Auburn Hills, MI 
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Uploaded By: DirtyMittenDG Hole #5 (Taken 3/2009)
2 / 73ft. Par / Distance:
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 Nice winter course

1    12/21/2016   12/21/2016
Review By: nemdisc7
Played: 50  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 15.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Winter play- I think this is good winter course. I hate using ribbons on my discs, but with all the baskets visible from the tees, you should be able to track your disc all the way without one.
Navigation- Tee signs were simple, but got the job done and the distance seemed to be accurate.
Location- It was nice to be able to park, walk 10 feet to the first tee pad and start.
Fun- Hey, sometimes it's just fun to play a short course and have a chance at an ace on every hole.
Tee pads- They were covered in snow, but I found each one fine and they did the trick for me.
Cons: Even though I liked the aspect of being able to see the baskets from the tees for my winter round, some of them were still too short.
The baskets are starting to show their age. My putts stayed in the basket just fine, but I'm not sure how much longer they can last. Most are not straight either.
Other Thoughts: I was the first person to walk through what seemed to be at least six inches of snow. If you are looking for somewhere to throw in the winter and don't want to trek through the snow on a long course, play here instead.
This is a very cool piece of property, I look forward to seeing it in the winter.

It is what it is- don't expect the world's greatest course, just come and have fun.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Well Maintained Little Course

1    9/25/2016   10/25/2016
Review By: MisterJ
Played: 34  Reviewed: 22  Exp: 3.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It is neat to see how someone can put a course into such a small area. If you work close or go to school at Oakland U, this is very convenient.
It sure is nice to be able to bring very young kids and have them over-drive the hole. You really don't need much more than mid-range and putters so it makes your bag very light.

Tee-signs are very informative as well, with par, distance, hole layout and are all in good shape.

Aesthetically this is a nice looking course, with the pond at the far end.
Cons: There is so little challenge, and the tee-pads aren't great but do you even need them?
Because this is so compact, if there is 2 other holes in use, there is a high likelihood of getting an errand disc your way.
Other Thoughts: It doesn't seem as though a lot of thought went into the design except to fit 9 holes in here, which is nice, everyone needs another disc golf course, Free Disc Golf Course.
But a little elevation change, or using the water or something. This is pretty close to our home, and still only hit this once. Its not horrible, but you can hit all 9 holes in like 15 minutes if there isn't other players. Too consistent probably due to budget and size constraints. Worth a looksie at least once if you are close, it only takes 15 minutes and a putter, its sure to put a smile on your face, disc golf always does.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 bring yo putta

1    4/17/2014   4/17/2014
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 317  Reviewed: 298  Exp: 9.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Aesthetic-- plays through a very large park with many other amenities. This area seems to be disc golf exclusive which is awesome! Other than walking down to the lake, I can't see a reason anyone would be on this course.

Routing and nav--it's a snap, really. the baskets and tees are right on top of each other. I can't forsee anyone getting lost here.

Teesigns-- adequate for what they need to be. very basic (like the course) showing a line and distance, along with the hole number.
Teepads-- I like the idea that the front of the box is open, but the mulch is crazy. I don't see any need to have a run up here as the holes are crazy short but if someone were needing to do so, there's no trip hazard.

Challenge--zero. holes are so short. It's a par 22 course with many par 2's (and deservedly so)

Variety-- some curves but mostly straight forward..

Risk v Reward-- none.

Baskets-- Old DB5s. all there but in pretty rough shape. a lot of the chains are either loose or hooked to the wrong ring.
Other Thoughts:
this is a great kids park for dg. not for anyone serious about the sport... for the love of god, if anyone brings an r-pro boss, they should be shot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


2-4    8/3/2013   8/4/2013
Review By: Airzoom11
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Ace run on every hole!
Good First time Kids course
Good for children under 8 years of age
Cons: WAY too short of holes
- given each tee position is essentially a jump putt (no joke) it is too short... i think one hole was just over 70 ft... and the average hole is just over 100 feet.

no challenge in the holes at all
- some may compare this to "putt putt" or mini golf reletive to regular ball golf.... however it is just not comparable because the holes have no challenge (if there were windmills and bridges and clown mouths that you had to use to get to the hole then i would understand the comparison much more haha... just kidding)

Other Thoughts: This course location has sooooo much potential and it is actually a fun place to go to make up your own holes. If the course design used the pond/lake that is next to the course, or played into the nearby trees a little bit more it has the opportunity to be a great course.

In my opinion, dont waste your time here, given you can practice putting at another nearby course (or in your backyard trowing at a tree :P...) and have a much more enjoyable time

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Small but fun

5+    4/21/2013   4/23/2013
Review By: todddarling1
Played: 6  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 20.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Small great course for Kids, Ace attempt at every hole. As others have said it's like mini Golf. Never Crowded. My son is just learning to play and this is a great confidence builder course. Nothing fancy, but it's fun. watch the woods Got a case of poison Ivy there a few years back.
Cons: A couple of baskets are a little beat up, and Not a huge fan of mulch tee pads. Poison Ivy
Other Thoughts: This is a great quick course you can play and practice putting on, It has it's charm and makes good use of the land they have. Never busy. Thinking it would be a fun ace race course. Every Hole is a good ace run makes it fun to play. Also you can just bring a putter and be fine. Nice for younger players and beginners Due to it's small size and underuse, no feeling like you got to rush through because people are behind you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Great small course

