Short course needs some TLC
Pros: This course has some well thought out tee box to basket placement. Some shots require an anhyzer while other shots require a hyzer shot. Other shots are blind. And some are straight ahead but guarded by trees or other obstacles.
Cons: This course is an ABSOLUTE bog/quagmire if it rains a lot. The grass & weeds in most places were 12"+ and in some spots even higher. Baskets #7 & #9 don't have numbers on the baskets. The baskets were on the old side but still not to bad. All 9 holes were par 3's and all tee boxes were woodchips. Theirs some dead branches/trees that need some trimming.
Other Thoughts: As BIG AL mentioned, if the property across from the park is also park owned it would be ideal for the course to move over there or add another 9 holes and make it 18. This course isn't the best course but worth playing once. I'll give a course the benefit of a doubt and @ least give it a try. Not bad just not for an experienced player. I found the course to easy. Beginner friendly though.
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Best Attribute is that it's Close to IUP Course
Pros: Getty Heights Park offers a disc golf course and a multitude of other activities including a playground and baseball fields. There is plenty of parking space and bathrooms close to the course.
The course had newer tee signs which were helpful when multiple pins were in view. The tee pads are exceptionally large and two tees are offered on every hole - something pretty rare for such a simple course as this. Mach 3 baskets caught well and were in good shape for a course this old.
The design was well done when not factoring in its close proximity to other park activities. The course actually offered more than I expected in terms of multiple lines on some holes and well thought out pin positions. Whether it was 5's blind shot over shrubs and through thick woods, 7's blind, super sharp hyzer, or 8's very tight landing zone to the green, the course maximized this part of the park land nicely.
The course flowed well and was easy to navigate. This is a very quick play and shouldn't take much more than 20 minutes for anyone to play. The course was nicely maintained as well.
I feel that it is a good course to take beginners to and to try out new discs on because of its relatively open nature and shorter hole length, with some tighter, technical holes mixed in.
Cons: Getty Heights' biggest downfall was far and away its close proximity to other park activities. I try to keep in mind that we probably caught the park at its busiest time - on a Saturday evening during a softball game - but we had to skip a few holes to avoid hitting cars or people. This aspect of the course's design is greatly flawed IMO. It's not just that a few holes play somewhat close to the parking lot, but that one basket is even set inches away. Another few holes play very close to the field, which many players were using to warm-up on.
While the tees are huge, the woodchips made them feel a little soft at times and were muddy in spots.
Even with two sets of tees, there is hardly any variety in hole length.
There was some confusion at times as to which basket to play to from the tee, as multiple baskets were in view on a few different tees.
Completely flat, go enjoy the elevation at IUP!
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if the land across the street is park property or not, but it would be wonderful to move the course over there or at least add 9 more holes as that land looks very disc golf friendly and much less crowded. Since the course is such a quick play and is located only a few minutes from IUP, I recommend that you try to bag it if you are passing through the area and have some extra time. It is worth stopping here once, but I don't know if I would return even if I'm in the area to play IUP again.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Getty Heights confronts you with a decent mix of obstacles: shrubs to throw over on 5, a tight window off the tee on 6, the rough-marked OB on 9, and several guarded pins. It's clear some thought was put into creating a varied course. The multiple tees offer true beginners some legitimate lines while not overly challenging, yet more experienced players are still provided with a few entertaining if casual shots. "Good beginner course" is usually code for "boring," but there's truly a lot of lessons for the newbie to glean here. The appeal is primarily for beginners, though.
Navigation is easy, tees are well-signed and readily visible (two sets, anyway),.The course seems to be well-groomed. Parking is ample, there's a playground available for children, and bathrooms are clean.
Cons: There's just not a lot to bring you back to Getty Heights. The short holes and only-intermittent obstacles have limited appeal to anyone with some experience, especially in a region with some truly-special courses. Several of the challenges provided are awkwardly executed, such as the blind shot on 5 and 6's tight window: the attempt to challenge is welcome, but the implementation leaves something to be desired. Each hole focuses on a single shot, and all are birdiable for even a casual player (which could be a positive for some).
There's a *lot* of conflict between the course and non-disc golf park activities. Several holes run alongside the parking lot or near a softball field, and on days when there's a game playing, like when we visited, several holes are unplayable. Since only a portion of the overall park is used, it's a shame to have a large fraction of the 9 available holes to be subject to impedance by what are probably common events. There's also a potential safety hazard created by rash or unmindful players trying to play through.
