2 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course For Beginners
Pros: Boulder Woods is the perfect course for improving accuracy and perfecting your game. This course consists of mostly short par 3 holes ( all >430 ft.) with well placed trees scattered throughout the fairways. Most holes are tightly surrounded by moderately thick woods on either side to add to the challenge. There are also mandos on holes 6,7,12,16, and a tight double mandatory between two trees on hole 13 which requires some accuracy. The course is fairly level throughout and is not nearly the demanding hike that Pinchot's other course, Quaker's Challenge can be. It has been well maintained with all concrete tees for the am locations and easy-to-read hole paths on wood posts with hooks for hanging bags on every hole. There is a bathroom located near hole 15, but it is not always unlocked. There are also pavilions and hiking trails nearby. Looking for something to eat after the round? Forry's Drive-In is located about 1/4 mile down the road. There is also a league that meets weekly for the more avid player.
Cons: Holes 1-3 are not well separated from one-another and and hikers walking on paths located nearby holes 7 and 8 can slow pace of play. Rec tees are gravel and are very hard to spot. It is not the most challenging course so experienced players should have no problem shooting par on this course. There is only one trash can located on hole 1, so prepare to carry any unwanted items with you for the rest of the game.
Other Thoughts: Boulder Woods is an all around fun and easy course to hone in your skills or learn the basics of disc golf. I highly recommend it to anyone starting out!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice and tight
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice relaxing course. Has a good mixture of elevation and obstacles to give a challenge. A good course for those new to the sport. Makes one practice their throws, both with aiming and power. Navigation of the course is laid out nicely. Signposts show the tee or tees with pegs for your bag.
Cons: Can get rather 'buggy' at times, depending on the time of the year. If you get poison easily, make sure to stay out of the brush.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Cluttered step child of Quaker
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice concrete tee pads with excellent signage with pegs to hold discs. Scorecards with maps provided at the kiosk.
Some baskets has multiple tees. Signs on several of the baskets to guide you to the next tee, so navigation is rarely ever an issue.
Practice basket and 18 Discatchers.
Great course for what it was designed for. Rec and Am players can realistically acheive par.
Nice "fair" fairways, some elevation, and a canopy to provide shade. Hole 11is a good example of a hole that utilizes all 3 of these elements well.
Large wooden benches on some holes to sit on. Bathroom and waterfountain at hole 15, but bathroom was closed and water fountain was not working.
Cons: Cluttered. Hole 2 throws over 3's tee or 1's fairway. 1-3 were quite tight. No one can tee off on 17 while you are putting on basket 4. Several tees are with in 30-35 feet of the previous basket. People teeing off on 12 can be distracting while you are putting on 6. Hole 7 throws right over 8's tee pad, ect.
Hole 13's double mando is pointless and gimmicky. It is a simple toss between the trees mando, but the mando sticks stop at 2 feet high with no way of truely knowing if you were tight on the mando line or actually over it.
Lack of distance. 14/18 holes were 300 feet or less. Lack of variety of shots. Seemed like most holes were slight up hill, blind with a subtle right then fade to the left.
Other Thoughts: ALCOHOL PROHIBITED...
It is a nice place to play a less stressful round, introduce newer players, or go for ace runs. If you need more challenge you can always head over to Quaker's Challenge.
When selecting your discs, leave the mega drivers at home. a straight 425 foot shot is the longest hole on the corse. Half of the holes are under 250 feet.
To succeed at this course you have to convert the birdies because a majority of competative players will be able to par most holes.
If you need a Burger or a drink after the round Forry's Drive-in is right by the enterance.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun rec course
Pros: The course plays through a mix of park style grassy fairways and some tighter woods. There is some rough on the more wooded holes to punish errant shots, but not so much that inaccurate players will lose discs. There are some nice boulders (imagine that!) scattered throughout the course that make for some nice obstacles. The course is fairly short overall, but has a few longer holes mixed in.
Newer players will find a nice variety of hole shapes here to try different shots. There are plenty of tight shots with left or right turning fairways. The tees are concrete and in nice shape. There are good tee signs with hole layout and distance making the course easy to figure out. The course flow is good making navigation easy overall, especially with course maps available at the beginning.
