Will Only Improve With Hard Work, $ And Breaking In!
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice disc golf only piece of property is flat, heavily wooded, marshy in places and quite brushy. The locals are working hard with the township trying to get basic improvements. Volunteers were out today pouring a tee pad. I think it would be the seventh concrete pad. Hopefully, with the township building a pond across the street and improving the ditch along the front of the property will improve the wetlands problems.
When completed, the course will be a solid technical recreational course. There are five holes under 200' and only two over 320'. The challenge here will come from the tight fairways. Controlling your drive is of the utmost importance. There is an excellent mix of straight, hysers and annies.
I would have liked this course without such thick rough. I spent 30 minutes (found it) hunting for my drive on # 3 and then the next group after me had to hunt, too. I think this rough will get beat down, broken off and trimmed in time. I know, I did my part this afternoon, breaking off lots of branches.
There is a kiosk with a map, notices (course is closed November 15-31 for deer hunting season) and an old barbecue. Obviously, this is not an urban course here. I've never had to wear hunter's orange before! Some teepads are a natural sandy loam soil while 6-7 concrete ones are in. The dirt ones were fine here in late summer. They might be a little slippery later on. The tee signs are rustic, just a 4" x 4" pole with the hole #, distance and a route drawn on with a Sharpie. I've seen worse signs with less information. The baskets are Chainstars. There are benches on many holes, numerous garbage cans and cans for butts on some signs.
The front and back nines both start and finish at the parking lot which is a recent addition and holds roughly 20 cars.
I liked # 6 with it's cool little anhyser route. The basket back in the woods on # 4 was in a neat placement. # 10 with the double mando is interesting.
Cons: The course is currency in it's toddler stage. It'll get better.
Tough course to play by yourself.
The course must get pretty wet as many little walkways have been placed in places.
Other Thoughts: # 9 is a 325' S curved hole. A Jeff Brittan has signed his name on the post for Having Aced this hole. Normally, I'd be ragging on him for writing on the equipment but actually I'm pretty impressed here. I'd probably sign the post if I Aced this hole.
I think, when complete, this is will be a nice, average course. Currently, with dirt pads and rustic signs, I'm giving it a 2.0. I'll be glad to come back and increase that to 2.5 when all the pads are poured. And hopefully, the rough is thinned out quite a bit.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Technical disc golf at its finest
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very tight fairways that reward accuracy and punish errant shots. A good amount of turnover shots for RHBH throwers. Can be played very quickly.
Cons: Lack of teepads and some tee areas are holes from everyone throwing from the same spot. In need of some love from the disc golf community.
Other Thoughts: Regardless of not having teepads this is still a fun little course. Well worth playing if you are in the area and under time constraints. I would definitely play it again if I was in town.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
New Course for us
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great layout, easy path to follow from hole to hole, cement tee pads are nice. I like the varied lengths of shots. Hardly any elevation. We had a 6 year old playing with us and he was able to play this course well enough.
Cons: Rough on hole one is brutal. No bathroom. Only lost on disc with 6 of us playing together.
Other Thoughts: Enjoyed playing a new course in a new location.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A great replacement for Rycenga. These guys did it right the course looks great and is well maintained by the Lakeshore Disc Golf Club. The park is disc golf only so having another Disc Golf only park in Muskegon county is a great plus.
Cons: Lack of elevation and no cement tee pads the rough is slightly unforgiving which is why having proper tee pads is all the more important.
Floods in the spring....
Other Thoughts: There is still a lot of work to be done but altogether a descent course when playable.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, Technical, and Fun
Pros: Great use of space and lots of shot style variety. Tons of obstacles which really makes shaping your shorts important.
Rough is ridiculous on almost all of the holes. It is very thick scrubby brush making fairway shots that much more important.
Cons: Still needs a lot of work. The course isn't yet a year old so there is still some clearing that could go on.
Tee pads could be much better with rubber, or cement but I have heard that is in the works.
Low land areas throughout the course so when it rains, and in the spring the course holds a lot of water, and the bugs that come with it.
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course and a perfect replacement for Rycenga Park. Still very new and needs to be broken in more, but having a very technical, yet fun course less than 3 miles from my house is awesome!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Bridge to Terabithia
Pros: Baskets - Nice New baskets.
Park is disc golf only. In some parts it kind of reminded me of being at the beach (sandy dune like areas)
All the holes have set "paths" to find the next hole with some signs and also logs to mark the way.
Tee signs - all have a coffee can for ciggbutts they also have a sharpie drawing that should show how the holes run.
Cons: Teepads - natural pads, and the course holds water in some spots which makes for not the best driving.
Tee Signs - They have them, I am marking this as a con, because with better teesign/teepads this course would move up about half a disc.
No Drinking - This is a con and a pro for some, I listed it here, because even thought I am pretty sure you can't drink there because the last course people threw cans all over the place, there were a few still here(reason last spring lake course got pulled)
This place holds water hard. We went after a rain 3 days before and it was still wet.
