Fair Haven, MI
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Uploaded By: donnyv Hole #8 (Taken 7/2012)
3 / 140ft.   3 / 182ft.   -- / --   -- / -- Par / Distance:
Hole #8 Long Tee



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1    6/15/2012   6/26/2012
Review By: donnyv
Played: 24  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 16.9 Years
This review was updated on 9/7/2012
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: UPDATE: Grass was cut late July. 100% better shape now.

Located just a 1/2 mile from Lake St. Clair. The course is a great example of how a disc golf course can be built almost anywhere.

10 custom-made baskets will bring back the old-school disc golf memories.

9 holes with duel tees will give everyone a chance to try their best shots, regardless of skill level.

Not real easy or super difficult but you'll likely learn your lesson if you go off the fairways and into some thorns, poison ivy, and dense brush.

Practice area coming soon with basket to get warmed up.

Plenty of signage with direction, distance, and maps.

If you are a county resident, the library down the street will let you borrow a disc with your library card. They'll have extra scorecards too.
Cons: Only 9 holes
A pro and a con. It will keep the crowds down for the locals but many players will only travel far for courses with at least 18 holes. Duel tees will at least help make it worth the drive.

Natural and Woodchip Tees
Not trying to be picky but concrete tees are the standard these days (yeah, we've been spoiled by other courses in the area)
but the course was planned to have that rustic / vintage look anyways. The boxed-in woodchip tees (SHORTS) for the beginners and natural tees (LONGS) keep it that way.

THORNS
Seriously, just keep your discs on the fairways. I helped build this course and the thorns we had to deal with on holes 3-5 almost drove me insane so keep your eyes peeled for the hidden dangers in the rough. Most of the thorns have been removed and used for a protective barrier near the park's property line.

Water near Out of Bounds
Technically the course doesn't play over or around a creek or lake but half the course is on heavy clay land so be cautious during the wet seasons. Course design was tweaked this spring to avoid most issues on fairways/tees/greens.

You do throw over some small creeks to keep it interesting. A larger creek flows nearby on the hiking trails. The water-tower in the middle of the park is also somewhat drained periodically.
Other Thoughts: This course looks a lot easier on paper than it really is. Even though the course is short, baskets are not always visible from the tee areas. Being able to perform anny's and hyzers to go around the blind corners will be a great benefit and will lead to a score under-par.

Not too bad of a course, still a little rough from being brand new, just stay on the fairways and you'll be alright.

I brought my mower and cut the grass for the course on July 14th. Course is 100x better now and I'll try to keep an eye on the maintainence issues. Let me know of any problems so I can inform the parks dept.

If you seen this place before the course was put in, you'd be amazed of how THICK it was with thorns and such. We ended up with a ton of extra work but the area really needed a course. Hope you all can give it a try sometime.

Please give it play (while the grass is under control) and review if you can. I know the course is not championship caliber but it will be good for this area. Many don't even know what disc golf is.

I'm building a 9-hole course down the road at the East China Twp Park too. I'm dealing with similar issues but it'll be a real nice course with potential for 18 holes if we can impress the parks dept with the front 9.

Thanks for your time and have fun,

donnyv

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