Hmmm Mixed Emotions
Pros: This is one of the course I like to take people that are just starting. Its impossible to lose a disc. The hole pattern is easy to follow. The first 5 holes zig zag back and forth and you can follow 6 - 9 around the perimeter of the park clockwise from the number 5 basket. There is a play area/ pavilion between the outside perimeter holes.
Cons: The last few holes are notoriously under water.
Other Thoughts: Its a great course for beginners or for anyone to sharpen practice their throws or putts though advanced players would not find it very challenging.
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Pros: 1.) Course is located in the metro Detroit area. Course is also located in a park that consists of soccer field, sand volleyball courts, walking paths, places to grill out, etc. It is always an advantage when you can do more than one outdoor activity in my book.
2.) Course is great for beginners. This course is great for people who have never thrown a disc in their lives and/or children.
3.) Concrete tee pads were the best of the best.
4.) Baskets were double-chained and relatively good condition (minus one).
5.) Course is clean and well-maintained.
6.) Despite the fact that the course is closely knitted together, navigation was simple.
7.) Course is free to play!
8.) You won't ever run the risk of losing a disc at this course.
Cons: 1.) As a seasoned player, course was too easy for my liking, hence why this course is great for beginners or first-timers. I used my mid-ranges and putters for almost the entire course. Not enough challenging factors on the course.
2.) Par numbers were extremely off! I noticed that the par 4 holes were anything over 230ish feet, and any par 5 holes were anything over 300ish feet. Although this only made my score better, it also didn't give me the satisfaction of having enough challenge throughout the course.
3.) Signage is less than mediocre. It reminded me of what Firefighters Park has: hole number, par number, arrow pointing to the basket, and feet away from the basket. I still prefer when they have a basket map of where it is from the tee to the basket.
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Pros: Easy course for beginners
The front 9 holes are pretty short. I usually use my mid-range and fairway drivers.
Never gets crowded here, even on the weekends.
Cons: Not too exciting, but it's better than Wagner Park in Royal Oak.
This park is too easy and could us some adjustments. The tee pads are ridiculously wide.
Couple holes are a little too close to the jogging path.
Other Thoughts: Typically I go here when there are tournaments at Firefighter's. The layout isn't bad, the city needs to tweak the holes because quite a few of them are just simply to easy.
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Pros: Aesthetic-- plays through a smallish multi-use park. Course intermingles with walking paths and playgrounds. Potentially dangerous
Teepads-- Comically huge. these are the most unnecessarily huge teepads ever. they are literally 12x12. they are all in good repair but you seriously only need like a quarter of this size for these little tiny throws.
Teesigns-- it's blatently obvious which basket you are throwing to so the lack of a diagram is not a big deal. having the distance is nice but I really think some of the distances are grossly exaggerated, especially on the first 5 holes.
Baskets-- all there, a bit wonky and shallow at times but not awful.
Cons: Challenge-- this course is straightforward... literally and figuratively. there is no variety or challenge here. the lanes are defined by old growth trees and don't provide for "dog-legging"
I suppose this would be good for beginners and for teaching finesse shots.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Nuthin' special, but it's disc golf
Pros: Friendly course in a well maintained multi-use city park: soccer, softball, walking/jogging paths.
• Well suited to beginners, young children and intermediate players looking for a quick, "friendly" round.
• Most of the baskets are pretty much directly in front of the tee, and while the trees never truly get tight or dense, the tees and baskets are laid out with respect to them to provide several different lines off the tee. Creates some interesting routes good for teaching beginners about finding a line and executing shots to carry that line.
• Mostly short, lightly wooded holes, with a few fairly long, open holes (two over 300+ and one 400+) to encourage the use of drivers and keep things from feeling repetitive.
• Nice sized concrete tees (oversized on some holes).
• Fairly new tee markers with hole # and distances accurately reflect the course redesign a few years ago (replaced the inaccurate signs referred to in previous reviews).
• Navigation's foolproof except for the walk from 6 to 7 (walk toward the back of the park, past pavilion and volley ball pit).
• Good course for Aces.
• No brush or schule - essentially zero chance of disc loss.
• Restrooms with running water near 1st tee/parking.
• Challenge: Low - skilled players should card more 2's than 3's.
• Several baskets bent or in fairly bad shape. They still catch OK, but playing with damaged baskets can't help and they look pretty bad up close. (Not an issue during Ace Races because they only throw to the good ones and supplement with quality portables).
• Completely flat. I used to accept terrain "as is," but there are creative, aesthetic, inexpensive ways to elevate a couple of baskets to make players at least think about laying-up and increase risk/reward.
