation changes and areas of heavy brush in the roughs.
**** Update 4/7/10 ****
The trash cans have gone un-emptied or have completely disappeared and the rubber tee mats have gotten ugly since I first wrote my review. The pads are now wavy, lumpy, slippery, and beginning to come up in many places. The good news, though, is that cement pads have been approved and funded, and installation will begin this summer!!! Yay! This may easily elevate this course to a 4.5.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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