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 Very Very Good Course, GREAT for GLOW

5+    11/24/2012   11/25/2012
Review By: OpposableThumbs
Played: 20  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 14.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Since everyone has basically said all of the good things about this awesome course, I'll keep it brief + my 'unique' input:


**** This course is money for Glow gisc! get there early, drop off some glowsticks in the baskets, and follow the arrows inside each basket to the next tee box.

** Open fairways and very little elevation make it SUPER EASY to find your glow disc, no matter where it ends up.

** Since its on an apartment complex, the "park gate" doesn't close at "dusk".. now, I've never been locked into a state/county park for being inside after 'closing time' but not having that to worry about it in the slightest is relaxing.

**Plays loonngg from the Blue tees, with several holes at 500+ and hole #2 at 990.

**White tees are significantly shorter, but virtually all tee shots feature some tree or other obstruction to challenge you. Truly amazing how they were able to utilize such little vegetation to such great effect.

**The Throw Shop is MECCA.
Cons: **You have to check in at the gate desk of the apartments.. Don't be a sketchball, just tell them your headed to the throw shop, or to play disc golf.. very minor inconvenience to play an awesome course for free!

**First timers beware, it can be a WEE LITTLE bit tricky getting from chains to teebox / teebox to chains, there are colored arrows inside of the baskets indicating next tee, and on a few holes you kinda have to make a common sense call as to which chains to throw to, all in all, one time thru and you'll get it.

** Holes 1,2, A & B can be a little bright (gas station across the street, street lights, traffic passing, stoplight) for Glow Disc, just get a good charge in and you'll be ok.
Other Thoughts: **LAST NIGHT, 11/24/12 a fellow discer was kind enough to give me 3 AAA batteries for my flashlight, he said he lost his Glo Z Buzzz (with a rad stamp on it, too!) and to keep an eye out for it.. I FOUND IT, DUDE! (if you happen to be out here) it is at the Throw Shop!

**Holes X1 and X2 looked really sweet, tight and wooded, the anti-thesis of what this course typically represented. Didn't play em for the first time in a glow round, though! [ hope they add some more in the woods... ;) ]

**Great place to play, day or night.

**Get some really good exercise! lots of good walking :)

**Again, I played a round last night w/ a buddy, around hole 9, a cat we named Chains started following us. Very friendly, would spot our discs for us and loved chasing our LED flashlights lol. Came to find out this cat was named Gary, and looked a lot like the cat they have in the Throw Shop..

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Long and simple

1    9/12/2012   11/12/2012
Review By: Redmones12
Played: 67  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 11.5 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Long holes a little technical has a lot of potential. It is an old ball golf course you can tell but really its nice you get to play a ball course style of discgolf, not a typical experience a lot of fun and good use of the property, took me a couple of plays to really love this course for what is it, its good not great but an exprience hard to find and they have a pro shop on site so win win.
Cons: Flat it is an old ball golf course. Also kinda hard to get to, feels getto, in a apartment complex a fence around the property not sure if they fence is to prevent the disc getting out or to prevent the people in the neighborhood getting in, i am 90% sure i saw a drug deal there.
Other Thoughts: Rough neighborhood but fun course

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great Driving Course

5+    9/9/2012   9/9/2012
Review By: leindecjoeld
Played: 18  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 5.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good mix of long and short holes- Hole length ranges from 210-990 feet on the blue tees, and from 210-560 on the white tees. The blue tees have six holes of 500 feet or more, and eight holes under 300 feet. They really do have hole lengths to suit any skill level.

Well maintained course- All holes have cement tee pads, and 19 holes have separate blue and white tee pads. The course is very open, and there really aren't any "roughs" without throwing a horrible throw. There is one basket missing for hole "C" but most people just play to the basket of hole 13.

Hole 13- this hole alone makes the course worth while. It is a real thrill to know that you have to throw well or loose a disc. You throw from a tee pad on the edge of a pond, and the basket is on the far side of the pond. This 290 ft hole is a blast.

Well stocked throw shop- If you are looking for a disc, you will find it here. They are very knowledgeable as well, just ask the workers and they will find the right disc for you.
Cons: No wooded holes- this course is great for working on long drives, but don't expect to be challenged with tunnel shots. You don't need to dig very deep into your bag of tricks for this course.

Course can get busy- I've had to skip holes a few times to avoid waiting in a line.

