7 Helpful / 1 Not
Danger to Pedestrians
- Two permanent baskets and two tee pads (rubber) per hole. Each are marked either Blue or Gold. Gold tees play to gold basket, blue tees play to blue basket.
- Tee signs are simple but effective, and very easy to follow.
- Not much walking between holes. They are crammed on top of each other.
- Mandos and a plethora of trees throughout the course provide moderatly high challenge.
- Signature hole: Hole 3's gold Tee pad is on the wooden dock throwing back to shore.
Cons: - 18 holes each with 2 baskets in such a tiny wooded area is overkill. This course would have been better suited for 9 holes spaced further apart.
- You will cross fairways unless your disc flies the perfect indended line.
- Holes 9, 12, 13, and 14 present an opportunity to throw your disc straight into traffic on Schumaker Drive, where traffic was steady between 25 and 40 mph.
- Almost every hole plays near/around playground equipment or amenities. For how wooded this course is, discs can easily ricochet off a tree and injur playing children or observing adults.
Other Thoughts: For a park with some of the best Disc Golf equipment i've seen installed (baskets, tee signs and tee pads are spectacular), this is a course i don't want to play again. This courses layout kept me from concentrating on my throws and instead had me concentrating on where the pedestrian traffic was at all times. It is entirely too distracting for me as a beginner.
My opinion, Shumaker Pond DGC would make more sense being a 9-holer with two tee pads and two baskets per hole, spaced further from the playground equipment and Schumaker Road. Trying to put 18 in the limitted space between the lake and road created many hazzards for both the disc golfer and non-disc golfer. Half the holes i wouldn't dare throw a drive if children were using the playground equipment. If i had children, i would never bring them to play at this park in fear of them being hit by a disc. On 4 holes, you will have to look up and down Schumaker Road before driving to make sure no cars are coming or pedestrians walking the sidewalks.
In response to this review, I've been told "your concern is realistic but still is a bit exaggerated... needlessly scaring people away from playing there." My intention is not to scare people away from this course. My intention is to inform the anticipating player what to expect without exaggeration. I'm sure I'd play this course repeatedly if I lived nearby, learning the best days and times to play (I still wouldn't rate it higher). However, throwers lacking dependable accuracy will have many challenges. When holes are so close to other park amenities, sidewalks, and roads accidents can occur. Where there is playground equipment, children will stray and wonder (Check out Hole 9's pictures on this site). I'd rather not play a course where i can't concentrate fully on my throws and have to worry about making sure pedestrian traffic is fully aware of my potential (bad) play. Players with exemplary mid-range accuracy will have an easier outing.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Throw off the Dock!
Pros: Incredible use of limited space. There are 72 layouts crammed into a sliver of land between a huge pretty pond and a street. There are 2 baskets and 2 tees with bright gold baskets and gold tees as the longer course and brilliant red baskets and red tees as the shorts. Very easy to recognize this obvious design. (some park's first timers get confused of which tee or basket to use). Despite the efficient use of space the course offers a lot to like. Well constructed big rubber tees on all tees. A couple more longer open drives in the latter 9. Plenty of technical holes. Some fast greens with the lake serving as backdrop. The distances usually work for the land given, any longer and it would become a reckless hazzard. Any shorter, and you would be bored. Challenge is here due to the trees and a few fast greens. There are plenty of food options nearby. What makes this course a must play is hole #3, the chance to throw off a dock over an expanse of water to a basket nestled up a wooded bank on the distant shoreline. This is a once in a lifetime type of hole and makes the trip here worthwhile. Talk about intimidation......if it was just a grass field and not a deeeeep pond it would still be a fun hole but standing there and seeing water all around is just quite a treat. It's a good play if your heading to Ocean City,Md area from the Balt/DC area.
Cons: It's tight and at times it's tough to relax as there is potential for conflicts with 2 shots playing over parking lots...and a slew of others playing with the street nearby. Theres a little swing set/play area that is very close to some baskets and tees. Some park benches line the shoreline of the pond as well. While the trees are a great challenge at times it's a bit tight for the distance required to throw(16) or maybe I'm not a fan of lay up golf. Definite chance of lost disc to water on holes 2,3 and 4. I was there in mid September and the bathrooms were already locked for season...can you say God Bless Burger King! You never feel like your at a disc golf course as it is a multi-use park and there are few areas where you ever escape the street view. Mandos are here. I know some don't like mandos.(definetely needed to ensure safer play) Basket 1 is right next to bathroom building! Someone could take a lump after taking a dump!
Other Thoughts: Excellent use of a pretty sliver of land next to a great pond. Very odd to see 6 tee pads clustered so close to one another around tee 17. When you drive in the park will be on your left...you will see some baskets from the road..park near the bathroom building but park closer to street so you don't risk being in way of elevated tee that fires over lot(it's a small lot relax) at rear of bathroom building you will see basket #1, If your looking at pond the #1 tee will be to your right closer to the pond and there is a silly cowboy head on a post that serves as info and tee #1 area. Go meet the cowboy and enjoy.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Two by Two
Two (red and yellow, yellow longer) baskets, two teepads, signs on every hole. .Rubber teepads are long, wide, and flat. Easy course to follow for a first-time visitor. Practice basket. Not far from petrol and food.
