Pros: The park is huge and well manicured with many amenities. The course itself is well maintained, and pretty easy for beginners, like myself. You can get free equipment if you stop by the Basking Ridge Recreation Center nearby. There are plenty of things to do if others in your party aren't playing. Huge play area for kids.
Cons: Gnats...lots of them! The entire park is full of gnats for whatever reason...they'll be in your face all day. Not much of a problem, but very annoying if you hate that sort of thing. Other paths in the park either cross the course or pass close by, so you have to wait for others to get out of the way before you throw.
Nice Casual Course
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: * Well maintained signs and baskets
* Very clean/tidy park
* Two tee locations
* A couple of holes where you can air out your discs
* Great for beginners or casual playing
* Lots of parking
Cons: * Lots of pedestrians
* Soccer course to the left on two holes
* Could be an easy course for better players
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses for nice, casual playing.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
I love it!
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: - No garbage on the course
- In a park so toddlers can go on the playground
Cons: - There are many trees in your way
- MANY people are on the course
- Garbage on the course
- Not a full round
Other Thoughts: This is a course to go back to, but this was not my favorite course.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Good Beginners Course
Pros: Wide open with a couple par 4s. There are bathrooms there in case you need them. The baskets are in perfect condition and the grounds are well maintained.
Cons: Not too much challenge. No trees really to throw through it is pretty much all straight throws to the baskets. Some holes are a little close to the playground so you need some accuracy but i have never had a problem.
Other Thoughts: I started playing on this course I think it is a great course to practice on. It has two starting tees which is always nice.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
straightforward, simple course
Pros: nice tees boxes, two per hole. clear signage and navigation. good park, plenty of facilities and parking.
Cons: very straightforward, open holes so no need to use a lot of shots. course runs next to a jogging path so lots of pedestrian traffic. although the course briefly goes up against the woods, it does not make use of the woods.
Other Thoughts: the lack of variety makes this course boring, just a tee, open area and a basket for most holes. the alternate tees could have been better served being located in different areas to give this a true 18-hole feel. good practice for putting, easy to get in a quick round, but not worth driving out of the way to play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Good beginner course...
Pros: Easy to find, easy to navigate. Ample parking. Bathroom access. Mostly open, with a few trees involved or easy doglegs to keep you honest. Good for beginners and/or families, nice for advanced players to work on approach and putting.
Cons: Lots of open field = lots of places for families to be in the way. I played during dinner-time, so it was empty; I can imagine that this place is packed with non-golfers at times.
Hole #4 in particular can easily lend itself to having a disc fly into traffic on a fairly busy road. Hole #6 ends at the corner of the parking lot; too close to cars for me.
Other Thoughts: The town of Liberty Corner, NJ put in this course and did a surprisingly good job with what they had. The course is just a little 9-hole town park course, but they have two sets of concrete tees for each hole and the baskets and tees are well-marked. There's no course layout handy, but you really don't need it - the course is small enough that you can easily see the next tee when you hole out.
In all honesty, any intermediate-level player or above should be birdieing these; no need to bring your distance drivers here.
I only had time for nine holes, but this is the type of course where you can just relax and have fun. Not too difficult, laid-back stuff. I'd play it again, and smile as I did.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good if you are looking for a quick round
Cons: Out in the open
Share park with other amenities
have a few shots that are next to main road or throw over walking path
Short holes even with extended tees
Other Thoughts: Don't expect anything too challenging
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Harry not so Hairy
Pros: 1) Nice clean park
2) Plenty of parking
3) Easy to navigate
4) Relaxing, tough to lose a disc or score a snowman
5) A couple of ace runs, a couple of tricky holes
6) Two tees per hole turns 9 into 18 holes
7) Played 100+ times and never ran into course traffic!!
Cons: 1) OK, as others have stated, this ain't "Warwick Animal to Blues" (search if you are clueless), it is pretty simple, easy golf. Only holes 7a and 7b give you a challenge (but a darn fine challenge it is!!).
2) Don't go if you want to meet up with fellow golfers, guarantee you will be playing the course alone.
3) Funky pars, just get on the trolley and play everything as a three like the big boys.
Other Thoughts: Harry Dunham was the nearest course to my workplace, so I played there pretty regularly from 2001-2006. You can easily get a few rounds in in an hour or so playing solo. I usually played a quick front 9/back 9. Most holes are EASY threes, my lows were -8 from the short and -7 from the long. Favorite holes are 7 long and 6 short (you were kicking yourself if you didn't deuce). All in all a happy, clean, peaceful course, if not overly difficult.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Course has a good mix of holes for righties and lefties, and for technique and power. Course is very well groomed. Layout flows. It's never too trafficked. You will probably never lose any discs. There are A and B tees at each hole. Each hole is well marked. No park fee.
Cons: You only need one solid throw to beat a hole.
Other Thoughts: All the holes should be played as par 3's, though some are labeled par 4. I've played the course 30+ times to date, and still love throwing a round here. Sure the course isn't that difficult, and the holes aren't super clever, but the course doesn't try to do more than it can or should. It's very strong for a simple course and it's definitely underrated in my opinion.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Basic Community Course with Perks
Pros: Harry Dunham Park is a large, clean, and well-maintained community park and is a nice setting for a DG course. The course is good for a quick rip through 9 holes, but one big advantage at Harry Dunham that a lot of community courses don't have is multiple tees. Having two sets of tee pads makes it possible to play 18 holes by using both positions.
Overall, the baskets and tee pads are starting to show signs of wear but are still in good working condition.
For a local park, the signage is amazing. The entire fairway is clearly depicted on the tee signs as are the locations of both tees, length to basket, and intended flight path.
Cons: Inevitably, pedestrians are a major hazard in a community park. The location of some of the tees/baskets come close to roads, paths, and parking lots making it potentially dangerous for bystanders.
Although there are two tees for each basket, for a lot of the holes the distance to the pin and the expected flight path is too similar to really take full advantage of multiple tees.
Despite having such a large community area, very few trees and other obstacles are factored into the design of the course. The bulk of the holes are simply drive/approach and putt. Additionally, the fairways border some gnarly brush that is dense and full of prickers. It would be very easy to lose a shanked drive in the thick rough. Drainage was an issue on a few of the holes and the tees and fairways were soggy.
Other Thoughts: For families, those starting out, and for locals near the course, Harry Dunham park offers a great opportunity to play disc golf. For any seasoned player, this course would be great practice for approach and putting.
As happens with many courses that are in community parks, the land allotted for DG probably factored into the layout. If the surrounding woods were included in the course (perhaps another 9 holes) and if some of the baskets were repositioned to make the existing holes longer and/or more challenging, Harry Dunham park could easily step up a few pegs and be a quality DG course that Central/Northern NJ so desperately needs.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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