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Big Course!

1    10/5/2013   10/5/2013
Review By: disc golfer
Played: 15  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 15.6 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Pleasurable park setting with very nice atmosphere, people and scenery (especially the variety of trees and stream).
- Great design with a variety of shots and well defined fairways and rough. Smart hole design.
- Hole 1 plays like a ball golf course with a winding S curve fairway, rough on the sides.
- Some nice downhill and uphill holes.
- Hole 6 is thrilling. Long drive where placement is key to set up for long approach shot over creek to elevated tee.
- Holes 12 and 13 are enjoyable. Hole 12 long drive, then sweeping down hill that curves around right with lots of nice scattered trees. Hole 13 is a chance to grip and rip downhill.
- Water fountains throughout park
- Good food choices and gas stations very nearby.
Cons: - Lots of people walking, jogging, walking dogs in the park. Although they do not interfere unless a throw is way off into OB.
- Most holes not set apart from park goers. Few holes offer privacy.
- Lots of insects on warm days (bring bug spray).
- On the first handful of holes, I feel that the tees are unnecessarily far apart from the last basket. There is plenty of room to set tees back further for longer shots.
- Course is sectioned off after Hole 4, 8 and 13 and long walks to next tee can end up in getting lost without a course map. Tee signs do have "Next Tee" directional, but easy to forget after hole is finished. Next Tee signs would be helpful.
Other Thoughts: This park and course are huge. Plus there is plenty room leftover for a possible 2nd course or at least 9 additional holes. The course is a workout for sure. Many trees strategically scattered about the fairways makes this course not completely out in the open, although there are many chances for power drives. Smart holes with no dumb holes makes this a good course with a fine layout and design. Beautiful natural scenery makes you want to hang out at the park and just relax after a round.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fun open course

1    4/4/2013   4/4/2013
Review By: sloppydisc
Played: 197  Reviewed: 141  Exp: 5.4 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A good place to go if those tight wooded courses have you down. Admittedly this is not my preferred type of course, but Little Lehigh does a nice job doing what it does. 18 mostly open holes that wind along the river and up and down some decent size hills. Signs at each tee pad showing hole, distance and alternate basket positions. Pads are rubber mats and are in decent shape. There was a couple that could use some TLC, but they all worked.

Almost every hole on this course plays mostly open with limited trees creating some risk or lines to hit. The exceptions would be #7 that is a short hole with a tight window through some trees close to the pad. # 8 starts out wide open, and then quickly turns into a fairly tight line with a low ceiling in the trees. And then #10 has a few trees on the way up a hill leading to the basket on the edge of the woods.

The rest of the course plays up and down some good sized hills, and really let's you get some work in with your drivers. Hole lengths vary pretty well with shots of 630', 539', 551' and 720' to really let you throw some fun drives. The course also mixes some up and downhill shots to keep everything balanced.
Cons: Navigation signs would be nice. There is a very long walk from 4 to 5. Make sure you bring a map or have your phone handy. The transition from 8 to 9 is also not obvious to the first time visitor.

Hole 18 could be a real safety issue. There is a bench about 40' from the basket and a walking path all along the right side of the fairway. I had to wait a few minutes for walkers to clear before throwing.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is a fun place to get a round in. it is mostly open without a lot of tight twists and turns that I prefer, but it has some ups and downs as well as just enough trees around to keep you honest. And you get to play along a cool little river for a lot of the round. Little Lehigh is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area, and a good place to get out and throw some drivers.

Here's a couple highlights:

Hole 6 is a sweeping hyzer line that crosses the river, and then forces you to go up hill to the basket. A real fun hole that lets big arms try to cross the river off the tee, while leaving the option open for us noodle arms to lay up short and then go for the basket.

Hole 12 was probably my favorite hole. It's a huge downhill bomb that goes left to right through the open field, and then down hill through some trees to a basket position 720' away. Lots of thick woods to the right off the tee and elevation and mature trees on the fairway. Just a blast to play. Even for a noodle arm like me.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Open, Long, and Enjoyable

