4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -phenomenal terrain
-good signage (however, some depict the hole from the direction of the basket which can get confusing)
-arroyo vortex baskets
Cons: -holes 2.5 and 3.... 2.5 is a "practice"/ bonus hole and hole 3 is short poke and pray hole. I actually don't mind hole 3 except its very out of the way from the rest of the course.
-hole 10... they either need to find a way to get a permanent tee for 10 long, which is a nice tight bluff shot, or scrap it and make 10 short the only pad.
-arroyo vortex baskets
Other Thoughts: Obviously i haven't decided on the baskets and hole 8 yet... I don't have much play on the vortex yet but so far they catch (good putts) well and seem to stand out slightly better than chainstars.
Hole 8 from long and short is a real b!tch. Requires a super straight shot from the tee, some luck on where you land, then a little more luck on the second shot before opening up slightly to a tricky but fair putting area. I think the love/hate I have for this hole might be a positive thing.
Hole 5 could be considered a par 5, as you need a long accurate hyzer out of the woods followed by an absolute bomb up a steep hill with less than ideal footing to even sniff a chance at a 3.
Mt. McSauba DG is very unique, especially for being in Michigan. Yes it's on a sled/ski hill, but similarities to Hickory Hills, Boyne Mtn, and Hanson Hills end there. McSauba more closely resembles Charlotte, NC area courses, with very tough wooded par 3 and actual par 4 holes. You don't get a consistent stretch of "fun", typical MI deuce or die holes until 16-19. This course will kick your butt both physically and on pure disc golf aspect.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Killer hiking course!
Pros: +One of the best 'hiking' courses I have played!
+Tee to basket layout was so well thought out, with full advantage of the topography and views taken into the design layout
+This is NOT a metro course, put on your 'big boy' pants and ready for huge par 4's, awesome elevation changes and killer lines!
+Hole 1 is an awesome par 4 with an expertly designed long tee layout
+Hole 3 is a little off the beaten path but the 'hobbit' hole is well worth it
+Hole 4 is one of my favorites with it's naturally raised tee on a cliff throwing down a narrowing uphill winding tunnel
+Hole 5 is an insane steep uphill that gets your arm in shape for the crazy 600'+ downhill bomber on hole 6
+I like the righty backhand route on hole 7
+Hole 8 is 'crazy' with it's narrow horseshoe shape through a gulley with steep banks, elevation changes and trees with the basket placed on the edge of another hill, nice!
+Hole 9 is a hike but well worth it up to the pro tee, the line to the basket and the view is killer, sit there long enough you may have deer come up on you too!
+Hole 10 is going to become a legend! The elevated cliff with tempting options across this par 4 field down a narrow curved fairway to the basket tucked neatly at the end is incredible!
+Hole 12 is abit sketchy but I hear it may be altered
+Hole 13 is another downhill bomber, the view is breathless both off 13 and 6 which are atop the same hill. Stop and chill here for a few, it's that cool
+Holes 14-19 are some of the best I have played as far as wooded courses. Righty's lefty's, forehand's all stand pretty equal on this stretch.
+Again, the tee to basket placements are just awesome taking advantage of natural hills and even building some.
+Hole 19 has to be one of my favorite holes anywhere, ever!
+Mixed tees, but work well with the environment
+Close to downtown Charlevoix and Petoskey, US31 and gas stations, easy to find
Cons: -I need to figure out a way to make more time to help make this place even more awesome
Other Thoughts: ^Huge thanks to Ric Evans, Brian Christansen and The Chain O'Lakes Disc Golf Club for all their work to make this happen! This course has been in the works for a couple of years by the extremely hard work of a few volunteers!
^This is a hiking course, be ready to hike!
^It's still a work in progress but very very playable
^Good signs, maps, benches and trash barrels are on their way, good things come to those who wait! Temp signs and arrows are in
^I highly recommend playing this course if you are able to!
^It really will not take much more to make this one of the best courses anywhere!
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