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Pros: Shorter course, good for beginners who don't throw very far (i.e., doesn't require a bomb off the tee to have a chance at a deuce). While mostly in the woods, there's a decent mix of lightly and heavily wooded throws with a few open-field throws to mix it up.
Signage is excellent, though if you play the shorter tees you'll need to trek back to the long ones to see the hole map.
Good course to learn to finesse your mids and get your lines right.
Cons: As others have said, it's a tight course on a narrow strip of land, so if there are any crowds at all at the park you'll need to contend with people crossing your lines. Holes near the road can be a problem if your accuracy is lacking.
While only a couple of the holes list water as "in play," it's a concern on quite a few holes where if you get it wrong either long or right you can easily splash down. Bring your stable/overstable discs.
Other Thoughts: Given how squeezed the course is, the way you play it should depends on the crowd level. If empty, play how you want. If crowded, consider playing the red tees so you have no over-the-parking-lot throws, and consider enforcing an anhyzer mando on yourself on #8 so you stay to the left of the playground.
Be careful searching for lost discs on any of the holes near the pond - thorns/briars hurt, the footing can be uneven, and pine straw covering can be slippery.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
I love this place
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: The best signage and directions around!
2 Tee Pads (again the best around!)
short and long baskets (making for 4 different experiences)
Beginner friendly, but will require patience.
A beautiful, clean park with friendly veterans and families throughout.
some tight holes with a few challenges (branches, water, brush, minor elevation and mandos)
Cons: I have not played many courses....but I don't have a major one. PEOPLE could be a con a guess...holes across the parking lot and/or near parked cars (I have yet to hit one, and dread that I will.....Usually I overcompensate the opposite way and foul up my hole!), people on the swing right near holes 8 & 10 (not so much on 18, but I guess it could be a problem for the errant throw.) Outdoor supplies being sold right on top of the 3rd tee hole (only on weekends) or the football team occasionally practicing on hole 12....but then again it is a community park and not just a disc golf course, so deal with it.
Other Thoughts: I love this place and probably spend 10-20 hours a week here if all goes the way I hope and plan!
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 2 Teepads & 2 Baskets allow for every kind of player from novice to pro to find difficulty at shumaker
Great use of the pond, roads, mandos, and hills to create difficulty.
Most holes have multiple tight routes
Great safari layout!
Best teepads of any course I've played.
Cons: Walkers/bikers/children at play. Patience is a virtue and while it doesnt bother me to skip a hole on a small course it could bother some disc golfers. People are used to disc golf at shumaker and will move out of the way usually or just ask politely. I've never had anyone become rude or refuse.
Hole eight yellow is close to children slides. Its easy enough to skip though its right next to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Close to gas stations/food. Have bathrooms and water fountain on site always pretty close by.
I truly enjoy every second I spend at shumaker. Its a sour patch kid, one day itll love you and give you the best score of your life and the next youll peg every tree, go in the road, miss your putt and roll down a hill. You'll learn patience and how to throw controlled lines at shumaker or fail miserably in the attempt.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Permanent red and yellow baskets on each hole.
Slightly wide and long rubber pads with excellent placement and drainage to the sides installed properly on level surface, not one single pad had divots, or imperfections around the earth that allowed you to approach from multiple sides.
Smart basket placement for red and yellow rated , a few options available off the tee-pad on lanes you would take towards the basket.
Excellent use of the land space
With 2 pads and 2 baskets offers 4 different ways to play each hole, increasing replay value.
This place will work on the parts of the game that matters most, placement and approach play and smart lane choices.
Beginners will enjoy seeing birdy options Advanced players will enjoy the many options to replay this course and lane/line opportunism for practice.
Water and elevation skip hazards will force careful placement if your running at the basket for ace runs.
Great signage , next tee signs.
Does not take long to play the course.
Very clean, no trash.
Restroom and water avail on site.
Cons: Park safety stops this from being a 4. Mandos attempt to correct this. Multiple people playing can inter lap fairways
Some may consider the length of the holes to be a con if your a fan of just throwing giant hyzers.
New players may get upset at some of the tight lanes and mando's on a few of the holes.
There is a playground on the site and some benches/walking paths and roadway which will come into consideration at times,
Other Thoughts: I got to play this course on accident was driving though to Chesapeake from pa and was a last minute choice since it was on the way, This was refreshing, played the course twice was no boring, I WISH WISH WISH this course was closer to me. Please if you are driving through do yourself a favor and get off the highway and play this. Hopefully there are not alot of people there when you are, see cons.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Best of the few courses I've played
Pros: I've only been playing for four months, but this course is the best I have come across.
The water adds a great mental challenge to the beginning of the round. Luckily for me the water was only a few inches deep a couple feet from shore.
The distances and room for error are appropriate for each hole. The open holes are long and the short holes are tight or have some hazard. No holes were too easy or too hard playing from the long tees to the long baskets.
Despite the trees everywhere, there is very little underbrush to lose a disc. There are some thorns, but nothing that prevents finding a disc. Even discs in the water are easily retrievable.
