7 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and Sweet
Pros: Just like all of the PA State Park courses, Shawnee is a very pretty park with lots of non-DG things to do like Biking, Boat Rentals, Beach, Volleyball and a Play Ground. The park also has plenty of bathrooms and picnic areas near the course. This makes it a great stop if you have family members that are not Disc Golfers.
There are rubber mat tee pads that has the hole layout and distance printed right on them in lieu of tee signs. The course also employs very nice Innova Discatcher baskets.
This little 9 holer is laid out in a very nice compact counter clockwise circle with no navigation issues outside of finding hole number one.
The course uses elevation changes on every single hole, nothing really dramatic, but nice none the less. The slope on the course makes for a handful of fast greens which add some challenge.
The design is pretty well balance in my opinion. Right turning, left turning, uphill, downhill, fast greens, guarded pins, ace runs and wide open.
Holes #4 and #5 were pretty cool holes. 4 is a downhill 300' toss with what appear to be lots of options but still ends up being difficult to reach. #5 is a downhill ace run with a low ceiling. I don't believe in cubby aces but I could see people emptying their bag trying to get one on this hole.
Holes 1-5 and #9 are very manicured and aesthetically pleasing. They play over nice grass, through trees with great views of the lake.
Cons: A lot of the tees were uneven. They were built on slopes so watch your footing.
Definitely designed for the Beginner/Intermediate level player. (still fun though!)
Very high grass on 6-8. The fairway is a ten foot mowed path so keep an eye on your discs. Holes 7 and 8 are the two worst holes in my opinion. Just straight shots with no obstacles.
The course should re-number the holes so that Hole #9 would be the starting hole and you finish at #8. That seems to be the logical order to play them in.
Other Thoughts: This 9 hole course was a nice fast play in pretty state park. Nothing spectacular but was fun for a short 9 hole course. The park is located along route 30 which is a nice alternative to the PA turnpike for a good stretch either direction. There is only one other 9 hole course in the Bedford area and this one is by far the better of the two.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Rubber teepads with distance and flight information imprinted upon them. Nice variety for a short 9-holer.
Single tee/single basket position. Teepads a bit uneven. High grass in summer, so a spotter would be useful on 6-8.
Plays up, down, and around two small hillocks in a very pretty public park. Short holes, but has a bit of everything - left-turners, right turner, up/down/cross slope, a few "fast greens", trees in play on a few holes, even a drop-shot.
Navigation: From building nearest to water at the back left of the parking lot, tee #1 is left and slightly uphill. Course plays in a counter-clockwise direction.
Quick play, quite suitable for beginners and intermediates, bike-riding, water, other activities for non-players.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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