7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Technical: Jaycee is a smaller, but fun course overall. Most holes are in 200-300ft range, so birdie opprotunities abound. A few holes are over 300ft, and a couple are under 200 feet. But, there really is no "open" hole here, and this is the biggest pro to me. Line shaping is key to scoring well. The course caters to different throwing styles with a variety of routes on some holes. It covers straight, left, and right holes with a couple of extreme rights.
-Elevation: course makes great use of what little elevation it has. For example, hole 15 plays entirely uphill and has a slightly raised green.
-Pin placements: risky pin locations add a challenge on some holes, either being on a hill or protected by trees.
-Teepads/signs: all holes have concrete tees, though they are a bit too short for me personally. Every hole has a basic sign with a somewhat accurate distance.
Also, a small creek comes somewhat into play on holes 10 and 18 and hole 10 has a mando (no sign) that forces you b/w two trees in front of the tee.
Cons: -Not exclusively for DG: this is a multi-purpose park that I consider to be "inner-city", even though it is in a suburb. It can get busy with DGers, people walking the paths that wind throughout the park, kids on either of the two playgrounds, the basketball/tennis courts, or the tiny baseball field in the center of the park (never once saw baseball played on it).
-Navigation/flow issues: after hole 10, you walk down the path toward tee #3 and take a left/south turn up the path to get to 11. The tee for 12 is up the hill toward the south. You have to walk back down 14s fairway to get to 15. After 15, walk north down the path to 16. See what I mean?
-Leaves/trash/seating areas: Tons of leaves can make finding discs a pain, so keep an eye on them. There are a few trash barrels, but it is still quite littered. There are a couple of benches (tee #6 and #10), but that's it.
-Baskets: a couple have a broken/missing chain and hole 11 basket is a cheap looking single-chain.
Other Thoughts: This by no means a "desitnation" course, but worth a try for those in the area. In spite of the cons, Jaycee is a fun course to play, especially at non-peak times if possible. If I am by myself, I can play in an hour flat. On a really windy day, Jaycee can provide some shelter with all of its trees and they also shade quite nicely.
A bathroom next to the tennis courts is open during the Spring-Fall. The location of it makes it pretty much a before/after round stop though.
Update:The bathrooms get locked/unlocked everyday (Spring through Fall) and are only open approximately 10am to 7pm.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is not really that busy with players so there is no back up on the course like there are other ones in the same area. Once you get away from the main part of the park where children area is its pretty nice. The holes are challenging, nice distances. Hole 12 is alot of fun, should be a par four rather than three. A couple holes give you the chance to practice long drives as well as bending your discs with A or H throwing styles. I would not recommend this course of beginners.
Park is not taken care of, lots of leaves, twigs, garbage, broken glass all over the place. Be Careful if your wearing sandals. The park has a basketball court that is a common hang out for teenagers, and they like to harass players. Just ignore them.
Other Thoughts: I think the city of Grand Rapids needs to take better care of this park.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - A smallish, bustling, multi-purpose park surrounded by the neighborhood it services, Jaycees has a slightly scruffy, homely atmosphere throughout its 18 holes. The slight elevation changes throughout are used well, as is the smallish creek wending through a few of the holes. Mature oaks form a canopy over the course and provide the main challenge. The network of sidewalks throughout the park forms boundries on many holes, all presenting OB risks. Those not discing down risk incurring plenty of penalty strokes on skips or rolls.
- Decent concrete tees. Short tees are natural and marked by a wooden post painted yellow (as at Old Farm). Nifty wooden signs provide a crude but adequate diagram and (usually) the distance in black sharpie. Some holes have "next tee" signage.
- Many holes offer multiple paths to the pin with varying risk/reward. A wealth of line-shaping exercises allows discers to play to their strengths on most holes. A few mandos force you to take the designer's intended line on a couple of holes.
Cons: - After playing 14, you have to backtrack down the fairway to get to 15's tee. Terrible design and definitely hazardous if busy or backed up.
- Awkward flow in a couple of places, despite some "next tee" signs. The walk from 15 to 16 (I believe) is especially tricky and not marked. Seems odd to have signs from #1 to the easy-to-find #2, and then not have them where needed.
- In several places the course plays alongside nearby houses' backyards, the playground equipment, walking paths, and the basketball courts. This creates a major potential for an errant disc to whack innocent bystanders. As this is a multi-purpose park, exercise caution.
- Although located under a nice canopy of trees, you never really get the feeling of a seculded natural setting.
Other Thoughts: - Jaycee definitely provides fun and a few tricky holes, but isn't going to be challenging more experienced players anytime soon. A lot of holes are putter or mid-range fodder, while only a couple stretch out the distance and require discing up. Definitely not a destination course but a fun place to play at if you're in the area, or as a warm-up to some of the other area courses. Experienced players will have fun collecting birdies while newer players have the opportunity to work on hitting their lines and avoiding the multitude of hazards: sidewalk OB's, the creek, and the many trees.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice mix of short holes with longer challenging holes. some nice ace runs on a couple of holes. Tee posts with distance written on them. lots of shade due to the trees that are all around. short tees for every hole (yellow tipped 4 X 4 posts.)