1    5/19/2012   5/20/2012
Review By: TheBirdGuy
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.3 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -There was some good elevation changes during the 18 hole course, with some good variety of Par 3, 4, and 5's.
-You have to be careful about the creek, as some pins are pretty darn close to the edge... specifically holes 2 and 4.
-The course isn't a beginners course, as you will need some power and accuracy to do well. Beginners could still easily enjoy themselves, just be careful too avoid the creek.
-Mostly an open course, but there was some holes with trees that came into play.(6 and 12 come to mind)
-#12 is a steep, downhill, dog-leg right, one of the cooler holes on the course with some trees to maneuver around.
-#1 and 11 are long and open holes. For those who like to rip a long throw, these holes are for you.
-Holes 1-10 run along the creek which makes for a beautiful round of disc golf. (you cross the creek during hole 6 and remain on that side for the remainder of the round.)
-There is signage which is accurate and offers an arrow to point you in the right direction for the next hole. Some holes require a long walk between them (4 and 5 are very far apart and we almost missed it when we were there. If it's your first time, you might need to ask people on the way where the next hole is.)
-The tee pads are rubber which could be a pro for some people, I personally prefer concrete, but doesn't matter too much.
-This course lasts long and is beautiful.
-The course circles back to the parking lot which is great. Parking is close to the starting point and the finishing point.

Cons: -There are some soggy/wet spots on the fairway, so watch for that.
-There is only 1 water fountain, which is between 4 and 5 and makes for a brutally exhausting time on hot days, so be sure to bring 1-2 water bottles.
-The signage is accurate, but finding hole 5 is a bit of a struggle. If they had some more "Next tee" signs, it would be really helpful.
Other Thoughts: The place is beautiful and makes you wanna walk casually and enjoy your surroundings.


There is a Disc Golf shop 2 miles away from the course, probably closer. It's called "Dodo's" it's an awesome little shack type place with a bunch of variety for discs, they also sell/buy used discs, which is awesome.

Be careful at hole 10 and 11, they eat discs regularly. My friend threw his at 10 and it went into the super thick bushes and those bushes don't like to give them back. We couldn't find it, but he did find another disc he likes a lot, so it was like an exchange. We spent 1 hour looking because it was a new disc and had become his favorite. He bought another one at Dodo's after the round of disc golf.


I received a recommendation from the guy working at Dodo's Disc Golf Shop, to play 14-18 first and then do 1-13 to finish. It was a great recommendation, as you will find that 14-18 are all up hill and it is pretty steep, so you'll want to get that out of the way first.

There is a bathroom shack by the parking lot which is useful if you are just starting, heading to hole 14 or just finishing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great Course!

1    4/21/2012   4/21/2012
Review By: Hartley444
Played: 15  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 2.1 Years
This review was updated on 5/25/2012
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is pretty awesome. Most of the holes are very long but with a clear fairway for each. There are no in the woods hole but the course has the feel of a golf course. Because of this you are able to really put max power on many holes and the way the course is set up, there are still plenty of obstacles. The park is stunning. Very well maintained and seems to go on forever. A downhill holes were exceptionally fun.
Cons: Rubber tees
Adding a few in the woods holes would give a nice mix and there is plenty of area to do so.
Other Thoughts: I will be back. I feel this course is just as good as Jordan creek and its great to have 2 excellent courses so close together

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    6/11/2011   6/25/2011
Review By: gauma369
Played: 18  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -long open holes
-very nice park
-bathrooms
-plenty of water hazards
-rubber tee pads
-good use of elevation and different shots
Cons: -not enough signage between some holes (4-5 and 13-14)
-long stretches between 4-5 and 13-14
-some pretty rough OB on hole 1 and 6
Other Thoughts: Beautiful park with a nice disc golf course. Although I've been playing here for years I figured I would give a review on it. Some next tee signs would help the walk from hole to 5 and from 13 to 14. I can see how people playing the course for first time could get lost other then that its pretty easy to navigate. I love the water aspect which plays big roles in many of the holes. The river is a draw back if heavy rains occur before you intend to play because the first 6 holes get very swampy. Overall good mix of shots but most drives are grip it and rip it big arm players.

Hole 6 gets me every time absolutely love this hole. Tee off with dog leg left where you lay up just before the river then shoot across the river and get a good run at getting an eagle (although Ive never hit it Ive had some good looks at it)

I understand the idea and significance of letting the rough grow out on hole 1 but makes this hole 10 times tougher because you need to stay very tight to the woods and seeing the basket is pretty tough at end when it hooks back in.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 

1    10/21/2010   10/26/2010
Review By: jkdisc
Played: 102  Reviewed: 102  Exp: 5.5 Years
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Little Lehigh is a large park with many great shots. It is well kept and safe. The pros are really nice and the cons are just basically annoyances.

