Best Place I've Ever Given Blood!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is in a large multi use park that is very busy, but there is ample parking in a few gravel lots and the course rarely goes too close to any of the other fields.
Has some challenging shots the first 8 that play fairly open and long but with tree islands in okay fairways that make you pull into your bag of tricks.
9-17 are more wooded but largely less technical, and play along a really pretty bog. If it were in the south I would be concerned about snakes and gators(none of those in MI) and the guy I played with said they didn't get many snakes there.
I used my regular flick drives a lot as well as some sky Tommy's and some slow fade approach thumbers as well.
Number 2 is the star of the course it's a 350 or so shot downhill across a (today quite flooded) pond. I poet to lay up on the lip and get the safe par instead of trying to get a birdie and losing the only driver I brought on this trip.
Number 18 is pretty cool too. Long 450 or so shot that playes through a valley between the baseball field and a thicket. It ends up right by the lip of the pond.
Teepads are all textured concrete and pretty nice, baskets were almost all in good shape.
Cons: Biggest one; Mosquitoes, mosquitoes and more mosquitoes! Didn't really notice it until number 8 but was getting either bitten or buzzing in my ears from there on.
Other than the throngs of tiny vampires the biggest issue was the lack of signage. No marker for where to start, no map, no direction by the teepads.
There were arrows by the baskets pointing in the direction of the next pad, but it wasn't always that helpful when there were multiple pads in that direction.
Honestly someone go out there with a can of paint and put the numbers on the teepads. It's mostly very well maintained otherwise so I can't imagine the club or park guys that maintain it would object.
Other Thoughts: I has a good time but some signs and Vietnam army issue bug spray would make this a solid 3.5 course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The local clubs keep making changes and minor modifications to the course every couple of months. Good mix of long and short holes with pins for both left and right approaches. Risk reward opportunities on several holes #2 , 6, and 15 among others.
long holes favor big arms with hazards to keep it honest.
The #1 hole has been lengthened and a new longer concreate tee pad has been installed to make it a little more challenging. The #2 hole is the signature hole over the pond but there is a stone foot bridge and areas to layup for those that don't want to take the risk going over from the tee.
Fun course and nice changes. A lot of triming and cleanup was done over the last year.
Cons: Signage still an issue, though the local club is raising funds to add them.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
better than the rating
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Aesthetic-- plays through a large multi-use park. area is NOT disc golf exclusive and runs close to ball fields in several locations. be on the lookout for walkers and cross-country.
Teepads-- in great shape. nice and level.
Baskets-- Innova discatchers. some were a bit slanty but for the most part played fine.
Balance-- nicely balanced. course is fairly long. well, longer than I expected with many holes in the 300-400ft range, but there are a fair shake of shorties too.
Risk v Reward-- use of the ponds is nice. I heard horror stories of how high those ponds can get but it looks like the club have added a bridge across the ponds. the rough here is seriously gnarly. it presents it's own set of challenges.
Routing and nav-- with the addition of the bricks with the next hole number and arrow, routing is pretty easy.
Ammenities-- there is bathroom facilities here and a splash park. the park is really nice for being a non-pay park.
Lack of teesigns-- lack of tee signs makes this course a challenge to know where you are throwing to. when you are in the 11-14 field, there are certainly challenges in knowing where you are throwing to...the lines are NOT immediately apparent.
challenge-- not a ton of challenge here. there are certainly some throw away holes here. #16 for example is straight ahead and definitely a putter hole.
this course is so much better than I expected. had a blast, last of three big courses and a total of 72 holes on the day! :)
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Challenge in Oxford
Pros: Lots of variations in shots required, both forehand and backhand. There are shots in the open, and thru some narrow tree shots. Well maintained.Course is isolated from other activities, although if you are really wild you can hit the baseball fields on #18.
Cons: First hole is a warmup, but it is a good place to start.
Other Thoughts: While playing a few years, I am not a long thrower. This course always challenges me due to the distance on some of the holes to get par.They really fixed this place up from a few years ago.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Variety of shots, from controlled drives to a few wide open shots, and some in the woods.
Maintained well, cement blocks in the ground with arrows and numbers indicating where the next tee is.
Cons: 2nd hole requires a pretty good shot over the water and would be better on later in the course after getting warmed up. Fun hole though.
Other Thoughts: Just started playing this course in 2013 and it seems pretty good, they must have made a lot of improvements over the past couple years based on the bad comments this course has received.
*Dont park near the light-post near hole one, ive heard of peoples windows getting smashed out due to people grip locking at hole one.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course has a seemingly simple layout with mostly non obstructive trees but many of the holes require precision drives and even more so, mid-range approach shots that span throwing styles and shot types if played well.
This course requires controlled drives and finesse approaches from serious golfers but is open, clean and fun for beginners and families too.
Layout makes busy days tolerable, and yes this once left for dead course is getting busy from time to time.
