3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Concrete tee pads were a nice surprise to find at every hole. I throughly enjoyed playing this course because there are a wide variety of fun and interesting holes to play. I threw every single disc that I bag at Myles. None of the holes feel repetitive or at least they are staggered enough to not notice if they are. The death putts can be a real issue but never the end of the world. Myles Kimmerly is a good challenge too. As other reviewers have said with the different height elevations some holes play longer that you'd think.
Cons: The one "con" is that the course has a lot of varied terrain. That doesn't make it bad at all and the course would be a lot less fun if it was on level ground. Throwing from the tee on hole 3 was exciting and holes like that are why I play disc golf.
Other Thoughts: Defiantly one of the must play courses in the Traverse City area.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Plaid flannel shirt optional
Pros: Solid course in multi-use county park. Rolling terrain and woods make for an interesting and challenging round.
+ Very well wooded with a few fairly open holes (at the beginning and end) to provide a some sort of balance between wooded / open holes.
+ Rolling terrain comes into play in one way or another pretty much every hole except for maybe 2 or 3 of them - keeps thing interesting. Several baskets where roll-aways can add strokes... think before you putt or approach.
+ Some holes feel a bit longer than posted because of the woods, the elevation, or both.
+ Most fairways are pretty well defined with many holes forcing a specific line, but some offer a few different routes and you need to make a decision.
+ While most of the fairways are pretty tight, there's enough room to hit all the shots. That said, bad kicks off a tree or a shots that get away from you could leave you with tough recoveries which can pile up strokes.
+ Reasonable (but not great) mix of fairway shapes
+ Some well-guarded and nicely tucked pins.
Equipment: Baskets in good condition. Tee signs are pretty good too (don't recall if any were missing).
Course and park were nicely groomed and well-maintained. Don't recall seeing much garbage on the course.
Routing/Nav: Except for getting from 3 to 4, it was pretty easy to follow for the most part. I wouldn't say the map's necessary, but it helped us out a few times. The one crappy part was getting from 3 to 4....
Aesthetics: Nice enough - starts out on rolling green hills before taking you for a nice stroll up and down through the woods... quite hilly, but not particularly strenuous. I bet this place is bursting with color in the fall (probably also a nightmare finding discs).
Memorable holes: #18 feels particularly nice after a dozen or so holes worth of playing lumberjack. I also enjoyed throwing an open shot from the elevated tee down to the guarded pin tucked back in the trees on #3.
+ bathrooms on the way to 1st tee
+ scorecard w/map (the online aerial map is much better)
+ Isolation: feels away from it all once you get into the middle holes in the woods
Tees - too short and not in good condition. Fixing these would be the biggest improvement IMO.
#5 is lousy filler hole - way too easy to card a 3, very difficult to get a 2... results in hardly any scoring separation. Basically requires you to shoot beyond the pin on a hard fade to the right and back toward the tee to run at the basket. Could easily be fixed by moving the pin farther down and tucking it into the woods off the clearing that comprises the fairway.
Could use a few L & R turns and few less straight
Walk from 3 to 4 is confusing.
Chainstars catch great but are very hard to spot in the woods - flags would really help visibility plus tell you what the wind is doing at that end of the fairway.
The walk from 3 to 4 is longer than it looks on the map (just follow the path leading from 3's basket into the woods until you get to the 4's tee). Somehow, we thought we made a mistake and backtracked a bit.
Other Thoughts: Myles Kimmerly should appeal to those who favor placement over distance, especially if you prefer a little elevation with your tight & technical. It's fairly well designed and nice place for a quiet round.
Wind is likely come into play, affecting shots on holes 1-3 and 17-18.
On the whole, it's better than most "good" courses I've played, hence the 3.5, but not by ton. Better tees and reworking #5 would certainly be improvements, but even with those, I personally didn't find the discplay interesting enough to rate what I'd call excellent. That would require a few more holes where you could appreciate a full flight and a bit more variety in terms of distances and fairway types.
