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Pros: Brys Park is a lot of golf in a little space - with all the benefits and challenges that come with it. The seminal east side favorite shoehorns 24 ace run holes into a well-traveled neighborhood park, providing a round that will entertain players of all skill levels. Located conveniently off I-94 (the course abuts the freeway), Brys serves as an oasis in a disc golf desert, nearly 20 miles away from the nearest course in a well-populated area of metro Detroit. The design is simple, straightforward, and fun, stressing putter and midrange control with the opportunity to run nearly every hole. Who doesn't love ace runs? Play Brys once a day and you'll be a master of the short game in no time.
Despite only playing to 12 baskets, the 23 pads are just different enough to make it seem like you're playing 24 holes instead of just front and back tees.
The park itself is very well maintained - nice and clean with mowed grass.
The tee signs are pretty cool granite pillars that only give number and distance, but a diagram isn't really necessary due to the compact nature of the course.
Cons: There is potential for an inconsiderate golfer to hit a pedestrian here. Brys is a popular park for walkers, and receives a great deal of foot traffic on the path that plays near, through, and around the course. At peak times, half the challenge in the round is finding a window to safely throw. As with all courses, mutual respect between golfers and non-golfers is critical. I'll stop short of calling the design dangerous, as there are no blind spots in the park, but extra consideration to other park users is essential here.
Obviously the design is a bit limited, so you won't see much reason to bust out anything beyond a mid. If you're looking for a challenge, you came to the wrong place.
Other Thoughts: Brys Park plays host to one of Discraft's largest Ace Races each October, cementing its status as a premier ace run circuit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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East Side Dive
Pros: East Side Location. Easily accessible from I-94. Closest DG to the Pointes. Great holes for practicing Putt and Approach and Acing. Open Field for practicing drives
Cons: Human Obstacles, Freeways, Tight Fairways
Other Thoughts: This course provides wonderful opportunities for practicing Putt and Approach, as well as Ace Racing. (Most shots are below 225') however I've lost more than one disc over the wall onto I-94 and gotten more then a few angry glares from the "joggers".
Front half of the course (physically, not the front nine itself) plays smoother then the back due to I-94 and the density of joggers.
Soccer field separates front and back of park, it is perfect for practicing distance driving.
Park open into the late evening, recommend arriving later in the day as joggers tend to clear out around 7-8. There are numerous streetlights inside the park to help illuminate your game as night falls.
Nearest disc golf store is Play It Again Sports at Nine Mile and Gratiot in Eastpointe. (Limited selection)
National Coney Island, Wendy's and Gasoline located nearby.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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It's not much, but it is on the East Side
Pros: The main selling point of this course is simply the location. If you live in the Grosse Pointes, SCS, etc, you now have a DG course that isn't a 30+ minute drive each way.
The course itself is small and crowded with walkers but tries to make the best of its location. It does have concrete tee boxes on all holes and wooden posts listing hole number/distance for most (no hole maps, but it's so small they're common sense). The distances are varied, but all pretty short... 150-250ft with most under 200. There is really no need for distance drivers at all, and most players will barely even need to break out a fairway driver. There are 12 baskets, and there are two tees for each, so a "24 hole course." No water; a few trees but nothing overly challenging.
Cons: This park is very busy with walkers and joggers (but at least no dogs in the actual park), and their paths go right across nearly every hole - even some of the tee boxes share the paved path. A lot of the walkers will give you a rude look or ignore you (even if you try to be friendly and courteous to them). I'm guessing they are disgruntled that DG moved in on their turf, but I don't think they pay for this public park any more than DG, soccer, or baseball players who use it? Nonetheless, it's a new course, so all it might take to close it could be a few rude players who PO the joggers or neighbor houses to the north.
If you play at "prime time" (approx after 5pm M-F or after noon on weekends), then your shot selection will probably be affected by all the walkers. You basically end up with the choice of "buzzing" walkers and risking the course getting shut down, altering your shot to avoid them, or waiting forever to tee off on some holes (esp #5 tee on the path... just tee off from the #17 instead). There are a few low walls that you could lose a disc over, but with such a short course and so many walkers, you probably won't be using much hyzer anyways.
Other Thoughts: If you play DG and live near the Pointes, it's a whole lot better than nothing. In the end, the designers did the best they could given the park's popularity with walkers/joggers and the layout they had available. It's not very busy in terms of other DG players, so it's a good starter course. There was talk of possible leagues in the future, but I think the course is too small and walkers would protest it. I gave Brys DG course a 2 disc rating due to concrete tees and posts on all holes, being well maintained, and the good idea of adding alternate tees.
Overall, it's just too tight of a fit due to all the walkers nearby. The holes are short, and nearly all are an easy birdie for most players. Maybe one saving grace for this course is that it's a great place to practice your accuracy and using your midrange off the tee. You could easily play this whole course (well) with a Roc, Shark, etc type disc. It's a solid beginner course or a chance for intermediate DG players to work on their mids and putting.
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