I'm going to post several posts over the next few days, breaking everything down from the roadtrip: from the courses, to the cost for hotels, to the breweries, and other sights to see.
Here's the Courses:
B) Iron Hill, in Newark, DE. This might be my favorite course of the entire trip! Extremely demanding, HUGE, fairly wooded, placement golf, with extreme punishment for bad shots. I played the longs while my girlfriend played the shorts and we never missed a beat.
C) Mercer County Park in Princeton Junction, NJ. This might be my least favorite course of the trip. terrible design, with seemingly no knowledge of disc flight incorporated into it. It is right off the exit, and directly over the border if you're just looking to bag the state and are nearby. There was a phenomenal Thai restaurant down the street!!!
D) New York City and a little freestyle frisbee action with the God of Freestyle Frisbee Joey Hudoklin, Rob Fried and some other bad ass jammers from NY:
E) Cranburry Park in Norwalk, CT. I remember enjoying this course. The holes were solid, with a few exceptionally great ones. There was a big castle of a house on Hole 18 that made the round's conclusion feel more special. Amazing Vietnamese food nearby in a sketchy neighborhood.
F) Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI. Was way better than the reviews and disc score made it seem. I was going to bag this course regardless (as it is the only course in RI), but it was bordering on special for me. I thought the course was tough, but fair for what they wanted you to do -- execute shots.
We hung out in Newport RI all day. No golf.
G) Maple Hill... Was all that I hoped it would be. I played the longs and shot +3 with several OB's and missed putts. I certainly can't complain about that! I think it definitely ranks within my top 10-ish courses I have ever played. The maintenance was phenomenal, navigation a breeze (for all they had out there), and was an overall great disc golf experience. And, I got to be the first person to play the NEW hole 15, as the proprietor Dave was cutting the fairway as I arrived on the tee-box and had barely opened up a gap wide enough for a disc to fly through -- And I LACED it!
Pyramids. I had Maple Hill on my mind and was really just bagging the course. I didn't much care one way or the other about the course as it was pouring down rain and I just wanted to check it off the list. I didn't even go in the pro-shop beyond the front desk (it looked amazing though).
H) Sabattus. Eagle and Hawk. Y'all are going to have to wait for my review... I got some things to say!
I) Bretton Woods High Alpine DGC in Bretton Woods, NH. This property has so much potential it's not funny. But they're catering to kids and families staying at the resort and therefore the course sucks. The only thing positive about the course for me was that it was in New Hampshire (and that gave me another state), that it was directly on the highway on my way to Vermont, and that the scenery along that highway was amazing. Another positive is that the baskets and tees are not permanently located, and so if someone convinced them, there might be able to be an amazing course there in the future.
J) Base Camp Outfitters in Killington VT. Was super cool. I enjoyed my time there. I shot a 49 with 6 missed putts and 2 bogeys (and was told at the desk that the course record was 44)... so it was there for me. The course had several swampy areas that could be troublesome for bad shots and produce hella mosquitoes in the summer.
K) Joralemon in Coeymans, NY. Super fun course on a unique piece of property with crazy outcroppings that made for some extremely great pin positions. The middle 9 was wonky, with crazy tight unrealistic fairways. Spray and Pray type stuff. Definitely detracted from the course for me a little, but the last 9 were back on track and fun enough.
L) Brakewell Steel / Warwick in Warwick, NY. Amazing complex. The blue course was phenomenally challenging and fun. There were some extremely long walks that seemed somewhat unforgiveable too. But the course was phenomenal. I gotta find my score card, but I think I shot even par.
Brakewell Steel / Warwick - Wolfe Woods. I was fairly wore-out when I played this course and still had a blast. Lots of water shots and shorter holes to give your arm a rest. I only brought my putter and roc and had fun. If this complex was a young players home course, they would be set.
M) Sellersville in Sellersville, PA. I got to play with optidiscic and his crew of locals during their weekly at 10:00 am. I four putted on the first hole and made an ass of myself, before settling down and playing some decent golf. I enjoyed the hell out of the course with all the OB.
N) Tyler State Park in Newtown, PA. I was really looking forward to this course as it is ranked in the Top 10. Unfortunately for me, the pins were in the shorter positions and I did not get to experience the--what I would consider to be the--5 disc worthy layout. I rarely say this about courses because I think it can lead to clutter and ugliness on the course, but Tyler needed permanent longs and permanent short pins. OR it needs the pins in the longs permanently, with multiple tee-pads so players can determine their level. Too many times the hole would be 260' in the "A" position rather than 685' in the "C" position with a dogleg at 300. I saw shots I wanted to throw, but didn't have the option to. Otherwise, it was a phenomenal course. I shot -11 on the 27 with 4 missed putts and 2 bogeys... I wanted to go to war with a championship level course, not destroy it.
Just some thoughts about the courses I played. For what they're worth.
I'll start writing reviews as soon as I catch up on my work work.