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I went to the lower michigan area for the weekend and played 2 courses...they were surprisingly...bad...

I'm now giving 1-10/10 rating for courses

First course I played was in Bridgman. It was a little 9 hill course that we could play and then get back on the road right? WRONG. This course was quite annoying for its design. Not very friendly to backhand players, so my father had the upper hand. On hole 2, I believe, there was a line of trees to the right of the teepad, so I had to turn the disc over hard. Then, we get to hole 3, that was ridiculous! Its 498 feet and to the left of it is a 10 foot tall fence marking off private property! So of course, as soon as my dad throws, the wind picks up and carries the disc right over the fence...Bye-bye champion beast =[. So, I skipped that hole as not to risk anything else. The rest of the holes were nice top beginners/young people like me :). 6/10

The next day, I played an 18 hole course in Kalamazoo,cool town name!

This course was Oshtemo park. It was an okay course you know, but not really beginner friendly, I still think I qualify as a beginner because I'm young and I'm not all that good yet. Anyways...there was lots of vandalism damage, especially to signs/tees/trashcans/etc. It was quite a hard course. What I would classify as a Pro course, especially since I was playing from the long tees :) There were 2 artificially raised baskets and that was pretty cool since I'd never played those before. The courses grass was poorly mowed, just really walked over, creating a health concern. At a certain point the grass was wet and my father slipped while throwing and most likely sprained or tore a muscle in his knee. Another downside to the course was it required extreme control, that I lack, and if you couldn't control your disc you ended up off the fairway in the brush...that happened often. 7/10 for this course.

I'm back in Indiana now, either today or tomorrow going to go buy a z-crush and new beast, and then play a new course in peru.

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Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on August 4, 2008 at 3:55pm
Not too far from Oshtemo: I played Begg Park and Robert Morris yesterday. They were pretty nice. They're also Worlds courses. I also like Coldbrook, although it has been changed - I hear - since I played it last, about 5 years ago.
Comment by Kyle Jacob Smalling on August 4, 2008 at 3:42pm
I knew that was a pro course!
Comment by Jayne on August 4, 2008 at 2:17pm
Uh oh! Sounds like they have a lot of work cut out for themselves at Oshtemo! It's one of the Pro/Am Worlds courses... which starts Monday! I can't wait! Sorry to hear your MIchigan experiences weren't that good. Also, check out Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, MI. They have two awesome courses, although they are pay to play!
Comment by Kyle Jacob Smalling on August 4, 2008 at 2:05pm
Thanks man, you too!
Comment by donnyv on August 4, 2008 at 2:02pm
I'm on the other side of the state (by the thumb) of MI. I'd love to go to Ludington, but I'll settle for the local courses until then.

Anyways, good luck disc'n!
Comment by Kyle Jacob Smalling on August 4, 2008 at 11:58am
I know! I wanted to play Ludington so badly but we didn't got up that far. I'm Hoping to camp around there and play those 3 course..Uh...beauty,beast, and Goliath I think they are.
Comment by donnyv on August 4, 2008 at 11:32am
Sometimes ya don't know until you play'em. Every course is different. These courses will only make you better by forcing you to get better and try new techniques. Thanks for the rating them and we hope your dads okay!

If possible, try playing @ Ludington, MI, right off of Lake Michigan. 3 badass courses at one place. Try camping in the area too! The place is huge but the view and the courses are something you'll never forget.

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