North Star, MI 
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Uploaded By: volklgirl Hole #15 (Taken 4/2010)
4 / 450ft. Par / Distance:
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 Tough Call

1    7/22/2012   7/29/2012
Review By: harr0140
Played: 972  Reviewed: 480  Exp: 8.8 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Extremely good use of distance variation to keep the course from being boring and it also alters up the disc and shot selection.
2) There are a handful of useful directionals to help guide you are the course. That is always helpful for a first timer or the travelling disc golfer.
3) Sign Posts with Hole #, Distance, Par, and a simple map. The maps are small and virtually impossible to vandalize. It was basically a vinyl overlay on a metal sign. If it was written on I would assume it would be wiped off, but the sign was only as big as the angle cut on the 4x4 so there is virtually no way to get after the sign.
4) Very nice variety of hole type here ranging from the prairie type hole, to a prairie with spotty trees, to a few tight wooded holes, and an over the water shot to a beach. This was very unexpected for being in the middle of nowhere.
5) This is a beautiful expansive park with all sorts of activities. There was plenty to do and the disc golf was almost completely removed from the other activities, although I would assume you will see people walking the course because of it being a nice walk in the park down mowed paths.
6) There is a challenge at every corner. If it isn't tight and wooded, it is that key tree to avoid, or the thick rough, or the tall prairie grass, or to end it all water. A little bit of everything on this course and it keeps the challenge level high.
7) Nice Chainstar baskets in great shape and ready for play.
8) Garbage cans on every hole. This ought to keep the course nice and clean!
9) Benches at every hole are a wonderful touch. It was hot the day we played so we sat down a couple times. It sure is nice to be able to sit and relax if you want to.
10) Mailbox with scorecards (although it was empty when I was there) at the first tee right by the $1 donation tube.
Cons: 1) I found poison ivy in a few spots. I hope they do some work to try and eradicate this bad weed.
2) I found a spot of barbed wire and it was on the edge of the fairway. It sure would be good to make sure all of these rusty dangers were gone before the course is opened.
3) The tight wooded holes are fun, but they rely a bit on luck to get a good chance at birdie. They are executable shots, but the gaps are so small on some of them that an excellent shot could easily turn into a stupid bogey because of a kick and an obstacle.
4) This course is fun and challenging but it is also not the most scenic. It is a lot of undesirable trees, the prairies are full of weeds, there are a lot of unmaintained areas in between holes and such. I like disc golf courses that provide a nice aesthetic appeal as well as a great disc golf experience.
5) The distance in combination with the luck factor and some unmaintained areas keeps this course from being beginner friendly. You would think being in the middle of nowhere they might have better luck attracting beginners than better disc golfers, but I guess you take what the land gives you. I heard this course is being considered as part of the Disc Golf Girls Gone Wild tourney if the second course at Sleepy Hollow is not completed. I would be interested to hear the tournament scores out here!

6) Virtually no elevation change on this course. I love to see little undulations and slight rolling hills because they alter your shots. Here you don't go up or down more than a couple feet per hole.

7) Slight repetitiveness on the middle section of the course. The prairies don't change much and the scenery is about the same.
Other Thoughts: We stopped here to check the course out because my wife is considering coming over for the Disc Golf Girls Gone Wild tournament next year. She spoke to the TD and also designer of this course to get that information. I had a good time, but it was frustrating at other times. The shots were fun and challenging, but the rough, unmaintained areas, and the slight reliance on luck took away from the experience a bit. I think the potential of this course over time could be tremendous.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Reed Park

1    1/17/2010   1/17/2010
Review By: runninlikebarry20
Played: 111  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 8.6 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Seems to be a new build course. It flows very well and is easy to navigate through without any signs. The tee boxes are marked with large stones that detail each hole. Most baskets are strategically placed amongst coverage from trees, which is a nice change.
Cons: No signs yet but easily navigated once we found hole 1.
Other Thoughts: A great course to play even in the snowy winter kind of weather. This place has lots of potential and well worth your time to drive to. I cant wait to play here in the spring and summer to see how all the trees and shrubs fill in.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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