1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -24 holes with multiple pads for all skill levels
-Open holes had a very groomed feel that seemed typical of the elite Michigan Parks
-Hudson Mills Original right next door for 24 more holes
Cons: -Fees to play, which was new to me coming from NC. I actually got a ticket from a hippie on a golf cart for not having my arm band. Honest mistake, as I missed the fee altogether on my way out of the park office. I keep it as a souvenir with my trophies
Other Thoughts: Had wanted to play tis course since I watched my first DG video of the 2000 Worlds. It was a Mecca course for me and it did not disappoint. Played a mixture of tees on both Hudson Mills courses but got them all in. A true field of dreams for disc golf.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: I don't really want to get into much detail about this course, because what I said about the original holds true here: it's got a mix of short and long, it's heavily wooded, it requires right and left and straight shots, and it has very protected greens.
It huge, great challenging disc golf and more than worth the money.
Cons: The only con on this course is that it is named the Monster based on one hole. One damn long 1000 foot monster of a hole that was the most difficult 5 I ever took.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Better than original but WHERE IS THE NEXT HOLE??
Pros: - Baskets all in great shape.
- Each hole is a well thought out design to challenge all levels of play.
- Love the holes with two baskets giving those holes 4 different ways to play it.
- Concrete tees on both shorts and longs which is fantastic of course.
- Just like on the original course there are nicely painted 4x4's with distances and maps of the hole engraved on them.
Cons: - This is a rather spread out course which in and of itself is not so bad BUT the navigation is completely miserable. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get a map of the course or play with someone who knows their way around. Even with a map it was pure luck I found #3. Good grief.
- The course plays 200' to 300' holes and then WHAM. 1000' footer. LOL WUT? It's sooooo out of place here and feels just wonky.
- As with the original course none of the holes really stood out to me as spectacular...just pretty much consistently above average so a 4.0 it is.
- Prairie grass...have I told you how much I hate this stuff?
Other Thoughts: Having 2 courses on site is great and to me makes the money paid at the gate well worth it. There is a lot of value to be had here. Where else are you going to get 48 unique holes to play at one location? Get here and play. You won't regret it.
Just like with my review of original, there are your typical assortment of irritants and critters to be wary of. The one to pay particular attention to is the Michigan Rattler. Apparently, it's been spotted on this course so be mindful of that and leave those critters alone. They won't go out of their way to bite unless they're being pestered or otherwise annoyed and are definitely poisonous.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Satisfying, minus the snake and deep brush.
Pros: Variety of distances - premium on straight shots - the signature hole 14 - the front nine.
Cons: Deep brush is seriously annoying, why not just keep it mowed, determine an OOB, and just let us add a stroke to our scores? I'd rather add a throw to my card than waste time and money looking for discs.
Other Thoughts: Also, spotted a Mississauga snake, between the birdhouses, on 14. Hudson Mills knew about this; what did they do and did they tell anyone?
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is set in a beautiful park, and is well maintained. There's a reasonable variety of shots, and some unique holes that give the course its own flavor. It's also right beside another 24 hole course, so you can disc golf all day!
Cons: Cost is simply too high for one-time visitors. Paying $5 per car to enter the park, and another $2 per person for the course is steep, and the course is not unusually well-maintained. I've played on plenty of free and low cost courses that were equally, or better, groomed.
The rough is absurd on some of the holes, and is likely to result in some lost discs. The layout on holes that are otherwise real standouts (such as 18), is negatively impacted by the presence of seriously thick rough areas that are well within play. I appreciate a challenging course, but I loathe wasting time looking for discs that should be easy to find. Use spotters on every hole, especially if this is your first time.
Other Thoughts: This course lives up to its name - it's a Monster. The length is going to be rough on most players, especially if played in conjunction with the "Original" course. What makes this course a true Monster is the unforgiving rough, and if you don't have the greatest aim, plan to spend some time looking for discs. This course eats them!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
a slightly longer review than the last few.
Aesthetic-- plays through a portion of a large metro park, shares land with walking/riding trails.
Teepads-- all the same length (thankfully) and in good repair.
Teesigns-- as with the original course, these are adequate. nice to have teesigns at both tees along with the "pro" pin placement teesigns.
