5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A fun course with a lot of diversity, including wide-open holes, tightly wooded holes, and many in between. Excellent, large size cement tee pads. Traverses at least three ravines, which are at once scenic, entertaining, and hazardous. Has several elevation changes (Holes 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 17) in addition to a lot of short (<50 feet) yet steep hills which often have the tees perched on top. Large signs with distances posted (not sure of the accuracy). Different tee positions significantly alter the character of the course, with back nine long tee positions greatly increasing the degree of difficulty. Has no real standout holes but several holes vying for signature hole status, including ravine holes (1 and 7), semi-wide open bombers with tree obstacles (2, 11, 12, 14, 15) and tunnel holes with just enough room to throw hard (3, 4, 10, and my favorite, Hole 13-a compound hole with an enclosed tee). An underrated, free course that is worth the drive for anyone from GR or Lansing.
Cons: Many holes have very thick, disc-swallowing rough (have lost a couple of discs here). This has improved with some clearing work done inn the last couple of years. No really long holes like those at Leviathan, Flip or even Oshtemo. Bugs can be horrible, rivaling Silver Mountain with massive swarms of mosquitos awaiting you in mid-summer, even with bug spray on. Some wooded holes seem like filler holes, but these form a distinct minority.
Other Thoughts: Imagine a dirt bike trail made in the 1970s that winds through a remote park and deep woods along a completely undeveloped lake (Carter Lake) and you'll get the idea of what this course is like. Holes are right-sized (150-450 feet), and most are better than average, with significantly more fun than you might expect. An isolated location at least 20 miles of two-lane highway from the nearest population center (equidistant from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing), which keeps the crowding situation in check (a few Oshtemo refugees like me head here frequently). Generally underrated by reviewers on this site.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
blind from the start!!
Pros: I would say that there are 3 good things about Hammond Hill DGC
1. They have pretty good tee signs and I love how they use 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc to describe holes. Unique little twist for those who are into detail.
2. They have good tee pads with trash cans and a place to sit on most holes.
3. Its not a course that you have to worry about the general public getting in the way. So your free to enjoy
Cons: Well I would say the biggest con is the fact that there are only 3 holes that you can see from the tee pad. So this mean that you essentially walk the course twice just to get a look at the pin. Im sure if your a local you would have a better idea of pin positions but it looked like most positions are blind from the tee. The other big con would be that the course still needs a lot of work. If you get off the tight fairway you will spend some time looking and will leave with cut up legs.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Variation- lots of different shots. Even different placements of tees.
-Tee Pads, nice and big cement tee pads.
-Signs they have signs showing both pads and both baskets
-Trash cans, there seemed to be trash cans at most holes.
-The back nine is unlike any other back. All of them are fairways to tight wood endings. Amazing.
- Pin Placement, is awesome here.
Cons: -The rough is really bad. If someone came in here with a weed whip for for a good amount of time, I think this would make this course up to a 4.5
-Lots of blind shots, this is the kind of place you should bring a friend.
-Can be very buggy, normally this is average for disc golf, but this place can be bad. I also saw a few snakes out there. Didn't bother me but could others.
-The first hole could be kind of dangerous as its a super steep hill.
Other Thoughts: The front nine is the definition of Risk and Reward. Tight fair ways with tall rough on the side. The back night is amazing fair ways and it seems almost all end in the woods.
This place has defiantly had a lot of clean since the last time I've been there, but still needs a little bit more. A few locals made it seem like a lot of people are doing work on this and it show.s
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Could use a little redesign
Pros: - Nice mix of open and wooded holes
- Many holes are a little longer than typical for Michigan. A few good spots to throw long bombs.
- Plenty of parking space
- Sweetest smelling Porta-Jon in all of disc golf...seriously...that orange can they got out there right now is like taking a leak inside a bag of skittles!
Cons: - walking down Hole 1 is a danger to myself and anyone below me. Needs some steps or a rope or something.
- the rough is seriously rough. having a spotter is recommended for almost every hole on the course.
- something like 16 out of 18 holes are blind off the tee. As an out-of-towner, I spent more time walking upfield trying to find the basket than I did throwing.
- maps are terrible. with no picture of the major trees on the hole, and some terrain information, the distance lines are virtually useless.
- underbrush is seriously dense. could really use a little slash and burn to knock back the thorns.
- long holes are great, but not when the fairway is 10 feet wide for the entire length. Nobody wants to throw a 500 foot Par 6.
- layout involves some backtracking between holes. clearly visible "next tee" signs would be a big help.
Other Thoughts: - with just a little redesign, this course could be fantastic. they've got the space, and the elevation.
