4 Helpful / 0 Not
Scenic but not safe
Pros: Great scenery and some creative holes crossing back and forth over a river. Nice elevation changes, and a good mix of short and medium length holes. Having two baskets for each hole is a clever alternative to having two tee pads.
The course houses an unbelievably well-stocked pro shop, and offers a great opportunity to fill up on new plastic before your round.
I felt that the $6 price was very reasonable considering the amount of private land required to construct a course like this.
Cons: The course layout poses genuine safety hazards. The flight paths cross each other in more than just a couple locations, and hole 18 in particular is basically unplayable on a busy day.
Also, while the course is challenging and requires a lot of accuracy, it doesn't feel like a variety of shots are required - specifically anhyzers and overhead shots.
Lastly, the silver baskets are hard to see - I'm sure this gets better with experience.
Other Thoughts: If you can make it here during off-peak hours (like a weekday afternoon), you'll have a lot more fun.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A Must Play
Pros: - two great layouts, silver and gold, playing from a single tee to either a Mach or a DISCatcher
- some amazIng pin locations
- some tricky, man-made obstacles like woodpiles
- water, woods, terrain, open fields, mandos. This course has some of everything.
- benches near most holes
- the best signs I've ever seen, one set of gold, one for silver, giving a description of the ideal flight to the hole, with 3 pictures to go with said description so you can easily visualize what they're saying
- this course is home to the Marshall Street pro shop, probably one of the top 2 pro shops you can go to
- 2 double disc courts
- port-a-potties near parking lot
Cons: - the front nine layout gets a little shaky when you just throw uphill, downhill. And by shaky, I mean repetitive and/or slightly dangerous if the course is crowded because you're sometime throwing very close to the next tee.
- not many trash cans
- some holes (like 13) look awesome, but then don't really have any lane to the basket when you step on the tee. That's no fun and can be frustrating, and it'll only get worse as the trees grow up
- holes 17 & 18. Honestly, with how nice the rest of the course is these holes are just lame. They throw down the driveway, back to the house simply to get you back to the parking lot and make it an 18 hole course. The last little bit could use some redesign.
Other Thoughts: Marshall Street easily has the largest selection of discs and nearly every off-brand disc on the market. They just recently expanded the store into their old garage (the store is the lower level of the owner's house), so it is now twice the size.
No one was using the double disc courts while I was here, but the owner's are more than happy to show you how to play if there's not much traffic on the course.
There are lots of fun shots on the front 9. Even though it's just back and forth it is still more technical than the back. The back 9 will open up your arm a bit more as you climb out of the woods and back into the fields next to the house.
Even with some of it's cons, Pyramids is easily one of the best courses in the nation, especially when you take into consideration that it is the home of Marshall Street, and right around the corner from Maple Hill. A must visit course for any traveling disc golfer.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very nicely groomed course, some holes have narrow tunnely shots makes it great and fun. well designed IMO very friendly people running the show. greatest proshop in the basement nice staff, im down there quite a bit. On hole 13 you got a beautiful view of a swamp at the bottom of the hill and worcester airport, its nice to take a brake and chill there for a few mins. Each tee pad is made of rubber and has tee signs for the silver and gold course, and a broom to sweep away debree that could affect your shot. another plus would be thats about 10 mins from my house.
Cons: The parking lot is right in the middle of hole 18, it feels a little crappy with the thought of nailing a car. Or getting your car nailed.
Other Thoughts: this is where it all started for me, its great to play, i play here as much as i can. super awesome course if you want to take a youngin
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For me this is where it all started.
The Pro Shop here is outstanding with a HUGE variety of discs, gear, and schwag with recent updates to the layout making it even more appealing.
The course itself is laid out nicely with a good variety of terrain. The first 11 holes working back and forth across a creek bed, (the creek itself is "casual" and small enough that you can easily retrieve any wet discs) up and down the fairly steep "valley" sides. Its fairly wooded here with a mix of big deciduous trees and saplings but the lanes are wide enough to make it playable, yet challenging. The elevation changes keep you on your toes and can cause some nasty roll-backs if you should hit a tree or get up on edge on your landing.
