I went out with my dad and did the MBD course walkthrough with the Ann Arbor parks dept. peeps today. It's shaping up nicely and I feel like it may actually exist soon.
That was the only good part about area disc golf today.
Then I went to the Farm @ Founder's Park in Farmington Hills for the first time (#1,056) a little 9 hole course with Chainstars and 2 sets of dirt tees and with signs. It was poorly laid out (lack of land to make a good layout flow though) with crazy long walks and a jog back to your car afterwards. The real problem is that it looks like no one has played it since 2005 or even bothered to cut or trim a single branch. There are 3 woods holes with trees fallen down in the fairways blocking them entirely/mostly and they don't even look recent! It's a complete waste of time and baskets right now. Very disappointing.
Then, off to Cass Benton, one of my Top 25 list courses. It is no longer on the Top 25 list. First to be erased off of it. Since this course was installed for PAW 2000, it's been slowly going downhill (almost literally as it erodes away) as it became so popular and over-used. Casual jerks have been ripping trees out of the ground for years, smashing tee signs and glass bottles, leaving trash everywhere and creating a muddy nightmare. The difference from a year ago to now is shocking, possibly the worst overall long term damage to a course I've witnesses. Hole #9 has full size trees fall across it a year ago (or longer?) in heaping piles like toothpicks, and now that's occurred on nearly every woods hole thanks to the Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm Disease. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CLEARED YET, after a year. Still piled up blocking the fairway and making it ridiculous to play. Hole #4 has a tree IN the basket, I hit chains and who knows if it would have been an ace or not if not for the tree taking up half the chains! I can see why the parks dept. hasn't done anything after the way disc golfers have treated this course. The mud problem has gotten out of control- with the worst erosion I've ever seen on a course on hole #2 around the basket. 6 inches to a foot of earth washed away into a now house-sized plot of deep mud on a hillside. It's not even safe to climb down the hill after #3 without cleats.
In this condition it doesn't deserve Top 25 status, and I can't see how it could ever be fixed without being pulled for year(s) and allowed to recover.