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 avoid in summer!!

5+    1/9/2011   1/9/2011
Review By: Innovadude
Played: 226  Reviewed: 179  Exp: 16.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well marked and clean/cared for Metropark. Features a new message board, always-stocked with scorecards with maps and pencils. Good tee signs all still there barely any signs of vandalism, course is never trashed or even very busy. Some holes are unique and good practice you can't get anywhere else around.
24 holes with cement tees for long and short!
Practice basket, ample parking.
Cons: Summer: It can get so flooded you can't play it in the spring. The mosquitoes can get so bad the league changes courses in summer to avoid them, massive poison ivy you can't avoid- even in the winter.
Some woods holes are tight the point of being absurd. You can only hit so many 5 foot wide fairways in one day.
It is pretty overgrown lots of recent work but still a lot rougher then necessary off the fairways.
Other Thoughts: Even the most hardcore dg'ers will avoid this course late spring-summer they rarely even hold events and even cancel league here during this time! All this for good reasons- it can flood, the bugs swarm to the point of being cloud-like, the rough crowds in thick and the poison ivy and thorns run rampant! Great for fall-winter!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 NIce Private Play

2-4    8/3/2010   8/5/2010
Review By: STXCougar
Played: 19  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 10.6 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very Few People, Nice variation of holes, Good lines from beginner tees but much more of a challenge from the pro tees. Very generous pars especially from the amateur tees. Have gotten a few eagles and many many birdies.
Cons: Lots of bugs and if your disc goes in the woods u may spend more time looking than playing.
Other Thoughts: Bring lots of bug spray, maybe some sun screen if during the day on some of the open holes. But the mosquitos are crazy there. Also lots of poison ivy back in the woods so shoes and tall socks a must.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Keep it straight!

2-4    7/31/2010   8/5/2010
Review By: Grip_N'_Rip
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9.6 Years
This review was updated on 8/26/2010
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Get to work on your accuracy with plenty of non-intimidating, yet moderately long holes. It's important to play a little more conservative early on, especially due to the tight fairways but Hole 15 allows you to go all out, measuring over 700 yards.

Excellent signage and all the holes are clearly marked. The concrete tee boxes are good and the beginner boxes offer a nice starting point for the beginner offering good angles and lines of sight.
24 holes, very clean, no vandalism, plus it's refreshing to have some privacy and take your time.
Not a lot of punks or for that matter, people at all. Even better, the few I've come across were very nice.
Cons: Because the fairways are narrow, there aren't a lot of holes that allow you "to open it up" and sling it. The brush is dense and unforgiving -- it would be easy to lose a disc or even a fellow player in there.
Holes do seem repetitive at times.

The bugs can be brutal, but the nice course and lack of annoying humans make up for it. Just bring the OFF with you or else play at your own risk.
Other Thoughts: A real refreshing course, not a lot of foot traffic and very well kept up with signs, tee boxes and pins that were all first rate.

There's a cool practice pin to the left of the first tee area, placed after hole No. 24. Check it out before you play.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

WILLOW METROPARK: because bugs like disc golf, too!

5+    7/8/2008   7/31/2009
Review By: BogeyNoMore
Played: 172  Reviewed: 137  Exp: 10.6 Years
This review was updated on 5/1/2014
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Pretty good as far as design/layout, with dual tee pads, tee markers, decent baskets - plays well. Navigation is pretty simple, with decent flow from hole to hole. First timers may have some difficulty finding next tee after some baskets, but only on a few holes.

Least traffic of any of the Detroit area Metro Parks, means peaceful rounds at your own pace. Pleasant, quiet, park setting (if you don't mind the the sound of cars on nearby highway or an occasional airliner soaring just overhead).

Well maintained with hardly any signs of vandalism: tee markers and everything look fine after several years - thanks to low traffic.
Scorecards w/map available mailbox near 1st tee (not always present).

