Not as bad as these reviews
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Some of the holes had nice wide open downhill/uphill shots, woods fairways were good, I think some of these really bad reviews are from a previous layout. Signs showed me the flight path and length. View of the mountain and the Monument were great. It's actually a nice park.
Cons: baskets are very old and beat up, one basket I could not find (missing??) but they catch. I normally don't play 9-hole courses but have decided to play every course in northern/western New England to see what's around.
Other Thoughts: Just moved to the area from the midwest and am having fun exploring the courses around here. I probably won't be back to this one though as it seems there are other better ones to be explored.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
THIS IS NOT A COURSE
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: You get to play disc golf.
Cons: only 8 baskets.
the signs don't match up with the holes.
one of the signs had been set on fire.
one of the baskets wasn't removed before someone did some tree work and it landed on it.
you get to throw through a pedestrian walk way and over a play ground. which has to be skipped rather than injure a small child.
you can only play the final holes if the local sports team isn't using the field you throw through to get there.
Other Thoughts: don't go.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Nice little course
Pros: Fun course. Quick round. It's pretty easy but a great course to take someone for their first round. A couple on site bathrooms. It's in Bennington!!
Cons: A little buggy. If the park is busy a few holes might be crowded. I was there on the 4th of July and had no issues. Not the place to go for a real challenge.
Other Thoughts: First hole is down by the BMX track. If you park there the walk back from 9 isn't too bad. If playing for the fist time note where the next hole is at the tee sign, they are tough to find sometimes if you don't check
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Around the Park
Pros: Tees are sometimes on pavement, other times well built natural tees. Tee Signs for every hole had par, distance, and a good map. Clever path in one big circle around the park. Holes 2, 3, 6 and 7 are woodsy. Holes 1, 4, 5, 8 and 9 are open fields. Good placement of baskets with natural obstacles.
Cons: The next tee indicators were not easy to read or remember: they were on the last tee sign. Only one long hole, #9. Only one real short ace run hole, #8. Long walk between #9 & #1. No clear indicator where to start. Billboard introducing the sport is at hole #4. Walk from #4 to #5 is back up hill on south side of playground.
Other Thoughts: The low course rating from older reviews should be disregarded because recent improvements elevate the variety and difficulty. The photos on this website have the old hole #s: Old 1, 3, & 6 are no more. Old 2=5 now, 4 = 7, 5 =9, 7=1 sort of, and old 8 = 2 now.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - a couple cool holes
- used to have really nice signs, but there has been some redesign so they are now inaccurate, but thankfully a local has gone around and corrected them all with black sharpie, so you can easily find your way around the course if you follow the sharpie signs
- good use of park space
- always empty
Cons: - basket 2 is missing, so you just play to tee sign 3
- hole 6 throws right over basket 5, and directly away from where you have to go for hole 7, which is poor course design and annoying
- holes 8 & 9, while creative and fun the first time, were really just thrown in to get you back to the parking lot
- no tees per-say, you just throw from next to the sign
Other Thoughts: I'll be posting pictures of this course soon, as soon as I can upload them from my camera.
When looking for hole 4, walk directly left from basket 3, through the open gate in the chainlink fence. 4 plays in the woods on the other side of the fence.
The "E St" in the directions actually means "East St", not the letter "E". You can easily miss the turn if you're not paying attention for this.
Contrary to what a few other people have said, the course does not interfere with any other activities unless there is a soccer game going on, then you can't play 5 or 6.
Bennington VT is a fun little town, and a nice place to visit. The Willow Park course is an okay 9 hole course, but it's obvious that no one in this town (save the guy that wrote his phone number on tee sign 1, begging to play with you), plays disc golf. Course maintenance is poor, it's only mowed because of the other activities that people come to the park for.
Fun, but not worth going out of your way for.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Keeps getting better all the time...
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent view of the Bennington Monument. Nice bathroom right near the first tee. Nice picnic spots. Great elevation changes. There are 4 holes that use the woods to nice advantage. Beginner friendly shot making.
With the upcoming alternate tee locations, there will be a short and a long tee on every hole. The short tees are beginner friendly without being too easy, the long ones will challenge your accuracy as well as your arm strength. Alternating shorts and longs will give you a good 18 holes if you walk two loops.
The maintenance on the course has REALLY improved. The bulk of the low brush is gone, and the woods holes are much more forgiving of errant throws.
Cons: The nine holes available right will not challenge your shot making skills that much. I base this on the number of discs I need to use on a course, and the number of alternative throws (thumber, forehand, backhand, roller, bomb, etc.) that you need to use. You can throw all backhand all the time if you throw it where you want it to go.
Ticks abound during tick season, bring your bug spray, wear long pants, do a check after your round.
The layout is short.
Other Thoughts: Expansion still in the works.
There will be nine more tee locations before the end of the fall 2013, along with new signage.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Not too many, other than the possibility that someone can resurect this good idea gone bad. As others have said, good elevation, sizable area, nice baskets.
Cons: Oh man, this is unforunate. It has great potential, but there are very few signs or directions. Some signs that are present don't make any sense(maps that don't resemb;e anything in the area of the tee). Too close to playground and picknick area. Baskets missing. No tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Honestly, unless you're just out practicng your putting or different shots, it's not worth playing. Disappointing. I gave it a half point for the scenery.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice scenery with the Bennington Monument and Mt. Anthony. Bathrooms in two locations within the park near the pavilions.
Cons: Some holes unplayable due to missing basket or pedestrian traffic.
Other Thoughts: This course will be getting a facelift in 2010 with updated signage, tee boards and the replacement of missing #2 basket. Also included in the redesign will be the moving of a couple holes that are too close to the playground/ballfield/court areas.
The redesign will also allow for an easy addition of holes in the unused wooded areas in the west side of the park.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
You could find Hole #12?
Pros: There were some baskets. Seriously - the park has some nice elevation change, nice grass and is nice and clean.
Cons: Very difficult to navigate. Very few tee signs, and those that were there were often difficult to make sense of. Lots of potential, which makes the navigation issues that much more frustrating.
Other Thoughts: Is there a local who could work with the park officials to fix this place up? Stopping here was an opportunity to stretch our legs after a long drive, but we don't think we actually played the right layout.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
What's up with this course?
Pros: This could be a good course, the park has lots of elevation and nice views of the valley and Bennington Battle Monument.
Cons: No maintenance on this course, bad layout, no course map, most baskets not out, signs in the wrong place, simply not playable.
Other Thoughts: I had high hopes for this course, was a quick stop over while I was camping. Aced hole 1 with a roc.... WHOOOOHOOOOO! But there is no basket on 2, 3 is an insurance claim waiting to happen... the playground is definately in play, and seriously... an open 310ft hole marked as a par 4? Hole 4 hard to find and then you can't find anything. I played 6 to 7's basket... I think. Hopefully this course gets a makeover soon but as it is it isn't playable.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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