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 G Dub-ya

5+    5/25/2010   5/30/2010
Review By: MGroothuis
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 25.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very good variety of holes with very unique hole layouts. It's a good mix of tight wooded fairways and wide open crushing distance shots. This course works both your accuracy and your power in different ways while the course elevation undulates 50ft or more. Holes 9, 16, and 18 are wide open downhill drives. Big distance discs like a Boss or a Nuke will have good opportunity to fly 400-500 feet. Hole 9 drive MUST be either an overstable driver or a roller. Out-of-bounds fence is very tight along the right side of the hole. Hole 17 has a fun basket placement at the very far ridge of a huge downhill slope.

Within the past 4-5 years, holes 5, 15, and 18 were redesigned to better use the land and avoid headaches. Hazards like perimeter fences, picnic areas, buildings, and playgrounds were all either moved or REmoved from the course play-thru areas.
Cons: Several of the holes have very, very thick weedy brush to swallow errant throws, plus the course is overflowing with Poison Ivy in the wooded areas. Over the years, the carved paths of other golfers have not made finding discs easier.

There are 3-4 tee pads that have deep holes or drop-offs directly in front. They are visible in the pics on this site. It's a pretty big distraction if your follow-thru involves stepping off the front of the pad.

Signage is missing on some holes. Best to play pro par if unsure of course pars.

This course allows alcohol. Personally, it makes a good game go bad when you catch up to a bunch of half-drunk disc golfers. A couple of beers, fine, but it tends to get abused with people toting entire coolers full of beer around the park.
Other Thoughts: Wish they would have kept the drinking fountain at the start of the back 9 and end at 18.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 George Wilson

5+    4/16/2010   4/18/2010
Review By: Jukeshoe
Played: 209  Reviewed: 169  Exp: 6.1 Years
This review was updated on 3/14/2011
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Outstanding use of elevation. Many holes work up, down, and along the tops and bottoms of two huge grassy hills. Several tricky pin locations at the top edge of hills provide some decent risk/reward decisions.
-Five holes on the front nine play through a small wooded area, while the rest of the course is predominately open grassy areas. The wooded holes have a few interesting line-shaping opportunities but consist of wide, clearly-defined fairways with few risks. The open holes provide some decent ace runs of moderate length, as well as the chance to air it out on drives. Several holes encourage the clever use of rollers.
-Amenities: long, level cement tees in good condition; intermittant benches and trashcans; practice basket (located near #18's basket); teepee-shaped shelter by the #16 basket; small playground; adjacent to the playground is a good-sized grassy area ideal for practice and warm-ups.
-Close proximity to several other courses (Rum Village, Bertrand Park, Ferrettie Baugo, and Oxbow Park) facilitates easy traveling for a day of disc golf fun!

Cons: -At time of review (4/16/10), the #3 basket, as well as the #14 and #15 tee-signs were missing. This adds to an already confusing course flow. At several points it is unclear where to head, and the large hills make it less than pleasant to run around trying to figure it out. In place of the #15 sign was one that read "Back Nine," and a couple of alternative tees appear, but they seem to no longer be a part of the course. I'm sure these issues are less noticable to players familiar with the layout, but they really detract from the experience if you're playing this course for the first time. I looked for a score card or map but it appeared that none were available.
-The signage leaves a bit to be desired. At a couple teepads, the orientation of the signs make it unclear in which direction to throw. Amateur par (posted on the signs) is ridiculously lenient, and at times head-scratchingly so (#5's Par 4 designation is particularly perplexing.)
-The beauty of the large grassy valley and its hills is largely spoiled by high-tension wires that stretch along a few holes, as well as the long chain-link fence seperating the #1 and #9 fairways.
-Hole 14 has some incredibily thick, bushy shule lining the left edge of the fairway. Some trails were worn into it, but it still seemed like a particularly nasty place to toss a disc.
-$2 pay-to play (even for an out-of-towner, apparently.) Restrooms on-site but locked. Fair amount of litter, graffiti, and broken glass strewn about the course.
-#7 tee-pad ends in a drop-off, presenting a potential falling/tumbling hazard.
Other Thoughts: -Several epic downhill bomb opportunities exist.
-A strong wind could make the open hilly holes a nightmare, but otherwise this course seems fairly straight-forward. It shines brightest when forcing risky shots down or along the tops of the large hills. Several basket placements maximize the risk of rolling a very long way away.
-A fair hike to complete.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 compared to local courses

