Belle Isle DGC

Detroit, Michigan     1 course · 18 holes     Driving directions
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Brent K    August 20, 2016 at 1:59am

Is this course still "open"?

Brett Piziali   August 19, 2016 at 10:11pm

no sir. gone for good

Brad Fuelling   August 19, 2016 at 10:28pm

she gone!!

Jonathan Moon    July 4, 2016 at 5:07am

So what did they do with the baskets? Do baskets from courses that close, go on to help start a new course?

Jonathan Moon   July 3, 2016 at 9:08pm

Or help upgrade an old course?

Nick Oliver   July 4, 2016 at 10:43am

Our baskets were donated to us by various entities. They were returned to those entities after we closed the course.

Mike "Draz" Chuirazzi    June 19, 2016 at 5:17pm

Just a reminder: Registration is now open for the Warren 2016 MVP Circuit (9/25/16). Players pack includes 3 discs and additional swag from MVP Disc Sports for $30 entry. Will have men's, women's, and juniors divisions. The first 25 players to register (if before 7/16/16) will be entered into a bonus CTP which will have a prize valued over $50. More players will mean bigger prize pools. With enough registered players the grand prize will include an MVP Black Hole Pro basket. Additional ... more


Jessica Rabbit    February 22, 2016 at 11:26am

Now that we've had a pretty damn warm winter, how goes the course this (2016) season? Google says that it has open hours as of now, and as much as I'm itching to play here, I know that Google can lie like hell. Please say it ain't so!!

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Joe Arnet   February 26, 2016 at 2:11pm

what happened to bonniebrook?

steve nolff   February 26, 2016 at 3:45pm

Sound like the owner has made the decision to not continue with operations. I don't know the circumstances.

Joe Arnet   February 29, 2016 at 11:46am

ugh, that sucks.. it was a great course :/

Nick Oliver    September 15, 2015 at 8:35pm

We are CLOSED indefinitely. Please read the statement below.

For several months now there have been questions about the course here on Belle Isle. Today we want to address all of you.
The course is CLOSED indefinitely.
What does that mean? The course is NOT DEAD. First lets talk business. We will be giving refunds to season pass holders without question. Please be patient with us. If you would like to roll that money towards a potential 2016 pass please let us know (address below) and we w ... more

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Nick Oliver   September 18, 2015 at 4:40pm

Well the DNR told me that they are going to give another entity a chance to run it through Nov. We will see how that works. Beyond that we will be meeting with them to discuss our thoughts, and if there is any chance of salvaging things out there. Might not be DDG or any of us, but I would like to think we will all support it just the same.

steve nolff   September 19, 2015 at 8:00am

Knowing how personal this endeavor is to you and your crew, Nick, it is very cool of you to step outside yourself and set aside any ego. Belle Isle disc golf course is very important to the disc golf community here in the Detroit area. I hope that you will stay involved and make any transition as ... more

Nick Oliver   September 23, 2015 at 11:32am


Ryan Hughes    September 7, 2015 at 2:57am

So how many of you fine American guys and gals are coming over to Tecumseh for our 2nd annual Tecumseh Open? Saturday, September 19 @ 10am. $25 entry, includes a Discraft disc. Super easy to get to our course. Take the tunnel or bridge into Windsor, follow Riverside Drive (East) until you hit Manning Road. Course is right at the corner, by the river. Beautiful course. Any support would be greatly appreciated!!

steve nolff   September 6, 2015 at 10:46pm

Post the link to sign up!!

Nick Oliver   September 9, 2015 at 9:47am

Ty, Ryan. We are doing what we can to share and show some love!

Nick Oliver    August 24, 2015 at 6:15pm

We know the frustration sucks, we are at the top of that pile. Believe it. But please keep in mind we are currently CLOSED. Stay tuned for a possible event announcement, and other news.

Fred Vocino   August 24, 2015 at 11:35am

Enthusiasm and patience is a difficult balance. I'll keep Belle Isle on my wish list for the rest of this season.

mike walker   August 24, 2015 at 12:10pm

any chance people who paid for 2015 season passes will get a break for 2016 passes?

