An original great that has stood the test of time!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course seemed to slightly favor RHBH, but still had plenty of holes that finished to the right. There wasn't any HUGE ups/downs with the exception of hole 10, but the course still utilized the elevation very well. You'll throw up and down, but only once will it feel daunting.
The course had a good mixture of short and medium length holes, but as you'll see in my cons, lacked a sufficient amount of par 4's/5's for my tastes. Your tee shot must land within putting distance on almost every hole to play the course well, which doesn't put an emphasis on finesse, rather power. If the fairways were narrower in some places this wouldn't be as noticeable.
The shot variety, despite lacking many placement par 4's, was very fun. The course utilized water hazards very well. I believe hole 14 was the first time I've thought about throwing a forehand roller off the tee as my first option...I think you'll find most, not just some, of the shots to be very well thought out and memorable.
Hole 18 deserves it's own paragraph. It is one one of the best finishing holes in the game. A true par 4 that is probably rarely deuced. If you play it conservatively off the tee, you'll likely end up with a very nerve-racking approach, thanks to having to cross the "creek"(really a small river) a second time. If you don't have fun approaching that final basket, you should reconsider your hobbies.
The other amenities on the course were nice. Signs were informative and the tee pads were always big enough. Concrete as should be standard with courses of this caliber. From what I remember, there was ample seating throughout the course, but I can't recall if there were benches on every hole or not.
Cons: The most obvious con for me was the construction on hole 5/6. Obviously this is something that is in the process of being improved, but unfortunately I played it before it was finished.
Another major detractor, is that despite most holes being "longer" par 3's, and certainly not gimmies, the course is still very much a deuce-or-die type of course. I would have liked to see a few more par 4's/5's to help lengthen the course and to place more emphasis on placement.
Navigation was fairly straightforward but there were a few transitions which could benefit from some signs being added. Obviously the walk between current hole #5 (future #6, I think) and #6 (future #7) could use some signs. Most people would probably figure it out, but with a course this nice, there should be no doubt about where to go. Rule of thumb should be to take a non-dg player out and have them walk the course. If they stumble up somewhere, add a sign!
The fairways on some of the "open" holes were wide enough to almost be considered truly open, but not quite. You don't have any holes where you can work a disc left to right to maximize distance. Some people will find those few holes adequate, I felt a little constrained.
There are some rather thick spots on the course, particularly holes 9 and 10. If you find yourself off the fairway there you have a good chance to lose a disc. I'd recommend trimming those trouble spots up.
The course isn't exactly "accessible" to players Intermediate and below. With only one tee pad per hole and only a few alternate pins, this course is demanding and caters to the advanced/open players. This didn't personally affect me, but I always like to see great courses be able to be played by all skill levels.
Other Thoughts: Jordan Creek will forever be one of my favorite courses. Not for its difficulty (which is ample but not extreme) but for the sheer beauty and play-ability of this course. I expected the course to be pretty crowded, but to my surprise it wasn't. I'm not surprised in the least that JC was once host to the PDGA world championships. If you haven't played JC, don't hesitate to give it a shot, it's easily one of the better courses on the east coast!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Jordan Creek is attributed to an Eagle Scout who designed and built it to earn his badge, so to speak. Good job brother. I almost did a slow clap after the 18th hole. The long tees are concrete and have nice signs. The baskets were good quality also. Most importantly there are a couple of holes here that are incredible. The ones that are not quiet at that level are still solid and fun to play. The first several holes are in a mostly flat and grassy portion of the park. Trees are present in numbers large enough to make throw around them. Water comes into play to the left of the first hole, and with the creek behind the basket on 4. Hole 5 is long, and the creek plays to the right of the fairway and green. 7 is a fun throw over the top of a pond, and I stayed dry there. 8 gets more wooded, and elevation starts to show itself. 9 is one more big open crusher with the creek bubbling behind the green, before the real fun begins. 10 is the point where elevation climbs seriously, the basket up a hill that begins half way down the fairway. Rough to the right of the hill caught my drive and cost me a shot. The utility easement that clears the path up the hill on 10 also makes room for 11, 12, and 13, but heading downhill. 11 is long, and tucked in woods to the left. 12 is similar, but shorter in distance, and yielded my only birdie on the day. 13 is one of those that you have to toss more than one. Way downhill, basket dead center with water running behind it. There is plenty of airspace if your disc stays true, and you can get all 438' with the right stuff. 14 turns left and plays uphill again. Missed my putt, went from even to over par, and almost walked away without my mini. 15, 16 and 17 get back on the woodsy side, grass is replaced by dirt, rocks and the occasional fallen tree like the one I hit on 16. 17 also has some extra elevation contour and rocky outcroppings around the basket, I took another bogey. 18 is one of the best finishers you will find anywhere. Tee is elevated, and drops rapidly toward the creek about 30 or 40 feet below. You must drive across the water, which is fairly wide in this spot, and turn right at the same time to maximize distance. My forehand attempt stayed dry, but was short of the fairway. From there you still have a lengthy, wooded approach that crosses a smaller leg of the same creek. I made double bogey and shot a +4 (64) for the round. I would have liked to finish stronger, but at least I didn't lose any plastic, and had a really good time.
