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.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course is tough. If you are a pro you will be challenged here by the tight fairways and long controlled drives.
Cons: If your disc fades off the fairway into 1 of the main potato patches of rocks you might not be able to find it. There are some deep cavernous holes between some of these large boulders making it difficult to locate even a bright colored disc.
Other Thoughts: If you really want to cool an over confident friend's game take them to Noc. They will leave humbled.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
A Course with Character
Pros: This review has been updated to include the "missing" four holes. These holes are now #1-#4. They flow right into the old #1, which is now, #5. #1 tee is near the bathrooms at the bottom of the parking lot.
This course has a ton of variety. There is a lot to see and throw here. There is nearly everything you could want in a disc golf course: tight, wooded holes, big drives off the top of hills, elevated baskets, hanging baskets, holes that require discipline and planning, spectacular greens, water, risk - this is a complete course.
There were numerous memorable holes: #4's elevated basket, #6's very fast green (tough approach for a lefty like me), #7's hilltop tee, #11's green with water flowing in the backdrop, #13's canopied drive, #14's decision making risk vs reward tee shot, to #16's tiny green you have to drop your disc onto. This is a very memorable course.
There are lots of rocks, and thus, lots of rock walls - which always look cool to me. As I mentioned earlier, water comes into play on many of the holes.
For the most part it was easy to find your way around the course. There are signs for next tee and such. A map will be helpful for a first-timer, though (once they are made to include the new holes).
This course is a challenge and will beat up your discs as well as your legs. I especially enjoyed the little touches - the prime example being hole #8. There were fences and posts that look like they have been there for decades, which in this case is a good thing. It reminded me of a place where you would tie your horse up to relax under a tree. A wonderful view of the lake, plus a hanging basket there (popped my hanging basket cherry!). All of this is on one hole.
This course has it all and is wonderful fun to play.
Cons: A vast majority of the cons are alleviated after your first visit to Nockamixon. The biggest con is the navigation of individual holes and not knowing where you are throwing to, how far the basket is from the tee, or how the fairway is shaped. Very few baskets can you see from the tee. All this being the case, this course is not first-time friendly. Tee signs are simply just numbers: "Tee 3" for example. Getting from hole to hole is pretty easy, as there are next tee signs and well worn paths, but you have no clue how a hole plays until you've played it.
There is a strange cluster of baskets and tee pads where the course kind of loops over itself. It doesn't mess things up really, but walking from #11's basket and seeing #15 tee was confusing for a bit.
There is a tad bit of repetition in some of the holes: #3, #10, and #18 are all very similar: heavily wooded doglegs.
The ground is pretty rocky in the woods, so be aware of that. The rocks help you avoid the mud that the other reviews have mentioned. #17 had an asphalt road running down the middle of it. I thought that was odd.
This course isn't going to be fun for new people to the sport. It is quite challenging and can be almost frustrating if you aren't lined up on the fairway.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses to play. It is disc golf exactly how I like disc golf. It is challenging, beautiful, and above all else, fun. The "new" holes #1-4 add even more to what was already a great course. This course is probably my highest rated course, but it rounds down to a 4.5 and not quite up to the 5.0. Signs, navigation for first timers, and a smidge (a very small smidge, though!) of repetition keep it from being a 5 in my book.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 14 Not
Pros: Great location out by the lake. Long holes.
Cons: Incredibly hard (maybe I'm just a newbie). With all the underbrush I spent more time looking for discs than playing.
Other Thoughts: For those of you who are good I would imagine this is an excellent course. I won't be visiting it again till I get alot of practice in.
1 of 15 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Random additional thoughts
Pros: In addition to everything said below, there seem to be new tee signs, as all the tees were very easy to find. All the baskets have giant orange flags on them and, coupled with the distance estimations, weren't that hard to find either. If you want to play the narrowest, longest fairways you've ever seen (often with random trees in the fairway anyway for "fun"), this is the course for you! And hooray, we have 18 holes now!!!
Cons: Very hard to walk, with all the rocks in the fairway and the super muddy terrain (especially around 18). No way to walk across the creek between hole 11 & tee 12 (and hole 14 & tee 15)... you have to hop on slippery rocks. Almost every hole is unforgiving, which is a real con for beginners (like me). This course will eat you alive!
