Montague, MI 
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Hole #13 Mid-Fairway

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5+    12/15/2012   5/20/2012
Review By: Mark R
Played: 97  Reviewed: 75  Exp: 15.3 Years
This review was updated on 12/15/2012
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Has several moderately-wooded, moderate-length fairways (Holes 12-16). These are a little more open than the more heavily-wooded holes near the beginning of the course, with some smaller-scale Leviathan-like character (particularly the 483' Hole 15), including grassy areas, and tall, sparsely-limbed trees.

Hole 1 may seem a bit out-of-place, but succeeds as a water hole (or more properly, a marsh hole) as well as being different from every other hole on the course. If you happen to hyzer a RHBH drive, you will be walking through muddy lowlands if you decide to go after your shot. A turnover midrange shot perfectly executed, or a low righty forehand with an overstable disc might land you on a small shoreline green, requiring a strange diagonal flight path over the marsh.

Appears to be a free course, and is easy to locate. A nice counterpart to the nearby Whitehall course.
Cons: Holes 2 through 6 have heavily-wooded, tight fairways that are somewhat challenging, but for some of the wrong reasons. Similar to some of the deep nine holes at Whitehall, these are a bit rough and unfinished. In addition, these holes come fairly close to the Northbound lanes of US-31, lending a certain cheapness factor. By Hole 5 it is easy to be bored with this course. However, it improves significantly starting at Hole 7, which is a wooded tunnel hole in the making.

There seems to be quite a few biting flies and other insects, sometimes on the best parts of the course.

There is a Porta-Jon in the parking lot, but no running water or stalls. Bring what you need with you. Forget about finding craft beer at the nearby general store, which was in sad shape the day I was there.
Other Thoughts: Improvements have kept coming in 2012. Course now has benches at almost every hole, and has had some detail work done on some of the fairways. The tee pads are still lacking though, but rumors of cement tees for 2013 have been heard. The current 18 Hole layout is about a 90 minute course, fitting into a multiple-course day with Flip or Whitehall.

The dirt tees aren't rough yet, but will be bad if this course becomes more heavily played. Tees are currently marked by wooded stakes that have seemingly accurate distances posted. There are a few helpful signs that help navigation, including one in the parking lot, which first-timers will find helpful as no baskets are visible from Henderson Road. Just remember to take a right turn rather than follow the foot trail after Hole 1.

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