Another great course East of Hartford!
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Pros: Cross Farms is a recreational park that includes many sports fields as well as a nice 18 hole disc golf course. It's mostly in the woods and most holes are between 250 and 350 feet.
The baskets here are in great condition. Most have the red-orange tape down the center pole to make them more visible. The fairways here are probably the best feature of the course. They are clearly defined, grass is mowed, and there's mulch in the trees to keep the dirt from getting too mucky. There are some really nice ferns here and the mossy rocks also contribute to what are really quite attractive fairways. There are signs at every tee-box with a map, distance and par information. Many tees are visible from the preceding basket, and next tee signs make finding those that aren't easier.
It's clear that maintenance is a priority here. The course is clean and plays extremely smoothly. The course describes a really nice out and back loop. There's a well placed practice basket at the head of the course that allows for putts from a number of different elevation as well as from behind rocks and trees. The variety of shots here is also really nice; a good mix of hyzer, anhyzer and straight shots. There is no epic elevation here, but the course uses what it has well: mostly gentle slopes. The standout holes here are 3 which has a really nice elevated basket, 5 which shoots over large rocks in an open field with a nasty drop-off into the woods if you overthrow, 7 which shoots over an elevated service road, 9 which is a tough ace race with heavy trees making it a fair par 3, and 12 which is a wicked hyzer that goes to the left then uphill. There are port-a-potties in the parking lot, benches at many holes, convenient parking and a couple garbage bins throughout the course too. The course is also a short shot east down I-84 from Wickham Park, which is almost incontestably CT's best disc golf course. And this one is free, so if you're tired of paying $5 to park at Wickham each time, this is a good change of pace for no cost.
Cons: The rubber tee pads here could definitely be better. Many are quite short and a lot could be more level. Some baskets were very hard to spot off the tee pad, flags or brighter colors would have helped. Also, why are all the Tee Signs seven feet off the ground??? It's not easy for a shorter guy like me to read them. Also, I felt that some of the tee sign maps implied a more dramatic curve on some holes than was actually the case (especially 6). The back 9 gets mucky in some spots, so bring some mud shoes. The homemade benches are ok, but some are falling apart and the cheap plastic chairs out here just look like garbage. The trash bins are also kind of an eyesore. It would be nice to have some longer holes here, 12 and 13 are the only par 4's and they're kind of a stretch for a par 4. In general this course is far less challenging and less creative than Wickham.
Other Thoughts: This course is a really nice sister course for Wickham Park. The fairways are immaculate, the atmosphere is pretty, lots of technique required and it's a very fun course. While it certainly does not measure up to Wickham, it's free to play and certainly not boring. If you're coming through CT on 84, both this and Wickham are essential stops if you've got two rounds in you. And if you live in the Greater Hartford area, you are SO spoiled!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Tightly wooded but well maintained
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Pros: Really fun and free to play, clever pin placement on many holes with a nice mix of terrain. Practice basket is nice, too. Fairways often tight but defined, ground remarkably clear of under brush. No trouble finding your disc on a poor shot here.
Cons: Popular and busy. There can be families playing with children at times, if that appeals/annoys you. Most holes through woods with few open field opportunities. Some blind shots, some baskets hard to see. The signs, as noted elsewhere, are positioned in the stratosphere.
Other Thoughts: Can be played quicker than you'd expect, even though its technical design is typical of CT courses. Would definitely come back.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The course is in excellent shape, the holes primarily in the woods. But don't be fooled, the holes are playable without getting overly frustrated by the typical tightness you may be accustomed to.. There are somewhat defined clearings on the fairways (referenced on the tee signs) in the woods. No mosquitos in the woods also a plus. The course is well-kept.
Cons: We felt a lot of the holes were a bit short in length, probably because our home courses are unusually long on average. We didn't come across anything that was substantially worth noting.
Other Thoughts: Although the tee signs are a bit high, I don't believe it requires much referencing other than a quick glance. I'd say this is the prime time to play the course, earlier in the day the better.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Good clean family fun
Pros: Very nice course that is located on a family-oriented public park. The course isn't overly technical but at the same time it isn't all ace runs; very good course for intermediate players. The tee pads are nice thick rubber (all but two anyways) and long enough for all holes. There are also brooms on the tee pads that are under large trees. The tee signs are very informative and easy to read. Overall course signage is well placed and easy to follow. The course itself is very clean and free of trash. This might have something to do with the trash cans spread throughout the course. There is a practice basket right near the welcome sign before the first tee. A porta pottie is also available in the parking lot. There is a good mix between tight and open holes. Although some of the open holes are wooded but with wide clear paths. The basket positions are challenging; quite a few of them have guardian trees around them and one is an elevated basket on a dirt mound.
Cons: The tee signs are super high, so unless you're the jolly green giant or ten feet tall you won't be able to see them straight. Holes five and six play right through a children's playground. The walk between ten and eleven is very muddy and there are only a few sparse rocks to step on. The tee pads are dirt underneath the rubber and need to be releveled pretty bad. There is an abundance of fallen trees in the rough which make it quite easy to lose your plastic. There are some swampy areas and steep hills that would greatly benefit from some steps. While there are a bunch of good holes there is no signature hole.
Other Thoughts: There are a bunch of local fields on site and several nice walking trails. Parking is also abundant. So bring the family and have fun!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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prime New england course
Pros: Nice scenic NE woods course. Well keep and defined fairways. Minimal undergrowth mostly just ferns so hard to lose a disc. Fantastic and detailed signage. Course felt remote.
Cons: Gravel tees were rutted from use. No major elevation changes.
Other Thoughts: This course started the day for me and a friend and was only his second time out and we both had a great time. He had some issues avoiding trees first off but got it together by the end. The course plays in the woods above the baseball fields that take up the remainder of the park. The Park didn't have much more than ball fields that I saw and didn't notice where the restrooms were if any. You park by the lower field and can see the Rooster sign in the woods, I guess before the nice signs they have now they had roosters for tee signs. You find a nice detailed course map at the top of the hill and then head into the woods. Only two holes play out of the woods after that but the woods holes provide lots of variety from left to right and right to left, using mounds, stone walls, and pin placement to make things fun. The fairways were well define and not over crowded, felt I had some flight path options that weren't based on luck. The landscape that your playing through is lovely NE woods with lots of rocks little to no undergrowth, and hand stacked stone walls all over. There were a bunch of trash cans through out the course near some tees and a good bit of effort made to make some benches near tees as well. The tees were nice built boxes with gravel but have formed to big ruts from play which made a run up interesting. The tee signs looked brand new and were extremely detailed even showing detailed pieces of exercise equipment that line two of the holes. The signs were mounted like 7 or 8 ft in the air, i'm guessing to keep people from messing with them but you can still see all the details needed. Navigation from tee to tee was easy as most paths were lined or next tee arrows were placed where needed. The course ends up bringing you full circle back to the parking lot .
This type course is what I think of when I think about courses in CT. They did a great job with this place and hopefully it will only get better, fix the tee issue and maybe go for a second set of tees. I Loved the technical woods aspects but it still had fair fairways. Favorite hole was 18, flat to the edge of the woods basket but go to far and you end up at the bottom of the hill behind it.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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