Memories of times past...
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Aesthetic-- Course plays through and around a retired airport in a very rural michigan town. Area is DG exclusive. Love the disc golf exclusivity!!
Challenge and Variety-- This is a very difficult course. The tunnels are tight , the woods are thick and the drives are long. It's crazy the variety here, short holes that are true par 3's and 600ft'ers that deserve the par 4/5 that they are rated at.
Dual Signature holes-- #9 and #20 down the run way are awesome signature holes. Both 500'+, #20 ends over a pond.
Baskets-- new chain stars with bright orange bands help to increase visibility.
Maps-- available at the course sign along with a donation box... Give these guys money, they need teepads.
Teepads/Teesigns-- the lack of both is a little depressing. There are stakes at each hole with a basic sketch of the hole and the distance but an actual sign with a picture and all would be far more better. the teepads are marked with rocks and the stakes. the pads are dirt and full of water currently. (well, a lot of them)
Water retention-- this course was absolutely flooded when I was there. standing water throughout. the woods were less covered in water but still had pockets.
thoroughly impressed with the use of the available land. the variety and challenge here is pretty out of sight. with teepads and signs, this course could easily be a 5.
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Old Airport Disc Golf Course
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Pros: 2015 has seen the city added a porty potty and it will stay through the season as long as it's not vandalized and donations continue in. The support will bring tee pads soon. This course originally was started in 1989 as an 18 hole target course. The summer of 2013 brought an entirely new 20 hole layout with new Chainstar baskets. Nine holes of the original 18 holes all saw some changes and now the remaining 11 holes are a completely new layout for the 20 hole Old Airport disc golf course located 3 blocks north of US-23, taking Court Street to Industrial Parkway, then left to the end of the turn around. At the end of Industrial Parkaway then follow the dirt road to the right, just on top of the little hill for hole 1. The rest of the course is temporarily marked, watch for stakes and just follow the cut trails. After you play hole 9, you'll be in the woods until leaving hole 19 that brings you back out into the Old Airport runway to shoot the 549' hole 20. as of July, 16 2013 the wooded holes may be for the adventurous, improvements are happening daily with wood chip trails, permanent tee markers, the newest map and more coming by fall. This course is way fun and extremely challenging for all shots.
Cons: As of June2015, the course still needs cement tee pads but now each tee pad does have a descriptive drawing of the fairway and basket placement, including length. Watch for mowed trails and fairways that also have directional signs, all on natural post harvested at Old Airport DGC. The course is close enough to town that any needs can be met with a 5 minute drive. There is a campgroung in town, a walk from the course...
Other Thoughts: Parking has been improved, a donation drop box added, some tables and benches, many trails identified with wood chips and general improvements continue weekly. Make this a stop if in the middle portion of the east side of Michigan.
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Pros: This course is my favorite type of course: Technical. Even with a distance of only 251 ft hole two requires a placement shot with little chance at a birdie, something I find very respectable. Almost all of the holes are under 500ft with just a couple exceptions and play through tight fairways. This is a very challenging course and will require a well balanced bag to score well, something I was sorely missing on the day I played (I only had a vector and ion with me). Despite being surrounded by dense woods for much of the course the fair ways are immaculate. I met the course designer in the process of clearing the fairways on some of the newer pin placements on the back nine. He told me that the pins were all five weeks old with several pins being moved to newer longer positions. Some of the old tone poles are still on the course and make a beautiful sound when hit its almost a pity they are no longer in use.
Navigating the course is made easy with wooden signs that are simple and effective. The teepads are natural however with the little traffic the course receives this can't be used as a con, however should permanent be installed it would add a greater sense of permanents to this course that after 14 years looks like it is in the final stages of completion.
Mosquitoes on the course are kept in check by the abundance of dragonflies.
Cons: Lack of parking. The road dead ends at the course with no real area designated for parking. Hole one's teepad is not marked and can cause some confusion at the beginning of your round. While this course is absolutely beautiful its location leaves much to be desired the town of AuGres is small and far from everything. This makes a return trip for me highly unlikely. Despite the course designer working hard to clear the fairways on the newer holes they are still covered in brush and the fairways themselves can be hard to detect. This is only a partial con as they will eventually be rectified. This review is based on the course as seen on the day I played.
Other Thoughts: This course was a wonderful surprise I had not expected to find such a well made course in such a small town. If you should find yourself in the area don't hesitate to play it. I honestly think with a little TLC this course could easily be a 4.5 or higher and that is exactly what its designer plans to do.
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Good round if your in the area!
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Pros: Course is fun and has a variety of shots! Most holes are at least 300 ft with a few really short holes and a few really long ones (mainly along the runway). Signs on each hole to guide you to the next one is very helpful. Course is very well groomed and maintained!
Cons: Not really a con but if you get off the fairway you will have a tough recovery!
Other Thoughts: You'll need every shot in your bag to get through this one! It is a fun round if you're in the area since there is not anything else in the vicinity. Front 9 is well cut and has some alley shots. Back 9 is super wooded and you have to have some control to stay under par. Really fun course if you're in the area but probably wouldn't travel to play it. Good times!
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