Short tees: tight, with challenging fairways that require control and finesse.
Longs: prepare for a beat down

Limited shot variety means you can play a decent round with a few discs or so:
- straight fairway driver
- stable mid that holds the line you put it on
- putter
- get outta trouble disc for overhead throws

Great course for people who have good control and like to flaunt it.
Cons: - Not as much variety as there should be over 24 holes, most holes are slight variations on the same theme; tunnel shot after tunnel shot.

-Virtually no elevation changes.

- From most of the shorts, shooting par is only difficult if you're trying to park your tee shot for deuce and shank it in the woods or take a bad bounce. If you're willing to play an uber-safe (i.e. boring) round, you could just use a putter or mid with relatively low power off the tee right up the middle to set up a simple upshot and quite makeable putt for par after par. This leads me to say the course design lacks imagination - not completely bad, just a bit lackluster.

No single hole sticks out as that bad, but on the whole, they feel repetitive, and few are memorable (15 being the exception).

Except for hole 15, leave your max distance driver in your bag; simply not necessary on this course.

- BUGS & BRUSH!! The insects seemed seem to laugh at my Deep Woods Off. Tight fairways and VERY thick brush in the dog days of summer = lots of time spent searching for discs - don't expect a quick round. Don't plan on playing a second round (anywhere) after playing here. Between bugs and searching in the thick brush for 24 holes, you just want to hit the shower.
Other Thoughts: Favors accuracy over big arms - big time!!. There's water on 15 (except during droughts), but saying it comes into play is a bit of a stretch. Some low lying areas: fairways get very swampy, muddy, and mushy after a hard rain.

Control/finesse courses play to my strengths, so I usually like them, and while I have fun here, Willow simply lacks the variety I think a course needs to be considered "good." The lack of variety only seems magnified over the course of 24 holes rather than 18. OK for an occasional round, but I wouldn't want to play here on a regular basis. Too many holes seem like slight variations on the same theme: a tight, controlled tunnel shot, with an occasional variation of dogleg left or right instead of straight. The biggest difference is whether you have to thread the needle through trees, or down a hallway between walls of brush. The lack of variation in fairway types combined with the flatness of the land, and the sheer number of holes begins to feel redundant towards the end. It's probably better than just decent/typical (2.5), but I can't say a course is good (3.0) if it makes the game boring.

Throw in the bugs and thick brush, and it can turn something that should be fun into something that isn't.

TAKE MY ADVICE: Play Willow in the fall, for a much more enjoyable round; no bugs and significantly less threat of disc loss. The lack of foliage in fall doesn't necessarily make staying on the fairway any easier (there's still plenty of trouble to find) but it certainly makes finding your discs (as well as escape shots) a lot easier, and the bugs aren't nearly as much of an issue.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Willow

5+    6/23/2008   7/23/2009
Review By: rcd1649
Played: 10  Reviewed: 10
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great challenging course. Mostly short technical holes that are always well marked. The course layout is really well done and even though you're right next to the freeway it feels like you are way back in the woods. Also, I have played here probably 20 times and never waited at a tee...ever. Course is always pretty much empty.
Cons: Water! For alot of the year large chunks of this course are under water (it is a flood plain). The rough is the rough, don't mess with it. What comes with lots of water in Michigan...lots of bugs! Lots of them, trilliions! But the excellent course more than makes up for that.
Other Thoughts: Hard to exxagerate two of the most important features of this course, the emptiness and the bugs. If you can go on a day with a slight breeze do so, but even if you cannot the bugs are worth it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Am Par 88

