Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Those are the nicknames, in order, of the 12 holes at Skinner Park in Irons, MI. If you ever were to encounter another disc golfer who played here, the conversation could be very interesting. "How'd your round go?" "Well, I albatrossed Friendly but then the wind really picked up and I took a bogey on Cheerful." "Oh no! Did you see the horse skeleton next to Brave?" You get the idea (more on the skeleton later).
Irons is a small village in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan, about halfway between Manistee and Cadillac. Skinner Park covers a large, flat plot of land on the east side of town. It has kind of a hybrid feel between your typical town park, and a county fairground or something of that nature. The course info page mentions that the park is the site of a "flea roast" and "ox market". I'm not quite sure what either of those things looks like, or if whoever wrote that actually meant "flea market" and "ox roast", but I would not doubt that all of the above happen here at some point during the year. For the hour or so I was on site in early May though, the place was completely deserted.
Now for the disc golf. There is decent variety here. A couple holes are wide open. Most holes have a few trees or man-made obstacles to work around. A couple of holes play through those groves of regularly spaced pine tree trunks. I should probably look up the term for this for future reviews (Two minutes of Googling didn't turn anything up. If you know the term, please PM me)! Anyways, "Loyal" (Hole #2) is the tightest of the bunch. It plays diagonally through one of those tree patterns. This is the only par 3 on the course that currently has a basket, but it is one of the more difficult holes here. I'm not sure what throw would work well. A roller maybe?
There are some longer holes too. Distances are not given anywhere but I estimated the longest hole ("Cheerful") at about 550' - and there are several more that must be at least in the 350'-400' range.
There is a porta potty available!
Cons: There are lots of cons, but let's start with the baskets. They are either homemade or some variety that I did not recognize. They are awful. They look sort of like Chainstars, but with only one set of chains and all the rods are a little bit thinner and spaced out more. They do not catch well, and also are not mounted to the ground well. Several of them wobbled back and forth when catching my disc, and "Clean"/#11's was lying on the ground horizontally - pole and all. "Kind"/#6's basket was missing entirely when I played.
The teepads are tiny blocks of concrete - barely large enough to stand and throw. With the length of holes here, something larger is needed. The tee signs have the adjectives listed in this review title, and a hole number and par on them - but that's it. You can get a general idea of distance from the suggested pars, but some of these pars are very generous. I estimated "Friendly" (Hole #4) at only about 300', but it is listed as a par 5. The par may be based on the fact that directly between the tee and basket is another grove of those tree trunks. However, just off to the left is open grass with only one deciduous tree about 200' away to avoid. With a good RHFH or LHBH drive plus some luck with the chains catching your disc, a Friendly albatross is very possible here. If you bother to keep score at this course, you are likely to finish the round under par.
All other disc golf infrastructure is missing (trash cans, benches, kiosk, etc.). There is not any navigational signage either, and the tee signs do not point towards the baskets but rather are just mounted at random orientations next to the pads. You'll want to use the map I just uploaded here (or UDisc, I assume) to navigate.
There are no elevation changes or water hazards to work around. As of this writing there is, however, the skeleton of what looks like a small horse off to the right side of "Brave"/hole #10's fairway (after the end of the fenced-in area). Keep left of the fence line here, or you may need to be more Brave than usual to retrieve your disc.
Several holes play over or next to park roads, and "Cheerful"/"Thrifty"/"Brave" (#8-10) play parallel to each other and close together. If the park ever got busy, these could become safety issues.
Other Thoughts: It took me a while to find the beginning of the course. I recommend consulting the map I just uploaded here so that you don't have to wander around the park aimlessly like I did!
The best thing I can say about this course is that it provided me with some interesting material for my 100th review. This one should be left to only locals and the most serious of course baggers. If you have to drive more than about 20 minutes to reach this course, it is almost inevitable that there is a better course closer to you than this one. I made the trek out from Manistee, and am highly unlikely to return. I guess I'll never know if they really roast fleas!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decently challenging course for beginners. Tee signs for each hole and each hole does have an actual tee pad (not dirt).
Cons: Tee pads are tiny. It was very difficult to locate hole 1's teepad. There are no distances on the tee signs and no map. Course is really flat and could use some OB on a few holes to make things more interesting. Baskets are Mach I or similar, so can be a bit unforgiving.
Other Thoughts: Each tee sign has some sort of scouting word or something. Person I was playing with recognized them, but I wasn't in scouts, so I have no idea what. It's not a bad little course for a largely rural area.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Recreational baskets in a field.
Other Thoughts: Not much to write about this course but definitely wanted a review to be on record to provide guidance to those that might see this on the DGCR map and decide to make the journey into the middle of away from everything Michigan.
The course is a bunch of older baskets randomly placed in a dirt parking lot. The lot is sometimes full of cars or campers, as it was when I was there during the annual Flea Market. In no way is this a rip on the course, as seeing baskets in an unlikely place always makes me smile, but this is the definition of a minimal course for locals. Flat, open, and dirt tee pads. It is what it is, but still, baskets anywhere always welcome!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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