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Stop to Stretch Out a Bit

2-4    6/11/2014   7/13/2014
Review By: Qikly
Played: 73  Reviewed: 71  Exp: 2.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For a casual park 9 holer, Old Economy has a nice mix of distances, with some short par 3s, three holes over 300', and an additional two holes over 400'. Getting to stretch out and throw some distance drivers was a nice surprise, and there are opportunities to reach for a range of other discs off the tee, too.

There are a variety of hole types, with mixed levels of woodedness and elevation, although the tendency is towards more open shots. Shot variety is decent, and even the multiple straight holes come in different flavors. 4 is an enjoyably technical tunnel shot that makes for a tough three, and 5 challenges your placement nicely with a combination of sloping terrain, OB, and the tree line. The rolling hills throughout the course spice up some otherwise-conventional shots, and there are a few enjoyably-scary hillside pin placements.

Parking is plentiful. The course is easy to find within the park, and navigation is straightforward. Grooming seems regularly upkept. A nice, sizable, and clean portapotty is on site.
Cons: Old Economy Park is a pretty basic course, with several very open holes and an overall lack of line shaping. 4 is pretty much the only technical hole. There's a bombs away feel to several holes due to the lack of obstacles, and a few others that come close to that sense as long as you manage to steer within a very generous lane. The replay factor is pretty nil if you don't live in the neighborhood, IMHO. There are just too many other great courses nearby.

The tees are really terrible: ruts in the ground filled with wood chips that make for poor footing, and dug low enough and short enough to risk turning an ankle or the like if you step long (very possible). I didn't use them.

Old Economy has the worst in and out I've ever seen. The holes play progressively away from hole 1, leaving you a walk back that could rival the duration of your round. I'm not one to complain about such things generally, but here it was really poor. You'll regret this design choice on a hot summer day.
Other Thoughts: Old Economy Park's disc golf course has some fun distance, but otherwise not much to really draw you back there. It makes for a nice quick stop if you're visiting Knob Hill or Linbrook, but should be pretty low on the priority list when visiting the area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not bad

2-4    3/20/2014   4/20/2014
Review By: nytrate
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course is open, quiet, and sunny. A handful of decent holes. 3 and 4 are great holes.

Good place to practice because it is never crowded.
Cons: As everyone else said, the 9 holes end abruptly. The course is almost too open. If they had even a few holes through the woods leading back to the parking lot, even if not another 9, this course could be great. Three great wooded pins would do it, and make this worth the drive from knob or linbrook.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Simple Course, Good for Beginners

5+    10/11/2013   10/14/2013
Review By: BigAl724
Played: 78  Reviewed: 70  Exp: 2.3 Years
This review was updated on 4/21/2014
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Located in a very big park that has a huge playground, a pool, tennis courts, and walking/hiking paths. There is plenty of parking and a bathroom near the first tee. This a good course to bring the family to while you play a quick round, as the course isn't spread out too far and it only takes 20-30 minutes to play. The first 6 holes play close to the rest of the park, but the last 3 start to venture a little far away. It is located right off Rt. 989 and is minutes away from Knob Hill and Linbrook.

-The tee signs are in good shape, show hole distances, pars, mark O.B., and a few of them point you to the next tee.
-The DISCatchers catch well
-This is a good course to take beginners to, as most of the holes are open but they will have a chance to throw as far as they can
-While this is a simple beginner course, hole length isn't sacrificed (except for 9)
-Nice variety of hole lengths and hyzer, anhyzer, and straight shots. The designers did a good job of using the elevation changes well here, most notably on holes 2 and 3.
-Holes 1-3 play around the center of the park, then the course flows well in one constant direction
-The road is O.B., adding to the technicality of several holes
Cons: -The chains in the baskets are pretty rusty on most of the holes
-There is a steep slope and nasty rough on the edges of 7-9, so be careful to make sure that your disc stays on the fairways here
-Tees are natural, and are played on sloping hills or bumpy ground for the first few holes
-The basket for hole 2 has been missing all of 2013. I heard they took it down in the winter for a sledding competition, so they must've never made the effort to put it back up
-Since the course heads in one direction (away from the first 3 holes) there is a long walk back to the parking lot. I'd recommend playing the course backwards instead, since you're walking back in that direction anyways.
-A sign to hole 4 would help, it is located to the left of the barn
Other Thoughts: My favorite holes here are:

3- A nice downhill shot that gives you a chance to really watch you disc glide. The big tree in the middle offers either a big hyzer or anhyzer line.
4-A tunnel shot through low hanging trees with an anhyzer line to the basket
7-A very long, but pretty tight, line to the basket

