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Pros: This is my favorite course withing 30 minutes from Altoona. First of all, the SP is beautiful and easily accessible. There is a nice mix of tight wooded fairway shots and wide open shots.
Cons: There are no signs with basket locations, so a few of the holes have blind tee shots. Other than that, I have no complaints. It is well worth the 30 minute travel time from Altoona.
Other Thoughts: I've only played this course in the late fall and mid-winter, so I'm excited to see how it plays in the summer.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Play this course!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The new extended 18 finally provides a true test course in Central PA - fun 9 went to a challenging 18. This is now a wooded course, with many trees, tight fairways, and difficult undergrowth punishing poor shots.
Tee pads are upgraded and flattened - still rubber but much better than before.
Long wooded holes over the middle section mix well with shorter and/or open original 9 - the flow from hole to hole is really good. The new holes include a lot of Par 4, where is the pin, look at all the trees type tee shots. If you just want to bomb it and don't like hiking, this is not the course for you.
#17 is the signature hole: a looong downhill tee shot with mando tree on the right-hand side, then a looong right turn towards a pin that exists somewhere through the trees for a Par 5...
Did I mention finally getting a tough 18 in Central PA?
Cons: No signage with pin location.
New tees are a little narrow - I think they play into the overall feel of the course, however, narrow tees for narrow, tree-lined fairways.
I love this course so I have no other complaints.
Other Thoughts: Kudos to whomever put all the work into clearing the new layout - clearly a LOT was done as far as tree felling and general clearing out the new paths.
I've gone back and played this course 5 or 6 times, and it's a winner. Classic PA woods course, challenging but fun.
Bring water and/or food if you're planning on playing it twice, or even once.
Get out and play and help beat in the paths!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The course is very well marked with good signs directing you to the next hole. Rubber mats on tee boxes are in excellent shape and very noticeable when walking along paths trying to find next hole. 3 wide open fields on different holes to let you really rip a long drive. Walking path from each hole also well marked.
Cons: Very very wooded. The description says wooded and they are not kidding. The majority of the course feels like you are back deep in the woods very heavily tree and brush populated with the chains set up in various spots. The back nine must still be under construction as the downed trees line fairways. The signs on the tee boxes don't give you a hole description as to where the hole is and what it looks like. This is the first course I've ever played that hasn't had this feature.
Other Thoughts: Maybe my dislike of this course comes from not liking very heavily wooded areas and holes on courses but the amount of wooded area here seemed too much. It was a very difficult play. A few other courses I've played have had wooded areas here and there and weren't all out in the open let it rip capable holes but this one rubbed me the wrong way. Too crowded with trees, grass was high (where there was grass) no hole description other than distance and pay on tees.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
The Prince now with 18 holes!
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Pros: Playing a full 18 hole round will leave you feeling exerted. Par for this course is now 63, and the new lanes make you work to stay even. Excellent new signage and all of the new pads are very well built, slip-proof, and can't collect water. Nice mix of LHBH and RHBH-friendly lanes. This course gives you the opportunity to show off your huge bombs, either across the wide-open 600'+ fields, or down the 400'+ forest alleys. Plenty of solitude from Hole 5 to 17, but excellent water and bathroom facilities are never very far away.
Cons: As mentioned before, First four holes seem like your standard city park course holes. The new lanes need the pounding feet of discers more than anything to help establish a path or two towards the baskets.
Other Thoughts: If you have thrown this course before as a 9-hole, you will not be disappointed by the additional 9. A kid (and a phenomenal discer) made this his Eagle Scout project and the hard work shows. There were a lot of trees felled and a lot of materials used in making the pads.
Hole 17 is a doozy of a par 5 (668'); you need a very decent downhill drive with a sharp right turn. After which, the lane horseshoes back uphill and requires a VERY decent upshot for a chance at an eagle. After tossing 17, I'm always grateful for the Plain-Jane shot required on Hole 18 (old Hole 9).
If you're used to playing multiple rounds back-to-back, be ready to feel wiped. Bring a lunch and maybe plan to take little siesta before round #2 at this monster course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Favorite Course near Altoona (So Far)
Pros: This course is very very nice! The holes are long and challenging. Hole 6 is over 700 ft long and wide open!! I needed two monster drives just to get an approach to the hole. That was pretty awesome. I played in mid-spring so the trees were pretty full and the grass very green. The grassy fairways were well maintained for the most part. Some areas needed a mow, but it wasn't hindering play at all. There are plenty of opportunities for awesome (and lucky) throws thru the trees and out in the open fields. The fairways in the woods are usually straight and narrow so it can be difficult to throw far on those holes without getting off course. The walks between each hole can be long, but the course is excellently marked and I had no problem finding the basket and next tee for every hole. This is my favorite course so far in the Altoona area! Also, found no poison ivy off the fairways and that's always a plus!