MK's biggest "problem" may be that Hickory Hills and Carly's Playground are so spectacular that it feels kind of plain in comparison, but it's solid enough to stand as a very good course on it's own merrit, and is certainly a nice addition to the area, even if it doesn't have the wow factor the others do.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Slip n' Slidin' But Still FUN!!!
Pros: - Myles Kimmerly has a fine balance of hole type/style, a beautiful location, and solid design. The course begins and ends on (more or less) open rolling hills. A few scattered trees and the edge of the woods come into play in places. The meat of the course runs through a thick stand of forest covering the hills. Many of the wooded holes are short and technical, but a few are longer. Tight fairways mean that getting into trouble is inevitable, and the rough areas in the woods can be downright punishing.
- Above average "balance" of hole styles. Open, wooded, up, down, left, right, long, short...Kimmerly wants to test every shot in your bag.
- Great risk/reward. Punishing areas make players think twice about being aggressive, and several holes have excellent rollaway potential with optimal pin placements.
- Great use of the moderate elevation. Every hole has at least some small wrinkle, although many play up, down, or alongside the more major rolling terrain.
- Other than the tees (see below) all the amenities were decent, although the signage on some holes seemed grossly incorrect, even taking into account the elevation. Bathrooms on site by parking lot.
Cons: - The rubber tee mats are terrible. All were fairly short and non-grippy. Some were uneven or had the back sticking up, presenting a real tripping hazard. With the sandy soil adding to the slipperiness, these tees are fairly dangerous (out of my crew, one person tripped over the lip of a mat that was sticking up while another went down hard after his plant foot slipped out from under him on the sandy pad).
- A few of the shorter wooded holes might get a bit repetitive with repeated play (once one gets the lines "dialed in," so to speak).
Other Thoughts: - Myles Kimmerly's secluded wooded holes are gorgeous.
- My main knock against this course is the tee pads, which is a shame because other than that, Myles Kimmerly has it "going on." As a player with a short run-up and sure footing, I can usually over-look bad tees, but these had even me nervous.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a hilly park, with both open and heavily wooded areas. Looked like disc golf is well separated from everything else here, though it seemed like a lot could be happening elsewhere.
- The opening and ending holes are in more open areas, which still border the forest and have larger trees as hazards on the fairway. These also have good elevation changes, with some elevated teepads, undulating fairways, and an uphill blind RHBH hyzer. With some serious distance, protected baskets, and sloped greens, these holes are tough.
- Remainder of the course is set in a dense forest, with plenty of rough and interesting lines. Vast majority are straight shots of varying length and difficulty, though there are some obvious hyzers and anhyzers too. Always a mix of trees and sloped areas to add challenge, including some nasty rollaway greens and tough basket placements.
- Good variety in hole length, with some over 300' in the woods as well. A lot of shorter shots as well, but they demand accuracy to make up for it. Nasty rough in spots can make some shorter holes a nightmare.
- Great signage, good baskets, navigation is pretty straightforward.
Cons: - Most of the wooded areas here are very similar, with a lot of dead ahead throws needed. It is not easy by any means, but it can feel a little repetitive after a while. More advanced players may be able to breeze through without much thought.
- Average hole length is around 280', and some very long open holes mean there are some very short wooded holes. With four under 206', and four more under 261', a lot of holes are tough approach shots.
- Teepads are a nuisance, with many being small and others out of shape.
Other Thoughts: - This is an interesting course in that the open holes might present more of a challenge than the wooded holes. More "open" holes like #2, #3, and #17 were the most memorable, as well as some tougher ones in the forest, but a lot of others were very similar. Still, a challenge for a casual player, and maybe even some experts.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
oh look, trees..
-aesthetic- it's a pretty course, built as an eagle scout project about 6 years ago. in a leelanau county park, this course screams northern michigan woods!
-Navigation-not a probem, flow was easy to follow, the walk from 3 to 4 was a bit annoying.
-Tee pads-rubber mats, which is normally a BIG negative on a sandy course, we played on a slightly rainy day so they were adequate. One complaint on these was the short pads on a couple of short holes, but there was adequate room behind to run up.
-baskets- great condition, not innova!
-STRONG FINISH!!!--holes 15-18 saved my round and really saved the rating on this course. There is nothing worse than playing a course that has an epic middle and a crappy finsh, the finish here did not disappoint!
