Decent northern course
Pros: The views were nice especially towards the 18th hole. Some of the holes had brooms to clean off the debris before throwing your driver. The holes were challenging, but not too challenging. Some holes had signs indicating direction of next hole. Total distance walked was over 5 miles on 18 holes.
Cons: The brooms were missing from the holes that really needed them. Some of the holes had signs directing you to the next hole - unfortunately, those holes could be easily guessed without the signs. There were several holes we played that had several different directions the next hole could be in with no sign - we had to explore to find the next hole. The biggest con was sharing the course with the park. We had a lot of walkers and joggers that we had to stop and wait for them to pass.
Other Thoughts: Realize you spend most of the time walking up hill.
We had a good time and feel the pros of the course balanced with the cons.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: What a gem. I was staying 1 mile from this course for a few days when I happened to notice it. I thought it would be kind of a throw away course...just a fun outing to get in a quick round of disc golf. This course is a trek of rolling hills, trails and beautiful scenery along with some challenging disc golf.
This course plays along a trail that leaves for some fairly lengthy walks in a spot or two (particularly between 15 and 16...is that a half mile walk?). The fairways are well defined and important to stay on them because the rough is a bit hard to get out of. This means you will need to throw a lot of lower powered, controlled shots while in and around the woods. The course also has a number of fairly wide open holes with minimal obstacles to throw over or around to get to the pin (mostly lower 300s and below). The chance of losing a disc is low, which is nice on a course that is unfamiliar. Elevation was a plus with a few nice uphill shots as was throwing through the woods. It would be nice to have a few better defined fairways on some of the wooded holes but most of those are short enough it doesn't really matter that much. This course ends with an epic view of the bay. I could sit up there and just relax for a few hours after playing this course.
Cons: No bathrooms out on the course. This is quite a hike. I am not sure how many miles walk it is but more than most courses. The walk from the top down and from 15-16 is lengthy. It makes you feel like they could have made it a 20 hole course or more utilizing some of the elevation on the back 9 and some of the open spaces with no holes on the front 9. Imagine the top of the world shot it could have ended on! That would have been epic. I am sure it is a lot higher than the last hole at DeLaveaga. No big deal. Just a thought.
Other Thoughts: I would definitely play this again and would love to have this course within driving distance of my house. If you are anywhere close make sure to stop in and play!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Mountain Golf Awesomeness
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great maintenance all around including baskets.
- Excellent use of existing topography.
- Great flow from one hole to the next.
- BEAUTIFUL tee signs. Something I've never considered before but having the signs in such a low placement - about 2 feet off the ground prevents hitting them with a follow-through. This is a great idea.
- An awesome club that looks after this place. In fact, Boyne Valley DGC is a model for how a club ought to be run. Their ability to forge such a fantastic relationship with the City shows brilliantly on this course.
- Navigation really isn't too bad with nifty little next tee signs everywhere.
- The view between 17 and 18 is breath-taking. Makes the long trip up to the summit WELL worth it.
- On the completed teepads the carpet surface believe it or not is as grippy as a concrete pad. Absolutely a fantastic solution to areas that are tough to get to with a concrete truck.
- Liked the benches that made use of downed trees.
Cons: - Tee pads. Not all of them are complete. Just something to keep in mind prior to playing here.
- Never really got a chance other than one or two holes to just grip it and rip it down the fairway. Would love to have had a hole to throw down hill a long ways. Then again, without the massive removal of trees I'm not sure theres a place to make a hole like that.
- The walk between 15 and 16 is LONG. But I asked one of the fellas who installed the course stated that there was no place to put a hole here. The slopes on either side of the path are just too steep to be safe.
- Two of the shorter holes play thought tight woods (7 and 12). I don't really care for poke and hope holes with ridiculously narrow openings between the trees.
- Many of the fairways follow a footpath that is frequently occupied by walkers and joggers. Exercise caution when throwing.
Other Thoughts: This is a unique disc golf experience. If you are ANYWHERE near here...PLAY IT. You won't regret it. The view of Lake Charleviox at the end of the round makes it all worthwhile. I have never seen a view like that on any disc golf course anywhere.
There are a few things to consider prior to playing here. Like a lot of courses in this area this is a physically demanding course. Supportive and quality footwear are a necessity. If it is at all hot bring water. There are some really long walks between holes as previously mentioned.
As Boyne Valley DGC makes improvements to this course I see no reason why this cannot be a 4.5 in my opinion. What a great disc golfing experience.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Glad we played
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Tee pads were mostly good with a couple that need repair/replacement/installation. Signs were the best I've seen anywhere but don't think they will last. (Hope they do)
Holes were interesting and used the terrain to good use. Next tee signs were used alot and aided in the navigation.
Cons: The only complaint was the distance between the holes. Another 18 would exist if using the space between holes. At times we wondered if we were lost the distance was so great.
Other Thoughts: Seems this course is under development but it could be a great asset to the area if some tedious features were changed.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Local Club Making Big Improvements
Pros: Baskets: all Discraft Chainstar. The front 9 were replaced in 2014 and a practice basket was also added.
