1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: nice challenge , wide variety of holes/shot to make, water hazards , excellent baskets
Cons: not much maybe the water shots for newer players but good golfers will find it a fun challenge
Other Thoughts: this course is awesome makes a good challenge and very cool terrain nice place and very well maintained landscaping is some of the best seen on any course thanks to pete and his crew
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Amazingly friendly staff and beautifully maintained course. A great mixture of technical wooded holes and open bomber holes.
Other Thoughts: I searched for some of the best courses in the north east, and this one popped up. I was a little worried about the 5 hour trip just to play this course, but I gave it a shot. It was well worth it. I am looking forward to playing this course again. It is now easily in my top 3 courses.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
the course of the future, today
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: People often talk about the future of pay-to-play courses. Well in Sabattus, Maine, the future has arrived. There will always be a place for a true private course, a labor of love tucked far off the beaten path. But I think the growth will come from private, for-profit courses like this one.
People often talk about a course being manicured. Typically a course that is considered manicured means that apes a traditional golf course. Often, such courses are former courses. That's not how I would describe Sabattus. The courses here are manicured but with an original aesthetic that is specifically designed for disc golf. The gravel paths are striking. They look both professional and unique. There is grass too but often covers a glen, or a hillside and not a fairway. The entire operation just screams, "Professional."
From the first tee, a gravel path stretches ahead of you across the remainder of the open space and into the woods. The line isn't too demanding but it is long. You want to throw a straight shot down that gravel path. If you miss, you'll hit a tree, ruining a chance for birdie but there is very little underbrush, even off the fairway.
The second tee is the one that started me thinking that I was on a potential five. There is a creek just after the tee after which the fairway goes up and to the left. The bridge that crosses that creek will make every other course's bridges look amateur. Three is another killer hole. Over an open field on Eagle's high point. Past the standing stones, the first drive wants to cut left into an opening in the woods. From there, it's a narrow path to the basket.
Four, (and this is the last hole I'll describe in such detail) throws down along the path and into a glen that feels like discing in Hyrule. The basket is on the opposite hillside. The rest of the holes…man, they're all unique. The course really takes advantage of all the different slopes and shapes available on the property. There is quite a bit of water. Some of is merely aesthetic, but often the creek that runs along the course will come into play. It may lurk just behind the basket, making a run risky or it may require a crossing, but in every case it adds astounding beauty to the layout.
There are a lot of different shots here. There's a nice carry on twelve. There's an open pit which isn't a true carry but it is fun to attempt one there. There are even a few open holes where the big dogs will get a chance to eat, even for the big arms. There isn't any big elevation but there are a ton of bumps and ridges that will force players to reconsider flight paths.
The layout is fantastic. I think I've made that clear. But it's the professionalism that really stands out here. The grooming. The signage. Just the aesthetics. It's the course of the future, but you can play it today.
Cons: If you are looking for a Houck-style course with specific landing areas, where holes are designed with par in mind, this isn't it. In my opinion, if you take a course like that and combine with the presentation of Eagle, you have a five. For the first third of the course, I was wondering if Eagle would warrant my first five. It didn't quite get there and mostly because of this lack. (And also, a few holes toward the end aren't as interesting as those first few.
If you are looking for a course that will challenge top pros, this isn't it. For all of its good qualities, Eagle doesn't scare you. You might walk up to a tee and be blown away, you might eagerly anticipate the throw, but a blue-level player isn't going to walk up to tee and think, "I don't know if I can throw that." I don't think it was actually designed for an ability level but more to take full-advantage of the terrain. Which isn't always a bad thing.
In the end, Eagle is a very good example of a 4.5. It is fully deserving of a spot in the top 100 and likely should be among the top 50. I find it incredible that it has existed for this long without picking up more than ten reviews. Locals, travelers, anyone: get on your keyboard and write.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Best I've ever played
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Awesome pro shop
Great courses (3 of them)..Eagle is the hardest, Hawk is also hard. Owl is good learner course
Trash / Recycling on every hole
Cons: Can't think of anything!....except a bit of a distance from Portland
Other Thoughts: Best course I have ever played! Recommend it to everyone!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Insanely well maintained
Pros: Both courses here are really well designed, with a perfect mix of open, rip-it shots, tight woods shots, lots of elevation related ones - like "basket on the edge of freakin' sandpit" elevation. Really cool stream and water incorporation. You could lose a disc, as the course is not the easiest you will ever play but the river's so clean, you might actually jump in to get it.
