Equal brother, not little brother.
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Pros: Beautiful setting- this course plays through an old pine forest with massive trees on most holes. One of the benefits of pines is they block out the sun so there is very little underbrush (not much searching for discs).
Chainstar baskets, all in perfect condition.
Nice hole variety - there is a good mix of holes (straight, left to right, and right to left). According to my count, there were 4 straight holes, 6 that favored a backhand and and 8 that favored a forehand for righthanders.
Very clean - there was maybe 2 beer cans on the entire course. After reading a previous review I expected a lot of trash.
Cons: The directional signage was a bit iffy. If we did not have a local with us we would have gone the wrong way a few times.
The tee pads are getting a bit rutted out, but not terribly so.
I prefer a little more length than this course had, but with the tight fairways it was definitely OK.
Other Thoughts: Me and 2 friends drove to Marquette to play Powder Mill and Silver Creek. We all agreed that we preferred Silver Creek to Powder Mill. We had planned to play just one round and decided to play a second because we like it so much.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Nice setting, plays through a nice wooded setting.
good variety of shots needed.
Cons: Lots of trash, for a course so remote it was absurd. No trash cans to be seen.
Hard to navigate.
Hole layouts not the best
Other Thoughts: Ok overall, I did enjoy playing this course, and I Know that disc is just starting to take off in the UP, I played 4 courses during a UP trip, and this one was my least favorite. With that said, I would play it again.
I personally thought that the pin placement was not the best. The alternative pins were in, and I honestly found some of the placements to make no sense at all. I am not against challenge, I like hard courses, but many of the alt pin locations had no real fairway leading to them - one literally was tucked off the back of the "regular" fairway through what I would consider rough with no real shot through it other than luck. Many of them also had no realistic lines to them either.
Some of the holes were in ROUGH condition with debris, and just generally needed to be "beat in." From what I was told by a local, a few of the hole were just put in, so I am sure this will change as the course gets more traffic.
The navigation was really hard, If i was not playing with a local, it would have been really frustrating.
You can tell lots of love was put into the course but It appeared to me that the designer tried to do too much with it. Some of them were just dumb hard for the sake of being hard. With the regular pins in it may have played a bit different. there were some great holes though.
The lack of concrete pads seems to be common across the UP, and i am sure more courses will get them as things are updated and disc gets more popular, but even rubber pads would be a great advent to this course and would have bumped my rating up a little.
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Aesthetic-- plays through two sections of the same park behind Silver Creek Church. Walking paths do intertwine so be wary of others.
Teepads-- Framed path mix in really good shape. Not rutted out at all and most of the mix is still in the frames.
Teesigns-- much like Powdermill these teesigns show both tee positions and both pin positions. Really nicely done.
Alt Tees/pins-- not sure when alt pins are in play but these will add a whole new dimension to your game. Teesignage do give hints to as how the hole is smartest played. Alternate Tees do add some unique vistas on this course but for the most part are just shorter pads.
Routing and nav-- great. next tee arrows are a great help here. there are a couple of longer walks that will lose you without the arrows.
Baskets-- Chainstars-- could be a little more visible in the thick woods. Bright orange necks or flags could make them magically appear in the thick woods.
Pin placement-- as with all WIB courses, the pins are impeccably placed.
Variety-- Does well in the variety department. a little of everything here. #12 plays across a meadow like environment. #17 plays off a dune and across a valley to an elevated pin.
Elevation-- minimal use of elevation here a direct opposite with how much elevation there is at Powder Mill. Not saying there isn't elevation but it's not over emphasized.
Truly a work in progress. this course will shine for a long time.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but technical and challenging
Pros: A nice township park setting pretty much 100% wooded with decent amenities all around. Some natural ridges cross the property and allow use of some elevation and risky greens.
The layout is very technical and challenging. A well executed drive (putters, mids, and drivers) is needed to score well. Tight airways limit flight routes and encourage players to throw more than their go-to drive.
Two sets of good skill based tees meeting the goals of the course design for a neighborhood area and different than Powder Mill.
Alternate pin placements greatly change some of the holes and in all instances, one of the pins is in a pretty risky location, so putting must be on target.
Use of OB on one of the holes makes you have to play smart.
Elevation used very well.
Cons: Trash and undesirables. Unfortunately the park seems to attract more trash than is ever necessary. It suffers from being very close to a school, numerous neighborhoods, and serving as a hangout area which increases the litter and other issues. It's not bad by any means, but could be better.
While 'Blue' tees were the design intent, the lay of the land and a few last minute necessary changes have created a low blue, almost white tee layout. Still, if your drives are off, it's not easy to score well. Plus, alternate pin placements add 600' to the layout.
Some perceived crowding due to the lay of the land, and also 'backtracking' from hole to hole, although this was done to maximize use of great terrain.
Other Thoughts: Still slightly a work in progress with some cleanup, dirt-work, and additional finishing touches needed.
A cell tower will drive the need to redesign Hole 5, but it may get better.
This course is a great compliment to the Powder Mill course. 500' shorter from the red tees and 1000' shorter from the blue tees, creates a feel of 4 distinct skill/challenge layouts in the Marquette area.
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