WIND- if it is a windy day don't play this course. It is all open and the wind seems to come from every direction when you are out there.
Other Thoughts: When I get a new disc I take it here to try it out. You will not find a more open course, and this will help you dial in how a disc throws for you. Also, where else can you play a 1,000 foot hole? I love playing this hole, I just wish it were a bit further into the course. It is hole two, and this doesn't really give you time to warm up.

This course is worth the trip for two holes; hole two is the one where you can really test your arm strength with the 1,000 foot bomb, and hole 13. Try not to get superstitious throwing over the pond on number 13. It isn't a long throw, but the pond can seem daunting when you approach the tee. The writing on the fallen tree in front of the tee just make it all the more special. How will you leave your mark? Will you be one of the victors who stepped up and conquered the pond? or will you be another victim? Either way you know you stepped up and gave the hole a try, and that is all that matters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Wide Open

5+    7/15/2012   7/22/2012
Review By: BearClaw
Played: 33  Reviewed: 7
This review was updated on 7/26/2012
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: *Gas station right across Grove Rd
*28 holes
*wide open fairways
*EXCELLENT use of what little elevation was available on an old par 3 golf course
*Blue and white markers on each basket let you know where the next tee pad is
*Long, concrete tee pads
*Tee signs with distance
*Good use of the few trees in the open parts of the course
*Good water hole
*Holes 9 and 18 end in the parking lot
*Prow shop ON the course!
*Very close to Rolling Hills but if thats too busy for you then Waterworks DG Course is even closer
Cons: *Gas station recently got in trouble for selling alcohol to kids so now they can't sell beer anymore
*Holes 1-2 play with Grove Rd on the left with a giant fence (not giant enough for new players) that takes FOREVER to walk around and there are signs posted everywhere saying not to climb the fence, holes A and B play the same except with Bridge St instead of Grove
*No heavily wood holes yet
*Occasional vandalism to tee signs
Other Thoughts: Built on an old par 3 ball golf course, this course is the only one I've played so far with those open, ball golf style fairways. Being mostly wide open, the wind can and usually does become a huge factor at this course but I believe that a course like this is valuable to teaching you how to throw in the wind, which you need to know if plan on playing any of the more technical courses some people seem to prefer on a windy day. Also even though there is a downside to all the open holes, the upside is a feeling after leaving that you've improved or at least had many chances to improve your distance throws and understand how your different discs react to different wind.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 It's OK

1    7/6/2012   7/14/2012
Review By: gamblor01
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 6.9 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - The Throw shop had a great array of discs and very reasonably priced beverages and snacks.

- There is very little variety in the landscape but the designer did throw in some creative elements, like placing baskets under and around/between trees. Given the landscape I would say they designed a few holes very well and the rest almost as well as they could.

- Baskets are color coded to point you to the next tee which makes it quite easy to follow. You can also get a course map when you enter the apartment complex.

- With the exception of hole 13, this would be a great course to bring beginners because there are very few trees and most of the holes are very reasonable distances.

- It's a disc golf course which always means fun!
Cons: - Not a whole lot of variety or turns. Most holes are relatively straight and are absolutely wide open. There are only a few holes that force you to throw under and between trees to get to the basket. The entire course is pretty darn flat and relatively boring.

- The only exception to the norm is hole 13, which forces you to drive over/near water (you must go over it if shooting from the pro tees). I'm not a fan of water holes because I have lost discs in the past. A little creek or something is fine but with large ponds retrieving your disc is impossible (unless you bring a floating disc and a dog).

- There isn't a whole lot of shade to cool you off. Luckily there are frozen candy bars for $1 at the Throw Shop!
Other Thoughts: I had to drive sidearm due to a shoulder injury a few days prior. It was my first time ever playing a round sidearm so my drives were shorter than usual (around 200 ft), but shooting from the amateur tees I was still able to pretty easily par/bogey most holes.

I didn't play any of the A-F or W-Z holes so I cannot say anything about those. Holes 4 and 5 were some of the most creative/fun ones out there. 18 was also interesting because there is a giant tree with low branches almost immediately in front of the tee box.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 want to go back

1    5/30/2012   6/30/2012
Review By: PerfectPair
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Large course with lots of varaition on set ups.
The pro shop.
very little graffiti.
Wide open areas for those of us still working on control ;)
Cons: not very shady on those sun baking days ;)
trash cans were over flowing when we were there, as well as the occasional tossed aside bottle/can through out the course.
Other Thoughts: A nice course with a "different feel" too it. Its a chage from the courses where you find your self traipsing into the woods to search for your disc on every other hole (well at least we do lol) I look forward to going back and playing here again when the weather cools off a bit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


