Wooded golf at its finest
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Pros: Beautiful, well-kept forest setting.
Excellent hole variety made up of long, challenging par 3's with a few par 4's and ace runs mixed in. Good balance of left/right tee shots with defined fairways and gaps that are tight but fair. The rough is generally open when you miss your line but it will cost you a recovery shot. Elevation changes are well-used and often dramatic. Pin placements add difficulty with many guardians, side-slopes, and death putts so no hole is a gimme. Many memorable holes and features.
Cons: I played very early in the season when some missing signage made the early holes difficult to navigate first time through. Baskets are antiquated but adequate.
Other Thoughts: An active network of maple taps and a 30meter ski jump tower (moved from Lake Placid in 1976) make for some unique scenery during your round. A well-designed course that rewards good, conservative play and punishes errant shots. I also enjoyed the designer's (James Beaulieu) work at nearby Mount Sunapee and look forward to playing his next effort at Storrs Pond (Hanover/Lebanon) on completion. For me this course is an excellent example of what wooded golf should be.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very challenging holes, varied, and flows well. Nice environment, and not too busy. Decent tee pads and putting surfaces for a volunteer maintained public course.
Cons: Really a very nice course! Most tee pads were a bit eroded.
Other Thoughts: Not too far from mount sunapee. I enjoyed playing both in one day.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: So challenging that it's extremely difficult to master...so it never gets old.
Cons: I spend much of the year out west where the lanes and fairways are wide open so the trees are a rude awakening for me whenever I return home for the summer. It keeps me humble tho!
Other Thoughts: Hole 14 really should be a par 4. This is my home course and I've seen a grand total of 3 pars on it in five years of playing. I've never seen a birdie. Something has got to give.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pinnacles Plethora of Pines
Pros: Multiple tees (three on each hole). Longs are fine gravel with wood borders. Blue/Red are natural and in varying condition.
Tee signs show distance for each tee as well as the fundamental layout
Primarily heavily wooded and technical
Balanced in right/left/straight holes
Elevation is a factor particularly on the back 9
Flows naturally and is easy to navigate; seemed very broken in/well used
Course was free of trash and debris (no garbage cans - its carry in/out)
Nice benches at some tees with well constructed stairs and bridges placed in necessary areas throughout the course
Quiet and secluded forest feel even though course is located in town at the local high school
Baskets are homemade & seemed to be in good shape.
Disc loss possibilities seemed low however hunting for your disc could consume some time on several holes.
Cons: Long gravel tees were somewhat slippery on a number of holes & several had significant divots - I actually fell for the first time ever on a tee pad here (gravel was sharp as I cut both my knee and hand)
It was a little marshy in places and subsequently, lots of insects (played in July so to be expected)
While the course was devoid of people when we played (and school was not in session), it appears possible conflicts exist on the first few holes with school activities and on others with multi-use paths.
Chains dislodged from the hooks on some putts. This didn't cause any problems with play, I merely put the chains back on the hooks. Additionally, more orange flags would aide in spotting pins better.
Not sure if this is really a 'con' however the par 3, 511ft hole 14 in the tight woods seemed stingy on the par - especially considering the par 4, 400ft hole 12 in the woods and a more open 483ft par 4 hole #4.
Other Thoughts: The opening hole's wide open drive is so atypical that it feels like a transition with the sole purpose of indicating there's a disc golf course on the premises. Holes 2-4 are more characteristic as they venture through the tall pines and offer ample needle covered fairways to navigate. Holes five through nine progress into the hardwoods, the fairways start to narrow, elevation and basket placements become more evident but in turn, fair and attainable length off the tee is offered. Overall, the front nine eases you into the course with more welcoming holes and scoring opportunities however you can sense the development into something more substantial and intricate.
The back nine is where the course really steps it up. The fairways contract and add complexity making precision extremely crucial, elevation is more substantial and essential to the hole design and to top it all off, the length increases (3000+ ft. versus the front nine's 2600ft). When reflecting back on Pinnacle, these are the most memorable and defining holes elevating the course status into the 'excellent' sphere.
I would have loved to have had a course like this at my high school when growing up & envy those who are close enough to get the pleasure of playing here on a regular basis.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Where's my chainsaw?