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Small improvements could make a real difference

2-4    3/3/2013   3/3/2013
Review By: jhilton
Played: 47  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 3.4 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Some nice variety of shots. long, short, left, straight, right
2) Designed in a way that allows players of many skill levels to play
3) This park isn't much so the DG course gives people a reason to come here
Cons: 1) Missing basket on #2
2) Missing Tee Sign on #1 and #7
3) Only nine holes - looks like it could be 18 with some time spent in the trees after hole #9
4) Dug out teepads - at the moment they are not good, but if they are dug out to make room for gravel, flypads or concrete, then this may turn into a positive
Other Thoughts: Hole #1 - This is a mid length right turn on a hillside that requires some skill in landing a disc well to avoid a big roll away

Hole #2 - This basket is missing, but it appears to be a mid length, uphill/sidehill drive to a spot near the top of the hill

Hole #3 - This has both a left and a right line around a big tree to a basket about 330 away. This was a fun hole. We threw from the street rather than the tee pad to get better footing. The dug out teepad looked really dangerous.

Hole #4 - This may be one of the most scenic, with tall grass to one side and some nice rows of trees. The main line is a tunnel down the center but there is a sneak RHBH hyzer line out through the right.

Hole #5 - Longer uphill par 3 with some nice road OB on the right. Good use of terrain.

Hole #6 - This also makes great use of the road for OB. Par 4 with OB all right, nasty brush left and a big tree to negotiate on the approach.

Hole #7 - This is a cool wider tunnel hole that ends near some old looking shack (although we imagine more recently built, given the nature of the cuts in the wood). This hole gives you some nice birdie chances at par 5 if you can bomb a disc fairly straight.

Hole #8 - This is a straight tunnel drive to a basket left. Be aware that any dispersion into the trees is gonna have you in a place with more thorns than your grandmother's rosebushes.

Hole #9 - Very cool shorter par 3 on a sloped hill. If you go for the ace, you risk a massive approach shot from a painful place.

Overall, this course shows real promise. We took the advice of another reviewer and played holes 8-4 backwards from the #9 basket to make the long walk more worthwhile. There appears to be room and some paths for some neat woods holes below hole #9. If there really are plans for PFDS to expand this course, that would be great. Until then, with the damages to the course (Holes 1, 2, 7) and the awkward dugout tees, this course stays near average.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Alright 9

2-4    7/24/2012   7/24/2012
Review By: timbur3
Played: 75  Reviewed: 51  Exp: 7.5 Years
This review was updated on 8/21/2013
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course flowed well and had good signage (except #7 was missing its sign). There were a few long holes and a few short which can test your tactical shots. The baskets were very nice. On the first 3 holes the wind makes for an exciting challenge. Pars are very fair that are on the signs.

Playing this course backwards is almost more fun than forwards. Even going from the #4 basket all the way back across the road to the #3 basket.
Cons: The tee pads were basically holes in the ground which made for some tough footing sometimes. There was a 10 minute walk from hole 9 to the parking lot. The woods are very thick and it can take some time to find your discs if you stray too far from the fairway.
Other Thoughts: There is absolutley room for 18 holes on the land. When I played in a high school tourney here with J. Gary Dropcho, he set up 9 more good holes, with portable baskets, to make it 18. So it is possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Solid Course

2-4    7/24/2012   7/24/2012
Review By: hogwild428
Played: 79  Reviewed: 25  Exp: 15.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's pretty easy to get around the course and every hole is marked pretty well, with the exception of hole 7 which is missing its sign. Starts with a few wide open holes with fun elevation changes to make things interesting. There are a couple of longer holes where you can test your arm, but still have to be able to locate where you land your drives. The course finishes with a couple of nice, short holes through the woods.
Cons: Biggest con is the fact that the end of the 9th hole is a long walk from the parking lot. This course dropped from a 2.5 to a 2 because of the long walk. The tees could use a bit of work too. I don't mind natural tees, but the ones here are very rough and uneven. Digging them out a bit would make a pretty big difference here.
Other Thoughts: The rough can be pretty intense on this course. There is some serious tall grass along the fairway on 4. If you happen to go in there you can be in trouble.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Just wait for the improvements to come.....

5+    2/27/2011   2/28/2011
Review By: chris deitzel
Played: 184  Reviewed: 32  Exp: 21.3 Years
This review was updated on 4/8/2014
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is an interesting little course that is located in a beautiful park that is very close to Knob Hill and Linbrook Park. This course does not get much use at all and is a great place to come and practice or to get away from the crowds of some of the other courses in the area. The grass on the course is beautiful as well and it is a nice walk in the park with some spectacular views as you play.