Nick Oliver   September 4, 2015 at 9:43am

Mike, the plan is to refund if we can not have the course going. We will be in touch and please feel free to contact me via email if we dont send out a message by late fall. Trying to make all this work. [email redacted]

Scott White    August 18, 2015 at 7:12pm

Hey Belle Isle followers. Sorry, I don't have any new info on the beautiful Belle Isle course. However, I would like to point out (shamelessly promote) our upcoming tournament that is literally on the other side of he river from Belle Isle. Yes, in Canada. We are very much a sister course to Belle Isle in that we are only a few miles away, and also on an old ball golf course. And in many ways our volunteer groups have been working together / pushing each other to add disc golf to under ... more

Nick Oliver   August 18, 2015 at 6:38pm

Great group of people behind this. Show some love and get out to their event!

Frank Garcia    July 25, 2015 at 7:55pm

Damn I just heard about this course & was looking forward to playing on it. I'm sorry to hear about all the issues going on with park currently. Good luck at finding that sponsor for the course, it would be a shame to see all the hard work to put in the course just to see it disappear to neglect. Good luck guys & I hope to toss some disc on this course someday when it re opens!


Nick Oliver    July 21, 2015 at 7:29pm

Sadly due to the water and that stopping us from being able to mow the majority of the course we are now in a situation where we cant keep the doors open. This does not mean all is lost. We are trying to get a meeting with the DNR in the hopes that we can find some solutions. Water mitigation is VERY EXPENSIVE, in fact the cost would not be believable if I told you. But we have some other ideas on our plate that we will proceed with once given the chance.

All the support has been very apprec ... more

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Jesse Whitlock   July 21, 2015 at 2:30pm

I did see a Craigslist add for free ground up blacktop and asphalt with free delivery 10 miles of Detroit. Alot of asphalt companies grind up old asphalt into gravel size and have vast amounts to just give away! This material can be safely used to build pathways and such....

Nick Oliver   July 22, 2015 at 12:15pm

1. the amount of earth to be moved to get water going in the right places is epic. 2. the cost is even more epic. 3. the ground is virtually always soft, requiring more specialized equipment to move it in there, and likely more time (and of course $$$) 4. the DNR and Conservancy have their own agend ... more

Nick Oliver   July 22, 2015 at 12:17pm

In the end we need to find out if the course is financially worth it to a major sponsor. Chances are, as anyone who is involved in disc golf knows, there will never be a ton of money going around. I dont want to post all of our plans here but rest assured a lot of ideas, including your suggestions, ... more

David P    July 21, 2015 at 3:56pm

this course should have never been open from the get what so ever.. with needing waders and grass up to your neck, it's explained to you how ****ty the course is when u arrive but its not really "explained". by the time you drive out, park your car, walk, pay, walk, and then get out there you could have been to boonie or brys park or some other playable course. not to bust chops here but bad management. instead of sugar coating things like prior keep the place closed until things get right around there..

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Nick Oliver   July 22, 2015 at 12:57pm

I sent in a message to the Web Master. Honestly we are not all that concerned with people being negative. It is part of running a business to have people crticize and hate.

Nick L   July 22, 2015 at 10:07pm

I have played here with a buddy of mine 6 times between the end of last year and the first couple of months this year. I have played when the conditions have been bad and when they have been good. I have only ever seen someone in the clubhouse once in those 6 times. I have taken a number of picture ... more

Nick L   July 22, 2015 at 10:12pm

One question. When I have been there and no one is there, i always tuck $5 in the top of the screen door in the back of the clubhouse. Has anyone gotten that money? Would it be possible to put a slot somewhere so I could drop my money in or would you rather no one play there if no one is around? I ... more

Nick Oliver    July 17, 2015 at 7:32pm

IF you didnt see the thread below we are currently CLOSED due to water. I will reiterate the issue: the course is an Island, in a horribly wet spring/summer, with water main problems. We are working with the State to fix this, and have some plans on ways we can make the course playable all season even when parts of some holes are closed.


