Ann Arbor, MI 
Mary Beth Doyle Park Share
Uploaded By: Innovadude Hole #4 (Taken 10/2009)
3 / 240ft.   3 / 350ft. Par / Distance:

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 Decent Short Course

5+    6/25/2018   6/26/2018
Review By: rickmf
Played: 5  Reviewed: 3
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Free. Variety of shots needed, birdie opportunities. Good baskets.
Cons: short, could use a bit more maintenance, mosquitos are brutal on some holes. Can be muddy on some holes especially after rainfall.
Other Thoughts: i live close so i consider this my 'home' course. Playing a couple times a week.

Some grass seed and a day with a chainsaw would go long way here. Clearing out some overgrowth and clearing some fallen trees. Perhaps even opening up some lanes (hole 6 kinda feels 'poke and pray' from the long tees. 16/ 17 also feel a bit overgrown.

I am willing to help if anyone/ any of the clubs want to spend a day working on the course.

Would be fun to play this course in a 9 hole long configuration. Generally there is some traffic on the course and some cases where tees/ baskets/ paths overlap but usually there is enough space to throw comfortably, but errant shots can end up near other baskets or close to other teepads.

I play here mostly for convenience, but its mostly a midranger/ putting course, that seems to focus more on accuracy and shot execution more than distance/ power. You will suffer from inaccurate shots or bad throws on most hole by ending up in some woods.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Lil' Windy

5+    6/14/2015   8/14/2017
Review By: Dube3200
Played: 45  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 15.2 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good course for a quick and fun round. Easy parking. Birdie chances. Little risk of losing your disc.
Cons: Overall, a very short course. Some interesting holes, but most are pretty plain.
Other Thoughts: I feel like this course for some reason is better than the sum of its parts. Nothing is overly impressive, however, I always have fun playing this course. It is a good change of pace from some of the longer courses --- think of it as the equivalent of an "executive course" in ball golf. A good place to learn, to get in a quick round for practice, or to go with a group of mixed skill levels. We affectionately call it "Lil Windy" (...because it is a little course, and can get windy due to a lack of trees on much of the course).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Short and a bit hazardous

5+    6/8/2017   6/8/2017
Review By: g0ing2f4st
Played: 7  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 12.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + A good variety of shots
+ Lots of birdie chances
+ No cost
Cons: - Several holes straight no obstacle under 200' shot
- Too many walking paths in play, blind shots, and directly adjacent fairways
- Highway adjacent is very noisy
Other Thoughts: A course that's most entertaining when played on poor weather or off-season days (much better to play in late fall to spring) when there is minimal traffic. I found white tees very uncomfortable to play in summer with how many of them were blind shots to the tee with other tees/pads within very short proximity.

Course is mowed but otherwise appears to receive little maintenance, there was a lot of overgrowth and a bit of a trash problem when I played.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Fantastic beginner course

1    8/30/2014   8/30/2014
Review By: Stardoggy
Played: 628  Reviewed: 214  Exp: 9 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Located in a nice park at the end of an apartment development in Ann Arbor.

Solid baskets at every hole, and all caught well. One pin position per hole.

Concrete tee pads on every hole, with a few having two (white) tees. Plenty long enough (12', I believe) and nice and wide. Grippy and complaints here.

Navigation was pretty simple. Tees were either visible from the basket, or had trails leading to them.

Not a lot of chance to lose a disc here, as even the rough is not a lot of undergrowth.
Cons: Extremely short. About half the holes are under 200' and open. From the reds, the longest was 270' (and downhill), from the whites not much more, with one 350' hole that felt somewhat out of place. Even the holes that aren't open play pretty easily with a hyzer over the shule.

Some safety issues in the first few holes, as they play over, or next to, a walking path. Especially with this course catering to a beginner crowd, this could definitely cause problems. We were out on a nice Saturday afternoon, and there wasn't too much traffic, so it's possible it's not much of a problem.

The tee signs are posts with hole number and distance. It's not a huge issue, but it would still be nice to have actual signs.
Other Thoughts: It's a nicely kept little course that's definitely catering to the beginner crowd. For the non-newb, it's a chance to run a lot of aces.

To me, what this would be is a perfect place to get in a lunch hour round. Two of us (one a total beginner) ran it in about an hour. That's not a bad thing!!

While it won't challenge experienced players, it's a great place for a family of new players to get introduced to the game! Take an hour, and drop in and check it out!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.


