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I played Independence Lake today (#1,055) for the first time, a brand new course installed by the Local 101 club in Ann Arbor, which is fast becoming the place to play in the country, with 2 more courses coming this year (both I'll be working on this weekend).

Whitmore Lake, MI- Independence Lake: 13 miles from my house, 2 less than Hudson Mills, but only about 5 miles from the Mills, with a disc-shop between the two courses (CJ's), makes it very convenient. It is a county park, 25$ yearly or 45$ for out of county. That pass is good at Rolling Hills too (which may add another 18 holes this year). Long but not threateningly so, with 3 holes I can't reach. One 500+ hole right along an open beach/lakeshore, the basket perched high nearly touching the edge of the water. 3 other lakeside poles. Unmarked right now, MUST get map, follow someone or play the tournament Saturday. Not many forced shots or sharp turns, allows for choosing your own shot, but not for error or serious OB risks. Some rough around the edges but avoidable- bad news if you don't avoid it. Some hills. Orange Mach's.

Much needed addition to the area lacking in open/long and water holes. Not anymore.

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Comment by rob bax on January 9, 2009 at 2:27pm
Nice post, Ben. I'd heard about this course, but now am really motivated to go try it out. Thanks for the clarifications Bill and Peter. I was also confused about the status. If it weren't for the 6-9 inches of snow we have forecast for the next 24 hours I'd be choosing my discs right now. (and yes, I have ribbon, but not for a course I haven't played yet!)
Comment by Peter Kunoff on January 9, 2009 at 12:25pm
the picnic course is sleeved and will be in the ground until May. When the beach fills up for swimming(may thru sept) the baskets will be moved to the permanent course, but the picnic course will go back in the ground in the fall.....
Comment by William Gilbert on January 8, 2009 at 4:36pm
I think Ben is talking about the Temporary course, the Permanent course should be going in this spring and will be open year round.
Comment by Fedora on January 8, 2009 at 2:53pm
thanks man, the address really helps because I can just type it into my Garmin
Comment by Ben Calhoun on January 8, 2009 at 2:30pm
I just added it to www.discgolfcoursereview.com, complete with park address (3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI) and a review, photos and link to map.

US-23 to exit #49 N. Territorial. West 2.5 Miles to right on Jennings Rd, 1.5 miles to left into park.

Continue past Jennings a few miles to CJ's to buy costly plastic, or a few more miles straight to Hudson Mills.

Comment by Fedora on January 8, 2009 at 2:19pm
Hey Ben, my buddy and I are thinking about coming down for the tournament on Saturday. How does one get there from Lansing?
Comment by Mike on January 8, 2009 at 1:54pm
Yeah, this course sounds and looks like a must play from the map. Next time I'm in the A2 area I will definately be visiting, as long as it is not summer. From what it sounds like, It will be closed during beach season?

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