Cons: There are lots of safety issues here. Many holes play right on top of one another. Mandos are in place, but that won't completely prevent errant and inaccurate shots from finding their way onto other tees and fairways. The mandos also get to be a little repetitive, there are too many of them. Several holes play over or near park roads or walking paths.
The course is a really fun beginner and recreational course, but doesn't offer too much challenge. There isn't much elevation, and many holes are fairly similar in length, so it can feel a little repetitive to players with more distance.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely a fun shorter course that makes a great companion to the tougher course on the other side of the park. Beginners will find it tight and technical, but not to the extent of frustration. More experienced players won't really be challenged, but can enjoy the putter and mid shots through the woods and the fun shots bringing boulders into play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
The Ying to the Yang
Pros: Boulder Woods is a relatively easy to navigate and play disc course located in Pinchot Sate park. The course makes good use of what could be described as moderately wooded areas (4-17) and a lightly wooded area (1-3, 18). The fairways are very generous for the most part and will not having you screaming at your disc "Get skinny!". Elevation is used to their max extent in many cases. Tee signs are well placed and easy to understand (PDGA rules on how to play a mandatory are posted on the tees with mandos). Mandos are easy to see from the tee boxes and the Drop Zones are well established. Many park facilities are available (Picnic, Pavilion, Bathrooms). A very active disc club presence is seen and can be seen with the events scheduled here.
+ Excellent Club presence
+ Generously fair fairways
+ Many park facilities for use
+ Easy to navigate
Cons: Boulder Woods can be considered to some advance and higher level players as being short and not very challenging. Park is also host to many other activities and can be very busy on nice days out. Walking/Bike paths weave in and out of the course and can create some dangerous situations to oblivious walkers/bikers. Lots of mandos which force many players to make a certain type of shot. Mandos in some cases are difficult to determine exactly as they are signs in front of trees (The trees are the mandos not the signs). Course also seems to suffer from having a only one pin position and one well defined tee (Rec tees typically are just stone spots and are not on every hole). Also it seems that at times you are more likely to find your way onto the middle of the course then by the first hole (first hole starts by a shed so look for the shed if you want to start there).
- Lack of change in course (pins/tees)
- Can be very busy with both golfers and non-golfers at times
- Mandos can be somewhat confusing
- Advance players may not find a challenge at this course
Other Thoughts: Overall I personally enjoy the Boulder Woods course and look forward to playing it many times a year. While I personally can understand the frustration some advance players get from playing this course, I enjoy the simplicity and ease of the course. Make the right throw and you get rewarded, make a bad throw and you might regret it. The only thing I have really disliked about this course is the number of places walkers/bikers just seem to appear out of nowhere. On a personal note I have yet to figure out how to throw hole #7, a challenging placement shot with a mando that I always tend to overthrow much to my own frustration.
~ An enjoyable and relaxing round of disc golf
~ Number of events take place through the year
~ Close to a monster of a course (Quaker's Challenge) the Yang of the pair
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
First Time Playing in PA
Pros: Great markings on all the holes, nice cement tee pads, fairways were well maintained and scorecards were also available next to the first tee.
Cons: Parts were a bit overgrown, but landscaping is probably somewhat prohibited given that it is a state park.
Other Thoughts: Have yet to try the Quaker course on the other side of the park across the lake, but really enjoyed playing this course. I plan on playing it several times in the future.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great environment, ace runs, and tons of fun to be had
Pros: -Requires a wide variety of throws
-Good use of the elevation present
-Well maintained with an active local club presence
-A good counterpoint to the beast on the other side of the lake
Cons: -Not super challenging, a good fun afternoon but nothing too similar to work
-Can get busy on the weekends with family's and large groups
Other Thoughts: -This is the course I play most often and it is one of my favorites. Not too hard or too easy for my skill level. (Above avg rec player)
-An excellent contrast to the long and pretty tough quakers challenge also located at Pinchot State Park.
-Located in a park with tons of other activities to participate in.
-Most locals are pretty friendly and will probably help you out if necessary.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
nice AM course
Pros: Located in the same state park as Quakers Challenge which is a world class challenge.
White arrows attached to the bottom of each basket pointing you in the direction of the next tee. Very nice touch.
Great cemrnt tees with tee signs BEHIND the tees.
