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3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I wish I could give this course a 3.25. Really I do. I'll get into that later though.
-short and long tees
-large variety in length(188'-1000'), tightness, elevations, and left/right holes
-some very fun unique holes to the topography
-trash cans and benches throughout
-easily accessible park
-good baskets and signage
-clean and fair fairways
-some fun water risk reward
Cons: There are some boring holes here. Straight, flat, and open.
Obviously avoid the rough. But I really don't think it's all that bad here. Not compared to some places. The fairways are also plenty fair that you shouldn't have to go in here unless you go for more than you can.
Other Thoughts: This course surprised me quite a bit the first time I came here. It has some truly awesome holes. Hole 1 is super fun and quite challenging. Straight with rough on the right until a 90 degree turn that goes way down hill and has a river behind the basket. There is plenty of room though, so unless you just throw high, you should be pretty safe.
Hole 2 or 3 has a fun couple of rolling mounds early on the whole with a sweeping anny finish. Very fun.
Hole 8 has a giant uphill hyzer shot that ends in open flat green. Super fun.
Hole 9 is wide open with a tiny planted tree and a rough pretty far out on the left and winds deep. Shouldn't be going in there ever, but it's nasty looking. Again. Shouldn't have to go there on a 300ish hole that is entirely wide open. The walking path does kind of come into play with the sweeping hyzer shot, but it's so visible that you should never have to risk hitting a person. It's not like it's blind here.
Hole 10 is about as boring as a hole gets though. And that is the downfall of this course. The middle section is very segmented to open long boring holes. It is also right along the walking path, which again is highly visible but could make for wait times.
hole 11 is at least away from the path and super long with a very fun interesting approach/green. At the end of this 1000' monster is a plenty wide sharp downhill through the left sides rough. This area is mowed and clearly a fairway, but it causes a break in the rough. Very fun end and causes you to set up this shot or risk running into the rough on a long hyzer approach.
Hole 12 is the only short hole in the abyss and while it is refreshing, the hole is located only a few feet (20ish) from the walking path and this time it isn't very visible. This is the only time I'm really knocking the rating due to the walking path. It becomes a bit more of a danger. Which is a shame. It would be a great hole with the giant spike over/through the trees with a very visible straight putter shot that is quite tight at the last part of the hole.
13 is wide open and boring and long. Not super long, but just long enough to make it a boring 3 for most intermediate players.
14 is a bit of an awkward walk to get to and a bit of a weird hole. It has a 90 degree turn with a fence lining it. It's a tunnel to get out and then wide open after the 90 degree turn until it hits the green with a guarded basket. It's not terrible, but biting off the turn of the hole doesn't seem to really benefit the approach ever.
15 has another kind of weird walk to get to, but it's awesome. A downhill horseshoe kind of design with tall skinny trees to avoid. I actually think a cut RHFH roller is the optimal way to play this hole and I find that fascinating.
16 has a great mound to throw over and a tunnel with a dangerous risk reward downhill sloping green that could cause some serious bogies. Super fun.
17 is my favorite hole. Really fun hyzer lane uphill with a bowl shaped green and a hanging basket in the middle. What a neat ace run opportunity.
18 is a decent finisher as well. A fairly tight hyzer lane that looks more forgiving than it is.
Again. Some great holes. I missed some of the earlier holes that were at least decent or would be good holes other places, but didn't really have anything crazy unique about them. But certainly the first eight and last 4 are really quality holes. It's unfortunate that you play around soccer fields in the middle though and kind of battle the ordinary.
The club here seems great though and the people not playing around the park seem to know about disc golf and are friendly as well / respectful of the people playing.
I wish I could give this course a 3.25 I'm really just having a tough time getting over those middle holes though and I can't quite bump it up to 3.5. Still worth a visit for sure.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Love my home course
Pros: Several par 4's, and even a par 5. Great course, very challenging. Fun all year round! Wooded holes are tough in summer months. Fun open field holes as well. Excellent mixture of holes. First hanging hole in New Jersey!
Cons: Trees, trees, trees are tough in summer. First hole is steep to walk down and if raining or snowing is dangerous.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
More Disc Golf in NJ
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - The baskets are in perfect shape
- Yardages aren't too short
- Great elevation changes
- Kind of reasonable pars set
- Fun yet challenging from both Am and Pro tees.
