Manton, MI 
Wild Haven - Little Bigfoot Share

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1    7/17/2019   7/18/2019
Played: 17  Reviewed: 1
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Elevation is the selling point here. The rustic layout features some giant uphill, downhill and valley shots that sometimes require a power and precision. The fairways are well mowed, and vary greatly with their width and difficulty to hit off the tee. Some good diversity in route choices was a perk too - something I appreciate in a design. Some of the rough is deservingly punishing. The landing zones for par 4's & 5's were obvious most of the time. Signage was pretty simple to follow without stopping to refer to the map. Discatcher baskets are all uniform and in great condition, color coded for the two courses on the property. The walk between basket to next tee was optimized quite well, which is a respectable quality for a course with some hill-climbing. The solar lights on baskets and signage are a great touch - more courses should adopt this. Overall it offers a great challenge, which is fair the majority of the time.
Cons: Stepping up to hole 1 was pretty unimpressive. The middle of the fairway funnels into a semi-overgrown 8' two track, revealing a 150' uphill shot shrouded by gaurdian bushes and trees. I do appreciate the attempt at a placement shot par 4, but it seemed neglected, and was a poor first impression of the course. I told my wife "I hope the rest of it isn't like this" Rest assured, the rest of the course plays much differently. Unlike the Yetisburg course, Lil Bigfoot throws from all natural teeboxes. I think I wanted to appreciate the 5 different teepads more than I did. We played the Blue and some White pads, and it really seemed like we were the first to toss on them in months. I don't expect concrete on every pad, but would have preffered 3 pads flattened and manicured instead. My only gripe was the loose, rusted piece of barbed wire in front of the Blue teepad on hole #9 - that is pure neglect and I was pretty sour about it. Also some of distances between blue/yellow/white were totally negligible, over-complicating the layout with no obvious benefit. Maybe some are experimental which is cool, but I found myself scratching my head at times wondering what the purpose of throwing 5 feet forward is. Some holes feature a totally different hole layout based on the chosen teebox, and the rest are forced to be placed somewhere for consistency-sake. The massive fallen tree on #15 just needs to be taken care, and it's a big job so I can't blame the owner for not laboring for days to clean it up. But IMO this hole is optional right now. The course had a lot of really cool shots and the wooded holes were tight with odd lines, which I really enjoyed. However the finishing hole #18 was kind of a let down, similar to #1. It's a blind downhill 420' bomb over an un-fairway of trees. It's basically a conifer walking trail thats acting as a fairway. Granted I parked it, a spotter pretty much at the basket is mandatory if you want to safegaurd errant shots or hyzering early or late. It would take tons of work to make the basket visible and it is what it is. If you don't have a 350' hyzer and a buddy, don't bother throwing it. We reserved a campsite but did not decide to stay. Finding a campsite will probably require a chaperone, unless you're pitching a tent in [A] near the pro shop. Cool option though. I do like the challenge of blind holes, and there a quite a few on this course. However, when it's something like 620' down a massive hill with hidden OB water, maybe the map of the OB water should reflect the shape of the terrain more accurately. This may be an unpopular opinion, but as a first-timer, I don't prefer to traverse down a giant hill and walk 300' twice to choose a shot, especially while swatting a gang of flies around my head. I shrugged, threw and hoped that the marsh didn't swallow my disc.
Other Thoughts: Although I didn't have a chance to meet michael, I do very much appreciate the effort and skill involved in designing and maintaining a course of this size. The skill level can be quite demanding out there, which is maybe why the green and purple pads are upshots for most advanced players. My impressions of this course are biased by my experience playing many other courses around the state and country. It is very pretty out there, and an excellent challenge, but I really didn't get a resort-type vibe on this round. It is lush with many varieties of plantlife, but I left feeling like I just played a home-made course. A good experience overall, but maybe I'll give this course some time to mature, to find the real haven in it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nothing little about this place!!

1    10/9/2016   10/11/2016
Review By: MalsTheBeast66137
Played: 136  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 18.2 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Rolling hills and gorgeous views throughout the course.

Offers a lot of challenging shots through trees and up/down the terrain.

Plenty of shots to really air it out and plenty where you will need accuracy and control as well.

Campsites on the course allow for you to camp here overnight as well.

All baskets have solar lights on them to provide light for glow golf every night!!
Cons: There are no tee pads or signs for this course yet, as this course is still technically not open.

Navigating the course can be a bit difficult without the signs but the teepads are marked with flags and each flag has the right number on it. Will be better once the teepads are installed.

The fairways are mostly trimmed but some spots where the grass is a bit long and still needs mowing. Again, the course is still being worked on and this should not be considered a "con" really.
Other Thoughts: Wild Haven offers two courses and camping on site all for $5 a night. This cannot be beat!!

For only being 44 acres, the land is a gorgeous place to be.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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