1    8/6/2013   1/21/2014
Review By: timbur3
Played: 96  Reviewed: 51  Exp: 13.2 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Very beginner friendly
- Most holes are around the 200-250 foot length and relatively straight.
- Does not take very long to play
- Great signs and course map at the start
Cons: - Some blind shots
- Some woods holes need to have a fairway
- No longer holes
- Have to wait for walkers sometimes
- The brush off the fairways can be very thick
Other Thoughts: A little difficult to find but decently nice once you do. I would not make a special trip for it but if you live in the area it is definitely worth playing from time to time to mix it up.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Starting Up

1    7/12/2012   9/12/2012
Review By: Sstetson21
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9.2 Years
This review was updated on 3/12/2014
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It would be a good course for beginners and newly starters. Not to difficult averaging about 200 feet per hole.
Cons: If it is your first time playing, it is hard to find the next holes, hard to spot markers/next tee boxes. There is alot of trash! laying around and also no designated trash cans.
Other Thoughts: It is a nice local course for people who live around. Actually joined a player on the course to walk us through the ways of the course.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Easy to flow

2-4    6/30/2012   6/30/2012
Review By: PerfectPair
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well laid out and easy to follow the flow of direction to the next hole.
Some nice variations of open shots, use of elevation, and trees that look like they were strategically placed ;)
trash Receptacle by most holes.
tees well marked
Friendly locals
Cons: the failure of many people to not use trash Receptacle ( hard is it to do??)
a couple of the tees/pins sit close to other tees/pins which can lead to an occasional unxpected disc entering your game.
Other Thoughts: For the most part I love this course and this biggest complaint seems to always fall back to the slobs that toss their trash around, especially when you have a trash Receptacle near by. you carried whatever you were using in...whats so hard about carrying it back out??

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Fun for mids and putters alike

2-4    10/30/2011   10/31/2011
Review By: BogeyNoMore
Played: 331  Reviewed: 165  Exp: 16.2 Years
This review was updated on 11/1/2011
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Short course makes good use of trees, brush and woods to emphasize placement over distance.
Dual pads on about the holes add plenty of length for some holes, while giving only a slightly different look on others.
Quite a bit of variety for a course that doesn't really offer any long holes.
Enough elevation to make things interesting on several holes. Has you throwing, up/down hill, over dips and to a few sloped greens that could add some strokes.
Suitable for beginners, and not bad for intermediate players looking to work on their short game for a quick, friendly round.
Great for working on your finesse game; features some well-guarded baskets that will take a good tee shot to drop your 2nd shot.
Many holes have a pretty obvious line to take, but also offer alternative routes going up and over brushy obstacles, or wide turnovers to take a back door approach to the putting circle.
Excellent baskets, decent concrete pads, simple, effective, color coded tee posts with distance.
Free to play and no park entry fee.
Cons: Tee posts for 1 & 2 face wrong direction.
Lacks any real distance, and hence, doesn't offer a "complete" game.
Paths to next tee occasionally cross another fairway. Some holes were definitely jammed in among others (understandable, but congested, nonetheless).
Thick brush on blind holes can = lost discs, take turns spotting each other on some holes.
Traffic noise from I-94 does nothing for ambience wooded section.
Other Thoughts: Travellers: hit this place only after you've played Rolling Hills, Hudson Mills, Independence Lake, etc, or if you're looking for a pitch'n'putt to fit in around those. Miss one of those to play this and you'll be disappointed.

Mary Beth Doyle is a fun, decent course for the short game, and anything but a "complete" discing experience: only need drivers from the long tees on a couple of holes. That being said, it adds a refreshing change of pace to the local DG scene.

MBD can be a birdie-fest; grip and rip here and you'll spray discs all over the place. Short holes can easily be overdriven (even with a mid). Good choice for an Ace Race or other one disc challenge (like a Roc v Buzzz grudge match).
Course actually flows pretty well once you get the hang of it, but navigation can be tricky for first timers.
Plays quite a bit easier in the fall when foliage isn't dense (less chance of disc loss as well).
Doesn't seem like the best neighborhood, but course has been clean when I've played and I haven't heard of any trouble here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    1/7/2011   1/7/2011
Played: 80  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 14.3 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: great beginner course, shorts averaging 200 ft over varied terrain - longs averaging 250.
This course is in the middle of ann arbor but feels somewhat secluded - much of course views an open area over a wetland, 4 holes in the woods, interesting safari shots (tee2-pin3, tee2-pin12, tee10short-pratice pin, tee14-pin18, tee11short-practice, etc)
Cons: bit too easy, wacky layout - muddy in the spring, lots of noise from nearby I-94
Other Thoughts: lots of small jets flying overhead due to nearby ann arbor airport

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nice short Course

1    9/4/2010   9/7/2010
Review By: jayseiler
Played: 14  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 16 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is nicely maintained and for the most part is easy to negotiate. It is a techincal course where acurracy is favored over a big arm. The baskets are fairly new and in good shape and thier are concrete tabs for every hole.
Cons: the course is packed in a really small area therefore there is only so much variety, if not careful it can be easy to lose a disc if your not sure on the hole placement.
Other Thoughts: I would be careful if playing alone. The day I played I had two friends with me. An individual walked buy use to return 10 min later and asked to use a cell phone to call 911, he was just mugged a gun point on the walking trail.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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