Cons: Only con would be that word has spread of how well they take care of this place and it can get really packed in the summer. You will see some big groups out there, but most are pretty good about eeeeeeventually letting you pass.
Other Thoughts: I have it in my head that the owner, creator, or both has a background in landscaping, and if that's true it would sure make sense. Along with beautiful course design, this place is almost comical in how well they maintain the place. Fresh wood chips EVERYwhere, huge fairways are always mowed, it's nuts. They must have a 30-person team that goes out in the middle of the night to keep this place as good as it is. Kinda kidding on the last one, but seriously, it's kept up!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is a tough wooded challenge with a couple open bombs mixed in. The open field shots break up the wooded holes and keep the course from feeling repetitive, and some offer pins tucked into the woods to add some challenge to the approach. The wooded holes offer tight but fair lines with thick rough waiting to punish an errant shot. A couple very unique features are in play here, including a gravel pit where the tee shot has to hit a tight gap then cross a large open pit. The pin is placed on top of a 15' cliff with rollaway potential even if you do make it up on top with your approach.
There is a unique water hole as well here, with a long U shaped fairway around a pond that offers a local route across the water if you place your tee shot and have the guts to go for the glory on your approach. There is a great mix of hole shapes and lengths here, many of the holes are longer but there are definitely some ace/deuce chances mixed in throughout. You'll need a variety of different shots to score well here, with a balance of left and right turning fairways and a couple nice multi shot holes where placement is key to set up your next shot.
The concrete tees are all in nice shape, and the baskets don't show much wear at all. The signs are very visible, and have distance and hole layout clearly marked. There is a well stocked pro shop with equipment and snacks, and a great warmup area with practice baskets and a driving net.
Cons: The signs show two pin placements for most holes, but locals told me the pins hadn't moved in years and the current placement isn't noted on the signs making some of the longer blind shots a little frustrating to scout ahead on. There are a few spots that don't feel quite as polished as the rest of the complex, with sticks and brush on the fairways.
Other Thoughts: This was the least crowded of the courses here, the recreational players seem to stick to the Owl and Hawk courses. Beginners will not have as much fun here as on the other two, with long technical shots and punishing rough. More experienced players will find the most challenge here, and the best variety of shot shapes to test their full skill set. Combined with the other courses on site, this is a destination for sure and a great model of how to build a successful pay to play facility.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Epic level Disc Golf
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - You will have to use every shot you know, and some you've only heard of.
- Manicured, perfectly designed fairways
- Carefully thought out greens
- The pro shop and snack stop
Cons: - The tee signs can be misleading and a little vague if you don't have perfect spacial awareness and the ability to figure out footage by eye.
- The addition of the falcon redesigned some of the better holes.
Other Thoughts: Simply epic. Every hole is a completely new experience and usually very different from the hole before it. Never did the course seem repetitive. The longer holes were truly herculean experiences, forcing you to shoot for distance while keeping the next shot at the forefront of your mind. The winding river/stream that meanders through the course comes into play over and over again when you least expect it and adds an element of difficulty that marks this as a true professional course. The course par is actually quite generous when it comes down to it, so newer players can still have a fun time and feel good about a decent round on the pro course. Of course, a pro could probably play the course as all par 3s in which case the course would provide a mighty challenge. While the tee signs were a little vague for me, I had previously rated this a 5, but the falcon redesign edged it down a bit, as did playing Maple Hill. Still, the complex as a whole has a fantastic atmosphere that keeps it in my top 3 courses. The second you arrive and see the large basket fountain, you know that this is a haven devoted to the sport. Once inside, the girl at the counter gave us a breakdown of the courses and handed us scorecards. She also pointed out the massive pro shop and snacks that are available. You're surrounded with disc golfers of all levels and nobody looks at you odd if you mention "hyzering a flick" or "bombing a katana". Playing a park course and getting weird looks from joggers and elderly women walking poodles just doesn't feel the same.
Overall, a beautiful course and disc golf compound that really showcases everything that's right with Disc Golf in New England.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
On same site with another 18=hole course, 9=starter course, and well-stocked clubhouse.
Signs showed multiple pin positions per hole, but no indication of current location of the basket.
