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Prince could one day be a King
Pros: Nine holes in the deep isolation of central PA mountains. Beautiful Forrest and Lakeside setting for a disc golf course. Mixes 2 open field holes with 4 in the woods and 3 mixed. The most perfectly marked course I have ever played. Navigation signs and Tee signs assured you never got lost and always knew what to expect and where you were going. Rubber tees in ample condition. Parking, Info, benches, seating and nice bathrooms onsite. The middle 5 holes are excellent disc golf holes and would be fun holes on any course. Hole #3 is a difficult wooded anhyzer slightly uphill that makes the 270 feet feel a bit further. Hole #4 gets into the wide open and allows a chance to rip across a beautifully mowed grass field to a protected basket tucked in the woodline across the field. A fun hole that rewards a precise long drive at 359 feet. Hole #5 is the most pro worthy hole a 565 foot drive up a tight but honest fairway to a wooded landing area and then down another fairway to a very wooded green. This is a very good hole and seems almost out of place on a 9 hole course! Hole #6 is an even bigger drive across an open field to a basket tucked even deeper into the woods on the other side of the field. There is an access road about 250-350 ft across the field that is OOB to make it interesting. This is another hole that allows a few big rips but rewards a controlled approach drive into the woods to score a par 4 on this 729 footer! Hole 7 is the best hole on the course. A clever par 3 shoots downhill a tight wooded fairway then a dogleg right and the basket rests on a slope slightly uphill. This is both a fun and challenging par 3 272 footer. I would say this hole would stand out on any course. It's fun and will garner birdies and double-triple bogeys. Just a real treat and pretty too. Those middle five holes make this course a pleasant surprise.
Cons: The bookend 4 holes are remarkably unremarkable compared to the middle 5. Hole #1 is a nice simple starter but is a bit too short of a dogleg left 301 ft. Hole #2 is a silly 303 foot straight drive through a shady picnic grove area. After playing the middle 5 I was prepared to forgive the starter 2 holes but then I ended the day by playing the weakest holes on the course. Hole #8 is a tighter 316 ft drive that seems to promote more luck than skill as you weave around numerous trees with no real obvious fairway to negotiate. Then your greeted with the dud of hole #9 which is a 295 drive over a picnic grove to the final basket to end your day on a letdown. I was prepared to sing the praises of this course until I played the final 2 holes. Damn! It should also be noted that this course is very very isolated and though appears on a map to be near IUP Lodge it is quite a distance away. No real population base to support the course I would imagine outside of those who would make the long trip from State College. Wonderful lake does not come into play and there is little elevation outside of holes 3 and 7.
Other Thoughts: If they do increase the course to 18 holes I would hope they scrap the final 2 holes and follow the theme of holes 3-7. Central PA needs a solid 18 holer I think this place could be a gem in the mountains if done right.
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