Good Course, Needs Work
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is one man's opinion so don't hate! Wooded, rocky course, with some open holes as well. That's all I can have for pros.
Cons: See other thoughts. I would play this course again only if I heard of improvements being made, otherwise, I found it to be vastly over-rated. I may be spoiled by courses closer to me, and would probably play here frequently if I was close-by...I guess?
Other Thoughts: A posted sign apologizes for the course while under construction...all I saw were new posts going into the ground for signage. This course also needs an updated layout and tee pads, in addition to signage. There is a hole 3A, 3B, and 3C, (3A being the coolest hole on the course) and then a crowded layout with nearly overlapping holes, fairways and pins. Whenever I stand on a tee and can see 3 or 4 baskets, it drives me crazy. Why not convert the A, B and C to 3, 4, and 5, and cut down on some of the cross-traffic? Tee pads are crushed stone, which is fine, but not flat - rather hilly - which is not fine. Back nine was a lot of here's the tee pad, there's a wall of trees 75' away, good luck. Kind of repetitive.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Hickory Run State Park
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: If you play this course in it's current incarnation, take a picture of the map with your phone before you start. There is a message on the bulletin board that the course is being reconfigured.
- Hole 3 is beautiful.
- Arrow's pointing towards the next hole
- Baskets look to be in great shape.
- Some holes have alternate pin positions
- Still the same pro's as previous visit.
Cons: - Most of the course passes threw picnic and playground area's.
- Some of the baskets are in the fairway of another hole
- You need to take a picture of the map or you'll never find some of the tee boxes
- Natural tee boxes that are very beat in and uneven.
- I never found the tee boxes for 8 and 16. Hole 8 didn't match up with the location posted on the map
- Baskets not clearly marked. You could be playing a basket for a different hole without knowing it.
- I still have the same issues with this course. From the tee box on 4 you can see a basket, that is not the basket you play to. Also on 5 you can clearly see another basket, and that is not the basket you play to. The one you play to his hidden behind a tree.
Other Thoughts: I went to this course because it had pretty solid reviews. Granted, this course is under construction so I may come back once construction is completed. This review is based of what I played today.
I can't imagine playing this course on a weekend or weekday night when the weather is nice. You literally drive over picnic area's and next to playgrounds. Baskets next to picnic benches with grills near by. Some holes are marked others the markers are on the ground, I'm guessing because of the reconstruction. Even with looking at the map it was very hard to find some holes.
Some holes I couldn't find the basket, other holes you're not sure if you're playing your holes basket or another holes basket. Very confusing. A couple of holes the walk from the previous holes basket to the next tee box takes you through the fairway on another hole, so be aware.
Hole 3, once you locate the basket is a really nice hole, pretty much the only highlight of the course.
Natural tee boxes that are very beat in. If you go play here you may want to try tee'ing off on the side of the tee box if you can. If you do use the tee box, watch your footing, they are very uneven and there is a chance of rolling your ankle.
The rest of the course is typical from what I've played in the area. Tunnel shots, flick shots and lots of trees. The only hole which you could air it out, you're basically throwing in an open field about 350' to the basket. Not anything special.
Again, the message on the bulletin board is the course is under construction. So if you don't mind trying to figure out this course you could have a good time. I highly suggest going when the park is empty to reduce the chance of hitting someone. Enjoy hole 3, very challenging par 3 and fun.
I'll be back next spring and review to see if it has improved.
So almost a year to the day I originally reviewed this course I came back. I still have the same issues with this course that I originally had. The course still say's it's under construction. Still very confusing on which basket is for which hole.
They have direction arrows on some of the baskets but they don't always point in the right direction. I wondered around for about 5 minutes after finishing on 10 before I ran into locals and asked where 11 was. The arrow was pointing almost back towards 10's tee box. 11's tee box in across the road from 10 almost 180 degrees from where the arrow was pointing.
What I mentioned about being close to other park attractions, I was lucky the school class trip moved to another area or I wouldn't have been able to play a couple holes.
I'm thankful that I got to meet up with a couple of guys playing that I was able to join with. It made the back 9 much better.
I really don't see traveling the hour from home to just play this course. It's an OK course, nothing great.
However, I would definitely stop by after playing Linesville. Until next year (I stop by after my yearly meeting in the area).
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Not much fun
Pros: There's baskets, Grass was cut, Fun road to drive in on. Back 9 baskets are in an area that does not have picnic area all around it. Close to Francis E. Walter Dam which has a real good course.
Cons: Hard to navigate, make sure you download a map before going there. 1st 9 holes you play through picnic area, (I almost landed a tee shot into a child's playpen). Tee pads numbers were ripped out of the ground for most holes, Lots of Tee pads were in poor condition. No good scenic or cool obstacles or anything worth raving about on this course, unless you want to count the road you drive in on to get to the course.
Other Thoughts: There is lots of room in this park for a much better well thought out course. I drove from philly to play this course because the reviews said it was good. I am very disappointed in the people that posted these high reviews. This course should only have a 2 rating, maybe 3 if they fixed the tees and got some good signs. But the 4 ratings should only be given if it is a well maintained, challenging but fun course to play with at lease 1 iconic memorable hole. A 5 rating means it's a perfect course in all ways. The people that rated this above a 2 should try real courses like Walter Dam, Nockamixon and Tyler State park, then you could see what 4 or 4.5 rating course is really like.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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