A disc golf course you can't drive to!
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Pros: There is a disc golf course tucked away off the beaten path on beautiful, historic Mackinac Island. It has nine DISCatcher baskets in good condition. The baskets looked like they might be movable, but I didn't investigate too closely.
Taken as a whole, your experience getting to this course and playing it is unique and memorable. Most likely, your journey will start by driving to the ferry dock in either Mackinac City or St. Ignace. After parking, pull a putter and maybe a midrange out of your bag and step onto the ferry for the 20 minute ride to the island. The ferry will take you across the Straits of Mackinac and near the awe-inspiring Mackinac Bridge. Once you reach the island and the main street, turn right and walk down it (being sure to dodge the horse crap and throngs of people riding bicycles). When you reach the lawn in front of the historic Fort Mackinac, turn left and get ready for a workout (yes, you're walking up that hill!) Head past the fort and leave the crowds behind as you walk through some very pretty woodland. Roughly a mile's walk later (as measured from the ferry dock) you will finally reach the park. This experience getting to the park is (in my opinion) the main draw of this course and what likely sets it apart from the other courses you have played.
Cons: Sorry to say, the actual disc golf here is mediocre at best.
The holes are very short. I'm not even sure the course reaches the 1670' currently listed on here.
Most holes are flat and an open shot between tee and basket. There is basically no challenge other than a couple of man-made obstacles.
There are no tee pads, and I couldn't find several of the tee signs (the tee signs I did find are carved/painted rocks on the ground, which was a nice touch).
If people were playing soccer, baseball, or basketball various holes would be unplayable. I suspect this is pretty uncommon though, and there were only a couple other people in the entire park when I played.
Other Thoughts: There is also no course map. Here is a rough hole summary:
Course starts at north end of park as noted in directions, and plays clockwise around park.
#1 plays past some trees towards the baseball diamond.
#2 is next to the baseball diamond.
#3 plays towards the soccer field, then hooks sharply left around a bend in the treeline to the basket.
#4 plays across the soccer field near one of the goals.
#5 plays along the soccer field.
#6 plays back across the soccer field to a basket in the center of the park next to the skatepark area. This basket is hard to see from the tee and tripped me up on my first play through because it's not on the edge of the park.
#7 plays across a basketball court.
#8 plays over the outfield fence of the baseball diamond.
#9 plays along a path up a small hill to a basket tucked just to the left of the path.
Here is my recommendation, and I'm going to kind of echo what other reviewers have said...If you haven't been to Mackinac Island before and you are only doing a day trip, you don't need to play this course. Rent a bicycle and ride it around the island, go on the horse-drawn carriage tour, browse some of the tchotdhkey shops and get some food/drink in the town, and take some fudge home.
If you have more time or are returning to the island, this course is worth checking out. I am a Michigander and have probably been to the island 8-10 times, and walking up the hill to this course took me to parts of the island that I have never seen before. I played the course twice and had an enjoyable experience. This course would be a 1.0 if it were located on the mainland/based solely on the disc golf itself, but the location and experience getting there bumps it up.
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It's still just baskets in a field...
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Pros: - It's disc golf. On an island in Lake Huron.
- Discatchers with 2 sets of chains
Cons: 9 holes spread around an open area with baseball and soccer fields, all of which come into play even for an experienced golfer. A playground and swingset are also in play. Luckily, I was the only person in the park. Tee markers were only present for holes 4, 5, and 6. Luckily, the pictures were enough to get me close to where I needed to be.
Other Thoughts: Play it to check it off the list if you're into that kind of thing (I am ;)), but there are much better things to do on the island.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Nice baskets, nice clean park. Has some risk, being the rough adjacent to each hole is generally pretty rough. It is on Mackinac Island and if you go play this course it will take you to parts of the Island you would not have otherwise gone to, and see some cool cemeteries along the way. A chance to do something unique on the Island. Wind was a challenge the day we were there. Course is in a large bowl on top of island, making for some interesting wind challenges.
Cons: Course is in a sports field, so it is pretty vanilla. If there was any event going on you could not play. Holes are pretty much land it right of the basket and putt in. Some tee signs missing. Some early holes have poison ivy in the rough, close to baskets. Baskets are movable.
Other Thoughts: If you have been to the Island a lot of times but never played, here is a chance to do something new and cool. If you have never been and plan on playing here is my recommended list: Ride bikes around island ( bring your own bikes and lock if you have them), eat lunch at restaurant or what you packed, ride/walk up to Turtle Park and play disc golf, ride down to water and jump in. Not necessarily in that order. It is a fun day. The fact that this course is on Mackinac Island bumps it up to a 1.5
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Short & Relaxing
Pros: - Nice to have a course on the island!
- Newer, Innova DISCatchers
- Tees are marked.
- It's a nice addition to a multi-use park. Baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, playgrounds and restrooms all on site.
Cons: - Course is very short.
- Only a RHBH hyzer is required here.
- Tee surfaces are mostly grass and gravel, and not level. (However, large run-ups aren't required on this course)
- Certainly some safety concerns if anyone else is in the park. I surmise that baseball and soccer games are about the only time much of anyone is in the park.
Other Thoughts: - I mean, if you're on the island for more than a day, why not play a round? Just pack a versatile midrange disc in your luggage, and you're set!
- Tee #1 is up behind the shelter house, just off Maple Rd. Park access from Cupids Pathway
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