This course is great!
0 Helpful / 1 Not
*A good combination of wooded holes and open holes
*Some holes with water hazards to make it challenging
*Very scenic location
*Well maintained tee boxes and baskets
*Fairway and rough on some holes
*Ninth hole is near the parking lot so you can go back to *your car
*Not many places you could lose a disc
*Near some other courses (Nockamixon and Alexandria)
*Nineteenth hole for putting practice
*A lot of walking between holes
*Sign missing on sixteenth hole
Other Thoughts: This is a course that will make you want to come back and play again
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Grip It and Rip It!
Pros: If you like to throw big drives, then this is the course for you. It favors players who can throw a 400 ft drive in good control, yet it still does have several technical holes, requiring accuracy and shaping of lines.
* multiple basket locations for each tee
* current location is indicated at each tee by an A-B-C selector and footage/location for each is shown
* locations do change frequently offering some variety to "locals"
* easier walking as most fairways are clear and grassy
* generally open and free from park traffic (though there are several large events here that can interfere)
* well-maintained park - even the open fairways have nice definition
* modest restrooms near first tee, and portalets out by 14.
* The 9th basket is close to the parking lot, creating a true sense of front and back nine, and allows for re-fueling
Cons: Personal preference plays a role in this.
* very flat - no elevation changes
* par isn't too hard to attain, but birdie is if you are limited in driving distance on most holes
* Rough (grass fields) can get very high in the summer months, making disc locating difficult
* Hole 5 Long requires alot of excess walking.
* Some tees are well-worn and need releveling, a draw back of gravel/cinder tees
Other Thoughts: Depending on your point of view you may find Tinicum too hard, too easy, or just right. It does favor bigger arms and I found myself throwing either mids or faster drivers off most tees. There are a few low ceiling shots, making use of limited wooded areas.
The wind can be a big factor at Tinicum. The course is very exposed. Even a 10-15 mph wind can create an added challenge as it can tend to change directions around the wooded sections and close the ridge that is the back drop. Suddenly, this too-open, too-easy course gets extremely difficult as drives and upshots blow off-course. I find myself playing a very different game here than at other courses, because of the distance and conditions.
If you are looking to create a little more diversity in your golf outting, I would recommend a round at Tinicum and then head off and play either Nockamixon (20 mins) or Alexandria (10 mins)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
My favorite so far
Pros: This course is great if you like practicing different kind of throws. Each hole requires something a little different for a good drive, and you don't have to worry about having to dig through bushes or head high grass to find misthrows. No hills, which is a positive for me because I always lose discs throwing up or down hills. Half in trees half out, but even in the trees they still give you a solid fairway to aim for.
Cons: Some holes are grip and rips, where aiming really doesn't matter too much. The tee boxes aren't very distinct, but I'm a pretty nonchalant discer, so it doesn't bother me either way.
Other Thoughts: I've been playing this course since I was a little kid, and still love it to this day. A couple of the holes are a little boring, but overall, I'd say its the best in the central jersey/PA area.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: fun fun fun. if you have a strong arm. if not? just fun. i like most of the holes. the wooded ones are particularly challenging and beautiful. i love the view.
Cons: its a bit of a long walk. and and more variety would deffinatly help.
Other Thoughts: im not sure why i give this park a 4. i just liked it alot even though it is kinda plain. just like it
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Wish I would have played it sooner
Pros: Tinicum Park has a lot going for it. Located in a beautiful setting, this park is a fantastic DG course.
* Up to four pin positions completely change the way in which you'll approach each hole
* This course is fantastic for big arms. Depending on the pin position, up to 1/3 of the holes are over 500' including the 18th hole at up to 799'
* Holes range from massive, grassy, wide-open fields to tight and densely wooded to some variation in between
* The Delaware canal shows up by the basket of a few of the holes creating several risk vs. reward situations
* The tee signs are awesome. A detailed picture of the hole, pin positions, par, and distances are prominently displayed making it very easy on the player to determine how to approach that hole
* Other than the canal walking path, there were very few non-disc golfers
* The course was clean and the baskets were well maintained
* With the exception of going from hole 4 to 5 navigation was fairly easy
Cons: There wasn't too much that I could find to ding this course. That being said, there were a few items that could be addressed to bring this course up to a 4.5.
* Tees were mostly gravel and some were in rough shape. Some of the more severely rutted tees have a tendency to collect water after it rains. Rubber tee pads would be one of the bigger upgrades.
* This course is not for those that can't uncork a disc. For those players that have average drives of 250' or less, they'll probably be over par on the vast majority of the holes
* Zero elevation change. Almost totally flat. Sure, as other reviewers have said, it's great on the knees, but it puts too much of an onus on obstacles to keep players on their toes. Because this is a function of the piece of land on which the course resides, there isn't really a way to improve on this. If all the other issues above were addressed, the lack of elevation would continue to keep this course from ever being a 5.0.
Other Thoughts: This is a LONG, fun course and fits in well with the other world-class courses in the greater Lehigh/Delaware Valley area (Nockamixon, Tyler, Little Lehigh, Jordan Creek). Although I don't know if I'd suggest this course to a beginner, once you've had a chance to cut your teeth playing disc golf, I highly recommend playing Tinicum.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Long, Flat, Beautiful
Pros: Very good variety - while the course is flat, it does play in the woods, open holes, and moderately wooded/open holes, although the general perception is that it is open
The scenery on this course is stunning (reminds me of Brandywine)
Excellent signage (see photos) with accurate distance, next tees, obstacles listed, OB, water fountains, bathrooms, and rotating dials to indicate current placement
Camping on site (call ahead to parks dept.)
