7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great variety of holes playing in and out of the woods. Most holes were a test of control and could be reached with a mid-range or a putter. The fairways are tight, but usually offered multiple lines. There were several holes where the basket sat on a sloping hill where a missed putt had the potential to roll away creating high risk/reward decisions. There are pit toilets on site and there is a course map with scorecards right before hole one. The tee signs are solid and are exactly like those found at Hickory Hills.
Cons: The tee pads were slick rubber and lumpy in spots. They also had blocks for a "fault line" that seemed treacherous yet no one in my group got hurt. There was a lot of garbage on the course. Some people had even stacked some on the baskets. Overall I felt like this course was somewhat neglected.
Other Thoughts: I played this course during a tent caterpillar infestation. I do not know much about these insects, but they were all over and it made the round rather miserable. The insects and their feces dropped from the trees the whole round making that "light rain" sound. We ran into webs even in the fairways. If you get creeped out by bugs DO NOT play when these caterpillars are around. Though I know the caterpillars will be gone at some point, they do affect the overall atmosphere of the course and therefore drop the overall rating.
Despite the caterpillars I really enjoyed my round at this DG course. I can't wait to return here when the caterpillars are gone and the concrete tee pads are installed. With those improvements it could reach a 4/5 and with a little clean up it could be a 5/5 in my book. Not quite a destination course but could be with a few more improvements. If and when I play this course again (hopefully without the caterpillars) I will be sure to update my review.
Also, as someone else mentioned the soccer fields are a solid place to throw some drives. To add to that thought, if you don't mind gravel, throw from the parking lot out over the soccer fields for some sweet down hill driving practice.
5/16/12 - I have returned and the course was not overrun by caterpillars. It was a wonderful experience the second time around without the creepy insects. The majority of the garbage seen throughout the round was now in the waste baskets instead of out in the fiarway, a definite PLUS! Still no concrete tees, and the rubber pads are lumpier. I have updated the overall course rating to reflect these improvements!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Some lovely holes and generous pars make this course a wonderful place to get some confidence back.
Clean rubber tees make for good traction.
Not nearly as crowded as Hickory
Pin placement tests different technical aspects of your game
Cons: Definately a hike with some pretty challenging terrian in a few places.
For first time play throughs it is a challenge to find a few of the tees.
A bit of distance between tees as well.
Rain on rubber tees could present a problem
Other Thoughts: This year is the first I have ever experienced such an icredible infestation of tent worms. Right now the conditions make it damn near impossible to trek this course without a long stick infront of you twisting all the webbing from the tent worms. We came acrossed two guys who gave up on playing the rest of the course becuz it was so bad.
This is the first time I've ever seen anything like this. Beware of the bugs this year but don't let them stop you from playing one of the nicest courses in northern Michigan.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice righty course
Pros: Constant terrain change. Plenty-o-hills. Easy to follow course/signs. Variations between tight and cavernous areas within the woods. Several sites in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end in open fields. Not heavily played in Early May (60F late afternoon on a Wed).
Cons: The site definitely needs it's members to change out the trash cans for larger bags, or have them replaced out more frequently.
Other Thoughts: The course is easy to follow, is not confusing at any point. The hills are more or less rolling in nature, not as steep as say Mt Holiday or Hickory Hills. The general tilt towards the right in the tee design gives more work to side arms and tomahawks than forearm shots, but the site is fun to play!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
North of average in northern Michigan!
Pros: If the whole course were as nicely laid out as 1, 2, 3, 17 and 18 and had cement tee pads, this course would easily be a 4.5! Most of the course has interesting and challenging changes in elevation. The fairways through the woods on 4-16 are generally open enough and are playable with a little accuracy. Pin placement is definitely above average and with a good drive, can still be fun to approach.
There are restrooms at the beginning of the course as well as a course map and score cards. Definite plus.
Cons: The rubber tee mats, while nicer then dirt, are a negative for the course and get very slippery.
Navigation is mostly easy though, could be better marked.
Some fairways are obstructed and moderately difficult to walk through.
There is trash through a lot of the course.
Other Thoughts: There is a soccer field at the end of 18 that is perfect for practicing drives after a round!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Some terrific semi-open holes at the beginning and end of the course, with nice views of the surrounding hills (1, 2, 3, 17, 18). These holes are uniquely challenging and fun, with steep, short dune-like hills. Hole 3 is a great shot from an elevated tee through a narrow opening down to a tee in pine woods. Some better-than-average forest holes with elevation changes, such as Holes 6, 8, 11 and 15. Holes 17 and 18 allow power throws, welcome after 10-plus forest holes. Super-straight mid range drives will lower scores in the forest holes, with bigger drives helpful in the open holes.
Cons: As mentioned previously, the rubber tees are slippery (almost injured myself on Hole 6), but are a lot better than grass or dirt tees. A couple of clunker holes with no pathways (Holes 9 and 12). No real stunning holes like Hickory Hills #19 or Beast #1, though #3 and #18 are quite nice.
Other Thoughts: Ever wanted to play disc golf in the 'deer woods'? Holes 7 through 16 offer that experience. Course could rival Hickory Hills by utilizing more of the open park areas, which seem to be present in abundance. Cement tee pads would be very helpful as well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
My course I play when Hickory is too busy
Pros: Very well marked. Good elevation changes. Usually not too busy (I play here when Hickory Hills is too busy). Plenty of holes where you can really let it fly.
Cons: Quite a bit of trash. There are a few trash cans, but could use some more.
Other Thoughts: You won't go wrong playing Myles Kimmerly. It's a bit out of the way, but it's open year round and it's a very fair course. Cedar tavern isn't too far away and they serve a mean reuben. :)
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
UP down UP down
Pros: -pretty decent elevation changes
-great signage (same as Hickory in nearby Traverse City)
-risk/reward basket placements
Cons: -HORRIBLE RUBBER TEE PADS (huge con, explained below)
-TRASH, quite extreme
-middle of no where
Other Thoughts: This a pretty good lengthy course that uses the landscape with all it's valleys and hills to the best of it's abilities. Very natural feel with downed trees and paths that also scream mountain biking. This could be a great course but there are two major flaws that keep it at a 3
1) BAD TEE PADS. Yes, the course does have tee pads but they are a non-texture rubber tee pad that collects northern Michigan sand like crazy. This makes for some of the slipperiest pads I have ever played on. Once you slip that is all that is on your mind for the rest of the round. AND to make it worse some pads have an above ground 4x4 piece of wood as a fault line (you can see these in the photos). Hit my toes on this many times. This is begging for someone to sprain an ankle.
2) TRASH. There are no trash cans anywhere and some of the holes just have huge piles of trash collected next to them. Very disgusting for a course that screams nature.
Playing wise we had a good time here. Definitely not a destination course, BUT paired up with Traverse City's Hickory to the east (just down highway 72) this course makes a for a good day of disc golf.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Myles-Kimmerly is well marked and better maintained then most courses, but the true draw here is the well laid out romp through this hilly forest.
Holes use the changes in elevation very well, and offer a well mixed variety of holes going up and down hill, also with a mix of dog legs to the left and right. It is every that Hickory Hills would be if the land was completely dedicated to the course rather than also being occupied by a ski area.
Cons: The holes in the open do tend to have deep thick grass to deal with in the summer. There are one or two walk between holes that might cause someone who has never played the course a little confusion.
Other Thoughts: This is by far my favorite course in the area. The walk is not as much of a hike as Hickory, but be ready for a hike none the less.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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.
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