9 Helpful / 0 Not
--This is a fun city park with most disc golf amenities. Concrete tees along with nice signs is always a huge plus. I respect the upkeep at this park very much. For how many people play here and use the park, it isn't even close to being "dirty".
--The layout here is pretty nice as well. It definitely has a handful of your typical city park type holes (wide open, slightly hilly, and somewhat repetitive.), but it does also have some unique holes. Hole #3 is what you could call a signature hole, with the basket on a peninsula surrounded by two little creeks. Hole #13 is another cool hole that sticks out in my mind.
--Even with nice tee signs, there are still surprisingly a couple holes where you may be unsure which basket to throw to. Theres a few times where multiple baskets are in sight from tee pads, and the descriptions on the signs look like they could be either one.
--The con I listed above also leads to another con. Some of those baskets and tees that are close together can make it possible to hit people with stray discs on busier days.
--Like I said before, a few of the holes are a little repetitive, and don't have too much challenge besides distance itself.
--Overall this was a pretty fun course. Not exactly what I expected from a city park, I really like how the wooded area was utilized to add variety. If the course wasn't so cluttered in the field area, and they had a few navigation signs, I could give this course a better rating.
--I have played here a couple times and it was busy both times. But one thing that was very smartly made in the design of this course was a big hole #1 (630 ft.). The first hole on the course being so long definitely helps in spreading the traffic out. After the first couple holes there was no more waiting because of the hole spacing.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A river runs through it
Pros: A nice variety of long and open holes mixed with challenging short, tight and technical holes makes this park great for seasoned players as well as rookies. No real rough to lose discs in, the river is barely three feet deep in most places. Nice cement tees, garbage cans at most holes. Uses elevation nicely. Some uphill shots and quite few downhill ace runs.
Cons: Its in a very busy city/apartment complex park. Every time we have been here volleyball games were being played on one of the fairways. Yell 'fore' and rip away. Be aware of people on the bike path. It is a no-alcohol allowed park that shares its parking with a Fraternal Order of Police hall. Hard to follow at times. Hole four has you throwing over the road, uphill and at the apartments and almost always towards people watching volleyball. Hole six has you throwing downhill, right at the volleyball players. The tee to hole eight is at the top of the hill. You must then cross the bridge after hole eight, then back over it again to get to eighteen.
Other Thoughts: Without all of the locals running around the park, this place would rate higher. Not many other players though. Clean and very well maintained. It goes perfect after a round at Coldbrook. Gas station with a Subway and beer right across main road.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Springfield - Begg Park
Pros: Good for the "big aremed" golfers. A lot of long open holes with a few wooded to mix it up a bit. A good course for beginners as there are not a lot of places to lose your disc.
Cons: If you are into throwing in the trees, try heading over to Kimball Pines just down the road, much more challenging.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice variety of shots. Nice wide open ripp'n shots and tight technical wooded shot where you can play it safe, or take the risk and reap great rewards or suffer! It is a very nice course for a new player as most holes, other than hole 1 are very much parable. Closely located is a gas station with a Subway inside, and a part store. Both within a 5 minute walk, or 1 minute drive.
Cons: Rabbit poo galore, so watch your step. Also the play ground can be very in a very dangerous place if you try a flippy disc. Discs have been know to hit equipment (raising my own hand, but thankfully no kids hit), so be careful. One of the pro's for new players can be a con for more advanced players since with just a few months of playing time most people can par all but a few holes. Could be a bit more challenging. Also, a lot of the baskets chains are rusting.
Other Thoughts: Highly recommended course for new players or for those who really want to play casual. It sometimes can be a confidence booster if needed before a big tourney. Watch out for hole 18, my nemesis hole. It has killed some of my finer rounds as my last round would have been a -2, but turned into a -1.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Dog Friendly, Free, Good Variety of course play with water holes, elevation changes, and wooded holes. Cement tee pads for the holes. Overall good layout of course with max utilization of land. Hole 3 is a nice challenge and the signature hole on the course. It is located about 340 feet on an island surrounded by semi rapid water from a drainage creek.
Cons: Surrounded by residential apt buildings and playground. Some holes are a walk from each other. Also be careful when you tee off on some of the holes. They are right next to walking paths and can easily stray next to unsuspecting people. Watch out for Rabbit droppings and gopher tunnels.
Other Thoughts: One of the 'funner' courses in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area, and one of my personal favorites. Lot's of variety on this course. You have wide open fields to really rip it, closed wooded holes that test your accuracy, holes with a little bit of openness and accuracy needed, and water holes to beware. Golfers seem to be very friendly in the area, I have taken my dog every time with no problems. Course is close to Ft. Custer (a must play) and Kimball Pines (a harder challenge). This course is not the most challenging around. An intermediate golfer should score close to par (all par 3) and score some really nice birdies.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
very good clean course
Pros: scenic course... nice design....clean park...great elevation changes...cut grass...cement tees...water shots...restrooms...tee signs
Cons: the short tight holes are all left to right...
Other Thoughts: don't let the length of hole 1 intimidate you...
I played this course twice in 2006 and worked all week here during the 2008 Worlds, it truely is one of the best in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area.
If your lucky, the local FOP(?) lodge located in the same parking lot sells
beer, pop and munchies very cheap
when you are there.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Holes fall into one of two categories; wide open grassy urban park holes and moderately to tightly wooded shorter holes. Nice cement tees and signs. Hole 1 is long (670 feet) and wide open, perfect for crush drives. Free admission, easy to locate from nearby roads. Wide-open hilltop tees (6, 8 and 17) are fun to drive off of. Overall, a well designed urban-style course that effectively utilizes limited area. Tends to be one of the first courses in the area for snow melt in spring.
Cons: Doesn't offer the sights of Flip City or Fort Custer, with some apartment buildings and a road encroaching the front nine holes. Mostly intermediate level play, with Holes 1 and 6 being the only longer holes. There are many others in park not playing disc golf, as well as golfers, so privacy isn't a strong suit. Hole 4 is an unsatisfying road hole that could use a redesign.
Other Thoughts: Nice job with the course design, and extra points for the cement tee pads.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Begg Park, Springfield
Pros: I was astonished at how maintained this course was. The baskets are top of line. The course is lined with a variety of challenging holes. Hole one was is a long, open 636 feet. Followed by a 430's hole two. The have changed hole three, it is no longer on the island. Hole six is now on the island. All of the tee pads are the same just some basket alteration. I really enjoyed how much this course ignored basic ob rules. On the better part of half the holes you are required to throw over paths and on two of the holes you play over a short road leading to no where. Overall, I enjoyed the course and it is a sure favorite of mine.
Cons: I didn't find many flaws with this course. However during the height of the day padestrians were an issue.
Other Thoughts: Well maintained and well developed.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Always in great shape, entire park is mowed regularly. Many open holes with asphalt obs, and six short technical holes. Signature island hole (#3) is 335' with basket on an peninsula that's about 200 square feet.
Cons: 9, 10, 15, and 18 are too similar...all left to slight right in the 190-240' range.
Other Thoughts: Fun course to play...pros and high level ams should be able to shoot mid 40s on this course.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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