3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a good use of public land. The course is in the woods just next to a park filled with baseball fields. It is pretty intermediate friendly, with most of the holes being in the 250-350' range. All of the tee pads are rubber.
Navigation was pretty easy, and I never consulted the map. The bricks with the next tee arrow beneath the basket were plentiful (this should be standard on courses, more so than it is).
I enjoyed holes 5 and 6. Hole 5 throws into a clearing to a blind basket just over a little hill (since I didn't know where it was, of course I nearly aced it). Hole 6 is a long hyzer shot with a generous fairway but danger on either side with the woods. The rest of the holes are exclusively wooded.
Cons: Some of the teepads are slightly dangerous. Twice I stepped off the end and stumbled. They aren't huge drop-offs, but the pads are short enough that even a slow X-step will put you in danger of falling off the end.
Baskets are gray and aren't always easy to see from the teepad. On several holes I threw down the fairway rather than walking to locate the basket beforehand. There are also old, yellow baskets here and there, and I don't know how they fit in with the rest of the course (they aren't the main targets).
There is no elevation here.
My biggest complaint would probably be the number of fairways that had gaps but a few too many thin, spindly trees here and there or had no obvious landing zone. I usually looked at the fairway and thought "well, I'll try to get it 175 feet down the fairway and then hope it gets through whatever is in the way." The design wasn't bad but wasn't top notch either.
Lastly, the tee signs are tough to read because they are about 8 feet off the ground. Odd.
Other Thoughts: In spite of the number of cons I listed, I did enjoy my round. If you are in the area, this will keep you interested. If you are heading up 84, there are other courses within an hour that I would recommend first. That said, this is a surprisingly pretty area (surprising because I never hear anyone talking about the middle of Connecticut for natural beauty), and on a crisp fall day it was nice to spend a morning among the fading foliage.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: Mulch on the first couple holes was nice. Some asphalt tee pads were nice.
Cons: Some tee pads were too short and not very good. There are not many fairways. You can throw a great drive and then the fairway ends and you hit a tree. The par is way off on this course. Holes that are 3 s should be 4 s. Probably some of the worst holes ever. No definitely. Idk how this course is rated so high.
Other Thoughts: If this was the only course I could play I would never play golf again.
0 of 15 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Excellent technical course. Well-maintained. Free parking.
Cons: So many trees. It is very difficult to avoid them. Some holes have short tee pads, but usually you don't need them to be longer. There are no longer holes which require a long-distance driver.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid, no frills disc golf
Pros: This is a clean, well-maintained course that can be played over and over again. There's not a ton inspiration here but the terrain that exists is used well. The signs are very accurate, the fairways are neat and the tees are in good shape. The underbrush has been cleared out and the next tee signs are present even on holes when they aren't needed. (except six, which is in an odd location from five)
It's a wooded course for most of the holes and it prevents a few challenging lines, but it does consistently provide lines. These are true wooded fairways: if you hit a tree here, you probably deserve it.
The one hole that does stand out is five, which throws uphill over a rock wall between two trees, then downhill towards the green from there.
Cons: There isn't too much variety here. The holes are around the same length and they tend to swing right to left. I can think of only one other course that had as many holes bending in the same direction.
It also suffers from one of my least favorite features in a disc golf course. The tees are rubber and they tend to be inside boxes. Many of them sported a a board at the front edge of the tee. The last thing I want to be thinking about while driving is tripping over a board during the follow through
Other Thoughts: If the tee issue was fixed, this is a 3.5 and I'm certainly playing it again the next time I'm in the area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Another great course East of Hartford!
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.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Tightly wooded but well maintained
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.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: the course isn't super long, so all of the par threes (for the most part) are very parable. The layout seems to flow very naturally from hole to hole. The course is super clean, and well maintained. A core group of golfers frequent the coarse, and a random doubles tourny is held every sunday morning! Killer Track!!
Cons: Sometimes it can get a little muddy after a strong rain, so bring the gore-tex! I wish that the hole signs weren't so high in the air.
Other Thoughts: Super Fun local coarse! Fun for the novice or seasoned pro! U better have your woods game tuned up tho! Good Luck!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: I love this course. it is loads of fun to play. it is a quick easy course that anyone can play. i like that it is wooded and throws in some clear holes. its holes also challenge its players by having narrow fairways and obstacles.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Close to Wickham, allowing for a convenient 36 hole day trip from the bordering states. Signs at every tee, and an easy to follow layout from basket to next tee pad.
Cons: This course was tightly wooded to the point that many holes appeared to have no fairway at all. It was as if it were an undeveloped woods waiting to be turned into disc golf course. We had a lot of trouble spotting the baskets from the tees, and in many cases ended up just throwing to where we thought the sign indicated the basket would be.
Other Thoughts: A wooded course with no fairways would really benefit from colorful, well marked baskets. The sign at hole one says that this course is only four years old - perhaps as it ages, some more playable lines will open up. I wonder if the local parks department disallowed tree cutting?
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
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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