3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety- the front nine i pretty awesome and by itself, it would probably be a 4.5, because every hole is unique. Hole starts open and finishes in the woods before you open up to hole 2 which is dead straight with construnction ditches bordering either side from there to hole 8 the course presents a nice mix of wooded holes with most if not all presenting their wn unique challenge and lines. Hole number 5 is a sweet tight downhill bomber with the lake as a backdrop. Probably the single most beatiful hole that i have aver played. After 8 the golf is at a 3.25-3.5 level. Hole 9 is open straight over a slight hill to a basket next to a large tree. From there you cross the road into a multi use area of the park that incorporate what little trees are in this part of the park. Most holes from 10-15 are open and easily birdiable, no real risk reward factor. 16 is wooded but so ridiculously tight that you would rather play another boring open hole. 17 is pretty open and short and 18 is a longer hole (600) that is open for about 400 then into a slightly more wooded area where the basket is. Hole variety ranges from 220-600.
Amenities- nice yellow discatcher baskets are easy to see. Information board by the first tee that has scorecards as well as league news. All tee have flypads and 1-10 have nice metal tee signs while the other 8 holes have plastic coated paper tee signs with about half of them missing. Tee signs seemed to bee accurate and were pretty informative. Bathrooms as well as the practice baske are near the near parking lot. Great family park. Cones on top of basket helps to see the baskets especially in the woods.
Cons: The back nine was not really satisfiing because most of the holes were relativley open an boring.
Hole 16 is the only unfair hole on the course but it requires a miracle to get the disc tomland anywhere close to where the basket is.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course, i just wish that the obious thought that had been used when creating the front nine had been used when designing the layout for the back nine as well. The course wouldve been that much more enjoyable if they had put that extra time and thought into the back nine.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth The Trip
Pros: FDR features 18 solid holes of disc golf in a beautiful state park off the Taconic Parkway. Good balance, as holes 1-8 plus # 17 feature a wooded, technical layout while the rest of the course is more open with larger mature tress scattered about. A welcome board, practice basket and bathrooms are all on site and Innova Discatchers are in great shape. Excellent rubber tee pads and top rate signs are at every hole. Hole #1 is a real good starting hole and hole #5 is a highlight- a long, downhill straight shot through a narrow opening to a wide open basket about 50 feet from the lake. Good use of elevation. "Next Tee" signs help with navigation, and man-made bridges and wooden planks assist travel over marshy areas and small streams. A solid play overall.
Cons: Some holes play in relatively close proximity to others, and the occasional "heads up" is needed for errant throws if the course is crowded. Not a fan of hole 17- an overly tight shot that relies on some luck even on good drives. Picnickers and pedestrians can be present on or near some of the open holes. Parkway traffic can be heard on holes 3 & 4, which may bother some sensitive types. There is a park entrance fee during peak times throughout the season.
Other Thoughts: It is unfortunate that Hurricane Sandy did major damage to the back 9 holes here and necessitated some alternate holes. Full restoration is still a work in progress. Even still, playing here was a good experience, and I have no doubt the Westchester County guys will have this place back in top shape.
As others have mentioned, a course of this caliber should have an alternate tee pad and/or basket placement, and while I do not consider this a con, it does prevent an even higher rating.
FDR State Park offers many other amenities including expansive grilling/picnic areas, sports fields/courts and boating. The disc golf experience alone makes it worth the ride.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: If your game has any weaknesses, FDR will find them.
The first two holes play along the edge of the woods where there's not a lot to hit early, but placement is key to get a good look at the basket on the second shot.
Holes 3 through 8 take you deep into the woods where hitting the right line is key. Hole 5 in particular is one of my favorites. It is long (500') but with a nice downhill slope so it plays much shorter. With water as a backdrop and a tight tree-lined fairway, this creates a very intricate tee shot.
At hole nine, the course opens up with a bit. Holes nine through 15 offer a nice mix of distances from 600'+ at hole 10 and 260' at hole 11. This part of the course is mostly grassy with a few trees scattered to create some interesting shots. Hole 17 gives you one last taste of the woods before ending with a long grassy 18th.
Course maintenance is great. The grass is all mowed and the wooded fairways are clean with no unfair branches hanging into the fairways.
Very nice rubber teepads. Signs at each tee show distance and hole layout.
Navigation is easy. The only minor tricky spot is going from 16 to 17, but 16's basket has good handwritten directions for finding 17.
Cons: 17 is the only hole on the course that I considered to be an unfair hole. There are a couple of different lines but they are so tight that even on good shots, tree kicks are inevitable. With trees close to the basket, it is also tough to get a clean look at the basket even in putting range.
Aside from hole 17, I don't have any major criticism of the course. However, there are a few amenities that are missing that keep me from giving it a higher score.
The big "missing piece" that is holding FDR back is a set of alternate tees. This can be a very daunting course for a beginner and it would be nice to see a layout that presents some more friendly looks for less experienced players.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the best public courses I've played. While some may complain about the polar opposite front nine vs back nine, I think it creates a really nice test of a player's overall game.
With a few extra amenities (pro shop, alternate layouts, etc) this could be considered an elite course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
FDR = Awesome!!
Pros: -Great Mixture of Holes
-Terrific Layout, You enjoy nature at it's best.
-Teepads on every hole.
-Some great long bomb holes make for a fun round.
-Right of the Highway
Cons: As some other reviewers said park can get a bit crowded at times but that rarely interferes with your round. You might have to wait a min or two for them to get out of you way.
I have never paid to play there mostly cause I was doing tourney's however I think there is a fee, I am unsure of what it is. It's worth paying.
