3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Major challenge. It was made even harder by a drenching rain, complete with slick pads, slick chains, and the obligatory slippery rocks in and around the fairways. Trees, trees, and more trees, lots of water, left, right, slopes. Everything I was hoping for. great views of the lake, state park setting is awesome.
Hole 14 is one of the better holes out there with an attainable 300 foot downhill basket, but the stream makes it a sick shot. Today is was more like a raging torrent. If my disc went in, it was gone. I'd love to play this course again on a dryer day, but the inclement weather made it fun in its own way.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: thanks to optidiscic for showing me the local routes on such a nasty day!
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
26 Helpful / 0 Not
The Most Beautiful Beating in Disc Golf!
Pros: For starters, I am an opinionated reviewer due to being one of a handful of volunteers who helped build this course. That being said I will try to be as fair as possible in this review. I think I know the course inside and out like few others.
This course was conceived and built by disc golfers for disc golfers. This does not mean newcomers should not test their mettle against one of the hardest courses ever built. I say this because Nocky is just a thrill to play and don't feel bad no one conquers it.There are no filler holes. Long wooded fairways ending in technical approaches! Every hole will challenge in a way that the prior hole did not. It's long ,8911 feet, and primarily wooded with significant elevation shifts on 2/3 of the holes. The 4 "open" holes, 6,7,8 and 9, still have trees to negotiate off the tee or on approach so there is no reckless driving here. The wind coming off the lake really plays with the disc on holes 6 & 7. There are several creeks that come into play on holes 11,12,14,15,16 and ponds factor on 17. There are also massive boulder fields off the fairway on holes 16 &17. So before we start just remember that unlike other challenging courses that derive their difficulty from a handful of factors, Nockamixon can make your score blow up in countless ways. Wind, Hills, Rocks, Water, Woods, Length, and not to mention the mental aspect of playing the highest rated SSA of any Worlds Championship course ever. (67 by the top pros!) I should know my score has blown up on this course many times. The frustration of not hitting that miniscule fairway and landing in an ice age boulder field on hole 17 can soon turn to joy when your standing off balance atop a giant rock and recover with an approach for the ages. It's just that type of course, plenty of opportunity to save par or even save bogey if you will. You never just throw and approach and putt here. You think about every shot before and even afterwards as you drive home. Nocky is a permanent course in the "eternal" long position so never will you show up and the baskets are in a short position.(holes 1,13,14,and 18 have 2 long baskets each) I think of this as a pro because your gonna get that challenge everytime you show up here, unlike other courses with short pin positions. A quick rundown of the holes:
1-530 ft a flat wooded drive anhyzer off the tee and hyzer upon approach
2-414 ft slight uphill with 2 lanes on either side of a row of evergreens
3-527 ft extremely wooded fairway down to a right dogleg and then to a basket behind a low stone wall
4-246 ft short drive between 2 goal post trees to a basket behind a massive stone wall and perched atop a boulder
5-678 ft long wooded weaving fairway, many complain it's a par 4....just take your bogey, Climo 3ed here and he thought he Eagled as well only to learn it was a par 4. Welcome to Nocky champ!
6-363 ft downhill into the open with dramatic views of Lake Nockamixon all around...the wind drifting off the lake and the pin position on the side of a huge grassy hill can garner birdies as well as double bogeys
7-438 ft Biggest elevation drop on course...big throw into the air to a green surrounded by trees below, placement golf here
8-501 ft uphill journey that eventually ends at a hanging basket from a massive branch
9-730 ft downhill screamer to a grassy plateau and then downhill again to a protected basket tucked in some cedars
A walk past your car and the bathrooms and your looking at
10-821 ft of tight fairway dogleg left that ends with a basket behind a rock wall, this is a true par 5
11-485 ft tight fairway with many options to approach a basket snuggled between 2 creeks
12-252 ft options off the tee R or L uphill but beware as there is a dramatic cliff to the right with many knockdown trees
13-548 ft of can you throw straight to avoid jail left or drop off right...the basket sits atop a cliff so don't over throw your approach
14-305 ft throw R down a tight wooded fairway or L over a creek that lines the entire alternate fairway and make a run at the basket all the way down there
15-555 ft between 2 trees over a steep bank and then uphill to a basket tucked above to the right
16-399 ft downhill a power line over a creek and the baskets sits in the streambed with water beyond and surrounded by waterfalls...did I mention the boulder field that lines the left side of the fairway!
17-552 ft of can you keep it on the fairway tight unforgiving ponds to the left, boulder field to the right...downhill and eventually to a basket that is framed by a huge pond behind her
18-567 ft a nasty right dogleg that will have you negotiate trees, a rock wall and a stream bed before your finally out of the woods on an open green and putting to finish your day!
Nocky is a unique course that will challenge you in so may ways. The beauty of the place will keep you smiling as your score goes well into the 70s, 80s and above!
