Big Rapids, MI 
Northend Riverside Park - East Share
Uploaded By: volklgirl Hole #8 (Taken 5/2009)
3 / 270ft.   4 / 340ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #8 Tee

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 Let It Flow

1    6/24/2010   6/25/2010
Review By: BucketBonanza
Played: 47  Reviewed: 30  Exp: 15.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is on a nice parcel of wooded land. There is very good flow to this course, and although it has some decent length holes, you can move through 18 holes very rapidly. In most cases there is very little wasted movement getting from one hole to the next which can become tiresome in high heat or snowy situations. Very good for finding rhythm. The course is also marked very well with directions to your next location which is nice for visitors. Oddly enough the 18th hole seems out of place after a smooth run. There are red tees for ladies or beginners which offer much relief on a few holes. The layout here offers some fun playing. Even errant shots are relatively easy to locate as the rough spots are low and mostly vegetated with ferns. There are no ridiculous "stupid" holes that are clogged with trees and completely luck dependant here which I really was happy about. Zero frustration due to "stupid holes."
Cons: This place plays very flat. There is really not much variety to speak of in terms of terrain. No water. The majority of bends are to the right, which can effectively disable beginners and players who are solely righty backhand throwers. This makes for a decent degree of difficulty despite the relatively routine lay of the land.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time playing this course. I think there is much to be said about having fun whilst playing. What are we really there for? I don't want to spend a round completely frustrated by "stupid holes" and this course delivered the fun big time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/5/2010   5/13/2010
Review By: jansenk4
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 8.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -No water, generally playable at anytime during the year.

-Holes are pretty good and wooden posts with fairway path carved into them lets you know where you are shooting.

-If beginning, amateur tees on some holes (2 and the longest hole 10?) have big advantages This makes it fun for beginners and is a good course to play if you want to eventually want to pick it up as a hobby.

-Since there are trees, you can play this course a million times and never throw the same shots. Fun to mix up your game/throws each time you come out. (I've driven backhand, forehand and even tomahawk on holes)
Cons: -Ferris State University has a lot of big groups of students go through, or "pros in training" like to throw multiple discs and can hold you up, but most people will let you play through.

-Hard to play if you throw right handed and don't have a forehand shot, many holes go right, although #3, #6, and 2 more on the back nine go left.

Other Thoughts: Whoever did the review should really switch this course description from moderately wooded to heavily wooded.

Four holes to warm up with few trees before you have to decide on how you plan to shoot around trees.

Both my favorite and most frustrating course to date (of 6 courses)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    11/14/2009   11/19/2009
Review By: jamays
Played: 18  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 8.3 Years
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is tough due to its many narrow, wooded fairways. Navigation is quite easy throughout the course and the cement tee pads are a reasonable size to throw from.

Trash bins and benches are prevalent throughout the course.

There is an interesting path made from bottlecaps... be sure to enjoy!
Cons: There are more cons to this course then pros. On a couple holes, the fairway corridors are essentially non-existent. It's less skill and more luck to get a decent long disc through most fairways. Most of the holes are a carbon-copy one another, making for a slightly boring romp through the woods. Also, holes in some areas are quite tightly packed in... FORE!
Other Thoughts: If this course had some variance in hole design and opened up a couple of the fairways in the woods it would rate a 3.5. I think this course has some potential.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    11/14/2009   11/15/2009
Review By: Mark R
Played: 98  Reviewed: 76  Exp: 15.6 Years
This review was updated on 12/13/2009
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Uncommon northern location. Quite challenging, with lots of narrow corridors in the woods. Nice cement tee pads. Good signs, especially the ones pointing to the next hole. Better than average Chainstar baskets. Good navigation overall with few or no difficulties locating holes. Does a good job overall with available land and resources.
Cons: A few too many forest holes; a trait shared with Whitehall Township Park, which it closely resembles. Holes near road (1/18) seem a little compromised. Some slightly more open holes at the front and back end of the course, but no real stunning holes, and somewhat flat overall. A fairly crowded course.
Other Thoughts: Course could be improved slightly by utilizing some of the more open park areas and cutting some trees and planting grass in some of the wooded areas. Some benches here and there, but not at every hole. Hole 10 is a very tough 570 foot hole in the woods which few would par, and there are some fairway paths, like the 360' Hole 15.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


1    9/27/2009   9/30/2009
Review By: Opus
Played: 20  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 8.7 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.

 Diamond in the Rough..sorta

1    7/6/2009   7/12/2009
Review By: LangWu99
Played: 16  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 10.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I was very supprised with this course as have others. I went into this not really expecting much but after playing the first round and seeing what there was to offer I had to play again.

This was difficult without being too frustrating and fun enough to make up for the hassles that I did encounter.

