11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenic park right next to the Delaware River on the PA side. Decent mixture of wooded/open holes but the course definitely favors big arms.
Multiple baskets (A,B,C) at each hole that are rotated regularly.
The course is usually well groomed with defined fairways and rough.
The canal on the west side of the course plays a factor on a couple of holes and will make you think twice about how you approach the basket.
Signage at the hole is accurate and includes a dial that lets you know what the basket location for that day is.
Cons: Variety is a bit lacking, many of the holes are fairly similar. A good technical game is not necessarily required to score well but you definitely need to be able to bomb a drive.
Very flat-elevation changes are one of my favorite qualities of a good DGC and there are none to speak of at Tinicum.
When the course is not well maintained it can be a pain searching through the high stuff for your disc (solution-thow the disc straight!)
Sometimes there are other activities going on at the park (boy scouts, polo, etc) which can get in the way of your game. We had to skip a hole one time because the fairway was occupied by boy scouts camping.
Other Thoughts: You're not going to find the amazing signature holes and variety like you would at some of the other courses nearby but its certainly worth playing. On a nice day its a beautiful place to be outside discin'. There is also a course only a couple of miles away in Alexandria, NJ...you could easily hit them both in an afternoon.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid But Unspectacular
Pros: Located in a nice county park just across the Jersey border. Three possible basket placements at each hole. Signage is excellent and depicts par, distance and basket location, while a rotating dial at the base of the tee post lets you know if it is in the "A", "B" or "C" position. An arrow is etched into each tee sign pointing you to the next tee off area. Course layout and hole variety are both satisfactory. Numbered Mach III baskets are old but work well. Mowed pathways leading to the field holes are a big help. Benches exist at most of the holes, porta potties are available and parking space is decent.
Cons: Dirt tee off areas, which is a big downer given what the rest of the course offers. Depending on pin placement, holes 5 and 6 play dangerously close to each other. High grass can make it tough to find errant shots. Most holes favor the guy with the big arm. Wind can wreak havoc on your round depending on the time of year you play. The sign for hole 16 is missing as of 5/7/11. Bag poles and the occasional "next tee" arrow would be nice additions to the course.
Other Thoughts: I had heard good things about Tinicum, and must admit I felt a bit disappointed after playing here. While the course is not bad- designer Joe Mela undoubtedly knew what he was doing- it just seems to be missing that little something that could put it into that upper tier of courses. You can tell that at one time, Tinicum was a destination course. Now almost 20 years old, Tinicum reminds me of the once superb athlete who is now a mere mortal- still good but not great. This course lacks that extra level of care and attention given to the super courses of Tyler State Park and Nockamixon that make it stand out. These criticisms aside, it is certainly still a good play and worth your while to visit.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Big Arm Wonderland
Pros: First off, this course is beautiful. The area is so pretty, and well maintained. The park is very scenic around it. Also the fairways look great, with walkways to holes being mowed, but still longer rough left on each sides of the fairway, it looks great.
The signs on this course are great as well, giving locations of each basket, and distances and pars for them. Also, there is a small wooden dial on the post below them that shows which position the basket is at, which helps when its out of sight.
Several holes on this offer lots of fun distance, at 600'+. Hole 18 is a big arms dream, a wide fairway to the basket at 799' according to the sign, for the longest position.
The multiple positions for baskets looked great, several holes through the trees had positions that went left and right, which would totally change the feel of the hole, and provide great variety.
Cons: Some of the dirt tees were rutted. With how nice this course is built, concrete, or even rubber tees would really improve the environment.
Also, I was only able to play by primarily the long pin positions, but several holes seemed to only require big arm distance. There were some technical holes, but they were pretty few and far between. Some holes would be more technical by other pin positions, but many were on the same line and just shortened by 50'-100' by different pins, so it was virtually the same hole, just shorter.
Also, the course is kind of hard to navigate, a few holes have you throw across a field, then walk back to the same side you threw from to get to the next tee, which would've been tough to find if I didn't use the course map on this site.
Other Thoughts: The day I was here, for whatever reason, a massive group of foreigners was trying to set up camp in the middle of the fairway on holes 4 and 5. I'm not sure if this happens here regularly, but it was very frustrating to demolish my score because of some campers who didn't understand english, but, I don't hold that against the course.
All in all, a great course to play and throw some bombs, but not very catering to the technical smaller arms of us out there.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
As flat as texas
Pros: Flat. Great signs that will never get you lost and include a next tee sign on the map. Drives involve thought you can't expect to pick up you valkyrie and wail it 200 yd and expect to be on the fairway. the long grass will provide a great challenge to anyone even pros. This is a very unique course that you will not see often. Every shot is different. A, B. C positions on every hole. Not to easy, even though i shot under par, and eagled 5. the water hazard on 2 holes, my mom shot into the river.
Cons: to short. No use of elevation with no elevation. Baskets aren't top notch. To crowded. We played the course in under 45 mins.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Sweet fairways and nicely groomed-- wide open holes. Nice signs at every tee box, nice tee pads! Good first time course.
Cons: The front nine were very open, nice for big arm drives but become repetative after a while; the back nine had some trees and shrub cover. I usually play very wooded courses ( nockamnixon and jordan) compared to them this course was VERY open! The canal never really comes into play--and you would have to make a seriously poor shot to end up in the water.
Other Thoughts: I was very excited to play this course-- after playing at tinicum I was pretty let down, the holes were just too repetitive and there was no real elevation/water hazards
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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