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Pros: - Nice assortment of holes throughout the course providing the opportunity to play a wide variety of different shots; From wide open meadow holes with strategic tree placements to wooded tunnels that force a specific line.
- Excellent tee signs which provide decent navigation. The signs do a good job of showing the layout of each hole and highlight the preferred line to throw. Each sign also gives a rough direction towards the next tee from the basket.
-Baskets. Chainstar baskets in excellent condition with bright orange markers on the poles and the occasional flag on top.
- Good placement of benches and picnic tables throughout the course. Plenty of garbage cans available.
- Rugged terrain has some well defined paths to follow and wasn't too difficult to navigate. The "rough" didn't feel overly punishing to play from
Cons: - Teepads. The tees were a mix of carpet and rubber mats. I didn't mind too much and it didn't affect my play significantly, however I know this is a sticking point for some players. Some of the tees were a bit rough, being lumpy or not level.
- While a porta-potty was provided on the course and it was placed rather well, (Near the 5th tee, the course also routes you past it on your walk to the 13th tee.) it seemed rather unattended to, as if it was just left in the woods since the end of the festival. Attempted to use it but it was full of maggots and other nasty insects and was completely gross.
Other Thoughts: - Very beautiful course with varied scenery. Plays through farmland, meadows, and woods that perfectly capture the "Northern Michigan" feeling. There were some very striking multi-colored evergreen trees lining a handful of holes.
- I didn't attend the festival/play the course during it. The course was completely empty the day I played it. It was a very quiet and relaxing round. I imagine that it would have been interesting to play with the music of the festival in the background, and possibly having other players out enjoying the course as well.
- No vandalism. The course was in excellent shape. Fairways were clean of garbage and well mowed. Tee signs, benches and tables were free of graffiti, and the baskets were pristine.
19th Hole- While short and simple compared to the 18th hole before it, it breaks up the otherwise boring walk back to the parking area. I liked it.
Overall, I really enjoyed playing this course. I had to drive a long way to play it (about 300 miles) and I'd say it was well worth the trip when paired with some of the other fantastic courses in the area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Canned Heat, "Goin' up to Country"
Aesthetic-- plays through a section of the festival grounds. Area seems to be DG exclusive with the exception of the woods which have some trails. I highly doubt that during non-festival times the property is very busy.
Tees-- I'm not usually a big fan of carpet, but these were good for what they were. nice and level and without ruts. They served the purpose nicely.
Teesigns-- Awesome. Hole number, diagram and footage really helped on this course.
Routing and navigation-- worn grass trails helped navigation here a ton. Most tees were visible from the preceding holes basket.
Variety-- a TON of variety here. The available land was used extremely well. A little something for every one here. The longest hole is 435'. The woods holes were completely different from the meadow holes
Trees-- The trees were fairly well utilized. I don't believe many trees were removed to build this course. I didn't see any stumps on the fairways on the meadow holes. There may have been some in the woods but it's hard to tell.
Baskets-- looked brand new, orange bands really helped visibility. Very Grippy.
Challenge-- the challenge of this course lies in the topography and the tightness of the woods holes. Pretty hard to lose a disc here.
Amenities-- Course could certainly use more benches. I would have liked to sit and rest a few more times during this course but there really wasn't anywhere to sit. Also, a few more garbage cans would have been helpful.
Course map-- would have been nice to have a map on the kiosk but this is really a minor problem.
Hole #19-- This course should/could have ended at #18. #19 is a bit of a throwaway hole. #18 is the signature hole here and #19 just feels like a let-down after the awesomeness that is #18.
Very impressed with this course. Very Very remote course that I'm sure is not played very often. The other course in Harbor Springs is a chuckers dream and this challenging course I'm sure is underappreciated.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very good mix of open-tight shots.
You will use alot of your bag.
Very peacefull, not very crowded.
Cons: Navagation was a little iffy at times.
Carpet tee boxes, I didn't mind.
Other Thoughts: A little otta the way, but well worth it. This part of Michigan needed a course and they are off to a great start.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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