-too many aceable holes-too many holes that were under 200 feet, while these ace runs are fun, the risk/reward makes them a little more fun (#15 comes to mind, almost an ace turned into a 3).
-#5- This is a rediculous hole, the hard hard turnover/anhyzer here on a 200 foot hole is a par 5? crazy.
-not as worn as hickory-even discs on the paths were hard to find at times with all the deadfall.
Other Thoughts: Great course, really, but not a destination course by any stretch. I played the same day I played hickory hills (Before HH) and set me up well to play the epic adventure that is HH...
Go play if you're in TC!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
North of average in northern Michigan!
Pros: If the whole course were as nicely laid out as 1, 2, 3, 17 and 18 and had cement tee pads, this course would easily be a 4.5! Most of the course has interesting and challenging changes in elevation. The fairways through the woods on 4-16 are generally open enough and are playable with a little accuracy. Pin placement is definitely above average and with a good drive, can still be fun to approach.
There are restrooms at the beginning of the course as well as a course map and score cards. Definite plus.
Cons: The rubber tee mats, while nicer then dirt, are a negative for the course and get very slippery.
Navigation is mostly easy though, could be better marked.
Some fairways are obstructed and moderately difficult to walk through.
There is trash through a lot of the course.
Other Thoughts: There is a soccer field at the end of 18 that is perfect for practicing drives after a round!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Some terrific semi-open holes at the beginning and end of the course, with nice views of the surrounding hills (1, 2, 3, 17, 18). These holes are uniquely challenging and fun, with steep, short dune-like hills. Hole 3 is a great shot from an elevated tee through a narrow opening down to a tee in pine woods. Some better-than-average forest holes with elevation changes, such as Holes 6, 8, 11 and 15. Holes 17 and 18 allow power throws, welcome after 10-plus forest holes. Super-straight mid range drives will lower scores in the forest holes, with bigger drives helpful in the open holes.
Cons: As mentioned previously, the rubber tees are slippery (almost injured myself on Hole 6), but are a lot better than grass or dirt tees. A couple of clunker holes with no pathways (Holes 9 and 12). No real stunning holes like Hickory Hills #19 or Beast #1, though #3 and #18 are quite nice.
Other Thoughts: Ever wanted to play disc golf in the 'deer woods'? Holes 7 through 16 offer that experience. Course could rival Hickory Hills by utilizing more of the open park areas, which seem to be present in abundance. Cement tee pads would be very helpful as well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -nice tee signs (same as at Hickory Hills)
-well defined tee pads (rubber)
-lots of fun elevation changes
-good layout, flow, and many different types of holes
-good pin placements that provide a challenge, but are still friendly to new players
-a couple really nice blind shots, but make sure to send a spotter on 6 in the middle of the summer because the foliage grows really thick and it can be easy to lose a disc
-very nice course map & scorecards available at the billboard near tee one
Cons: -course can have trash littered around the tees because there are not very many trash cans
-grass can get pretty long in the summer and not much of a fairway is mowed on the open holes (usually just a single or double line to show the general direction toward the pin)
-the rubber pads aren't in great shape and many could use replacement
Other Thoughts: -cement pads would greatly add to the appeal of this course
-no signs to show where the next tees are, but the paths between holes are pretty well worn, so you won't have any trouble following the course
-its a little far outside the TC area to warrant going alone, but definitely worth the trip if you're travelling with friends
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Another Northern Mich. Beauty...
Pros: Nice, compact layout with a long course feel.
Easy to navigate and get around.
Great signs, decent rubber mat tee-pads.
Nice variety of open and closed holes. Not too many tight shots. Good for beginners and advanced players.
Cons: Cement tee-pads are always a plus.
I prefer a few more long shots, but its not that bad.
It got a little busy but not too bad, all in all.
Other Thoughts: A must play if in the Traverse City area. It is a great 18-hole course. Very scenic and very much in line with Hickory Hills. A great compliment to the area.
Use the soccer field (if nobody is playing soccer) as a tie-breaking longest drive into the goal 'hole'.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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