Kalamazoo, MI 
Knollwood Park Share
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3 / 183ft. Par / Distance:
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  Short and Rustic, But Also Fun

5+    7/5/2009   7/6/2009
Review By: TheHairyDrummer
Played: 18  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 13.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Short holes and a quick play, but still has its challenging shots. Probably the easiest courses in the Kalamazoo area. There is usually a very friendly and younger crowd playing, so it's a great place to for a beginner to learn without feeling like they are getting in the way of "pros". Only a few elevation changes and blind shots.
Cons: This park is not in the greatest of shape. It is frequently dirty, although on the whole it has been cleaner as of late. I have never actually seen players being disrespectful of the course, so I would suspect that the surrounding non-playing neighbors are the more likely culprits of the damage. This course is set in a rather small space right near WMU, and surrounded on 3 sides by apartments and frat-houses.

Very small parking lot, often very full in the mid to late afternoons. Lot is also not well protected from errant throws.

Non-existent signage, and no course map. Local players are usually more than happy to point you in the right direction though, and it is not too hard to figure out on your own.

Tees are natural, and not very well-kept. Dual tees are sporadic and pretty much unnecessary.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a very fun course despite it's obvious shortcomings.

The pond is quite treacherous and is a frequent disc-eater. Bring a floater, or consider skipping #4 and #11.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Thick Woods

5+    4/22/2009   5/30/2009
Review By: Wraith3
Played: 12  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 9.9 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: great course to just chill with your friends after a day of classes. good variety of left and right hook shots. Forehands and Lefties rejoice. great place to meet new people, as some of the tees overlap to go to their receptive holes.
Cons: The Water is extremely hazardous. Watch your disc, but that is really hard with all the damn trees. Can be rather loud with frat village being on 2 sides of the course. Mud and water cover half the course in the spring and fall.
Other Thoughts: don't be fooled by #15 you can make it through all of the trees and end up in the lake behind. it sucks

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Local Favorite

5+    5/22/2009   5/22/2009
Review By: BigNastyAKzooLegend
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Heavy woods makes for tough shots, although short the course is a challenge in it's own. The people there are very friendly and are willing to help. Recently the course has been deep cleaned by a group of volunteers and is now looking cleaner than ever.
Cons: Parking can be crowded and dangerous for your car depending on where you park. Kalamazoo police are very good at getting people illegally parked as well so keep this in mind.
Other Thoughts: I myself attend Western Michigan University and I resent all of this "college kid" talk. Yes the course is occupied predominately by college kids but most are friendly and are almost always willing to help.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Short and Sweet

2-4    5/10/2009   5/14/2009
Review By: Azar002
Played: 13  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 11.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good mid-range holes, good accuracy practice. A few nicely placed water hazard holes. A few downhill holes and uphill holes. Can play it a few times in one short outing.
Cons: No long holes. Discs lost in the water are irretrievable unless you want to get stinky. Parking is a little cramped, only 20 cars or so can fit. If it is your first time there and no locals are around you might not find your way around.
Other Thoughts: Some very fun holes, like #15 playing off the road, or the two holes on peninsulas. Good lefty course/righty forehand/righty anheuser.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    2/14/2009   5/14/2009
Review By: MIdisc1
Played: 44  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 18.6 Years
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Some trees, some cute girls, free
Cons: Garbage, complete lack of respect for course, pond that smells terrible, broken glass, not enough parking, WAY to easy.
Other Thoughts: If your a serious disc golfer, don't waste your time

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.


5+    4/1/2007   5/1/2009
Review By: Mackb6
Played: 29  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 14.1 Years
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: A good starter course, if you can make your way through the stupid college wanna be disc golfers.
Cons: Every aspect of the place is its cons. The place is a pit, garbage everywhere, beer bottles broken, the sess pool they call a pond and the hill billies swimming in it trying to sell you your disc that you lost two weeks prior, "for real cheap".
Other Thoughts: The place needs to be demolished.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 way below average

1    9/10/2004   3/22/2009
Review By: discNDav
Played: 344  Reviewed: 78  Exp: 30.9 Years
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: short holes for beginner golfers, 18 holes,
wood chips along the paths.
Cons: I played here years ago and the smell from the dirty water in the ponds was horrible! I decided to skip a few throws as to not risk my disc getting wet and my refusal to go in after it.

Litter was excessive. Small parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Lots of college kids play this course so it can be crowded. I mentioned to one group how poor this course was they seemed surprised I didn't like it.

I would never consider returning to this course. How can anyone rate it more than two stars?

Kalamazoo / Battle Creek has much better DG options.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful.


5+    3/19/2009   3/21/2009
Review By: jacob baptiste
Played: 8  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8.9 Years
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: realy fun, moderatly easy course, lots of trees make it tough for beginners. never crouded early in the day. lots of squirls make nice moving targets for better players.
Cons: gets muddy as hell. crouded when college kids get out if its nice out. lots of leaves on the ground make losing a disk rather easy.
Other Thoughts: one of my favorite courses

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Beginner, quick and easy.

5+    11/23/2008   11/21/2008
Review By: landon77
Played: 60  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 17.6 Years
This review was updated on 8/20/2011
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Dog friendly, people friendly disc course.
If you want a good score or an ace this is the easiest course I have played in the Kazoo area to achieve one.
Densely wooded private area.
Good baskets!
This course is nice if you want to practice your short game and accuracy. If you are playing by yourself or small group your can play the course in 30-60 minutes. (Assuming the course is close to empty which is about half the time).
Cons: This park between the hours of 3 pm-dusk M-F can be very busy.
Since most players out there are new there really is no golf etiquette.
The park was built on a old drainage site to the Arcadia neighborhood. Therefore the water is disgusting. You might see people wading and looking for discs in it though!
Some holes have broken glass everywhere, with bottles and trash thrown about.
Residential apartment buildings surround the area.
There have been hornets nest in some of the dead logs that are right next to some of the holes!
Tee pads are natural.
The course is not marked, however it is so short it would be hard to get lost. This course has no room for long drives or any type of long play.
Parking can be issue if the course is busy. Beware of parking outside the course, the parking authority will ticket you if you do not follow the posted directions on where to park.
I have seen plenty of cars hit by discs. Some of the holes are right next to the street.
Other Thoughts: This is a great warm up or practice course. If you want to play fast come in the morning (by 2pm) when all the college kids are still sleeping. If you are visiting the area and only have time for a round or two, skip this course for some of the other courses that have much more to offer.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

5+    4/5/2015   10/21/2008
Review By: Mark R
Played: 94  Reviewed: 75  Exp: 14.8 Years
This review was updated on 12/7/2015
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Full 18 holes with more co-ed play here than other courses. Good baskets. Easy to follow despite not being marked well. A good hour-long workout with some fun mid-range play. Has some elevation changes. Bench at Hole 6 is a welcome rest stop.
Cons: Short holes that reward luck rather than skill in some cases, usually skip holes 4 and 12 around nasty water, bad tee pads throughout are made worse by rain and snow. Lots of trash and graffiti. Nearby apartments and frat houses.
Other Thoughts: Good for beginners or those with less time, others go elsewhere. Oshtemo completely outclasses this course, but Knollwood can be preferable in high winds. Despite being a short course, discs are easily lost in water holes, swamps or snow cover.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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