3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course plays on an extremely flat piece of riverside acreage with some fairways cut out through groves of cat-tails and the like. While this course doesn't particularly suit my game really well I had a fun time playing it. Being that this was at one time a ball golf course it is extremely well manicured.
Equipment:Tee pads are a non slip rubber which performed well and were adequate in length. Nice visible baskets with orange painted poles. Well made tee signs with accurate distances and pictures. Also there are little next tea plaques in the grass which are a nice touch.
Lots of area to air out drives and practice your rollers.
A couple of well designed memorable holes with solid risk/reward built in. Hole 5 sticks out in particular. This hole goes out a few hundred feet and turns 90 degrees left through tree lined isthmus and up another few hundred feet of fairway. It is designed in a way that big arms can cut the corner and throw over OB the entire way to hit the second fairway past the isthmus and get up and down for a 3.
18 is also a nice risk reward hole in terms of how far out over the OB you want to throw and consequently how far up the fairway you can get.
I like the use of the OB sand traps. This is a different look than your average disc golf course and I think it's a really fun obstacle to play around.
There are a lot of really open fairways but the course designer did a good job incorporating some dense areas of trees that force you to hit your line on the approach shot or possibly get caught in jail.
Taking in to consideration the available land it is a pretty well designed course. Despite what others have said I think the real fear of losing a disc is a positive feature in a course. Losing discs isn't fun but airing out a forehand over 300 feet of water and landing safe feels really darn good.
Cons: Update : The other thing this course is really missing is a proper warm up basket...I really feel like any top flight course needs a practice basket to warm up at...
Due to how flat this course is and its proximity to the river it can be nearly unplayable for portions of the year.
Barely any elevation change in the entire park. I can only think of 2 holes where there is really any at all and even then it's pretty moderate.
Some of the holes end up having a pretty repetitive feel to them due to the sparse trees and flat fairways.
While the tee signs are accurate there are areas in which multiple baskets are visible and could cause confusion on a first play through of the course. The next tee signs certainly help but a map would certainly be useful for a first timer who is playing without a guide. A couple areas feature descent little hikes between holes
Other Thoughts: This course provides a really fun round but I don't understand the 4.5 star ratings that some people have given it. If a course were judged based on a star system in which 5 stars meant that the available land was used to its best potential then I could understand this being a 4.5 star course. For the given land they have done a really nice job putting in and maintaining this course. However the actual piece of land isn't perfect and limits the ceiling of this course in my mind. In my mind the highest this course could score is about a 3.75-4 so the fact that I'm giving it a 3.5 is a really solid compliment. They have done pretty much everything right here and it shows. Thanks for the great round to the folks that designed and maintain the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Lots Of Wide Open Holes To Air It Out On!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Playing on an old golf course guarantees that this course will have plenty of wide open holes. Designing a course here means length had to be the most challenging factor. Obviously, you're not to going have many technical throws and this course has no elevation to work with. The water was brought into play on several holes.
I was impressed with the large disc golf course sign out on the highway. I'm seeing more and more signs like this but this was probably the biggest and the best. There is a kiosk, a porta potty and garbage can at the start. The tee pads are this rubberized material. As it was wet when I played, I was worried about these mats but they provided great traction. The baskets are Arroyo models with the center post painted orange. I actually thought they kind of ugly but who really cares, they caught everything. The tee signs were nice, colored metal. Just curious? Why did they show the distance in meters as well as feet? I loved the next tee signs that are flush with the grass so they can mowed on. Great idea!
The course is fairly lengthy as would be expected on an old ball course. Navigation was a little dicey in a couple of places, even with the on-line map. Water comes into play on 5, 13 and 14. # 14 is a challenging, as well as, a potential losing your disc hole.
Cons: Open holes with one tree to throw around like # 12. # 17' is a boring wide open throw.
Lots of places on this course to lose disc in the water or like # 8's 330' curving fairway with deep rough on both sides.
