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Pros: All the baskets are in great condition. Some tees have concrete tee pads and new rubber tee pads are being installed. Some holes have only one tee, some holes are getting a second tee added. There are directional arrows on bottom of most baskets for next tees and some signs on trees for next tees. The course flows pretty well. The first 2 holes are in the open, then you enter the wooded holes and back out in the open to finish your round. Elevation comes into play on a few holes. A few uphill, a few downhill. Overall, it's a great variety of holes. Although a few of the open holes do feel the same. There are restrooms on the other side of the park.
Cons: Tee signs could use some work. The course is in a transition to a 27 hole course right now, so a lot of the signs are missing or incorrect. Hopefully when the transition is complete, all new signs will be put up. Parking could be an issue if the pavilion is being used. In the busier months during the summer, some people park their cars in the fairway for #2.
Other Thoughts: Some of the wooded holes demand very accurate shots. There are a few bomber holes where you can let a drive rip. One holes crosses over a heart shaped lake.It's probably about 150 ft. to clear the water, so shouldn't be a problem for most players.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Stunning scenery
Great variety, elevation changes, wide open bomber holes and technically challenging wooded holes
Some holes have muliple tee pads/baskets
New tee pads are very big rubber fly pads in great shape
new baskets are in great shape
Water holes (one hole thrown over and another it could cause trouble)
very little people playing
Bathrooms and water fountains available
Cons: Very difficult follwing the layout. The course is currently in the middle of having a 27 hole layout, but right now it is confusing following the course.
The old tee pads are cement, but they are very short.
I played after it rained, and the course did not drain entirely well (probably about as much as an average course).
This hurt the course more than others, since I often needed to use the ground for part of the run up due to short tee boxes.
Many people may be turned off by the open holes if they can throw far enough to easily par, but not far enough to birdie. I can throw up to about 370 and enjoy the bomber holes, but would not like an entire course of them.
The signs seem very old, and do not indicate distance, obstacles, etc.
Other Thoughts: This course has some great views and plays both open and wooded. Even the wooded holes have variety from being short or long, some more wooded than others. The course seems to play fair to both righties and lefties, and the wooded holes often have gaps for each.
The holes are very fun at this course. The only thing holding it back are poor signage with a confusing layout. That is something that will hopefully be corrected when the course is finished, but can also be corrected by playing the course more/talking with locals.
I would rate this course between a 4 and 4.5 if tee pads wre fixed and signage was improved. I still recommend playing it as I had a great time. If you can try and bring someone that has already played, or perhaps find a local, the course is worth it.
On the way to the course, around the lancaster area on a holiday (MLK), we passed 3 cops in about 10 minutes on the highway, so be careful with speeding, or anything else illegal
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pastoral and Pretty
Pros: A gorgeous park in the center of the Mennonite (as opposed to Amish) universe. Easy to get to from just about anywhere. Absolutely a safe environment for families.
Not a terribly difficult course, but challenging enough, and a great place for tournaments. Some wooded holes but I'd characterize the place as predominently open. It's possible, but not likely, to lose plastic. Long, accurate players, with a good wind game will do well at Akron.
A solid course with a fairly rich history, locally.
Cons: Several-not many- boring holes. Nothing truly dramatic. The town of Akron is one of the least exciting places ever, and nearby Lancaster is not known for swinging nightlife either. Hardly a knock on the nice course.
Other Thoughts: Attended a wedding on the course once long ago, and will always remember the groom dragging his white tux jacket down the fairway in the tourney that served as the reception. Good times.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
A Fun 21!
Pros: Good variety of wooded/open holes. Generally well marked. Park is well maintained.
Cons: #19 plays a bit too close to the playground. #20 tees off from the street.
Other Thoughts: This is the second time I've played this course and it's always an enjoyable experience. The mix of open/wooded holes is around 60/40 with each one presenting it's own unique challenge. Speaking of which, there are a few holes where a spotter would be useful (particularly, #9) as you're shooting blind over a hill.
The course is generally well marked although we had some trouble finding #11 as the sign was missing and there were a few spots that looked like potential tees. A lot of holes seemed fairly short but most had dual tees and I noticed some had two baskets which would have added length and challenge.
The stand out hole would definitely be #21 where you're throwing over the pond. Most players shouldn't have trouble making it over but I'm sure there are a few discs to be found at the bottom!
That said, the course was a lot of fun and definitely worth a stop if you're in the Akron area.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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