Grand Rapids, MI 
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5+    7/14/2010   3/14/2011
Review By: B1eedB1ue
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Perfect distance for me, I like throwing long, and Riverside lets me open up on a few while still having the challenge of a few trees.
Varied hole types
Water holes (with exception of goose poop peninsula) are just right.
Cons: Goose poop peninsula, skip every time, can't afford to risk losing discs here, and it's covered by bird feces.
Sometimes they go too long without cutting the grass, killing any skip or roll.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth it. Bring more than one disc just in case, but if you choose to play safe you won't lose a disc.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 good course

5+    7/4/2010   10/30/2010
Review By: discdeviant
Played: 111  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 19.5 Years
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Fair layout w/ good mix of shots
4 very challenging water holes
Pretty scenery
Cons: Goose crap is a problem on 1 or two holes
Lost discs happen frequently in water
Other Thoughts: Best course in Grand Rapids. Definitely check it out if you get a chance and enjoy the back nine.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.


5+    9/29/2012   9/12/2010
Review By: rshrevo
Played: 40  Reviewed: 33  Exp: 21.5 Years
This review was updated on 9/29/2012
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: nice large concrete tee pads. course has a lot of long and short holes. easy to navigate course. challenging holes when water is in play.
Cons: goose crap on holes is really bad. some signs missing but tee pads do face the hole. prone to flooding from heavy rain or spring snow melt.
Other Thoughts: Overall i really like this course have played it many times over the years. Its a nice long walk as you walk around the course. plus with the first tee on the other side of the ball field it gives you a chance to warm up and throw some warm up drives as you head to the first tee. a chance to work on some long drives as well as some control shots when you get near the water.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    7/16/2010   7/18/2010
Review By: Jukeshoe
Played: 217  Reviewed: 169  Exp: 8.2 Years
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Located in a well-manicured multi-purpose park. The course forms a ring around a sort of lake created by an off-shoot of the Grand River and is mostly open grass with little to no underbrush. Water figures into play prominently on several holes, giving the opportunity to go over the pond or around it. One basket sits precariously close to the water on a narrow peninsula that juts out into the pond.
-Mature trees dot the park, and the designer did a great job of weaving the holes around them. The trees force you to take one of often several potential lines to the baskets.
-Concrete tees in good shape. Trashcans, portajohns, and benches located throughout course. Fairly straight forward flow without much possibility of getting lost.
-Optional 19th hole allows you the opportunity to skip a water hole if you choose and still get a full round in. Look for the natural tee by the yellow fire hydrant after finishing #18. The optional hole uses #18's basket.
Cons: -Goose shit. Geese congregate near the water and answer nature's call without much regard toward such foreign concepts as "fairway" or "putting circle." The shit is literally caked inches thick on the peninsula hole, pretty much entirely spoiling the fun of playing it as you tip-toe around disgustedly. The fecal matter lay scattered throughout the water holes like a cancer on an otherwise quite fine course.
-A few missing signs.
Other Thoughts: -Located near hole 18 is a bonus nine-hole pole course which apparently pre-dates the main course.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

  Never again!

1    7/1/2010   7/5/2010
Review By: GREG2305
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice layout and park setting
Cons: Too much goose crap !!!!
Other Thoughts: Actually had to clean the crap off my shoes after playing this course.
Peninsula hole should be closed as a potential health hazard from all the goose crap.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.


2-4    6/8/2010   6/8/2010
Review By: brandi8326
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice layout, fun course to play. I would defiantly play it again when it's not so wet. Even though both days we played it rained. But it was still fun.
Cons: Lot of water hazards. WET WET WET. It is right next to the river and when it rains its stay wet for awhile. Lots of goose crap. In fact they had flyer about e coli and the goose crap.
Other Thoughts: i liked the layout of the course, minus the geese crap and on a dry day this course would be pretty great.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 the bog of eternal stench

2-4    5/14/2010   5/14/2010
Review By: apdrvya
Played: 305  Reviewed: 288  Exp: 7.6 Years
This review was updated on 7/30/2010
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Tees--Pads are large, level and concrete. well placed in relation to the target.

Variety--There is some variety but, mostly open shots with some light trees sprinkled in for fun.

Navigation-- Pretty much easy. with the exception of the long walks between 5 & 6 and the bridge between 16 & 17, it's pretty easy to navigate.

