3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Baskets are clearly visible
-Front nine is well maintained, mowed and free of garbage
-Drinking fountains, restrooms and garbage cans located nearby
-Short holes offer a good opportunity to work on approach shots and putting
-Nearby fields offer ample opportunity to practice drives
Cons: -Course is located near a fairly busy dog park; dogs off leash are common
-There is no clear connection between the front and back nine
-Mandatories are not posted for holes where they border the parking lot or roadways
Other Thoughts: -As indicated in earlier reviews, this course is a great opportunity to practice one's short game, or introduce friends to the game. The risk of losing a disc is minimal, so newer players can feel free to experiment with unfamiliar lines, rollers, or thumbers without risking their plastic.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
It's A Long Walk In!
Pros: This course is set in a large sprawling, multi-use park. It starts out behind the fences of one of the four softball fields. In the current nine hole configuration, the first hole plays the longest (250 +) and they each seem to get progressively shorter ending with the 9th which is about 75 ft. The baskets are single chain discatchers. The pads are natural enclosed by 2" x 4"s. They are designed with a run-up in mind but then again you don't really need one here. The signs are just simple yellow plastic strips with the # on them. The course was easy for me to follow once I located #1. I observed some park workers picking up even the tiniest pieces of litter. They are installing a second nine towards the back of the park. They will add some distance and when complete make this a full 18. Most of the holes had a little personality or challenge to them. Like everyone has said, this is a great place to bring a girlfriend, a newbie or just to work on your short game or like I came for, just to rack up another course. And every hole is a possible ace run.
Cons: Obviously, right now it's pretty much a pitch and putt. The pads are not good. I'd like to see them, at least fill with them building blocks that many courses use. I could see this course being very hot and dusty on warmer days. I thought # 3 was a real throw-a-way hole. It's just a 200 ft throw across a bare earthen fairway to a basket out in the open. Something should be done to improve this hole.
Other Thoughts: Okay, this is NOT a destination course. But it does serve a purpose in our sport. It provides a place to play for those who live closeby. It might provide some exposure to disc golf. Come here and practice certain aspects of your game. You won't be disappointed if you're not expecting the full fledged disc golfing experience! As previously promised, I've increased my rating by a half ponit now that they have completde the back nine.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
No "D" here
Pros: Ok, So if you have an arm for distance not a good course to let-r-fly, holes here are short, great course to Pitch and Putt. Ace Run on many holes, tee pads are toooo short and are gravel but this course you do not use the "X" step for distance. park itself is beautiful, course is set way in the back, quite a walk from car to first tee, clean with very little traffic, i only seen 2 other Dgers there. 9 hole with nice newer baskets. no trash anywhere which i was surprised cause there are very few trashcans. lots of people in park area playing soccer and practicing softball, the course was not to difficult to navigate, overall , my experince is this course is beginner friendly.
Cons: TOOOO SHORT. Long walk from car to first tee, no map available at park, so if your a first timer, print out map prior to playing. tee boxes need improvement. by the time you get done playing you are at the opposite end of the course, does not end up anywhere close to where you started, so if you wanted to play it backwards you could make some safari holes and get back to hole one.
Other Thoughts: Not a go out of your way course, but if your local and want to work on your short game, this is the place, no distance here.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Two separate 9 hole courses
Pros: Front 9:
-Easy for beginners to follow
-Nice brick tee pads
-Holes get easier and easier to play, thus boosting confidence in new players
-A 'fun' course to bring a beginner to
-Long, long throws
-More DISCatcher baskets
-Holes 6 - 9 are disc golf exclusive
-Lost discs are rare
-Holes 1 - 5 lit up enough for night play
Cons: -The front and back 9 are a good half mile apart from each other.
-Natural tee pads on the back 9
-Back 9 goes through potentially busy areas
-Front 9 not compelling enough to maintain any interest from experienced golfers
Other Thoughts: These courses sit in a large multi-use park on the outskirts of Saugus. While the majority of the park is grass, the courses are mostly on dirt, save for holes 1 to 5 on the back 9. Hazards are more prominent on the shorter front 9 while the back 9 has less obstruction but much more distance.
Seriously, these two 9 hole courses are polar opposites from each other. They are numbered separately, there is a ten minute walk in between them, and they play differently. For reviewing purposes, they really are two separate courses.
The front nine is a great beginners course to practice disc control on. Hole 1 is the longest hole, with each one progressively getting shorter. Hole 9 can't be more than 80 feet long.
New since my last visit are concrete tees. The vertical post is gone but the pad is very easy to see. The number of the hole is made out of different colored bricks on the pad, and it's very cool and different.
While short, each hole has its own personality and challenge. A few of them have a row of trees about halfway between the tee and pin which add challenge. Elevation and bushes also come into play at times, however the elevation does not exceed more than 15 foot on any one hole.
As others have stated, the front 9 is a great place to introduce somebody to the sport, and to have a good casual time at.
The newly constructed back nine at the opposite end of the park is a completely different breed. Currently, tee signs are not present and the pads are just 2x4's and a worn spot in the grass. We had a map and had no issues navigating.
The back 9 holes were all quite long and much more more difficult to par. While more open, a few trees exist on the first few holes to help force lines. High shots can pretty much clear all of the trees but they are not always ideal. The forced lower shots are generally the best route to the pin and are satisfying. Holes 1 to 5 play very much like holes at Prado.
Holes 6 to 9 exist outside of the fenced part of the park in some kind of flat dusty wasteland. I am not sure what this land is for, but it's for DG now and nobody else seems to be back there.
Hole 6 is very, very long. The tee pad sits just outside of the fenced in park and the basket is about 700 feet away around a right turning dogleg. Throws too far to the right will go into residential back yards, which look undesirable to say the least for wall jumping.
7, 8, and 9 are all just wide open field shots with a slight elevation gain or loss. Nothing really to write home about other than long, wide open 'watch it fly' holes. The ground is uneven and feels like a construction zone so rollers would not be ideal out here, but any other throw involving the sky should do just fine.
Hole '18' is a good mile from Hole '1' just so you know. Not far enough to car shuttle it between the few courses, but far enough to warrant lots and lots of walking. I hope DG takes off in this area and they find a better way to connect these two completely unrelated courses that happen to be in the same park.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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