15 Helpful / 0 Not
Should age well
Pros: This course had an interesting and challenging layout. Only a couple of holes had clear, straight routes to the basket while the remainder included sweeping right or left turns, sharp doglegs in both directions, and even a couple of "S-shaped" fairways (including #18, which seems to go on for ever and ever!). A range of distances from 170' to 365' gives a variety of skill levels possible chances at birdies. Holes #1-3 are shorter, allowing for a warm up, and they loop back to the parking lot giving you a chance to shed or add clothing or grab the bug spray conveniently if needed before hitting the rest of the course.
The fairways have been cleared of all extraneous trees, leaving only enough to keep the challenge factor up, while keeping the frustration level down. No aggravating "pinball" holes here! The holes approaching (#8) and paralleling (#9-11) the lake are far enough away from the bluff that only seriously bad throws would have you scrambling down the bank for discs.
Wide, bulldozed fairways made walking easy, and plentiful, clear, easy to read signs made navigation a breeze. Even the hike across and down the road to #17 was clearly marked.
The cement tee pads are huge and well textured and the baskets are obviously new. The entire course was in really great shape and the park was spotless. Campground restrooms are easily accessible at a couple of spots on the course.
Cons: Directional arrows on the tee signs would be nice for the numerous blind holes on the course. Footage for each hole would be a plus as well.
Since the course is brand-spankin' new, the grass hasn't grown back in on the fairways yet and I'm assuming they'll be a mess during and after rain storms for a while. Also, the rough is seriously ugly in most places just because there hasn't been a lot of traffic tromping through looking for errant throws, so be prepared to use thumbers or tomahawks for up-and-over shots.
Other Thoughts: A marked parking lot and split rail fence was being installed to the right of the ranger station when we were there. The tee for #1 is just right of the ranger station as well. Stop and say Hi to the park ranger if he's not busy. He was very helpful and quite funny during our visit and went out of his way to greet us.
Camp sites are available almost literally right on the course (along holes #11-13) for those who'd like to be able to throw right out their front flap.
Once the shule gets a little packed down and the grass grows on the fairways, this will be a class act and a great course for family fun.
Update 7/5/09: The parking lot is fully installed and well marked. Unless the rangers get ornery, you may be able to park and play without a State Park sticker since the parking is technically outside the actual park.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Tight and Technical
Pros: Great signs for every pad indicating hole number. Weaves next to a campsite for those interested in camping. Lots of par chances even for beginners. I consider myself a middle of the road player and I had 4 birdies. I played in the early spring so there was not much thick brush, but it looks like it could get thick in the middle of the year. Not a lot of elevation makes for really easy walking. I don't remember any stumps or piles of branches for it being a new course. Nice view of lake/river along 9 and 10.
Cons: The parking for the course was not marked. Park next to the brown building I posted a picture of. No real variety on this course. I consider it a chip and putt course. It's short enough you can peg a tree and still save par on most holes at least in the spring. No elevation or openess to really stretch a drive. No trash cans as of May 1st. As you can see from pictures a lot of holes looked the same. The first few tee pads look like they laid 2 old boat ramp pads down.
Other Thoughts: I think this is a good course for young families who want to just get a taste for disc golf while they are camping. I would play it again if I lived close, but it's just not worth much of a drive. If you want to practice tossing some midrange discs in between some small gaps, this is the course for you.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice new baskets, big tees, lots of good signage throughout. Clean and well manicured 'wooded' forest course. Tight and technical at times, but not ridiculously so (the tighter the fairway, usually the shorter the hole). Good mix of righty and lefty holes, and plenty of nice scenery (several holes hug the lake). Deceivingly easy looking course on the first few holes, but gets gradually more challenging as the course progresses.
Cons: Might be a little too technical for some, and it remains to be seen how difficult it becomes as the trees fill in in the summer time. Would like to have seen more elevation put into play, but overall a very nice effort by whoever designed and installed this course.
Other Thoughts: About a 40 minute drive from the Grand Rapids area, and nearby Fremont would make a nice 'two course' meal.
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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