Deep Woods Disc Golf
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Stop to rest and take in the view at Bayshore Park in the small town of Grand Marais and you will see a large painted sign reading "Disc Golf 4.9 miles". Drive out of town in the direction of the sign, down a two-track the last half mile or so. When you see the course kiosk, pull off the two-track and park.
This course is well off the beaten path. You won't see or hear anyone except perhaps a couple of other disc golfers. The aesthetic is beautiful. The course plays through coniferous forest (the Superior Pines name is appropriate) with berry bushes in the rough on many of the holes. The place has a wild, untamed feel to it making it a very pleasant spot to play a round. The foliage is thin enough however that you aren't likely to lose a disc here.
Despite being in the middle of the woods, the course was in good shape when I played. All 18 baskets were in fine condition. The tee signs were painted green wooden posts with distance and flight path routered in - sufficiently informative and fit the aesthetic of the course.
Hole design/pin location is good here. There is pretty good variation in hole lengths (from 183' up to 459') and a good variety of left, right, and straight throws required.
Cons: Dirt tee pads.
Course map wasn't posted on the kiosk when I played. The navigation wasn't bad (painted white arrows pointed to next tee when needed) but if you are a map person like me, download it before going out (cell service at course is spotty at best).
No practice basket, and long walk back to car after #18. Could use a couple more of the white arrows at the end to reassure players that they are still heading back towards their cars.
There isn't much elevation or flora change so the holes away from the river started to feel similar after a while.
Other Thoughts: The holes near the river are memorable. Of those holes, the water really actually only comes into play on #8. On this hole, looking from the tee the river comes in from your right side and curls around back to the right. The bank down to the river is very steep - it would be a challenge to get down the bank to retrieve a disc. However, it's only maybe 200' to clear the river entirely and smaller arms can easily lay up off to the left side to avoid it. Just a very pretty hole with the rust colored river curling through the forest. This is probably my signature hole on the course.
#17 and #18 are also nice holes that play near the river. There is a fairly long walk between #16 and #17 but there is a nice bench in the middle where you can sit and admire the river.
I would stop short of calling this course a destination in itself, but it makes for a very pleasant round. With concrete tee pads and a little more use of the river this course would be even better, but there is something to be said for the deep woods aesthetic and keeping it as is. If you are visiting the Pictured Rocks area, this course is definitely worth a play! We drove out from Munising and hit some points of interest on the Grand Marais side of Pictured Rocks, played the course, grabbed some lunch in the town, then wandered through Seney National Wildlife Refuge before heading back to Munising. Overall it made for a very pleasant day.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Out of the way gem
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Numerous fun and challenging shots. Great use of trees for shot shaping. Numerous great basket placements among tree "pockets". Secluded and peaceful.
Cons: Cement or turf pads and movement of tee signs away from front of tee would move this course to a 4.5 or 5. Current pads are rutted on a few and a couple have pine saplings growing right in front of the tee. As a designer, I would have used the river a bit more on a couple holes.
Other Thoughts: I can't emphasize enough how fun this course is. I didn't score very well, but only because I didn't hit lines on a few holes.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Course/Remote Area
Pros: Great Course layout. Very Scenic. Quiet.
Cons: Poor marking/identification. No signage on the main road, very poor signage on the secondary trail/road leading to the course.
Other Thoughts: Would prefer better markings. Took us the better part of 45 minutes to actually find the course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Worth the trip
Pros: Thoughtful layout, signage is good. Easy to navigate once you get started. Some of the baskets are really well placed. Challenging distance on a few.
Cons: remote location.
Other Thoughts: Great work by the students and I love the setting, with the river.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pleasant Walk in the Woods
Pros: I would agree with almost everything said in prior reviews, beautiful course, cut out of the woods, very rustic and in relatively good shape.
I played this twice through in with some friends who are at a beginner level and it provided good fun for all. The underbrush was a non factor in November, and it played great, rewarding accuracy, but not punishing errant drives too much.
Cons: Lots of similar drives, not the greatest variety.
It's pretty flat.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a good 18 hole course that is also a thoroughly pleasant walk through the woods/along the creek. If you're going to be in the area, bring some plastic along and check it out.
I've only seen it outside of peak summer season, so, without full undergrowth I'd recommend this for beginner and intermediate players.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: What a great little course secluded in the UP! I was up camping this last week and we decided to play this course on our way out and it was the best decision we could have made! The course has a great variety of distance, elevation chance, and variety of shots. It was a beautiful course playing along the Sucker River and was extremely easy to navigate for playing it for our first time.
