Best kept secret in Ontario
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Pros: - Looped layout
- Park is keen on maintenance & improvements
- Good mix of shots required.
- Long & Short tees provide a much different experience.
- Rubber mat teepads.
- Washrooms nearby.
- Secure lost/found via drop box/park office.
- Picnic table/Bench/Seating at all short tees.
- Next hole markers on baskets are a plus for navigation.
Cons: - Long tees are natural gravel ATM
- Tee signs are very basic; distances only.
Other Thoughts: Standout holes - 5, 13, 18
This course is constantly improving and quickly becoming one of the top in Southern Ontario. If you haven't played here in the last 6 months you need to make another trip!
May '13 update - all tees have rubber mats installed! Signage up next :)
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Pros: Excellent variety of holes with short and long throws.
A great course to improve your accuracy since you don't have to blow your arm out on every hole.
Half the course is wooded with narrow fairways and the other half is open but with enough hazards to keep it interesting.
The pin layout is great.
Maintenance was a problem earlier but it is improving. The greens are being cut more often and the fairways have been widened on the two worst holes (6 & 7) for losing discs.
An annual pass is available for around $90 that gets you into all Hamilton City Parks for day use (about 6 of them).
The course is usually empty so there is no one pushing your play from behind.
Cons: As long as the course continues to improve its maintenance then I won't mention the time I spent searching for discs in 5 foot high grass during the earlier half of the year.
Other Thoughts: The fairway on #5 has been substantially cleared so you no longer have a brutal 2nd shot. Hole #17 was moved after tornado damage. You no longer throw along the side of the pond. After finishing #16 and walking on the road, continue another 50 ft on the road past the old trail to #17. The basket is located about 30 ft closer to the parking lot in an open area. Currently the maintenance is excellent.
Basket #18 is back as of nov 19 2011. The course is in beautiful condition.
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A Gem In the Forest
- Put off coming here for 2 years due in part to the 2 initial poor reports/low ratings on this sight. Turns out this is an excellently laid out, challenging, fun course worth the small spend. Liked it so much, went back the next day for 2 more rounds and bought a one year pass.
- Liked the beautiful, natural setting. Enjoyed the challenging holes that made me stop and really plan/strategize my shots/throws/disc selections.
- An excellent mix of lefts, right, helix, narrow, wide, long, short, up, down, into trees, out of trees, obstacles both horizontal and vertical, and one short but a nail biter water crossing. This place is like a combination of every good course I have played and liked in southwestern Ontario.
- Whoever designed the layout should be thanked. It is professional and natural. Couple of ace runs. Lots of birdie runs. Some very difficult holes.
- The signage was simple, professional and sufficient. But you need to take the map below.
- The whole course was groomed clean. Launch-to-tee pathways were mowed.
- The baskets are newish.
- The map online was great. I recommend printing it off and taking it with you on your first trip to avoid wasted time on site. The map they hand out at the gate is poor. See here: http://www.dgcoursereview.com.../db42d684.jpg
- A unique combination of forest and field inside an actual conservation area that is not completely manicured.
- The tees are green grass and forest floor: did not even notice the absence of concrete pads. Had zero problems with foot grip.
- An exceptionally fun place to throw. I highly recommend playing here. The holes are very well marked and the course design is varied and challenging. I have played it 4 times, twice alone and I had no trouble finding any discs except once when I misjudged where one landed and it was actually in plain sight.
- Holy wildlife! I must have seen 12 raptors/hawks and one very large murder of crows, jays, chickadees, kinglets, a downy woodpecker, nuthatches, gulls, ducks, geese and one cottontail rabbit.
Cons: - I do not like paying to play. But come early or on the weekend and you'll likely pay a flat rate of only $8 for the car and driver, with no added fee of $4 per additional person/people in the car.
- Is losing discs a problem here? No. Unless you are complete rookie that hyzers constantly (as we all did). Otherwise mark your disc's landing with specific bushes/shrubs etc. and you're good to go. If you are with a buddy, cut down on search time & help mark each others' discs not just your own.
- Take care on 7. It is longish and downhill so there is a tendency to spray it around a bit. The rough outside the basket is thick. But it is a possible ace so throw with abandon but watch it like a hawk!
- This course is a true conservation area with careful replanting of ancient eastern prairie grasses so the lack of mass clearcut mowing is intentional. As a result, 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9 have potential to lose your discs in taller grasses or small trees. Of these 5 holes 7 is the only true risk of losing a disc. Watch where your discs land and "mark" where they land. If you get lazy and do not carefully spot their landings you will waste a lot of time walking around looking for discs.
- Finding #10: It is a 90 second walk from your car. Remember you have to head back out the same road you came in. As soon as you cross the narrow "bridge" at the entrance to the parking lot, take a sharp right, walk 40 paces and voila.
Other Thoughts: - Not sure if the course was less developed initially ie: when the lads who wrote the 2 earliest/low rating reports were there or if they were just particularly bitter that they lost a few discs. But the place is in top shape, was recently mowed nicely, the signage was excellent and the course was a blast.
- Played only the shorts/ams so I cannot tell you the experience of playing the longs here. They looked very challenging.
- A 1 year pass is $90 and starts from the day you buy it, unlike Bronte which is $140.
- THere is no need to play this course in any order but 1 through 18.
- This course is great. If you want to go somewhere new and want to test your skills then play it. You will not be disappointed.
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