It's a campground course
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Pros: Good use of space they have available.
Other Thoughts: It's been a while since I played this course so I don't want to pile on cons. The baskets were a little rough when I was there, but it isn't a bad course for a campground.
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Pros: You will most likely never share the course with any other golfers.
The camp that this course is located on is a great place in a fantastic location. There is tennis, basketball, volleyball, a large playground and a phenomonal view.
For a small nine hole course this has some good distances with most of the holes over 300' with one that is close to 500.
The two wooded holes 6 and 7 are really nice and I wish the whole course could have been designed that way.
This course would be perfect for kids and beginners since it is somewhat short with not alot of obstructions.
Cons: Baskets are bad. These are homemade baskets that are old enough to have begun falling apart. They did not catch all that well to begin with so putting now is an iffy proposition.
There are no tee markers. You can get a map/scorecard from the camp office that will let you know where the tee's are but if you don't have one just tee off from near the previous basket except 6 and 8 where you need to cross a road first. And 9 you walk up a little concrete path first.
Some of the holes play really close to other camp activities in the summer so you really need to be careful.
Other Thoughts: I have played this 9 hole course alot and it is an older course that was designed by amateurs 15 years ago. The camp itself is very supportive of disc golf but cannot dedicate resources for it.
As I said before the camp office has a Map/Scorecard as well as loaner discs for anybody who needs them.
Jumonville is a Christian camp but does not mind outsiders or locals playing as long as the hide the drinking and behave themselves.
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Take it for what it is.
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Pros: The views of the Uniontown, PA valley below from on the grounds are beautiful. The course sits way above the surrouding area so you can see a really, really long way. If you've ever been through Uniontown and noticed the big white cross on the mountain above town, that's where the course is.
The course is short and you can play a very quick round or two. Hole #9 pin does circle back around to hole #1 tee to make a nice circuit. This course would be very nice for beginners. And the hole numbers are clearly marked on the pins. A simple, but clear map/scorecard is available at the office.
See other thoughts below.
Cons: 7 of 9 holes play mainly over open grassy fields with few obstacles to the flight path of the disc so it's not very challenging.
The homemade baskets are in need of repair. A couple chains have come loose at the top and the vinyl landscaping material used as the edge of the baskets has come loose on several of the baskets. I also believe that the basket width is a little smaller than official size. *****UPDATE 11-10-12. Baskets upgraded to Disc Nation Liberty baskets so baskets are no longer a con.*****
I couldn't find a single tee marker on the course. I used the course map/scorecard to guesstimate where to tee off from. *****UPDATE 11-10-12: There are now tee markers in the ground. Most were snow covered so I'll have to go back again to find them all. The couple that I saw appear to be cement slabs about 8" x 3' with the hole number and color painted on them. Although they won't be as easy to find as posts, they should serve the purpose.*****
***Update: Played again 8-30-09. Some chains are still in need of repair and still no tee markers present. Ran into a couple locals who said that they basically start close to the previous tees' basket when teeing off on the next hole for most holes. This adds distance to holes #1-5 for sure.
See other thoughts below.
Other Thoughts: *****11-10-12 UPDATE: Kudos to the people at Jumonville Glen Retreat Center!!! The improvements to the course are not going unnoticed by me. When weather permits, I'll definitely be back to re-evealuate the course and, more importantly, to play it and have some fun!! Even with the limited amount that I was able to play the course (because of my own poor footwear choice) I am totally comfortable moving my rating up from a 1 to a 1.5. This could very well move to 2 the next time I play it. And if the rumor is true about 9 more holes, who knows how good Jumonville can be.
Take it for what it is... my title. This course is at a church camp. It's used by kids attending the camp. And I bet that it's a lot of fun for them. So I hate giving the course a 1. But from the perspective of an experienced disc golfer the course is sub-standard.
It may be that the course was in disrepair since it's definitely the off-season for "Summer Camp." If the tee marker and basket challenges are resolved, my rating could easily move up to a 2 or 2 1/2.
My camera wouldn't work in the 15 degree weather so I didn't get to take any pictures. My father-in-law works out of town and he stays very close to this course so I'll be back in Spring to take some pics and to possibly update my review. In the meantime, here are some hole specifics.
#1) A short little downhill shot with either hyzer or anhyzer routes around two big trees to an open pin placement.
#2) Grip and rip across an open field... but don't rip it too far... it's a short hole. ;-)
#3 is a "wide tunnel shot" that plays between a row of pine trees and some OB tennis and basketball courts. It requires a little accuracy.
#4) Much like #2.
#5) Much like #2 & #4 but longer.
#6) Short shot in the woods along a wide foot path with a couple trees to work around.
#7) Playing along the continuation of the footpath on #6. Big dog leg right at about 150' out makes for the most accurate shot required on the course to avoid going into the deeper woods.
#8) Much like #2 & #4 but slightly uphill.
#9) Short downhill open shot. Beware of going OB long.
If you do a Yahoo search of Jumonville Camp you can find the website for the camp that includes a little bit of information and a couple pics of the baskets and course.
So if you've made it this far through my novel, it's almost over. ;-) Basically, if you're in the Uniontown, PA area and need a little disc golf fix, check the course out and have yourself a nice relaxing round to work on your short game.
***Update: based upon playing the course again my assessment hasn't really changed. With tee markers and upgraded baskets this could improve to a "decent" level course for sure. The length isn't long but there are a couple holes that I can't reach with my drives (#4 & #5, when teeing off from the previous holes' pins play probably 75' and 50' longer than listed on the scorecard), there's a little elevation in play, and with a couple wooded holes there's a little variety here. So it's not a waste of time. Just don't go far out of your way or set your expectations too high.
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