Cons: Concrete tee pads while good yes but they are too short for some holes making a run up hard. even harder when there is a lip between the ground and the concrete possibly making you stumble on approach. can be confusing to navigate if your first time here.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoy playing this course. it is close to work so can play it real quick after work before i head home. the course lets you try and find shot lines to get through the vast amount of trees. a lot of holes are very good deuce opportunities. good course for players of all levels of ability. from #10 11 tee is between playground equipment and softball fence.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Short Course. Lots of elevation change and heavily wooded make it a difficult technical course, but, if you're just starting out like we are, it's a great place to work on accuracy. Easy to find tees.
Cons: Pads are raised, increases chances of tripping on approach. #18 is dangerous if your accuracy is poor. I understand the mando left, but still, if you release late you could wing a little kid. Some tees and targets are really close together.
Other Thoughts: Decent course. Fun for a change and one of the better elevation courses in GR.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good place for beginnings and advanced players to go and build accuracy.
Some fun shots
Usually not insanely busy like most of the other local courses.
A Couple decent burn benches.
Cons: Tee-pads are a bit short for my liking, on most the tee-pads sit like 4-6 inches off the ground (in the spots) so if your looking for a little more room on your walk up you might find yourself tripping over the tee-pad when you try to step up to it.
Some of the mando signs are missing (#1,#10).
Other Thoughts: Great course overall i think, my personal favorite local course. Never insanely overcrowded like Old Farm or Brewer. Alot of trees but all holes are very workable.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Kind of Fun and Kind of Frustrating
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There are some nice layouts throughout this course. It has a decent mixture of short and long holes with some doglegs, blind tee shots, and narrow fairways. A baseball field serves as an obstacle for a few holes (I'm not sure how often games are played there, because that could cause problems for disc golfers). A couple holes are located near creeks, and one of them is also located near a playground. The hills in this park can be somewhat of an obstacle on certain holes. Some holes are designed in ways that favor backhand drives while others favor forehand drives. The signs for the basket locations are helpful.
Cons: This park is a heavily wooded area, and unfortunately not many trees were cleared out when they built the course. Some of the holes don't have much of a fairway because of all the trees in the way, putting players (except for those with really good aim and accuracy) in a position in which they just have to throw and hope for the best. Some of the holes are also too short. I once played here a few days after it rained, and most of the tee pads were covered in mud. Most of the tee pads are at ground level (as opposed to being elevated) and the ground in this park is mostly dirt and sand with roots sticking out and fallen tree branches scattered throughout. There's very little grass due to the heavy amount of tree cover shading out the sun. From fall through early spring there are leaves piled up almost everywhere in the park, and it's not too difficult to lose your disc in those leaves. The length of the tee pads are shorter than usual, and they're looking pretty old and roughed up. Some holes are difficult to find, and the park could really use more signs to help guide players in the right direction. They have a few signs, but they could definitely use more. Although I like the way the 18th hole is set up, you need to keep an eye out for kids on the playground. Be careful with your drive on the 10th hole. If your disc goes in that creek, you're going to have a hard time getting it out. Also, mosquitoes can be real bad in this area in the summer.
Other Thoughts: This course favors more accurate throwers who have both a good backhand and a good forehand. There is a decent variety of obstacles and hole designs, but there simply are too many trees throughout this course, putting players in a position in which they need to rely more on luck than skill in order to get a low score on some of the holes. To top it off, the ground and the tee pads can easily be in bad shape due to the weather. This course will test your driving skills, and it has a few fun holes, but overall the average player will have a rough time playing here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
fun practice course in GR
Pros: There is a nice variety of holes for the little space there was to set up a course. There are cement tees which is nice. The amount of trees poses risk but there is no rough to need to hack out of. there are a lot of ace runs and easy deuce holes. Good practice course in town when you cant get out to a more challenging course.
Cons: There are a couple shorter holes. Hole 10 is too short-- hyzer putter throw. Tee pads are too short for the longer holes. not enough room for a big run up. multi use park which requires waiting to throw or skipping a hole entirely--hole 18 is a fade right hole that the fairway runs right along a playground--there is too much of a risk of hitting a little kid if kids are playing.
Other Thoughts: I play here the most and it has become my new home course due to its proximity. there are plenty of opportunities to extend the shorter holes and make up new ones. I extend hole 1 to the path from the parking lot adding another 60-90'. Hole 10 is too short so i throw from the parking lot behind the tee. Hole 18 i have extended to across the creek from behind the tee. When #11 basket was missing i saw some people playing 11 tee to 16 basket which is fun. The possibilities are endless to make up new holes and work on the game.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Pretty fun course. Has some interesting holes and is a nice technical course. Good mix of shot types needed.
Cons: The course layout is odd, confusing, and at times frustrating. The course is well made for the space it occupies, but the hole progression makes no sense. It can be easy to go to the wrong hole at first. Tight quarters mean that if many people are playing discs can be flying between holes and you may have to wait for people to get our of your shot path. Also, the tee pads are very short so watch your step.
Other Thoughts: Definitely a good course to play, bring some freinds. More fun and a little easier to navigate once you've played a round.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Full 18 holes squeezed into a small park. Good mix of hole types. Mostly a technical course with shorter distance holes.
Cons: Tee pads shorter than most other courses. Sometimes difficult to orient yourself and find the next hole.
Other Thoughts: Watch your discs (lots of leaves) especially when the sun starts to go down they get real hard to find. I didn't see any mando signs...maybe they took them down?
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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