Cons: The front nine is a little more tame than the back, and not as exhilarating. It is still good, getting the most of what is there to work with. The media shows some pics with very long grass, but everything was trimmed very nicely the morning I played there.
Other Thoughts: Jordan Creek is a fun course, I would have liked to play it more than once. The 4.5 rating may be a touch higher than deserved, but it is so well done 4 was not doing it justice in my opinion. I'm not the only one who thinks so, many other reviewers before me agree. If you haven't been I suggest you go if possible, and find out for yourself. Really a gem, recommended to all serious players.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Longer Course
Pros: This course offers a great mixture of holes, lengths, obstacles, and difficulty.
Well Maintained majority of year.
A few holes to easily try new discs (9 is great to let a new disc rip)
Challenging for nearly all players but not too difficult that it isn't fun for new players
Some of the best designed holes in the Lehigh Valley, especially 18.
Cons: You can EASILY lose a disc on a good amount of holes here.
That's about all as far as cons for me.
Other Thoughts: I learned how to play on this course, probably not the best choice but I didn't know any better at the time. It does take a little longer to play as it is a pretty long course but it is a great course overall. One of my top three in the Lehigh valley easily.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Really Nice Course
Pros: Nice course layout. Nice use of the terrain. Good mixture of some open holes and some with a little more woods.Concrete tee pads. Looks like they keep the course in good shape.
Cons: Only thing I can think of is some of the holes show 2 different baskets but I only ever saw one on those holes. Course can be tough for newbies like me.
Other Thoughts: Really nice course and glad it is no too far from my house so I can get there and play it. Hole 7 over the pond is tough for new players as you have to clear the water. Hole number 10 is really tough one up the hill.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 12 Not
Close to perfect!
Pros: Great Layout, It's got a good mixture of open holes, up hill holes, down hill holes, water holes and lots of Left & Right grassy fairways. White Castle not to far away.
Cons: Pond is a disc eater! Can get muddy here. The 1 extreme up hill hole is very hard!
Other Thoughts: Left Handers will do better here.
3 of 15 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: - Lots of different looks off the tee.
- Rewards control and shot-shaping more than huge drives.
- A beautiful park.
- Fun finishing hole.
Cons: - None to mention.
Other Thoughts: One of the best courses I've ever played. I'd go more often if I lived closer. It's a really beautiful-looking course.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Jordan Creek gets an A+ overall because of factors not limited to tee areas that are in good shape, great signage, easy navigation, a large and spread out course design that plays mostly through open woods and the occasional field, a good mix of par 3's and 4's both long and short, a wealth of drastic elevation changes, and good pin positions that are both fair and challenging.
Another sign of a great course to me is when I can call almost every single hole memorable, which is the case with Jordan. If I had to pick favorites, Hole 5 is really nice, playing through a tight initial column leading out of the woods opening up to a field that basically borders the yard of a house off to the left, with Jordan Creek flowing to the right. Sometimes they have an alternate basket across the creek, which ups the par by a stroke and IMO creates the best version of this hole. Hole 7 forces the tee shot to make it beyond a big pond (be careful!)--I love it when a hole forces you to play over water--to a small grove protected by trees where the two basket positions reside. Hole 8 follows this up with a nice snaking fairway through light woods to a hilltop basket, a great hole on the subtler end of the scale. Hole 10 welcomes you to the back 9 with a small mountain to climb, introducing big elevation to the course. This tee shot requires a big RHBH anny for most throwers, but it can be tough because the big wide path you'd like to take won't quite work because of the initial tree tunnel. Holes 11, 12, and 13 present a string of wide tunnel shots giving room for a long throw with one being uphill, one relatively level, and the last down a big hill. Hole 14 scratches the same itch as Hole 5 does for me, a beautifully designed hole that doesn't boast anything in particular, but it's a subtle gem playing through open wood with thin trees dotting the fairway that stretches slightly uphill and left to a hillside basket. Lastly, Hole 18 is a boss of a closer. The ideal tee shot is a RHBH anny that travels down a large hill over the creek and banks right to a landing area. The next shot (or 2 hehe) forces you to hit a gap of choice through trees and over a creek for a second time to the grove containing the basket--the most challenging hole on the course.
