Big Rapids, MI 
Northend Riverside Park - East Share
Uploaded By: volklgirl Hole #9 (Taken 5/2009)
3 / 230ft.   3 / 290ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Tee

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Surprisingly Scenic But Challenging Course

1    6/9/2019   6/12/2019
Review By: MrFrosty
Played: 474  Reviewed: 102  Exp: 26.3 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: See the directions for parking from my West review . The kiosk says it all . The blue area on the map constitutes the East side . I had forgotten to mention on the West review that right next to the kiosk are the TWO putting baskets . Finding the first hole to start the East course is a little trickier than the West course . There is a cement path to the right of the West course #1 tee pad and across the street from where you parked . Follow that to a hill in front of you and climb the hill and turn right . You will see the first tee pad . The East course has the same cement tee pads ( some a little short ) . the Yellow banded Discatchers that are good for course , especially in the woods or when it is dusk. The signage is maybe the best I have ever seen . Metal , partly cut out at the top to signify that you are on the East course and hole # . You can read that part from the front or back of the sign , keeping you on the right path . The signs from the front also give a picture of the hole and the length . This course is the shorter , not quite as hard , but better looking counterpart to the West Course .Something that I had never seen in a course before were the same large course maps tat you see on the kiosk , stationed in selective parts of the course . They will show you where you are , and if you want to peel off for a shorter 12 hole round by taking a different path or extending to a longer round by taking another path and adding 6 holes from the West course that runs alongside of the East Course to make a 24 hole round . Unbelievable ! There are some NEXT tee signs on the course to help navigate you , too . You might not have to print a map to navigate this course , but for the sake of losing focus on a bad hole , you don't want to wander off and enter the West Course . Even though the East Course distance is shorter than the West Course , it still has great basket placement and an aesthetically pleasing environment . Lots of nature's creatures abound in this part of the park . The course is situated far enough away from the park's many other activities , that you should only encounter other disc golfers . There seem to be remnants of a shorter course that coincide with this course , designated by knee high red wood posts in the ground showing a crude flight path and toe boards at the natural tee pads . Lots of fun holes on the East side . Ones that stand out in my mind right away are #5 , which you throw your drive from just inside the woods , out in the open , hyzer to the basket , which is nestled in the same woods you just threw out of ( 280' ) . Your next drive at 6 , you throw out of the woods again , across an opening , anhyzer to an opening in the woods across from you and slightly downhill ( 300' ) . #7 is a 270' basket sandwich in the woods . The basket sits between 2 sets of large trees directly in front of the hole and behind it . Throw too far and you are down the hill , fighting for an angle in which to throw a putt . #10 is the longest hole , sitting at 540' through the woods . It will punish you if you stray off the fairway . #13 is a cool hole with OB to the left of the tee . #15 has the best tee box , slightly elevated with a wood paneled front #18 had one of the better finishing holes that I have seen . A left turn wraparound drive only about 250' or so , but with large trees set to take your drive out of the air . I can't figure out from standing on the tee pad how you can make this drive carry to the basket , unless you can throw over huge trees . Anyway , the basket has some of the dirt dug out of the front of it , and has a wood paneled elevated basket set out in the open . I chose #18 as my signature hole for the East Course . Good balance of left and right handed holes . I don't know where the players were , but I felt I had the course to myself . I was playing at 10:30 on a Sunday morning .
Cons: You could make an argument that the course is not as competitive as the West side , and that some good ams or pros would play this course under par for sure , but I don't consider that a con , since they have the choice to be over on the West side , anyway . Lack of trash cans on the course .Carry out what you carry in .
Other Thoughts: It must be nice to wake up on a weekend morning , drive to the park , and your only dilemma would be which course to play . A well designed 18 hole course on the East side offers you the lighter more beautiful side of Northend Riverside park . It looks like the course has undergone major changes since last being reviewed in 2015 . I am really impressed by how much effort and finances have gone into making this course what it is today . If I lived within 40 miles of this course I would be here most weekends . Thanks, Northend Riverside Park Board for making these courses a reality .Your park will have the notoriety of having one of the best places to play disc golf in the state , and the area businesses will also reap the benefits and not even know it . I stayed overnight at Holiday Inn next to Ferris State ( College Disc Golf National Champions 2017 ) , Ate at BW3 across the street and ate lunch at Wendy's the next day . ( friendly town )

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/16/2011   5/17/2011
Review By: DirtyWhiteBoy
Played: 6  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 9 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Tough course due to the fact that more than half is heavily wooded, but is also very fun. Always clean nicely taken care of. Cement tees for the pro, and sand for the beginner is nice. Decent amount of signage to lead you through the holes.
Cons: Some of the beginner tees seem to be actually more difficult than the pro ones. Other than that there really are no large cons.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course which is really fun to play and has many fun sights, such as the multiple bottle cap trails and the entire 17th hole is very fun. All in all, a very fun course. I defiantly recommend a play.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    6/11/2010   10/11/2010
Review By: cfifield21
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First course I ever played on. I love it! This is the course that got me addicted to Disc Golf. I like because its not like normal parks where people are just all over. Its in is own region. The holes present a different aspects of the game. I have yet to master this course but I played some amazing games on it. I do find myself going back to this course when ever I have the time because everything you play it is a new experience.
Cons: College students need to take better care of it. There needs to be more trash cans around and a better place to dispose of waste products. Respect nature!
Other Thoughts: The bottle cap ally is alot of fun! Hole 17 is alot of fun as well as hole 11! I recommend using a putter on some holes its a good way to practice that skill!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    9/27/2009   9/30/2009
Review By: Opus
Played: 20  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 10.2 Years
This review was updated on 6/6/2010
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very clean. Few different options for different style throws. Woods add a bit of complexity to your shots as you try to find ways to make it through. Tees are cement and there are visible markers directing you to the next tee after finishing a hole.
Cons: There is so much open space, could put in a few more holes, or even a second course. No real cons at all with the course itself.
Other Thoughts: This was the first stop on our travel of a couple different courses for the day. Was not expecting it to be much more than a warm up course. Was pleasantly surprised by not only the course design and complexity level, but also by the way it is maintained. Make sure to check out the bottle cap path, and the american flag made of caps.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Nice Course

5+    8/14/2008   8/14/2008
Review By: m0t0rb0atinsob
Played: 22  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 11.2 Years
7 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very nice long course. Mostly rolling hills but a few climbers. Blue and red tees provide a different feel. On a few holes the two tees make the hole a completley different hole. Woods can be tricky and frustrating but thin enough its not to hard to find a disc.
Cons: The red (short) tees tend to be harder than the blue. Not very many short holes.
Other Thoughts: This course can wear you out and beat you into the ground. Dont come here looking for a confidence booster. Bugs can get a little irritating but not that bad.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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