Scenic, beautiful, challenging.
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Pros: Scenery was top notch. Multiple times you have views of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix and sometimes both.
Feet from the lake.
Challenging at pretty much all times. Even the 190'? hole 3 was tough. The use of terrain was perfectly challenging on almost every hole. Signature holes throughout the course.
Signs led me to the next hole every time. Not too much venturing beyond the tee to see where you're shooting to.
High quality baskets.
Long walks are like nature hikes in themselves. Really get to take it all in.
Top of the world shots FTW.
Maps at the beginning of the course are useful as a reference. These guys also have a page on Facebook with useful info like course maps, events, work days etc.
Tons of par 4's. I love a great challenge for the Eagle 2 and most of the holes over 400 also play uphill so they really challenge you to crush a drive far and straight to get a look at that 2.
Found all the holes via a map PLUS there are definitive arrows on trees pointing you where to go to the next tee. Except 7 I think. But that one is directly left of 6's pin.
Cons: TONS of walking/hiking. You have to climb a steep incline quite a few times on this course. Not a bad thing if you are in shape but I can see others hating it. Maybe some stairs or rope would be helpful at times. The leaves leave you with no grip at all on the walk up to 12.
Some of the baskets were wrecked. I assume from fallen trees but they were really really jacked up on holes 10/11. There might have been a couple others damaged as well but luckily they didn't affect my putts.
Mostly carpet or dirt tees in the woods. I understand it's hard to get a bag or two of concrete plus sufficient water up a hill but some of those holes are tough and could use some concrete.
Other Thoughts: Great course all in all. I wish I was closer to this course. I disagree that this is the most physically demanding course in Michigan. I can easily name Leviathan, Toboggan, Flip City, and Timber Ridge to be more far more demanding. At first I didn't really agree with the design of the course but with small improvements it will be a 4 or higher rated course. As I played through to the end of the course I really appreciated playing there and can't wait to get back and improve on my score (60)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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They should make you sign a waiver... seriously.
Aesthetic-- plays through a ski resort, up and down ( and up and down and up and down) multiple ski hills and through back woods. This course is the most physical course in Michigan by a mile. I think 95% of the challenge here is the physicality.
Teepads-- decent. Even with the majority being dirt or carpet, they are well defined and add some uniqueness to the course.
Teesigns-- awesome signage with the exception of what voklgirl said. They are not always shown from the throwers perspective which makes it a bit difficult.
Baskets-- Arroyo Vortex. Great baskets, highly visible in the thick woods. Most baskets are not visible from the tee so this is appreciated.
Challenge-- crazy. The physicality of this course is immense. I can't imagine playing a tourney here and having to play two rounds in a day. This is by far the most physically demanding course in Michigan.
Basket placement-- some really interesting placements here although the over the ridge placement is used quite a few times.
Hard for the sake of being hard-- This course is crazy hard. I think this course has every chance of being a top tier championship course but until it's cleaned up a ton, it is a bit of a disappointment.
Routing and nav-- very very difficult. Hole 2 to 3 is impossible. Hole 3 to 4 isn't any easier. I tried following the white arrows, that didn't help much. I only found next tee signs for 8 to 9 and 9 to 10... Would have been helpful throughout.
I would like to play this course again on a dry day and with better routing. I would update my score at that point too.
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