3 Helpful / 0 Not
New player POV
Pros: Front nine is fun and different.
Difficulty increases as trees fill in for the warmer seasons.
Score card with distance, and a map on the back.
New practice basket by first hole.
Cons: Back nine is all long drives and repetitive.
Often a crowded park.
Other Thoughts: This is the course that I'm learning to play on, so I truly love it. The back nine is indeed open, but it is a literal wind tunnel. Walkersville itself is always very windy, and the back nine is just an open field. Look NW (I think) and you will see nothing but corn fields separating you from steep, sloping mountains. For me, this negates the 'openness' of the 9. The ground slightly slopes, and playing to the wind can be a challenge on its own. If you're experienced though, it does not pose much threat other than a bad annoyance, and an extra throw here and there.
Also, they are in the process of putting in a new set of tees for Pro/Am. This should change the back nine quite a bit. Some of the existing tees are now just the Am tees, and you're down that little hill or whatever now.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Very pretty front 9
Pros: Front 9 is on very pretty picnic-like grounds. The holes are different from each other, and some are challenging due to distance or trees.
Cons: Back 9 is in an uninteresting open field.
The rough for the front 9 has banks of poison ivy -- be particularly careful if you go down the bank on hole 9.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed the course, and would enjoy playing the front 9 again, but will not go out of my way for it.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Asphalt tees are better on leg joints than concrete.
Hole 19 is thoughtful concept.
Cons: Some difficulty finding start. Extra sign(s) along drive into park would help.
Other Thoughts: Reminiscent of Middletown.
Glad to discover another course in my vicinity.
Growth of numerous saplings will enhance the experience.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pedestrian Walk Way
Pros: In a very nice and well maintained multi use park. Nice big yellow flag, with the hole number, identifying each hole. Very helpful and easy to see from a distance. Each hole has a good size, flush with the ground, asphalt tee pad, and a post identifying the hole.
Majority of the holes are open, with a few playing in newly planted trees, which, in a few years, will make these holes much more difficult. Slight to moderate elevation changes, with well place pin positions to add more difficulty. Course is fairly easy to follow with out a map, with a few exceptions.
The grass is cut on a regular schedule, plenty of parking, with tot lots and bathrooms on site.
Cons: Pedestrian sidewalk weaves in and out of some fairways. Some baskets are blind shots near the sidewalks, so be very careful. A lot of pedestrian traffic, especially on really nice days. On these days, the park is very crowded with joggers, dog walkers, etc. Some holes near soccer fields, with hole one having soccer goals in its fairway, makes playing these holes unpractical, if a game or practice is happening.
When other events, like football, soccer or baseball games are going on, parking can get harder to find, and a lot of people roam aimlessly on to the course.
There is some confusion on holes 6, 7 and 8. On tee 6, it is hard to see it's basket if you don't have a map. You will think basket 8 is it, so, pay attention. Some baskets on the back nine are close together, so make sure you are aiming for the correct one from the tee.
As mentioned, hole 18 doesn't end close to hole one, so there is a medium walk back to restart.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course that most players will enjoy. It offers a lot of open holes that new players can build their skill and confidence on, and some long holes pro players can show off their distance skills.
It is often very windy at this course, so even the easier, open holes can be challenging, depending on the direction of the wind. The course is also near farmland, so the wind can bring in the nearby smells of the cows.
The rest of the park is very nice. There is an old barn and gas station that are cool. On the other side of the ball fields there is a ball golf, par 3 course. Park patrons are very friendly, even though they are not quite sure what you are doing with those Frisbees.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Nice Begineer Course
Pros: 18 holes with one set of asphalt tee pads.
Many holes with 350+ distances.
The holes that finish near OB areas require good accuracy to get a duece and not a bogey (#3, #5, and #6).
The #19 hole is a blast!
Dogs are allowed on this course. I had one person tell me that unleashed dogs on the perimiter of the park are ok too!
Cons: Many of the back 9 holes require an accurate 380' drive to duece (#10 uphill 323, #12 - 382, #13 - 385, #14 - 360, and #18 - 347).
#19 is sometimes water logged.
Park closes at sunset (not dusk)!
Other Thoughts: #18 finishes far from the parking at #1, but there is a #19 down in the valley.
Some people play it to #8s basket, and some people play it to #6s basket. You can stay in the valley, or cut out to the hill on top; makes for a fun finish to the rounds.
This course is roughly as difficult as Middletown Blue Tees, but it has better tee pads.
Course Record from Monday Singles
Erik Grolton: 43
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Mostly Wide And Open
Two asphalt tee pads per hole, wooden vertical posts with red (or blue) numbers on them. Big, yellow flags on top of each basket. Easy-to-follow flow. Scoresheets with suggested handicaps! Practice basket. Close to 9-hole course at Woodsboro.
#18 basket "far" from parking lot". Minimal elevation change. Kids soccer fields come into play early. A much-used walking path, oft-times blind from the tee, is near/comes into play on holes 3-11. Some tee positions potentially interfere with one another or too close to previous basket.
Course plays in a very large public park which has a wide variety of playing fields available.
Holes 3-9 offer a variety of obstacles (trees, mostly) to throw around/over, while the back nine is wide/nearly-wide open, with some interesting exposed, but low, rock formations pushing through the grass - must have made farming very difficult!
Favourite hole: #9, one of the longer holes with some trees early and a narrowing approach, dropping a bit at the end amongst the rocks.
Blue tee-12 is near the walking path, next to/under a group of hardwoods, ~150' away from the red tee.
Blue tee-19 is down and left from red tee-18, so you'll need to re-trace your steps after finishing basket-18 if you want to play blue-19.
Unofficial hole #20: For blue-20, tee from blue tee-9, and play to the practice basket - about 630'. For red-20, tee from blue tee-8 - makes it about 380'. Play the road/parking lot on the right as OB.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Tough, then easy
Pros: I like how there's a tale of two courses; the first half has lots of challenging shots, where the second half is in a field with little challenge whatsoever. The beginners surely will love the second half of the course, because the chances of losing a disc there are minimal at worst. Finally, I think the course is well maintained, with well-defined fairways.
Cons: At the first half of the course, the chances of losing a disc are much higher. On the 7th hole, if you don't clear the bridge, which is about 50-100 feet, depending on which direction you take, you might as well say "so long" to your disc. Beginners will probably want to start throwing on the other side of the bridge to avoid losing a disc. There are a couple of other holes where you're pinned near the OB line, which also increases your possibility of losing a disc.
Other Thoughts: Enjoy the course by wearing shorts and sandals if you'd like, unless you think you're going to lose a disc, then perhaps you might want to think about sneakers. One thing you definitely need to consider is sunscreen, because, as I mentioned, the second half of the course has few trees, if any.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun and challenging layout for most skill levels. Not many long bomb holes, but you are required to be accurate with your shot placements. Good use of elevation and foliage that was available.
Other Thoughts: There are quite a few challenging shots.Baskets above the tee off surface, as well as below. High sweeping anhyzers (RHBH), long dropping tee shots. Probably the most memorable hole is the unofficial 19th. There is a marked tee pad down in a gulch nestled between pine trees. Some 700 ft and what seems like a few thousand trees you hole out on a previous (8th?) basket.
Very enjoyable course with a good variety of shots.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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