The Earth isn't flat, but this course is!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is still a very new course as of this writing, and all 18 Black Hole baskets are in perfect condition. There are nice cement tee pads, and color tee signs with map/info/par (though some tee signs were broken when I played).
Most of the course plays through areas of the park not likely to be used by other park visitors.
There is a small tree-lined creek running through the park and it comes into play on several of the holes. Three of the holes have water carries (two tee shots, one approach).
Cons: I think the designers did a fine job with the space they had but there just isn't a lot of interesting terrain here to work with. The entire park is flat as a pancake other than where the creek runs through. The water carries over the creek are pretty easy for even a recreational player (lest you hit a tree branch with your disc). Other than the creek, the course offers very few challenges. Many holes have a wide, flat fairway with zero obstacles between tee and basket.
It was not windy when I played but I imagine wind could have a major effect with the course being so wide open.
Other Thoughts: The portion of Dorr Township Park on the north side of 142nd Ave basically has two halves: a front portion with baseball diamond/tennis court/playground/pavilion/etc. and a back half that is a wide open, flat field. The halves are divided by the creek mentioned above.
Holes 1-3 run around the perimeter of the front half of the park. There are a couple trees and park structures that provide obstacles on these holes.
Your tee shot on Hole 4 will carry over the creek to a pin in the back field of the park. Holes #5-9 are in the back field.
The signature hole here may be #10. It runs 468' across the back field and then over the creek at the end (so returning to the front half of the park) and up a small mound to the basket.
On #11 your tee shot will carry back over the creek again and it's back in the back field for holes #11-15. #13 and #15 pins are located close to the creek - if you overthrow your putts/approaches on these holes your disc will take a bath. #16-18 finish things up back in the front half of the park.
Overall, there just isn't enough variety here to make it a place I would come back to regularly (especially with so many other courses in the greater Grand Rapids area). Even my "signature" hole #10 is about 400' worth of throwing across the wide open, flat field before 68' of more interesting terrain to finish up. The course is worth a play if you're local but certainly falls well short of a destination type course. Always nice to see more new courses being installed though!
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