Pros:
-informative tee signs
-rubber tee pads
-scenic
-mostly open but obstacles/hazards form fairways
-1/3 of the course has a shot over 500ft. including a few over 600ft.
-vareity including risk/reward, elevation,
-water hazards don't pose too much risk of losing a disc (if the water level isn't high) as long as you are willing to climb down a small embankment
Cons: The biggest cons for me were the pedestrian traffic and the extra long walks between a few holes. With the longer distances some players lose accuracy and that's where hitting a jogger could happen and as others have said there are many other park goers.

The long walks between holes make you feel like you're lost, BRING THE MAP!

Other Thoughts: This course will give you a serious workout. Be ready for it. I did notice drinking fountains along the running path which was wonderful. It is a fun play but remember if you're not familiar with the course do NOT forget the map!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Enjoyable course

1    9/26/2010   9/27/2010
Review By: flyerzphan923
Played: 9  Reviewed: 6
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: mostly open holes
great use of hills and water
some good "let 'er rip" holes
awesome park and scenemost people in park are aware of disc golf
Cons: way too much walking involved
signs not descriptive enough as to where next tee is.
definately read the "tips for finding tees/baskets" and make some notes on your map!
Other Thoughts: Very nice park and great course, if not for lots of walking and difficulty of finding tees I would have rated much higher

2 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Robin Hood

5+    10/8/2009   10/23/2009
Review By: Shannon Winn
Played: 33  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 35.9 Years
This review was updated on 10/24/2009
6 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This is a great course for big arms. It's manicured, spotless, and scenic. There is ample parking, and available amenities. All holes are challenging, and fairly well varied, as much so as a wide-open course can be. Worth playing.
Cons: That said, the flow is absurdly awful, and needlessly so. Walkers, runners, and bikers are a hazard.
There are too many holes where both birdies and bogeys are darn near impossible to card, barring freak occurances. Jordan- a few miles north on 15th street, is a better course, now that it's been reworked. If you can only play one course here, my advice is play Jordan.
Other Thoughts: This is a gorgeous piece of land that could have been handled better, IMO.
But if you have a couple hours to spare in the Lehigh Valley, it's a lovely walk in the park, and you won't taco any discs.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Flaws but still Awes!

