12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Located in a well-manicured multi-purpose park. The course forms a ring around a sort of lake created by an off-shoot of the Grand River and is mostly open grass with little to no underbrush. Water figures into play prominently on several holes, giving the opportunity to go over the pond or around it. One basket sits precariously close to the water on a narrow peninsula that juts out into the pond.
-Mature trees dot the park, and the designer did a great job of weaving the holes around them. The trees force you to take one of often several potential lines to the baskets.
-Concrete tees in good shape. Trashcans, portajohns, and benches located throughout course. Fairly straight forward flow without much possibility of getting lost.
-Optional 19th hole allows you the opportunity to skip a water hole if you choose and still get a full round in. Look for the natural tee by the yellow fire hydrant after finishing #18. The optional hole uses #18's basket.
Cons: -Goose shit. Geese congregate near the water and answer nature's call without much regard toward such foreign concepts as "fairway" or "putting circle." The shit is literally caked inches thick on the peninsula hole, pretty much entirely spoiling the fun of playing it as you tip-toe around disgustedly. The fecal matter lay scattered throughout the water holes like a cancer on an otherwise quite fine course.
-A few missing signs.
Other Thoughts: -Located near hole 18 is a bonus nine-hole pole course which apparently pre-dates the main course.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice layout and park setting
Cons: Too much goose crap !!!!
Other Thoughts: Actually had to clean the crap off my shoes after playing this course.
Peninsula hole should be closed as a potential health hazard from all the goose crap.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice layout, fun course to play. I would defiantly play it again when it's not so wet. Even though both days we played it rained. But it was still fun.
Cons: Lot of water hazards. WET WET WET. It is right next to the river and when it rains its stay wet for awhile. Lots of goose crap. In fact they had flyer about e coli and the goose crap.
Other Thoughts: i liked the layout of the course, minus the geese crap and on a dry day this course would be pretty great.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
the bog of eternal stench
Pros: Tees--Pads are large, level and concrete. well placed in relation to the target.
Variety--There is some variety but, mostly open shots with some light trees sprinkled in for fun.
Navigation-- Pretty much easy. with the exception of the long walks between 5 & 6 and the bridge between 16 & 17, it's pretty easy to navigate.
Scenery-- Set in a beautiful park on the river. probably the most idyllic setting in GR.
second course-- Riverside (south) is a highly overlooked and underplayed pole course to the south of the main course. I think it's fun and it's a very quick play.
Cons: There is only one multifaceted con: Conditions.
--With the rise and the fall of the Grand River, the course can be bone dry one day and half submerged the next. The lagoon (bog of eternal stench) that the course wraps around is stagnant and doesn't move in a lot of places. The water is super murky and stinks and unless your disc is within a few feet of shore, you're not getting it back.
--Goose poop/salmonella threat-- There is goose poop EVERYWHERE, 14, 15, 16 are generally so caked with poop, most regulars don't play these holes. (I have only seen people playing the peninsula (15) once or twice). There are usually salmonella warnings posted everywhere to disuede you from going in the water or putting your hands in your mouth or eyes.
Other Thoughts: A lot of the tee signs have gone missing in the last month or so, however, the pads directly face the basket on most holes.
It's still a very popular park and currently, the river and bog are at a record low.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Big cement tees on all 18 holes. Many front nine holes are right-sized (275-425 feet), with enough trees and multiple paths to keep things from getting boring. Easy navigation with the exception of Holes 9 and 10, which require a right turn before the bridge (easy to skip 9 and 10, and end up at 11). Adds several water holes on the back nine that are fun, but are serious disc-loss hazards (lost a disc I'd owned for two years on Hole 16). Hole 15 is a peninsula hole that is a unique challenge, but watch out for goose poop. Free admission.
Cons: Many holes are likely prone to Grand River flooding (Hole 6, 13, 15, 16). A few others in the area not playing golf can get in the way. A very flat river plain, with no more than 10-15 feet of elevation on any given hole. Old signs are nearly illegible. Very old single chain Discatcher baskets. A minimum of benches and bathrooms along the way. Not a whole lot of course diversity.