- All types of players and levels of experience will find something to like here.
- Picnic area with a roof at hole 17 (old hole one)
- Decent signage
- Random Doubles held every Monday @ 5:30 PM throughout the summer
Cons: - Hole 10 is awfully close to soccer fields
- The back nine could be a little bit more interesting
- Long walks on some holes
- The tee boxes could use a little more care
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: The signage was spot on and the tee pads were awesome. This course has a great flow to it and is well maintained. Overall it was one of the best I've played
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and it is expertly maintained by people that truly care about the game. If your in the area I highly recommend the journey to FoD. Great course.
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
FOD in the Summer?!?!
Pros: I love this course. Set at a real nice park with good parking. New 2013 concrete pads on many holes. Project underway to complete AM and PRO tees in concrete. PRO tees are insane and will challenge you even on the shorter wooded holes. Fairways on all wooded holes are maintained. Par is forgiving but still keeping under 60 can be tough for an AM player. Good signage. Great variety. One super long par 5 that can easily become a six or 7. Tunnel shots. Elevation changes. Bathrooms! You start right off into the woods to sharpen your finesse shots, then some challenging long holes to stretch your arm out, play along side a field, back into the woods to finish with 2 short birdie runs.
Cons: New players may find the tight wooded holes to be pretty hard. Rough is still very rough on some holes. Keep in on the fairway!
Other Thoughts: Looking forward to this place growing in popularity. Great crew working hard. James Lindeman leading the way. He has some great ideas. Check out North Jersey Disc Golf Club. On Facebook.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Jungle of Nightmares in Summer, but Well Worth a Play
Pros: Great variety of terrain and open field/woodsy close quarters holes
Reasonable pars set
Fun yet challenging from both Am and Pro tees.
All types of players and levels of experience will find something to like here.
Picnic area with a roof at hole 17
Random Doubles held every Monday @ 5:30 PM throughout the summer, weather permitting. 5$ entry, with most of the proceeds going to the upkeep and upgrade of the course. 1st place winners get the pot, 2nd place gets their money back
Cons: Tee boxes are pretty lousy if not dangerous in some instances. Huge divots in the gravel are pretty treacherous. Run ups are not always possible for this reason.
(*Update*: Tee boxes should all be concrete by the beginning of fall, if not sooner. North Jersey Disc Golf is trying to raise money to accomplish this. Come out, register and give it all you got at the "Concrete Cup" July 7th, 2013 to help them achieve this goal! Check the North Jersey Disc Golf Facebook group for more details)
In the spring and summer this place can turn into the Jungle of Nightmares. Heavy vegetation. Spotter HIGHLY recommended during the spring and summer. Volunteers have listened to the complaints and are diligently trying to keep the jungle at bay.
Pedestrians and athletes that are often present can pose problems on some of the open field holes, as well as hole #1, #14, and #18 (almost took some guy out walking his dogs down the steps because I couldn't see him around the bend!)
Water hazard at the end of hole 1
Other than these cons, I can't think of much else.
Other Thoughts: The only thing I find "bad" about FOD is the vegetation and the poor shape the tee boxes are in, but thats soon to change. It makes you appreciate courses that aren't so overgrown, but I've lived in the woods all of my life so I'm kind of used to a few stickers in the side. I've come to enjoy the backwoods feeling on the close quarters holes at this course. I'm not a power player so I'm not really feeling the long distance drives and the pars set for them, but if thats your thing it shouldn't bring your score up too much and you will have a great opportunity to let em' rip. All in all I think its a great course on its own, but also considering what else is available nearby and not so nearby, both in NJ and PA. Much more variety and imagination than the well regarded Yetter's Park in PA, which has a lot of merit in its own right. Always love the look on the faces of those who are playing hole # 1 the first time when they realize they still have to shoot down hill after rounding the bend of trees to the left.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Decent variety of hole types.
Easy to get to.
Cons: Even in the winter, you could tell the course was pretty unkempt.
Multi-use park so some shots have to go near soccer fields or over walking pathways.
Terrible teepads. Uneven gravel surface which is both too narrow and too short.
Just didn't seem there was much thought into many of the hole designs.
