At Its Best in Tandem with OC
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This easily accessible course is situated in a picturesque, well-tended park. Parking is obvious and plentiful, and bathrooms are well positioned throughout the 18 holes.
Seth Burton features a good variety of possible play-throughs, with two tees and two pin positions on every hole. The white tees are beginner friendly while offering an engaging round for intermediate players, and the blues are a good step up in challenge that will give even the most accomplished DGCR stud a run for their money. The course overall strikes a nice balance on difficulty.
The course is well designed given the limitations of its placement around the park's perimeter. Thoughtful pin positions help break up the generally counterclockwise motion of the hole progression, and there's a good variety of distances and elevation changes, even though a few elevation changes (such as hole 8) seem more gimmicky than anything else. OBs further shape many holes and color their challenges without seeming unfair or too plentiful. I got a kick out of the old tennis court OB off of 17, which prevents the easy-way-out overhand throw (or at least makes it a much more challenging shot).
Navigation from one tee to the next is a breeze; very thoughtful layout in this regard.
Good-sized concrete tees are in great shape.
Cons: The biggest con for me on this course is how much its location and terrain dominates certain characteristics. All of the holes feel narrow or constricted to me, caused by a combination of the ever-present drop offs and the woods that border them. Yes, this adds a challenging aspect that spices up otherwise conventional holes. But it gets redundant after a while. Variety is one of the most desirable aspects of a course for me, and having to be wary of the slope on pretty much every hole detracted from my experience.
Relatedly, there is the potential for some massive drop offs that surpass the challenging and enter into the absurd, particularly on the back nine as the holes rise up the mountain.
I would agree with the sentiment that a few holes in the woods would have done wonders to add variety to this course. I like that Seth Burton is so different from OC, but even two wooded holes could contribute a welcome change of pace.
There are a few instances where a blind throw is disconcerting at the least and potentially dangerous in relation to park foot traffic. I'm especially thinking of hole 9 here.
A few of the tee positions make it hard to safely/comfortably drive due to elevation changes. These are the exception rather than the rule, however.
Other Thoughts: This is an enjoyable course that gains strength when considered in tandem with Orange Crush (which I didn't factor into my rating). It provides a nice warm up or reprieve from the demands of OC. While my instinct was to use it as a warm up for OC, depending on what time of day you arrive you may want to do the opposite, since the overhead foliage in OC means that it will get darker earlier than on Seth Burton.
Give yourself time to play this and its sister course - my rounds with a partner here have lasted six hours, including a short break for lunch. We weren't hurrying ourselves, but we weren't lackadaisical, either.
I haven't had any problems with non-disc golf foot traffic here, even when playing on a Sunday afternoon.
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6 Helpful / 1 Not
Multiple concrete tee locations for most holes. Same site as the 18-hole, more densely-wooded Orange Crush course.
Steep walk from #15 to #16 - treacherous when wet. Broad walking path used by many non-players comes near flightpaths on some holes.
Plays in a counter-clockwise direction, mostly around, sometimes on top, of the large hill that forms this public park just a couple minutes off of I79. The hardwood trees scattered across the hill are very tall, so their trunks, vice their branches, are what will typically come into play. Primarily plays flat/across gentle portions of the slope, with some downhill shots, only one significantly so.
No long tee for #3 and #5. No short tee for #12. The long tee for #14 is not concrete, but was simple enough to locate. Tee signs, for the most part, are near the short tee locations, and indicate where the long tee is located.
Favourite hole: #13. Slightly down-slope, subtle left-turner - put it through the Y-shaped gap of the large tree about half between the tee and basket (field goal!), and you might park it.
Least favourite hole: #17. Steep, tree-filled slope to your left, long-n-high tennis court (defunct) fence to your right, requiring one very long, very straight drive - with a tree at the end of it, and the basket farther along and to the right,
Good course with decent length, mixture of mostly-to-moderately open/flat-to-downslope, slightly left-turning biased.
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