Brian 'The Brain' Evans   July 17, 2015 at 11:53am

I wish you guys luck Nick

Fred Vocino   July 17, 2015 at 9:13pm

Someone melted the polar ice caps. That must be it.

Nick Oliver   July 21, 2015 at 11:25am

With El Nino brewing and some other weather phenomena going on at the same time I have a feeling next season will be even wetter. Hoping we can get this under control. Its a huge issue as all who have played here know. We tried :(

Rob P    July 17, 2015 at 6:39am

Is this course open? Anywhere to find current hours? Thanks

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steve nolff   July 17, 2015 at 11:43am

Thanks for the reply Nick. I know nobody wants this course up and playable more than you guys. DGCR certainly has Belle Isle listed. The lastest update on course conditions indeed says you are open. I would be glad to make a quick post there, quoting the above, with your permission....of course.

Rob P   July 17, 2015 at 4:09pm

Thanks for the response, will definitey come out and support the course when its up and running, good luck with everything

Nick Oliver   July 21, 2015 at 11:26am

Looks like we are closed for the time being. I will update you guys as I can.

Jeremy H    July 11, 2015 at 6:29am

Thinking about coming to play a round tomorrow. What time does the course open? Is it playable or still soggy?


Jim B    July 10, 2015 at 4:25pm

Any plans for an October 2015 non-sanctioned tournament?

Nick Oliver   July 10, 2015 at 9:14am

Indeed. The course will dry up soon enough and we will have at least 2 if not more events. The Battle 4 is in the plans. PM me any time and follow us on FB for info!

Nick Oliver    July 9, 2015 at 7:04pm

FYI - we are trying our damndest to get the course playable again. Mother nature is "raining on our parade." lol

We have some plans in place, so stay tuned. I try to answer questions anytime people have them. Check the info first, then the FB page, or PM me if you are not on there. THANKS for the support.

steve nolff   July 9, 2015 at 11:15am

Thankless work all the time, Nick. So thanks for the work you and the crew put into this project.

Nick Oliver   July 9, 2015 at 11:48am

Andy and I, along with guys like Ryan Ripaldi, are 100% devoted, but between mother nature, ****s with mouths who would rather bash than support, and a set of issues we are ironing out with the park system, it has been a tough year. We are still confident that this course will improve and be a place that people come from far and near to play.

Nick Oliver   July 9, 2015 at 11:49am

TY for the endless support, Steve.

Jeff Novak    July 2, 2015 at 12:41am

I lost a red Star Katana on 18. 350 ft.+ from the long tee to the left of the the fairway trail. Name and number on it. Reward. Thanks.


Ed Stack    June 24, 2015 at 7:41pm

So what's the deal. Came down to play a round and the gates r locked no one there!!
Are you open???

Andy Smith   June 24, 2015 at 12:18pm

We don't open till 12:00 is part of the deal. And there is someone there now cause we're open.

Ed Stack   June 24, 2015 at 5:15pm

Sorry I assumed 8am on weekends and 10am on weekdays Sorry my bad

Ed Stack   June 25, 2015 at 9:34am

Andy will you update hours of operation on the info page please! Would love to play but need to know weekday/weekend hrs

Brendan Livingston    June 23, 2015 at 7:36pm

lost an orange champion firebird in the lake 15 ft off shore on hole 14. In front of the willow on the right in front of the basket.

mike walker   June 23, 2015 at 12:02pm

how were the course conditions?id like to eventually play it.

Brendan Livingston   June 23, 2015 at 1:16pm

its rough right now, there are issues with the drainage system. When the golf course was closed down back in 2003 they filled in the drains with dirt. They are waiting on permits to re-dig and drain the course so they can really mow. Its playable, just really wet in spots.

Nick Oliver   June 24, 2015 at 12:25pm

Thanks for accurately and respectfully informing people for us.

Andy Smith    June 19, 2015 at 9:49pm

Due to the fact that we had a last minute emergency with staff and I'm out of town we have to CLOSE the course today.