Pros: Far and away the best course in New Hampshire that I have played. The signage is great: clear tee signs that show all three tee positions and next tee signs. There is a welcome board with a place for scorecards (although only trash was in there). There is three sets of tees that offer totally different looks at the hole. There are scattered home-made benches throughout the course. Stairs and bridges are there when needed. The home-made baskets are in amazing shape and catch very similar to Mach V's. There is a great use of natural terrain and tricky pin positions to challange every shot in your bag. There are several ace runs as well as a couple of long par fours. Really good mix of dogleg rights/lefts, "s" holes, and uphill/downhill. In order to shoot par here you have to have everything going for you. Even though this course is on a high school property you can't really ask for much more.
Cons: The tee boxes are in rough shape (I'm told it mostly do to one person who digs in like he is playing baseball). The first couple of holes interfere with some school activities; athletic fields and a low ropes course. The design also has the course turn over on itself on a couple of the holes. Rough has a ton of fallen debris and trash scattered throughout. Very minimal use of OB. Large sand pit on eigtheen could casue some problems. Hiking trails intersect with a few holes.
Other Thoughts: The baskets were made at the high school. There is a low ropes course and ski jump at the course.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
my kind of course
Pros: Woods golf at its finest with different alley ways to the basket on many holes
Nice mix of left and right turning fairways
Great use of elevation
No crossing fairways or danger zones makes for a good tournament course
Good diversity in length of holes where distance and accuracy is needed. No pointless open holes without obastacles.
Overall a well thought out and designed course
I can't wait to defend my title at next years NEFA tournament!
Other Thoughts: Permanent tee pads would make this course even more enjoyable
The course is located in a school zone so be aware of that when you open a beverage....
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Well laid out course with plenty of trees and good uphill and downhill holes. Seems pretty quiet and sounds like crowds are not a problem.
Cons: Very few negatives if any.
Other Thoughts: I just began playing this summer and have played many courses in Colorado. Pinnacle was the first New England course that I've played, and I feel it's as good as anything out West, including Conifer. Holes 14-18 are amazing. I'll play this course whenever I come back East.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Control Control Control
Pros: Diversity in hole play and basket location, beautiful surroundings, many tight shots requiring great accuracy, Free, Easy to navigate once finding the first tee box next to the tennis courts, plays pretty quick even with not so great shooting.
Cons: sticks and brush on fairways(i'm picky), 2 hour ride from where I live(but well worth the trip)
Other Thoughts: Great course not an easy course thanks to a billion trees but it played fun and it will get better as it ages just like fine wine. Thank you James
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Plenty of diversity on each hole. There are no two that are alike. Each hole has a "ideal" placement in the woods, meaning that you will not find one that does not feel like it belongs there. The signs are the typical block of wood made in shop class, they list the distances from all tees, and the pars. Four nice benches located at 2, 5, 10, and 14. I have birdied every hole but 13 and 14, so the possibility is there, but I have only two pars on 14 the 511 foot par 3. Trees are abundant here, and elevation change is constant. No problem navagating the course.
Cons: TREES TREES TREES TREES TREES TREE. There are lanes and there are fairways, big ones too, but most of the time even beautiful throws are snagged, snared, and pommeled by these frisbee killers. On your best day here your score card will still not reflect a good day golfing. Frustration is frequent here, but control is rewarded...slightly
Other Thoughts: this is now my home course since moving to the area, and it is the most difficult I have played other than Maple Hill. If you show up here be ready for a really nice course with a new obstacle for you to overcome on every hole. You will like the experience over all, just dont let the TREES get to you. There is not much I can think of that I would change here, not even thinning out the TREES
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
A future classic NE woods course?
Pros: Very challenging course w/ a good variety of fairways looping through a wooded hillside with some EXTREME elevation changes.
Indications of an active, well organized local club. This course will give you a good physical and technical workout, and offers some opportunities to open up and throw long.
Good signage and trail marking; I'd give it a positive FTF rating.
This course will definitely leave an impression on you!
Cons: Some of the tee pads are still dirt. This is likely to improve over time. This IS a very new course and still a little raw around the edges.
There is a network of multi-use trails on the Pinnacle; watch out for hikers, ATVs, Dirtbikes, Snowmobiles, etc.
Pars seem to be set for pros with no indication of amateur pars for the duffers and "weekend warriors" among us.
Other Thoughts: Several memorable holes, but THE signature hole would have to be #16, The Wall.
All in all this course has great potential, and is already one of the best public courses in the NH/VT twin state area. Look for this rating to improve in the future!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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