The tee signs indicate three tees per hole, but only two were readily visible. The mulch tees impede movement, especially if damp. Run ups aren't hugely necessary on such a short course, but the awkward tees nevertheless bear mentioning.
Some nasty rough bordering a few holes could make life miserable for beginners.
Other Thoughts: Getty Heights was a fun coda to a visit to Indiana in which we also played IUP and Pine Ridge Park. It's the least of that bunch by a wide margin, but nevertheless worth a stop if you want to bag a course or just didn't get enough disc golf in the day otherwise. It plays quick and casually, so save a half hour out of your day and come throw a few discs.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Bigger than youd think
Pros: The holes are pretty long where you get to throw it a couple times. They do a nice job incorporating the woods where they can to make the tee shots more tricky. There is 2 tee positions.
Cons: The signs are gone. All that is left is the poll that holds it up. Course is very short.
Other Thoughts: It is 10 minutes from IUP so you could warm up here.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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More than meets the eye...
Pros: Much more variety than you would expect from the size of this park. Nice baskets and well marked natural tees. Holes start in an open field then move through the woods befor finishing in the field again.
Cons: No change in elevation. The Signs for the course don't really exist. There are metal posts, but the signs from the tops of the posts are gone. Very short course wrapping aroung the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Given the space they had, they did a decent job with this course. Nothing spectacular, but it is worth checking out if you are in the area. It worked as a ood warm-up before heading to IUP.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Great starter course... the first course i ever played on. In the winter its the only course in town!
Cons: Does not offer much for advanced players, could be organized better with signage
Other Thoughts: great memories at this and the college lodge courses
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Some baskets at which to throw. Near food/petrol options. Close to IUP course!
While there are metal posts at a tee location for every hole, only a few have unscathed signs - most signs are smashed, or missing altogether.
Basket #9 in a mini-bog. Basket #5 a bit difficult to find - behind a large hardwood, need to throw over 6' high bushes to reach it.
Very flat, and holes all very similar - about 250', avoid some amount of wood. Nine holes, natural tees.
Tee #1 just off walking path connecting parking lot and baseball field.
Plays in roughly a clockwise manner in a small public park which contains a smattering of large hardwoods.
Alternate tee positions, could find some of them, marked by in-ground boards, paint was quite faded so never quite sure which was which.
Suitable for beginners as an introduction to the game. Birdie opportunities/ace runs for experienced players.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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IUP College Lodge's Little Sibling!
Pros: This course is not hard to find; a mere turn off PA-286.
A good course for those in a hurry; I played this in about 20 minutes and I'm one who takes his time.
For beginners, this is a nice course. I've only been playing for about three months and I managed to birdie several of the holes using only my Roc and Aviar.
I can imagine this would be a good place to bring your kids because of the playground and other amenities nearby.
Cons: The signs are either damaged, vandalized, or missing. Despite this, it's not as hard to navigate the course as you'd imagine because of its small size (see below).
Because the park is so small, the holes are short and the baskets are pretty close together. There were a lot of people at this park -- both disc golfers and people seeking other recreation in the park.
Tees other than grass would be nice, and the decaying tee markers were hard to locate at times.
By the ninth hole, I was getting tired of throwing the same shot over and over again. The layout of the course minimizes the use for hyzers, anhyzers, or any other techniques.
Other Thoughts: I stopped at this course after playing at College Lodge. Interestingly, there were no people playing there, but a whole gaggle of people were at Getty Heights. I thought the converse would be true. Whether this course is usually busy would be better answered by a local player.
Despite the low rating, this course is moderately fun and relaxing. Played by itself, this course is not worth more than a 20 minute trek. It is, however, a great complement to the nearby College Lodge!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: It is a course....
Cons: This course needs some major clean up. Most of the holes were missing their signs and it is a little hard to find hole five.The course seems to not be maintained at all. I didn't see a bathroom or any real ammenities.
Other Thoughts: This course is ok to play right after or before IUP Lodge since it is so close, but is not worth it on its own....
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: A 9 hole rec course. Not to challenging or interesting for an experienced player but a good course to take a new Disc Golfer. This course is completly flat and has just enough trees to make it interesting to a new Disc Golfer. Once the beginner has played this course a few times you can take then to the IUP course and let them be amazed.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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