A rebirth...of teepads!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tinicum is experiencing a face lift! New stone dust pads are being installed on EVERY hole! Completely level & raked (as of mid-late Nov).
And, pin positions are being changed! I have travelled to Tinicum for the past 5+ years, and this was the first time I played #5 to any position not on the hill (it was in the farthest). Nice to see these being rotated more frequently! It makes this a GREAT bomber course when the baskets (especially the back #9) are rotated to the longs at times. There was a long span where the back was only in A or B.
Not only can you bomb you heart out, but the wooded sections require touch, finesse, and accuracy. Long drives on open holes might seem like a free for all, however correct placement does go far.
Power of ~400ft is needed to score on most Par 3s. Great place to experiment with new drivers.
Well-manicured; always see the parks dept. performing land maintenance.
Cons: If the pins were rotated more frequently, I would play here more often.
At times, high winds can make this course difficult to enjoy. This is moreso true when the rough is long, but it has not been all year!
Other Thoughts: Now that Tinicum has new teepads (and hopefully, rotated pins consistently), it is on par with Little Lehigh & Jordan once again. It is the definition of drive for show, putt for dough.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Good mix of open and wooded holes.Multiple pin placements for each hole gives a good variety of shots for each hole. Fairways where well defined and mowed. Rough area's haven't grown in yet but you could still see that they are in fact the rough.
Seating at just about every hole. Playground for kids, walking path along the canal. Water hazards come into play on a couple of holes, but not many.
Each hole has multiple ways to attack the basket. If you have a roller you can break that out on a few holes, anny shots, hyzer shots....long bombs. Really got to air it out on a few holes, especially 18 which is close to 800' par 4.
Cons: Some people may feel the holes get repetitive, but I don't think so. Its a nice mixture of open and wooded.
Only negative I could see is the natural tee pads being pretty worn in. Maybe moving them from time to time to prevent them from getting a big rut in the middle of them.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to see the course before I played it in an upcoming tournament (People's Detour) and really enjoyed the back to back rounds I played. We got their early enough that for the first round we had the course to ourselves so that enabled us to try multiple shots with different type of shots. Second round we noticed a few more people showing up so we played a normal round.
I didn't mind the natural tee's but some seem to be worn in pretty good. I think 3 I tee'ed off from the side. There was a lot of foot traffic and bike traffic along the canal, so I can see that becoming a potential problem while playing 10 and 11.
All in all I really enjoyed the course. Looking forward to this upcoming tournament and later in June.
Befitting Bucks County
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Played this course back-to-back on a beautiful fall day, because we just couldn't force ourselves to leave after 18. Well marked holes with integrated maps and tee location markers at every tee box. Great combination of medium and long holes, as well as open and wooded holes. I defy anyone to play a round without hitting a tree trunk, yet all holes still offer you a chance to play cleanly. 18th hole 799 foot finisher is a challenging par 4 for anyone despite the straight-away layout. Getting there in 3 requires consecutive distance bombers. Fun finish. Large practice hole area near 1st tee, along with restroom facilities is a big plus. Being close enough to Nockamixon or Tyler State Park for high quality same day marathons is a plus.
Cons: As awesome as this course is, its a real headscratcher as to why the complete lack of quality tee boxes. This is the 1 glaring weakness. Some people complain of the flatness, but since that is definitely a personal preference, I don't hold it against the course. Tee boxes on the other hand, are not a personal preference and are unequivocally a bummer for all players. New concrete pads would easily boost this course rating to over 4.0.
Other Thoughts: Bucks county in the fall is as pretty as it gets, and this course alongside the Delaware takes full advantage. You may have to search for your discs in the leaves after throwing a low worm-burner during the fall, or wade thru some heavy fairway rough in the fields during the summer. But you'll be doing it in beautiful Bucks county.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Manicured fairways in the open fields holes add a feeling of playing on a links course for ball golf it is awesome.
I love natural tee pads but these could use a little TLC. You use ever shot here, makes for a challenging round.
The canal comes into play on various occasions which makes for some touchy upshots and death putts.
Cons: Hole 7 is a little too tight. I like technical holes but its a little rough off the tee.
Would just like some direction as you get into the park as to where hole 1 is.
Other Thoughts: Course is alot of fun!
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
This course is great!
Pros: *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
Cons: *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
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Tinicum is the Bomb
Pros: - This place has a 19th Hole for putting
- There is A B and C pin placements
- The signage was pretty good
- The 18th hole was a BEAST
- It was almost like a mini clubhouse between the 9 and 10th hole. There was a parking lot, bathroom, and another practice basket.
- This course is half open, like 5, it's short but uphill and completely open and 18 is open but partly downhill
- You just want to let your discs fly because this course is so great.
- Good dirt tee boxes
- The baskets were terrific
- There was even a marked "fairway" on some holes
- NO garbage on the course
- NO runners that you can hit
Cons: - I wasn't sure what pin placement it was
- Some holes had long walks to the next one, and it took me 5 minutes to find the tee sometimes
- Some tee boxes were worn away
Other Thoughts: Not many other thoughts. This course was awesome!!!
2 of 5 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.
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