Urban Decay at it's very best
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Aesthetic-- plays through an abandoned ball golf course through rolling terrain, tall grasses and insane scrub cover the landscape. Keep it on the fairways for sure!! area is DISC GOLF EXCLUSIVE with huge fences to keep your discs in play (for a few holes)
Routing and navigation-- bring the map. it's easy but it's not a snap. the area where #7 and #12 intersect near the old comfort station is a bit confusing as there isn't a tee "pole" for #12 that I found. #5 loops back on #4 and then #6 loops back on 5 before heading out to the longest point of #9.
Variety and challenge-- great variety. long, short, water, wind, insane rough. This course has it all as far as challenging the player to push themselves.
Baskets-- DGA's in good condition. #15's basket was pretty wonked out. It's possible a tree branch fell on the basket portion to bend it.
Tee poles-- nice. big and bold standing out on the landscape. #12 was missing a pole but it wasn't a huge deal.
Urban Decay-- This place is creepy in places. The whole island is slightly creepy. It feels like a page out of time that just stopped at one point. The covered bridge in the middle of the course is COVERED in graffiti and spiderwebs. walking across it in the middle of #14 is a bit unnerving. The views of Detroit from the course are second to none. There is no where else to play disc golf with views of this once (and again to be) great city.
amenities-- the course could use more benches on the back end (near 9) where the rough gets really rough. and there are no garbage cans throughout the course. Entering the course is a bit of a challenge. I thought the "gate" was more of a security fence but it was not. The only parking lot was flooded and very hard to find a spot to park.
Teesigns- I fully believe that this will improve with time but the teesigns are more phone poles with the tee number on them. No distances or diagrams hurt a bit.
teepads-- I also think this will improve. the tee areas are a bit rutted out in places. Little marking flags are present in most places with orange marking the longs and reds marking the shorts. It is difficult to find the shorts the vast majority of the time. Once again, I think this will improve with time.
Utter Destolation-- I don't mind playing in solitude, in fact I love playing in isolated courses but the fact that this course is urban makes it feel a bit insecure. It kind of feels like someone is watching you the whole time and is gonna shank you or something. I'm sure it's fine though.
This course is a long time in the making. I have been wanting to get out here for a long time and I was more than stoked to get out there today. Get out to the belle folks, support this great course, I can only wait to see what happens to this course with the proper following and support. It's a great locale and a great adventure to play!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Olmstead Would be Proud
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 18 wonderfully challenging and unique holes.
Totally unique property, like nothing else in the world.
Sweet people involved with the design, installation and administration of the DGC.
Cons: Still a work in progress, but it will be amazing when finished. Natural teepads, and the rough is rough (as of this review).
Other Thoughts: I will have to quote a line from my friend here: "There aren't many urban courses throughout the country, and none that I know of on an island park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted."
That pretty much sums up the crazy unique-ness of this course. There is and never will be anything like it.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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