1 Helpful / 0 Not
Not the best...
Pros: The elevated tees make you have to think about your drive shots. Beyond that, the course is fairly short. The river that bisects the course makes forehand shots challenging. It is in a neighborhood setting.
Cons: I played this course after a heavy storm which was a mistake. The course was not completely flooded but there were many holes that were 30% covered in water. My problem was navigating the course. It's almost impossible to find your way around. Many of the teeboxes HAD markers which have been torn down by vandals. But, overall the layout doesn't flow well. I'll have to find a map or make one on Google Maps for next time.
I had a hard time finding somewhere to park. There is no lot and the street is too narrow to park on. If I know Redford cops, they will ticket for just about anything.
Other Thoughts: I joined up with another player who navigated me around. Without him, I probably would have left very disappointed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
lo lo lo lo lo laaaaaa
Pros: Lola Valley lies in the middle of a nice neighborhood and has some nice big trees sprinkled throughout the lush fairways. A river runs dead centre through the course, dividing it into two halves. Shots are challenging without being daunting, and a lot of fun can be had here.
Cons: After any amount of rain, flooding is a possibility, since it is, after all, a valley. I also played in the fall so the facking geese were out and there was a lot of poop underfoot. The river ate two discs, so be careful, as tee-offs on a hill can be deceiving.
Other Thoughts: A nice little nine-hole nestled in Redford. Still a longer round with the maneuvering over and around the river. Some locals tried to help me fish out a lost disc from the river to no avail. I would recommend if you are in or from the area.
Basket #4 was missing, which is a shame because it's a beautiful bomb off one of the few concrete tees on the course... They moved the pin on #9, making it a bomb and a heck of a way to end the round! No sign so I'm unsure on the distance but I would say at least 700-800 feet. Still a pain to walk all the way back around the river to get to your car. Someone put a bridge up please!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Challenging & Rewarding
Pros: The course makes you think, plain and simple. Has a good mix of short & long holes with interesting hole layouts.
Cons: Only 9 holes, occasional course damage with lack of keep-up. Missing some tee signs. Only a par 3 course. It will flood in heavy rain
Other Thoughts: There needs to be a club for this park & possibly an alternate tee pad layout for all 9 holes. making it a full 18
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Toss @ The Valley
Pros: There is a variety of throws at this park.
Distance and pin placement was well thought out for the space available.
Water and trees come into play.
Cons: DO NOT PLAY HERE AFTER IT RAINS. Almost the whole park becomes one big water hazard.
Other Thoughts: If you have the time there are better courses but you have a good time at Lola.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Hole Variety/Course Layout--
Most holes are well over 300 ft. with decent elevation. The river comes into play on just about every hole, and the course uses good pin placement with the river to make you doublethink your throws. Also, scattered mature trees play as obstacles but they dont alter your drives too much.
This isnt the easiest course to navigate, some holes dont have tee signs and theres nothing inbetween each hole telling you where to go. There are no maps at the course or online. When I went nobody else was playing and I ended up not finding holes 1 or 9.
Could be better, there was some vandalism to the signs. 8 more concrete tee pads and a few "next hole" signs would do alot for this course. The baskets were in good shape though.
--During mud/wet season this course has ALOT of standing water, and is a little muddy in spots.
Its a nice city park in a valley, with the Upper River Rouge running through it. Not much else going on in Lola Valley besides disc golf.
--The course design they have here is really good, its a few navigation & maintenance improvements away from being a really nice course.
--If you throw your disc in the river theres about a 50% chance you'll be able to see it on the bottom. The river is deep in spots but it has sand bars that are no more than 2 ft. deep. I saw 3 discs in plain sight on the sand bars in the river, people must have been scared to jump in and get them, but I got me 3 new discs!
--A dry summer day would be a better time to play than early spring.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Most holes have elevated tees,usually not very busy,challenging for a 9 hole course,river in play on every hole,mowed fairways most of the time,Discraft baskets,hard to loose disc if you can keep out of the river
Cons: Floods after rain and fairways stay soggy,9 holes,most signs vandelized and or missing,course can be confusing your first time you have to cross over the bridge several times,hole nine ends on opposite side of river from hole one leaving a long walk back to your car,
Other Thoughts: 1st tee is at the corner of Ponoma and Lennane approx 1/2 north of 5 Mile,hole 2 basket is across the river
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Stay High Stay Dry
Pros: This course has challenging throws from almost every tee, where water comes into play. It is set in a quiet neighborhood along slow rolling hills with the rouge river running through it. The course is well maintained and mowed in the summer. No trash or debris around to clutter up the course. Low traffic, low bugs
Cons: Natural tee pads, but it makes for a little bit different game. Missing signs on hole 1,5,8. Course also floods about 2 feet or so all the way across after a hard rain. No benches or garbage cans so plan to pack your trash. Maybe hard to navigate first time around.
Other Thoughts: A great course to play a night time round. No hassle from cops of people in neighborhood. One time some really young kids were selling discs that they pulled out of the creek. Don't jump in the creek its super muddy an extremely toxic!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
hope it doesnt roll into the creek!
Pros: quiet course with open, straight shots. little brush.
Cons: sometimes flooded. all holes have 2-4ft deep creek water hazard. tall grasses sometimes hide a disc.
Other Thoughts: some human obstacles. ran into a guy hitting golf balls once. 1st tee was missing the sign last time i played.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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