Cons: As with most courses, the first tee can be tricky to find as it is near the corner of a HUGE parking lot. If you follow the Local Directions, you should find it without too much difficulty. The course isn't super challenging to start, but for me that didn't take away from the fun. Some of the tees need a little maintenance. The biggest con is this is only 9 holes. If it had a back 9 as great as the 9 that are there now, it would rank nearly 5 stars in my opinion. Even a second tee location would be great. Can't wait to go back and play again!
Other Thoughts: Prince Gallitzin State Park is very nice. The park itself is large and provides a ton of entertainment from swimming to fishing to camping to cooking out to sun bathing on the lake beach and much more. Come for the day and bring the family for more than just disc golf. Bathrooms are on site and there are plenty of other things to do. It's a PA state park so it's completely free to enter and do stuff.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Had some big long open holes to let it rip. The course also balances that with a majority of wooded holes that have tight areas to drive through. Baskets are top notch. There are a ton of little signs pointing you in the correct direction to the next hole. helps navigation a ton.
Cons: Tee pads were a little short in my opinion. Some holes seemed a bit overgrown and impossible to find a throwing lane. Really hard to find the course
Other Thoughts: Great view of the lake from some holes. Lots of other stuff to do at this park. bathrooms on site. some of the signs were falling out of the ground.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Another Central PA Course by the Water
Pros: Wooded course that also comes out of the woods for some long holes that can really test your distance game. One hole is 700'+! Some holes weave through trees so it makes it hard to keep it on the fairway to add some difficulty to the 9 hole course.
Cons: Kind of hard to find the first tee without knowing where the sign is. (Right side of parking lot when going in). Also, first few holes aren't very hard for the average disc golfer. Some holes are overgrown and not maintained too well.
Other Thoughts: A lot of amenities are around this disc golf course with it being in a state park. When I went, I took my fishing rod and did some fishing as well and made it a day out of it. Overall, 3.5 rating factoring in the course difficulty and the maintaining of the course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Long-n-wide flat rubber teepads. Very well marked with obvious paths and plenty of "next tee" signs - an extremely simple course to navigate. Bathroom, concessions, water (as in to jump in on a hot summer's day) available.
Single tee/single basket. Quite flat. Small chance to interfere with other park users.
Course plays in a clockwise direction in the gently wooded and open space of yet another high-quality, free-to-enter Pennsylvania park. #4 and #6 provide you the chance to really crank loose across open fields, while the remaining holes make you throw straight, left-, or right-turning through tree-lined paths of various tightness (nothing extreme). #5 is probably the most challenging hole - a long, sharp-right-turner, with a little left-hook at the end to find the basket. Most holes in the 300' range, with 5 & 6 considerably longer.
The entrance to the park is also marked as "Buck Road". Depending upon where you park, may also start at tee #4 or tee #6. Course flows in a clockwise direction.
Fun play with non-DG options for other family members. Probably most appropriate for Intermediate/Advanced players.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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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.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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Best Nine-Holer in Central PA!
Pros: I live about 13 miles from here and it's definitely worth the drive every time! The glimmering shine of the lake and light peeking through the trees is a great atmosphere for disc golfing. Holes are marked very well from tee to tee with signs and wooden markers. The kiosk at the beginning has a lot of nice information on disc golf and a good score card. Bathrooms are also abundant in several places. I enjoy the variety of tight wooded passages and opportunities to launch my drivers as far as I can in open fields. The hole on number 7 is as beautiful as it is fun because you have to throw down a ravine with incredible accuracy. The course also wraps around pretty well. You won't have to worry about navigation here due to the good signage.
- Big arms will like some of the holes on this course (#4 and 6 come in to mind, with the latter being a 700+ foot drive) due to the fact that some holes are quite open.
- There's also a technical challenge. Holes #2,3,5,7,& 8 will require threading hardwoods on some narrow gaps. Hole #5 is the signature hole, with a double dogleg 565ft path to a well-guarded basket.
Cons: - I'm not a big fan of hole 8--just seems like a filler hole to me. Seems like the hole rewards more luck than skill, as there's no definitive line to hit.
- Not a very beginner-friendly course. Sure, you could bring a newbie here, but he/she will hit a ton of trees and get frustrated on the 500-700ft holes.
- Hole 9 plays close to heavy picnicking/beach activity. Watch for oblivious people before you throw.
Other Thoughts: Pennsylvania's state recreation and conservation agency, the DCNR, takes really nice care of the disc golf courses in its state parks; Prince Gallitzin is no exception. The best time to go is in the evening, when the warm glow of the sun shines in through the trees. The Blair-Bedford-Cambria Disc Golf Organization is looking to make this course 18 holes in the future. If that happens, this will join IUP College Lodge as the premiere disc golf destination in west-central PA.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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