This Course Is Looking Pretty Sad!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Calvery Church appears to be coming up a little short in the collection plate on Sundays. Everything about this church and the adjoining property is shabby looking and could use some paint and TLC. There are some cheap looking lawn chairs around the church. Maybe they have hired a homeless guy for pastor. The basketball hoop by hole 1 is broke off and is an eyesore.
The disc golf course has the same feel. It's just kind of grubby and unkempt. The grass doesn't appear to have mowed anytime recently. The kiosk is OK but has no information. There are small garbage pails around the course but every one is overflowing with cans and bottles strewn on the ground. The signs are kinda strange. They have a number and a board that faces up, like it's there for writing down your scores. They were perfect for me jotting down thoughts about the course. My notes have never been neater.
I wouldn't quite say that this course is on life support but I would say that the course is very, very sick in need of some serious medical help, and soon.
The actual course is not that bad of a design. There is nothing overly dynamic nor are there any signature holes but there are 9 little recreational holes to fill your disc golf urges. You can see that there has been some play here lately. I think every hole here qualifies as an Ace Run. There is some rough along # 3's left side but other than, there isn't much danger
Cons: General shabbiness everywhere.
The grass needs mowing.
Pitch and putt distances.
Garbage is piling up.
Lacks challenge and creativity.
Other Thoughts: It's a shame this course is being put to seed. With some basic maintenance, it would be a nice little beginner course. You can tell it gets some play by the amount of garbage that is piling up around the pads. Probably not a course you're going to go out of your way to play but local beginner and rec types could have fun playing here.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Not as Bad as I've Heard, Fun Safari Opportunites
Pros: Easy location from US-131.
Every inch of the small property was used well. Designer did a decent job getting something from very little available. There is a smattering of trees and shrubs and they were used to create some semblance of purpose from the tee most of the time.
Routing/navigation was good. It was easy to find where I was supposed to go.
Baskets are acceptable. 8-year-old Chainstars (I think).
It's intended for kids, beginners and recreational players and does a pretty good job for that purpose.
Experienced players will be fine with a putter and a mid or two and might enjoy a carefree round with a beginner friend. That's exactly what I was doing there.
There is a wonderful opportunity to play "safari" golf here. (See "other thoughts.")
Cons: Rubber tee mats aren't the greatest. Most of them had puddles after a small amount of rain. Since I wasn't there for a serious round, it was perfectly acceptable to just tee off as close to them as possible.
The freeway is right there, and if you hate traffic noise, that will be a major con for you.
I didn't see a proper place to relieve myself...
If you're an experienced player looking for a challenge, the standard 9-hole layout isn't it.
Other Thoughts: I've heard many people poo-poo this course as something not worthy of visiting, and now that I've finally gotten here, I disagree, especially if you live in the area. It's probably not worth your time if you're from out of town and are only here for a limited time, however.
I come from a time and a place 25 years ago when we were thankful for ANY course, would drive for over an hour to play something different, and this is a nice little place to play a quick round or take your friends for their first time. I would be ecstatic if I were a nearby resident and had something like this where I could grab a putter, a Stratus and a Roc and knock out 18 holes in 30 or 40 minutes after work or something.
Here's the bonus. With the tees and baskets shoe-horned into such a small property and the available spaced-out clusters of vegetation, it's a perfect place to play "safari" golf! I was here during bad weather and had the place to myself, so here's what I did to make a few holes over 300' and have a little extra fun. It actually flows decently too...
(1) #1 Tee to #2 Basket
(2) #2 Tee to #3 Basket
(3) #4 Tee to #5 Basket
(4) #6 Tee to #1 Basket
(5) #7 Tee to #8 Basket
(6) #9 Tee to #7 Basket
(7) #6 Tee to #2 Basket
(8) #3 Tee to #7 Basket
(9) #6 Tee to #9 Basket
This was more like a -2 round for me where everything *should be* an easy deuce in the standard layout.
Don't do this, of course, if there are people all over the place, and if you're not confident in keeping your throws out of the apartment parking lot to the north.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Baskets, compaired to the other 9 holers in the area this is one of the few that has actual baskets.
- Navigation - every tee has a different colored box to show you were it is. Everything flowed well and it seemed the fairways were mowed to show you which basket you are shooting at.
- Tee pads while they are a little short and rubber they are better then the sand boxes it appears that everyone has mentioned before.
Cons: -No real difficulty. They are all pretty much ace runs, but they do have a little bit of shot mix up.
-By the highway (also a plus as it's easy to get too) but it's very loud.
-Hole 8, appears to have two shots, one that is a huge weight hyzer that the tee pad doesn't really face the basket and one small like 80ish ft hyzer spike. Not sure if they moved the basket and made a new tee.
Other Thoughts: From what i read on the other peoples reviews it looks like they are trying to fix it. This isn't anything that is a destination, but if you are coming north to go to Kzoo or battle Creek, this is a quick stop off the high way for a nice little warm up round.
I am guessing by being at a church it's made to get kids and new players into the game, and it is very good for that.
I enjoyed this more then what most people did, but I also like throwing putters at watching them go for ace runs :D
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice little nine holer
Pros: A nice short course with many ace opportunities. It was well groomed making a lost disc near impossible. Well signed and easy to follow. Laid out in a nice fashion to where you finish by where you started. Excellent tee markers with bag holders, and trash bags. Very little grafitti. Not much litter. Good baskets. Hole 8 had two tee positions. Not very crowded. Easy access and good parking.
