Really enjoy playing this course
Pros: Nice course in a beautiful park. Lots of long holes, open holes, and wooded holes as well. This course takes you all over the park. Very hard to lose a disc here.
Cons: Not close to where I live. Because it's one of the nicer ones in my general area it's usually busy and there are other players there but that is a great thing for the sport! There were also no scorecards and there is some confusion on hole signage.
Other Thoughts: really wish all the courses near me were kept up this well.
Pros: Nice mix of open fairways with some longer holes on the front nine & tight wooded holes on the back nine.
Wooded holes are fairly tight but mostly have practical flight paths for tee shots and are not just a basket buried in the woods.
All Baskets in good shape with arrows for direction to next tee or clear path to next tee.
Almost all holes have fine gravel tee boxes that seem to have recently been rebuilt. Most were in pretty flat and long enough for a decent run up.
Almost all holes have newer signage with hole layout, distance, par info, etc.
Parking is right next to Tee#1 and loops around nicely to finish at the hole #18 basket a few feet from where you start. I used the basket for #18 as a warmup area next to Tee#1. Course map (on the bulletin board) and scorecards were available there when I played.
I played on a summer weekday at dawn and again at dusk. I literally had the entire course and picnic area to myself both times. Not another soul around. I only saw one park ranger drive through towards the end of my morning round.
Cons: The tee boxes and tee signage for a few holes on the back 9 still need to be upgraded (which the bulletin board stated). The older tee boxes still show the hole numbers and hole direction, but not as nice as the signage and tee boxes on the rest of the course.
Some tee boxes were a little washed out or had puddles, but overall not that bad.
Mostly flat with elevation changes on a couple of holes.
Other Thoughts: This was an enjoyable course for me, and I would bump up to a 4.0 when the upgrades to the older tees and signage are made.
I think the front nine will suit beginners and intermediate players but wont be a breeze for them and the back nine might challenge more advanced players. I consider my self an intermediate player and found the whole course pretty fun. It's a pretty well rounded course.
There is a VERY large picnic area that the course plays through and around on the front 9. I imagine it might be a little bit trickier to play during busier time if/when the park is in use by a large amount picnickers. I cant say how busy it gets, but this area would hold a lot of people.
Could be the best in NEPA
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Pros: Awesome course with a nice mix of wooded/open holes
Baskets are in great shape
Alternate pin positions
Multiple teeboxes on some holes
Cons: Navigation on the front 9 is tricky
Teepads could be better
Multi-use park (watch out for people and dogs)
Not a lot of hole length variation
Other Thoughts: Some holes are simply amazing here (3A and 3B), other ones are wide open, and the back 9 has a lot of tight, technical holes. Some teepad and sign work would go a long way here to make this the best course in NEPA.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great course, well kept
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Pros: Great course, nice mix of a flat, wooded park type area, and before you know it your deep in the woods with no one around, grass was cut low and signage wasnt too confusing, every first round takes a little help
Cons: Not much of anything, great course, nothing too memorable or crazy, just a bunch of average to cool holes
Other Thoughts: Id def go back
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Needs work, but great design.
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Pros: All sorts of shots can be played here. Does not cater much to one type of throwing style, though RHBH has a bit of an advantage.
Great mix of open, and varying degrees of narrow holes. Two challenging water holes. Hole design here is as good as any I have seen. Enough friendly holes to make it enjoyable to rec players, but a number of difficult holes to give the more skilled challenges.
Several memorable holes hard to pick a single signature hole.
Cons: Badly needs direction signs and arrows. No tee signs. Some tees in poor shape. A couple of poor drainage areas.
Parking area very muddy.
Gets a good amount of play, so trash was a small problem.
Other Thoughts: If the course were better maintained, it would be a top end venue.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Hickory Run is lots of fun!
Pros: Lots of variety in the holes, uphill/downhill, fade left/fade right, open/wooded, etc.
Cons: Signage missing... hard to find the baskets, even when using the Park's map. The Bearclaws' map was dated as hole 10 has been moved into the middle area between roads.
Other Thoughts: Very enjoyable course to play, once you have found all the baskets. Went back 3 times during a weeks vacation in the Poconos due to the challenge and fun that the course presented.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This course has many open holes with just a few trees and also many hole in the moderately wooded sections.
Cons: Prone to severe mudding depending on the time of year
Other Thoughts: Some of the fairways are pretty close making tournament play interesting.
There is a hole 3a and 3b instead of a hole 3. You can play either hole 3 or 3a&3b.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Life's a beach, then you drive!
Pros: Excellent mix of holes, open, semi-open, wooded. Some creative design. Hickory Run is fun and challenging. It will not discourage developing players (for the most part) and has tests for skilled.
A variety of shots is needed.
Hole 18 finishes right back where you started.
Tables and/or benches near many of the tees.
Number 8 tee is right on the beach! Nice touch!
Cons: Needs a good deal maintenance; many tees are uneven and drain poorly. Badly needs tee signs and arrows. It is the poor state of upkeep that keeps HR from getting much better reviews.
Some of the picker bushes need trimming.
Other Thoughts: A favorite of mine, Hickory Run has great potential. HR is just a few improvements from being a great track. Top of the list are the tee boxes.
There are tougher courses, there are easier courses, but this course succeeds where many so called "top" courses fail.......it has challenges for most levels of players, without leaving out enough fun holes for Rec and Am2 players.
Starts you off with 2 medium/short holes with trees that you have to go around, under or through. Number 3b ( a redesign created 2 "third" holes) is my favorite hole, even though it eats me alive. A tight tee shot, over a stream to a semi open fairway and a nicely tucked away basket. When using the "tournament" loactions for the baskets, holes 3a, through 5 can be a tough stretch indeed! 6 is a challenge too, an elevated tee that plays slightly downhill. A neat looking hole from the box. 7 and 8 are shorter, but have baskets that are not easy to get at. Putting on 8 can be tricky when the wind is blowing.
The front nine is more open than the back, but only number nine is free from obstacles. This is more than made up for by the wind which always seem to blowing pretty stiff from this, the highest point on the course.
A glance at the scorecard might lead you to believe that the back nine might be easier. Maybe a little, but the alleys are narrow, some very narrow. It is hard to find your way to the baskets. Still, good play is rewarded and a little imagination (and luck) can get you back into play when the trees turn against you.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This course will challenge just about every throw you have and make you think wisely on which disc to use. Front 9 play in a more open type area which allows one to "rip" a few deep ones. The back 9 all woods! Some of the back 9 will easily give you a few strokes. The course is on a state park so there are many amenities available including a very beautiful lake where you actually tee off for hole 8! Overall a very pleasant and relaxing course to play.
Cons: Need to have hole signs made with hole#, distance to pin, par info, and maybe a overview of a flightpath. Need concrete tee pads. Need signage to show where next hole is as it is very confusing on the front 9 if not familiar with course. Also, if playing on a sunny weekend be prepared for tons of traffic as the course plays close to the lake, trails, and playground area.
Other Thoughts: Played the 2011 Pocono Amateur Classic on 8/7/2011 and had a blast. Played the 19 hole layout. I would recommend this course to basically anyone.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Not hard to stay in order
lots of different looks
plenty of chances for aces
parks upkeep is good
Cons: becomes a pond after rain
dogs!!! (lots of traffic)
tees need work
no hole maps just pointer
Other Thoughts: first 9 are in open field area with little trees and back 10 play into the woods overall fun course
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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