5+    7/16/2012   8/16/2012
Review By: ZdybelT
Played: 55  Reviewed: 16  Exp: 8.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Tees are good for being wood chips.
-easy navigation.
-baskets in okay condition.
-good for short games when in a time crunch.
-usually empty.
-great location for glow games.
-best use of land for what they were given.
Cons: -Needs trash cans.
-A bit more variation of throws would be good.
Other Thoughts: This course is a nice start for some players as well as a course for better players to work on their putts. When I play I just bring three discs instead of my bag of 12. It is usually empty out of the many times I have played I believe I have only seen three other discers. This is the first course I aced due to the small distances but an ace is an ace. Glow games are also great because you dont need to walk all over the place to set it up and there is a low chance of losing a disc. Honestly I know its rated on the poorer side but its one of the better more fun courses I have played so give it a shot and judge for yourself.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Good Putter Only Course

1    3/11/2012   3/20/2012
Review By: jb375
Played: 5  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 9.3 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Never busy, no cost to play there, parking is right by start of course. Holes are really short, but not boring.
Cons: Short holes, tee boxes are just mulch (but new mulch seems to get added 1-2x a season). Basket on hole 5 is falling apart, basket portion is held on with duck tape.
Other Thoughts: Great course to hone your putter skills. I usually play this with 2 different putters and it has really helped me out when I play other courses. Can easily play through 9 in 15-20 mins with 1 or 2 other people. Usually play this course 2-3x through and it's always fun since you usually are there by yourselves.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Small, yet Fun

5+    6/20/2010   11/12/2010
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 322  Reviewed: 311  Exp: 23.1 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a well-designed 9-hole course with excellent baskets, good signs, and easy flow and navigation. The holes are extremely short, but they are not boring. Many of the baskets are well-placed and driving past the basket might cost you your birdie. This course would be great for younger kids to play and also introducing people to the game. This course is an ace race course for experienced disc golfers which can be super fun if you come here with the proper expectations. Scores in the teens are possible.

You can play the course easily with one disc, a putter is recommended. You can also play a round or two in no time at all. The area is also very nice and safe. There is a good chance that other park users will stop for a minute and watch you throw (then you can impress them by hitting chains on #1 like ZMan44 did!)
Cons: The woodchip-filled tee boxes are obviously not ideal and it does not stay in the wood frames, but a run up is not really necessary as most holes are reachable with a putter.

The total disc golf area is very small and would become quite crowded if lots of people were playing.
Other Thoughts: We played this course only because it was close to our hotel as we were making our way to Flip City. It turned out to be one of the most memorable and fun times we have ever had on a disc golf course. It was like mini-golf. We had several good laughs and played the course several times that day.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 AH Civic Center

5+    8/27/2010   9/15/2010
Review By: jansenk4
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 10.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice warm-up round (if you don't know what I'm talking about Grizzley Oaks DGC is across the street on OU campus)
-Not busy
-Ace attempts at every hole (not gonna lie that makes it exciting)
-Can't really lose a disc unless you're careless
-Good for kids/intro to the game
-You know where you are shooting (the holes are 73-200 ft so they are close)
-Good midrange practice
Cons: -Woodchip tee pad (I don't know how much this affects you due to distance of holes)
-If you want to use a driver not really the course you want to play
-Hole 2 is my favorite hole but don't let it fade to the left too much or you may have issues with thorns. 4,6,8 also have the same thorn problem, but control your shot and you're good.
-If you are looking for difficulty this is not the place for you.. just so you know
Other Thoughts: You can check out pictures and lengths of the holes on the other tabs, which clearly indicate the pin in the image. Check them out!

Me and my brother would play this course round after round. Why? We were new to the game and got sick practice on our midrange game. Never crowded when we went although Squirrel was under construction at the time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome Fun

1    6/20/2010   7/19/2010
Review By: ZMan44
Played: 176  Reviewed: 110  Exp: 15.6 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: If this course wasn't so short, it would have gotten a much better grade. The baskets are in good condition. Course flow is simple as it is all located in one small area. The park is pristine. The police are about 100 yards away so it is a safe environment.

Those are the typical things I look for when I review a course. However, Civic Center's best selling point is that it is a blast to play.
Cons: The biggest cons are obvious to anyone who has played the course. It is very short...many holes are under 100 feet. The area is a very small, so I would imagine that if there are multiple groups playing that the odds of getting hit with an errant disc are higher than on a typical course. I don't really care for mulch tee pads, but they aren't so bad given the style of the course.
Other Thoughts: Is this course going to challenge you? Nope. Is this course going to make you plan out your next shot before teeing off? Nope. But there is just something about this course. My friends and I were in Michigan on a disc golf excursion and our hotel happened to be about a mile away. We decided to give it a shot even though we had read the specs on the course from the site. We played it 8 times. I played with a Wasp and a Wizard...and teed off with the Wizard on all holes except for #7. Your score should be 18 (or lower) when you leave, but we decided not to play it that way. We made up a game where an Ace was worth 5 points, chains were worth 2 points, basket and pole were worth 1 point....and it was a blast!

This is the most perfect place I have ever seen to introduce young children to the game. My 7 year old daughter would love it. It is in a nice park, very safe, and very casual.

I think every city should have a course like this. Ace run after ace run. It is the kind of course that if you asked another player about you would get some grumbling about it being mini-golf and not challenging anyone...yada yada. But then you would see that same guy out there just before dark getting some putting practice and going for aces with no one else around. As a moderately skilled disc golfer, I am not ashamed to say I loved it for what it was.

In conclusion, if I lived in this area and had about 2 weeks of time off...I would get out the video camera and pass Cubby!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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