2 Helpful / 0 Not
Grand and then Woods
Pros: Grand Woods is an older course featuring some visually appealing holes and a moderate level of difficulty in the way of water and dense blind shots. The first 11 holes are generally quite well done here and are a joy to play with the possible exception of the blind and disorienting number five. Concrete tee pads are present at each hole as well as signage, although much of the signage is covered with graffiti scrawl. A wide open bomb hole gets things moving toward the woods at one. The first few wooded holes feature a stream and some natural cuts and depressions that are very engrossing and pleasing to the eye. The holes play mostly straight and have fairly wide corridors with some chance of trees and water entering into play. The sixth hole hugs the bank of a small pond and is quite hazardous on the left edge if care is not exercised. A classic water hazard hole. Seven runs rightward down a tight path and up and down a dirt mound showing the first use of elevation apart from the teeing area at five. The tenth is an open hole featuring a (green) water filled moat that belies an uphill basket placement. Definite possibility of treachery here. Seventeen features another interesting use of elevation with a basket placed amidst a steep rooty hillside that is a true run away putter roll danger. Some decent variety to enjoy.
Cons: Although much of the early landscape and layout is a visual delight and a fun throw, some legitimate cons slowly emerge and cause a twinge of bitterness to mingle in with the sweet at Grand Woods Park. Graffiti and an inordinate amount of litter slowly chip away at the aesthetics that the natural scenery offers. Some of us are so disrespectful to the courses and it can be upsetting at times to have it detract from an otherwise great appearance. Some design flaws come into light as well as the walk progresses. The number five tee has the potential to cast a feeling of dread when a sea of green is all that can be seen from on high. It is dead blind with plenty of patches of growth to obscure a disc that flies astray or simply out of view. The basket placement, once past the vast scrub, is quite scenic on the edge of a pond. This hole seemed somewhat dangerous and possibly unfair in that even with a walk ahead, bearing is easily lost with all of the reference points being blurred by similar looking green foliage. Perhaps a fall or spring play would be less threatening to plastic commodities. The location of the number eleven tee requires a walk back down the hill and over the moat and through the hot zone of number ten fairway in order to continue onward. Awkward. Potentially dangerous to bodies. A long walk in the wrong direction is highly probable if a player is unaware of this counter intuitive backtracking requirement. Does the course move from eleven to thirteen? Hole twelve may not exist. Uncertain. No photos on DGCR to ascertain the answer to this query. Thirteen is another pretty wicked blind hole with very narrow safe landing zones amidst the bushes. Again, hard to gain a visual reference point for teeing. After thirteen, navigation can become confusing to the point of causing frustration in individuals such as myself. No clues anywhere in sight. Fifteen, when located offers another blind basket with dense growth. Finding seventeen after playing sixteen can be difficult. Suddenly recalling that you may have driven your vehicle past a tee on your way into the park and that the tee may have actually been seventeen is a good thing to do at this point. Perhaps I expect too much.
Other Thoughts: I was truly excited and loving this park and the play it offered during the first half of the round. I realize that the vast majority of courses have a few holes that are less than stellar. For myself, the misstep after hole ten was when the course transitioned from grand to merely just woods. Half of the holes are actually quite enjoyable though. It is a shame that this course ends on a bit of a sour note after a solid beginning. Worth a play.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice park with water coming into play on some holes. Some blind holes make it interesting. Extra long tee pads were nice.
Cons: The signs were not very accurate.
Other Thoughts: A guy sells discs out of his truck which is sweet (descent prices).
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Memorable in many ways...
Pros: Extremely picturesque especially in autumn, friendly locals to assist, challenging without being stupid, easily accessible, a good mixture of tight and wide open holes.
Cons: Easy to get lost, poor signage, lots of graffiti and trash, easy to get lost, one preposterous hole layout, did I mention easy to get lost?
Other Thoughts: I spent four months in Lansing as my "home away from home" and played Grand Woods at least a couple of times a week after work when the weather allowed. The locals were terrific...DJ, the local icon, was always at the ready with disks. The scenery was worth the visit in late September/October as the traffic died down and I got to know a few locals. Once you manage to find your way from hole to hole throughout the course it is both challenging and rewarding. Grand Woods raised me from novice to intermediate in a short while, and I will always have fond memories.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
my home away from home
Pros: let me tart off by saying that this is my home course so i am pretty biased. now, it's a great little course. 18 perminent holes and during tournament play there are 36. good mix of shots, and water comes into play on at least 4 holes and when it's really wet it comes into play on 8 holes. good mix of distance and control shots.
Cons: always busy. if you want to play a nice mellow round and not have to wait around all day to throw. go early. after about 4 o'clock you'll wait at every hole. the course is beat up as well. people don't take care of it and there is littler everywhere. that's not the courses fault it is the people playing the courses fault
Other Thoughts: really fun course, if you're in lansing give this one a try but make it out early. say hi to DJ the man the myth the legend. he's the guy selling discs out of his truck. he's very knowledgable and a really cool guy.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Wide range of holes here.
Pros: I really enjoy the first four and last five holes. These seem to at one time have been a nine hole course. They are in a park-like setting which is well mowed and has very mature trees.
Cons: Hole 5 is just a tee box and a swamp. There is no way to play this hole without losing a disc. I see that there is a basket in a strange place. Hopefully they are planing to have this be for hole 5 and make it a playable hole. Holes 6 through 13 are nice but they seem to be newer and don't have the same feel.
Other Thoughts: The graffiti and garbage are a little extreme on this course. I know that there is no good way to control it but it seems worse here than any of the other local courses.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Good but busy local course
Pros: -Tee pads are good quality, all concrete, lots of room to throw
-Most people are very nice
-Great place to get discs at a lower price then in stores, 2-3 locals sell new and used
-A few of the locals that sell discs, also hold found ones that are marked, just in case the owner returns.
