0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very well layed out course; the first few times I played it I didn't even notice how one hole runs alongside another. The entire course is extremely well maintained - virtually all debris has been removed in any wooded area; the large/long grass areas are always cut and akin to fairways at a golf course. Challenging holes plus the beautiful layout make it my favorite place to play of approximately 20 courses I have been to.
Cons: Very, very few. Get a working scale in the pro shop; and it would be nice to have food (burgers and dogs etc on site).
Other Thoughts: Love the selection in the pro shop too.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gorgeous property. Expertly laid out and immaculately maintained. Great use of terrain. Nice baskets, signage and pads. The three and a half courses offer something for every player level. Peter Ruby and his team have put their heart and soul into this property and it shows.
Cons: I haven't encountered a problem with traffic but one of the intermediate courses shares tee boxes (but separate fairways and baskets) of the champion course for first several holes. Par is "generous". Grooming is so nice that the rough isn't a death sentence.
Other Thoughts: I travel and play extensively, love Houck courses as noted by reposado in an earlier post and agree with his comment about pin placement, but would still rank Eagle at Sabattus as one of the all time fun rounds to play anywhere. Artful use of the gorgeous meadows and wooded terrain with open water and streams in play, (but not as ridiculous hazards). The fairways are immaculate and well laid out with excellent signage - the lanes will challenge (but not intimidate the best players) - and they are thankfully devoid of the huck and pray config typical of New England wooded courses. Only con for a pro course is that a few holes are generously parred - good for the ego but easily overcome by a bit of score adjustment. Besides the pro-oriented Eagle, Sabattus offers two other very playable 18 hole intermediate runs, another 9 hole beginner course and a nicely stocked pro shop. This is a destination course for all levels. If there was a brewpub onsite I'd move next door.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
-Great mix of shots
-Awesome mix of tighter vs. more open fairways (mostly wooded)
-Great basket locations
-Great cement teepads
-Terrain is insane (roots, creeks, ponds, trees, rocks)
-Cheap to play all day
-Amazing pro shop with tons of discs and merch, so replacing lost plastic or stocking up is no prob)
Cons: -Pars are meant for amateurs (I found this to be a par 65 rather than a 72, but no big deal if you convert it)
-Some spots muddy after a big rain
-Creeks are deep and murky, so no plastic coming back (side of hole 4, pond on 8)
Other Thoughts: This place feels like a golf country club. From someone passing through for the 2nd summer from Philly, I was blown away with how awesome this place is. Great work guys! We need more places like this!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 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 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 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 4 people found this review helpful.
the course of the future, today
10 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.
10 of 10 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.
12 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.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Epic level Disc Golf
8 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.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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