Of course everything everybody else listed about this course like cement tees, alternate tees and such made this a great outing.
Cons: A few things too mention that brought it down but could be rectified.

Even a little bit off the fairway was very costly. There was a lot of young trees and bushes that just add strokes to a decent throw.

Low clearing branches on a couple of holes knocked down some great could have been shots

Some distance between a couple of tees.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice to see some brush and dead branch cleansing here. That would of eliminated a couple of strokes from the card.

It would be nice to see an alternate loop using some of the distance along the power lines if its legal to do so..

I wish this was a little closer to me because I would definately play it over Kenwood every day.

If you're within even 40 miles of this course make a point to check it out at least once and play through a second time the same day.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 What a surprise!

2-4    5/17/2009   5/19/2009
Review By: volklgirl
Played: 77  Reviewed: 47  Exp: 9.4 Years
This review was updated on 7/11/2011
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This quality of this course came as a complete surprise! Accurate directions on the course info page lead us to a beautifully tended and spotlessly clean little park with easy access to the first tee, and the course loops you right back to the parking lot on #18. Generously sized cement tee pads with really nice texturing created sure footing with plenty of space for a run up on the blue tees (a buddy of ours commented numerous times how much he loved the massive size of the tee pads). The alternate red tees with shorter distances, but often more difficult shots, had well packed and even dirt pads for almost equally secure footing. I LOVE that the red tees offer shorter distances while preserving, and even adding to, the unique character and difficulty of each hole.

The entire course was well marked with tee markers containing tee color, footage and target direction, and with directional signs to both tee pads.

Given the compact nature of the course, every hole was very well thought out and challenging, making great use of all the rolling terrain and vegetation changes. This course seems to reward distance and accuracy in even measures, depending on the hole. There's a fairly even mix of mostly open/slightly wooded and heavily wooded holes and plenty of doglegs with a preponderance of rights, including the massively evil uphill right turn on #5 that leads to an elevated basket. A bad drive here will leave you in deep woods while a bad approach or putt may have your disc rolling all the way back down the hill!

A really cool bottle cap walkway has been created between holes #16 and #17 - make sure you check it out!

Holes #4 and #17 are on an elevated area of the park making them the picturesque spots on the course. I particularly liked putting into the sunset on #17. Sigh.
Cons: The road comes into play on hole #1, and errant shots on the front 5 could easily strike players on neighboring holes or bikers/walkers on the bike path that cruises through near #4.

A course board with an empty scorecard box was situated between holes #6 and #7. Hmmmm....(scratching head).

Even with the shorter red tees, the technical difficulty of this course could leave some beginners a little frustrated.
Other Thoughts: This course is quickly becoming one of my favorites for its ability to maximize fun and challenge without any heavy climbing or long hikes. Plus, the dual tee pads allow for playing 2 rounds with very different feels!

*** Update 7/9/11 ***
Holes 17 and 18 have been moved, eliminating having to cross at 4 to get to 18. It also eliminates the possibility that overshots at the 17 basket could hit someone teeing off on 4. #17 now has all new tee pads going the opposite direction it used to, still utilizing the big terrain dip as before. #18 utilizes the old #17 tees and shoots toward where the old 17 basket was, but then the fairway shoots left into the open field to an elevated basket at the edge of a drop off. A short hike down the drop off and a scuttle across the entrance road brings you right back to your car.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  Northend Riverside

1    3/26/2009   3/26/2009
Review By: tarynla
Played: 4  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very nicely put together course. Has some challenging holes back in the woods.
Cons: Not a very good course for begginers. To much stuff to worry about when throwing in the woods. Seeing how 14 out of 18 holes are in the woods. Almost every hole is a dog leg / "L" shaped hole. Not very diverse.
Other Thoughts: There isn't any worries for losing your disc because there is no water factor on this course.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    3/17/2009   3/20/2009
Review By: Disc-o
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is put together very well, lots of tight fairways, and the amount of holes in the woods makes this a very challenging course. Cement pads, as well as marked signs and trails make it very easy to find your way. Lots of friendly people on this course but a fair amount of litterbugs as well. This is a course worth playing.
Cons: Pin locations are never changed, it would be kind of nice for those of us who play this course on a regular basis.
Other Thoughts: There is room for more. The course could expand by at least 6 holes if the manpower could be found. Trash cans have been put on the course, but more couldn't hurt.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Nicely Wooded

5+    3/15/2009   3/17/2009
Review By: Nickdc713
Played: 4  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: the markings for where to go next are well positioned, the cement slab is nice because their new and level. there are benches all around so you can sit for a minute and all the people I have met are friendly.
Other Thoughts: good course, waiting for the new addition so it can go national.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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