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.
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.
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.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Something For Everyone
The tee signs were excellent - showed all the positions, distances to them, and currently-used position. Benches at most holes. Excellent online map. Two 9=hole loops. Practice basket. Well maintained.
Dirt/gravel tees. Quite flat.
Offers a variety of holes that play across the open space, within patches of woods, and amongst scattered tall hardwoods of a large public park which backs to a canal. Like to grip-n-rip on open holes? A few holes are long-n-wide open their entirety, while several others are open for a good portion of their length. Prefer tight/tech/touch? Nearly 1/3rd would fall into this category, but with minimal/no undergrowth, you need not worry about searching for your wayward disc. Is something in-between, such as fairways defined by rows of trees, or scattered trees with multiples paths through them, more your muse? A good portion of the holes would fit this description. A few right or left turns needed, but if you can simply throw straight, you'll do well on most holes.
Overall, a very solid course. Good mixture of tightness, despite the flatness, certainly worth a visit.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Almost New Jersey
Pros: Nice course! Parking is right in the middle and both "nines" circle back. Signage is fair (see cons). Course opens with some shorter open throws across meadows. Front nine has a mix of wooded areas and meadows/fields. Hole 18 is fantasticly super long. The only "all you have" power throw of the day. Play conservatively and you will play par golf all day.
Cons: Deep grass meadows will eat a disc if you get wild on a throw. Signage to the next pin is on the Tbox sign, would be super helpful if an arrow pointed the way to the next T at the pin, can be frustrating. #10 T box needs to be clearly marked. Several T boxes need to be fixed, large holes make for an ackward "x" step approach. The back nine several of the last few fairways run parallel to each other, feel like you are playing the same hole backwards again and again.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a nice course. Meadows are extremely hot and humid to play in, bring lots of water and sun block. Had a fun day...just took some time getting there. Seriously, this course is almost in NJ.
1 of 4 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.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
My Favorite Course
Pros: Very flat there is little elevation change. Multiple pin positions. Water Pump next to hole #4. Great course for players who are beginner-pro. Picnic Area and Bathrooms.
Cons: More tournements. Canal behind hole 9 and 13 but should not be a problem unless you have a horrible shot.
Other Thoughts: Play the local or "hillbilly" hole for hole 5 unless you want to walk all the way down the hill.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Plains State type Disc Golf
Pros: Rotating basket locations and the park is easy to follow from hole to hole. Most people think this course is all open but it is a true mix of 9 holes wooded and 9 holes open field. The course stays dry and is playable year round. It's true that this park is flat with very little grade going up or down. Hole #7 now has a D basket location that isn't on the score card as of yet. It adds some depth to the shorter wooded holes, so I'm counting it as a plus. All the natural tees have good signs with a rotation dial indicating basket position. Fairways are mowed regularly by the parks department. The major variables for this course are; basket placement, distance, and wind pockets. The disc golf area for the most part is free of wandering people, dog walkers, joggers and the like.
Cons: Natural grass or dirt tees, some are rutted out from use and hold water. The tees in the woods that are rutted are muddy for days after rain. The rough on either side of the fairway on open field holes can be very tall grass and weeds. It gets natty and hot bring your own water supply and bug spray/sun screen. Sometimes holes 4-6 will be used as extended parking for antique markets, so check the schedule for the park. There can be tent campers wandering through the area of holes 8 & 9.
Other Thoughts: Holes 9 finishes to the left of the parking area than walk about 150 yards up the tow path before turning right to get to hole 10 and play through 18. As stated in other reviews rural camping is available on site no true amenities. It's a off-the-path location that's rural and free of traffic. Parking is limited in the back next to the course, but there is plenty when you first drive in on both right and left sides. The water hazards are non existent since the canal was drained for repair over a year ago. I think it's 13 or 14 someone ripped the tee sign off and it hasn't been replaced yet. But that won't affect your play. The course can seem long, hot and buggy in the summer months. So be smart and come prepared and bring you own score card.
7 of 7 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.
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