Navigation was confusing at times. I was following a player and still had to find my way around.
Some longer walkouts.
Other Thoughts: I wasn't overly impressed here. It's a solid course but lacks personality. Not the designer's fault but this was still a golf course and disc golf played on ball courses are usually just grip it and rip affairs. Not much line shaping required. Players with the big arms will appreciate this course more than the average rec player. If this flat, open course is a 4.0 then a wonderful course like Fallasburg Park DGC is a 6.0. And that must make Flip City a 7.0.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: * Excellent condition
* Solid challenge, but not too hard
* Good tee mats
* Good hole maps/signs
* Garbage Paul's at each hole
* Picnic tables by tees for tag along or to rest
Cons: * water comes into play often enough where there's a good fear of losing your disc
Beware: Layout is SUPER confusing. Without a map telling you where to go, you WILL play the wrong holes. Many holes you cannot see the correct hole from the tee, leading you to throw in the wrong direction (where you see a hole). Even with some of the tee maps, it gets tough.
I HIGHLY recommend downloading/printing out the course map prior to playing.
Other Thoughts: Hole #14, there's a red Star Roadrunner about 5' into the water right by the little "beach" by the hole, just to the right by the cat tails. The depth drops off a decent amount, and I didn't go in above my ankles because I have horrible hydrophobia, but if anyone wants a disc, you can have it! Water is clear enough that you could probably see it if you went in up to your waist, I just couldn't see it from the bank.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good mix of open and guarded holes
Nice scenery along the grand river
Cons: Lots of water and swamp areas to lose your disc
Bugs / Flooding certain times of the year
Other Thoughts: Course can be a little "wild" if you go off the fairways.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
An excellent course to work on your drives and playing the wind.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice tee pads on all holes.
Very good signs at all tees with hole diagram and distance.
Course appears to be well maintained, with fairways kept cut low.
Garbage pails at every tee box.
Water is around most of the holes, but very rarely does it come into play unless you miss your line by a wide margin.
Cons: Navigation can get tricky in a few places. Bring the map or at least look it over well before playing. Especially note that on hole #3 the pin you see in front of you is NOT your target. The actual basket is hiding behind the large bush on the right.
Water is covered by green scum in many areas, so if you do hit it, you probably won't find your disc.
The out-of-bounds bunkers (from the ball golf course that used to be here) are hard to see until you get close to the green. If you are going to play with them being OOB, it's worthwhile walking up to the green to get a better feel for their size.
Other Thoughts: While most tee shots are open for anything you want to throw, there are enough challenges near the baskets that this is not a wide open course.
Several holes set-up best for forehands (for right-handed players) so this isn't just a hyzer fest.
Nice variety of distances on the par 3s. You'll throw everything from mid-ranges (maybe even a putter or two) to distance drivers off the tees.
This course makes a great change of pace from the tight, wooded courses throughout western Michigan. It's an excellent course to work on your distance and fairway drivers as well as learning to make all throws in windy conditions.
This is a very fun course and provides a nice mix of birdieable and challenging holes. Favorite holes included the reachable par 4 18th, and the 15th(?) which parallels a large water-filled quarry.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun open air Disc Golf
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Nicely Maintained.
-A lot of Out of Bounds keeps accuracy a premium, making you think about your shot choice and how the wind will effect your throw.
-mostly open air course letting you see the full flight of your disc.
-Trees used as much as possible.
-Out of bounds wetlands and sand traps from the former ball golf course make for unique obstacles.
-Has the feel of playing on a ball golf course.. because it was.
-Awesome Arroyo Vortex Baskets with custom orange powder coated poles
-"slip proof" rubber tees
-Disc Golf only park
-High Fun Factor
Cons: A few place holder holes until the mining in the large pond on the east side of the park is complete. Then we will be able to install 2 holes next to the pond and one along the river through the woods.
