9 Helpful / 1 Not
Quick Round in the Woods
Pros: South Mountain is easy to get to from two major highways, I-78 and US-22 and is right off of PA-378. Like so many of the other Lehigh Valley courses, South Mountain is a DG oasis within the urban sprawl.
Although the course is almost entirely wooded, there is enough variety to the different holes to make the course interesting. This includes some significant elevation changes as well as numerous fairway shapes.
South Mountain can be technically challenging. With the exception of two holes (maybe three), you won't be able to rip a monster drive, but you will need to use some well-thought technique to get to or under par. Once you can chase the dust bunnies out of your head and see the lines you need to throw, there are several birdie and ace runs.
Each hole averages around 300' and is a par 3 which makes South Mountain a quick play.
The concrete tee pads are in fantastic shape (with one exception) and the baskets are still holding up well. Freshly-painted tee markers help to spot the tee pads.
Cons: There are several holes where you may find yourself putting into the wrong basket or having difficulty finding the next tee box.
Although I did indicate a variety of wooded holes, and a quick play, because the hole length is roughly the the same for each hole, there is a spot of tedium by the time you get to the back nine.
Other Thoughts: If you have a big arm and like throwing for distance, this course isn't for you. If you play with finesse or you want to hone your midrange and approach game, come to South Mountain. The rugged course is a nice compliment to some of the longer courses in the Lehigh Valley and is great for fast, technically-oriented play.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Another tech woods pa course
Pros: risk is almost non existant once you learn the lines you need to play to get birdies, there are some alternate tees on some holes which provide completely different lines you need to play.
Cons: you need a fair amount of luck to get real close as some of the holes are about a 50/50 even if you are on your game there are to many trees on some holes but some like it some dont.
Other Thoughts: not alot of fun for starters you will spend alot of time hacking trees or sliping on rocks if you arent wearing good shoes
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 6 Not
Rock Tree Park
Pros: I live close to it. It doesn't take long to play. It's a convenient place to get a round in when you are pressed for time.
Low scores are possible. There are one or two very good holes. The long one down the powerline is very nice, as is hole #2. #16 is a fun downhiller with OB long, and #17 is a short, hard turning uphiller where a good righty two finger with something overstable works well.
Cons: Too tight for my liking. Birdies are there, but the element of luck is too predominant. Horribly rocky and very tough on plastic. That's no body's fault- It's on the top of a rocky mountain.
On the whole, either of the other two major Lehigh Valley courses, Parkway and Jordan, are a lot better.
Footing is treacherous- footwear offering ankle support is recommended.
The course was designed by newbie players, and it shows.
Other Thoughts: Not likely to make any experienced player's favorite list. But I still play here, and it's better than nothing. On further reflection, I've downgraded my rating. It's really not a very "good" course at all.
4 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
a very solid course
Pros: lots of elevation changes and challenging shots through the trees. most holes have a decent tee--cinders surrounded by wood (and most have both a red and yellow tee). peaceful settings atop South Mountain and close proximity to Lehigh Univ. great locations for enhancing your experience, as well...
Cons: sometimes the underbrush makes it easy to lose discs and lack of upkeep can lead to trash in the woods. heavy use can mean backlogs in play.
Other Thoughts: this is the course where i learned to play. ive played here many dozen times and it is my benchmark to which i compare all other courses. whenever im back in bethlehem, i play a round because it is an excellent course.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Playing in the Woods
Pros: Trees allow for some great and creative shots. Some of the views in the woods are just spectacular. It's a quick 18. I usually play it in about an hour and a half.
Cons: Easy to lose discs. Holes are not well marked, you can get lost easy. Trees eat your discs alive!
Other Thoughts: Love this course forever, so much fun to play every time.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
my home course
Pros: God bless the people who shovel the 3 feet of snow off the tee pads.This is a great winter course becuase it is short. Also great for beginners to get accuracy down.
Cons: Do you like trees?
