Today we go back to the archives! FSW Treasurer, Dave Prue recaps his 16 day road trip back in September 2014! Enjoy….
Thur 8/28 – leave at 5a and arrive at Deer Lakes DGC just southeast of Pittsburgh, (exit 48 on the PA turnpike), it’s my favorite course in the Pittsburgh DG mecca which includes Moraine St Pk and Knob Hill. Deer Lakes has 3 permanent cement tees on each hole and two possible different baskets positions. It has great elevation changes, wooded and open holes, par’s 3, 4 and 5 s and a signature water carry shot on 15; it’s definitely in my top 10 as a course.
Drive another 2 hours to just south of Cleveland to Punderson State Pk. This fairly new completely wooded course with two sets of very long cement tees started out very difficult and too tight for my liking. Some very good Sedgley-like wooded holes with elevation changes were found though. Its scenic location playing near Lake Pine included water on one side of many holes.
Fri 8/29 – drive 4 hours to my hometown, South Bend, IN and the Univ of Notre Dame.
Sat 8/30 – Notre Dame beats Rice convincingly 48-17.
Mon 9/1 Labor Day – couldn’t sleep well so I left at 4:30a to drive thru Chicago before sunrise and onto Wisconsin slightly southeast of Green Bay to Rollin’ Ridge DGC, the highest rated course in the state and currently 4th best rated in the world. Below is my exact review of it online at dgcoursereview.com:
Pros: Private…country club like setting. $5 to play and I consider this a plus, it’s that good!
The amenities include: practice basket, driving range net, pro shop, indoor restroom and shower, indoor bar, fire pit and on site camping is also available.
3 sets of CEMENT tees, black (long), red (medium) and orange (short). The landscaped tees are the best I’ve seen in over 300+ courses that I have played. They were usually raised above ground level, had benches, trash buckets and rock gardens and/or gravel surrounding them.
A lot of variety shots are required: downhill, uphill, right to left, left to right, straight, open, wooded, nothing extremely tight or unfair.
They have built wooded structures near some tees to protect you from errant shots.
No map is needed as I found my way around easily because there are plenty of signs pointing you in the right direction. The back 9 has un-natural flow but is easy to navigate though. The path to #15 passed #7’s tee.
A few water/hazards aka swamps that can affect play especially on #9’s approach shot.
#14 wall/walls built leading up to the basket.
Per the tee signs multiple pins placements although the A, B or C wasn’t always circled on the sign.
A few bridges were built to help you over wet or muddy ground.
Cons: Just a few…Bugs…bring bug spray.
Muddy in some of the lower terrain (I played here before and after rain).
Bring appropriate foot wear which I always do anyway.
Other Thoughts: I drove 4 hours and got to RR at 7:40a on Labor Day and played here and came back the next morning by 8:30a for another round so I missed the pro shop and bar being open. I had the course to myself and loved it. The course was very FUN to pay!
The golf shots and course weren’t extremely difficult. I’m an Adv Grand Master rated just below 900 and shot right just about par (using a couple of mulligans on the drives). I’m used to harder courses in the Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania area and was expecting more par 4 ‘s for being a top 5 course. I did not play the pro black tees though.
Compared to the other 4 star rated courses in the area (Silver Creek and Winter Park) I’d play here every time over those two.
I’d love to come back someday in the future and play RR later in the day. It is now listed as one of my favorites here on DGCR.
Since it rained I then toured Lambeau Field home of the Green Bay Packers which was only 30 minutes away. I’m not a Packers fan but that facility is very impressive. I can also appreciate its historic football significance.
Tues 9/2 – After playing the over-rated 24 hole Winter Park DGC I took a 4 hour car ferry boat ride across Lake Michigan from Manitowic, WI to Ludington, MI.
Weds 9/3 – drove 2 hours north to Hickory Hills DGC in Traverse City, MI. If you’re ever in this area be sure to patronize Tilly’s Party Store, they have a great selection of carry out craft beers and golf discs for sale and is located just minutes from the course. The 24 hole course is very good while being physically demanding with parts of it being on an old ski lodge. It has a few epic downhill shots; just don’t go long on #19 like I did. It took me 3 shots to finish 190’ uphill on a 635’ downhill hole!
Driving 4 hours back to South Bend, IN while driving within 30 minutes of Flip City DGG, at my one time favorite DGC was an easy drive after so many days of golf but a missed opportunity.
Sat 9/6 – Notre Dame dominates Michigan, 31-0.
