3 Helpful / 0 Not
To Flick or Not to Flick
Pros: - Course sits in a hilly multiuse park where park amenities intermingle with the layout.
- Concrete pads on every hole.
- Innova Discatchers with the infamous yellow chastity belt. All seem to be in decent shape for the most part.
- Every hole has multiple lines so lefties and righties rejoice. Those that like to flick well, you're going to love this place.
- Course is a little on the short side but still manages to have relatively long and short holes.
- Tee signs aren't bad...they show the general layout of the hole but not distance.
Cons: - Concrete pads for the most part are just fine but many of them are way too small.
- Course flow and navigation is bizarre at best. Going to 15 tee for example from #14 basket means walking up the 14 and 15 fairways. I think when they numbered the holes crack was consumed. GET A MAP. Even the locals commented to me how wonky the layout is.
- #5 is waaaaayyy to close to that baseball field. Shorten up the hole or move the tee pad away.
- #18 is a plain old safety hazard - a bad one. Even with the marked mando there is just no reason to have a hole so close to a playground.
- There is a well used walking path that meanders throughout the course and creates some interesting safety hazards - not nearly as bad as #18.
Other Thoughts: This isn't exactly a destination course. Kind of a huckers paradise or a place for a quick 18 - if it isn't crowded. Would really like to have seen the creek that wanders through here utilized some more. Also, this layout needs to be fixed and safety hazards fixed - SOON. It's a fairly short course that most Am3's will be even with par or lower. Lots of deuce runs available here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Good for beginners...
Pros: - Neat basket layout on a couple holes... rocks and landscaped...
- Straight forward...
- Pretty well maintained
Cons: - Too simple for the experienced player.
- Multiple holes less than 120 feet... Seriously?
- can be pretty crowded
Other Thoughts: Course was mediocre, but did have a couple of memorable holes. Back nine was quite nice, but the front nine was various severely short holes.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is not really that busy with players so there is no back up on the course like there are other ones in the same area. Once you get away from the main part of the park where children area is its pretty nice. The holes are challenging, nice distances. Hole 12 is alot of fun, should be a par four rather than three. A couple holes give you the chance to practice long drives as well as bending your discs with A or H throwing styles. I would not recommend this course of beginners.
Park is not taken care of, lots of leaves, twigs, garbage, broken glass all over the place. Be Careful if your wearing sandals. The park has a basketball court that is a common hang out for teenagers, and they like to harass players. Just ignore them.
Other Thoughts: I think the city of Grand Rapids needs to take better care of this park.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - A smallish, bustling, multi-purpose park surrounded by the neighborhood it services, Jaycees has a slightly scruffy, homely atmosphere throughout its 18 holes. The slight elevation changes throughout are used well, as is the smallish creek wending through a few of the holes. Mature oaks form a canopy over the course and provide the main challenge. The network of sidewalks throughout the park forms boundries on many holes, all presenting OB risks. Those not discing down risk incurring plenty of penalty strokes on skips or rolls.
- Decent concrete tees. Short tees are natural and marked by a wooden post painted yellow (as at Old Farm). Nifty wooden signs provide a crude but adequate diagram and (usually) the distance in black sharpie. Some holes have "next tee" signage.
- Many holes offer multiple paths to the pin with varying risk/reward. A wealth of line-shaping exercises allows discers to play to their strengths on most holes. A few mandos force you to take the designer's intended line on a couple of holes.
Cons: - After playing 14, you have to backtrack down the fairway to get to 15's tee. Terrible design and definitely hazardous if busy or backed up.
- Awkward flow in a couple of places, despite some "next tee" signs. The walk from 15 to 16 (I believe) is especially tricky and not marked. Seems odd to have signs from #1 to the easy-to-find #2, and then not have them where needed.
- In several places the course plays alongside nearby houses' backyards, the playground equipment, walking paths, and the basketball courts. This creates a major potential for an errant disc to whack innocent bystanders. As this is a multi-purpose park, exercise caution.
- Although located under a nice canopy of trees, you never really get the feeling of a seculded natural setting.
Other Thoughts: - Jaycee definitely provides fun and a few tricky holes, but isn't going to be challenging more experienced players anytime soon. A lot of holes are putter or mid-range fodder, while only a couple stretch out the distance and require discing up. Definitely not a destination course but a fun place to play at if you're in the area, or as a warm-up to some of the other area courses. Experienced players will have fun collecting birdies while newer players have the opportunity to work on hitting their lines and avoiding the multitude of hazards: sidewalk OB's, the creek, and the many trees.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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