5 Helpful / 0 Not
Such a waste.
Pros: -Very scenic, for the suburbs, creeks and water.
-Speaking of water, it comes into play. A few opportunities to be daring.
-Fairways well mowed.
-Other amenities at the complex.
Cons: -Muddy, slick.
-Hard to find your way around, especially with the large distance between baskets and the next tee. A couple more signs would make a world of difference.
-While Founders Sports Park is well maintained overall, the paths on the course were not well maintained, and it was often difficult to get to the next hole. Especially on hole 9 where the slab of wood used for a bridge was washed out.
-Flow is awful. If you park at the first hole you have a short clear shot on hole 1 with 8 mile, a very busy road, on your left. Definite danger of wild newbie throws heading towards the road. After that basket, there's a several hundred foot walk along the road to the vicinity of the next tee, and little guidance as to where to find the tee set alongside the pond. After Hole 3, signs guides you across a bridge and point you out across the field, the next tees are hidden in the woods on the side of the creek you just crossed. The whole way there's opportunities to get misguided and backtrack. To top it off, hole 9 finishes up a good 1500' from the first tee, just in case you weren't tired enough of the huge gaps between holes.
-Bad tees. They're just boards set in the ground, paint nearly completely peeled away. Footing can be quite insecure. Short tee on 2 pitched severely to the right, making the water even more threatening.
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty property, and could probably fit 12-15 nice holes without interfering with the rest of the Sports Park business, but to set it up in such a way would take more money than they are willing to spend on it. It doesn't take much time here to realize disc golf is not a priority for them. The big team sports on the fields and the ice rinks are the bread and butter of FSP, and disc golf was an afterthought. As it is you get long course walk with short course play, and a feeling of regret that it isn't something more.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Technical and Empty
Pros: -dual tees
-great conditun chainstars
-defined fairways (weather permitting)
-great risk/reward on both the technical and open shots
-plays quickly when played well
-most tee signs are intact and host peg bag holders
-two rewarding water carries
-handful of benches and a grill on the fairway of three
(due to low traffic I'd imagine it easily useable)
Cons: - difficultly can be unforgiving to newer players
- low land leaves standing water that can prevent mowing
Other Thoughts: I great break from the crowds at cass or the openess of Lola, the farm offers a secluded, quick round for the expierenced golfer. Low levels of traffic and a good group of leaugers equal little trash and vandalism.
Hole one is to the left of the skate park. Hole two is by the parking lot west of the skate park, so walk left and follow the wooden fence. The path for whole nine is left of eights basket.
For quicker play of eighteen, play ams and pros for 1-3 at the same time.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
I don't know how to feel about this course...
Pros: - Dual Tees
- Challenging for a 9-hole
Cons: - Ridiculously overgrown plant life
- Heavily wooded is an understatement
- The "bridge" to 9
- Finding 2 after finishing 1 could be confusing for someone without a guide.
- A freak shot on 3 could find it's way onto the baseball diamond.
- Lack of signage on some holes.
Other Thoughts: Played from Pro tees.
Don't overthrow on 8 or you'll find yourself in the stream.
The first three holes are deceiving. I was one under when I reached 4. That's when the tree magnet turned on. Now, I can appreciate obstacles, but there's obstacles and then there's overgrown. This was overgrown. Saplings and thorn bushes were everywhere.
Shooting from the pro tee on 4 is insane. You are literally threading the needle. Your throw has to be perfect because of all the plant life that has found its way onto the fairway.
Hole 9 was a mess. I have never had to climb over so many fallen trees before.
This course has some great potential. It just needs a little bit of landscaping. I'll come back later in the fall when all the plants have died.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice challenging course that is never packed. Variety of shots are required. 2 sets of tee pads equals a fun 18.
Cons: Needs some TLC. Long walk between hole 1 to hole 2 and from hole 9 to hole 1.
Other Thoughts: This course will make you better. Course record is 44 (2013) playing both tees, 39 for Doubles.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tight course with alot of challenges for a "hole in the wall". Awesome water shots on 2 and 8. Not too popular so the course usually doesn't have too many players on it. Great 9 holes for accuracy practice.
Cons: Unkempt, and vandalism are my two biggest cons. Otherwise, the fact that it is surrounded by multiple baseball, softball, and soccer fields in a highly populated area is a downfall in its own. Kids & adults aimlessly walking through the course esp. when teeing off can be very annoying.
Other Thoughts: Just needs to be trimmed, signage fixed, and maybe put in a few warning signs, and this would be a nice "right in your backyard" course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Much needed improvements
Pros: Extremely challenging course where one wouldn't expect to find one. Good variation in holes for only a 9 hole experience. Two shots over ponds and some wooden lines make this enjoyable.
