5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Terrific signs, maintenance and navigation. The signs are simple but are well-designed and have accurate distances. Also there are many signs along the way, including signs at both teepads and others indicating where the alternate holes are.
Many holes are in meadows with low tree-density (1-5, alternate holes A-F), but nearly all drives have narrow paths to drive through. Few are truly wide-open. Hole 2 is one of the best, a long fairway with a medium sized tree in just the right (or wrong) location. Some unusual, sawed-off large tree trunks placed in strategic locations add to the fun (or frustration) and are a unique contribution.
Also has some great wooded holes, especially Holes 7 and 8 which show an Idlewild influence (Hole 8 is a bit like Hole 11).
Class-leading cement tee pads are the best I've seen in Michigan, and are as big as the ones at Lincoln Ridge and Idlewild. Also, there are two for each hole (at well-labelled blue and red tees), a feature found at very few courses (Silver Creek, Oshtemo). There are also quite a few benches on this course.
Easy for players new to the course to play without having to look around for the next hole.
Fairly long and adequately challenging. My rating is slightly conservative, a shade better than other 4.0 courses, but lacking some of the epic quality found at some holes at other courses. 24 holes means two hours of golf.
Cons: A nice but fairly unremarkable piece of land compared with, for example, Beast or Leviathan.
A heavily used park with nearby walking trails, so seclusion isn't a strong point. However, we did see a couple of deer on the back nine.
Other Thoughts: So many details are done right here that there is little room for improvement. However, that still makes it one the best courses around.
Pay-to-play ($5 to get in, $2 disc golf fee). Annual fee $50.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
A Great Course
Pros: -Upkeep. Very well groomed.
-Challenge. Extremely challenging holes out here.
-Tee Pads. Nice, huge cement tee pads.
-Signs. Nice signs with layout and distance on both tee pads.
Cons: Baskets. Mach 3's aren't my favorite.
Other Thoughts: A very good course for everyone. Highly recommended.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A Day Of Discing
Pros: Lovely fairways and beautiful scenery! Challenging holes from dog legs left and right, up and down hills, and tight precise shots with fantastic basket placement. Most of the rough is matted down enough to be able to find a disc that didnt fade to far which is always nice.You can really spend the entire day at the place. After 6 hours of discing I still wanted more...
When you start getting deeper into the holes you feel almost lost in nature, theres so much space its hard to catch up to other players. If you want a challenge this is a great course
Cons: I feel that my first time there it can be difficult to judge where some of the baskets can be, so running up a few hundred feet to see the basket then back to the tee pad can get tiring... The map is somewhat vague and hard to tell if there are two baskets.... this i beleive is on the monster course but when you take a drive and see the basket sometimes you dont see the pro basket... can be a bit of a pain
If you do go deeper into the rough theres so many thorn bushes and vines, poison ivy and prickly trees... discs can be tough to get to or find in the deeper stuff...
If you like long walks and hills....you probably wont want to play here
Other Thoughts: What a great course! had a great time that day playing the moster and original
Recommend this course for sure
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Lincoln Ridge North
Pros: The Original course at Hudson Mills Metropark is a a challenging and diverse layout. There were open holes and wooded holes. There were holes with options off the tee, and there were holes forcing a certain throw by design. The baskets and tees were in average condition. Signs were informative and in good condition. They kind of reminded me of the signs at Baker Farm near Rochester, NY: a carved wooden sign. Elevation was used as often as it could be. The best thing about the Original course was that it never got boring. When you have 24 holes, redundancy could pose a problem, but for this course, it really does not come into effect. A big plus was a warm-up hole! A warm-up basket is important in my book, but I had never seen a warm-up hole before.
Cons: I really can't think of any major cons. I would have liked to see a few more benches, but that is just being picky.
Other Thoughts: My friends and I played this course as we toured through Michigan in late June. I would rank this course as the second-best course we played on the trip. I had a difficult time reviewing this course because I really didn't have any cons. This really bothered me. It is an excellent course and is just on the cusp of being 5 in my opinion.
My feelings of this course are probably heavily influenced by my level of skill. I don't play tourneys, but I usually play weekly. I usually shoot between 2 and 6 over par at my local course which is a fairly challenging course. This course allowed a player of my caliber a lot of risk/reward opportunities. There were definitely birdies to be had, but an errant toss was punished. I enjoyed this course more than the Monster, but that is also probably based on my skill level. If you're going to pay the entry fee, you might as well play both courses...you won't be disappointed. I don't mind paying as long as I can see the benefits in the course. This is evident at Hudson Mills. I also liked that the staff actually patrolled the courses in golf carts to ensure players had bracelets. There is nothing more frustrating than paying a fee to play and watching free-loaders sneak around.