An added bonus is that Hole 1 and 2 form a small loop right at the parking lot, so you can play these again after 18, since you practically have to stumble over them to get to your car. Who wouldn't want to make it a 20 hole day?
Cons: Sometimes, this course requires you to coexist with dog walkers, hikers, and bikers since there is a large trail intertwined throughout the course. Usually it doesn't pose much of an issue. To my knowledge, there wasn't an available bathroom near the parking lot, but I am not 100% that I didn't simply miss it. The course is in a busy suburb, so it can get crowded on the weekend sometimes, but with most epic courses, there's no avoiding this reality.
Other Thoughts: Jordan Creek is a slice of heaven for disc golfers. In the hour radius around Philadelphia, I put this course right up there with Tyler, Nockamixon, Camp Sankanac, Iron Hill, and Carousel. There's really not a lot that could better the design here. It has a wealth of variety hole to hole, demanding a large tool kit of skills for most facets of the game. The course plays through a large park that traverses by houses, along rivers, up and down hills, through woods, across bridges, by a pond, along hiking/biking trails...overall a great representation of our sport to those unfamiliar with disc golf. For me, Jordan is over an hour away, but I'll be making the trip at least a dozen times a year.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Lots to like
Pros: Fantastic 18 hole course. At the current time, holes 1 and 2 are back in business. Overall, the tee pads and signage are great. There are some truly signature holes here: 7 with the throw over the flooded mine shaft, 10 with the huge elevation change, and 18 with a throw over two water obstacles. The scenery is beautiful, fairways well maintained, and obvious constant care. The presence of a practice basket is also a nice amenity. I look forward to coming back to try all of the different pin placements. I have only played twice at this time, but already have experienced the variety that is offered here. Although there are walking and bike trails, it appears that disc golf is the most prevalent activity here, and it feels like the disc golfers own the land and it's more a case of bikers should watch out for disc golfers than disc golfers should watch out for bikers. Nice use of elevation, woods, and open areas to create some variety. Picnic benches at tees are also nice (minus the obscene graffiti).
Cons: All the pin positions are marked on the tee signs, however, it isn't always obvious which pin is currently in play. There are a few holes that are similar (11/12, 15/16).
Other Thoughts: All in all, a great course that adds to the Lehigh Valley experience. In my mind, Nockamixon ranks higher simply due to the greater variety of holes present there. Jordan Creek is a little easier of a trek, and does have better signage. One nod to Jordan Creek is the absence of monster par 5's, which as a beginner, I appreciate. The rough here can be really rough in spots with respect to thorns, so be careful. I consider myself a beginner and find this course enjoyable, though difficult at times. The pars are all very fair in my opinion. The care that is taken on this course is evident. Making temporary holes to grow grass on existing fairways, that's crazy! (in a good way)
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent use of landscape. Each hole is much different from the next. The hole across the pond, the hole across the basin, the hole up the hill and the last hole are top notch. Everything is extremely well maintained and the park is beautiful. The concrete tees are a huge plus and the sign and easy navigation are great as well.
Cons: Holes 1 and 2 were temporary due to some issues but the temporary holes were better than most other courses anyway. Hole 3 sign showed an alternate basket but it must have been taken out due to trout season.
Other Thoughts: This course is great. It is of the highest calibur but a bit more forgiving than nockamixon. I will be returning very soon.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Lehigh Valley Gem
Pros: Concrete Tee Pads, Beautiful Tee Signage, Extremely well manicured course. This course is very challenging and will require a wide variety of throws plus the right choice in disc. This is not a beginner course at all! Course is absolutely beautiful hands down! This course uses everything from water hazards to massive elevation changes to nice open fairway shots and tight wooded shots. Picnic tables throughout course along with trash cans and other benches. Par 58 which is not an easy task. The locals definitely take pride in this course and it shows! Hands down the Lehigh Valley Gem!
Cons: Course can get crowded at times with large groups playing. The park overall can become crowded but that is because it is a beautiful park. You have everything from walkers, joggers, bikers, fisherman, and of course disc golfers. As far as I'm concerned with this course there is not one "Con" i can think of.
Other Thoughts: I am lucky enough to live in the Valley and play this course a few times a month. I would highly recommend this course to anyone willing to travel or passing through the area. You will not be disappointed!! Easily one of the top rated courses on the east coast in my opinion.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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