Yellow basket for #8 is mere inches from a child's playground ride. Hole #10 also plays near playground. If other park visitors opt to visit the pond, hole #2, and possibly #'s 3&4, would have some interference. Not sure how often the open space that makes up #12's and #13's fairways is used by non-golfers. Throw too far left on #2/14, too far right on #3/4, too far period on #14/17, and you may find water.
Course is part of a multi-use park.. Fairly flat. While most holes are in the woods, this is not a deep-woods course, and the chance of losing a disc is relatively low, unless you find the pond. A few chances to air it out over open fairways. Nice blend of left, right, no turning holes. Fair fairways and/or throwing lanes, except 16-yellow seemed a bit over-the-top (straight, hard left a few feet, straight again). Teepads are easy to find from the basket just completed, and typically are not too far from each other. The pair of baskets on each hole are usually about 40' apart, but a couple of holes have them more like a 100' difference.
For this review, I played the course twice, both times from the shorter teepad, once to the short baskets, once to the longs. For the short-to-short, nothing was over 300', and 2/3rds of the holes were under 200'. Playing to the longer baskets pushed most holes over 200', and a few over 300'.
Solid course. The dual tee/basket combination gives you a lot of choices here. Trap Pond, about ½ hour away, is also dual tee/basket, and quite a bit longer. Lots of options for the locals.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very Scenic, Course Very Fluid, Mix of Challenges, Few Mandos
Other Thoughts: I thought on a Saturday afternoon I might run into a few veterans to pick their brains but I think Monday nights may be better. I did run into a nice guy at the local Dicks Sporting Goods as I was looking at discs and he gave me some advice and sent me to a great little bike shop by the college where the guy helped me find what I was looking for.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
One of MD's Newest
Pros: Something that makes all the difference when it comes to the success of a DGC is the people attached to it. Schumaker is lucky to have Chris Roberts as its mover and shaker. The course is located on MD's Eastern peninsula a lttle north of Ocean City and occupies a fairly modest sized city park with an ~10-15 acre pond. Water comes into play on 3-4 holes on the front nine, and is comprised of two nine hole loops that start and finish near a central parking area.
The course is mostly flat, and occupies a mostly (pine) wooded area, but given the sort of plain landscape - the course has decent variety (multiple tees and pins) and flows very well. The local parks have even let the course pro set up a little pro shop using the storage room of the bath house, so if you're there on a weekend, you've got a good chance of picking up a replacement for that disc you just chunked in the pond.
Cons: The park is not exclusive to DG, so there is the inevitable potential for conflict with picnicers or walkers. And there are a couple holes that bring the parking lot and an adjacent road into play.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is an excellent novice design effort. Good use of the property given the limitations. Not too tight, or too short, or too long. An excellent place for teaching DG to the uninitiated. A nice place to stop coming or going from the beach, or as a day trip from the DC Metro area. I'd give Schumaker a hearty thumbs up, and look forward to playing there again soon.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: As everyone has said it is a pretty good use of the space available. There are a nice variety of shots to be made. Not too much interaction between fairways.
Cons: Signage needs to be improved. There are a few shots that go over teh parking lot or near where kids play and I think the 2 water holes are brutal for beginners and some lefties. It only has one "nonsense hole" (i.e. we had to make a hole and this is what we came up with) but 1 is really too many.
Other Thoughts: When the park is not crowded it is a fun course to play. For more advanced players it is a great putter and mid range course.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: GREAT USE OF LAND AVAILABLE
2 TEES AND 2 BASKETS ON EVERY HOLE
NOT MUCH WALKING BETWEEN HOLES
Cons: HARD TO FIND FIRST TEE BOX AND SUBSEQUENT HOLES
SOME BASKETS HARD TO SEE
COULD NOT BRING KIDS IN STROLLER (TOO HARD TO PUSH)
Other Thoughts: PLAYED AT ABOUT 7 IN MORNING SO NOBODY IN PARK, CEPT OTHER GROUP OF PLAYERS. GLAD THEY WERE THERE OR ELSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST A COUPLE OF TIMES
VERY SHORT COURSE BUT GOOD USE OF LAND (SOME HILLS, WOODS, LAKE, OPEN FLAT SPACE)
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Very Nice Course
Pros: Excellent tees and baskets. Also good use of the land and the course is very well maintained by the local college club (Salisbury State)
Cons: Holes are not well marked and a few holes as mentioned are close to a tot lot. I think they're getting ready to fixe the signage since they had a sample on the 18th hole.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Very diverse gem
Pros: 2 tees and 2 baskets on every hole. Nice use of fast greens and elevated tees. Both wooded and open holes, but mostly wooded. All tee pads are rubber. Played in a slight drizzle and never lost my footing. Wooded holes are very shady and much cooler during the summer heat. Easy to navigate. Bathrooms at park. Disc sold next door at the museum.
Cons: A couple of baskets were near a tot lot, that may be unplayable if the park is crowded. Holes #3 and #4 around the pond had a lot of wildlife (geese, swans, etc) that called for some very cautious throws as not to hit them.
Other Thoughts: Very reminiscent of Bayville Park in Va Beach. 4 different configurations make this a very attracted course for the beginner all the way up to the pros. Long tee on #3 is sweet. Directions provided are perfect and easy to follow. If you are at any of the Delmarva beaches, drive west about an hour and play this gem.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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