The mix of Gold and Silver tee/basket options gives you up to four course options for play. They also have a lost & found should you lose track of a shot (say down into the valley off the left side of hole #13 for instance)
Cons: Hole #17 & #18.
After such a great day at the course, taking those last two shots down the ho-hum driveway/parking area is always a bit of a let-down. There's always a good chance your car will get nailed by an errant shot off the #18 tee pad.
To offset this, I've played both the Silver AND Gold on two other random holes sometime earlier in the day and skipped #17 and #18 altogether.
Other Thoughts: Don't worry about Baxter, the white Lab Retriever. He's all bark and waggin' tails though he can come across as imposing.
The old, grizzled German Shepherd however, is rather picky about whom can come near. She'll let you know if you're not...
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Home of the Pharoahs
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Special note: My rating went up a notch since they revamped the course in late 2011. Now, the worst hole on the course (#18) has been changed for the better - thank you!
Woodsy adventure that takes you through narrow, guarded fairways, through undulating elevation changes, and through a Christmas tree farm. Has two permanent pin positions for variety and immaculate teepads and signs. The course is fairly short for the most part, with many birdy opps., but a poor drive can be punishing due to many small trees outside the fairways, or some steep hills along the creekbed.
One of the greatest things about Pyramids is the disc golf pro shop on premeses. The selection is quite phenomenal (thousands of discs) and the staff most helpful. Give yourself extra time here.
Cons: These are quite minor- some of the long (gold) pins are quite close to the silver pins, such that they really don't change the difficulty or approach to the hole much (#10, #11)
Other Thoughts: A couple of the holes, especially #13 by the airport, and #14 can be maddenly tough if you don't play them smart. If you do, then you can par.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Just plain fun
Pros: Beautiful setting, super clean fairways, great pro shop on premises, friendly 'locals', white layout not too tight but still a challenge for most DGers, gold is tough.
Cons: Only one I think of is hole 18 plays over the parking lot. It's not a tough or long shot, but the thought of hitting someones car kinda sucks.
Other Thoughts: I got to play league with the locals when I happened through the area. Ended up on a card with owner Jason Southwick and two other really nice guys. The course itself was gorgeous and so well maintained, but playing with the local crew made it that much more fun, thanks guys!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Right down the street from Maple Hill. Large trees in nicely wooded forest. Longer technical shots. Plays up and down a stream valley for half of the course. Just enough long drives to keep the arm limber. Nicely layed out and well maintainded.
Cons: slopes of the valleys can get slick in inlclement weather. Don't like shooting towards the parking lot on the eighteenth.
Other Thoughts: More of a technical course than wide open. Definatey fun and the terrain is right up my alley.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Well maintained. Great variety of hole styles. A good challenge with two sets of pins. Great scenery and a lovely walk through the woods.
Cons: If you have no money you cannot play.
Other Thoughts: The pro shop is astounding. Every disc I have ever heard of was there.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great layout through the woods. The first 11 holes are especially fun to play with many trees and a creek in play. It is not too challenging for beginners, who will find the length rather accommodating. Allows experienced players a chance to throw up some aces. Tees are well marked and signs are clear and very helpful. Silver (easier) and gold (more difficult) holes make for more variety and a fresh take on each hole for multiple play throughs.
Cons: None of the holes are really designed for long range drives. Not a great variety in hole types, mostly wooded, so if you don't like a technical course, this isn't for you. Hole 17 is by the driveway, so watch out for cars, and hole 18 goes over the parking lot, so on busy days that could be treacherous.
Other Thoughts: Well worth the $5 and the hour and a half drive! You can play a round in the morning, head down the street to Hotdog Annie's for a quick cheap lunch, and come back for an afternoon round or two.
The Pro Shop on location is fantastic and the staff is very helpful. You can easily spend a while in there just looking over the discs before heading out to the course.
I highly recommend this course for all skill levels. It is a great use of space with some very memorable holes.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: great course,,,very wooded with amazing use of elevation. Well kept with good tee pads. Amazing pro shop. Id go here everyday if i lived close.
Cons: last couple holes are less than great. they follow the driveway in and the 18th you pretty much throw over the parking lot.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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