Other Thoughts: Not worth the trip to me. If you live in the northern/central New Jersey area, there are MUCH better courses that are only slight farther (Jordan Creek, Tinicum, Tyler, Warwick to name a few)
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Winter Course
Pros: This course is easy to find as the park is just one turn off route 46 (which is a main road in this area). The course is also easy to locate once inside the park. The conveniences of a multi-use, community park and recreational facility (bathrooms, vending machines, garbage cans, benches, etc.) are readily available and adjacent to the parking area (plenty of space to put your ride, FWIW).
As far as the course design goes, there is a variety of fairway distances, from as little as 188' on up to a MONSTER 1,000', depending on which tee you play. The course also factors in elevation changes, some more extreme than others, on numerous holes. Fields of Dreams features a mix of left, right, and straight fairways as well as a mix of wooded and open fairways. There are several holes where water can come into play on extra long drives or from ugly tree kicks.
Other positive features of the course include two tees per hole, detailed maps and tee signs showing tees, fairway, basket, distance and par, and a practice basket between holes 1 and 14.
The bulk of the wooded holes at this course appear to be exclusive to disc golf and include a small pavilion, picnic table, and garbage can on 17 and the course overall was fairly clean.
Cons: Although it's not the biggest con at this course, safety (or lack thereof) will be the first thing to get a course pulled. Specifically, bystander safety is a concern on holes 9, 10, 13 and possibly 12. For all these holes, the fairway is directly adjacent to walking paths and other sports fields where a wayward disc could injure a pedestrian. In this regard, holes 10 & 13 are unplayable when soccer games are taking place. For the wooded holes, the safety of other players needs to be considered as there are several fairways that cross each other, baskets finish too close to the next tee, or require the thrower to backtrack down the fairway to get to the tee. Additionally, blind baskets pose a risk to players, including holes 1 and 15.
The biggest drawback at FOD is the vegetation. The overgrown underbrush and knee-high weeds on the fairway are a total mess. The growth on several of the wooded fairways was bad, really, really bad and the rough was painfully rough. During the summer months, a spotter would be a good idea as well as long pants.
In terms of course design, there are some unrealistic lines on a few of the holes (1 and 15, for example) and several holes that push the risk vs. reward way to far into the risk category (such as 8 and 16).
The tees at FOD actually prohibited a run-up as they are fairly small and in most cases and were rutted and uneven, forcing a "stand and deliver" throw. In several cases, the long tees not always visible/locateable. Specific to the longs, most were just subtle variations of their shorter counterparts and didn't really offer much more of a different playing experience.
The baskets are rusting and showing signs of wear.
Other Thoughts: Despite me knocking hole #1 for having a blind basket and a fairly impossible line, it's a pretty rad hole. The 200+ foot straight shot, followed by the hard right turn, and then a signature downhill floater is pretty unique. Same goes for the high climb on hole #8
For the six month window of October through April, this course is probably easily a 3.5 because all 18 holes will likely be playable (not as much soccer, if any) and all the overgrown underbrush and rough probably dies back to a very managable level. That being said, for the remainder of the year, it's an expedition to slog through the jungle that takes over this course.
Removing the "jungle" from the equation, you're left with a technically challenging course that makes good use of the land that's available. If the overgrowth were mitigated and if the tees were a little safer, I'd be much more likely to play this course as it's very close to family that lives nearby. Regardless, it's the only DG in this area of NJ, so for those folks where FOD is their only option, this course is a good play (in the winter).
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9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Love this course!
Pros: The weeds have been wacked! The rough and overgrowth are a lot more manageable. No lost disks. In fact, there was never a moment to worry, could find any throw (no matter how bad) with little to no issues.
Awesome layout. #1 is one of my favorite holes anywhere.
It's a very technical course, without being overly infuriating. Definitely keeps you on your toes.
Cons: The tee boxes are a little rough, and the B placement (long tees) are barely still there. Most of them (still speaking to the long tees) are broken, buried, or seemingly forgotten.
Other Thoughts: So far, I've only played this course in Winter. I have no idea how conditions are going to be once everything starts growing again. But for now, I love this course!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Can you say UNKEMPT?
Pros: Long Course with long throws. Well laid out.
Cons: Not sure who is responsible for cleaning this place up but they should probably find a job they're better at! The only holes not COMPLETELY overgrown were the ones in the soccer and baseball fields. Lost a disc on 7 and quit right after that.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful country but if you're heading to field of dreams then play the back 9 or run a REAL risk of disc loss for NO reasons.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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