Mach III baskets-- nice, in good repair. could certainly add reflective tape to increase visibility.
extra added features-- having dual tees is pretty bitchin (in and of itself) but having dual pins on some holes is pretty sweet. I will say though, that the "pro" pin placements SUCKED. always at the end of a narrow "hallway" requiring a park job on the "shorter" pin in order to make par on the "pro." this could certainly have been done FAR better.
Pin placement-- specifically on a group of the lettered holes is PHENOMENAL. there are some killer pin placements under trees or over ridges that make this place special
challenge-- hole A has to be one of the most challenging straight ahead holes ever. depending on the tee you select, either you throw out of a very low, tight tunnel and into a grove of trees or you throw from the front of the tunnel to the grove of trees with the basket at the end of a small tunnel (again), intimidating to say the least!
Routing and navigation-- there are some places here that I had no idea where the next tee was and would have been completely lost with out our guides. the lettered holes are NOT marked as they are on the Original course with a 18/24 hole sign. You cross roads and paved trails several times during your round, be careful.
hole 14--14 is just such a monster. it seems so out of place and awkward on this course... with the max length on EVERY other long tee being sub 500' and then the long is >1000' and the short is >600' it just doesn't fit this course.
Repetition-- very much like the original course, there is a good bit of repetition with the field holes. the short holes at the beginning of the course were nice to "warm up" to the course though.
Other Thoughts: i liked this course and it had some very unique features but there were certainly some limitations to this course.
I really enjoyed the Original course better than this course but with some of the additional "special" consideration items, I rated them the same.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of challenging holes, but it also comes with a lot of chances to deuce. Some of the fairways can be pretty tight but it you go off of the fairway it isn't a terrible shot. You can still get a pretty good up shot. There is also a pretty cool long hole (#14).
Cons: Hole #11 doesn't have a very clear line, there are two large trees on either side that make it impossible to throw around them. Also the basket is off to the left, usually I end up throwing a roller just to get it down the fairway. The extras on this course could also use a little cleaning up.
Other Thoughts: This course for the most part is flat, however there are "some" hills.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Very nice course
Pros: Cement tee pads
Some fun LONG holes
Nice bathrooms along the course
Cons: Some long walks to a few holes
Thats about it, if you want to count the park fee as a con like I mentioned in my other review of the Original course I guess you could.
Other Thoughts: I liked this course but found the Original more to my liking, I'm sure thats just personal preference. Both courses are worth making the hour drive a friend and I made to play them
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Another big park
Pros: Well trimmed and very well maintained course, but there was very thick underbrush if you got off the fairway.
Nice variety of challenging shots
Cons: It was a little confusing to find some of the holes. Had to use the map on the scorecard to figure it out.
Other Thoughts: Great park all the way around
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging and rough
Pros: The course plays through a hilly wooded area with thick brush. A few holes play out in more open areas, offering some distance and often some wind to contend with. Most of the holes play through woods with thick enough rough to make you really pay for missing your line. There is a nice variety of left and right turning holes, you'll need to hit a bunch of different lines to score well here.
There's a good mix of hole lengths, from ace runs to some long tricky holes including one over 1000' where you really have to plan your landing zones to stay out of trouble. Dual tees add even more variety, they change the length on the holes, and many of the longs offer an additional pinch point or a trickier line off the tee. The tees are nice large concrete pads, with basic signage at both sets of tees. A handful of holes have dual baskets, the longs are often tucked back into protected spots that add some nice additional challenge. The park office has discs and snacks for sale.
Cons: WIth some long blind holes and nasty rough, lost discs (and lost blood) are a real hazard here, spotters go a long way. The holes out in the open get a little repetitive, and the long grass rough does more to frustrate players rather than add real disc golf challenge in my opinion. There are a few navigation issues, especially where the course crosses the road, nothing major but you might have to spend a little extra time the first time through figuring out the layout.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice complex, with two fun courses and a good mix of different challenges. Beginners will find some tough challenges even from the shorts, the distances are reasonable but the rough might get frustrating. More experienced players will need to bring a full skill set and accurate drives to score well and stay out of trouble. The fee to play is reasonable, and it seems like it goes into course maintenance and improvement. I do find it a little annoying when disc golfers pay for the park and for the course when other park users don't pay additional fees for amenities that are more expensive to maintain and install.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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