3 Helpful / 2 Not
Every type of shot
Pros: Close to New York City! Long shots, not much under 325! Wooded and Open course with a challenging front through the woods and a long back with sweeping shots.
Cons: Some misplaced tree's (nature) that will take away the advantage of really nice drives.
Gotta pay in the peak months to park.
Only one tee location and tee pad location for each hole. (Being so close to Warwick, one gets spoiled)
Honestly, not much to say negatively about this course.
Other Thoughts: Love this course. First time out this year, she treated me well. Round one - 62 and round two - 59. Shaved three strokes off my first round.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Depressing Back 9 Needs New Deal
Pros: In a big beautiful State Park. The course has a good mix of technical tightly forrested holes and then more open wooded holes. Moderate elevation and beautiful scenery including woods, a lake, and a peaceful rolling green pasture. The first half of this course, which is solely DG territory, would automatically be the top nine hole course I have ever played. You start with a drive across an open field to a gap in the woods that tunnels to a protected green. Once in these tight woods, you will encounter multiple lane holes, a long s-curving fairway that meanders down to a fast green hole, a downhill lane to a lakeside green, a couple tempting ace runs, a unique downhill over a ravine that begs you to precisely turnover and the final shot is a big open drive over a rolling open green pasture to a basket guarded by a single huge tree with some goaltending limbs. The second nine allows for a bit more length and a few par 4s weaving amongst more open fairways. The course has excellent flat/grippy rubber tees and signage at the tees is well done. Kiosk and info available at first tee and practice basket is near the parking lot across the access road from teepad #1.
Cons: If this course could have maintained the momentum of the first 9 holes I would have moved this course to my top 20. Instead I got lost as soon as I holed out on hole 9.Theres no map online, at the kiosk, or anywhere that I could find. Immediately my enjoyment and interest began to wane as I played the latter holes which play through a multi-use area. #10 is a decent long right turning fairway that seemed to complement the tighter front 9 well. Then the next 3 holes played the same way. Then a longer straighter version of the prior 3 holes. Then an average couple of holes with a perhaps too plinko hole (16)sprinkled in before finishing the day with the traditional long for long sakes finisher on 18. Just nothing that special after hole 9. I was thinking 4-4.5 as I finished the front 9 and as I finished the back nine I felt like I had played 2 separate courses. One wonderful woodsy course and then an average 2.5-3 rated course that plays amongst a picnic area and park activities. The course could use some better next tee hints as it often backtracks and there are no well defined paths in the more cleared out latter holes. Pay to enter park in summer.
Other Thoughts: I would reccomend playing this course by starting at hole 10 and then finishing strong in the woods. I would think #9 is a better finishing hole than #18 as well. Another option would be to play the course in a 27 hole loop and play the front 9 twice. If your heading all the way to FDR you might as well stay and play an extra 9 quality holes. I preferred nearby Leonard Park as it provided more deep woods holes. Free admission in winter. Perhaps if I played this course regulalrly I'd discover the route on hole 16.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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