Grand Rapids, MI 
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Uploaded By: FoleyT Hole #9
3 / 308ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Target

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 Steep, Lots of Technical Shot-Making Opportunities

5+    6/7/2009   6/7/2009
Review By: dandther
Played: 45  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 42.2 Years
This review was updated on 6/16/2012
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The design of most of the holes requires some clever shot planning and execution. Though relatively short (I assume all holes are par 3), it's quite challenging. There is about an even balance between "best" lines which demand either a left or a right curve, although the course does favor shots that curve left. These lines are the result of intelligently designed holes that use mature trees in a fair way. There is lots of room for good shots, there are no holes where lucky bounces off trees are the only way you'll end up close to the pole.
Cons: Hills. Steep hills. You'll get a real workout here. It's hard to call this much of a con, because the design of the course uses the hills intelligently, much like the trees. However, by the 12th hole I'm usually pretty tired of the continual up and down, no matter how well I think the course was designed. (Keep in mind I'm in my 50s and have been playing since I was 14). There are some spots where you could lose a disc in the tight woods, since you're throwing up (or down) hill blindly toward a pole you can't see. But the course is short enough that if your buddy spots for you you'll probably be OK.
Other Thoughts: The 18th hole is a real favorite of mine. Tee off at the top of a very high hill and you can really get a ton of distance, only to find a long second shot to get close enough to make it in three. It's a fantastic finishing hole.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Johnson Park

5+    10/21/2007   10/23/2007
Review By: FoleyT
Played: 86  Reviewed: 85  Exp: 12.2 Years
This review was updated on 8/25/2008
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fun, challenging, many terrain changes and trees come into play. Good variety of shots required. Secluded and lots of beautiful scenery. Outstanding view of the valley from the top of the hill. Sometimes deer and turkey can be seen here.
Cons: Pole course (would love to see baskets here, but I've heard that the secluded nature of the course made vandalism and theft a problem), The worst part about this course is the horrible tees, sandy with railroad ties surrounding them (twisted ankles can be a problem). The 'rough' can be rough on your ankles, wear sturdy shoes and socks. Mosquitos late in the day.
Other Thoughts: frequently overlooked due to the 'pole' nature of the course, but worth a look

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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