Ann Arbor, MI 
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Uploaded By: Innovadude Hole #8 (Taken 10/2009)
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 Fantastic beginner course

1    8/30/2014   8/30/2014
Review By: Stardoggy
Played: 344  Reviewed: 212  Exp: 6.3 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: 88  Reviewed: 51  Exp: 10.5 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: 6.5 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.

 Fun for mids and putters alike

2-4    10/30/2011   10/31/2011
Review By: BogeyNoMore
Played: 250  Reviewed: 150  Exp: 13.5 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: 11.6 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: 13.2 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.

 Solid But Predictable

2-4    8/20/2010   8/20/2010
Review By: o01shadow
Played: 42  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 9.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very clean course, both in upkeep and in design, with at least one concrete tee per hole and well maintained pins.

Several holes have more than one tee placement, but most do not offer any significant difference in hole play.

All holes are marked and a nice new map of the whole course is available right next to hole one. In addition, the holes tend to flow easily from one to the next, so with a few exceptions, the course is easy to follow.

Given what is available, the holes make good use of vegetation and elevation change.

Cons: Simplicity has its place, but preferably not on a disc golf course, and this course has too much of it.

Even with the constrained space, the holes tend to be unimaginative and predictable, and unless you mess up you will never need to make a creative shot. Accurate throws will land you an easy birdie almost every time.

This course is extremely short, as would be expected from lack of space, and I never had to use anything higher than a speed 6 (Innova) for anything.

Several of the tees are next to each other, which can be slightly confusing if you forget which hole you are on, but this is not a terrible problem.

The park needs to invest in trashcans on several holes, as the plethora of cans and bottles will show you.
Other Thoughts: This is a solid course for beginners. I took my friend who is relatively new to disc golf and he shot under par, with little difficulty.

Lost discs should not be a problem, unless you really don't have good throws, because most of the scrub is light and easily navigable.

In addition, this park is free, and easy to get to with directions.

Overall: good-but-not-great course for people wanting to be rewarded for good throws and general accuracy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    8/18/2010   8/18/2010
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 305  Reviewed: 288  Exp: 7.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Length--Short course. Demands more accuracy than strength. Good for a quick play.

Signage--realatively easy to follow the flow of the course.

Baskets--good condition. Gotta love chainstars.

Variety-- I'm going to put this as a pro. There is a lot of variety here for such a short course. the longest hole is a 350' blind drive over a hill where losing discs in the rough is almost mandatory, put someone at the top of the hill for spotting.
Cons: Signage--oddly enough, a lot of the sign posts face the fairways. It was difficult to find where the tee for one was because of this.

First tee--not only the above, but the first tee does not start at the parking lot, but rather, you walk down a park pathway and drive down the same path you just walked down. Very confusing and wonky.

Trash--LOTS of garbage everywhere, I don't even think that garbage cans would help this.

Wooded holes--dark, damp, dirty, and difficult to follow. We were thoroughly glad to get out of the woods.

Rough-- is REALLY rough and thick. a spotter is almost mando.

"back" 9-- seems a bit thrown together in a field. I completely understand that this park had some planning difficulties due to the wetlands that are in the park, but the field holes are awkward and a bit dangerous to play, with all the crossfire.

Other Thoughts: I'm hearing that this is one of the nicer parks in Ann Arbor (proper). so, that's good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 change of pace

2-4    10/20/2009   10/23/2009
Review By: bygwyllay
Played: 90  Reviewed: 78  Exp: 10.6 Years
This review was updated on 6/12/2010
Pros: cement tees, marked baskets, tight layout. a very technical course. the beauty exists in holes 4 though 8, back in the woods by the freeway. very challenging, if not lengthy. was fairly crowded when i played but things moved well - always a good sign. the majourity of holes play to sidearm/leftys, which makes you pull out every disc in your bag
Cons: the first three holes are cramped along a trail, so watch out for people strolling/running. don't throw into the wetland area by these baskets, i don't think you'll be able to get your disc back. you have to backtrack a bit and the back nine is all contained in one big field, cramped again. in reading innovadude's post, i guess they had the course designed to go around the wetland/lake, but they had to change it. a shame, because that would have set up some nice holes.
Other Thoughts: a breath of fresh air in the ann arbor area. a quick jog off of I-94 and quick and tight throws throughout. when you need a break from rolling hills, the ponds, or bandemer, hit up doyle for sure. Should be nice to play in the fall/winter as well.

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