First time playing in Canada
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Pros: Christie Lake Conservation Area is a beautiful area with a big state park feel. As we pulled in, it reminded me of Western PA/Eastern OH state park courses like Moraine and Friends of Punderson. The course is set in the back of the park, conveniently making two 9-hole loops back to the parking lot. There is a great mix of open and wooded shots, with some holes combining both attributes. Design is well thought out here, and I really enjoyed playing through the mature forest. This is definitely a course that feels settled in and taken care of.
Each hole has two sets of tees marked with up-to-date tee signs. The two tees give a nice variety of challenge, often really changing the look of the hole. Pin positions are carefully thought out and are often found tucked among a set of trees or on a slope. The Canadian flags do more than just show patriotism, they do a nice job of helping players spot the baskets when the rolling hills would otherwise hide them. Navigation is simple for the most part with an intuitive design and signs pointing you in the right direction.
While there aren't any drastic elevation changes here, the designers made great use of the land offered, which allows for a couple fun downhill throws over open meadows and a few holes that play among rolling hills through tight lines in the woods.
I really enjoyed hole 1's flow, starting in the open but forcing the player to hit a tight fairway and then even tighter approach lane in the woods. Hole 11 shared the same characteristics as well. 4 was another really fun one, a tough par 3 that plays through a tight line in the woods on a slope to a blind basket. The bell is a nice touch to notify any players behind you, and (among other things) shows the thought that has been put into this course.
Finally, this is a very tranquil setting that was a joy to play in. The course was set off away from other park activities - just you and nature.
Cons: There aren't any glaring cons here. While the course is very solid, there wasn't anything truly memorable or too unique here. When you add that together, it still makes for a great home course that I would feel lucky to play at regularly. Just nothing that stood out to me too much.
While most of the course was in fantastic shape, most of the open holes were surrounded by tall grass that made for some fairly long disc searches.
There were a couple straight-forward holes here that didn't offer too much other than an open shot to the basket and tall grass rough (which I'm not a huge fan of).
Again, nothing here that was too disappointing, just a few things that keep it from being ranked higher.
Other Thoughts: Christie Lake is a fun place to play, offering a pleasant mix of technical and open holes. This was a great experience for my first time playing outside of the U.S. and I really enjoyed this area. It didn't hurt feeling like we had the course all to ourselves in this peaceful setting. Definitely a must play if in the area or passing through to Toronto.
The fee may keep some players out, but it's nice to see that your money goes into the conservation area.
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Pros: There are some really fun holes here. A few more open holes with elevation offer a chance to air it out a little. Most of the rest of the course is fairly technical. A mix of deciduous trees and evergreens makes for nice variety of foliage, I always love shots through stands of pins and there are a few nice ones here. There is a good mix of left and right turning holes throughout the course, forcing a variety of shots if you want to score well.
There is some length variety, no real bombers but a mix of ace runs and holes where most players will pull out a driver. The dual tees offer a little more distance variety, and many of the longs offer an additional pinch point or extra obstacle to navigate. The baskets are fairly new and in good shape. The course feels secluded and natural, but the maintenance was pretty reasonable when I played it. All the fairways were pretty well cleaned up and the grass was mowed. Hopefully that's true in the summer months as well.
Cons: There are some navigation issues, it can be a little tough to find some of the short tees without a map or guide. There are no hole signs, so you don't always know where to throw on the blind holes in the woods. A couple long walks between holes can be a little tricky too, though the course map available here online is helpful and easy to follow. The tees are gravel, most were rutted out and loose, they don't provide the best footing and there's some erosion around them. Overall the course is pretty short, and not terribly challenging, though it makes up for it in variety. I'm not a fan of long grass rough, a few of the more open holes brought some into play and I feel it adds frustration rather than legitimate disc golf challenge.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the short tees approachable if a little tough. There are some tighter shots and some punishing rough, but not so much that new players will be too frustrated. More experienced players will find a lot of great mid and putter practice and some nice line shaping tests, but not a whole lot of chances to throw for much distance.
