Paul Holstein

Michigan, USA Righty - forehand

Paul's reviews

Sunnybrook › April 24, 2014
B+
I'm sure a lot of people will rate this course higher than I am for plenty of reasons. This is a ball golf course with a disc golf course added, so benefits include CARTS, a restaurant/pro-shop on site, and a well maintained course. It's also HUGE so unless you can throw 400-500 foot bombs you are going to be playing catch up just to get near the baskets. That being said there is a basket mounted in a tree, baskets nestled into areas carved out into the woods, and a throw over a river that a ...
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River Bends › April 24, 2014
B
Decent local course, sizeable with elevation changes plenty of dense woods. Some drawbacks include poor conditions at certain times of year and bugs in the summer. The Motor City Chain Gang runs some good events at this course, and keep it as well maintained as they can, not my favorite local course but definitely worth playing if you are in the area.
Firefighters Park › April 24, 2014
A-
Just realized that I hadn't reviewed this one, although I play here all of the time. It's a great course with open shots, woods, OB water and parking lot. Some drawbacks include a layout that may be hard to follow if you are not familiar with the course, and huge 100+ person leagues going on during the summer which would make casual play almost impossible. The best of the best are the Motor City Chain Gang tournaments that add additional holes to the course (in the back fields) ... if you want to see this course at it's best, hit the annual Firefighters Classic.
Charlie Vettiner Park › April 24, 2014
A-
Stopped and played this course, partially in the rain, on the way home from BG Ams. Good choice, as it was a beautiful course with all sorts of elevation changes and dense woods. There were also a few mandos that made this course challenging, as well as OB roads. Definitely one for the bucket list.
Kereiakes Park › April 19, 2014
A-
Was in town for the BG Am tournament, played this first during the tournament and then again as a casual round. Enjoyable, long course with mostly open shots - but with huge evergreens blocking a lot of lines. A major challenge on this course was that the 3 meter rule is always in affect. Elevation allows for some really long throws, a player that throws 350 may toss a few 425 shots in this course (which is always fun).
Basil Griffin Park › April 19, 2014
B+
Was in town for the BG Am tournament, played this one as a practice round only. Lots of elevation and lots of water, this one had an urban park atmosphere that was well done. Some fence and other OB, and wind affected a lot of the shots. Some really nice rock placement, a waterfall, wood bridge and other landscaping added to the aesthetic. Another worthwhile course, very close to Hobson and Kereiakes so that a dedicated player can get in three or four courses in a single day.
Hobson Grove Park › April 19, 2014
B+
Was in town for the BG Am tournament, played this one (shorts) essentially blind with only three or four warm up throws. Lots of elevation on this course, coupled with parking lot OB, dense brush, and a few buildings. The course played long due to the elevation, and I ended up with quite a few short throws. A couple of the tunnel shorts forced backhand shots where I would have rather thrown a sidearm. Overall a worthwhile course, would have liked to visit the museum that the course surrounds.
Phil Moore Park › April 19, 2014
A
Was in town for the BG Am tournament, played this one essentially blind during the tournament (with only a few warm up shots). Practicing a few of the mandos, and avoiding the OB, paid off. This was probably my favorite course of the weekend, mainly for the scenic shots near the river and serious OB that presented. Big course with one of the field fairways being 911. Thanks to Larry Leonardi / Essential discs being on the course selling water and Gatorade... I needed it.
Bowling Green Technical College › April 19, 2014
A-
Was in town for the BG Am tournament, played this one as a practice round and then again during the tournament. Had trouble both times, as this is a very challenging course. Lots of long open shots (but with plenty of trees and parking lot / path / fence line OB) but also many short wooded technical shots. Saw some thumbers from the locals, so it seems like this is a course where experience will pay off. Much fun playing, and could probably increase my score a lot with a couple more rounds here.
