Fun and Perfectly Maintained Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Pro Shop was awesome and staff was friendly. Neat place to hang out before/after rounds and stock up on some new plastic.
-Course is maintenance is similar to a ball golf course. Really loved the way some of the holes are mulched around the base. Also loved how the grass was mowed in lines like a professional baseball or football field.
-Most baskets were visible from the tee pad which made it easy for a first time player.
-Seemed to have been a good mix of long and short holes.
-Course had players on almost every hole when I was there (though it was a magnificent 70 degree Maine day)
-Water hazards add to the fun and I'm told they have a diver that goes out once a month or so. They are forgiving water hazards which are manageable for newer players.
-I was told that there is a camera pointed to hole 9's basket. If you hit an ace you get a free pizza from a local pizza company. It's a really short 217' straight shot.
Cons: -Holes were pretty cramped. Would find it difficult to run a tournament there as many of the times during my round people were hyzering off into the fairway next to them. Heard "FOOOOOORE" a number of times.
-Some distances and hole numbers were marked with stickers on the garbage can by the holes bench. But not all holes had distances marked. Would be nice to have some nice tee signs out there.
-Not sure what the real par is for the course. They claim it's a par 70 on here, and I think the scorecard they give you is marked as a 70 as well. Right now I'm a 935 rated player. I shot a 55 using three discs I've never thrown prior. (all I could make room for in my suit case). Would probably be better to have a more challenging par for course set.
-The short holes were really short and straight forward. The long holes were wide open and distance was really the only challenge. Fun, just not really challenging for more experienced players.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed my time at Pleasant Hill. Since most of my Disc Golf has been played in Florida and South Carolina, I was really impressed with how clean and cared for this course was. I guess June is spring time in Maine so I could have been there at the most ideal time of the year. Everything was so green and vibrant. The fairways were mowed beautifully. The landscaping was awesome. The people I joined up with were really friendly. It was just a really fun time. I would have liked to see how much better I could have done using my full bag, rather than a putter, midrange and driver that I'd never used. Could have made the course even less challenging though. If you're going through this part of Maine, it's definitely worth a play. I'm glad I did.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Disc golf on a ball golf course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is impeccably maintained, for a disc golf course. The grass is short and the rough... isn't all that rough. It's very pretty and unique for a disc golf course. They could turn it back into a ball golf course in short order.
Several memorable holes. Even though there aren't many obstacles, It was not a boring round at all.
Pro shop employees are friendly and they have a surprisingly good selection.
Cons: Holes are relatively wide open, so even though there is a decent mixture of different looks, there isn't much variation in shot selection. Mostly straight if you can.
Wind was an issue here and I imagine it is most of the time due to the wide open layout.
Other Thoughts: I was there during the day on a Friday and the course was absolutely packed with beginners from the Portland area. Everyone was very friendly and allowed me to throw through. Just be aware that there may be a wait.
Although it is highly rated, the course overall is pretty forgiving. Certainly fun for everyone, though advanced players should expect a lot of birdie opportunities. Pack your stable bag for the moderate wind.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Good for distance throwers
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well groomed and easy to find tee pads as well as next hole. A couple interesting layouts or hole positions. Good place to practice hucking with no fear of losing a disc.
Cons: Boring ... many of the holes were straight as an arrow from the tee box to the basket with no real challenge.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Open course is good for practicing drives. Pretty landscape and well kept. Has good location. Has a clubhouse with good disc selection and fair prices. It's layout makes it so you can play front or back 9 from clubhouse with ease.
Cons: Can be crowded.
Other Thoughts: Careful of water traps.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Friendly Pro Shop, well maintained course
Pros: Greens wells maintained, clear markers, great Pro Shop with friendly staff, water obstacles, parking
Cons: Not too challenging, crowded on weekends, on an ex ball course so pars not thought out thoroughly, open course can be windy
Other Thoughts: Good course and great for beginners or a quick 18.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
You can throw rollers in Maine!
Pros: In a word, this course is fun. Following an old ball golf course, most of the holes here have beautiful grassy, well manicured fairways. They're firm as well which makes for some of the best rolling fairways I've ever had the pleasure of throwing. This gives PH a unique feel and really sets it apart from other courses in the area.
There are a few small ponds here as well. They certainly add to the aesthetics but with the current design, they have been taken almost completely out of play.