Tee Signs: all of the vandalized signs were replaced in 2015 by the local club.
Log Benches, Next Tee Posts, and Trash Barrels: on every hole. Some also have picnic tables.
Tee Pads: while still waiting for city approval on concrete, several improvements have been made. The log frames are being replaced with 4"x6" treated lumber boxes packed with baseball diamond dust (crusher fines), many of which are also covered with carpet. Concrete pavers are installed on special signature holes.
Cons: Lots of potential for additional holes. Hopefully someday soon we'll get approval to add more baskets too.
Other Thoughts: Huge thanks to Boyne City and the Boyne Valley Disc Golf Club for getting together and improving this great course. The mowing has been much better these past two years as well, and the amazing view at the top is worth the walk.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fantastic Northern Course
Pros: The setting is a beautiful. The course includes a number of forest types, as well as some old field/meadow holes. It has great variety, ranging from very technical wooded to open meadow holes. The course includes some long walks and takes a while to play, but the walk is very enjoyable. The course was clean and well maintained (except for the tee pads as described below).
Cons: The tee pads. Almost all of the tee pads are sandy/gravel, and many were hollowed out when I played. This is a bit dangerous, and it is tough to focus on making a good throw when you're worried about your footing.
Other Thoughts: This quickly became one of my favorite courses. I played it three times during a week-long vacation in the area. The addition of rubber tee pads (concrete would be tough to install because of the remote pad locations) would do A LOT to improve the play. Even with the sub par tee boxes this is a must play course if you find yourself in northern Michigan!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Far better than some of these reviews
Aesthetic-- plays through an extinct ski mountain. shares most of the terrain with hiking trails. be careful to watch for walkers.
Teepads-- not bad, not good. gravel, set apart from the paths. Some held water after rain but overall they served their purpose and were adequate.
Baskets-- the first 5-6 holes had old single chain baskets (I believe they were home made) but the later holes had chainstars. all in good shape.
Teesignage-- the first few holes had really sweet signs. I'm guessing that with the deletion of hole 3 and the addition of the newest hole they needed editing and repair.
challenge-- great challenge here. the shorter holes are crazy tight and provide a nice challenge. the meadow holes are a needed break to air your arm out a bit.
Variety-- Nicely done. a little something for everyone. short, long, left, right, up, down, all around a nice course!
Long walks-- 15 to 16 is a quarter mile (at least) walk. 14 to 15 is a brutal uphill hike.
Wasted opportunities-- with the long walks, there is room for a LOT more holes here. the fact that there isn't a throw down the mountain is inexcusable.
Great course, seriously. I really enjoyed this course. It's beginner friendly and you spend a ton of time getting up the mountain rather than walking straight up it.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
This course is way better than its given credit for!
Pros: +Absolutely beautiful
+I really enjoyed the tee to hole placements
especially on 5, 14 and 17
+I suppose there are some good Ace holes
not for me, but good deuce holes for sure!
+A lot of tight wooded holes
+Awesome elevation changes everywhere
+Normally I would downgrade for gravel
tees, but they played really well here had
just been raked and where firm and level
+Nice and clean, new trash cans
+A lot of benches, not everywhere but
enough where needed I guess
+I could tell a lot of care has been put into
this course recently
+Really easy to navigate, nice flow
+Good mix for all types of throwers
+Close to town, easy to find even off
+Hole 18 you get a beautiful lake view!
Cons: -Between 14 and 15 and 16, there is ALOT
of hiking-mostly uphill, it would seem more
holes, possibly ALT holes would be nice.
-Signs were all removed, I was told they are
being remade right now and will go in soon
Other Thoughts: ^I feel like maybe this course gets knocked alittle unfairly, possibly due to all the hiking. NO, you are not going to play this course quickly. You could play just the front 9 if that is what you are looking for.
^Good hiking shoes
^Just to the left of basket 9 there was a TON of bees, bring an epi-pen if needed
^Some of the holes are located on jogging /
hiking / biking paths, so you have to share
^I highly recommend this course for sure, I don't think this course deserves the low score it is getting!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Honelstly i thought this would be alot of pro thoughts but needs alot of work with the whole layout.. Hopefully one day can go back when they improve on the course
Cons: Didnt have signs except on hole 1-4, no hole 3, no tee pads, horrible baskets, to long of walks to next hole, could make more baskets holes when u walk 900 yards to next hole..
Other Thoughts: didnt know if we were going the right way to the next tee
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Tale of Two Nines
Pros: Front nine or actually front 8 is fun and challenging. You get to use all the discs in your bag except the big drivers. Back nine is a good workout as you play your way up the hiking trail to a glorious view of the lake.
Cons: Tee pads are gravel and loose dirt, tough to get good drives. Back nine tees are missing hole information and in some cases are hard to find. Back nine holes are all along the trail up the hill but the basket placements makes for some variety.
Other Thoughts: Backwoods disc golf at it's finest or worse? Worth playing if you are in the area like we were on vacation or if you need a break from the intense mountain bike trails. You can get the great view of the bay by climbing the stairs.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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