The holes on the course are actually fairly decent holes. Hole 3 is a great downhill shot that is always fun to unload your bag on. Hole 4 is one of the nicest holes on the course with a row of trees, a sloping fairway and fast green. Really makes for a great hole. Really all of the holes are good holes and have different challenges.

Nice park with some good amenities.

Hardly anyone ever there.

Cons: The biggest problem with the course is that hole 9 finishes about a mile from the parking lot that you started at. Which isn't so bad if you just play the course backwards. 9's basket to 8, 8's basket to 7, etc etc. Playing the course backwards makes for some beautiful and fun holes. Since nobody is ever there, you can actually do this.

The tee areas are not the best. And on the first few holes, they are placed way too close to the previous basket.

Missing a tee sign on 7
Other Thoughts: As is Economy is worth playing if you are in the area. It is a nice place to play when Knob Hill is muddy, as this course has good drainage and stays dry. The course definitely has some challenge to it and the holes are fun to throw. But with the big walk at the end of the course, it just discourages people from playing here.

Plans for additional 9-holes have stalled. Who knows if it will ever happen?

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Loop Then Straight Away

1    7/4/2010   7/7/2010
Review By: swatso
Played: 370  Reviewed: 348  Exp: 6.3 Years
This review was updated on 7/15/2010
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
Easy to navigate, even w/o a map, as tee signs show where the next tee is.
Cons:
Single tee/basket. Natural, somewhat-level tee locations becoming rutted/filled with weeds. Long walk back from basket-9 to parking lot.
Other Thoughts:
Initially plays on an open hillside then in wood-lined open-space in a moderate-sized public park. Elevation change on most holes but the final two, which require good-n-straight touch shots. Fairly open, although #4 has you throwing between two rows of trees early, and #8 pinches you late at the basket.

Navigation: The first three holes play across, up/across, then down a large, open, grassy hillside. Cross the street tee to find tee-4, and all remaining holes pretty much play in a linear direction, away from the parking lot. Tee-7's sign was uprooted - it is down and left from basket-6.

An okay change-of-pace to nearby Knob Hill and Two Mile Run Extension if planning to play in the area.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Not a Bad Eagle Scout Project!

1    8/10/2009   8/10/2009
Review By: jblough
Played: 85  Reviewed: 85  Exp: 5.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Parking is very close to the first tee and bathrooms are a short walk/drive away on another part of the park. There's even a pool nearby if you want to take a swim after your round! (Tempting for me, considering I played midday when it was in the mid 80s!)

The openness of the park and the fact that the course closes at 11pm would make it GREAT for glow disc golf!

Signage is good and well-marked. Even without the signs, the holes wouldn't be too hard to find.

This course is very open, but there are some nice downhill/uphill/fairway shots. Decent lengths on some holes give you a chance to really test your power! Very wooded roughs on 5,6,7,8 and a giant tree hazard on #3 keep you on your toes when throwing.

The barn and other old historical structures are nice scenery when playing.
Cons: As mentioned in another review, the last hole is very far away from the parking lot. I recommend playing another 9 holes back to your vehicle!

The dirt tees are very uneven and impossible to get footing. Because RHBH x-steps were not possible, I had to resort to forehand drives.

While this may not be a con for all, I found the course to be a little too open. Should the course be expanded to 18, I hope that they utilize the wooded areas of the park more.
Other Thoughts: I'm surprised the PFDS (Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society) doesn't list this place as one of its courses -- especially considering it's better than Monroeville, the other 9 hole one listed on its website. I enjoyed myself here and will come back sometime.

Since this park is located near Knob Hill and sort of on the way to Moraine, you should definitely stop here on your tour of Pittsburgh's great courses! Keep this place in mind if you ever want to play glow golf!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 A good half of a course

12/31/2007   1/2/2008
Review By: MattK
Played: 49  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 8.5 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: All tees and holes are clearly labeled, detailed signs at each tee. Good usage of the changes in elevation and limited foliage. There actually are a good variety of holes, and the course progresses from the easiest through the more challenging ones.
Cons: While the holes themselves are good (with the exception of #2, which plays too close to a roadway), the overall layout of the course is poor: there is an extremely long walk from number nine to number one. Some people compensate for this by playing nine holes forward followed by nine backward to make eighteen.
Other Thoughts: It is the good beginning of a course, and I'd love to see it expanded to a full 18; there seems to be the land for it. If that happens this may grow into a nice compliment to nearby Knob Hill. Right now however, it's just passable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.


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