-Not the easiest course, and that is a good thing, good variety of shots, some long, some short, some open, some wooded, good amount of water.
-Newer baskets are starting to pop up that go around holes that are usually unplayable.
Cons: -Like most people will say, it is really busy.
-Discs are easy to lose, at least for me, you have to have fairly decent control, or have a spotter on almost every hole.
-Over the years, different baskets go missing, I played earlier in the week, and hole 2's basket was missing, then I played yesterday, and they had put it back in.
-Depending on how the rain has been, hole can very easily become unplayable, course stays very wet.
-Did I mention busy? Go early in the day if you can (10am-ish) even then there is usually a few people already there.
-Course is not very clean, there is trash at most tees, and most the benches and tables are broken or aren't there.
Other Thoughts: This course is pretty fun if you don't have to wait too long to tee off. It is nice having locals in the parking lot selling discs out of their trucks, DJ is the older guy who keeps the lost and found going, and there is a second guy named "J" (I believe) is the guy behind J-Bird discs. Keep your throws under control, and you should avoid losing a disc on every hole :)
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Variety--Somewhat challenging.
-Concrete tee pads
-GREAT water holes (highly challenging)
-Good Fun Factor
-Most locals are polite
-Busy (VERY BUSY SOMETIMES)
-Dirty and trashy
-Needs better signage and benches
-During wetter months some holes are unplayable
-Poor navigation (hence needs better signs!)
Other Thoughts: -
-This course has decent variety. You will be shooting through woods, small elevation changes, and water.
-There are a few holes that your shooting blind on. You will then need either a spotter or have an idea of where your disc went.
-Water holes are cool, tough, and numerous (3) legit water holes.
-I enjoy this course when I play it, however it does tend to get rather busy. Since the course is nothing special I tend to avoid it when there are large crowds.
-I have been able to play through some of the crowds but sometimes people won't let you play through and you have to watch someone throw a disc 6 times to a 180 ft hole. This of course is annoying and lot's of beginners use this course. (although if your a beginner Fitzgerald Park is a better idea for you, it has less water holes)
-I'm giving this course a 3.0 only because about 3 or 4 of the holes are excellent, otherwise this is just a typical average course.
-This course is also a park that R/C racing and other activies for the family to enjoy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Not that grand...
Pros: The course has a nice mix of holes (wooded and open) and some fairly nice sized tee pads. There is water in play on a few holes with #6 having the most prominent water hazard. Throwing that close to water can be a lot of fun. Overall, the park itself is nice and there is plenty of parking.
Cons: Terribly difficult to navigate. A few of the holes go through low-lying land and were quite muddy, even on the 'fairway'. The hole 2 basket was missing; there was a stick jammed into the ground in its place. There weren't many clearly marked fairways through the course and there were a lot of blind shots.
Other Thoughts: I was disappointed with this course. It shows great potential, but doesn't have the cleanliness, upkeep or layout to be a great course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
No Guts, No Glory
Pros: Grand Woods is a very challenging course offering many high risk/ high reward shots, and water coming into play on many holes. This course continuously forces you choose between going for it and playing it safe. A few holes force you to drive over an expanse of trees, scrub, and brush to set up a decent approach shot: intimidating for shorter throwers, and requiring control from bombers.
Plenty of shot variety with some moderate elevation changes, nice variations in fairway length and opportunities to use many different shots and disc choices. Course has many fairly unique and thrilling tee shots, and quite a few blind holes. Most holes stand on their own; course never feels repetitive.
A safer alternative: Hole 6 is a narrow, gently left turning fairway with water all the way down the left side. Many RHBH throwers will end up in the drink. There's an safer (but less thrilling) alternate hole 6 just a bit further down that pretty much follows the walking path parallel to the waterhole. Alt hole does not have a concrete pad, but there is a post in ground to indicate the tee area.
Pleasant suburban park setting with nice atmosphere.
Concrete tee pads were in decent shape.
Cons: - Navigation was very difficult in spots, even having played it a year ago. Maps or Next Tee signs would be a big improvement.
- Risk of disc loss is high, plenty of water and some blind holes. Some holes submerged after heavy rains or spring thaw.
- First hole plays right through an open field with quite a bit of other park traffic: may require a bit of a wait. 17th hole plays across roadway, but it's not too hard to spot cars coming.
- Some baskets are pretty old and nasty.
- Park isn't in bad shape, but course feels a bit run down: missing some tee signs, general wear & tear.
Other Thoughts: I can't rip this course (even though it ripped me)!
It's a great challenge, but better signage, navigation aids, a few new baskets and some general TLC would really make playing here much more enjoyable.
Definitely not a "Grip it and Rip it" or beginner course. Course requires control and at least moderate distance.
A few local disc divers regularly fish discs out of the water and brush for rewards, so make sure you have a name or phone # on them.
Course plays quite a bit differently depending on time of year. Peaking plant growth in mid to late summer make the course even more challenging. When I played here last fall, recent rains made water hazards on many holes much more hazardous.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Grand Woods Park
Pros: - Nice variety of holes (open drives, tunnels, dogs, over trees, etc.)
- Scenic course into and out of the woods
- Played on a saturday at 1pm and didn't wait on a single tee box (one group let us play through)
- Some swimming kid retrieved my disc in the pond
Cons: - No holes with 500+ distance
- Somewhat difficult to navigate, no signs or markers to next tees, have to walk back across a couple of holes to get to the next
- Some tee signs missing
- Some baskets are old disc bouncers
- You will spend some time looking for discs
- Kid's brother wanted $3 to return my disc :)
Other Thoughts: - Some blind shots, bring a spotter
- Water in play on a few holes, hopefully some locals are swimming
- Fun course to play
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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