2-4    6/15/2011   6/15/2011
Review By: hooked312
Played: 34  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 9.6 Years
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - This is a great flat piece of land. And even though it is flat, almost every hole is well thought out to make up for it.
- a great mix of holes between extremely long to shorter ace runs.
- I was impressed with the length and quality of most of the tee pads. Most looked somewhat new.
- The baskets are all marked showing you were the next tee is to avoid confusion.
- And the biggest pro of the whole course: the Throw Shop with a great selection of discs new/used and you can even test out a few different molds.
Cons: - The wind. My first time out there it was almost unplayable, but even during a calm day it seems like the wind is exaggerated out there.
- The signs are just laminated paper and some, if not most, have blown away or are on the ground.
Other Thoughts: - I won't go over every hole, but a few highlight holes for me are:
* #4 short hole, but a very cool tree right behind the basket
* #13 haven't played the blue tees on this one due to fear, but the whites make an enjoyable water hole.

- This course is cool to play because you can see where the ball golf course used to be and it really makes you feel like you're playing a round of golf.
The people who run the Throw Shop have all been nice and the facility takes good care of the course.
This course is not the most beautiful course in the area, but it makes for a fun (bug-free) round.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Zombie hooker.... because it's creepy and seedy all at the same time..

1    4/19/2011   4/28/2011
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 305  Reviewed: 288  Exp: 7.6 Years
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Navigation and signage--Easy to follow for the most part, got confusing with WXYZ because they aren't marked and the painted tines of the basket aren't there for these four. Signage is good, but a lot of the numbers are missing from distances.

Variety--I actually thought the course had some good variety from short, putter holes to 990 feet bomb shots, and even though the trees and elevation are pretty sparse, they are used to the best of it's ability

Teepads--Clean, level and good size

Challenge--Good challenge factor with the course being so open... it can get VERY windy.

The Throw Shop--How could this possibly be a negative? Having a proshop on site that sells both new and used is a huge pro... nothing like this in Grand Rapids.
Cons: Cleanliness--Big negative, there is trash e'erywhere and the "ponds" are nothing more than scum ponds. I threw a disc into the drink (thankfully close to shore) and the disc came out slippery and stinky. I also have to mention the green transformer boxes that are broken open, buzzing and, I'm positive, a danger to anyone who comes near them.

Urbanity--Not that this can be helped, but this course feels very urban and non-secluded. There are roads that wrap around the course. Some have commented on playing disc in peoples back yard, but I don't see that as a negative.

"Signature holes"--there are two holes (13 and 14 I believe) that I don't care for. 13 plays over the longest section of one of the ponds, there is an alternate tee which isn't so risky and then 14 plays between two ponds over a thin sliver of land between two ponds... I'm sorry, but these are NOT signature holes... these ponds are gross and retrieving your disc certainly carries it's own risks.
Other Thoughts: I love all the twisted, "burton-esque" trees all over this course, makes it a bit macabre..

talking with the guys at the throw shop, there is a 10 hole "woods" course that is already in the ground, and will be finished before too long... these guys are proud of their course and take decent care of it (as best they can).

all in all, not a bad day of disc, I will be back to tackle this one again!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.


1    10/8/2010   3/8/2011
Review By: JN9000
Played: 89  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 7.5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Long holes are good for big arms.
No rough.
good signs.
Cons: Although this is a very nice course, I thought it was boring at times. There's almost no elevation change, which is something that I really like courses to have. You also can tell that you're in the middle of the city, it's not a very scenic course.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course and I see why some people really like it, it is one of my friends favorite course, but like I said in the "Cons" it was just a little boring to me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    12/13/2010   1/1/2011
Played: 80  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 11.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: course has an open terrain uncharacteristic for SE michigan, long holes with the option to play shorts- easy to navigate if you follow the painted bars on the baskets- lots of holes so you can play all day and not get bored- pro shop with dg merchandise, snacks and beverages- good pin placements considering the limited obstacles and elevation the course has to offer- concrete tees, tee signs with distance, nice baskets, 9 loops back to the parking lot before ten- 13 signature water hole
Cons: the course lacks a "natural" setting, you have a nice view of traffic on Grove and Bridge street from nearly every hole, the course is directly under the flight pattern for the willow run airport, it is often littered with trash, OB zones aren't always clearly marked, there are only a few places to sit- course offers little shade and can become windy
Other Thoughts: i sometimes crave going to this course

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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