2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Given that the goal of The Owl is the novice player, it's fulfills that responsibility relatively well. The holes are short, approach-length holes--a great place to learn to throw putters and mid-ranges with accuracy. Aside from the golf, Sabattus has a wonderful Pro-Shop with helpful staff and tons of discs and merch. Truly a mecca of disc golf.
Cons: There is somewhat of an oxymoron between novice disc golfers and wooded course design. It's not east to learn to throw a disc properly when shot shaping through trees comes into play. I'd like to see a beginner course focus more on open shot with protected baskets to give new players a wider path to learn to throw properly. As a local Philadelphia pro, I try to bring those new to the sport somewhere a little more open so as not to discourage them. Shot shaping comes into play with Rec players, not novice players.
Other Thoughts: I have nothing but great things to say to people about Sabattus. it's easily one of my favorite places to travel and play disc golf.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the course at Sabattus you use to introduce someone to the sport. The holes are generally short, but they aren't boring soccer field holes. They are all wooded, and you will learn to throw around trees and hit different lines. There is a good mix of righty and lefty holes, and there is a little bit of elevation.
Like the other courses, there are concrete tees and woodchips everywhere to sop up any moisture. The course is lit for night play.
Cons: I didn't understand some of the lines that were required. Hole 3 is a 240-foot hole that is trivially easy to get a 3 on and really tough to get a 2 on (this makes for a boring hole). Other than a crazy turnover forehand roller, no realistic shot that I could see would put you within the circle. There were a few other holes like this.
Other Thoughts: This was the only course on the property I didn't find very interesting. It's not the short distance; I don't mind a having some fun ace runs and birdie runs. The design felt kind of ordinary. That said, it's good to have a course here for the beginners, and this will show them a very well-groomed property that will show what disc golf has to offer.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A beginner niner that pretty much achieves what it is meant to do. It is part of a premier complex that takes pride in its presentation and Owl does not disappoint in that regard. They have constructed a nice chain of player development. This course appeals to true beginners. Red-level players will love Hawk and graduates of that course will move on to Eagle. It's a really well thought-out complex and the whole experienced is enhanced by amenities such as the basket fountain and the impressively-stocked clubhouse. Really a great place to begin playing the sport for those of any age and athletic ability.
The course pretty much hits its marks. The holes are short, but they provide a good illustration of what the sport is like on a smaller scale. There are some elevation changes. The fairways are clearly defined and cut through woods. They are more than generous in their width, so new players shouldn't become frustrated. At the same time, they feature some shape to the hole design. It's fairly simple: most holes require a straight-ish shot with a fade in a given direction at the end. It will require hyzers and players will have to pick up an anny or a forehand to master the course.
And oh, yeah, it's lit. That's a really nice touch for a small course like this. I can imagine playing Eagle as the sun is going down, and as the lights come on, there is suddenly time for another nine easy holes. Even experienced players could enjoy the course in that situation as it feel like a bonus. After that experience, it has to be fun to kick back and run aces and a short course with some solid variety in terms of directions, not just right and left but up and down, as well.
But I think I'd appreciate the course more if there weren't already two relatively easy courses on site. Playing it under the lights would be fun, especially for relief after Eagle. But playing it after Hawk, it's an overload of easy tosses.
There are also a couple places where baskets aren't quite safe from the tosses of other holes. But the course is mostly well-done. It's just not striving for much.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Great little 9
Pros: This course is an excellent warmup for the two tougher courses onsite, and is perfect for introducing newer players to the sport. The lengths are short, so beginners won't be too frustrated. The lines are technical, but not terribly punitive. You have to hit your lines but it's not a miserable experience for an inaccurate player who misses the fairways. There is a nice mix of left, right and straight shots to test different lines.
The course is maintained perfectly for the intended audience. The fairways are leveled and smooth, and there isn't much rough or dead sticks. That makes it accessible for families with strollers. The concrete tees are in nice shape. The hole markers are basic, but there are arrows on trees pointing the way to the basket and then to the next tee. The onsite pro shop is well stocked with discs, accessories and snacks, and there's a great warmup area with putting baskets and a driving net.
Cons: There are some safety issues with fairways near one another and some places where players walk along the fairway on the way to the next tee. These issues are worse when the majority of the players are newer and don't always know where their disc is going to end up. Obviously this course doesn't have a whole lot of challenge, and doesn't have a whole lot of replay value for better players.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will have a great time here, the holes are reasonable lengths with interesting but fair lines. I saw a lot of kids with families out playing and having a great time on this course, I love seeing a course that really caters to the people who can be the future of the sport. Experienced players will enjoy a putter round here to warm up, but won't find a lot of challenge.
This complex is a great example of pay to play working. The local community has embraced the sport, and the owners clearly use a good amount of the proceeds to keep the place in beautiful shape. The three different levels of courses make this a great stop for any level of player.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The fairways, baskets, teepads, and signs are all in perfect shape.
-Great as a warm-up for the 18 hole courses on site.
-Lit at night
-Short enough for your young children but technical enough for you.
Cons: The only cons this course potentially has come from it's intended use not being taken into account. The course is primarily for children (in case the happy owls on each tee sign were not a clue) and as such is short with no water hazards and a massive par. An adult player looking for a challenge will be very disappointed but a mom or dad with their kids will be happy to have a great way to introduce the kids to the sport.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned in the cons section, this is primarily a children's course, but it actually makes for a great way to warm up and practice your putt and approach game. There are two other courses on site and both require some powerful bombs and tight control shots, so it's good to start here and get psyched for the challenges ahead. While the course was very easy for an adult player, I was surprised to find that there were some slightly tricky shots set up using both elevation and tighter spots on the fairway, so even the experienced player will find entertainment. You can't just point and shoot on every shot and expect to be 2ft from the basket. As mentioned, the course has a very high par but an adult can simply play all the holes as 3s and have a challenge they at least have the potential to fail. If you've made the trek to Sabbatus Maine, you have no reason not to at least try this out. The most you have to lose is half an hour of your time and you have so much more to gain. I give this course a 4 rating for what it is, though in all fairness it is really in it's own category.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
One and Done
On same site with two 18=hole courses and well-stocked clubhouse. Nicely groomed.
