North Star, MI 
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 blind greens

1    7/9/2010   7/10/2010
Review By: Innovadude
Played: 227  Reviewed: 180  Exp: 19.4 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Well marked (map here, there, rock signs, mowed paths, can't get lost).
- Cement tees, bathrooms, mowed
- Mix of short woods and longer open has shot variety
Cons: - Thick, jungle like rough with tall grass, widespread poison ivy and thorns. Very easy to lose a disc.
- The back half of the course gets pretty unconventional, with too many holes having a blind 'fairway' and/or landing zone/green. One hole in particular is only 10ft wide (woods on right, chest high rough on left) for the first 150+- ft. or so, so if you can't throw far (beginner, kid) you are pretty much screwed. Said hole has a completely blind fairway and basket.
- Approx. 1/3 of the holes require you to be able to park it or lay up real short and play for par or risk ivy/lost disc.
Other Thoughts: I lost 2 discs and would have lost a 3rd had I not gone back again to search. Half the round time was searching for discs. Play only in fall/winter.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 great course layout!

1    4/28/2010   4/28/2010
Review By: fleeulrich
Played: 40  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 9.3 Years
This review was updated on 4/30/2010
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has some real unique holes. Each hole was well marked, and easy to find. The holes are all marked with large rocks, and some holes have rocks pointing the way to the next tee. The big rocks at each pad have general hole layout, par, and hole # painted on them. When I played this course, they were almost finished installing concrete pads.
Cons: To be honest I didn't find any real negatives with this course, other than the pickers lining some of the fairways. There are a couple holes with baskets that are hard to see 'til you get a lil closer.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this course to anyone. I really liked the layout of hole #3, almost like you were in a tunnel through the trees with the basket tucked nicely behind a sideways growing tree. Then there was hole #16 with a big hook to the right, that gives the chance to test out those anhyzers. When you get to the park, just follow the bridge across the pond to hole #1. Score cards with map are available right near hole #1 too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 3.5 Stars in North Star!

2-4    3/28/2010   3/28/2010
Review By: volklgirl
Played: 77  Reviewed: 47  Exp: 9.1 Years
This review was updated on 7/11/2011
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is a fun and challenging course that flows well and is nicely separated from all the other park activities, minimizing the risk of having flying discs injuring other park users. The course begins with a really nice, informative kiosk and well done, full color scorecards/maps. Information on Monday night clinics and weekly doubles leagues is laminated and clearly posted. All tee areas are clearly marked by large rocks, well-signed with hole #, footage, general direction, and par. Concrete tee pads are being installed, and those that don't yet have these still have dirt pads with footing that is consistently flat and secure.

This course utilizes some amazingly creative use of the park's limited terrain features and foliage, keeping interest factor and challenge high and unique. There's a great variety of right and left fades, doglegs, shaped fairways, open and wooded holes, and a number of blind holes. I love that each hole has at least 1 clearly defined fairway and there's not a dingle "pinball/toss-n-pray" hole in sight! I also loved that every hole was dramatically unique and the layout never got boring or repetitive.

The fun begins almost immediately with the unique #2; a left dogleg to a basket buried in a grove of trees. A too-short or too-left drive here will leave you picking your way through the trees, while staying to the right side of the fairway after the turn will give you a clear shot at the basket. The fun continues with the wooded #3 and its narrow, s-shaped fairway to the basket buried behind a horizontally leaning tree limb. Another squeezed fairway and a right hook to the basket then leads you to a series of longer, wide open holes where wind is in play. Straight drives and accuracy are highly rewarded on holes #13-#15, all of which have some definite penalties for lack of disc control. #16 is an evil right hook with the tee pad tucked back into a brushy copse. #17's curvy and dramatically squeezed fairway and thick rough will have out-of-control throwers cussing quickly and loudly while #18's basket placement in a huge sand pit after a big left turn will challenge many players.
Cons: Finding the course within the park is challenging if you haven't done your homework, as it's well separated from the rest of the park. Simply follow the concrete sidewalk toward the pond and cross the bridge to find the course kiosk and first tee.

There's a bit of a hike down the entrance road to get back to your car when finished.

The raspberry bushes in the rough are epic!! You WILL want to wear full coverage clothing (long pants, long sleeve shirt, socks, and enclosed shoes) no matter how hot it is, or bring discs you would feel comfortable walking away from if they end up in the rough. Even this early in the spring, in full clothing, we got snagged, thorned, and, scratched. Ouch! Other than the thorns and the occasional copse of really thick brush, getting off the fairway here is rarely a huge disaster.

The hole information on many of the tee rocks has already worn/washed off. The directional signage on the rocks shows only the general direction of the basket and is not representative of the actual hole lay out.
Other Thoughts: The course is set in a beautifully furnished and super clean park with really nice facilities and buildings. Ball fields, pavilions, grills, separate hike/bike trails, water hand pumps and a beach/swim area are all available in the park.

Avoid one mile of the drive on the sometimes nasty Johnson Rd by turning 1 mile north on the paved Buchanan Rd (follow the signs to North Star), then go south on Baldwin Rd for 1 mile. A left turn at the corner then leaves only about 1/2 mile of dirt on Johnson Rd.

Being a new course in a rural area means it's not getting a ton of traffic yet, so it's a fantastic place to play on those days when the college town and urban courses are packed.

*** Update 7/3/11 ***
Concrete tee pads and very nice 4x4 signage has been installed on all holes and much of the nastiest brush has been trimmed back. This course just keeps getting better!!!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 new course & park

1    3/18/2010   3/18/2010
Review By: Oldstump
Played: 108  Reviewed: 6
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Both the park amenities and this disc course are fresh and new. Reed Park itself has a small shallow lake, numerous picknic sites connected with new sidewalks and new change house and bathrooms.

The course, while very level offers a bit of variety. Some holes with tree-lined fairways, a couple woods holes, and some open field holes as to air things out. There is also a variety in length. Some short but generally challenging ace prospects with some longer holes with a couple around 400'. Showing the newness are fairways in the wooded and field areas which appear to have been cleared with a dozer. In general these "cleared fairways are approximately 15-20 feet wide.

The hole markers (rocks) work well although some of the markings are already faded or smeared.
Cons: Narrow fairways and prickers.! I regularly play a woods course so I don't expect a great expanse for fairways. The middle of this course (holes 6-14) are through old field areas with some scrub wood growth. these old fields through the years have become populated with a tall plant with prickly hard stem that is like a rose stem or raspberry plant on steroids. This grows thickly in almost all areas not in the fairway in this section of the course. Wear long pants!
Other Thoughts: For being a brand new course Reed Park shows potential.

A couple things course management might consider:

Put locks on your baskets!

Consider periodic brush-hogging the middle section of holes 6-14. Cutting this growth back over time may bring back grass which is a much more tolerable rough. Also through this section which holds the courses longer holes this might open up the fairways a bit.

It will be interesting to see how this course matures. I could see my rating changing as I play this course more and see improvements come.

3 of 3 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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