Avoid this course on the weekend
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Each hole position was adequately marked and for the most part, baskets were clearly visible. There were two tees for each hole. There were a fair amount of technical shots required. The back nine had some longer holes which was much needed.
Cons: The front nine are ridiculously short and often the tees for the next holes are so close the baskets of the other tees that there was a constant barrage of discs from groups behind. The main road is has to be crossed over twice and thrown near three times. There are several walking and biking paths that are adjacent to fairways so if a shot goes astray it is important to be vocal to joggers and bikers. Overall the layout is very cramped, and was often more distracting than engaging. The tees are cement, very narrow, and wood framed. which made getting a good run up quite a challenge when necessary.
Other Thoughts: This only applies to weekend visits specifically summer. As a non-resident the $10/car cost to visit is an absolute deal-breaker if 4 people aren't going in one car. I will never visit on a weekend, summer day again. If you are not a resident and want to check this out, absolutely go during a time when kids are in school. There was a lot of rate of play friction from players of different caliber and group sizing issues.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Wooded course, with some tight shots. The course has great signs at each hole which have the length of the hole and alternate pins/pads.
Cons: Not too many long holes, the course is pretty tight for most of the holes, and the course fairway's cross over each other.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Nice, clean course
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Nice terrain
- Well marked and mapped holes
- Good variety of shots
- Some challenging spots
- 2 tees and 1-4 pin locations!
- Free during the winter
Cons: - A bit short
- A bit easy
- $10 per car in the summer
Other Thoughts: Great to have a free, high quality course during the winter!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Decent amateur course
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: * Signage was decent
* Rough was pretty mild everywhere
Cons: * Crowded, with fairways stacked closely together...several discs from other holes were thrown onto the fairway I was playing.
* Not particularly difficult (I threw about 20 strokes less than my average at home).
* No significant elevation or water challange.
* No water fountains.
Other Thoughts: I was visiting some friends who had never played disc golf, and they really enjoyed themselves. I'm a bit spoiled in that my home course is excellent - Tyler Park, PA), but this one seemed uninspired to me.
Overall, it seems like a good, friendly course for new/amateur players to get into the game. For pros or experienced amateurs, this won't offer much in the way of challenge.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 11 Not
Like playing in the middle of disney land
Pros: Decent baskets
Cons: Tourists everywhere
is a zoo
lines to play
not private or outdoorsey
graffiti on everything
Other Thoughts: This course is the opposite of why I play disc golf. I play disc golf to get outdoors and have fun with a few friends. This is a complete zoo playing here. there are too many people walking right next to you on the path built right next to it to even throw confidently and not worry about hitting a baby carriage
do yourself a favor...Go play giles run.
3 of 14 people found this review helpful.
Fun, tight course
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice park with good amenities near the first tee, including snack bar (closed in winter), a nice playground, and a kiddie train. Concrete tee pads and multiple basket positions per hole with long tees on a few of the holes. The signs here are excellent with nice diagrams of the holes and markers to indicate the current basket position and distances to each of the positions. While there isn't a ton of distance here, the fairways are tight, and require good accuracy with all of your shots to score well here. A few more open holes to allow you to open up and throw a nice long shot.
Cons: A few of the holes play a little close to some of the walkways in this park. The worst hole for this is #3, where you basically start your disc directly towards a path to have it come back to the fairway. I mostly played this course when it wasn't busy, and occasionally put my disc right on this path, which is a bad shot, but would still be a concern when the park is busy.
Other Thoughts: Regarding the other park users in the fairways, in the roughly 30+ times I've played this course, I've only had people hanging out in fairways a few times, and only once was it an unpleasant experience with a couple that chose to have their makeout session on a log in the middle of the 15th fairway. They looked like the type that would be confrontational about it, so I skipped the hole after waiting on the tee for a little bit. I rarely played this course at its busiest times, so I may not have experienced the worst of the park patrons. The few times I had families in the fairway, they were out of the way fast enough that it never bothered me. A couple of the long basket positions (15 and 16) should not be used anymore as they are in excessively thick trees, but fortunately they are rarely used basket positions.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Late 70's Technical
Other Thoughts: Course sits in mildly rolling piedmont watershed of a 900 acre regional park with mature canopy. Park is very busy, especially in season, and features a wide variety of facilities. The lake comprises about 25% of the park's total acreage and the course covers about 15 acres of land.
Course is sequestered from other park activities, but nearby biking/walking paths and the generally crowded park milieu make alertness, patience and consideration a requirement for playing here. Originally, the course featured returning 9's, but currently it has 6 and 12 hole loops. Equipment is above average. Tee pads, signage and amenities are superior, almost to the point of being overkill for this type of course. Tee signs, which include topographic information and current pin location information, were some of the most detailed and aesthetically pleasing this reviewer has seen. Course is very playable and way finding simple. Rounds are swift for those on a tight time budget.