Cons: What makes Nocky so great is what makes it so despised. It's just so difficult. The chance to lose discs is possible if you can't keep it on the fairways. the shule is not so thick, it's just that the course is entirely woods and long so your often driving wildly off the tee with little room for error. Many novices tend to rip with reckless abandon and then its search search search. The footing can be mush or rocky if you don't land in the proper areas....this can be fun as you will often be forced to stand and drive off balance. many get upset that they can't run up and X step due to slipping or tripping. When it rains the course can be a soggy mess, especially holes 3,7 and 18. Never was meant as a beginner course and will beat down any inexperienced players without mercy. If you attempt to lay up you are usually left with an equally difficult 2nd shot...you are better off going for it which typically spells dusaster for those who have less experience.
Other Thoughts: I love this course like no other. I have played many other courses and few can compare to this place, combining beauty and difficulty. Keep in mind that the course is maintained by less than 5 people and it is a labor of love. The deer do their part as well eating all the foliage off the cedars up to the 2 meter mark! Plans are in the works to upgrade and improve the course. I would think a trip to Nocky is worthwhile for every level of golfer. Pro's will be truly challenged and novices will enjoy the chance to play a real course in an amazing setting. When conditions are wet and Nocky is not maintained it is a 4 disc rating but when it's dry and the course is maintained it is a five disc rating. The true true scenario is somewhere in between...
26 of 26 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Do not ''Nock'' it tell you try it
Pros: Water, water , and rapids galore, after this course you will be wanting more! This course is anything but average. It has great risk reward opportunities, no hole is like the next, great baskets. Long great course worth the trip. Holes 3, 12, 11, 8, 9, 7, 4. Just a great course. Pretty scenery, like the rapids next to basket 7. This is by far the second best course i have ever played. It is worth any drive to visit a cource with such great things coming at you on every single hole you play (except the new 1 2 3 4). I recomend any one come to this course!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons: No tee signs. A real bummer for people with bad knees.
Other Thoughts: This course is up there with Tyler, yet it is no comparison. If you want to have a more relaxing game, skip hole 1-4, they are no fun, 14 on this course is like 27 on another.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Pros: New first 4 holes are great to kick off the day. The new holes have few trees on the fairway, except for #3. This course is pro caliber course when it comes to the pars on these tough holes. Great use of terrain with hills, trees and water. Outstanding view of the lake on some holes. There is a bathroom with a water fountain. Every hole on this course has it's own different play and feel. Never does it feel as if your playing the same hole twice.
Cons: Boots or old sneakers is the way to go. This course has rock gardens with rocks ranging from pumpkin size to boulders. Off of fairway is a jungle so track your disc like a hawk. Honestly this park is a disc thief so don't take your eye of your throw. On Hole #7 and #9 the grass towards the pin is not cut and very long. At Hole #10 there are carpenter bees all about the bathrooms but they aren't a problem. Hole #17 has a little pond to the left of the fairway about 250 ft down. Also, on the same hole a big pond is right behind the pin so tone the shot down. The course par is not forgiving one bit, every throw must count. If you don't bring your A-game don't even think about bringing a scorecard.
Other Thoughts: New Hole #1 is located at the bottom of the lot near old hole 6 (now 10) Hole #3 has a mean dogleg to the right about 100-120 ft out. Hole #8 has the pin hanging from a tree. (i rolled a disc because I was behind a V tree and it hit the roots and popped in for birdie...yeah I'm bragging) Great course just stay on fairway with safe shots and you will have a fine day.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The extra 4 holes are great! I always felt slightly cheated with only 14 holes. By far the toughest course I've ever played.
Cons: None. Thank you for cutting the grass. And thanks to all state workers and volunteers who maintain this course. It is AWESOME! (I still think #5 hole,old #1 is a PAR 5, but that is my only tiny gripe)
Other Thoughts: It is a love/ hate relationship. It is the course that truly challenges me. If I get single digits over PAR, I consider it a great round!
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Tough, but fun
Pros: challenging placement of baskets, good use of natural features such as water hazards, rocky terrain, & hillsides.
Cons: Thick patches of overgrowth as well as some deep water make losing discs easy. Tees have no map depicting hole location, must rely on map on back of scorecard. Holes are fixed, not mobile like other local parks.
Other Thoughts: All in all a good afternoon course. There are serious challenges such as steep elevation shifts, narrow fairways, & water hazards galore. As a novice I found the course challenging at points, forgiving at others. Definitely worth a trip.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Believe the hype
Pros: A great use of elevation changes to make holes more difficult and take advantage of the surrounding views of this beautiful park. There are several holes where water comes into play, that make an already difficult hole that much more challenging.
There are maps available, tee signs on all holes, and each basket has a bright red flag on top of it so it is easier to be seen from a distance. This is a good thing, because the baskets are a long long way away.
No two holes play the same, look the same or challenge you the same. You won't get bored, even with four less holes than traditionally normal. This course will test your short, long finesse and power games. Be prepared to throw all your shots and bring all your discs.
There is plenty of parking available and there is a bathroom on site.