Scenery-- Set in a beautiful park on the river. probably the most idyllic setting in GR.

second course-- Riverside (south) is a highly overlooked and underplayed pole course to the south of the main course. I think it's fun and it's a very quick play.
Cons: There is only one multifaceted con: Conditions.
--With the rise and the fall of the Grand River, the course can be bone dry one day and half submerged the next. The lagoon (bog of eternal stench) that the course wraps around is stagnant and doesn't move in a lot of places. The water is super murky and stinks and unless your disc is within a few feet of shore, you're not getting it back.
--Goose poop/salmonella threat-- There is goose poop EVERYWHERE, 14, 15, 16 are generally so caked with poop, most regulars don't play these holes. (I have only seen people playing the peninsula (15) once or twice). There are usually salmonella warnings posted everywhere to disuede you from going in the water or putting your hands in your mouth or eyes.
Other Thoughts: A lot of the tee signs have gone missing in the last month or so, however, the pads directly face the basket on most holes.

It's still a very popular park and currently, the river and bog are at a record low.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful.


1    5/9/2010   5/10/2010
Review By: Mark R
Played: 97  Reviewed: 75  Exp: 15.4 Years
This review was updated on 7/19/2010
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Big cement tees on all 18 holes. Many front nine holes are right-sized (275-425 feet), with enough trees and multiple paths to keep things from getting boring. Easy navigation with the exception of Holes 9 and 10, which require a right turn before the bridge (easy to skip 9 and 10, and end up at 11). Adds several water holes on the back nine that are fun, but are serious disc-loss hazards (lost a disc I'd owned for two years on Hole 16). Hole 15 is a peninsula hole that is a unique challenge, but watch out for goose poop. Free admission.
Cons: Many holes are likely prone to Grand River flooding (Hole 6, 13, 15, 16). A few others in the area not playing golf can get in the way. A very flat river plain, with no more than 10-15 feet of elevation on any given hole. Old signs are nearly illegible. Very old single chain Discatcher baskets. A minimum of benches and bathrooms along the way. Not a whole lot of course diversity.
Other Thoughts: A city park course with cut grass and big trees in the mold of McGraft Park in Muskegon, Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge, or El Dorado Park in Long Beach, CA. Winds along the Grand River and a small bayou connected to the river, with lots of waterfowl. Not a destination course, but a fun course with nerve-wracking yet fun signature water holes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 During Winter

1    12/23/2009   12/23/2009
Review By: mcmyers640
Played: 40  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 10.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Shot Variations
Distance changes
Water challenges
Concrete tee pads
Signs give accurate distances
Cons: Water challenges (Play it safe or be out $10)
Holes 14, 15, and 16 are tough water holes with 15 being the toughest.
Other Thoughts: I didn't get a good chance to see this course in all its beauty as we played it with snow on the ground and the water frozen over. I can only imagine what hole 15 would be like with water. Ice on the lake was thick and we could get our discs that were 40 feet off the bank of hole 14. Hole 16 ice on the left bank is not sturdy. There is an air pocket of about 2 feet in between the water level and the ice. This course is gorgeous that I'm pushing my disc buddies to play again when I come up for the summer. This is a must play! Just make sure you get it during the right conditions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Riverside - A Good Old Friend

5+    10/4/2009   10/8/2009
Review By: Star Destraayer
Played: 113  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 17.5 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Riverside is a pretty solid course that's been around for years (some of the baskets show it.) It's right in the middle of one the most popular parks in all of GR. It's mostly open with some mature trees and large bushes in the play. Almost every hole allows for different throwing techniques. Some holes can be surprisingly challenging. Well taken care of with regular mowing, trash cans, picnic tables, and large cement tee pads are on every hole.
Cons: The popularity of this park means you will have a lot of non-discers in your way; especially ever since a group of people decided to hold a cross-country meet there. The flow of the course causes you to sit behind of a lot slow groups. Lots of water hazards on many of the holes (some water hazards are more avoidable then others.) Goose poop is pretty much everywhere. The course floods a lot during rainy seasons and the defrost of winter.
Other Thoughts: Riverside is defiantly worth a visit if you are in the area. It's the closest course to downtown GR that is worth playing. It does hold a lot league and tournament play (there is a board posting everything at the parking lot.) It takes about an hour and 45 minutes to play.It is the only course on the north side of GR.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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