In all fairness, the first thing to consider about Burke Lake DGC is its age. It is nearly 40 years old, and despite at least one major renovation during that time, this is reflected in the average hole distances for the 18, which range from about 220' (reds) to 250' (whites). Burke Lake is an early east coast technical style course and has probably seen more than a 500,000 rounds during its life. For the advanced and above level golfer, it is probably not the golfing challenge that they would prefer, however, it's still a great course for new, young and/or recreational players. It's also a rare chance to observe the effects of massive foot traffic when paired with fairly limited and sporadic management practices directed specifically at the course. It is also interesting historically, as the seeds of what many take for granted in today's 'modern' disc golf world were planted in places like Burke Lake DGC.
All the basic fairway shapes are represented; decidedly favoring stable clock spin throws overall. There's no real guile here, although the 'hidden tree' effect is present in a couple of fairways. Greens are largely neutral with regards to slope and spin receptivity. Undergrowth in the main has been pounded away by foot traffic, and although roughs are frequently filled with downed trees in various stages of decomposition, they offer generous recovery and scrambling chances. These downed trees also offer some spatial definition and separation between adjoining fairways; courses of this vintage frequently are very compact spatially and over time the separating roughs tend to get worn thin.
Holes here are outstanding mainly for their historical precedent, as subsequent examples elsewhere have long since outpaced them. That being the case, I would mention #8, which is an early example of the split fairway concept and #17, an early example of the straight shot with fade control skill test.
While I wouldn't say this course is a 'must play', it certainly still has a vital role for the sport, certainly if you are introducing newcomers to disc golf or are with your family on an outing. I would also suggest a limit of speed 4 or less discs OR playing with your off-hand to make the contest more 'fair'; certainly the lessons here in technical consistency may be applied elsewhere. Burke Lake is also a perfect course for vintage/super class events.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Duck Duck Goose
Pros: 18 fairly short technical wooded old school holes with dual concrete tees and single basket. Variety of throwing lines required and the available elevation is used well. Signage is ok and navigation fairly easy. Very low chance of losing disc. Bathrooms and water in park by playground.
Cons: Holes play very close to each other and other park patrons in very busy park. Guess it's why there's a tourney called Duk Golf here.
Other Thoughts: Burke Lake is a geriatric course and it shows with most holes reachable with a putter as many would call this your local pitch and putt. Back then I'm sure it would have rated much higher, however it's been a bit left behind with beveled edge disc technology. This is a great course for beginners as long as no one gets hit by discs. More experienced players can also enjoy the course to work on short game with many ace runs, but may find it a bit short and cumbersome. It's $10 for non-county residents to play on weekends/holidays April through October. The park has a good amount of other activities and amenities for a nice family day.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Don't hit the kids!
Pros: Great course for both beginners and experts!
Concrete tee boxes and detailed tee signs make for a great start.
They occasionally will change up the hole locations which keeps the course new and exciting every time you go.
Course layout is well thought out and maintained.
Lots of traffic on the course makes it easy to follow and difficult to lose discs.
Cons: My biggest complaint is the parents pushing their kids in strollers and moms having conversations in the middle of the fairways, totally oblivious to the fact that they are on a disc golf course. There are paths to get down to the lake, and the course is NOT one of them! The park needs to put up some signs at the entrance of the course to deter these clueless people or something.
Besides that, great course!
Other Thoughts: Vending machines in front of the concession building always steals my quarters!
There are bathrooms in the concession building.
During the summer, the concession building is staffed and they sell ice cream, food, drinks, and will give you a free water cup if you ask!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
A Good, Fun Course
Pros: There are a variety of hole types, from relatively wide open fairways to tight shots that need to be made in and around trees. Holes ranging from about 150 feet to 400 feet allow you to disc down and focus on technique. The course has great equipment; nice concrete tee boxes, good signage and Discatcher Pro baskets are all found here. The course is not super affected by weather. Water drains pretty well from most of the course and the wind can only be a factor on a few holes.
Cons: The first half of the course is quite short, and a couple of those short holes have pin positions that are simply not challenging. During peak season, the park gets busy on the weekends. Parts of the course run along other recreation areas, so you have to watch out for people both on the trail and meandering through the course. Many of the holes are quite close together, so you also have to ensure you aren't going to be hitting any other players. Because this course is so accessible, you may find very large groups or groups with kids using inadequate discs.
Other Thoughts: This is a good wooded course. It's not outstanding in really any way, but it's one I enjoy playing often. There are 18 holes, many of which have multiple pin positions and/or two tees. It's a perfect course to introduce somebody to the game, as the holes skew short and can be played with only one or two discs without much trouble. Leave your distance drivers at home, as the most you'll need here is a speed 8 or 9 driver. During the week and the winter, it's often empty. You can play a round in an hour, which is great if you're limited by time. There is a $10 fee per car to get into the park if you aren't a resident of the county, but that's only collected on weekends and holidays during the spring, summer and early fall. They sell a very limited selection of Innova DX discs at the park office, which is on your right when entering the park. Camping is available in the park from mid April through the end of October for $28 per campsite.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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