9 Helpful / 2 Not
Mixed bag but a real challenge
Pros: A few unique holes to really challenge you: Heart attack hill, the gorgeous double-creek finishing hole, the pond. Immaculately groomed fairways with unforgiving rough...this is how it should be! Mix of open and woods, with some crazy elevation changes. Gorgeous scenery. Perfect concrete teepads. Big fields nearby for practice, a putting practice basket by a hill and trees to test all your putts, and a great BBQ dive bar a few miles down the road ("Grumpys"). And for fans of par 4s, there is some decent length on a few of these holes.
Cons: Repetition: 1 and 2 are the same hole, except that 2 has trees. 11 and 12 are the same hole, with only about 40 feet different. 15 and 16 are also remarkably similar, even going up the same hill (requiring backtracking). There's plenty of space out here, couldn't they find room for variety on these? Pond hole 7 has no alternate tee or bail-out area, making the hole unplayable for beginners. No alternate tees or pin positions anywhere, for that matter, further stifling variety. Hole 10 really needs stairs or something to help us walk up the hill. Next Tee directions would be very helpful.
Other Thoughts: Despite the objections above, the pros far outweigh the cons, and I find myself looking forward to coming back here soon. Bring plenty of bug spray in the summer... the gnats are horrible! And as always bring plenty of water. You'll be very far from your car on holes 9-16 and very tired, with no drinking water around. **Upgraded to 4 stars after playing it again. This course is exactly my speed right about now.**
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
Amazed this Course is in Allentown
Pros: Despite being in allentown this course is fantastic. I would have never expected to find a course along a creek, in a seemingly compleltly wooded area (even tho your right in the middle of allentown). Cement tee's are a great addition to this course. The course provides a great variety between openness, woods, and water. (watch out for the pond)
Cons: Some days mountian bikers come out of no where.
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is a great course with a lot of variety. For the first few holes, I was enjoying myself but wondering if there would be anything different... Well, there was. There are shorter holes and longer holes. I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this course.
The scenery is beautiful. It seems like this park was made specifically for disc golfers.
There are fairways - much like what you would see on a ball golf course - grassy lanes with trees on both sides. There are a few wide open drives, but many holes require a drive that avoids certain trees.
One final thing: some of the holes actually took some planning of shots. It wasn't drive, lay up, putt like so many courses are. Some holes, especially #18 made me PLAN ahead a shot (do I safely lay up or do I go for it!?).
Cons: Some of the holes I felt were too similar. For example, #11 and #12 are basically the same hole. You throw on the same service road to a basket about 15 feet left of the road. Why not have #12's basket on the RIGHT for less monotony? I think if the holes were not right next to each other I wouldn't have noticed it as much, but I did think, "Didn't I just do this?"
Hole 14 felt like I was throwing at a bunch of trees with no real lane to aim for.
To get from the 11 basket to 12 tee you have to cross in front of #17's tee pad.
Hard to find the next tee pad in some cases (most of the time it is pretty easy). I only saw one "Next Tee" sign. Print out the map. Super helpful.
Other Thoughts: The concrete tee pads are all in. It seems there are some shorter tee pads, too, though they are not concrete.
Friendly locals. Lots of people out because of the Memorial Day holiday. Special thanks to the guy in the hat with the glasses for donating his map to my cause!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful lush fairways and trash barrels at every tee. Sometimes you walk across dirt hike/bike trails which look like normal DG fairways to access the next hole which is alive with green (this was Sept). Very nice pond thorw which is always a plus in my book. 10 is the only killer hole up a dirt access road. Reminded me of something from Devens, Ma. After that there are a string of more traditional wooded holes with 2 more I would describe as lush (13/14). 18 is a 30' drop monster across one arm of the river with a right turn to face an island green across another arm of the river.
Cons: Tees looked like flypads with carpet on top...and it was torn. Pretty dangerous. I hope that gets fixed. No signs at tees though even if we didn't have a map we would have been ok to find every hole. #14's basket was uprooted an fallen when we played.
Other Thoughts: The very first hole lays the tempo. This course is all about control. Not extremely technical or long but you have to control your throws or you will end up in thick rough (but not as thorny as Lehigh's rough). Great balance of right/left bending fairways.