If you're every up here, I suggest you stop on by and have a quick play!
Cons: The only downside that I have for this course is the teepads are just dirt/sand which can make for a tricky run up, but that is the only thing I can think of.
Other Thoughts: If you play, do make sure you donate a little to the cause up there for the group that has put it together. There is a little donation box on the main sign by tee 1.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
so much better than expected
Aesthetic-- plays through a school forest that borders the very very scenic Sucker River. Not much chance of meeting up with anyone that's not discing unless they are mushroom hunting... or hunting for that matter.
Natural Beauty-- I'm going to add this for a second time. This course is absolutely gorgeous. the walk from 16 to 17 is one of the most picturesque of any that I've seen in DG. they even put a bench in to just be in awe of nature. Absolutely one of the most beautiful courses I've played.
Baskets-- ChainStars, could be more visible in the deep woods but they do the job. they appear almost brand new.
Signage--Tee posts give a distance, a rough line and the number. they do the job. one shows a hideously hard turnover and it's really not that bad. that was the only one that was difficult to follow.
Routing and nav-- reasonable, white arrows lead your way from hole to hole and back to your vehicle.
Uniquness-- hole #8 is awesome throwing over the bank of the Sucker River into thick trees. Placement shot here is essential. there is no huck and hope. you will lose a disc. #17 playing over the ridge and up a small sanddune with thick schule on the right is just awesome. I was in love with these two holes specifically. there are several others that will make you scratch your head as well! also, 18 finishing on the top of an oxbow in the river is just such a perfect finish.
Challenge/Variety-- the challenge here is in the variety. you will need every throw that you have in your bag to do well here. do not bring your weak game. you will need shots to go right, left, over water, straight, down banks, up banks and around tight corners.
Seclusion and serenity-- you literally can be out here and have no one around for miles. this course could be one of the most peaceful rounds you will ever play.
Teepads-- Sand with kick strips. I hope these improve with time. some of the kick strips are pretty high out of the ground and present a tripping hazard.
Overgrown fairways. I understand keeping a course as natural as possible but the ferns in the fairways are a bit excessive at times..
Other Thoughts: This course was a very pleasant surprise and much better than the 2.5 the last guy gave. if you are up here on vacation, pack a fairway driver, mid and putter and hit this course up, seriously!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A Great Place to Get Away
Pros: -Scenic: All 18 holes are heavily wooded, and after hole 8, the Sucker River will bend in and out of most holes, making this course rather scenic and relaxing.
-Secluded: This course is located several miles outside of Grand Marais. After turning down the two track road, a mile and half or so you will find the small parking lot. This gives the course a real 'out of the way' feel where making it relaxing and quiet. During my time on the course, i only ever ran into one group of other players in what i'd consider the peak time of the day (3-6).
-Easy to Navigate: At the end of each hole, there are arrows pointing to the next tee which made the course easy to follow even for it being my first time.
-Challenge: The course is somewhat of a difficult one. The trees and sharp cuts left or right makes the course more appropriate for experienced players who can appreciate a good challenge. Hole 18 offers a very difficult ~450 hard dogleg right along the river. A good score on this course is very rewarding to the player.
Cons: -Lack of Variety: The course had very little which made it stand out. There are only a few holes which stand out in my mind as interesting and unique. One can only experience the same mid range holes that either dog leg left or right before starting to get bored with it.
-Overgrown: Although the bed of ferns adds to the scenic experience, it also makes it very frustrating spending extra time on holes looking for discs after each throw. Most of the time there was no real difference between fairway and not.
-Challenge: I know i put this on the Pros list as well...however i feel that this also detracts from the course as well. The amount of trees and overgrown bushes made this course rather frustrating after a while. I feel as though clearing some more trees would improve the course greatly.
Other Thoughts: All in all this course was fun and the overwhelming quiet is hard to find, but i have no desire to play here again. The combination of the boring hole design and level of foliage that is found on this course greatly detract from its value. I wish the course would've incorporated the river more, that may have made things much more entertaining. However, it's a free course and it sure beats working or going to class!
An added note, a huge Pro for the course came from the blanket of wild blueberry bushes which was can be found on the entire course. If you have a chance, coming in late July or early August will give you a special bonus! :D
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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