4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -nice tee signs (same as at Hickory Hills)
-well defined tee pads (rubber)
-lots of fun elevation changes
-good layout, flow, and many different types of holes
-good pin placements that provide a challenge, but are still friendly to new players
-a couple really nice blind shots, but make sure to send a spotter on 6 in the middle of the summer because the foliage grows really thick and it can be easy to lose a disc
-very nice course map & scorecards available at the billboard near tee one
Cons: -course can have trash littered around the tees because there are not very many trash cans
-grass can get pretty long in the summer and not much of a fairway is mowed on the open holes (usually just a single or double line to show the general direction toward the pin)
-the rubber pads aren't in great shape and many could use replacement
Other Thoughts: -cement pads would greatly add to the appeal of this course
-no signs to show where the next tees are, but the paths between holes are pretty well worn, so you won't have any trouble following the course
-its a little far outside the TC area to warrant going alone, but definitely worth the trip if you're travelling with friends
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Another Northern Mich. Beauty...
Pros: Nice, compact layout with a long course feel.
Easy to navigate and get around.
Great signs, decent rubber mat tee-pads.
Nice variety of open and closed holes. Not too many tight shots. Good for beginners and advanced players.
Cons: Cement tee-pads are always a plus.
I prefer a few more long shots, but its not that bad.
It got a little busy but not too bad, all in all.
Other Thoughts: A must play if in the Traverse City area. It is a great 18-hole course. Very scenic and very much in line with Hickory Hills. A great compliment to the area.
Use the soccer field (if nobody is playing soccer) as a tie-breaking longest drive into the goal 'hole'.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Where was this when I was younger?
Pros: This course is fairly difficult and a bit of experience would come in handy before taking this course on. It is very wooded and hilly and offers a good challenge to players looking for it. Contains both long and short distanced holes where both power and accuracy will be needed. If you need a little practice try Lake Ann Baptist Camp's course.
Cons: Could be easy to lose a disc in the dense leaves and brush.
Other Thoughts: Play it, it'll be worth it.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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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