Preston Miller Water Park › April 19, 2014
A-
Was in town for the BG Am tournament, played this one as a practice round even though my division didn't play it. This is an 18 fairway course with a few open and a lot of technical wooded. The tunnel shots and a dried up river bed that followed part of the course would have been even more difficult later in the season, but I found this course challenging as it was. Close to the other courses, and well worth the time to stop and play. Scenic and well taken care of. +2 was my score, playing it blind and with significant wind.
Burchfield ParkDevil's Den › May 29, 2013
A
This course was a bit more open that River's Edge, and overall I liked it better. Again some great elevations and the sand traps were really cool. Loved the island hole, that's something that you don't see that often. And of course hole #18 with the elevated basket and running waterfall... not to be missed.
Burchfield ParkRiver's Edge › May 29, 2013
B+
I really liked this course, the crazy elevations and the shot down the old toboggan run were stellar. We did have a few problems finding the next tee pads and there were a lot of skeeters. Overall though, spectacular!
Floral Park › April 8, 2013
A-
Played this course several times now, while travelling through Florida, and I really like it. Of course I'm partial to 18 hole courses, and this one has a 12B which actually makes it 19. Lots of trees, some OB, nice elevation changes, bathrooms, and well marked baskets make this course very worthwhile. Played the blue pads on 04-02-2013 and had a great time!
Ottawa Park › December 9, 2012
B+
As noted by others, this course is not in a great area so I would definitely be careful. The course we well laid out, and did have short and long (cement) pads for all of the holes. Many of the holes were quite long (outside of my 350' range), and there was a good mix of sidearm and backhand shots. Some of the pads were a bid short for those that care a lot about the run up. Plenty of OB on this course, no water but a lot of roads and baskets on steep slopes where a miss and roll would put ...
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Fitzgerald Park › September 7, 2012
B+
This course was a bit of a drive for me, but well worth it (especially with the Grand Woods course only 7 miles away, so we could hit both in the same day). At the time I played this course, the basket for #5 was under a rock ledge and made for one of the most scenic courses I had ever played .... my rating of this course is up from a B to a B+ just for that basket. Unfortunately, I've heard that the basket placement has changed... still a great course though (love the raskets!) if you are in the area.
Roel Langerakpark › September 7, 2012
B
While on a family trip through Europe, my father and I talked our family into a quick train ride from Amsterdam to Rotterdam to play Roel Langerakpark. Boy am I glad that we did, not just because I had carried my discs all the way from the U.S. just in case there was a nearby course in Europe, but because this was a super unique course. Hole #17 is completely on cement, under an overpass, with a drive right through cement pillars to a basket set into solid cement!! Rest of the course was fairly short, but well maintained ... recommended if you are in the area!
Mason County ParkBeauty › September 6, 2012
A
Beauty is one of my most favorite and most hated courses! I've never taken so many OB shots (over or on the road) during a tournament as at Beauty. I've also never hit so many trees in the woods! But the course is amazing, and on a good day everything comes together. 24 holes, and if I'm playing Beauty I'm either at the State Championships or in Ludington on vacation... so always a GREAT time.
Mason County ParkBeast › September 6, 2012
A-
Beast #1 is off the top of a hill that is just amazing. This weekend, the pros thew from Beast #1 to various baskets at the Michigan State Championships 2012 which provided one of the best exhibitions I have seen. A challenging course, as are all of them in Ludington, a must play for any Michigan disc golfer.
Mason County ParkGoliath › September 6, 2012
A-
The big green rock that marks the start of Goliath is an icon of disc golf for me. This is the only course in Ludington that I actually hit an ace at (a blind hole at that) so I can't really say anything bad about it. If I was only playing one course at Mason County, it would be Beauty - but this is a great course as well. A- but for many I would expect this is an A course.
Leviathan › September 6, 2012
B+
Leviathan is one of the most diverse courses I have ever played. The shorts are easiest, and I had a lot of fun playing them quickly before dusk during Mark Stephen's birthday round at the 2012 Michigan State Championships. The longs are insane, but it's the mids that are really surprising - every mid is behind a tree or out of the sight line, as if they were just trying to mess with you and make every tee shot as difficult as possible. Something here for everyone.