2-4    7/7/2009   7/8/2009
Review By: bygwyllay
Played: 85  Reviewed: 78  Exp: 7.6 Years
This review was updated on 4/24/2010
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gotta love the Metroparks - all signs marked; scorecard with map on back; well kept fairways always nice to see. Also nice was what we didn't see - other golfers. A real seculded round to be had. The best hole on this course is over 700 feet from the pro tee. It slightly tilts downhill through some brush and then out into an open field. Your mid-range shot(s) will have you trying to ease over a stream and hit the chains. A very unique hole and one of the best I've thrown on.
Cons: Aside form this one hole, all others are fairly static. There is virtually no change in elevation throughout the entire course, and every other hole looks the same. Add to the fact that the mosquitos are rampant and the brush is sharp, and you can easily become frustrated here.
Other Thoughts: This course is extremely challenging in that the fairways are tight, and the rough is almost unbearable. Playing it safe is the way to go, and the pars are quite padded to help you out. The negative reviews I've read on here seem a little overexaggerated. The bugspray is recommended, however. Just take a bath in it and you'll survive. They will swarm you but if they can't find you they can't bite you. I had no bites upon inspection after the round. I will definitely be back in the fall to play this one; the skeeters should be gone by then.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    5/31/2009   6/2/2009
Review By: wasted energy
Played: 64  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 6 Years
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: It's a discgolf course. Concrete tees. And it's close to me.
Cons: Bugs. And is built on low land, last week was the first time I could play all the holes.(2 holes were under water and everything else was soaked a month ago)
Other Thoughts: This course is tough, it's tight,buggy and easy to lose disc's. In the fall this course would rock.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 

1    4/15/2009   5/26/2009
Review By: RiverBandit
Played: 46  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 11.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has an extremley low traffic level. Short tight fairways throw the woods definitly challenge your control and accuracy. Some holes are nicely mowed out surrounded by trees with a chance to really give it a rip but still require accuracy.Cement Tee pads on every hole and signs. Scorecard with map provided in mailbox by first hole. This is a great course to play a snow round, with lots of coverage from the elements, wind and snow.
Cons: Mesquito breeding ground, can become very, very, very, very, very, very buggy during the early spring to summer months. Can become flooded during the rainy season creating lots of standing water in many fairways. Making your way to the last holes can be a little confusing the first time crossing back across hole two to 18.
Other Thoughts: $4 daily metro park pass or $20 annual, easy acess to I-275.
The best time to play this course is between September, and March just to avoid the bugs.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Much Improved! Fall 08

5+    10/10/2008   11/10/2008
Review By: NEWBY1151
Played: 86  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 10.6 Years
This review was updated on 11/14/2008
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is mostly wooded and very challenging,all holes have cement Pro and Am tees,nice signs,scorecards/map at hole #1,never busy,nice park with pool & picnic areas,Discraft baskets,easy to navigate,most holes have tight fairways but are good birdie/ACE oppurtunities with accurate drives,good mix of lefts and rights,24 holes,
Cons: Thick rough and trees line fairways easy to lose a disc especially if your alone,lots of bugs in summer months,lots of noise from airplanes and expressway,not enough long holes,course gets pretty muddy after hard rain,course has no elevation changes
Other Thoughts: Metro park pass required $4 daily $20 yearly,late summer/ fall 08 lots of work has been done to clear fairways this course has been much improved,water is in play on several holes but pretty easy to avoid,long walk after 17, hole 18 starts to the right of hole 4,when the leaves fall this becomes a completely different course,when cass is busy you should definitely check this course out,

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Mesquito Boot Camp

5+    7/4/2008   10/5/2008
Review By: PNovak22
Played: 25  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 11.6 Years
This review was updated on 1/5/2009
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Willow Metro Park is a Very tightly wooded, with a few holes that play out into the open. One hole about 700 feet with a putt that plays across a little bridge at the end is very fun to really air out your go to driver. This course will definitely test your accuracy on every shot.
Cons: After a hard rain the course can be pretty muddy. Some of the fairway on the open holes can be flooded with anywhere from 4 to 10 inches of standing water which make the game more fun but only if you are prepared for it. Lots and Lots of bugs in the summer, almost makes impossible to play you just have to tough it out though.
Other Thoughts: MOSQUITO BOOT CAMP! BRING YOUR DEET!
A very nice course to play a winter round. Well protected from the wind on most holes, and wet ground is frozen, the best part is there are no bugs in the winter.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


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