Long Fun Course
Pros: One of the biggest courses in the Allentown/Bethlehem area. Great, long, open, holes that allow you to see just how far you can drive.
Gorgeous park to begin with and, on a nice spring day, just a great place to be.
The course allows for many different approaches as the front nine has few trees and the back nine has fairly open lanes with trees only in play if you make an errand throw.
If you are used to playing Orefield/Wehr's Dam and South Mountain, this course is a great change of pace.
Cons: While it is a great course, it is laid out along a park so there are a few unfortunate cons which you should expect but it should not stop you from playing this course.
The course is long so be prepared to walk.
It is a public park so do be aware of the people around you, because on a nice day others will be out enjoying themselves as well.
There are a few holes which play along the water or the road. The road is a decently traveled residential road so do be wary of traffic.
Other Thoughts: This is a great, long, open course that will challenge most arms. With water hazards on the first few holes, you have to be on your game from the start and is a great course to spend a few hours on a nice day
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.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun open course
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.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Open, Long, and Enjoyable
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.
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 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -long open holes
-very nice park
-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.
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.
-informative tee signs
-rubber tee pads
-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.
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.
One of several 'destination' Greater Lehigh Valley courses
10 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Improved rubber tee pads on solid gravel 'beds'
Addition of tee signs (may help with previously reported navigation issues)
Excellent use of elevation (up/down)
Well maintained & mainly long, open fairways
Most baskets in good shape
Water either comes into play or is nearby for around half the holes
Nicely balanced; no real 'handedness bias'
Conveniently located off I-78 & close to other area 'destination' courses
Amenities by the main parking lot with two loops back: 1-13 & 14-18
Disc loss more of a possibility with water than rough (limited disc searching)
One of four courses for the 2005 Worlds
Cons: Multi-use park - other park attendants are definitely a regular hazard! So be very patient & careful
Some holes bordering and throwing near/across roads &/or heavily used walking/biking paths
Wooded holes are non-existent; the one point missing in an otherwise balanced design
A couple long walks that disturb flow (from 4 to 5 and 13 to 14)
Very little technicality and slanted toward 'big' arms
Lack of alternate tees (only 3) & pins (none)
Other Thoughts: In 2006, I started playing disc golf again after having not played for several years. I soon discovered Little Lehigh Parkway and have been playing it regularly ever since - balancing out and complimenting the other area courses.
Admittedly, it has flaws as far as conflicts with other park goers. I handle this by being extremely patient - yielding to cars, joggers, bikers, fishermen, pick-knickers
basically anything & everything that can or could possibly be a hazard.
With regards to the 'flow' problems, I counteract this by beginning my round on the 2nd loop (holes 14-18) and then play the 1st loop (1-13). Therefore, the walk from 13-14 (which is the longest between holes) is to your car (or another round!) instead of 5 more holes requiring more long uphill/downhill walking. Believe me, this is the recommended layout - especially if you're on a 'destination' road trip playing multiple, highly rated and subsequently challenging Greater Lehigh Valley courses in one day.
As a biased, regular player of this course, I certainly miss the old #11 & 12 - two fun holes that made outstanding use of elevation (replaced by current holes 7 & 8 - not that I have anything against these holes mind you). I wouldn't be averse to having these holes reinstated and increasing the number to 20. Heck, I'd even add another hole in the woods to the left of the long walk between 4 and 5 eliminating the flow problem - which would bring the total number of holes to twenty-one!
The above 'High Hopes' aside, this course is very much recommended as a destination play along with Jordan Creek Park, Lake Nockamixon, Skyline Park at Blue Mountain Ski Area, Tinicum Park and the many other exceptional courses in and around the Greater Lehigh Valley region.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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.
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