5+    12/1/2009   12/14/2009
Review By: MotoDj
Played: 20  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 6.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: great elevation use throughout course, gives you all shots, left right, long short, up and down
half wooded, half open
above average upkeep, great restrooms, play area for kids, open area for airing out practice drives, baskets 9,18 and a practice basket makess for a great warm up approach loop
lets you cut loose on 6 or more drives, sadly the big hills are the only real lengthy holes
Cons: pay to play, but its 2 local, 3 outta area so its not bad, half the holes get taken out for 4 months outta the year, lots of unleashed dogs (no issues other than poo and distraction... dogs dont seem to go after discs)
Other Thoughts: my number 2 for local course
we play alot there, great place to take multiple drives fromt the tees, fairly open and hard to lose discs on half the holes (sledding hill side)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Fun course with cool elevation

1    10/10/2009   10/26/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 819  Reviewed: 774  Exp: 13.6 Years
This review was updated on 6/28/2010
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays around a couple large sledding hills with a valley in between, so there is a lot of great elevation in play on the course. The hills are used very well to add challenge on drives, as well as making some risk/reward situations in putting areas with nasty roll-away possibilities. Much of the course is out in the open with big elevation, but some of the front 9 plays through woods. There is still some elevation, and a couple nice tight fairways to add a different dimension to the course.

There is a nice variety of lengths on the course, from ace run holes to huge downhill bombs where you can let a drive rip (or a bunch of drives if there's nobody waiting behind you). There is also a nice variety of hole types. The wooded holes force straight, right turning, and left turning shots, and the open holes make you deal with elevation and wind, along with shot placement to keep from rolling down the hill.

There are good concrete tees for all the holes, and nice signs that make the course easy to follow and navigate. The course has great flow, so there aren't any silly walks, or places where it isn't obvious where to go next. There is a practice area near the 18th pin with enough room to work on putts and approaches. The park is very clean and nicely maintained, with some nice scenery.
Cons: I really liked the variety on the front 9, so the back 9 seemed a little bland in comparison. There were some nice holes, but a full 9 of open holes seemed like it could use something different. I wish that with all the elevation available, there were more uphill shots to go along with the awesome downhill bombs, I only remember one hole that played up the hill.

If you don't like to pay to play, the small fee here might bother you, I personally found it to be reasonable and definitely worth it. I did hope that it would keep out some of the players who tend not to have good course etiquette, and unfortunately that wasn't true. On both 9 and 18, we got stuck behind groups that wanted to empty their entire bags without letting any of the three groups stacked up behind them play through. Then it took them a long time to collect their 53 and 67 discs respectively (I counted). These same groups also were leaving trash behind as they played, and I hate to see people making a mess of such a nice facility.
Other Thoughts: This course offers some cool challenges, with accuracy tests on the front 9 and placement and distance tests on the back 9. Experienced players will have fun here, and will need to throw some good shots to score well. Beginning players will probably find this course tough, but accessible, the holes can be long but there isn't really anywhere to lose a disc, and the course is easy to follow.

If you have the chance, this course is definitely worth the stop. It's got some really great holes, and a bunch of good holes, and I would definitely go back and play it again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 It's even Exciting to Look at

1    10/18/2009   10/22/2009
Review By: Star Destraayer
Played: 112  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 15.4 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: An awesome course both to look at and play. Excellent use of hilly terrain with a number of downhill bombs and ravine shots (surprising very few uphill climbs.) The course has some wooded holes peppered through the front nine with shots that are not to demanding of accuracy. A very clean and well maintained facility that installs a sense of excitement with it's beautiful views.
Cons: In all fairness, The course isn't too challenging if you have a big arm. Holes 10-12 are repeats of each other, but they provide a gradual climb back up the courses sloping terrain.
Other Thoughts: This course is defiantly worth your time! My friends and I drove 2 hours to play it with a slue of other courses in the area. There are a lot of holes that will make you want to take a second or third shot for fun. The pyramid structure bursting forth from the hillside greats your eye right away, setting the tone for the rest of the course. The two dollar fee to play is worth all the beautiful pictures and memories I took from this course.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Love this Course