Open shots let you see full flight path of discs
Wind adds a level of challenge that many players aren't used to
Several par 4's (long 2,6,17,18) that require you to think
Cons: Flat - park has no elevation (which does make the course easy on your knees)
Like any course with rotating baskets you are at the mercy of the setup.
Hole 2 is a great challenging par 4 when in the long position which you may miss out on.
Hole 4 is a challenging 247 ft wooded par 3 in the long, or can by a 187 foot, hopefully don't hit a tree to get a bird hole that I don't care for. There always seem to be a good mix of long/short holes, but you may miss out on some holes depending on when you play.
Grass off the fairway can get a little long in the summer making it tough to locate discs
Not much shade from the sun in the summer
Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful, well maintained course devoted almost entirely to disc golf (I have seen horses running nearby, but not on the course). This course is not too far from Tyler State park, or the Lehigh Valley and should be included in any trip through the area. You will get to test out your arm, but you also better be able to drive through narrow woods. Knowing how to throw in the wind is a must to score well on this course. This course was part of the 2005 worlds and many pros considered it the toughest. While this course is very challenging, it is not very frustrating as it's tough to lose a disc with little underbrush and short grass when mowed.
Note: many locals play hole 5 from the cement path as the distance is about the same as playing from the tee, without a long unnecessary walk.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Long and Tough
Pros: Long, and well maintained course. Tinicum really makes you play golf. There's no phoning it in here- every hole offers its own challenges. In it's longest configuration, it may be the hardest course I've ever played, even though it's fairly wide open for the most part. On a windy day it's especially difficult. In it's shorter version, it's a bit easier, but it's still a bear of a golf course. It's a lot of fun, but really only for better players. Beginners should probably look elsewhere for more user-friendly environs.
Cons: It's flat, and there is one hole that is unconscionably tight and penal. It's not a place to go if you need to get in a quick round at lunch, as it's far from anywhere (though easy to find,) and takes pretty long to play. The grass off the fairways can get high in the summer. There is not a great deal of shade. None of this represents any serious flaw- It's a damn good course.
Other Thoughts: This is a great place for tournament golf- a low score here is not a result of luck, but rather, excellent play. There's plenty of room for other events too, so Tinicum makes a good venue for overall tournaments as well. I'd rate this place higher if it had elevation changes, but it happens to be in a flat park, and there just isn't any place to throw up or down hill.
All in all, it's a course well worth playing, but not for everyone as a day-to-day recreational spot.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
very nice flat and long course
Pros: Tinicum is lynx golf at its best; although
there is very little elavation change, there is plenty here to challenge your game. It is longer than most courses in the region.
A good vareity of shots are required. Every hole is simply not "open". There are some very tight and low ceiling shots required.
Great tee signs with a dial showing you which position the basket is located in.
In early Oct '09, the grass fairways were cut very nicely. The rough is thick grass causing some delays but no lost discs.
The park itself is super clean in a very scenic setting near the Delaware river.
The creek really doesn't come into play unless you throw a lousy shot.
Since it is flat, it is an easy walk.
The gravel tee pads were in decent shape, not many ruts in them.
Cons: Mostly open and long, you'll be throwing a lot of the same type of shots.
The long walk from 9 to 10, passing 18 on the way.
Other Thoughts: The 2005 Pro Worlds was played on his course.
Helpful hint, if comimg the from I-95, take 29N in NJ instead of 32N/River Rd
is PA, cross the Frenchtown bridge over the river and go left for 1.3 miles. This is simply an easier drive avoiding one lane bridges and the town of New Hope.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great signs with maps and dials that show what position the basket is currently in. Course is well maintained, with reasonably wide mowed fairways, baskets in good condition, and for the most part a secure location to tee off from (only a couple holes were too muddy). The wooded holes add nice variety to an otherwise wide-open course.
Cons: The course would benefit a lot from uniform teepads. It's also a good place to lose a disc if you throw too far off the fairway - the brush can get pretty thick. Definitely bring a spotter for hole 18 if you don't plan on parking it on the fairway.
Other Thoughts: Seemed like an ideal course for my ability level (beginner/intermediate). Had a lot of variety without ever becoming punishing. I liked having a lot of wide open room to throw my driver without needing pinpoint accuracy.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the best FLAT courses there is.
Pros: Overall - Tinicum is a very enjoyable course. The park layout is such that it provides exceptional variety to the DGC layout. There are long Open holes, extremely tight technical holes, a few shorter (yet still technical) holes, and some excellent tweener holes that mix the power requirement with the technical requirement - offering the opportunity for creative shot making, rollers, upside down shots, etc.
There is camping ONSITE, which is a big plus, as well as multiple bathrooms, and a nice shelter, and parking in multiple locations.
Tees are natural - but due to its location - the amount of foot traffic hasn't really degraded the natural tees into the ruts you see at many other places.
Cons: The park administration has put the DGC on the bottom of the priority totem pole, and on several occasions has forced planned tournaments to defer to other park activities like weddings, or polo matches.
Also - as has been mentioned elsewhere, mowing of the big open areas sometimes becomes abbreviated, making mid summer play a little more difficult due to waste high grass.
Location is a little bit of a drawback - as Tinicum is located along the Delaware River maybe 40 minutes north of Philadelphia and 1/2 hr south of Allentown - not really close to much of anything other than a bunch of B&B's (which could also be a PRO - if traveling w/the family)
Other Thoughts: Tinicum is a favorite of mine for sure - lot's of just really good holes, and ovreall an excellent mix. Joe Mela did a great job with this one. It's sad that the Eric Yetter Memorial no longer plays this course, but with the park conflicts in the past - it's understandable. If planning a visit through NE Pennsylvania - don't pass up Tinicum - it's definitely worthy.
The course may not be the easiest to follow the first time through - as there are a couple spots where the pin and next tee are separated by short walks - but it's not hard at all if you've got a map.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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