Great way to spend the day
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun & challenging course in a great location. The park is very clean & large and the course takes you through a good part of it. It's like being on a frolfing adventure through the meadows & woods. My favourite course in the area by far.
Some pretty long & open holes, nice to be able to really whip those drives without having to worry.
Course is pretty easy to navigate, though if you do it on a nice day you might find people relaxing or bbq-ing in the middle of the course. Don't they realize that space is there for frolfers?? =P
Cons: Have to pay to get into the park. I haven't figured out a good way to get around this one, but it's worth doing especially if you bring a picnic & spend some time there afterward.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Best kept secret in Ontario
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 :)
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Professionally designed 18 hole course in the back part of the conservation Area.
Quite and scenic all year round. 2 sets of rubber tee pads (36)
A ton of tight technical holes, a handful of open holes and elevation throughout the course.
Shorts are great for birdies and ace runs with a few tough holes to keep you guessing.
Longs are a much different and not as easy to keep your score under par.
The Park staff and locals have been addressing all concerns about over growth and the fairways and some wooded holes are really taking shape. (Fairways and 30ft greens are cut every 2 weeks)
Tons of signage for direction.
Log stools or picnic tables on almost every hole. Garbage cans close to all roads and pathways.
Washrooms in main parking lot are open all year (heated and fully stocked)
Cons: Everyone complains about paying to play. Currently the cost is 9.00 for car and driver, 4.50 per passenger. If the gate is unattended then 9.00 gets the whole car load in.
Keep in mind that there is swimming at the beach in the summer. Other activities available as well, so it's not that bad of a deal. Passes are also available online or at the gate. (90.00)
The long walk (3-5min) between 9 and 10 and there is a 2 min walk to 17 short. Other than that there is a great flow for each 9 hole section. I find the break not bad as you pass right by your car to reload.
Proper tee signs for shorts are needed.
Other Thoughts: The park used to be un kept. Losing disc's in an open fairway was horrible and it was creating a negative image for CL. Once, brought to the attention of the park, we now have a routine in place, to keep this course in tip top shape.
All new signage for shorts are in place.
New hanging basket on 15 offers a new challenge.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
One of the best in SW Ontario
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a fun technical course with a good variety of holes and good use of the elevation.
Tee pads are large rubber mats and all tees are well signed and easy to find. The maintenance has been excellent over the past few years! There is a (flush!) bathroom close to tees 1 and 10.
Cons: Entry fee of $9 (+$5 per additional person in peak season) is almost as bad as Bronte Provincial park. This is mitigated by the fact that the entry system is automated with credit card payment so you can still play early or late in the day when the gate is not manned.
Other Thoughts: This course gets better every season.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Has the potential to be a really good course, but needs a LOT of work. More variety on the back 9 than on the front, and the views are frequently spectacular. One water hole comes into play on 17, and is a nasty one.
Cons: As the other reviewer points out so well, this course needs maintenance BADLY. No tee pads to speak of, not even a well worn spot on the ground in many cases. Often you are teeing off in knee high schule, or standing in vines and weeds hoping not to trip over a sapling stump.
Be sure and print out an online map if you can before visiting, it will be a big help in navigating. I don't know what we would have done without it. This course also needs to be renumbered. The front nine and back nine need to be switched, but until then, I suggest you start with 10, and then go on to 1 after you finish hole 18, and it will flow much better (although you will still end up a long walk back to your car when you are finished).
Bring lots of bug spray, a map, and enough money for you and your guests ($12 bucks for car and driver and $4 for every additional passenger -- might be worth doing the old drive-in trick of hiding the rest of the foursome in the trunk) -- or better yet, bring a fishing pole and swim trunks and a picnic basket and make an entire day of it to get your money's worth, because the disc golf alone ain't worth the price of admission.
Other Thoughts: Be prepared to spend a lot of time playing this course, most of it spent searching for lost discs.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Maintenance? What's that??
Pros: Elevation and dual tees. Also, each hole had a tee sign although no useful info was provided outside of hole length. Layout made it relatively easy to find the next hole with a few exceptions.
Cons: An almost complete lack of maintenance. Tee pads were non-existent.
Also, price to play. $8 for the first person in the car and then $4 for each additional person.
Other Thoughts: This course could be good, it really could but the lack of maintenance kills it. I only managed to make it through the front 9 before deciding that it just wasn't worth my time (and that's after playing $12 to get in!). I couldn't find the #10 tee although admittedly I didn't look that hard after the arduous experience on the front 9 (plus I didn't have a map). I realize now I would have never found #10 without a map.
It might not be entirely fair to rate this course based on the front 9 alone but I felt people deserve to have some idea of what to expect before coming here and paying to play.
Here's a breakdown of how it went.
#1 has you throwing ~300ft. over 6ft. tall disc eating weeds into some not so tall weeds.
#2 wasn't bad, just an average wooded hole.
On #3 you get to throw over a poison ivy infested "fairway" and I'm using fairway in the loosest possible sense of the word. It's an overgrown mess. But hey, at least there's a sign to warn you about the poison ivy that you will be walking through after throwing!
#4 had a horrible tee pad where I was possibly standing in poison ivy to tee off. Otherwise, it was a cool hole.
#5 features a basket set on top of an overgrown, weeded hill. It would have been more enjoyable had it been mowed in the past month or two.
#6.. oh man, this is a good one. 430ft slightly downhill, straight shot over a field to the basket. Oh, did I mention there is NO fairway and this field is filled with knee high weeds? Even with all the spotters in the world, good luck finding your disc on this hole.
#7 features the same weeded field as #6 . The red tee is actually IN even taller weeds. There's no tee pad so just go ahead and do your run up in weeds up to your waist. It's fun, really!
#8 has you throwing down a pedestrian trail so it actually has a fairway of sorts. That actually made it a stand out hole.
#9 brings you back to the area that tee #1 is so you get tall weeds mixed with 6ft tall weeds. My Star Destroyer was an unfortunate victim of this hole.
After that wonderful experience, I'm sure you can see why I didn't try too hard to find the back 9. It's like someone thought about placement, bought nice baskets, decent (if uninformative) signs and put in what could be a nice course and then just went home and left it forgotten. If this course was well maintained it could be quite good. As is, it's just a ton of lost discs and frustration waiting to happen. Plus you get to pay $8 or more for the privilege of wasting your time here.
Obviously I would not recommend playing this course unless some serious maintenance starts happening on a regular basis. If you're a masochist and do decide to play here, don't go alone unless you like to search for discs more than you like to throw them.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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