Cons: Very few cons to this course. Obviously only 14 holes, so hopefully a reconfigure of the course or added land can create 4 more holes. On the back holes, 6 - 14, the terrain is very rugged. It would be very difficult to use a cart, and 13 and 14 were kind of swampy. On 13 and 14, you need to step on the rocks to keep your shoes dry. Therefore, you need some agility, so less nimble folks may have difficultly on this part of the course.
Other Thoughts: Believe the hype on this course. It had to be one of the, if not the hardest courses, I've ever played on. Playing it blind, with only the map, doesn't give you the true sense on how long and difficult some of these holes are. There are several holes that are long. Hole #6 is appropriately named, because you'll probably score a 6 on it, and be thankful that you did, this hole is extremely long.
There are some unique features on this course. A hanging basket on #4, a beautiful waterfall on #7. Breath taking views from basket #2 and tee #3 of the nearby marina and lake.
You won't be disappointed with these 14 holes and you'll be wishing for 4 more so you can truly know what a butt whopping is like.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The layout & length of this course is truely a pro caliber course (tho only 14 holes) Long requiring accurate drives. Mostly wooded but even open holes have plenty of trees. Once close range there is enough space to work. Lots of tough elevation changes. Tons of beautiful streams & photogenic background holes. Extremely photoworthy in SUMMERTIME. In my opinion one of the most challenging/ my favorites in PA.
Cons: Tee pads & pin positions can be hard to navigate if you've never been there or don't have a course map. Needs just a few more bridges at some points too(Unless you mind crossing on jagged rocks, I dont!). Also if your a newer/recreational player may cause you never to want to play again. lol. Can also be muddy in the wrong season. Lastly this course will truly beat up your discs. Tons of rocks in & on the ground will punish even the best shots. (good for working in newer discs for sure!!
Other Thoughts: This course is an awesome top performer course, but I can't believe they need help maintaining this course (I found out talking to some locals). I don't live in the region, but I encourage all locals!! make this your home course and help maintain this beauty before it gets lost forever. Definatley worth your time!!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging yet absolutely beautiful
Pros: Nockamixon has to be one of the most challenging courses in PA. Although an unorthodox 14 holes at this time, this course handles you like few 18 hole courses can. Nockamixon offers a wooded, boulder laden, hilly and extremely challenging 14 holes of disc golf.
Holes 1-5 are relatively open with an assortment of elevation. Hole 1 is a mildly wooded long hole. Hole 2 has one of the fastest greens ever, if you miss the basket you are guaranteed a long roll down the hill so playing it safe generally is the best idea. Hole 3 is a long downhill shot and hole 4 is a long uphill drive to the signature hanging basket. Holes 6-14 play through dense woods interspersed with multiple creeks and lots of elevation change. Hole six is an incredibly long hole with multiple doglegs. Holes 7 and 8 have lots of water in play. The pin placement on hole 7 is magnificent. Two creeks cascade down either side of the basket to create a serene beautiful placement. Hole 8 is a steep uphill drive over a creek. Hole 9 is a long straight drive with the pin placed on a cliff overlooking the creek below. Hole 10 is a tight fairway skirting a creek. Holes 11 and 12 feature long drives through densely wooded fairways. The pin placement on hole 12 is surrounded by water and looks very pretty. Hole 13 is another long tight fairway with the pin placed next to water. Hole 14 finishes off with a tight dogleg to a pin placed near the restrooms adjacent to the parking lot.
Nockamixon is only 14 holes but the length of the holes, extreme elevation changes and rocky terrain make this course play like 18. This course is extremely challenging and will humble many a player. This course also has no filler holes, every hole is unique and challenging.
There are signs at each tee and signs directing you to the next hole. The tee pads are rubber and are generally in decent shape.
The baskets each have a large orange flag which makes it easier to spot from the tee. Due to the sheer length and elevation changes of many of the holes this was a big plus.
This course is absolutely picturesque, the terrain is beautiful and on the back nine it was so quiet and the stream waterfalls were very peaceful. The views over the Mariana are amazing as well.
Cons: This course is wet. I am assuming that the many creeks running through the course don't help much. Bring good footgear and old pants.
The course is pretty spread out and if you miss the little signs directing you to the next hole it could easy to get lost (especially on the back 9). I didn't have much trouble, just be sure to follow the signs.
This course is a bear, so be forewarned it will tax your endurance and patience both physically and mentally.
Other Thoughts: The course is close to several other great courses in the area including Unami, Tinicum and the Bethlehem area courses even Tyler State Park isn't too far away.
There are restrooms located at the far end of the parking lot near hole 6 although they are closed for the winter months.
It would be nice if it was a full 18 holes … but its not necessary.
This course is tough, but still well worth playing! A must play for anyone in the area.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
My Favorite Course
Pros: This course is extremely challenging, but is a great place to learn some new skills. There is every type of hole possible..water, uphill, downhill, open grass, thick woods, etc. Bring your hiking shoes, because it's long.
Cons: It's very easy to lose discs here! It would be perfect if there was 18 holes as well.It can be hard to find your way around at certain points.
Other Thoughts: It is a very wet course, so be prepared...
overall, a must play for the patient and experienced
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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