4 Helpful / 0 Not
Have played CR Farms on two separate occasions now, two rounds each. This review is based on the most recent April trip to the area on a warm, dry, light wind day. No leaves on the trees yet, too early for black flies or mosquitoes, notably dry conditions the previous month and a very early snow melt.
Two miles off the interstate, surrounded by farmland, the course is cut into an oasis of woodland. A variety of services are available near by at the off-highway accessible turnpike plaza.
Every hole has a variety of interesting and often unique challenges, but never annoyingly tight or unmanageable. CR is worthy of many superlative comments, but this simple one should be lost in them --> This is an extraordinarily FUN course to play.
By my count, for RHBH, eleven holes require stable or hyzer and usually some intended low speed fade. Eight holes favor an anhyzer, some forced short ones and others longer by turning it over just a little bit. At least five holes have elevation change that cannot be denied when you plan your shot. There is some water, but nothing imposing enough to lose a disc in, unless you really want to.
The woods never feel too tight along the fairways and the tree obstacles are generally established trees with no low branches. Players of all levels have a manageable shot off the tee box on all but maybe two holes, however risk rewards the brave on most of the tee shots, which is what makes this course so exceptional.
Overall the total length is less than average, but the hole lengths are nicely assorted for use of putters, mids and drivers out of the box.
Newly added bonus holes 19-21 are like suddenly being transported to an entirely different course. All around Five Hundred Feet each, these are wide open Grip -n- Rip opportunities. If your rounds didn't go so well, make sure to play this stress relieving 3-hole loop. An outstanding supplement to the course.
CR Farm is a truly relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. The owners/operators are very friendly and accommodating. The regulars are welcoming and helpful. No trouble playing through and never felt rushed. Decently little pro-shop and facilities on sight stocked some discs plus packaged snacks and chilled drinks. I didn't ask but by the number of dogs we saw, it is surely dog friendly. Around the club house there is ample parking, picnic tables, practice baskets and even a driving net. I'm not sure what the Renault Le Car is for, but they got one.
Each hole has a concrete poured or large concrete forms tee pad, mostly landscaped such that they drain and wouldn't seem to hold snow or ice. Trash bins, recyclable bins, rugged benches and wire spool tables accommodate each box. Rustic carved or routered signage adds a nice signature touch. No navigation trouble for a first timer.
The grounds were immaculate. There had clearly been a great deal of effort spent on cleaning up sticks, blow-downs, brush and leaves, both on the fairways and bordering woods. The fairways were for the most part stump and trip hazard free, leaving decent footing for most shots. We visited during a prolonged dry spell, so there was no issue with water, but there appeared to be a fair amount of drainage ditches, culverts and crushed stone put it to manage the wetter times. I can never emphasize enough how far good grounds keeping goes towards making a great course - These folks did well.
Eight dollars to play all day and kids under 12 were free. According to my score card app, on a clear warm, Sunday it took our card of three 1:39 to play the first round, including the bonus holes and then 1:03 to play the last round of just 18.
No issues when we played, but I have to imagine the water holes in proximity to the course could be good mosquito generators?
They've done a good job landscaping and adorning the tee boxes to provide some character to the course, but there are not really any particularly stunning holes. The woods the course is cut into is a bit ordinary with no memorable elevation changes, rock formations, old growth tree centerpieces, scenic vistas or the like. In fairness, the sudden twenty foot rise and granite steps on hole 10 is pretty damn cool and the first bonus hole does play across a decent sized pond including a bridge crossing.
Other Thoughts: .
Hole 10, that plays up onto the shelf with the granite stairs, begs for and rewards a towering midrange or putter hyzer. Hole 7 lets you throw out a long high drive, with some restraint and then fade through the obstacles towards the basket. The kind of hole that will drive you crazy because you just know you can deuce on the strength of the first shot.
Hole 9 across the little frog pond was imposingly tight for the newcomer, but I have a feeling it would come around after a few confidence building drives. Hole 13 seemed to lack any repeatable tee shot.
Opportunities for improvements:
This goes for all wooded courses, it would be awesome if twice a year they could run a leaf blower out there and blow the leaves not just off the fairway, but deep into the woods. Discs that skitter under leaves are frustrating to search for and cause log jams in the course. This is not a chronic problem here, just could be better. I'd also consider adding some grass in places to spruce it up and maybe define some walkways a little with crushed stone to add some character. Such an incredibly fun course to play that could only benefit from a couple visual tweaks to make it more memorable.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Very friendly staff! Very easy to navigate. Nicely cared for. Great proshop. Nice use of all throws.
Cons: Some swampy hazzards.
Other Thoughts: Nice course cool proshop. Heavily wooded but fun! A little more techinical. Bring insect repellent if its warm.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is primarily a technically challenging wood course, but a few holes are field-ish or more open wooded fairways that do offer the big arms a chance to rip a few discs. Very nice concrete Tee Boxes with a broom hanging at every hole (see photos). Almost every hole had benches as well as trash/recycling buckets. Tee signs are nice and after each hole there are clear directional arrows signs to the next tee. Well stocked Pro Shop that offered snacks + drinks as well.
Cons: It's clear that the spring clean up of the course hasnt finished yet as there were a few winter blow downs throughout the course. From the looks of the rest of the course they will be taken care of soon. Sections of the course we're a little soggy, again something I suspect is a spring problem. Day rate is now 8.00
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course to play, and when time allows I'll go back.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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