The course uses its little elevation change brilliantly. Baskets are placed on or near the hills to add another variable to the putt. Going for a long one putt might lead to a frustrating three if the hill takes it.
Once you find the first tee, finding the next tee from the basket is simple. The small arrows attached to the baskets are helpful.
Nice people. It was my first time playing the course and a local gave me a scorecard with the course layout in exchange for me reviewing the course.
Great location. Being located right off of 50 makes it a great place to play. I played on the way back from the beach with my girlfriend, who also called this course the best she has played.
The pond. It's massive. Though a bit dirty, it definitely adds to the round.
The signage is accurate and points out the location of the red tee relative to the yellow. This is helpful for the spot where there are 6 tees in a tiny area.
The mandos are clearly marked in almost all cases. The signs are bright to contrast with the trees, although one hole (10?) had the signs partially obscured by tree branches and were cardboard color against a tree background.
I like the two sets of tees AND baskets. Playing from near tees to far baskets and vice versa adds two intermediate difficulties to make the course feel new to those replaying it.
Cons: The biggest con is safety. Throws near the parking lot, near the playground, and near other fairways are routine. A tee shot of mine ricocheted off a tree and crossed over another player's disc on another hole. With the back 9 being more tightly wooded and less spacious, there is a significant chance to get hit by or hit someone with a disc. Be aware at all times. Some baskets are also located right along the road and walking trail.
The trees produce a lot of debris (pine cones, branches, etc.) that lays on the fairways. This isn't a big problem, just something my girlfriend noted.
Finding the first tee from the parking lot is a bit difficult the first time through. "It's by the big cowboy head." Great, but where is the big cowboy head?
I played during a weekday, but if this course is crowded, safety would be a major issue. Plan accordingly.
There is no elevation change on tee shots at all. What little elevation change is left for approach shots to maximize the effect the slope has on the course.
Other Thoughts: Some of the baskets are tightly guarded by trees.
I liked the short dog leg left hole with the mando (7?). I got a birdie due to throwing an overstable disc up in the air a bit and letting it stall out and take a sharp left turn. I ended up about 15 feet from the basket.
The basket on 14 I believe is a cool sight. The basket is in the open with about 40 feet behind it and then the pond. It makes focusing on the basket a bit more difficult knowing that a long miss could end up in the water if the hill grabs it.
I love the challenge that each hole has. Everything seemed to have the right level of difficulty and danger.
My rating for the course is a 4. Other people on the course can severely affect the enjoyment and safety of the course. If the playground is in use, forget about throwing at those baskets near it. Other than the potential for not being able to play some holes and to be hit with a disc, this is an excellent course. I would highly recommend playing it during off-peak hours.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Always a good time on the Pond!
Pros: 2 Tees and 2 Pins
Sign on all 18
Excellent mix of 'Mandos'
Easy to navigate
Good mix of narrow & open shots
Cons: Goose poop on 3, 4, & 5
Some throws are a little too close to the road and main parking lot
Other Thoughts: Always a good time at Schumaker Pond!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Fun, Flexible Course
Pros: Multiple tees and two baskets on each hole provide a great variety of play experience. Great for a group with mixed skill levels. Lots of trees, which means you have to aim carefully and hit your line.
Cons: Not much elevation change to work with, but it has been taken advantage of where possible.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: very tight technical course. the water plays part in about 6 holes. if your disc doesn't go to far in the water it is shallow enough to retrieve.
Cons: lots of trees in the way. i hate trees. also there is a lot of pedestrians. with it being in a city park it is in the middle of a city park.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Excellent variety, incorporates many different types of terrain, including water very nicely. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody, because it presents a challeng to newbies and veterans alike. I love this course bbecause of its variety and flow, and for the fact that I can come play a quick round when I want in a nice atmosphere, and not have to allow a day for it. In fact, if you are eplaying solo, you can probably get in a round in 45 minutes. Water holes present nice risk/reward situations.
Cons: people other than disc golfers are present during some parts of the day. However, if someone is obstructing your throw, you could go the the other pin position if it is only a casual round.
Other Thoughts: Pro shop in the bathroom facilities is nice (open when course designer,Chris Roberts, is there), and local players were very helpful and knowledgeable. I would come to play this course again for sure, and it's not too far from the "beaten path."
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: **I played Gold tees to Gold pins**
-Dual Tees and Dual pins for every hole, makes lots of good combinations
-Rubber tee pads! I prefer these.
-Signs are very nice, though they really don't give an accurate representation of all the trees on the back nine
-Good use of Mandos.
-Loved #3. I had never thrown from a dock before and that was great fun despite the goose poop.
Cons: -The course is extremely tight
-#8 should be removed from the course all together for safety reason, throwing over a parking lot to a basket that is in the middle of a play ground. I took the safe route and 2 putted just so I wouldn't hit any toddlers that were playing there
-On the back nine, "fairways" were cluttered with trees and random picnic tables. Not very friendly to beginners or novices
-Holes down by the water were covered in goose poop but there isn't much to do about that.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time on the first 7 holes after that was just frustration with the course design. Remove #8 and move some picnic tabes and knock down a few trees and you would have a great course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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