Other Thoughts: A city park course with cut grass and big trees in the mold of McGraft Park in Muskegon, Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge, or El Dorado Park in Long Beach, CA. Winds along the Grand River and a small bayou connected to the river, with lots of waterfowl. Not a destination course, but a fun course with nerve-wracking yet fun signature water holes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Shot Variations
Concrete tee pads
Signs give accurate distances
Cons: Water challenges (Play it safe or be out $10)
Holes 14, 15, and 16 are tough water holes with 15 being the toughest.
Other Thoughts: I didn't get a good chance to see this course in all its beauty as we played it with snow on the ground and the water frozen over. I can only imagine what hole 15 would be like with water. Ice on the lake was thick and we could get our discs that were 40 feet off the bank of hole 14. Hole 16 ice on the left bank is not sturdy. There is an air pocket of about 2 feet in between the water level and the ice. This course is gorgeous that I'm pushing my disc buddies to play again when I come up for the summer. This is a must play! Just make sure you get it during the right conditions.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Riverside - A Good Old Friend
Pros: Riverside is a pretty solid course that's been around for years (some of the baskets show it.) It's right in the middle of one the most popular parks in all of GR. It's mostly open with some mature trees and large bushes in the play. Almost every hole allows for different throwing techniques. Some holes can be surprisingly challenging. Well taken care of with regular mowing, trash cans, picnic tables, and large cement tee pads are on every hole.
Cons: The popularity of this park means you will have a lot of non-discers in your way; especially ever since a group of people decided to hold a cross-country meet there. The flow of the course causes you to sit behind of a lot slow groups. Lots of water hazards on many of the holes (some water hazards are more avoidable then others.) Goose poop is pretty much everywhere. The course floods a lot during rainy seasons and the defrost of winter.
Other Thoughts: Riverside is defiantly worth a visit if you are in the area. It's the closest course to downtown GR that is worth playing. It does hold a lot league and tournament play (there is a board posting everything at the parking lot.) It takes about an hour and 45 minutes to play.It is the only course on the north side of GR.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Love this park....
Pros: -This is a beautiful very well manicured park,
-great mix of shots, long and short, left and right fade.Good differing range of holes.
-mostly wide open fairways with minimal trees in your way.
-great DGC for all skill levels
-if you like going in the water for discs you'll have fun here, ive pulled about 100 out of the water here over the years. i found 13 in an hour last year.
-cement tee pads
-nice tee signs throughout the park
-a nice pole course is next to the regular basket course
Cons: -No elevation changes
-Can get very busy and crowded in the summer
-sometimes picnicers lacking all common sence lounge right around the basket ( ive seen this happen so much over the years).
-this is a policed, non-alchohol park.
-lots of people lose discs here to the water, but its easy to play it safe if you like to.
-several of the later holes 12-18 are prone to massive goose crap piles everywhere
-the park does flood a couple times a year, not that often
Other Thoughts: This is the best park in grandrapids, my personal favorite in GR. This was one of the first parks i ever played and it has remained challenging and fun over the years.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There is a good amount of long and short holes here. Still has some ace run holes. Water holes help with being accurate and there's lots of tables and pavilions to take breaks if your tired or if the rain starts. And probly 50% of the time there will be someone already in the water to get your disc for you if you do happen to throw it in the drink.
Cons: There are definitely some cons that come with the course as well. The back nine is were it gets nasty. Lots of water holes that have a serious chance of robbing your disc, plus there's goose poo everywhere. Usually there's some people who are just standing in the way and don't care if your discing but still get really pissed when you almost him them even though you told them to move.
Other Thoughts: This is a really fun course. I only live four miles away so it's close and there's 18 holes plus a couple alt. holes as well. (From the fire hydrant to 17, and from the shed to 18). Haven't aced one there yet but I hope to change that soon.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Nice Long drives. You can really make use out of all the various discs.
Full 18 holes. Has baskets and cement tees. Scenic course with less pedistrians.
Cons: A few vandalized holes, along with empty 40 oz cans and bottles in the baskets. Crowded course, you often have to wait to play. There are a few water holes on the back nine which make it tricky to play. Also on the holes with water there usually are people in the water trying to find their disc. You either have to wait or go around to the next hole.
Other Thoughts: You probably could make a killing by getting some waders and retrieve those lost disc on the water holes. My fiance and I often skip the water holes because golf disc are not cheap.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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