I nearly proposed to the front 9 of this course. I can't wait to play here again.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Very good course.
Pros: Variety is the key here. you'll need all the shots to get a low score on this one. The water hazzards are awesome. (probably wouldn't like them as much if I had lost plastic!)
Cons: The tee pads still need new carpet on many of them. one of my buddies caught his foot on one during a drive and fell down. The front 8 or 10 holes have signs showing the directions to the next tee. the rest in the back don't and we skipped right over 15. also there's no tee signs on any holes to show pin placement. I guess once you've muddled thru the first time you'd know. several holes have hidden pin location that cannot be seen from the tee.
Other Thoughts: This course is very fun and challenging, I will definately try to make it back again in the future!
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 3 Not
A fun stop
Pros: Good hole variety, unique in the sense that some holes have you throwing through fairly open alleys in the woods. Great variety in terrain and also well maintained.
Cons: Lack of signage made for a bit of confusion finding some holes. Tee pads were hurting as well.
Other Thoughts: Jordan will have you throwing over water, hiking hills and playing some really interesting holes. There's really something for everyone here and it's a guaranteed good time.
If you're a first timer here (as I was) I'd recommend a spotter for some holes if you really want to "go for it" as a bad shot will end up in the woods a lot of the time.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Very nice layout!
5 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: After the construction, Jordan Creek is still, easily, the finest course the Lehigh Valley has to offer. It is an 18 hole course with concrete tees on every hole (but note that new 4 and 5 have yet to be poured). Holes 9 and 10 offer the shorter arms an alternate pin placement as well as the traditional placement. You will need a full arsenal of shots and distance to score well. The front nine doesn't feature too much elevation change, but it does offer a mix of open and wooded holes with hole 7 throwing over a pond that you do not want to come up short or deathgrip (RHBH). The back nine starts with a long and nasty uphill pro par 4 that is listed at 489', but plays over a 45' uphill elevation change to an elevated basket position. You don't want to end up right or miss your putt, rolling back down the hill you just climbed. The rest of the back nine, again, offers a good mix of different shots, until you get to 18. This is one of the more memorable finishing holes in all of disc golf. It's a par four that doglegs right, OB left the whole way (path), that crosses over a stream with a huge downhill drop on the first shot. After the right hand turn, the hole then crosses Jordan Creek, making for a fun second (or third) shot over it. You'll want a clean shot and then drop in your birdie or par.
Cons: The greenway is nice, but it did take away two of the more precarious pin positions on the course. Old 4 and old 5 were sitting less than 15 feet from the creek, making for fun death putts. In the new configuration, 4 is on the edge of the treeline. Not as fun. They did try to make 5 have just as good appeal, so they installed the basket on the side of a steep hill, making for interesting putting. You'll have to earn your birdie 2 here. Other than that, your typical summer bugs, course is marshy after rain, and not for beginner cons always apply (not true cons in my book though).
Other Thoughts: Don't let my rambling of 4 and 5 detract you though. Jordan Creek still is a challenging par 57 course after the changes. Maybe there are more changes yet to come. Anyone with a good bag and better execution can drop a low 50's or even better here, but without it you're fighting to stay in the 50's or low 60's. It is still the premier LV course, a must play if nearby, and will test every part of your game.
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is the most enjoyable course that I have played. It offers a wide variety of holes - some long and open, some short and heavily wooded, and others are steep and hilly. The course is well-groomed and features 3 or 4 of the most memorable holes that I have ever played (Holes 7, 9, 13, and 18 come to mind).
Cons: Some of the tee pads need a bit of work. The carpet is coming off in some spots, and I can remember several occasions where I have pulled or released drives too early because I had slipped on the tee-pad.
Other Thoughts: This course also features a variety of water obstacles. A river or lake comes into play on holes 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, and 18 ( twice on 18 ;-) ). However, the water is generally shallow, so bring a pair of sandles or water shoes and you can easily retrieve most water-thrown discs. However, the lake on hole 7 is deep and features very stagnant water that I would not set foot in. I would imagine it currently holds over 40-50 discs.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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