Some fairways fairly near each other. Lack of replay appeal.
The distances on this course are very suitable for beginners, there is minimal chance to lose a disc, and the course is easy to navigate. Additionally, instead of being a mere, straight-throw wide-open pitch-n-putt, there are challenging lines through the collection of mid-sized trees to each basket, so experienced players can work on their touch shots, both left or right sharp turns needed near the basket to have any chance at an ace or have a decent birdy opportunity.
However, after playing this course once or twice, using only a mid/putter or two, and merely throwing from a standstill at the end of the teepad, players beyond the novice-level will (probably) quickly grow bored, only bothering to play this course when introducing people to the game.
This course is very difficult to rate. It serves its target audience well (beginners) while also providing some challenging practice to experienced players - but is likely not to be (re)played by visitors to Sabattus.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring the pros and the kids
Pros: Amazing course, if you have half an hour to spend while your visiting Sabbatus Disc Golf for the day, why not switch it up for a bit and play their fantastic par 3, nine hole course? Why not start with it to warm up, the great layout of The Owl will really give you a feel for the rest of the course.
The course starts out with a few wooded holes then on the 3rd hole you tee off from the woods and approach through an open green to the basket. From there you throw back into the woods parallel to hole 3 and finish the end of the nine on (holes 5-9) in the trees.
PLAYED AS PAR 3 (TOTAL PAR 27)
Ive hard people say they don't usually play The Owl thinking its a kids course only and that there is not a lot of skill involved, however, this course (when played as the par 3 adult par) can be challanging and even make it troubling at times to save par, since you have so little room for error.
One the other hand, have a good shot and any hole can be an ace. In fact you can play the course as an ace race course if you'd like, no hole is longer than 250ft.
Like the rest of Sabbatus Disc Golf, they do a good job making this course equal for RHBH throwers and Flickers as well. Last time I played here with a buddy (him flicking, and me RHBH) we wound up even with one another the whole game.
AS A KIDS COURSE ( TOTAL PAR 40)
If this course somehow does not find a way to please you there another way to find joy in this course. Do have kids? this course is easy enough for your children to enjoy with you if they're not quite old enough to make it through a round of the 18hole courses. Do you have a friend who loves disc golf and has a little one but can never seem to find a babysitter? If they're old enough def bring them out they'll have fun hanging out with the big guys, while you spend quality time with the kids.
KEEP IN MIND: There is only one tee for every hole, so you can play the par 3's on every hole while the kids can play them as the par 4 or 5 that it is for them.
Cons: I would really have to stretch here to find something wrong with this 9 hole course.
Signage is good and easy to follow, to promote caution I will say that there are a lot of overlapping holes in the trees and you should always check for the fairways to be cleared before throwing.
Other Thoughts: About This Course As A Whole-
Where to begin. This outstanding course that is not a far drive at all from Enman Field in Brunswick or Dragan field or Campbell Highlands in Auburn if your in the area Definitely make this your first stop.
Overall this place has it together a truly amazing pro shop the biggest I have seen in Maine and NH and they have hundreds of discs to choose from in many different weights and sizes they offer food and beverages in the pro shop and offer a microwave as well to heat things up. This place is the next best thing than buying discs online. A pretty good lost disc record as well with players names, make, and model of discs lost.
Least I forget to mention the giant disc golf basket fountain made of brick, which is located right when you pull in near the road, truly amazing and gives a great first impression to anyone.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Of the three courses at Sabattus Disc Golf, the Owl was designed for younger players and those that are brand new to the sport and features fairly short, wooded holes. That said, the Owl is a fantastic nine-hole course that features a great layout. The course has a good mix of L, R, and straight fairways. While the course is mostly flat, elevation is factored into several of the holes. Being mostly wooded, trees and obstacles are incorporated into the layout. The fairways at the Owl can be narrow, but they're fair and allow for merciful recoveries.
Although there aren't detailed tee signs, the Owl has amazing concrete tee posts adorned with the hole number and an owl statue. Although there were no tee signs, there was no lack of signage directing players to baskets and to the next tees.
The course itself was meticulously maintained. The concrete tees were in fantastic shape, as were the baskets. Garbage cans and butt buckets available on nearly all the tees. The fairways and paths were all clear and 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.
Cons: The fairways at the Owl were fairly short. If the Owl is really a beginner course as advertised, then it makes sense, but lowers the appeal for more seasoned players.
On a few of the holes, the proximity of baskets to the next tees was a little concerning from a safety perspective. This is especially the case if the course was designed for beginners that might not have the best accuracy or control.
Other Thoughts: Being shorter than many modern courses, the Owl is reminiscent of disc golf courses designed prior to the 1990s. As such, the course is a very quick play. Despite the length, the quality of the design and the care in the upkeep of the course makes this one of the best nine hole courses I've ever played.
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great beginner course or approach shot practice
Pros: Part of the Sabattus DG complex, which is the best *I've* seen (there may be better). Excellent equipment, signage and tees. Easy to follow layout. Holes have well-defined "fairways." Great place to bring the first-time player, rather than dragging them along on a round on the longer courses, where they'll just get frustrated.
Cons: A little unbalanced towards RHBH.
Other Thoughts: The rating is as high as it is because of the added influence of the other Sabattus courses and pro shop. This is a must-visit if you're travelling in Maine.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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