-You can get mixed up from in between holes on the back nine but it's not too hard to figure it out.
Other Thoughts: FDR is a great overall course, really put together well and maintain good. Teepads, baskets and everything is top notch. I remember the holes well and enjoying going back year after year. This is certainly a course worth playing.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 1 Not
Pleasure to play
Pros: The park where the course is located is right off the highway (it has its own exit!) and is super well kept up. Not only is there a great disc golf course but also plenty of stuff for the family to do. Including, but not limited to a pool, playground, basketball courts, and several picnic areas. Now onto the disc golf course. There is a practice basket on a slope right next to where you park. This is extremely helpful as most of the baskets are on some kind of a slope. Once you get to the first tee you will see a nice welcome board complete with scorecards and league news. All of the tees are rubber. Some of the tees have wood underneath, others have crushed rock, and still others have just plain dirt. So be prepared for some unusual footing. The tee signs are very nice and offer a lot of information. They show you several paths to the basket, give the distance and par, and even tell you how to get to the next tee after you hole out. Make sure to pay attention because the next tee signs are sharpie written on the baskets that sometimes point the wrong way. There is really a good use of OB, one hole even has a special drop zone tee. Just like at Leonard Park there are orange cones on top of the baskets, in the woods this is really beneficial. Hole nine comes around and finishes right near hole one so you can play a short game if you need to. There are some benches scattered throughout the course and trash bags are handed out by the restrooms. The fairways themselves are clean but the rough is still in pretty bad shape. This is really noticeable on the back nine; there are limbs and trees off to the side of almost every fairway. The park did suffer a brutal winter and the clean-up crew hasn't been able to get back there yet (according to a local). There is a really nice mix of short, wooded holes and long, open ones. This is not a three disc course but you don't need your entire arsenal either, so travel light and play a round while the family is swimming!
Cons: Because the tee signs are laminated the ones in the some are fading and hard to see. There are some others with water damage or some kind of growth on them. Some of the baskets are in pretty bad shape. Someone has tried to spray paint the chastity belt which makes it look worse ascetically. They still catch fine though. Underneath a lot of the cones people have piled up trash. I filled an entire trash bag and was only grabbing the large stuff. The tee pads are uneven underneath the rubber. My cousin fell twice and I saw another person fall as well, so just be careful. On the back nine there are some massive holes in the fairways. It looks like someone a large truck to load something up and then got stuck. The tee for ten is incredibly hard to find, a large next tee sign would be a huge help across the street.
Other Thoughts: Holes five, six and seven are currently without rubber tee pads. The mow crew is extremely respectful and observant. I ran into them on hole nine, he let us play through and even pointed us in the right direction of where our disc landed.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Best in Westchester
Pros: This was the first course I ever played. Great mix of holes. Woods were challenging but not insane. Three holes near or over 600 feet. Most Tees were rubber and in good shape.
Cons: Fee (not a big deal as it's well maintained). One of the holes (6 or 7?) has a lake at the end. Not that I could toss it that far but anyone who does will not be happy.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
"MadMen's" Don Draper would play here if he played disc!
Pros: Fantastic Facility for disc golf! Located in upper Westchester County (The "Madmen" reference), The course winds through tight challenging hardwoods for the first 8 holes which will push you to control your drives and use some imagination. Grassy fields and pines will open up your game through the rest of the course. A few par 4's make it most interesting. In addition to a fun course (I played four rounds on a fine Sunday), the State park has the amenities of several restrooms, picnic tables, and (get this) a concession stand at the junction of holes 9, 10, and 18 where you can grab a burger and beer to energize yourself for that next round! Restrooms are water plentiful too. Signage on the tees with pin placement and footage are nice. Teepads are mostly rubber but a few are natural, however
Cons: The complaints are minor. There are 4 holes that would help out-of-towners if they placed "next tee" signs. They are walks leading to 10, 15, 16, 17 and 18. A few teepads are natural and would benefit greatly when they are upgraded. The park fee is $6 but I still think it's a bargain considering what you get from the FDR's department's hard work. Picnickers on a Sunday were abundant and strayed into the fairways at times.
Other Thoughts: With a concession stand and plenty of water, you can draw the energy for at least a couple of rounds. I put four in on a hot Sunday!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is set in a very nicely kept state park. The front nine consists of controlled drives through the woods, where as the back nine is more open to letting it rip. Rubber tee pads on most of the holes are a plus. Hole five is a beautiful straight narrow drive down a hill at a lake tucked in the woods. Good shade through out the summer.
Cons: There is lots of traffic through the back nine with a few picnics. I'm highly allergic to poison ivy and there's a lot there.
Other Thoughts: It's a great course and i go at least every couple weeks. When it comes to spending gas though Ifind the drive to Leonard Park more worth it.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent mix of holes. Woods, open, short, long, straight, dog leg lefts and rights. The front 9 plays in a tight woods section of the park. Your round starts off nice with Hole 1, where the first 80% of your drive is open then finishes in the woods near a brook. The back 9 plays in a more open pine tree woods section with excellent semi-long to long challenging fun holes! A few open holes makes for great mix on the back 9. Pine trees provide cooler temps in the summer with a cushiony floor from the pine needles. All holes are FUN and challenging! Great for all skill levels.
Cons: FDR Park is a busy park with lots of people and events. But the course is almost always clear of people, especially the front 9. Need to pay to get into park ,most likely between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but who cares because this course is worth it. Front 9 can get a bit squishy after rains, but not too bad.
Other Thoughts: Great design elements throughout this course. Definitely designed by a pro disc golfer who knows what he's doing. There are some complaints out there about a hole or two on the course, but I don't agree with them! I highly recommend checking this course out.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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