Other Thoughts: I am the course designer. There were a ton of factors I had to consider in the design of this course. It was a 3 year process with the wetlands being created. 3 wetlands designs were denied by the MDEQ. The wetlands took away about 1/3 of the area I hoped to use for the course. We had to get permits for everything. Permits to dig, permits to put cement in the ground, permits to install the baskets. The Plainfield TWP Board had to approve the course design and the tee signs. We had to jump through so many hoops to get the course installed. The Parks Director wanted a course "That would be fun for everyone". The Plainfield Parks Dept. is planning on doing Doughnuts and Cider on Saturday mornings. So, they wanted it to be semi family friendly. (Thus the short tees on 1,5 & 18) The wetlands dictated the proximity of some tees and baskets. The White Pine Trail will be going through the park from hole 6 along 9,10,15 and 17. I had to design the course knowing the path/trail would be going through the park near the river in the future. There are plans for a basketball court (that will be to the right of hole #1) and 5 soccer fields in the open area of the park as you enter. So, safety for the future non disc golfing park goers was definitely involved in the design. The mining going on in the pond limited the area used for the course for now (liability reasons). Once the mining has completed, the course will go along the pond towards the camp ground, up to the river through the woods, then along the river through the woods and back to the existing course. This will allow us to eliminate some of the place holder holes (ex: #15 & 11) and stretch the course out.
The course is still pretty raw overall. It's only been in for 1 month. We are constantly working on the course trying to improve it. Future plans include building up/ adding structure to the mound #3s basket is atop. Defining the Out of Bounds sand traps and lining the Out of Bounds with stakes and rope. Adding some little trees and bushes is in the works (we will have to get permits like we have had to get for everything).
Big Thanks to the Grand Rapids North Rotary for pledging up to $18,000 for course installation and development. The Plainfield Parks Dept has established a budget within their budget for the course. So, the course will always be kept nice and it will be improving every year.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
A monumental achievement in the making
Aesthetic-- plays through an old ball golf course. Very little chance of running into non-disc golfers out there as this park is really not asthetically pleasing or a place anyone would go for recreation or really a park at all. Strip mining is going on near the course at all times and is loud.
Navigation-- pretty decent. With the bridges being closed at the present, it is super difficult to navigate 6-7 and 18 to the parking. That said, the map does a good job of illustrating where to go.
Baskets-- ARROYO VORTEX, that is all...
Risk v Reward-- super high here with the ever-present lakes and wetlands that surround this course. Big highlight on #5 here, there is a definite risky water carry here or a safe route which should include a route mando (if that's a thing) through the tree bridge.
Challenge factor-- there are a lot of things going for this course that make it challenging. There are a lot of uncontrollables that will make this course near unplayable at times however also.
Teepads-- I know they are coming and these will help to elevate this course quickly as will...
Teesigns-- the teesigns are no more than stakes at each tee with a hole # and distance. there are many places here where there are several baskets visible from a tee so it will be helpful to have teesigns to help guide.
Straightforward holes-- along with the challenging, aesthetically pleasing holes like #5, there are also a lot of plain-jane boring straight shots with NO trees or any other route deterrants. I hope this is remedied at some point.
Other Thoughts: I know this is a work in progress and I know that a lot of work has already been done here. There, however, is a lot of work to be done yet. I enjoyed my round here but there were several deterrants that, when fixed will elevate this course to a top course in GR.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Good new course
- Good mixture of length
- OB to make up for some lack of difficulty
- Asthetically pleasing
- Relatively easy
- Shot shaping vs targeted lines (pro and/or con)
Most cons are only because it literally just went in
- Relatively easy (pro or con)
- Some walk ways cross other fairways
- Some of the trees that create the difficulty of the holes are already dead and will eventually fall
- No teepads yet
Other Thoughts: Good new course that the area desperately needed. Reminds me a lot of Riverside before the ash bore killed a good number of the trees. Ability to.play a variety of shot types because its so open. Nice to play a course where wind will actually effect shots.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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