Cons: The new hole one is kinda junk but it makes for a full 18 and a good warm up hole.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
It's free and still one of my favorite courses.
Pros: Nice open fairways for most of the holes with a variety of woodsy shots. As of this year it seems to be taken care of a lot better than the past couple of years. Short walking distances between each hole.
Cons: Only Single chain baskets and longer tree pads would be nice (especially on hole one).
Other Thoughts: Just glad that the bridge has been fixed and I am looking forward to playing here a lot this summer.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Devils Ridge is Born Again! (see Other Thoughts)
Pros: Set in a quiet, multi-use community park with ball fields, soccer fields, splash park, tot-lot.
Most of the course is relatively isolated from other park activities (although a few holes do bring you near areas frequented by other park visitors).
Well designed, and challenging, with very good shot variety, nice mix of fairway shapes and distances.
The first several holes are fairly open, with well-utilized trees, water, brush, to keep you honest; prevents you from simply running straight at the basket. Hazards are well-placed to make you choose a line or landing spot and execute, without forcing one specific line.
Brush gets a bit thicker as you progress towards the middle of the course, but never gets truly tight. Nonetheless, shots that stray far from those fairways may be hard to recover from... but at least they gave you a few fairly open holes to warm up, doesn't start off with thick stuff right off the bat.
Nice use of elevation throughout the course: downhill, uphill, gullies, gently rolling terrain -keeps things interesting.
Good use of hidden and tucked baskets - forces players to hit a window to score par or better.
Fairly spacious concrete tees on most holes.
Many benches located along the course.
Direction of next tee indicated by bricks/pavers (with # of next hole and arrow) imbedded in the ground near each basket - gets you moving in the right direction to easily find next tee.
Restrooms near hole 4.
Cons: Overall, Seymour Lake Park (also known as Devil's Ridge) is a pretty solid course - really not much to rip on. These are somewhat piddly, but certainly true:
Tee posts with hole #, distance and fairway shaped arrow (straight, curved, S-shaped) would help on this course. Even with the directional markers pointing you toward next tee, navigation can be tough for first time or infrequent visitors; easy to find the next tee, but which direction is the basket? Tucked and blind baskets aren't visible from tee. Be prepared to walk a several fairways to see where you're throwing. Print the map: it's still correct (except for hole 1), and will help if you're unfamiliar with this course.
Tees for 9 and 16 are pretty much next to each other, with no way to ID which is which, until you walk the fairway and see the number on the basket. That being said, I suppose this makes it convenient to skip holes 9-15, for a quick 11 holes if you're pressed for time. :-
New 1st hole is a 270' (or so) straight shot in an open field. Maybe they were thinking "Ace Run," but I think it's pretty "meh." I suppose it's a decent warm up hole, and better than no first hole, at all (see Other Thoughts), but it doesn't do much to enhance the course... plus the tee pad's too small.
Other Thoughts: If you're wondering how this course merits ratings ranging from 0.5 to 4.0, IMO it pretty much depends on when it was played:
First played here in 2007: course was good.
Returned 2010: course was bad.
Came back in 2012: course has been nicely restored - I'll be coming back!
Except for 1st hole, layout remains unchanged since my first visit. Old hole 1 (used to be across the main park road from the rest of the course) was pulled out and replaced with the existing splash park by the time I visited in 2010. By that time, they hadn't replaced the missing first hole (so it was only 17 holes), the boardwalk/bridge from 14 to 15 had deteriorated (badly), and a previously good course was spiraling into disrepair as the area's economy tanked and tax base eroded (read Dirty Mitten's Other Thoughts regarding course starting out nice,and going downhill).
They've since given Devil's Ridge some much needed TLC, adding a first hole (albeit a yawner), to make it a full 18, as well as giving the previously scary return from 14 to 15 a complete overhaul, and making sure the course is in otherwise good shape. Willing to bet that if those who reviewed it during its dark ages were to play it again today, they'd bump they're rating at least a 1/2 disc.
Wind is definitely a factor here - not a pro or a con - just part of the game, and should be treated as such. Particularly frustrating is that the wind seems to change direction virtually the entire round.
Perhaps skewed a bit in favor of those with big arms.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
They fixed the course
Pros: They added a new hole #1 to replace the old one, and they bushwhacked and built a new path over the bridge in the swamp, no more walking a half a mile :)
Overall great par 3 course, many interesting drives and quality tees
Cons: Always windy! I dot know what it is but it has never been calm while I'm on this course.
They really could use some signs on the tees showing where the basket is, because that can get very confusing, I'm thinking about calling the city and volunteering to do it myself
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Their are some great holes on this course. Really challenging blind approaches and water shots that make you really think you drive.
Cons: Holes are missing, their is a long walk on the back 9 to get to the final few holes where you options are walk over a sinking bridge or walk back 5 holes to get to the ones you need. If the town put a little work in this could be an all star course. Hole 1 was taking out for a splash pad BTW.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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