Other Thoughts: This is the only course I play when there is a ton of wind and snow.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Set in an interesting spot on South Mountain. Easy to get to. Some elevation changes and a variety of short and long holes. Usually pretty empty. Has a practice basket.
Cons: Poorly marked, its easy to get off-track. Tee boxes in rough shape. So many trees everywhere, lots of "thwack" sounds.
Other Thoughts: Expect to wear out some discs here.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Located in a well shaded, separate part of a park, this course has multiple tees and basket locations on most holes. Many holes offer an elevation challenge, either up or down hill. Most of these holes are moderately to tightly wooded and are quite difficult. This requires very accurate and precise throws and will challenge your mental game.
For the most part, navigation of the course is fairly easy without a map, even for first timers like me. Holes 6 - 9 are a little tricky, so you'll need the map for them. Tee signs at every hole.
There are bathrooms on site, as well as a nice pavilion for tournament central. Plenty of parking spaces too.
Cons: The terrain is very rugged, and can be difficult to traverse in spots. Very hard on your plastic, so premium plastic is recommended. Tee signs are only located on one set of pads, so the other set may be hard to find.
As mentioned before, holes 6 - 9 are a little confusing to locate without a map. Baskets 6 and 8 are too close together and can potentially have you throw to the wrong basket.
Other Thoughts: This isn't an overly long course, but the well placed trees add a lot more difficulty. If you like wooded courses, then you will really like this course, if you are like me, and are a tree magnet, this course will be not as much fun.
With the rocky, rough terrain of this park and course, I would be surprised if many non disc golfers use the park, so I think pedestrian traffic would be minimal. The terrain might be too difficult for young children or people with mobility issues. Also, a cart might be near impossible to use on some of the holes.
The course is very convenient to both Allentown and Bethlehem, and is easy access off I78 or Rte 22. Just make sure you bring your hiking boots.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
South Mtn- 3/27/09
Pros: Very nice short course with lots of elevation changes and trees.
This course requires hyzers, anhysers, forehands and back hands.
Very convenient to route 78. We stopped by for a break on a 5 hour car trip.
The locals were kind and friendly. They pointed us in the right direction and let us play through without asking. Very kind.
Hole 16 was our favorite. My 9 year old son parked his drive with forehand shot! The powerline hole was pretty cool too.
Cons: The first few holes were very rocky.
Very crowded- well used by the locals.
Very short...but hey, every course can't be long.
Other Thoughts: It was 5 minutes off of route 78 in Bethlehem. We played in 1 hour. Excellent break from a long car ride. Will play it again.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: South Mountain is a course that requires placement and accuracy. This is a course that is good for varying skill levels as not many of the holes are long. The rough is forgiving for the most part, and recovery for par from an errant shot is still possible. The holes offer variety despite them mostly being heavily wooded. The elevation that comes into play adds variety to holes that would seem monotonous otherwise. Clearings in the woods are used well for fairways and alternate lanes. I enjoyed #10, which is a shot over a small, open hill; the basket is down and to the right. Also, #18 is a great finishing hole. The downhill drive adds distance to your throw, but accuracy is still needed as this is a fairly tight shot.
Cons: There was a definite lack of signs, though many places have a nicely worn path for you to follow. Printing a map out was quite helpful, especially in looking for how a hole was laid out. There are two tee pads on some of the holes, and two basket placements on some of the holes, but it was far from consistent. Along with that, I didn't really know where I was throwing and from #8's tee I wanted to throw to #6's basket. The tee pads are natural, though far from the worst I have played. Birdie 2s are tough to come by on this course, but a par 3 is pretty easy, even with a less than stellar drive. I used a Roc on about 75% of my drives from the tee.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course was a good course, and definitely needed in the area to balance out the openness of Little Lehigh. It was short and quick - good for a lunchtime round if you are in the area. If you are stopping in the Allentown area and have time to play 1 course, this isn't the one I would recommend. If you have time to play several courses, though, you can add this one to the list. It shows the variety of land offered in this area of the country. South Mountain does a good job with what it is given, though the "wow factor" isn't there as much as for some other courses.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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