5+    5/28/2009   6/13/2009
Review By: optidiscic
Played: 155  Reviewed: 149  Exp: 11.9 Years
This review was updated on 8/22/2010
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It's big and wide open. You can really test your arm here on many of the holes. Often the big arm feel is mitigated by elevation, shot placement, and nearby hazzards(street, walking path, river, trees) so it is not just a grip and rip open field course. Powerful yet accurate shot landing is needed here. There is notable elevation gains on holes 6,10, and 15 and dramatic elevation drops on holes 7,12,13, and 17. Holes 1-4 play along the flatland adjacent to the river and allow you to test how far you can throw but beware of the clearly defined OOB grass on hole 1 which accounts for over half of the 666 foot fairway. Hole 2 basket is perched close to the river. Hole 3 is guarded by 2 huge evergreens and the walking path is nearby. Hole 4 is an ever tightening bottleneck of a fairway with the walking path and river closing on both sides to a basket protected by the river and a big bush. Then a long walk up walking path across street to Holes 5,6. 5 is a fun righty turning crescent shot that can score deuces if your able to anhyzer or forehand effectively down this short tree lined fairway. 6 is considered one of the best holes. It's a drive over OOB rough to a grass landing area in front of the river. From there you must drive across the river and up a steep bank to the basket way up on the hillside. The bridge you must cross is also home to a local homeless man. He has lived there for years and is harmless. Just leave him be. Hole 7 is a technical shot through a tight window and then down to a basket resting atop an old train elevated bridge. Fun hole and chance for ace or deuce. Hole 8 is another open bomb but the landing must be precise to set up a moderately technical approach to the basket which rests up a tree laden gentle rise going to the right. Again a long walk to 9 across the street. 9 is a short flat throw to a protected basket with the walking path nearby. 10 is a marvelous hole shooting across an open field and then uphill to a basket sitting atop a narrowing gap. Walk up through the woods and your greeted with a long interesting par 4 #11 that has a wide open green fairway but slopes to the right so lefties can end up in trouble if they fade too much. A street runs the entire left side of the fairway so righties beware as well. 12 is a popular hole as it requires a precise opening drive avoiding treeline to the right to set up your approach which will be a downhill glide to a basket halfway downhill. You can miss and feasibly roll a good 150 feet past basket if not careful here. Hole 13 is the funnest hole. Just a huge chuck down a big hill and if your strong enough around a huge tree guarding the basket behind it. Dramatic elevation drop. Then another long walk to holes 14-18. just go downstream cross bridge to where course begins and walk past 1 and up walking path and hole 14 is on your left. 14 is a short uphill drive. 15 shoots from middle of field uphill through a tight gap and then uphill still to the basket that rests on a sloped hillside. Tough par 4 here. 16 is a straight open drive to a protected basket. 17 is a big downhill crush but it's a dogleg right so your challenged to throw a low anhyzer or to forehand around the bend which is just beyond most people's abilities. 18 is a slight downhill deuce run with a walking path and one tree guarding the basket. Tee signs are in place and rubber tee pads are in good condition. The course is permanent now so you can play year round. Well manicured park setting.
Cons: Recent summer 2010 city decision to allow grass to return to natural state has ruined the manicured feel of the course and created innumerable disc loss possibilities throughout the course. A true shame. The transitions are really confusing for first timers and frankly still irk me and I have played the course multiple times as a local. I always think another hole could be squeezed between 4 and 5, theres are really great woods after 4 that could be used that end up near present hole 5. I also think a shot after 13 across the river and back to the parking lot could fill the void between 13 and 14. Would be a great hole and there seems to be plenty of space to do it. I also prefer the old layout which used hole 14 as hole 1 and hole 13 as 18. This provided a better finishing hole and cut down on the sloppy transition of hole 13 to 14. You also did not have to hill climb as much after the long walk. It's a long course with long walks. The walking path and street come into play a bit too often for my liking and are tempting fate with the possibility of an accident or confrontation. Too little technical aspect to the course. I miss the old Worlds holes that were beyond present hole 16 and down the road.
Other Thoughts: Some repetition 3,9,16, are all open fields to protected baskets. This course was designed for Worlds 2005 and it is for this reason that it is so open and big arm friendly. It was to balance out the other Lehigh Valley Courses that were quite wooded, (Nockamixon and Jordan Creek). The course put on quite a display with Doss, Climo and Schultz battling it out. If you recognize why the course was designed the way it was it all makes sense. Definetely not meant to be a beginner or technical course. Also during Worlds the walking paths were closed and pedestrian traffic was not an issue. It's a beautiful course and really worth traveling to play here. Navigation and flow hurt her score. Challenge and Scenery are evident.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 

2-4    9/22/2008   9/22/2008
Review By: nosajeel99
Played: 37  Reviewed: 24  Exp: 12.9 Years
This review was updated on 9/28/2008
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There are some really nice holes on this course. A few have a risk/reward notion to them with the creek coming into play, though it is really more of a danger for those whose shots fade off to the right.

Many shots require some skill, not just on drives but upshots as well. I am thinking hole #12 here, which is probably my favorite of the course. You drive over a hump in the fairway and then shoot downhill to a basket on a fast green. The drive over the road on #13 is nice as well. The course is very well maintained and looks almost impeccable.

Some new additions make it easier to navigate, such as red tape added to the baskets pointing in the direction of the next tee pad. Also, the tee pads have been replaced and have mulch around many of them. They are not as hard to see or find anymore. Also, there is some spray paint on the ground between some holes (between #4 and #5, #10 and #11) to help lead the way.
Cons: I would classify this as a big arm course, not a technical one. There are only about 3 holes where accuracy is required MORE than distance to score well. Other than that, if you can throw far you should do well on this course. There isn't a lot to hit.

As other people have noted, there are long walks between some of the holes, especially between #4 and #5 (though the spray paint helps a little - there's not enough of it). Take a map to help you out.

Also, there are no signs whatsoever. If this is your first time playing, you'll probably have some difficulty knowing exactly where to throw on some holes, though on many you can see the basket from the tee pad (not all of them).
Other Thoughts: I reviewed this course after the second time playing it (on two separate occasions). Before the round I fully intended on rating this course lower than I did, but the improvements to navigation and tee pads helped bump it up. The course is still broken up into too many pieces and doesn't have a steady flow. Also, I feel it is unbalanced in design (heavy on big arms, low on accuracy) and that keeps it from being rated higher. Purely on looks and *individual* hole design, this course is amazing; as a whole it seems to fall short. It is well worth a play, though, and definitely a great course.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful.

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