Quite decent for our "home" course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Old Farm contains a pleasant variety of holes, from very short to "long" (based on beginner standards), from wide open to densely wooded, from flat to hilly, and from straight to curved. There's a little bit of water to negotiate. I think the variety is by far the best feature of the course and makes a complete round entertaining.
Cons: Not terribly difficult, and probably not hugely interesting to accomplished disc golfers. A number of the holes lie near each other in opposite directions, so there are plenty of opportunities to land a throw in the way of golfers on other holes. After a decent rain some of the holes can be quite muddy. A couple of tee pads are old and too small for a decent run up.
Other Thoughts: This is our "home" course and we've played it many times. As none of us are huge throwers and it's nearby, Old Farm is ideal for a casual outing. My middle school son with a decent forehand has birdied many of the holes at one time or another. It's fun to have some holes that I could realistically ace (but we'll see if it ever happens).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun, but cramped and dangerous
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Old Farm Park is a decent sized park tucked into a residential neighborhood in Kentwood (Grand Rapids), MI. There isn't an old farm anywhere in sight, but maybe there was one back in the day.
All 18 holes here have small-ish cement tee pads, a color tee sign showing the flight path and distance, and a yellow band DISCatcher basket. All in good condition.
There is good variety here for the size of course. Some holes are tight and wooded while others are totally open. There isn't a ton of elevation change but the small amount present is well used. A couple of the baskets are placed on sculpted mounds, adding a little bit of additional risk/reward.
This course provides good challenge for beginners/amateurs, without too much risk of losing discs. If you play in the summer, the only water holes are #15 and #17 (near a pond). At wetter times of year, small creeks/wet lowland areas are also in play on holes 2-6, 8, and 12-14. The only real concern for a lost disc here is the pond though, and it's not difficult to play it safe on both of those holes.
Cons: The biggest issue with this course is safety. Simply put, this course is dangerous. It requires you to have a very watchful eye as well as a willingness to communicate with those on holes around you. The course is very cramped and on almost every hole, a shot that is only mildly errant can find one or more other fairways or tee pads that are close by. For example...the first tee is a wide open throw at a basket just over 200' away. The #2 tee is just under 200' away, tucked to the left of #1 fairway behind a couple trees. A RHBH shot that fades just a little more than you intended can easily find this #2 tee area. Similarly, the #4 tee is slightly behind and to the right of the #1 basket. At less than 250' from the #1 tee, an overthrown drive can easily find this tee as well.
For just one more example, hole #5 is a tight wooded dogleg right. After this hole you walk almost all the way back to the #5 pad, to find the #6 pad. #6 is a tight wooded dogleg left with a basket that is less than 50' behind #5's (so the fairways for #5 and #6 kind of make a square). There is a mando on #6 to force you to avoid interfering with hole #5. Problem is, if you overshoot the mando by 20' you are in #7 fairway. If you overshoot by 40' you are in #8 fairway. On a better course hole #6 would not exist - you would move directly from #5 basket to #7 tee pad. There are several more areas like this where it feels like the designers were just trying to cram holes in to get up to 18.
In addition to the concern with other DG'ers, this is still a multi-use park too. #6 and #7 play close to a pickleball court. Well-travelled walking paths run close to fairways or baskets on about half of the holes. There are a couple of blind throws.
The course is very short. There are six holes under 200', and only three holes are over 300'. The three 300'+ holes are all wide open with no obstacles between the tee and basket.
No kiosk or course map. To be fair, this isn't really needed since everything is so crammed together. But having a map posted is never a bad thing.
Animal droppings, especially near the pond.
Other Thoughts: I know everyone likes 18 hole courses, but this park might honestly be better as a 9 hole. It has good variety in terrain for being in an urban area, and I can see how some challenging and interesting longer holes could be carved out. For example, combining holes #1 and #2 would result in a 375'ish hole that plays straight up an open fairway at first (current #1), then kinks left and continues down a tightening approach and over the creek to a wooded green (#2).
I have played this course four times now. For the 2nd-4th visits, I tried to come play at times when I thought the course would not be busy (like on a weekday afternoon before 9-5ers get out of work). Unfortunately on each occasion a bunch of other people had the same idea so my experience has been the same: Lots of time waiting on tee pads for other groups to not only clear the current hole but also tee off on the next hole to get out of firing range. Lots of errant discs flying nearby and landing on my hole's fairway (and to be fair, I've thrown some off-target shots too). Lots of time waiting for walkers on the paths.
It's easy to see why this course is popular. It has decent variety and challenge for beginners/amateurs, and is located close to a large population base. If I could have this park to myself for an hour and play the course without safety issues, it's a solid 3.0. But as it stands now I have to knock my rating down a full disc to a 2.0, and it feels like there should really only be 1.0 discs flying at a time on this course.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The wooded holes are fun and challenging.
Holes well marked and have nice maps on each tee
Cons: Not enough long holes. Only need my driver the whole round maybe 3 or 4 holes.
Lots of grass and grafitti.
Can often get overcrowded.
There are some boring holes with no obstacles or challenge.
Other Thoughts: Its a nice short course, that if not too crowded that could play multiple rounds in one visit
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Total Recreational Course But It's A Fun Throw!
Pros: Old Farm Park is nice enough little city park. It has a few things going for it such as basketball courts, a nice little lake, picnic areas, tennis courts, wide open spaces and presenting the star attraction of the park, four brand new pickleball courts. They're awesome!
The disc golf course has a nice flow to it with the # 18 basket just a few feet from # 1's tee pad. The course is just a nice recreational course. Today, on a Sunday afternoon, there was quite a crowd here, and almost all of them had one thing in common, they were rec players whose longest drive was about 200' and they weren't sure where it was going, although usually a shady hyser to it. This is a perfect course for the clientele playing here today.