2-4    9/16/2009   10/12/2009
Review By: shaggz
Played: 11  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 6.2 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Just a great mix of holes, woods, open range for driving, decent use of elevation, with #9 and #18 being setup to really rip your discs. Very fun course to play!
Cons: Closed for sledding in winter a hear.
Other Thoughts: I like to take "newbies" that I introduce to the sport to this course. I feel like it's a course you don't have to worry about losing your disc on.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 9 and 18 make it worth it

1    5/28/2009   6/28/2009
Review By: zud00
Played: 127  Reviewed: 43  Exp: 7.3 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great variety on the front 9. Signature 9th and 18th where you get to throw from the top of the hill. Excellent tee pads and signage. Trash cans available, restrooms, and picnic tables. Practice basket located next to restrooms, Playground for children. Scorecards available.
Cons: Back 9 holes lack variety. You have to pay to play $3 for being an out of town visitor.
Other Thoughts: The front 9 holes on this course offer about 9 different types of holes. There's short and straight, dogleg right, through the woods, in the open, over the hill, over the ravine, and then you get to hole 9...A big downhill hole! The fence on the right plays as O.B. so keep it straight!

The back nine holes play in the open but take advantage of the rolling terrain. Being in the open rolling hills, your distance judgement may be off, either that or the distance on the tee signs was off when I played the course.

There was one hole with a missing sign so we had to refer to the map on the scorecard to locate the tee pad. Hole 17 is a fun hole with the building behind the pin on the left and a huge downhill slope on the right side of the pin. Once again, with the basket being on the edge of the hill, the distance of the hole distance seemed difficult to judge. And finally hole 18, the ~600' downhill hole where you can let 'er rip!

I really enjoyed the variety of the front 9 holes, ripping it on hole 9 and 18, and the rolling terrain of the back 9. I would definitley recommend this course to anyone in the area or passing through. When you step up to the tee on 9 and 18, you'll be glad you did.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Sledding and discing!

5+    11/25/2008   2/16/2009
Review By: mmyersdisc
Played: 14  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 7.2 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very versatile course...tight shots on the front nine, open shots on the back nine! Hole 18 will test your distance with I think a 500' downhill shot. Hole #1 is an easy ace hole for either forearm RH throwers or lefties. Plus its only 2 dollars to play!!!
Cons: Some vandalism, beer bottles and such eventhough alchol is prohibited, as stated below, # 15 is missing a sign.
Other Thoughts: The back nine has a fence to the far left of it...there IS a way to get over the fence in 2 spots if you lose a disc over there..go all the way back to hole 15 i think and go behind it...or there is a opening further up that you can squeeze through.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 fun course

5+    9/9/2007   2/15/2009
Review By: discNDav
Played: 328  Reviewed: 69  Exp: 29.4 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: As stated earlier, the front and back 9 are
very different. The front 9 requires well placed drives and approach shots. The back 9 is much more open and forgiving.

Great elevation changes! Holes 9 and 18 are worth the price of admission.
Cons: Pay to play course and DG is closed during winter as a sledding park.
Other Thoughts: Hole 7 down and uphill is a classic yet become much easier over the years.
Close to the Rum Village course in SB, same road different town and road names.

I'd compare it to a mini-Brandywine in Delaware which is much more known.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Older Course but Very Nice

5+    8/9/2008   8/9/2008
Review By: davetherocketguy
Played: 45  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 11.2 Years
This review was updated on 9/13/2009
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: As previous reviews have said there is a heavily wooded front nine and a wide open back nine. The front nine will kick your tail with the majority of the holes very difficult to deuce much less ace namely, #4, #5, #6 and #7. But if your confidence is shot then comes #9 to lull you into a false sense of security with a 490' long and over 75' drop that is wide open. Unfortunately, I've seen many people new to the course wind up way wide to the left or wide right and off into the parking lot. Those that can accurately use a roller will positively love this hole along with much of the back nine. With a few exceptions (like #8), the underbrush is not horribly thick so errant throws are not impossible to find. Lots and lots of elevation changes. Not terribly hard to find your way around. It's one of those courses you could play over and over.
Cons: The course is a bit outdated. It is relatively short and could use a bit of lengthening especially on the back nine. It is also subject to some vandalism but not quite as bad as it is at Rum Village. The #15 tee is missing a sign.
Other Thoughts: #6 is tough to find. Looking at the #5 basket with the #5 tee directly behind look behind the clump of trees and bushes off to the left. It is between them and the fence. The #15 tee sign is gone and there are 2 concrete pads very close together . The pad closest to the #14 basket is the one to use.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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