Other Thoughts: Hole 14 has a beautiful drive and the creek on the left, and a rare pro tee that's actually in front of the amateur tee that forces a shot over the creek. Getting pars here feels like getting birdies.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 16 Not
Pros: beautiful course! Well maintained! Course is nicely laid out.
Cons: Not for beginners at all.
Other Thoughts: Will go back
0 of 16 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Lot of challenges, both for distance and accuracy. Nobody on the course the day I played (which was a beautiful Sunday). Varied terrain.
Cons: No scorecards, no map on the board at the first tee, no information at the tees. You basically have to scout each hole ahead to see where the basket is - could stand to be better marked.
Other Thoughts: I never did find the 4th hole or the 5th tee - played the 5th hole from the 4th tee. It would be nice to have 4 more holes to make 18, but there's plenty to keep you busy as it is.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
On The Verge of Greatness
Pros: There is not likely a more challenging course in the Mid-Atlantic region nor East Coast. The challenge is only exceeded by the variety of holes; water, hills, cliffs, woods, wide open bombs, this course (even with only 14 holes) has it all.
Cons: Tee pads need work to be leveled and have run-up space. Level smooth paths need to be created through the holes with rocks/bolders carpetting the fairways. The course caters mainly to Expert golfers, distances are pretty tough on beginners with no alternate tees provided. 4 more holes are needed to make the course 18 holes.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful woods, fields, hills, streams and lakes make this a great disc golf walk. The bigness of the course is nearly overwhelming the first time you play it, but for disc golfers with a bent towards playing courses with "Real" pars that vary beyond 2s or 3s, this is the Mecca. Playing this course and either Little Lehigh Valley or Tinicum is a great day of disc golf.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Now 18, back to the beast it always was!
Pros: 18 of the toughest holes I've ever played! Tee pads, rubber, are in excellent shape and absorb rainfall well. Baskets are in nice shape as well. Many holes marked with orange flags for sight as well, adding additonal help. Fairways are well defined, and with spring here, bad drives are punished more than, say, in the fall and winter. Not too many truly "open holes" here, but there's not one true "pinball machine" hole where you're just throwing it and hoping for luck. This course will take every trick you have. Getting pars on a few of these holes will be extremely tough. Bathrooms and water fountain with faucet at the bottom of the hill towards the 6th tee. Holes 15 through 18 are new to me, so I will go through them:
Hole 15: Mostly straightforward with small creek about 3/5 of way through. Bad drives punished but not a tight fairway.
Hole 16: Interesting par 4. The basket is easily seeable and you have a tight route on the right and a much more open, but longer route, farther left. This evens the playing field for lefties vs. righties.
Hole 17: Left hander benefits on the tee shot. Once out you will have a small creek and a lot of room to work with. Be careful of the boulders (true with almost the whole course).
Final hole: Probably the easiest hole if you can make it past the first set of trees. Basket is on a small pile of rocks maybe four or five feet high. Makes for terrific ace runs on a course that is mostly ace dry.
Cons: I recommend bringing the oldest shoes you have and the oldest pair of socks you have. The course tends to stay wet a while after rain but still quite playable. The holes don't have maps, but the fairways are defined enough so even a newcomer can probably enjoy it.
Other Thoughts: Certainly not a course for first-timers. Many holes here would be awesome signature holes elsewhere. Hole 2 has a pin high on a hill, and any disc that would roll will be found at the bottom and will take at least 2 to get back up. Hole 4 has a hanging basket off a low branch. Hole 6 is probably the toughest and longest hole here, easily 800 plus feet and not all open either. If you birdie this par 5, remeber that shot for a while. Hole 9's pin is just feet away from a cliff. If you're going to go for it, hope you either make it or come short. Go over the man-made bridges, including the Nocky infamous "Motherbridge" after the 11th tee. There's a waterfall both near the 7th and 12th pins, and after a railfall it looks even better. The elevated pin on the 18th rounds out what is easily one of my top courses and THE must play course in and around the Lehigh Valley. Ten minutes from major connector route 309 and about 15 minutes from I-476. Many good eating establishments in nearby Quakertown.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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