Pros: At the "Patapsco Punisher" tournament this course is a "5 - Best of the Best". The tee pads get raked flat, and all the pins get moved to C pushing the course to its full 9236 feet of punishment!
Multiple pin postions with two gravel tees per hole.
Full service bathrooms with water.
Cons: Patapsco is normally set up in some mixed length of pins, and the tees get a little rough.
$2 entry fee to the MD State Park. If a ranger is there then ask for a map!
The course is hard to follow until you play it a few times, many pins are not visable from the tee pad.
Other Thoughts: If you want to see this course in it's peak, then pre-register and play the Patapsco Punisher ... you will not be disappointed in that tournament!
The 2008 Punisher SSA was 66.58!
An Any Given Sunday Seneca is the #1 MD course, but it is close when Patapsco is in the Punisher layout.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great setting in the country, well worth the drive. Two tee pads and 3 pin positions per hole. Great variety of holes, with many pro par 4s. Usually a mixed layout (6A,6B,6C). The long layout is one of the toughest in the country. Front 9 is mostly wooded, back 9 is mostly open. Bring your A game!
Cons: Lack of tee signs, tee pads are not optimal, hard to follow if you do not know the course.
Other Thoughts: I have played well over 50 rounds at Patapsco dating back to the late 1990s. The long layout is spectacular, and a challenge from the short or long tees. Patapsco will teach you to throw hard, and helps your short game by requiring technical upshots on many of the C pin positions. No two rounds are alike. If you want a great workout bring two versions of each disc and play one round from the long tees and one from the shorts simultaneously. Doubles your practice!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: multi tees and pins
Variety of shots
Large trees and plenty of wildlife
not many peds.
Cons: No pets
rough tee pads
$2 park fee
Other Thoughts: over the last year there has been much improvment on course maintenance
Play in early spring when all pins are in c. Makes it hard toshot in the 60's. At least for me
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the better courses in the area
Pros: 1) 3 pin locations per hole
2) Pro/Am tees on every hole
3) Great variety of uphill/downhill/flat holes
4) Great variety of long/short holes
5) Love the variety of pars, from 3 to 5
Cons: 1) Tee pads are mostly dirt or crushed gravel, so they become muddy and slippery when wet
2) There are absolutely NO signs to tell you where the next tee pad is
3) The tee pads have an arrow pointing to where the basket is, but just to one of the pin positions, so if the pin is not at that location, it's a little confusing
4) A little more walking between pin and the next tee pad than normal
Other Thoughts: While the course does provide plenty of challenges, with the current par system (67), the course rewards your good shots with birdie and eagle ops compared to some courses where one bad throw gives you a double bogey. My first trip out, I shot an even par with 2 eagles, 2 birdies, 8 pars, 5 bogeys, and 1 double.
Ignoring the lack of signage, the course itself is absolutely gorgeous. Plenty of wildlife. including deer that aren't even close to being scared of people. The only hole that you need to desperately watch your disc is #12, when the pin is located at it's left location. About 10 feet left of the pin, there is a 100 foot drop off that you'll find hard to navigate if your disc fades to the left too much.
Once you figure out where the tees and pins are, one of the better courses in the surrounding area, providing you with plenty of variety to keep you interested time after time.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is the course to play if you want to be tested.
There is huge distance, there are tight fairways (sometimes on the same hole).
This is how a disc golf course should be made.
Cons: This would be a 4.9 or maybe a 5 except for crappy tee-pads and tall grass.
The only other con is this is NOT a newbi friendly course. If you have friends that are brand new to the sport take them to Calvert, or Druid or Bluemont or Burke Lake.
Other Thoughts: If you think you got game bring it out here and see how good you are.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Neighbourhood of Nirvana
Pros: Two tee locations per hole. Three pin positions per hole. Large practice/warm-up area. Parking. Bathrooms.
Cons: Dirt/gravel/mud tee areas. Signage (lack thereof). Small fee to enter park. Lack of local amenities.
Deer poo :^P
Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic course, offering multiple tee and pin locations. There is great variety of holes - long, short, hyzers, anhyzers, narrow, wide, forested, open.
When the hazards come into play is varied - some on the drive, some on the approach.
Where the hazards come into play vary, too - some at the beginning of the flight, some in the midst of the flight, some towards the end.
Challenging pin positions on many holes - in woods and on slopes.
The lack of some sort of paved tee pads, and the lack of signage, both at the tee, and at the basket for the next hole, are the only major negatives about this course.