Cons: It was a really short course using every inch of space available. Not exactly the most challenging course ever, but is an excellent beginners course. If there were a lot of people playing it would be crowded quick. The tees were uneven and had a rubber mat over dirt. Most holes were the same in length. Not very scenic as you're playing in everybodys back yard and right next to the highway. There was a fire pit in the middle of the fairway on 8.
Other Thoughts: It is an awsome course for the beginner, or an amatuer looking for an ace race. If you're in the area and have 45 minutes to throw a quick 9 this is your course. The play is so fast you might just play 2 rounds to get another ace!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course plays in a small field behind a church. It seems like a good spot to expose people to the sport, with baskets visible from the church and parking lot, and some visible from the highway. The course uses the scattered trees reasonably well to protect a few of the pins and force one interesting up and over line. There is a course map at the parking lot, and despite the lack of signage it's not hard to follow the flow here.
Cons: There's not really any challenge or variety here. 8 of the holes are similar lengths and require basic straightforward shots, and the only different shot is not all that difficult, with a 150' spike hyzer or overhand over a bush. There aren't enough obstacles to make any of the shots feel obstructed, it's basically a wide open, short field course. The tees are terrible, they're just dusty rutted out areas that are expanding as people throw from outside the worst of the ruts.
Other Thoughts: Beginners can have a good time trying out the sport here, there's not much punishment for errant shots and the lengths are reasonable. Experienced players will find no challenge here, even with nothing but a putter.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Aesthetic-- kind of reminds me of a mini-golf course that is really trying to be a par 3 golf course. the property is in decent condition.
Baskets-- reasonable condition, some of the "basket portion" were slanted and uneven.
Map-- yep, there's a map, thank god..
Easy to find-- right off 131.
Cons: Navigation-- HARD even with the map. finding the basket for 4 is difficult if not impossible. there are two baskets in a direct line from the tee... ALSO, the tee for 4 does not point towards the basket, rather it points at the basket for 5.
SandBoxes-- the teeboxes are like sand boxes, I found myself taking my steps to the side.
Fairways-- overgrown and hard to follow in places.
Other Thoughts: I played this course during a day where I played three 9-hole courses and an 18. this was the worst of the 9-holes by far.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
9 Practice Holes
Pros: Good baskets, Course map at the start of the course. Very little traffic. Easy to find. Well maintained. An ace opportunity on ever hole. This will be the first place I take people who have never played the game before. I met two guys on the course who come out there every day on their lunch break.
Cons: Holes are short and mostly straight with not many trees or obstacles to use different styles of throwing. More than anything, I think that is the biggest drawback to this course, not the short links or the fact that it's only nine holes. It seemed flat and barren to me. The tees are basically sand boxes and usually offer no hope of an X step (not that you really need to out here).
Other Thoughts: I tried to review this course as a 9 hole course on it's own and not let the hole count sway my vote. The fact remains, though, it will still be boring for the veteran player. Where it could really shine though is as a "disc golf training center". You could try out new shots, tweak your drive and practice your putting and midrange shots with what I'm assuming would be very little interference from other players. This course and a soccer field for long drive practice would be all you would need to become a great player on your own time. I wish I lived next door to it. I'd be out there every day before work.
No play during Sunday morning services- 10:45 am til ?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Course map in the parking lot, easy to navigate, nice baskets, lots of ace runs on all the holes, good to work with the putter and mid range, Nice little 9 hole course.
Cons: Short, Dirt tees(Sand really), Close to the highway, Not much of a challenge to play or many hazards.
Other Thoughts: I like to use this as a nice warm up 9 on my way to Kalamazoo or Battle Creek. This is one of the nicer little 9 hole courses that I've played compared to Middleville, Hudsonville or Norton Shores.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -No waiting, ever.
-Easy to navigate (Has a course map at #1)
-Generally clean, nearly impossible to lose a disc.
-A course with baskets. Fair enough.
-Nice and easy to play in big groups.
Cons: -Difficulty level. This is one of the easiest courses you will play.
-Very little hole variety.
-Hole #5. Aim right, or there's a chance your disc will float over the fence towards the highway. It is a pain to retrieve.
-Tee pads are "dirt" (at this point they are almost sand) and if it has rained at all, they will be puddles and you'll have to drive to the sides of them.
Other Thoughts: This course will not appeal to skillful players. It is a very short, 9-hole course with very little incentive to make someone return.
However, I feel this course deserves a 2 for one reason - this is the best learning course I have ever seen. If you are just starting out, or are still trying to perfect your anhyzers/forehands and midrange/putting game, I feel like there is no better course around to go play a couple rounds and practice. The owner clearly did not have this in mind, but if he was trying to create a practice course, he hit it spot on.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very rare to have a wait time.
-Ideal course to practice mid-range throws and putts.
-Ideal course to learn how to drive accurately
-Not terribly difficult to locate
Cons: -Poses no real challenge to players of a fairly decent skill level
-Hole distances are all fairly identical
-Course is almost completely flat
-No hole indicators
Other Thoughts: This is my hometown course. I learned to how to play here and still am not bored with the course. I would not recommend going out of your way to play this course, but for those that it is available to, it is an ideal location to take your game to the next level.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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