- 16 blind drives from the tee pad sucks. chop out a few dozen trees and move the basket placements slightly and this course would play like a dream.
- the whole "basket on top of a ten foot tall pointed pile of dirt" thing has got to go. Once on a course is a neat, creative feature, but I think this course has something like 3 of them. Any more than one and it becomes a hokey gimmick. Elevated baskets are fine, but put some kind of landing area up top there. The way its done now doesn't make the course more challenging, its just kind of silly.
- I would also chop out some of the trees around the baskets. Once in a while its nice to have to thread past a ring of trees to a "well guarded" pin, but this course has them on like every.....single....hole... As with many of the other features on this course, a few is nice, but don't beat us to death with it.
- this time of year (late spring) the front 9 has mosquitos from hell. bring bug repellant.
- also this time of year watch out for snakes out here. been chased by water moccasins twice already here. I've had it with these muthaf@#& snakes on this muthaf@#& disc golf course!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Underappreciated, Solid and Challenging
-Excellent variety. There is a lot of elevation, wide open fields, and dense forest to play through.
-Alternating basket scheme! A unique perk. See the bulletin board for details.
-Sufficient trash receptacles
-Porta Jon on site, and lots of hidden bushes
-Lots of benches and clever use of dug out land to provide seats
-This course has a high Natural beauty and seclusion factor in its favor.
-High fun factor with the challenge it provides
A little rough in some spots, this course will reward you for playing conservatively.
Some treacherous and steep terrain due to erosion can make play very dangerous. Hole one is going to need some type of stairs implemented, use Coldbrook Park http://www.dgcoursereview.com...se.php?id=438
in Kalamazoo Hole 4 as an example of what can be done.
I believe that this course is a result of an Eagle scout project. They did a great job! One of my favorite courses for 2010. I have been debating between 4.5 and 4.0 as my rating. I would settle for a 4.25 right now. I think the overall score for this course is low, but I can see if someone rated it a few years ago this place would seem like a jungle (or modern day Fort Custer in Battle Creek http://www.dgcoursereview.com...php?id=2845).
The course still has much potential for the future.
Very fun course for my game. There are a lot of holes that are long but require good accuracy off the tee.
I love the alternating basket scheme. The hole placements are generally well done and this adds a nice element to this course that I have not found anywhere else.
The land use is excellent, there are some really nice scenic spots overlooking the lake. It seems that they have more land to use and I would hope that they use it to expand this nice course. Make it 24 holes and it can be an easy 4.5 course.
I have played this course in the spring, summer and fall. If you have a chance play it on a sunny dry November day for pure Michigan disc golf!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great variety of elevation, open, tunnel shots etc. Good risk reward. We basically had the place to ourselves on a late summer Sunday.
Cons: Some of the short tees are kind of easy.
Other Thoughts: I left my yellow Stormtrooper dyed Sidewinder out there. Find it, get ahold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly dye you something of your choice for free in exchange for return.
Otherwise treat her well.
It Likes: Elevated tee pads and ani's in the wind.
It Dislikes: Water and fall leaves.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
A Nasty Course
Pros: This is a hilly and wooded course with a decent variety of hole designs. The front 9 is mostly narrow because of all the trees; the back 9 is mostly open with the rough consisting of tall weeds and has some large bushes and trees scattered throughout. There are some nice layouts, especially on the back 9. Most of the holes on this course are blind tee shots, and there are also a few doglegs. There are multiple hole locations and multiple tee boxes for all 18 holes. Overall this is a course that can really test your driving skills, especially in accuracy.
Cons: The first hole needs some kind of stairway going down that steep hill. That's not a good way to start this course. Most of the fairways on the front 9 are extremely narrow because of how close the trees are. I can tell this area used to be a hiking trail, but that's way too narrow to be used as a disc golf fairway and it has to be widened. Right now it's real difficult for players to throw their discs a long ways on those holes without them sailing deep into the woods which are filled with trees, poison ivy, and mosquitoes. Some of the fairways on the back 9 are real narrow simply because of the tall weeds surrounding them, and it can sometimes be difficult to find your disc when it lands in those weeds. There are some large and thorny honeysuckle bushes, especially on holes 14-17, that can scratch up your hands and arms if you have to reach in to grab your disc (these plants, by the way, are invasive to Michigan's environment, so they shouldn't even be on this course). A few of the tee boxes on the back 9 are kind of hard to find. And what's up with that tall skinny mound in the woods that the long 13th basket sits on top of? That's a terrible spot for a disc golf basket. I played all 18 holes of this course in the middle of the summer wearing a t-shirt and shorts, and before I was done my arms and legs had some scratches and they really itched because of the honeysuckle bushes, poison ivy, mosquito bites, and possibly some other things, while my socks and shoelaces were covered with little green stick tites. It's difficult to avoid those things when playing this course, especially during the summer, because there isn't much of a fairway on most holes. I ended up spending a long time at this course because I kept losing my disc in the trees, weeds, and bushes even though my drives were normally half way decent.