Scottville DGC › September 6, 2012
A-
This course is really turning out to be a great one. Played it for the second time as part of the 2012 Michigan State Championships, and it was far better than last time. Plenty of short fairways in the woods, and plenty of long open field ones as well. As the schule matures, some of the holes are gettign tougher. I shot a -5 but I think I can do better. If you rated this course less than A-, come back and give it another try.
Flip City › September 6, 2012
A+
Just played Flip City for the third or fourth time as part of the 2012 Michigan State Championships. As always, it kicked my arse and I was very impressed. Beautiful scenery, the biggest elevation changes I have ever seen on a course, and Bill McKenzie really takes care of it. Love the rock piles, the rounded cement tee pads with the fould line, and all of the pavillions and benches. Best course I have ever played.
Chippewa Banks › July 9, 2012
A-
Just played the Midland Open on 7/8/2012 and loved this course. I had heard that there would be a lot of trash, no signage, and other issues - but they had everything cleaned up and well marked for the tournament and it was really incredible. Loved the views over the river. Lots of tight fairways with scary looking rough, many long drives necessary but also some short ace runs. This course has a bit of everything. Looks like the course is frequently used, and the port-a-johns could have b ...
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Seymour Lake Park › July 4, 2012
B+
As of 07/04/2012 this is a B+ course and suitable for tournaments. It's hard to get past the problems that plagued this course over the past few years, but there are now 18 holes and the bridge is fixed. They have also cleaned the course up, added landscaping, and it's very nice. Hole one still borders on a parking lot that is a recipe for disaster and the pond at hole one rises so far that it interferes with several holes. Other that that, this course is really coming around, Kudos to everyone that helped.
Stony Creek Metropark › July 3, 2012
A-
Very long course, the longs starting with a 762 and 933. Plenty of wide open fairways, a couple of short ace runs, and a good mix of left and right. Love the 27 holes and 10,000+ foot total yardage the most, but it's always well maintained and part of a great park. A- only because it's a bit too open and not enough trickiness necessary, but still a top notch course.
Mills Park › July 1, 2012
B
Really nice course, and a great addition to the entertainment in Gatlinburg. Only 9 holes is the biggest hold from a higher score, although it was nice to see that they have a league and tournaments. Lots of elevation changes which matches the local terrain, especially hole 9 which is nearly strait down! We took the blue trolley to the Mills Park stop for 50 cents, played 2 rounds in 105 degree heat, and then took the trolley back to our Chalet near the aquarium - no problems at all. Recommended if you are in the area.
Independence Lake County ParkChuck D. Memorial Course › June 19, 2012
A
Just played LOCO X7 and absolutely loved this course. We played the 20 hole format with A - F in play (brand new with crushed rock tee pads), and it played like a champion course. The highlight to me were the DGA Mach III baskets with the orange powder coating (won at Worlds by Peter Kunoff). But the course was also amazing with lots of wooded holes with trees everywhere, as well as open holes. We saw plenty of wildlife, and it looked like water would come into play more at different times ...
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East Swinney Park › May 29, 2012
B+
Drove out from Michigan (with some friends) to play this course, and it was well worth the drive. I have to say that I liked the West side a bit better, but I played that one first and was a bit worn out (hot sunny day) by the time I got over here. A couple of shots around a gigantic water hazard (pond with island), and some long straight holes tucked in the woods near a river made for some interesting OB. A couple of the targets where bounded by OB (roads and trails) and there was even a m ...
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West Swinney Park › May 29, 2012
A-
Drove out from Michigan to play this course, and it was well worth the drive. Lots of water, wildlife, many of the baskets tucked into the trees. Open drives, woods, plenty of OB (although some of the water appeared to be seasonal and was dried up). Geese everywhere. Biggest complaint was the lack of trash cans, but there wasn't much trash anyway.....