• Layout isn't conducive to playing multiple rounds. Navigation's a snap, but holes 7-9 take you out to a different section of the park, and while 9 heads back towards hole 1, the walk back is lame. They could have arranged the holes to make the return better. I've heard they plan to add to the course, which might address this issue, but until then, it just leaves you hanging.
• Other park visitors not really aware they're walking in the fairway. Others see you playing but have no clue that bad shots could endanger them. Caution and courtesy are warranted.
Other Thoughts: Earns every bit of "reasonable" that 2.0 represents; better than merely "passable," falls short of short of "typical."
Wind can come into play to make things a bit more interesting. Outside the possibility an Ace, there's nothing here to bump up fun or excitement. Certainly not worth making a trip or going out of your way for, but, if the immediate neighborhood and need a quick fix, stop in for a round with no time spent looking for discs. Unless you're truly a beginner, you'll enjoy pretty much any other course in the area more.
Course pix are old - not that many trees anymore (yeah I should take some new ones, but I never get out here).
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bloop bloop bloop
Other Thoughts: Raintree park is an adequate 9 holer that is good recreational fun. Course has been recently redesigned with three holes added towards the back of the park. Because of the redesign, all signage by the concrete tees are jacked up, however each basket has the proper number on top, in view of the tee. Course is really short - you can really play with a mid and a putter. 8+9 let you open it up and it's quick to play through. It Plays mostly under the shade of aged trees, similar to Riverview Grasslands. I'd give it 3 stars once they fix the signage to reflect what's actually happening. I'd play this all the time if I lived out this way. It is what it is - an easy practice course you can fit in in around 30 minutes.
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The Old Stand-by
Pros: Cement tees throughout. Most baskets have a hole # which is easy to see from the tee. Easy to navigate. Short ace runs and a few long bombs. No chance of losing a disc. Very little traffic.
Signs at each tee. They have been changed to fit the new layout. Look for the hole # written in sharpie. Baskets are in decent shape.
Cons: First tee is west of the lavatory building. The first hole # is missing from the basket. Its a straight shot from the first tee. The fairways are rather cramped in the beginning of the course, look out for stray discs flying about. Signs are at each tee, recycled from a recent re-design and have new hole # written or stickered on. Distances are not correct in most spots. Look for the # on the basket, which is easy to see from each tee. Very short course, but it is what it is...a short multi-use city-park with a nine-holer disc golf course thrown around it..
Other Thoughts: This is a VERY wide open course. There are trees but most holes with them have definitive paths leading to a pretty short(under200ft) basket placement. There is some risk-reward, but not enough to send you over par. Its a fun, quick round to tune up your mid-range game and work on some long drives. The first four holes are very ace friendly. Five is a straight shot, 350+. After five, follow bike path to the right. Tee #6 is just past second tee. After #6, walk to the left of picnic area and past the volleyball court to find #7. Holes 8 and 9 are longish(350ft+) and are in rear of park.
Alcohol, dog and child-friendly due to the huge play-scape and pleasant surroundings, this course was one of 'Steady' Ed's first designs. Its a classic in the area and very beginner friendly. It also makes for a great warm-up round before hitting up some of the other courses in the area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Nice day out in the sun
Pros: I heard from one of the locals they recently redesigned the course. Even with the redesign very easy to follow. Holes 6 thru 9 are a bit farther out then the first 5. Nice big concrete pads/signs need a little work due to the redesign. Very good beginner course,very open, very flat. Enjoyable, quick play for the Am and Pro. Bathrooms and concession stand by hole 1. always a plus!
Cons: Very flat, after a few times thru a little boring. One of the locals told me since they had to cut alot of trees down due to infestation it has made the course much more open and not as "tight and accurate" as it once was.
Other Thoughts: All in all the course is not bad and easy to follow. Its good to have courses like this in the area to get more people involved in the sport. I would ask for something a little more challenaging but with the facilities they have, the layout, and the people it is a nice afternoon play if you can't get out to a big course.
Pros: The course is short but provides for a variety of different shots. Lots of birdie opportunities/Ace Runs. The new layout has made this course less of a "shooting gallery" and requires some more skilled shots.
Cons: The new holes don't have teepads but the holes that have been eliminated do making it confusing for new players to the course. Holes 7 and 8 are almost completely underwater at times. Can get crowded at times with two many casual players.
Other Thoughts: Overall a pretty fun course.
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Good beginner/kids course
Pros: HUGE, HUGE, HUGE tee pads. You could park 2 cars on them and still have room to open the doors.
Cons: Short holes, only 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for beginners or young children, or for a quick round on a short lunch if you're nearby.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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