Feeling Deucey today?
Pros: - In a beautiful state park that borders what is essentially an equally beautiful inland lake.
- All of the baskets are newer Innova Discatchers with double layer chains and the conspicuous yellow chastity belt adorning the top. Kind of a nice feature since spotting baskets out in woods like this can be challenging.
- No navigation issues to speak of. The park service has put in big brown and white signs indicating where to go. If you get lost on this course you're either stupid high, dumb or not paying attention.
- On each teepad there are 5 gallon buckets serving as trash cans. And not surprisingly the course is rather free of debris.
- 9, 10 and 11 play along the lake and offer stunning views. It's too bad the water never comes into play here.
- I am very thankful that someone went to the effort to write the distances on each of the tee signs.
- I like the tee pads. About half of them seem like they are slabs from something else so to see material like that get recycled is pretty cool. All the pads were fine for me.
- #8 is far and away the best hole on the course and really gets your attention with it's 300'+ long fairway through a tight line in the woods.
Cons: - Newaygo over all seems to be a rather repetitious course. Sort of variations on a theme which is "let's see how many 200-ish foot long holes can we make through these woods." The answer here is 15 apparently. 8, 17, and 18 are all pretty long but the rest are just plane 'ole deuce run after deuce run. Yawn. And then a few ace runs on 14 and 15.
- Poke and hope fairways just drive me nuts. 12 and 16 are perfect examples of this. Yes there is a fairway but midway down there are half a dozen trees with 36" gaps between each. Yay! Let's play plinko!
- The shorts (why are there short tees on this short course anyways?!?!) are marked with a typical 4x4 laid flat in the ground. Unsurprisingly, given the short nature of this course it doesn't look like anyone uses them.
Other Thoughts: Newaygo is the kind of course you want to bring a first timer to teach fundamentals of the game. Since there is a large campground here I suppose this is a good spot for that. It's where you hand the newb a Roc or Buzzz and let them fall in love with the game like each one of us did. This really isn't a place to get your big arm distance on.
And a note on state park passes. If you are only coming here to play disc golf this is going to be a rather expensive pay to play situation. If you are a Michigan resident just get the yearly pass or pay an extra $10 to the Secretary of State when renewing plates. It's worth it because it supports our valuable park system and if your are like me visiting parks is common practice in the summer. If you are an out of state visitor and are only stopping to play disc golf and not camp or do anything else in the park then the passes probably not worth it. I would move on down the road and look for somewhere else to play.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Newaygo State Park features 18 holes on flat, wooded terrain. This course offers some variety in the way of shot choice and route selection through tight tree lined and tree dotted fairways, but the holes are generally short and simple. The possibility of losing a disc is low, with the exception of hole 18, and the roughs are generally not very dense with bushy thickets or other treacherous growth. The course was clean and the holes utilize concrete teeing areas which are rough and provide good traction. Navigation is intuitive.
Cons: This course winds through camp sites which could be a bit intrusive to campers. There are holes that could be considered unfair as there are no defined lanes and plenty of trees to hit. There is quite possibly nothing more annoying than facing an impossible hole and this course has more than one hole that could be called lame. It is possible that paying 6 dollars for a day pass to play this course could feel like a rip off by the end of the round as it is a short, relavtively unremarkable play.
Other Thoughts: This course might be worth a look to anyone passing through the area with a serious disc golf jones. Especially if you have a state park sticker and don't have to cough up the 6 dollar fee for the somewhat mundane course. Overall, it is always a worthwhile experience to play disc golf and play it everywhere possible so thanks to Newaygo for the nod. Alright, just nothing to write home about.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Good Beginner Couse
Pros: The course is a nice walk through the woods. The holes are easy enough for players just starting out. If you toss your disc in the woods, it is generally easy to find except for hole 18.
Cons: The holes are too easy for experienced disc golfers; most are are 300ft or less.
Other Thoughts: Hole18 Tip: It could help to have a spotter walk up around the corner to see where discs fall. It's pretty hard to find the disc after it enters the dense foliage around there.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
New and Tight!
Pros: Tight fairways will challenge accuracy of all levels of players. Many short to middle range holes where placement is key. Excellent park bench between hole 9 and 10 with view of Hardy Dam Pond (looks like a lake to me). Ace run time on 15! Paths between holes are extremely well marked for flawless 1st time navigation on trails in the woods.
Cons: Because this course is so new, there is no cement, tee signs, trash cans, etc. Rough is pretty thick, so keep it in the fairway!
Other Thoughts: On your 1st time, there are a lot of blind holes, so additional scouting is reqired. Play many holes to a place in the fairway and get a par. Parking it on the drive will not happen on many holes because of the accuracy required. Bring your bug spray and water.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Brand new course. Hole 1, 2, and 3 are wide open shots with a clear path. Cool views of the river.
Cons: Crazy paths most holes reward lucky shots over skilled throws. Hole 18 is a crazy S shaped shot that is impossible.
Other Thoughts: Remove some of the trees in that are in the way. Newyago could be a really fun place to play
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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