The slightly undulating course meanders through an oak grove, two large white pine stands, and sporadic groupings of sugar and red maples that set themselves ablaze with color in late September. Overall, this is one of the more beautiful courses I've played and if you're in the area around peak foliage, you owe it to yourself to come play here.
The holes are mostly open and very forgiving which makes it an ideal place for beginners and intermediate players to hone their skills.
It's a blast for advanced players too. The wide open fairways allow you to really let loose on the par 4's and dial in your wind play. At a blue level par 59, it falls far short of any true test of golf but it's always fun chasing scores in the mid 40's.
The pro shop has a fair selection of plastic, accessories, and snacks. The cement tee boxes are great and the old Discatchers are holding up nicely. The staff is friendly and the course always looks immaculate.
Cons: The design is somewhere between pedestrian and downright horrible. I could go on and on about what's wrong with it but instead I'll say it's uninspired. **please don't let this deter you from trying this place out, I think almost every design I play is horrible**
-with 1 exception, the ponds are not in play
-course lacks multiple tees
-no tee signs
Other Thoughts: This place could be excellent with a redesign.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Beginner Course
Pros: PH is a great place to take new players and a great place to let it rip. Wide open fairways, very good tee pads and mostly intuitive layout. Nice pro shop. Liked the practice baskets right when you walk in. Can easily play just 9 if you want.
Cons: While layout is pretty intuitive, tee signs would be nice and arrows to next tee would be even better. I knew pars because of DGCR, but if not for that would not have known.
Other Thoughts: Was surprisingly busy for a cold Friday (Black Friday) in November. Would imagine it could be quite busy during the summer. Has a couple of ace chances. All and all, a very nice course that is most suitable for newer players. There are a couple of water hazards but PH is great about fishing out lost discs and notifying owners. Very cool.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Credit where credit is due
Pros: -Impeccable maintenance and landscaping
-Pro shop with good deals and excellent service
-Good variety in distance
-Trash can at every hole
-Complimentary disc dredging service (so lake shots are not permanently lost)
-Popular but not too crowded (seriously, some people complained about this elsewhere but i played on a beautiful summer Saturday and never had to wait for more than one group. Once you've played Morley or Golden Gate, you know this isn't crowded)
-One of the very few good "wide open" courses in New England
- Very convenient to the Portland metro area
- Price is expensive for disc golf, but VERY reasonable when the maintenance is considered.
Cons: -Almost all "straight ahead" shots
-No tee signs (even though not truly needed)
-Single pin/basket layout
Other Thoughts: This course gains as high a rating from me as it does because it achieves its own goal so well. This is a beautiful, beginner/intermediate friendly course that is impeccably maintained, fills a niche in "quality open course layout" for new England, and is a great one to introduce players to the game with. It is not championship caliber or highly technical. The rough, if played as OB, matters, but won't have you searching for a disc for hours. Advanced players will find this course very casual, but that's fine. With some more variety in needed shots, some tee signs, and multiple layouts this would be a best of the best course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Recently returned to the course where I learned to play after a long absence. I probably played my first twenty or so rounds here and I still remembered each hole, so I'll attempt to contain my bias.
That said, I couldn't imagine a better course to learn to learn the game at. It is very, very, beginner friendly. After a year in the south I remembered the open fairways, but my first though when I saw hole one was, "Good Lord, this is wide open." There is a ton of room for error on the majority of the holes.
So while the beginners will love this course, the bombers will too. There is some serious space to air it out, with numerous holes extending over 500 feet. And hole 8 gives most a chance for a personal best drive, with seven feet in front of you and a gradual downward slop most of the way to the cage.
That said, some of the par threes offer unique challenges. Hole 5 is perfectly set up for a RHFH shot to sweep in around the trees for a possible ace. (18 is the opposite set up) Hole 6 is an easy shot in a open field, but the cage is set in the middle of a three-trunk tree. Even a parked drive may give a difficult birdie put.
There is great flow to the course. The long open holes transition nicely to the short technical shots. It may not offer much challenge for the serious player, but it's a seriously fun course.
It's also a seriously beautiful course. It's former ball gold course and many of the fairways look the part. Many of the tee finds you driving down a freshly mowed fairway where the only thing missing is the sandtrap. A ton of work is done to maintain this on a daily basis, well justifying the time you spend
Cons: Pleasant Hill is not without its drawbacks. As mentioned, it's not challenging. The pars are way to high. (Not that this can't be negated by just playing them all as threes) But the fact that you can go wide left or right on a lot of the holes and not suffer much consequence is a flaw, regardless of what the par says.
