Indian Lake Is A Scene You Could Make!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The camp is easy to find and the office sits right between hole 1 and 2. # 1 starts 300' feet from the office where all the white mailboxes are located. I don't believe you need to check in unless you're borrowing discs. I was a little disappointed in not finding any Indians or a lake. I did bump into fellow DGCR contributor Chad (Central Scrutinizer) and his friend Dave. Chad guided us through the course although it's wouldn't be difficult to navigate. But we we're able to talk a lot of disc golf history. Passed the time between our mediocre playing?
The course plays around the camp's ground. It's flat and mostly open making it a nice little course for beginners or players like myself (rec types). The tee pads are rubber mats. Some of them are starting to deteriorate. The baskets are Discraft Chainstars. The signs are just small wooden tee posts with the hole #. All the equipment works well for this course.
The course plays as mostly a slightly longer rec course. Most players playing here will be able to use their drivers on most holes. There are a few obstacles you have to avoid such as the soy beans field on # 2 (wouldn't want to get soy beans on your disc, would you?), the street on a couple of holes and clumps of trees on 3, 4, 5 and 6. You also have to negotiate around the forest on # 7. So this is not just a simple, easy little rec course. There are obstacles but they're mostly avoidable.
Cons: I don't come up with much once you accept this course for what is and who it was probably designed for. That is campers, who aren't serious disc golfers and who just want to have an enjoyable outing.
Only 9 holes.
Not a whole lot of challenge.
So you have a fairly vanilla little course here. But if I lived close, I 'd be a regular, just like Chad is.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice little course to play a stress free round of golf on. I followed up by playing Vicksburg Recreation Area where every other putt near the water will surely raise your heart rate. Indian Lake Nazarene Camp didn't seem to have any Indians or a lake but I bet there's a lot Nazarenes running around and there definitely is a camp.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Good place for beginners in SW Michigan
Pros: Fairly wide open, difficult to lose a disc
No one else was there
Holes 5, 6, 7, and 8 had some character
Cons: Several holes are just open and grassy, nothing too challenging.
Other Thoughts: Nice little course. I would start new people in the greater Kalamazoo area on this course as losing a disk is nearly impossible, it is forgiving if your accuracy is off, and none of the holes are insanely long. The first few holes were pretty simple, 5-8 were fairly interesting with a few tight lines created by pine trees.
It's worth a visit if you are local and relatively new to the sport. I'm already planning to take a few people new to the sport here first.
I usually play the Vicksburg Rec Area. I'm glad I wandered the few miles from there to try this place.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Basic Beginner Style
Pros: - I'm not exactly sure what the deal is with Indian Lake Nazarene Camp (ILNC). The property seems like some strange chimera of private neighborhood, trailer park, summer camp, and public park. Smack in the middle is a beginner-level nine-hole disc golf course. The course plays over a mostly open, grassy, lawn-like flat surface with a few small pines scattered about.
- Each tee has a bed of rocks covered with a rubber mat. The mats provide a decent enough surface, but the rocks underneath make things a bit lumpy and uneven. Signs designate each hole number but do not provide any other information.
- A few small pines come into play. Used to decent effect on #'s 4, 5 and 8. Some larger deciduous trees pop up on #3, but are mostly absent from the course.
- # 6's comparative length keeps this from completely being pitch and putt.
Cons: - Flat. Mostly open. Mostly mindless, easy disc golf. Even beginners won't find much challenge or excitement.
- #'s 4 and 5 throw over a road, albeit one that seems to have little traffic.
- Not much in the way of parking by #1's tee. I ended up parking by #2's tee and walked to #1.
- There are many wooden posts placed at intervals in the open space that comprises #'s 1 and 2's fairways. I don't know if these are RV/camper hookups or what, but if anything ever parks by them then you can forget playing the first and last hole of ILNC.
Other Thoughts: - I got a weird vibe from the surrounding area. It seems like a strange area to have a disc golf course, and it definitely puts off a private camp course vibe. I kept expecting someone to come out and yell at me that the course was closed or that I didn't pay or I had to join their cult or something.
- Yeah, unless you're course bagging or into really bland golf just go to Vicksburg Rec instead. Really, just about any of the surrounding area courses beat this.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
a gem of a 9-hole course
Aesthetic- Plays on the shores of Indian Lake (well, close to it, you can see it) on a nazarene camp. I played it in November and had the entire property to myself. I'm expecting that during busy times, it may be an issue to squeeze out a round here.
Pads-- for rubber mats, these are huge and nice.. with a couple little puddles on them after the recent rains, they were super grippy and I never had an issue with footing.
Signage-- nice to have signs here. the routing would be harder if there weren't.
Baskets-- Oh chainstars! nice, newer and grippy!! great condition.
Variety--there's nice variety here. though most of the holes are relatively open, the basket placement is awesome for what they're working with.
Routing- I posted a map. it may make this a little easier. it's a little hinky in places though.
no other real cons other than it's a 9-hole course
Other Thoughts: this is a gem of a course and I think the only 9 hole that I've given 3 discs. Would recommend HIGHLY if you're going to the vicksburg rec area as it's only like 3 miles away!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Friendly ladies greet you in the office. They have a course map if you desire it.
Nice new rubber tee mats and good Chainstar baskets.
Most holes have at least some purpose. The obstacles may be few, but they're well placed.
During off-times (in terms of the campgrounds), you will probably have this place all to yourself. I played it in December and was the only person on the premises other than the staff in the office.
If you're seeking a clean course devoid of drunks and smokers, no alcohol or tobacco is allowed here.
According to the ladies, it's free and available to the public at all times (aside from when activities are planned with large groups of camp children in the summer).
Cons: If you're looking for a course with many obstacles to challenge advanced players, this isn't it.
I imagine there will be conflicts with other campground activities when it's in season.
If you're thirsty for a beer or craving a smoke, they're not allowed here.
Other Thoughts: For what little the designer had to work with, he did a phenomenal job etching 9 holes, 7 of which I deem purposeful for playing Disc Golf. The 2.5 rating can't do it justice because it isn't intended for competition.
It's a nice walk with your Discs, worthy of your time if you're in the area and in need of a quick and carefree round of 9 holes. You'll get to throw your driver, too.
Two of the holes are reachable with a putter. Three of them are reachable with a drive, and four of them are a drive and an approach (for me, at least, a mediocre Am-1 player).
A few holes have young evergreens that will be good Disc Golf obstacles in ten years or so. I imagine the designer had this foresight based on their placement.
A few of the holes also have a small, non-busy cement road that could act as O.B., which adds a welcomed challenge.
This is a religious campground, meaning absolutely no drinking or smoking. PLEASE respect their wishes in this regard!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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