Other Thoughts: I'm feeling a negative vibe as I write this, so I need to clarify that there are some decent holes throughout this course that I kind of enjoyed playing. There is some potential for this to become a better disc golf course, but right now there's a whole lot of work that needs to be done because it seems like Mother Nature has overwhelmed the course. For most people, playing here can be a long, frustrating, and disappointing day. It might be better to play this course between fall and early spring when there's not nearly as much foliage throughout the area.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
GREAT ADVENTURE COURSE
Pros: I think this is just a great course.
Changing pin placements
Cement tee pads
Great walk in the woods
Cons: The rough can be rough.
Not stroller friendly( is that really a con)
Other Thoughts: This course can be grueling especially in the heat it was 85 and humid the day I played. Try not to play alone, a spotter is recommended.
I look forward to returning!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Might As Well Hit Hastings
Pros: This was a nice little walk through the hillside. This course offers a good amount of variety and views. It has concrete tee pads and is fairly easy to navigate with a natural flow to the layout. It seemed quite well maintained and appears to be beloved by the locals as there is no garbage or other signs of destructive behavior. It is worn in well and judging from past reviews it has come a long way. Hole one makes things interesting right off the bat. It is nearly straight down with a neck breaker of a walk down a steep and rocky hill. The next few holes move from an open meadow that requires a fair amount of accuracy into some hiking trail holes that are tight and wooded. A lake is visible through the trees to the left which is a nice touch as you look out from this elevation. There is a really cool ravine hole back here, the number escapes me as I forgot my notepad and the course pictures here are lacking, that sends you over and up through quite a picturesque section of the landscape. Signature all the way. After weaving through the woods, the back nine takes you out into a more open area with hills and elevation changes. The front nine ends at the parking lot which is nice because you have the option of stopping if you are short on time or getting another refreshment. Eighteen takes you right back to your car.
Cons: There really aren't many cons here. The first few holes seem a bit packed in, and the back nine is just a touch mundane. The signs were confusing to me as a first timer. They show basket A and basket B. I thought there were two baskets per hole. I guess the positioning changes throughout the season. This adds to variety and is actually a pro. There was no intangible here that made me feel that this course was greatness, but it is definitely a solid course with a decent design and layout. I think the designers did the best they could with this piece of land.
Other Thoughts: If you are in the surrounding area this course is one to check out. It offers a different feel than the city courses and will definitely allow you to demonstrate your skills.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Shot variety. This course has lots of it. The front nine holes are generally very tight/technical holes with many trees and trouble off the narrow fairways. The back nine are much more open, but still have some trees/huge bushes to navigate around. Overall, it has a mixture of short, long (none extremely long), left, right, open, wooded, uphill, and downhill.
-Risky pin placements. While only a handful of them, they still keep it interesting. Some are on a hill, some are protected by trees, and one sits atop a 5-6ft cone-like mound of land.
-Beauty. The course is somewhat like a nature hike, more so in the front nine where there is a view of a lake and a picnic table to sit and enjoy it. Even the open holes have their beauty as they go across some rolling hills.
-Tee signs/pads: Excellent in a word. They are large and include distances to both short and long pin placements from both long and short tees. Teepads are concrete and new looking, but just a tad on the small side for my tastes.
-Baskets. Excellent condition. There is also a practice basket just (and I mean just) off the parking lot. Not much room around it, but its there.
Cons: -Blind holes. I don't really mind these, but there are just so many of them! After playing this course four times, it is still a pain because I can't exactly remeber where the pin is. This may frustrate first-timers.
-Maintenance. It seems a little unkempt, especially in the summer months. Some fairways had grass that was shin-high or better. It is a relatively new course, so hopefully it will get better with time.
-Sitting areas/trash cans. While there are a few picnic tables in some pretty nice spots, a few more "rest areas" would be nice. There is a good number of trash cans, but they are only 5gal. buckets that were overflowing every time I played here.
Other Thoughts: I am updating this because after having more than one year of DG experience, I think I can write a better review. The course takes you back to the parking lot after hole 9, which I think is really cool. It comes in handy if you want to restock your drinks, add/remove a layer of clothing, or use the porta-john near the parking lot. I think the porta-john is only a summer thing, as it wasn't there last time I played in early April.
Bugs can be an issue and I won't play here w/o bug spray in the summer.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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