Other Thoughts: This place is super fun. A full all around course and an upgrade from what was here (unless you want an easy ace :D)
This place is very new, and I am sure it will be a lot better within a year or soo, when I played someone was cleaning up the course.
There seemed to be some awkwardly placed bridges throughout the course but it was still a lot of fun and I could see myself coming back here a lot.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Has some interesting tunnel holes through dense lowland forest. Hole 8, a course highlight, opens up across sandy lowlands (resembling a water hazard), with a short tunnel at the end. Many paths are very narrow, resulting in some challenging drives. Many tunnels appear to have been cut through brush with hedgehogs, effectively creating a course where one wasn't possible before.
Parts of the course wind of out lowlands into pine forest on the back nine, with short but fairly tough Coldbrook-like driving lanes. Has some straight paths as well as right and left doglegs and sharp turns. Hole 18 is the longest, a 420 foot tunnel hole through lowland jack pines and brush back to the parking lot.
Buffeted winds and shelter areas should make the course acceptable in inclement weather, provided there isn't too much rainwater. Has a number of signs that help navigation, but the tee signs are very basic with distance and hole layout information.
Sunday league play at 1PM appears to be popular and well-organized. Free course!
Cons: Massive potential for disc loss, from the very first hole though most of the lowland holes. Brush and tall grass leads to frequent disc searching. The brush is so thick in some places that you can be right on top of a disc and not see it. Marshy lowlands on several holes are still wet after other area courses (such as Whitehall) are dry.
Poor tee pads for the most part, though the distances needed for most of the drives make this a minor issue.
Many tire tracks and sawed-off stumps create walking hazards. Course is closed during rifle season (11/15 to 12/1), with hours restricted to 10AM to 4PM during bow season.
Other Thoughts: This is a sorely-needed addition to help the relative lack of courses in the Muskegon/Grand Haven area. Course is on the south side of Wilson Rd., (Muskegon/Ottawa county line) just west of Grand Haven Road, south of Pontaluna Rd.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Lots of potential
-high fun factor
-great design. There are some really high quality holes. Designers did a great job when designing.
-course is fair to all types of throwers
-signature holes present on this course that makes it unique
-very easy to lose discs
-lacks good signs
-lacks cement or comparable tee pads
-lacks trash receptacles
-lacks huge distance holes
Other Thoughts: ----
This course has high potential for a better score in the future. I also plan on playing the course as it gets worn in.
It had a high fun factor and there were some really good holes.
Some of the holes had robert morris, three rivers, and even idlewild characterstics. These are just some courses that some of these holes reminded me of.
As of now its very rough. To easy to lose discs even a foot off the fairway. When it gets thinned out it will be an easy 3.5 rated course.
A great addition to Northern Michigan disc scene!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
thank god muskegon has this course...
Aesthetic-- plays through marshy area that has a past as a 4-wheeler area. Area now seems to be a dg exclusive area.
Teesigns-- basic, but shows basic layout of hole and footage which seem accurate.
Routing and nav-- there are a LOT of cross trails out here, the only tricky spot was 17-18 for me... but "next tee" posts were plentiful.
Baskets-- new ChainStars but could really use some reflective tape to help aide in visibility.
Challenge/Variety-- challenge here comes in the way of VERY thick scrub which lines the fairways. there is a "lake" on #8 which I'm sure is more wet during rainy times. When I was there, it was dry (save for a few mud puddles). A fair balance of lefts rights, longer and shorter holes... the short holes are TIGHT and don't really seem like short holes at all.
Teepads-- I'm sure that these will get better with the addition of rubber teepads (planned) but for now they are very rutty and have roots and other trip hazards.
Signage-- I am hoping the signage will improve with time. for now it serves it's purpose but could be much better.
Baskets-- I'm pretty sure that these are recycled baskets from rycenga and some have the wrong numbers on them.
Future wetness issues-- this area is LOW LOW, I'm sure it's gonna be muddy and buggy when the weather is a bit wetter and in the spring. I'm sure that this course will be a blast in the winter.
So glad that Muskegon has a respectable course again. I mean Whitehall is close but this is closer. :)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Lakeshore aka "Rats Nest" Disc Golf
Pros: Benches at a lot of the holes. fairly easy to navigate. front nine and back nine both end at parking lot so you can play a quick nine if you only have time for nine. fairly challenging you have to really shape some of your shots in order to try and stay in the fairway. good mix of long and short holes. There is a pond on hole 8 that you have to shoot across. during a dry period the pond goes away.
Cons: rough can get hide your disc really well but that is getting better as more people play the course. some of the fairways are a little rough with the ruts from 4 wheelers that used to travel the property. could be a problem with bugs i didn't experience any but might get worse in spring and summer.
Other Thoughts: I almost walked past the tee for 6 and 17 the post is right by the turn almost didn't see it. Overall I really like this course. I am glad that the Lakeshore Disc Golf Club was able to get Spring Lake township to approve a replacement course location for Rycenga. Course will only get better as more people begin to play it. I also like the security camera posted on the telephone pole in the parking lot. Scorecards are located on the back of the Kiosk sign before hole 1.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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