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The Beast in Brunswick
Pros: I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the layout, flow and all the thought that was put into this course, The Beast. The course has a beautiful design and a challenging element to it with all of the trees intertwined in the layout. I liked the challenge it presented, especially with the sharp dog-leg routes. If you have a forehand shot, you won't struggle too much. I can tell the owners take pride in their courses (Beauty is on the other side). I showed up when the pro shop was closed but there were plenty of scorecards below the honor box and a map on the back of the scorecards. This was certainly handy since no one was around.
Hole 14, "The Beast", is 666 ft. down a narrow fairway. Fun, but some ridiculous trees could be cut down to make it tolerable. I understand why they call it The Beast and it gives the course originality and "special something" that every course should have. After that, the rest of the course is a real ego booster. A couple eagle opportunities on 16 and 17 for the experienced players.
I loved this course and all of the tunnel shots. It's a great place for any players to come and practice throwing in a straight line. If you've got the time, go out of your way and come check it out. I'm sure the owners would appreciate some new faces out on the course and some reviews or comments in return. The course will not disappoint you or waste your time. Bring some friends and grab a scorecard/map or catch up with some locals. In the way of discs to bring, bring ones that you won't mind banging on a few trees. I used a Rival fairway driver most of the time for the short, straight shots. I used a Tern a couple times for the holes that required more power. And also make sure you have a disc you can forehand with. It will come in handy more than you think.
Cons: This course could use some good maintenance. If you don't have a map, it is very easy to get lost or shoot to the wrong basket. Trash cans would be a good investment to clean up some of the bottles lying around. The course wasn't messy, it just could use some trashcans as a preventative measure.
The trees can really get on your nerves if you do not have control on your drives. I recommend a disc that you can hyzer flip and get to go straight. Otherwise, you will be hitting every tree out there. Although it makes for a good challenge, there are some trees that shouldn't be in the middle of the fairway. It sometimes makes the fairway seem like the rough.
I noticed a lot of the Maine courses have some high par scores. I'm used to everything being a Par 3 unless it's over 550 ft. in California, even if it does have trees surrounding me every which way. But getting an eagle on holes 16 and 17 shouldn't happen. Call me crazy, but I'd like it to be a more challenging par score. Earlier, another golfer said he'd be thoroughly impressed if I shot below +10. I thought I was in for a real challenge or rough time but ended up shooting -6 without too much trouble except for one OB on 11. But, just food for thought. Not really a con for the course.
Other Thoughts: Is this a course worth stopping at? Yes.
Can players get better every day by playing this course? Certainly.
Is it as bad as some people may make it sound? Not really, but it depends on how much experience you have.
Take the time and play it. It is worth the time and the drive. Play The Beauty for a warm up round if you have extra time. This is one of the better and challenging courses in Maine. Kudos to the owners for putting up two great courses next to each other.
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The course that gave me a love of disc golf
Pros: Well maintained course. Wide variety of shots needed. Friendly staff. It is a fun course to play. The course has uphill shots, dogleg (left and right), and many trees that love to knock discs down. Great variety of long and short holes. The signature hole "The beast" is over 600 feet, with a long narrow fairway that is lightly wooded, and then heavily wooded outside of the fairway.
Great community of people with respect to lost discs. I've lost a disc around 6 times. For all but one, someone had found my disc and returned it. Most of the fairways through the woods are wide enough so that beginning players will not feel too overwhelmed. This is more true of the companion course "The Beauty" than this one "The Beast". Though there are enough holes for the beginner to enjoy, this course is more geared towards the advancing intermediate player. For the skilled players there are holes with longer distances and frustrating features so that they can shine. Subjectively the overall technical difficulty is moderate.
Cons: There should be better signs directing you to the next hole, and also showing where the basket is with respect to the tee. Getting disoriented is real possibility.
Other Thoughts: "Beauty" and the "Beast" are two enjoyable courses. "Beauty" is a great course for introducing people to the game. It has all the features needed to addict. You just look forward to the next time you get to play it. The "Beast" is more challenging while maintaining the same sense of fun.
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Pros: Long exciting throws are everywhere. The drives are very important here.Technical course.Flat with an AWESOME hole called the BEAST check it out!
Cons: Not for beginners or kids under 10
Other Thoughts: No dogs allowed on premises
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