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Thornhill Park is a beautiful 14 hole disc golf course located in Maple Ridge, BC. This course is moderately wooded, and plays on a long gradual hill underneath a massive tree canopy. Much of the course is covered with ferns, with a small creek which runs through, and heavy brush along the sides of the perimeter.
Many of the holes are squeezed in to a fairly long but narrow piece of land, with tight fairways and difficult approaches. With three tee pads per hole, the slightest change in distance or angle makes for an entirely new hole! The gravel tee pads are sufficient considering the course length, and the wooden frames keep the rocks intact, although they aren't on every tee. Each tee has a sign which includes distance and par, and a name based off of the surrounding foliage which I thought was interesting. Holes range anywhere from 133 - 290 feet, but average closer near 190 - 200 feet from tee pad C. Therefore, tee pads B and C are much shorter. Pins are all tone, labeled with a number, and have red tape showing where to hit. Signature hole # 13 hangs about 15 feet above ground making for a tricky putt!
The area has ample parking along the road considering it is far removed from Vancouver, and tennis courts if looking for a game of round ball. Also, there is one basket located on hole #14 where you can practice you putts before and after a round.
Thornhill DGC has a lot to offer those who are new to the sport. However, the fact that there are 42 tees is total overkill. The course is littered with tee signs and tee pads which take away from the overall charm this course has to offer. The fact that this course is 14 holes is most likely too much as well. This course would truly benefit from having nine larger, more defined holes with one tee pad each rather than its current situation. The designer could just adjust par according to who is playing, whether it be a novice, amateur, or pro.
Although I don't mind occasionally playing tones, some might find this an issue. Especially if driving here from far away like Seattle or Vancouver. I recommend first playing Langley before making way here. It is about a 45 minute drive, but makes for a great day of disc golf.
Par needs to be adjusted as well. There really should be no par 4's on the course and yet almost all tee signs for C are par 4's, and there are a few on the B tee pads too.
Last, the crossing fairways. At times there are several tee pads from all sorts of directions coming at one another, and I could see someone getting injured. Fortunately, this course is rarely busy.
I rather enjoyed Thornhill in Maple Ridge, BC because I went in to it not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. It challenged me to work carefully on my shot selection, approach, and execution. The course is what it is, a perfect rec and intermediate course with the occasional challenge for someone more experienced. It was serene, quiet, with nobody else out there rushing your game. It is a great place to take a significant other for some fun and even perhaps a picnic on the grass near the entrance. If you live nearby, give it a try. Support your local course!
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Thornhill Park DGC Review
Pros: The course has 14 holes, each with 3 tees. Hole 13 is interesting due to the tone pole hanging quite high in the air, making putting very challenging.
The entire course is covered by overhang, which makes it a nice destination on hot days if you wish to keep cool.
Cons: This course is very repetitive, even when using the alternate tees. Almost none of the holes have something that I would refer to as a "fairway" and you end up just trying to identify the least treacherous path to the hole each time.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice if some of the holes followed the paths through the park instead of just criss-crossing them. This would give more opportunity to try to throw down something that fairway-ish. I didn't play each and every tee, so there may be more holes that actually allow you to throw along the path than I realize.
I do enjoy the "throw and pray" type of holes that heavy tree cover such as this park offers, but an entire course of this type of hole simply does not offer enough variety.
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