Very wooded course but the tree lined fairways were very FAIR, I would bring a beginneer golfer here.
Dual tee pads, the short tees are for the REC golfers, the cement ones are for ADV or experienced golfers.
Very clean and well maintained state park facility.
The review by bcr123psu was very good!
Not a hard course to navigate after finding the start. I'd consider all 18 holes as par 3's.
Cons: A few holes are very near park walkways.
Not a great challenger for this year golfer who has played over 20 years.
More 'mando's' than I've seen on any other course, this was for a safety reason to avoid criss crossing fairways.
Other Thoughts: I had a slightly hard time finding the start of the course. Head straight thru the Conestoga Area entrance, turn left at the T in front of the lake and/or large park sign and loop slightly left until the DG sign.
For a tremendous challenge, head to Quakers Challenge DG course on the other side of the lake!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Fun and challanging
Pros: Nice challenging holes especially if you try and play them as all par 3s from the pro Ts.
Cons: Most of the recreational T's were grown over or hard to find so pretty much everybody played from the pro Ts. There were also no markings for what par each hole is. And being this is a beginner to advanced course some of these holes that are 400ft+ should probably be a par 4.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 1 Not
A Solid, Technically-Oriented Wooded Course
Pros: Boulder Woods at Pinchot State Park is a tightly wooded and technically-oriented course that would serve as a great into to wooded disc golf for newer players or provide seasoned players with a chance to work on accuracy and line shaping over just raw distance.
The layout of the course features holes that aren't extremely long (avg. 235' from the short tees and 265' from the long tees), but includes a nice mix and variety of left-to-right, right-to-left, and S-shaped fairways. Hole 13 is a standout. The hole features a 10-12' double-mando through to a hard left-turning dogleg over/around/through an arch created by several fallen trees.
The fairways on their own were fairly tight, very tree-lined, and bordered with a lot of somewhat dense foliage, though not so thick that you're likely to lose a disc or get cut up on briars. Most of the holes require some thought with regard to shot placement and approaches instead of the "grip 'n rip" technique that could be employed at a longer, more open course. That said, there are several birdie opportunities and possible ace runs at Boulder Woods.
The course features dual tees on several holes. The longer tees are concrete and are in great shape. Some baskets were showing signs of wear but were still in good playable condition.
I was impressed by the signage at the course. Once you've parked, the disc golf course is easily located via a giant sign. An information kiosk is present near the first hole and includes scorecards that feature both a map (including mandos) and distances (for both short and long tees). Each tee featured a very detailed map that included distances, mandos, and expected flight path. One of my favorite features (that I wish more courses had) was the next tee arrows that hung from the bottom of each basket. Although there were well-worn paths leading from most baskets to the next tee, the arrows were a big help.
Cons: Despite having a few holes > 400', I felt that most of the fairways were somewhat short (especially given the amount of land in the surrounding park). Just a single long, fully-powered drive-oriented hole would go a long way in making this course stand out a bit more and add some additional variety. Additionally, some of the fairways seemed to be randomly wood-studded to the point that it was difficult to identify clear throwing lanes. Additional layout issues that I had noted involved the flatness of the course and the lack of water. The course itself has very little elevation changes, adding a bit of monotony to the round. Further, with the exception of an overthrow on hole 7 and despite the fact that the course borders a lake, water isn't factored into the course design. Adding water would definitely add a risk/reward aspect to the course.
Although there were several holes that had mandatory obstacles that needed to be cleared, safety concerns troubled me a bit. On several occasions a drive or approach requires a throw across walking/biking paths. Additionally, there are several baskets, tees, and fairways that are in very close proximity to each other, making an errant throw all the more dangerous.
For technically-oriented courses, tight fairways help push players to focus on accuracy. In this case though, I believe that the fairway brush could be trimmed back 5-6' on most holes and still retain the tight feel without overly-punishing any shot that isn't 100% on the mark.
Other Thoughts: Despite the cons that I noted, Boulder Woods is a fun course that is not overly taxing or strenuous and rewards accuracy and punishes any throw that lacks focus. The course makes a great primer before or a cool down after Quaker's Challenge which is also located at Pinchot State Park. I would definitely go back to Boulder woods, and I'm looking forward to a rematch with this course.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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