Hudson Mills Metropark is an excellent stop for any disc golfer. As I previously mentioned, if you are paying the fees, go ahead and play both courses. It makes for a long day, but it is worth every minute of it. There was a very friendly caretaker who stopped and talked to us for a while about the course. You could tell he was very proud of it. As my title alludes to, I think the Original course is very similar to Lincoln Ridge Park in Florence Kentucky. They are both well-designed, par-3 dominated courses located in well-maintained parks.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Oh This Is A Sweet Park!
Pros: Hudson Mills is a place with the ability to make you feel proud to call yourself a disc golfer. I paid my money, slapped on my wrist band, and stepped out into an immaculately kept disc golf paradise. It felt very classy, and classy is not a word that is commonly used in the same sentence with disc golf. Unfortunate, but true. I felt like I was a welcome and deserving guest. This place gives the dg'er respect and from the looks of the grounds the players give it back in return. I have never had a guy in a golf cart offer me a cold bevie or a shot of bug spray whilst discing prior to this experience. It felt like I was at a disc golf country club.
The holes were laid out nicely and there seemed to be little if any opportunity for navigational errors. This was one of the smoothest and most intuitive plays I had ever partaken in. The course boasts perfectly sized concrete tee pads offering one pad for long and one pad for short on every hole. There is a fairly decent mixture of open holes and little dips through the woods that make this course a good walk and a good play. Bushes were the dominant form of obstacle apart from the tall grass lining the fairways. There is most definitely possibility for treachery to abound if one is prone to spraying discs hither and yon whilst avoiding fairways! The rough is fairly benign in that there didn't seem to be any plant life that was overtly detrimental to human skin residing within, but it is more than capable of hiding your beloved plastic to be sure. There are ponds at 7 and 12 and 13 that are not at all menacing but more like pieces of disc golf course whimsy. A bridge to throw across at hole 8 is a very nice touch as well. The interchange where a player is given, by way of signage, the option of playing 18 or playing 24 is a nice feature for those wishing to play an abbreviated round. The difficulty level is within reason from the long tees which keeps play lighthearted and enjoyable. The short tees likely allow unbridled fun to occur at every turn. This course is just a great play.
Cons: There are few cons to report at Hudson Mills. However, in all honesty, at times this course seemed like variety was lacking a bit and it was a touch repetitive in spots. It may be a product of the mostly flat terrain. The holes that do offer a different look from the more ordinary holes ultimately make up for this facet. Holing out at 18 will leave you with fond feeling towards Hudson Mills Original. Overall this course is simply rock solid.
Other Thoughts: The feel of this course is just fantastic. A great park with two great courses for 48 holes of disc delight. This is one of the most fun courses I have played in my time here on Earth. The frustration factor is virtually nonexistent. Reasonably clean lines and definite methods of attack are present on each hole and none require the luck factor over skill. This park is a destination for sure. I am excited to return and take my time getting to know it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
What more could you ask for?
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quite the complete disc golf experience with every amenity you could hope for.
Exceptionally well maintained: neatly mowed fairways, fresh wood chips around all the baskets, spacious dual concrete tee pads, nice tee signs with distance and hole layout for both tee pads, practice basket, score cards w/maps and pencils with erasers. The Park Office/Activity Center where you pay is conveniently located near the parking lot between the Original and Monster courses. Inside you'll find a well stocked snack bar (burgers, fries, chicken fingers, pizza, snack foods, drinks) with clean, comfortable tables and chairs and CLEAN bathrooms (indeed a rarity on on most courses I've played). This is the most welcoming place to play disc golf I know of.
24 holes offer good shot variety. Mostly flat, but moderate changes in terrain come into play on a few holes. Nice mix of long and short holes as well as a nice balance between open fairways and wooded holes. Long and straight will set you up quite well on most holes, but a few fairways definitely favor hyzer or annie/FH drive if you hope to reach the basket for birdies. Holes are well thought out, frequently making good use of trees and bushes as obstacles. While there are a few ace runs, there's plenty to challenge just about any golfer. Holes 12 & 13 are short enough to ace, but take you around a pond to help keep you honest.
The long tees here typically require more control and a tighter line than the short tees (again holes 4, 5, and A-F being exceptions) - not always easy to do when you're trying to get additional distance on your drive. Although they don't offer a different look at the basket, saying the long tees only "add distance" is missing the point as the window you have to hit off the long pads is often pretty narrow, opening up a bit wider beyond the short pads.
Quiet, scenic park setting. This is a multi-use park, but the course is pretty isolated from other park activities.
48 holes (including The Monster) accomodates a lot of golfers, so there's hardly ever any waiting here - nice to be able to play at your own pace.