Cons: Very random in layout (course and holes). This course was definitely built around everything else that is already there, i.e. skate park, baseball fields, soccer fields, ice arena, etc, so travelling from hole to hole and really ruin the ambiance. One hole is even shoved in by a baseball diamond's backstop. Once you get towards the latter end of the course, it flows a bit better, mostly through woods with the fairways cut out. The first hole is by the skate park and is ridiculously easy. A ten-year-old could par this open shot. Then you have to walk about a quarter-mile to the other side of the complex for hole 2, which is over a very large pond that any amateur would not enjoy playing over. Hole 3 is stuck by the backstop, and then a long trek out into a gravel parking lot where teeball kids were warming up, takes you back in to hole 4 with a damn tight line and a creek to your left will fell your spirit. Low-lying ground causes flooding if it has rained, and upkeep is an issue on parts of the course.
Other Thoughts: A nice addition to an already awesome sporing complex, bur if you are looking for a true disc golf experience, look elsewhere. A for effort, C for execution.
Played this course again over the weekend and what I said above still holds true. I think they should scrap hole #1 and start the whole thing at the bomb over the pond by the baseball fields, then make up the balance back in the woods, where the course gets interesting. There is certainly room for it behind the soccer fields. It would make the course flow so much better!
They have added pro and am concrete tees to every hold, as well as signage everywhere. They moved Hole #2 so you don't have to march all the way to the other part of the park and it flows so much better. Bumping this up to 2.5 stars. A clean, quick practice course to work on your game.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Discraft Baskets! Sun was shinning,
Cons: Very Hard to locate the holes even with a score card that showed the map of the course. No Tee pads to speak of, dirt and not very easily located. Course was not designed with new players in mind. I would only recommend playing some of the holes with a spotter!!! But only if you want to keep your discs.
Other Thoughts: The park is very nice and has alot of potential. There is a new skateboard park located where the original pratice basket was. Fairways are in need of being cleaned up. (trees trimmed and removed. Very little traffic most likely due to condition of the course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Um,I think three holes were playable
Cons: Ok to be fair it rained kinda heavy the night before I played.But still this thing had no planing, no vision. Long walk between holes.There is two water holes that don't seem to be worth playing.It was muddy,only in the parts that aren't under water. The narrow trail leading to a creek, that has no bridge was nice. I could go on and on.
Other Thoughts: Go outside your house and throw your disc at a stop sign or something,you will have way more fun and save gas money. But if you skate,they have a killer cement street park, leave the disc's at home and bring a skateboard.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very Challenging 9 hole course with tight fairways and water coming into play on 3 holes. Pro and Am tees can create an extremley challenging 18 hole round if you are up for the challenge. Signs for some hole help to navigate the tight fairways. Very low amount of traffic make for a nice paced round with no waiting between holes. Very private, and tucked away into the woods between the soccer fields and baseball dimonds. Nice post on most hole with pegs to hang your bag to prevent you from having to set them in the mud. I think that that is a great design and should be thought about being used on other courses.
Cons: Can be very tight and easy to lose a disc. Hole 4 has a long drive out of the woods into an clearing in the woods which is usually wet and gets very overgrown grass, impossible to find a disc. It appears to me that it only gets so out of control because it can be so wet and they just can't get a tractor in there to mow it. Can be hard to navigate between some holes if you don't know where you are going. Mesquito seem like they can possibly become a problem as the season goes on. Natural Tee pads with a 2 x 4 marking them are not as nice as cement but i think that it is a great idea for a course with natural tee pads.
Other Thoughts: You can rent discs at the ice arena if you need.
Easy acess to I-275 off of 8 mile.
If you are a first timer to this course I highly reccomend following the link on the information page for this course and printing yourself up a map.
I have faith that this can become an awesome nine hole course with a little TLC and time. If Cass Benton is busy it is worth the short drive to head over and check this course out.
Another review stated that the last hole was missing a basket but that basket has been replaced.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice course. Pro and armature tees. There is plenty of variety. Hole 1 is a nice warm up hole with an upwards elevation. Hole 5 is my favorite on this course.
Cons: The signs have been vandalized. It's too bad some people don't know how to clean up after themselves. When my 10 year old daughter went to pick up her disk, she cut herself on a broken beer bottle. We went in early April and many of the holes were buried in mud.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice short course. We can play it in about 2 hours. We usually skip hole 2 due to the giant water hazard. So far, the times we have went, it hasn't been crowded.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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