The fee to get in is pretty high for the quality of the course, I never mind paying to play a course but this one is quite pricey compared to other places I've played.
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A fresh review...
Pros: Good Baskets (Innova).
-Good use of moderate elevation changes.
-Good mix of hole lengths.
-Good mix of open vs. tight technical holes.
-Low golfer traffic.
-One hole directly over water hazard (17).
-Tons of wildlife.
-Good flow on each 9 (but with a walk between them).
-Two tees for each hole: the shorts are pretty short, the longs are challenging.
-Many birdie opportunities if you have good luck on your drives, a few legit ace runs.
-Great layout. This course is in a great spot, and the park is happy to have disc golf here. I think the best part of the course is how isolated you feel while you're playing. I only saw about two people within the course on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the fall. It was perfectly quiet. You play in and out of a mixed forest, where the tight holes are fairly tight, and the open ones are wide open. I can see how it can be tempting to really try and blast the open holes, but I think that is where you'll risk losing a disc.
Cons: $8 per car entry (including driver) + $4 per person up to $20 max.
-Natural tees, most of them trampled grass.
-There are a few spots where it is possible to lose a disc if you're not watching.
-Long grasses on some fairways (1, 6, 9).
-Unforgiving rough: you will have to plan your shots at times. I played fairly conservatively when I felt I had to, but still managed 7 birds from the shorts my first time through.
-#10 can be tricky to find the first round: When you get back to the parking lot, go back to the road from where you came in, take the bridge over the river/lake, keep going, then look up to the right. You'll see it. It's a bit of a walk. (2mins) ...or bring a map.
-Some of the holes kind of play on top of each other (12,13, 14): you *could* mistake the 12 basket for the 14 because you can see it from the 14th tee. (Otherwise a good layout)
-The washrooms aren't close.
Other Thoughts: For nearly a year and a half, these two old reviews scared me away from this course.
I was missing out!
I really enjoyed this course. I can see their point of view however. Only; I'm not sure if either the course has been updated since these boys played it, or if they were expecting something else.
This course was put in a beautiful conservation area, and they are trying to keep the environmental and ecological impact as low as possible. So they aren't going to cut the grasses weekly, nor should they.
In fact, they really don't need to for disc golf here. The grasses are only an issue on a few of the holes as most are within the forest. There are very wide cut and maintained pathways that lead you through the course, and would have taken a great deal of labour to cut out. These make the course possible in a fairly tight Carolinian forest. They run throughout the front 9, and through most of the back 9. The open fields however, are fairly long grass, with a maintained area around the tees and baskets. There are a ton of mice, rabbits, fox, chipmunks, groundhogs, etc. living in the grasses and surrounding brush, which is awesome, and why you'll see so many hawks soaring above you, and apparently its a haven for owls. I even heard a rattle snake, and saw a few garters. I thought it was spectacular.
Anyway, for these holes, consider the grass a "water" hazard. If you're throwing from the longs, and don't think you can make it over... well, adjust your game-plan. You will have to be accurate to stay on the fairways. Errant discs could be tricky to spot, but not impossible. I played in mid-October and didn't have a problem.
A few thoughts: keep your eye on where your disc lands, even in some of the easier-looking holes, regardless of whether or not you thought it was a "good shot" or would be "easy to find". The grasses can eat your disc, and it will be tricky to see. Don't get lazy on that one.
Don't throw extra discs.
Play conservatively. If you stay on the fairway, you really shouldn't have any trouble at all. Don't just blast her all "willy-nilly" expecting it to be sitting atop some Kentucky blue.
I played two full rounds here my first time on the course, the second round was very efficient, and I didn't lose any discs. I did spend a bit of time looking a few times, but that was mostly due to carelessness when watching my drives fall. Do landmark your discs and have fun here. I would reccomend this course to advanced players.
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