Addison Oaks County Park › April 30, 2012
A
Addison Oaks is a tremendous course, that you should definitely play if you are in the area. 24 holes with plenty of water, wooded areas, and long open fields. Hole #1 goes over water onto a peninsula and hole #25 ends with a whopper that must be 600+ feet. Cement pads are just in, and they are fantastic. Camping is available too.
Oakland University › April 22, 2012
A-
I really like this course, and it's fantastically laid out for a college campus. Many trees and wooded areas, lots of long holes but a couple of short as well. Several are blind, but work really well for a right handed side arm chucker like myself. This course has a nice practice basket and field for warming up, and is really very clean and well maintained for (again) being on a college campus. A- and I'm liking it more every time I play it.
Goldenrod Disc Golf Course › April 14, 2012
A-
Goldenrod is a great 18 hole course, sort of a figure eight shape so that you go by your car for beverages every 9 holes. A couple of really long holes, but this is mainly a tight technical course with woods, water hazards and plenty of OB. I've tossed many a disc into Flint River. There are a couple of nice short holes that can be aced by almost anyone (which is nice), porta-johns and a dumster on site, pretty much everything you would need. As of 04/14/2012 The Flint Town Flyerz have cleaned it up, and a lot of the tee pads have been spruced up.
Hudson Mills MetroparkOriginal course › April 8, 2012
A-
This is really an "A" course, only giving a minus for some very minor details. The first is the cost - $5/car to enter the park plus $2/day or $50/annually to play disc golf. I don't disagree with pay-to-play, but some might. They also did keep the course open to casuals during tournament play. Otherwise this course is incredible. There are some great tournaments out here, and I actually had a bit more trouble (playing from the short tees) with the original course over the Monster course. ...
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Hudson Mills MetroparkMonster course › April 8, 2012
A
This is really an "A+" course, only giving an "A" for some very minor details. The first is the cost - $5/car to enter the park plus $2/day or $50/annually to play disc golf. I don't disagree with pay-to-play, but some might. They also did keep the course open to casuals during tournament play. Otherwise this course is incredible. There are some great tournaments out here ("No Foolin'" and "Thrills at the Mills"). The 1038 foot Monster hole is a great challenge, highly recommended course.
Hudson Mills MetroparkCampground course › August 26, 2012
A
Absolutely loved this course at DGLO 2012. Some extremely challenging holes (#18, the island hole, I lost a disc and took a triple circle 8). Long holes, short holes, plenty of OB, woods, it's got it all. The staff did a great job providing water, marking the holes and the OB, and keeping it cleaned up. Too bad it's a temporary course, lots of fun.
The Quarry › April 3, 2012
B
Good disc golf course that shares with a ball golf course. $5 per person pay to play, $4 more to have a golf cart. Plays in a Quarry with a lot of OB that discs can't be retrieved from. We rented some discs that could be lost without repercussion... and actually lost a few in the Quarry. Nice markers, multiple tee placements at every hole (easy, mid, and pro) and pro baskets. Only 9 holes though, and the ball golfers would be a problem if it were busy.
Bay Court Park › March 27, 2012
B+
This is the closest course to where I live, and I frequently play the Sunday league. Love the course, it's challenging and well maintained with cement teepads and bathrooms open in the summer. There are alternate pads for pros and ams, and it's easy to set up "safari" to mix things up. I can't really give this course an "A" given that it's only 9 holes, and some of the holes are packed so tightly that a drive from some could hit the players on other tees - but I have to say that the layout ...
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Holly Woods › March 27, 2012
A
HollyWoods is my home course, and my favorite course. With a full 24 holes that span from short and strait to long and blind, there is something for everyone. Most of the course is in a secluded wooded area, the pads are cement, picnic tables and garbage cans are everywhere, and the park keeps everything clean and well maintained. The course can be played as 9 (with two alternate holes), 18 or 24 and there is a nice pavillion for running tournments. Pencils and scorecards are always complime ...
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