Cons: Not a lot to knock here, but these are the facts:
Straying off the fairways can cause more grief here than other area courses. Thick, 2-3 ft high grass off the open fairways is excellent at hiding discs, even bright colors and white. Can't imagine searching for fly-died drivers in those amber waves. Trees and brush off some of the other holes can cost you a stroke or a disc as well.
Holes 4 & 5, as well as supplemental holes A-F, can get monotonous.
A couple of baskets are mounted a bit low, causing an awkward adjustment for some.
Navigation can be a bit tricky in a few spots for first timers, even with the scorecard map.
More and greater elevation changes would add some dimesion to the course (admittedly, not much they could do about that).
Never seen one on the course, but the park does warn that the only poisonus snake in Michigan lives here: the Massasauga rattlesnake, ranging from 18"-30" in length. Spends summer in drier areas, it prefers the wetlands the remaining part of the year. Just thought you should know...
Other Thoughts: Without doubt, Hudson Mills is one of southeast Michigan's premier disc golfing experiences, and is more accommodating to DG'ers than any place I've been to. How about Disc Golf Appreciation Day (6/26/11), with events and prizes just for DG'ers?
This is a large, challenging course that penalizes you for going off the fairway (but not too severly on many holes). Even if you only play 18, there are no quick rounds here, so take your time and make a day of it. Enjoy the course and the scenery, come back to the Activity Center to grab a bite and recharge... then get ready for big brother - it's called The Monster for a reason.
Worth way more than the $2/day they charge to play here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: I loved the challenging, wooded holes and absolutely fell in love with the open holes! This course is so well-maintained and scenic that I'd even go back just to jog it and enjoy myself. Also, the employees are nice and even stopped to help my buddy find his disc.
Cons: I can see paying either $5 to get into the park or $2 to play, but both? Really?
Other Thoughts: The fairways can make for some pretty interesting lies off the tee. You think your disc is in the woods, but find it lying in the fairway.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Top ten course
Pros: HM Regular has just about everything a course needs. 24 holes, with two tee pads/hole makes for a wide variety of shots. Concrete, even tee pads, excellent signs and directions. Clean rest rooms and vending machines.
#1 is pretty tough from the back tee. I find getting a good score on the Reg requires a 3 to start, not always easy on the first, a dogleg left with a long straight finish. #2 is straight with some "bunker" trees around the basket. #3 (from the back) is an evil downhill to the right, with the basket on a sharply angled hill.
Then the course get's out into some open throws, including A-F holes. These can get a little boring, but it is also nice to be out of the woods for a while, as you will get your fill of that soon.
6-8 are tight, with mild elevation, 9 is an overgown sharp right turn. 10 is long and tight through brush and some cedars. 11 is a great right leaner, with a small hill , perfect for a roller. Careful, though, it is a blind hole. 12 and 13 are short, dangerous holes due to the swamp. Both are rare ace opportunities on this course, so go for it, with an expendable disc. 14-16 are long, tight holes through brush and small trees. 17 is insidious, who the heck puts a "tree" (post) right in front of the tee pad (other than at Idlewild?). 18 is a beautiful finish to a long walk, 400+ gentle left, keep to the right if you go off the fairway or you will have a trouble shot. Be careful of folks coming up #1.
Cons: Very few.
Other Thoughts: $2 is not too much to pay for this course. The staff keeps it in good condition.
The courses in this area make it a disc golf destination, IMHO. 48 holes with multiple te pads/baskets at Hudson Mills, Black Locust at Kensington, Rolling Hills and now Independence Lake ($9/day for non-residents is SHAMEFUL!), Hines Park, Jackson Comm College, DNR course in Grass Lake and many other small courses make this a wonderful place to come throw plastic. There are 200+ holes to be played within 45 minutes of Ann Arbor. Hudson Mills is right at the top.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Well maintained, offers a varity of challenges, The extra holes offer yet more varity. the holes are well marked and there are pleanty of woodchips under the pins.
Cons: Can be very crowded on weekends. The 2 dollars the play is a little bit of a bummer since you have to pay to get into the park. Can be very buggy
Other Thoughts: Truly one of my favorite courses.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A fantastic course. First off there is a practice hole/basket and a big wide open field to get warmed up at. The first half of the course is pretty straight, long and open. It gives you a chance to get warmed up/tuned in for the back half which is tighter, still long though. Wind can be a factor on many holes. Dual tee pads.
Pay to play is in effect here. $2 definetely worth it. I roll with the $50 seasonal pass.
There are rarely crowds of people here. I guess it's because it's away from the city?
Very clean atmosphere, well landscaped. benches and garbage cans galore. Pretty good chance of seeing some wildlife too.
Cons: Maybe the snakes. That's just being picky though. You rarely see them. I wish the DGLO would be a more popular tourney for the pros to come and play again.
Other Thoughts: Probably the most professional, best maintained course I've ever seen/played. Great people all around.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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