Sandbox Mode Park
Pros: -Am and Pro Pads, all concrete
-Simple to navigate/good layout flow from tee to tee. Signage is weak and probably not accurate, but its not really necessary to figure out where to go next.
-Quick and Fun. Great If you only have an 45 min- or an hour or so to play
-Bathrooms open during most of the year
-Well maintained park
Cons: -Simple and Boring: Little variation and no surprises to be seen here
-Park floods very easily, even after light rain or snow melting
-Morris County locals in the park: High in the running for the title of most entitled, ignorant, selfish,petty, rude, bossy, vain, fake and elitist people in NJ. Don't throw anywhere near them, and expect to wait awhile for them to finally move along. You may occasionally get some nasty glances from them, because in their eyes you must be a drug using criminal if you are playing disc golf. A few will be estatic if you hit them, their family, or their cars with a disc... Before you can apologize you will be served legal papers.
-Two or three present opportunities for discs to vanish without a trace, or to go OB into a road, or some uptight local's backyard
-You only really need a midrange to play most, if not all of the course.
-Chains are pretty rusted
Other Thoughts: A very simple, straightforward, boring, beginner-friendly nine hole course. Its pleasant and good for a warm up, or to work on midrange shots and putts. Don't go out of your way to check it out, you aren't missing anything. It still three times better than nearby Chimney Rock DGC though.
A Perfectly Fine Course
Pros: Harry Dunham is a great course for playing a lot of perfectly fine holes quickly.
This is a great entry level course because it gives you enough variety without being too challenging to lead to frustration.
Two tee pads per hole allows you to play 18 different holes in about 45 minutes - 1 hour.
Cons: -If you have a big arm, the course will feel very short.
-There definitely is a good change of landing on walking paths, playgrounds or roadways. So look before you throw!
-Baskets are getting pretty rusty
Other Thoughts: Harry Dunham is a fine course. It won't provide experienced players a lot of challenge but for those new to the sport its great exposure. Even though its only 9 holes, there are two tee pads per hold so you can still get 18 different shots.
This isn't a course that you put on a bucket list, but for a quick round its perfectly fine.
2 Helpful / 0 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 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 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 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a well maintained park with a playground, bathrooms, and other facilities. Each tee is asphalt and signage is first rate. The course plays counter clockwise on the outside of the park. Because of this many of the throws are left to right. If played before the park is crowded it can be used for a friendly game among friends or for some nice practice. Especially if you use the dual tees to make it play like 18 baskets.
Cons: Basket 2 is a bit hairy because it is a left to right throw along side a road. If your throw gets away from you it could end up headed for the street and it is fairly well used. There is also a home behind 2 but it should not be a problem unless you are being foolish. 3 kind of scares me because on the right you have heavy brush with lots of briars and on the left is the real nice children's playground. If a disc got away here when children are playing or a child decides to take off running when attention is not being fully shown by all involved it could be ugly. 6 is a nice slightly downhill throw but it is next to the parking lot so be careful. 7 and 8 are next to a very well used walking and running path.
Other Thoughts: This is a good place to play if the park is quiet. Like early in the morning like I did. Other than that it has very little potential. Unless they want to expand it into the woods where I saw the people on mountain bikes going.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Little Pitch and Putt
Pros: Excellent signage. Well groomed park. Course has 2 very nice aspalt tees per hole, thus 9 holes can be played as 18. I liked these tees more than I expected too. Meanders along perimeter of park and does a fair job of avoiding other park activities. Great place to air out drives. Optimal place to practice open game, teach, and learn new discs. Open course, little chance to lose discs. Given the limited space, the holes have some nice length...any longer and it would be dangerous, any shorter and it would be too boring. Nice use of small slopes and minimal trees to utilize limited obstacles into fun factor of course. Play it during winter or off season and this course is much funner as there will be limited traffic in park. I played in February, I had no pedestrian problems. #7 owned me I had all kinds of trouble there!
Cons: It's flat, like south Jersey flat but it's not south Jersey. Holes 2 and 4 will have you driving parallel to roads, be careful. Hole #6 plays around a parking area, watch for cars. Hole #9 runs along a baseball field, it's not unrealistic to lose a drive into the playing area. Wish the woods between 8 and 9 were used for a few holes..this would increase the variety and safety of the course. Watch the walking path as well. If you don't clear the brush on hole #7 your gonna be pissy! I was, took a 7, hit a tree then tomahawked into a 2 meter rule then threw an anhyzer that the wind grabbed and threw into walking path before eventaully holing out....pretty funny having all that trouble on a course I thought was easy as pie.
Other Thoughts: Poor North Jersey and New York....All those people and such limited courses to choose from. If anyone can build some more elite courses up there I am sure Disc Golf will take off.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The park is very well kept and very nice looking. The actual disc golf course is well marked and well groomed. Every hole has well marked tees and signs. All of the holes are in the open with very little in between the tee and the basket. Hole 7 has some rough to the right where it is easy to lose a disc. The course winds through the various amenitites of the park so you have to watch for people before throwing off. Overall a pretty nice course.
Cons: Not much variety here - all the holes are open and relatively flat.
The park was crowded when I played it - this was especially hard on the holes adjacent to the playground.
Other Thoughts: The course is pretty windy, and since it is all open, the wind comes in to play on all holes.
The large wood carvings around the course are pretty cool.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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