Thur 9/11 – I picked up Tim G at a nearby bus stop and we drove 2 hours to Burchfield Pk near Lansing, MI. The “Devils Den” course with two baskets and two tees on most of the holes, you have a choice of 4 different layouts to play. The course is slightly wooded and very well maintained, the cut grass and manicured fairways were in spectacular shape. Many holes had moderate elevation and small sand traps similar to a ball golf course. #18’s long basket area with a rock wall, flowers and a waterfall made a great finishing hole. Burchfield is now in my top 5. It’s so worth the $4 fee if the park is staffed. A 2nd more wooded course “Rivers Edge” is also in the same park, you have to see and play #2 down the toboggan run. Do not leave here without doing this! Two rounds in this park on either course or configuration is a spectacular day of golf.
I hadn’t played 3 rounds in the same day in two years but with a short drive south to Victory Park in Albion, MI and 2 hours of daylight left, our golf was not done for the day. I knew the course was very good having been there twice before. The front nine is hilly with large trees while the back nine has several signature water holes throwing over or next to a small river. Back to South Bend that evening.
Fri 9/12 – drive 90 minutes SE from South Bend to Warsaw, IN and Little Bighorn Golf Club… with carts costing only $9 for 2 golfers. The DG course sits adjacent to the regular golf course with a scenic layout and a few water hazards. Holes run through two separate wooded areas. Be sure to ask Tim the results of our match play side bets, it was a shutout both rounds. Continued onto Indianapolis.
Sat 9/13 – a quick 6 mile drive to Dillon Park in Noblesville, IN which is a very nice suburb where the park system put in a very nice manicured mostly open course with two tees and plenty of water hazards.
ND beats Purdue in an ugly 30-14 football game in Lucas Oil stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.
Sun 9/14 – heading back east after 15 days (for me), we stop NE of Columbus, OH at Lobdell Reserve DGC in Alexandria, OH. I had never heard of this course until heading east while on the highway already.
Great variety along the course was found with open areas to test your distance throws and tight areas to test your short game. It was very hilly, I was exhausted from being on the road and I had 7 more hours to drive home, so only one round was played here. Our side bet side came out even after I tied it up on the last hole with my best ‘helix’ drive ever.
Drove 9 hours back to Philly.
October 2014 4 day road trip
Sun 10/12 – After working most of the weekend near the Meadowlands in northern NJ, I drove 2 hours north on the NY Thruway to Joraleman Pk aka J-Park in Coeymans, NY (about 20 minutes south of Albany). This 27 hole course is a story of 3 different 9’s, print a map ahead of time. The front 9 is fairly open and flat yet with well protected pins. #4 on top a rock formation stood out. Across the road the wooded very hilly middle 9 reminded me of Devens in MA. I shot well on this portion of the course but imagine it won’t easy next time. It’s such a great stretch of holes. The last 9 back to the flatness were simply average after the previous nine.
Mon 10/3 – I drove across Massachusetts west to east including most of Cape Cod to the Nantucket Island ferry. Leaving a car behind just doesn’t seem normal. Walked .5 mile to catch a bus on the last day it ran for the season to a bus stop .25 mile from the course. The Nantucket DGC was designed by John Houck, the premier in the business. Long and completely flat with two sets of cement tees and well defined fairways reminded me of two Texas courses that I have played. This is hard to believe on an island! The rough can be rough with holly bushes and some stickers so wear long pants. I checked one off the bucket list here.
Drove just an hour to Stonehill College (south of Boston) to visit an old friend and had a fine Oktoberfest dinner and celebration.
Tues 10/4 – Walked 5 holes but didn’t play any of Macy Fields DGC, it was too wooded and too new for me to play knowing Maple Mill was within an hour. Maple Hill DGC in Leicester, MA (just west of Worcester) is my favorite course ever played with four tees and two baskets on most holes. Water and hills are major factors as well. The fail foliage in New England made it an even better setting.
Weds 10/5 – Toured the Army’s West Point Military Academy in the morning and drove home in the afternoon.
October in Arizona
Weds 10/5 – Flew to Phoenix, AZ and didn’t play golf until day three. Touring the south rim of the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ took precedence. Once back in Phoenix Greenfield Lakes was two disc golf courses on a 18 ball course with cart rental and fees only $10 total. My sister drove the cart while I played the course. It had rolling green fairways with water and sand bunkers. Flat yet a very fun round of golf.
Sat 10/8 – Notre Dame got crushed by Arizona St 55-31.
Sun 10/9 –Fountain Hills DGC in a suburb about 15 NW of Phoenix is in a desert town yet this park has green grass and a HUGE fountain. The first PDGA tour stop is held here each year, you can find plenty of tournament videos of it online. I lost a disc in the water and got a disc caught in one of the non-palm trees in the desert. I then caught a red eye flight back home with no vacation days left.