Favourite hole: #10C - a long drive down then up a hill, with trees on the right, and a tree with a large, annoying branch on the left. Second shot requires you to throw uphill through two rows of white pines which create a low ceiling, and finally the pin in the back left.
In March, the course will typically be set-up in "Punisher" configuration, i.e. all baskets in the far positions, making a round from the blue tees over 9200'
Update 9/09: Newly built teepads are now 6' by 16' and filled with crushed-n-tamped stone. Signs at long tees providing distance information and possible baskets positions. Additional/new set of baskets, so there will now be two baskets per hole - the new set will always be in the 'C' position, so The Punisher" (longs-to-longs) will always be available. These improvements make this course the must-visit course of the mid-Atlantic area.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
course needs something to talk about!
Pros: Large wooded course with a great variety; uphill, downhill, trees, wide open areas, dog legs, and 2 tee pads. 8 is a nice down hill shot, 12 hugs the edge of the woods, and 18 is a long shot into a patch of trees.
Very few thorns and ticks which infest other Maryland and NOVA courses.
Cons: No signage causes some frustration, but you can usually see the next tee from the basket. There is a lot of back tracking back to tees from the previous basket.
Course did not have the personality or uniquness of Bluemont, but it has a consistant quality through 18 holes.
You can see the river from the course, but the course never utilizes any water hazards.
Tees are gravel, but were usually lengthy enough, some were filled with mud.
Other Thoughts: Lots of deer. We saw a buck, 2 does, and a fawn on hole 18 and large does on holes 10 and 11.
Course is one of the better courses in the area, but it needs signage and a few signature holes to become a 5 out of 5.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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The review that complains about minimal mowing of fairways....... Not a problem with good throws.
Cons: Only 18 holes :)
Other Thoughts: Sweet
0 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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Getting Closer to a 5-Star
Pros: The scenic beauty of the park. The incredible length and difficulty of the holes and the course. The variety of holes - no 2 are alike! Restrooms and picnic areas available. Water fountains on the course. The NEW TEE PADS!!!!
Cons: Minimal mowing of fairways, especially on the Back 9 (see back 9 pics). Multi-use park with bikers, equestrians, scout camps, and other park users on many of the holes. Very few restaurants or Convenience Stores near park.
Other Thoughts: This review was originally titled "Should be 5-Star". Recent improvements to the tee pads are pushing this course in that direction. Because of the tee pad upgrade, I have changed my rating from 4.0 to 4.5. While I prefer concrete to crushed gravel, the new crushed gravel tees at Patapsco are great. Tee pads are no longer a valid concern when it comes to Patapsco. IMHO, Patapsco is now tied with Seneca as the best course in MD. It has (by far) the best variety of shots in one place. Combine that with the sheer length and difficulty of this course.... it will drop your jaw in awe! Holes 7, 8, 9, 13, 15, and 17 are just fantastic. You want a real disc golf challenge? Patapsco offers the best challenge in Maryland.
Unfortunately, the problem of waist high grass across much of the back 9 continues to make Patapsco a tough place to play from May thru October. Don't take my word for it, see the pictures. While 10-meter swaths are cut through the fairways, it's not enough mowing for this huge course. It takes way too long to find your discs when they land on either side of these 10-meter cuts. It's frustrating to bring a group of mostly ams because you end up looking for plastic all day. Plus, the tall grass is deer tick heaven during the summer. With all the golfers and boy scout camps that use this land, it's unfathomable that the Park won't cut the grass nor let the volunteers cut the grass. Just the deer tick/Lyme's threat alone justifies the mowing. That said, the Park is supposedly cutting wider fairways than they did in the past. Still, much of the back 9 has waist high grass (off of the narrow fairways). If Patapsco were mowed the way Seneca was mowed, it would take sole possession of "Best Course in Maryland".
This course could be the best course in Maryland if not the Mid-Atlantic region. But until the waist high grass across much of the back is mowed, it will never be a true "5-Star". Damn close though.....
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course when you really feel like airing it out. Most holes I would consider a par 4. Good mix of left and rights. Like Jaymon 1 points out, the only thing really missing is a water hazard. You can hear the river on some of the back 9 and its very private and peaceful. Deer spotting is common.
Cons: If you can't throw far, it will wear you out. More for advanced players.
Other Thoughts: 17 through the woods with the long pin setting is about as hard as they get.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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