It's also often crowded. It's not uncommon for there to be someone on every hole. There are two solutions to this. Come early on the weekdays if you can. After five you will find it hard to not spend a lot of time waiting at teeboxes, If you must come during peak hours, learn the course. There are plenty of places to skip from one hole to the next.
Lastly the signage isn't great. Navigating the course is very intuitive, so it doesn't need it in that respect. But I'd rather read the distances on the sign instead of having to keep pulling out the scorecard on the tee.
Other Thoughts: The course can get very wet. The staff does a great job putting up temporary stepping bridges when this happens but many of the fairways(ahem, 16) are prone to taking on water.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pleasant Hill in Scarborough
Pros: I traveled from California to visit family and decided to check out some disc golf courses in the area. Pleasant Hill was one I decided to stop at and it is a really nice course. It has fantastic scenery with ponds that make for some challenging water hazards. Or, when I went, frozen water hazards. They had fun pins to shoot at. Hole 6 sits in a set of trees and technically, the only way to putt it, is the gap in the center where you can see it from the tee pad. (Unless you can vertically putt from the sides or behind it) Hole 7, 12 and 17 were good challenges as well. Water is the only real hazards for losing discs. I don't see the trees claiming any discs but it might depend on the season. I went in mid-March.
I thought we had courses that were well maintained in California but, WOW. The tee pads were cleared of dirt/snow, it'd look like they were brushed that morning. Trash cans with tee numbers at every hole (Hard to get lost). New benches at every hole and all tee pads were concrete (big plus). Grass was soggy from the melted snow but I can only imagine how wonderfully green the course must be in the summer. BEST course maintenance I have ever seen. Every course should have fairways like these, but one can only dream. I would not have a problem paying $5 every time if they keep the course up like this year round, which I'm sure they do.
Pro Shop was incredible. MANY assortment of discs and they even have the new Westside Discs on the way. VERY impressed. One of the best pro shops I have been in. If you need a disc, get it HERE because I noticed their prices are slightly lower than anywhere else, especially if you order online. I am definitely going back for a disc and might even play a second round.
Cons: I went out in the middle of March and the weather was anything but pleasant that day. The strong winds made it challenging but also fun at the same time though. Boots were a necessity for the soggy grass. But this is not a con, just an experience.
I would like to see tee signs with a map and distance of the hole though. The pin is self-explanatory when you step on the tee pad, but it would make the course a little more prestigious; very minor detail.
And I don't think I'd list this as con either, because it's really just a matter of experience and opinion. I recognize and understand the course is family oriented and I'd say they nailed it to the tee. It's a GREAT place for beginning players and family rounds. It can get the first-time player easily addicted to the sport. However, since I have a bit of experience under my belt and play for my college team too, I would say this course is SUPER easy for the experienced/advanced player. Fun course, and it is worth the stop, but it wouldn't be a course I would regularly go back to for a challenge. Or, maybe if they had Par for beginners (current par), and created a Par for the advanced players, it would certainly make it more challenging. That would make me come back if I was a regular. Just a suggestion for thought though. Maybe even invest in alternate pins to change up the course. There is a lot of ground to work with out there, but also just a thought/suggestion. For the most part, the pars are generous, and I ended up -10 for my first time playing the course. A lot of Par 4's should be 3's and the Par 5's should be 4's and a couple could even be 3's too. I had two eagle opportunities, which is kind of cool to say, but experienced golfers should not have many of these, especially in 1 round. But I can see how this would make it fun too.
Other Thoughts: If someone asked me about this course, I would have nothing but good things to say about it. Beautiful course, excellent pro shop, well maintained, and I had fun. If the McLaughlin family is reading this, keep it up. You're doing everything right for this sport and some other people could benefit from using your course as a building block for future courses or altering some current courses. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to play your course. Do your best to expand the sport of disc golf to younger crowds like high schoolers, if you haven't already. I know they would love your course and the sport.
Another thing, my discs skipped A LOT due to the extremely nice grass on the course. Aim right/left and hyzer skip your discs. If you throw straight at it, it may skip out of your putting range, especially if it is as windy as when I went. But, that is also what made this course a bit challenging.
BONUS: Get a scorecard, and you get a deal at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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