Much tougher, somewhat rougher, and longer than the co-located Hawk, each hole on the Eagle presents multiple challenges needing to be conquered in order to score well. Practically every hole will have some type of elevation change: up, down, up-n-over, across valley, cross-slope - something. Fairways vary in width - from tight on the few short holes to wide-open #14. While many of the fairways through the trees appear quite generous, they also tend to be quite long, requiring either a dead-straight throw or an elongated-S - drift too far to the side, and a tree will set your disc down early. Turns vary from extremely sharp to quite subtle,, typically occurring at the midpoint of the hole, or continuous/sweeping, again, of various degree. Many of the basket positions are challenging, either partially guarded by trees, or with the gently-flowing stream lurking nearby, or steep drop-offs - the 40' drop inches away from basket-11 was a bit extreme. With 1/3rd of the holes over 500', and being much more difficult than simple wide-open bombs, there are several legitimate >par=3 holes to play.
Excellent course in-and-of-itself, moreso with the Hawk, beginner-friendly Owl, and the on-site pro shop. The greater Augusta-area has a number of quality courses - think Maine for your next roadtrip!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Most Professional Course I've Played
Pros: The Eagle at Sabattus Disc Golf is one of the most professionally designed, built, and maintained courses that I've ever played. From start to finish, everything is top notch. The course has a great layout that will require every throw you have on a mix of L, R (both subtle and extreme), and straight fairways. There is exceptional use of trees, obstacles, elevation, and water. There are numerous densely-wooded, challenging fairways including a few ace runs and a few grip n' rip fairways. Exceptional holes include:
Hole 8 - Amazing horseshoe-shaped fairway that wraps around a pond with two possible routes. The obvious route around the pond (on the fairway) requires accuracy to minimize throws and keep an errant throw from dropping into the pond. The "shortcut" indicated on the tee sign is just as precarious as a carefully-placed drive is needed to get into a position to cross the safely pond. Classic risk vs. reward.
Hole 10 - A very tricky zig-zag fairway that is both tight and long as it stretches between 587-641', depending on the basket. While not excessively punishing, any drive that is off the mark will require at least an extra throw just to get back on track and could quickly lead to many throws over par.
Hole 11 - Straight-forward wooded tee-off that approaches into an empty gravel pit. The basket sits atop a steep embankment, requiring a spot-on upshot. Any overthrown putts made from the top of the hill risk a demoralizing roll back into the gravel pit. From start to finish, this hole keeps you on your toes.
Hole 14 - A fairly standard wide-open field with an unguarded basket at the end. What makes this hole noteworthy are the monolithic stones that dot the fairway and the old farm equipment that is carefully placed on the periphery. The hole isn't so much challenging as it is pleasing to the eye (which is probably why it's the first hole you see as you drive into the course)
Several of the holes featured multiple baskets.
The tee signs at the Eagle were exceptionally detailed and displayed fairways, major obstacles, distance, par, and basket location(s). In addition to tee signs, the course had plenty of signage directing players to the baskets and toward the next tees.
The course itself was meticulously maintained. The concrete tees and bridges were in fantastic shape, as were the baskets. Garbage cans, picnic tables, and butt buckets available on nearly all the tees. The fairways and paths were all clear and wooded lanes consisted of gravel, mulch, or wood chips. Surrounding many of the baskets were wood chip greens. There was very little underbrush and shule, reducing the possibility of a lost disc and making the course more aesthetically pleasing. All things considered, this is some of the finest wooded disc golf available.
Cons: There are very few cons to the Eagle. The main issues were related to layout and fairway navigation. There was a confusing layout on a few holes. Hole 3 was an example where the fairway wasn't very obvious and the signage (while still exceptional) didn't do the best job of guiding players down the embankment at the left edge of the field. Additionally, there were multiple baskets shown on many tee signs, but only a few holes actually had multiple baskets installed which caused some confusion when teeing off or approaching and the pin wasn't where it was expected to be.
While minor, the red baskets blended into the wooded background and made identifying the target difficult.
Other Thoughts: The Eagle is very challenging but fair. The course is designed for accurate throws but isn't overly punishing when discs go astray.
When comparing the Eagle to the other courses at Sabattus Disc Golf (although this had no impact on my rating), this course had tighter and more unique fairways and throwing lines than the Hawk. The Eagle was also much longer and geared much more toward professionals and had a lot more variety than the Owl.
Sabattus, ME isn't exactly in the thick of things, but Sabattus Disc Golf is well worth the trip and I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone that is considering a disc golf trip to Maine. I wish more courses were modeled after the disc golf complex at Sabattus.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: most challenging, well maintained great design
Cons: worst rec players in state, club house will send out groups of 8 or 9 out on pro coarse, have thrown down on disc thieves here, there are 4 layouts for this coarse, been in all long for 2 years
Other Thoughts: lived in sabattus when this was made, loved it! lack of golf eddict and general attitude of the staff is that of a movie theather or other general entertainment sevice. Had pros, players coarses, what happened
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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