Brooklyn has Disc Golf!
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Pros: Great setting! The park is beautiful and a perfect setting for inner city disc golf. Surprisingly challenging for a public setting. A mix of trees and woods create the need for some tight throws. I also found that putting at an object can be harder than into a basket. Taking on more object courses can only improve one's overall putting. 20 holes with alternates in case the public traffic prevents you from playing through on certain holes. This ensures you can get a solid 18 in even if the park is crowded. It breaks down to two nine hole courses Long Meadow and Nethermead.
Cons: No baskets. This is an object course, baskets would make this a real great course, but from what I hear the city won't budge. A bit hard to follow. Absolutely recommend printing the map, course description and the pictures found on the course site. Each tee and goal is marked, but you will need to really look for them and if alone I believe the photos will help.
Big Con here: People! On a weekend they were everywhere. I even accidentally hit a pedestrian! My bad! But this can be overcome by starting early or playing at off times or off season.
Other Thoughts: It should probably be rated a 2.5, but the targets, layout and fact that the nearest DG course to this one is 27+ miles outside of the city earns it a solid 3. A really nice course, despite my Cons. You can work around the people and if you follow the course homepage's pictures, map and description it all comes together. Since I played the old setup, the course website has been updated and the descriptions in the walkthrough section helps immensely. My brother (A Brooklyn native and lover of Prospect Park) walked the course with me as I played and was surprised to find the tee markings (with spray painted numbers!) He walked past these sites several times and never noticed the tee and target markings before now! Reading the website via phone and discovering the marked tees and targets was like searching a Disc Golf DaVici Code mystery! Playing at off times (early and weekdays) would improve the course experience greatly. I played on a Wednesday morning and had little trouble.
One other note: If you contact the guys on the homepage, they are very approachable and helpful. I contacted Mel and he met me and took me through the course. Great guy and he is open to meeting any first time visitors to his home course. If possible email him from the home site and make a date. He made the whole experience that much better! The local guys have told me they are setting up alternate holes, to deal with the busy fairways, possibly in the woods. Check the website for updates!
Note #2: There is much construction on the course and you are forced to skip a few holes.
Fav: Hole 3 / A mando throw under a bridge through a tunnel! Great fun and not found anywhere else I've played yet.
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