The course has decent concrete pads. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow band and numbers. The tee signs are the same wooden ones that the Jaycee Park course has. They are a large wooden pole with a round piece on top telling you the hole number. Each pole had many signatures of those Aceing the holes. I'll cut them a little slack as an Ace on any hole is a major accomplishment for these guys. Another reviewer had commented that there was disgusting vulgar images written on some poles. I'm sorry I missed those as I'm totally into disgusting vulgar, bathroom images!
The course has a nice variety of wooded versus open holes and little short Ace runs versus long boring open field shots. I preferred the short, wooded Ace runs, no matter how short they are. Holes 3 through 6 definitely fit into the short Ace run category. They range from 99 to 176'. Two other holes are just short of 200' and ten others play between 200 and 300 feet. Only 9 and 10 stretch beyond 300'.
There are some little lines to try and hit in some of the wooded holes and trees to avoid. # 13 has a wet area behind and left of the basket. You would really to avoid it during any wet times. # 15 is cool, little downhill Ace toss of 200' but the pond is on the left side and apparently gobbles up many discs. Some dude was in the pond today with waders hunting for sunken discs or maybe sunken treasure boats. He did have a couple of discs in his hand but no treasure.
Cons: Once you accept this course for what it is, it has very few flaws.
The throws throws across the field (9-10-11) were wide open but probably provide players the op to work on their distance.
The preferred route on hole 12 would be throwing right up the walking path. Make sure it's free of pedestrians.
A pet peeve of mine and most likely a minor point, some tree pads were poured with the lay of the land, thereby slanting slightly upward or downward. I much prefer level.
Other Thoughts: There must be a market for the used disc business here, what with the aforementioned disc diving guy and another older gentleman who sitting in the shade by the first tee pad selling and trading discs. He was doing a thriving business. I guess all these rec players with the uncontrolled 200' drives are looking for that perfect disc. I can assure them, it's not the disc guys!
This is a solid rec course which fills a niche in the disc golf world. There must be a reason it was getting all this play.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Decent Discatchers. A couple cool basket placements (holes 10 and 18). Some other decent short, technical holes.
Cons: Tees too close to baskets in many spots. Tees without concrete are rutted messes (but concrete coming this Spring).
Other Thoughts: Good beginner course. A couple of the mandos are silly, trying to make up for poor design. Not sure if they weren't allowed, but I would have used the pond more for a couple holes.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: *Great Putting Practice*
Both a pro and con. Most holes are around 200' or less. Great for working accurate mids and placing putters.
*Well Maintained Baskets*
DISCatchers in good shape don't spit TOO many out.
Easy to follow course layout (mainly because it's so small) Begins and ends at parking lot.
Decent variety of wooded, open, water holes, L/R and R/L. Some elevation change, but, not much. This slight variety is a life-saver on such a small plot of land.
True, concrete restrooms with stalls and sinks. Not to be underappreciated!
Cons: *Painfully Short*
Great for putting practice, but, don't expect to drive more than a midrange disc more than twice.
Lots of crude graffiti all over signage and benches.
While they did a great job placing 18 baskets in such a small plot of land (and not having much overlap/risk from other players) it still backs up quickly as you have groups trying to push through a course that totals only around 4000'.
I hate to say it, but, the community is rough. Lots of kids who will try to steal discs or hassles you throughout the round to trade something they found for your premium plastic - Lots of groups of 6-10 who rarely let people play through and respond negatively when asked - Little respect.
Other Thoughts: While they did a good job fitting 18 holes into a small park, it is very, very short. The equipment is well maintained and the dirt pads are decent, but, the people who frequent the park are less than optimal.
My girlfriend loves the short course for practice (playing about 2-3 times a week) but for experienced players it grows boring quick and can be a hassle to grind through.
Lots of fun for competitive putter-only rounds.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
So many better options
Pros: The only merit I see for this course is that it's a good place to bring buddies that are inexperienced or just not very good. I guess I could say that there are a few fun holes but not much else to write home about.
Cons: I find this course to be a total bore. Each hole is either too short, unimaginative, or just sloppy with no real line to the pin. I've also ran into some thuggish characters in the park and in the way non diskers. It would also seem that if you believe the post graffiti there's some amazing diskers that have aced every hole. smh.
Other Thoughts: I truly hate to give the park such a low rating. I'm sure there's people that enjoy its casual lack of difficulty.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Okay for putting practice
Pros: Good variety of open, wooded, water, and hilly holes. Short course great for kids or girlfriends/wives that don't play much.
Cons: Painfully short. Good for moderate players who want to have fun. Better players will find it's like approach/putting practice.
Other Thoughts: Good place for picnics.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
after the wet time
Pros: the change of course was amazing you get every thing here
Cons: it get very low and when there has been alot of rain between 45 its unpassable and very muddy across alot of the course
Other Thoughts: my wife and I are new to the sport and this was the first course we play together we had an awesome time here it was verry beautiful but soggy new shoe needed now :(
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: *I like some of the longer holes. The elevated basket surrounded by boulders on number 10 is especially creative. The 15th along the pond is really well done as well.
Cons: *Ugly and vulgar graffiti on the tee markers. It makes it look like most of the people who use this course are 13 years old.
*Most of the holes on the front nine are too short.
*Most of the holes that go through the woods lack any legitimate line. It's more luck than skill.
*Many of the longer holes simply go back and forth across a relatively flat open field.
*Dirt tee areas are muddy and potentially dangerous due to roots.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course many times, because my mother in law's back yard touches the park. This is the only reason I would have played more than once. This is one of my least favorite courses in the area.
As of March, 2013, the tee sign for number 18 is missing.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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